Sometimes we want to show our significant other how we feel. But what if there aren't many songs that represent us?
Probably the author people quote the most when talking about love is William Shakespeare. I mean who doesn't love his famous “Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? / Thou art more lovely and more temperate”? What I’ve always found so fascinating is the fact that there are strong theories sustaining that William Shakespeare was gay and that there’s a lot of evidence in his poetry, especially in his famous sonnets. Linguists and poetry specialists have found that, even when in some of the sonnets he uses the gender-neutral pronoun “you,” there are still clues pointing that some of his most passionate poems with idealized imagery of love were in fact addressed for a male figure.
I mention all this because it isn’t exclusive of Shakespeare, of course. Language has been forever an accomplice for people to express their feelings, even when this was basically a crime. Music is no different, and for ages, composers have transformed those “forbidden” emotions into lyrics, always hiding behind their best ally, that generic pronoun. Things have changed in the past decades, not at the pace they should have, but there’s definitely a huge advancement, and many LGBT musicians have decided not to hide anymore and express their emotions just as they are. So, if you’re looking for songs that can actually reflect what you’re feeling and wish to share them with your significant other, here are some options you might like.
"She Keeps Me Warm" by Mary Lambert
After collaborating with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in the anthem for LGBT rights, “Same Love”, Lambert was inspired to create a heartfelt song by herself. “She Keeps Me Warm” is one of those songs you can’t help but dedicate to your favorite person. It isn’t only a sweet and adorable homage to romantic love but a great anthem to encourage self-love. If you ask me, that’s a perfect combination. I mean, how can you love someone else sincerely if you’re incapable of feeling the same for you?
"The First Time” by Matt Fishel
If you’re looking for a more joyful, danceable beat that still has a good story, this song might be for you. This is an honest letter to that person who literally rocked your existence. The story talks about how the singer felt when he met this guy, but more importantly, how their brief encounter was so meaningful for him, not only because it was the “day [he] touched a guy for the first time,” but because it provided him with a new perspective of who he is and what he wants. Definitely, a great song if you want to tell that special person how you feel.
"TC and Honeybear" by John Grant
This is one of those stories that make you feel a bit of melancholy, but at the same time, you feel some warmth in your heart when listening to the lyrics. It tells the story of TC and Honeybear, as the title clearly indicates, and how their love started developing. The nice thing about this is that in the story Honeybear had already given up on life and love, and it was TC who made him hopeful and filled his life with love. As he claims in the song, he’s willing to “give him all that his heart can take.”
“Real” by Years and Years
Do you want to tell that person how you feel in a cool and casual way? Why not prove it on the dance floor while moving to the electronic beats of this Years and Years song? Besides the nice rhythm, this is the perfect song if you’re starting to have feelings for this person, and you want to tell them how this infatuation started. Moreover, it has a rhetorical language in which the lyrics are constantly talking directly to the addressee to see if they’re having the same feelings.
"Only a Girl" by Gia
With also quite a modern beat that invites you to dance with that special person, Gia’s debut single is an anthem of realization and discovery. This song says that being in love with a person goes beyond gender. In this particular case, the lyrics talk about a woman whose previous heterosexual relationships weren’t as fulfilling and intense as the one she’s starting to discover with another woman. It might sound cliché when it talks about this connection only being possible because girls can only understand girls, but still, I think that if you’re recently having these feelings, it’s a great way of communicating them.
These are only a very few songs that openly explore LGBT relationships and the emotions they convey. At the end of the day, these are quite universal emotions we all feel, no matter our gender or preference. Besides, these songs also explore the importance of discovering who you are. For that reason, these are great for confessing that special person the intense feelings you have for them.
Cover photo by @lukasz_wierbowski