When you’re near
There’s such an air of spring about it
I can hear a lark somewhere
Begin to sing about it
When in love, parting from each other is enormously painful: “Ev’ry time we say goodbye I die a little“;
sometimes it feels exactly like a divine retribution: “Why the gods above me who must be in the know think so little of me? They allow you to go? “.
And then comparing the past bliss to the present, lacerating emptiness appears so awkward: “But how strange the change from major to minor ev’ry time we say goodbye“.
Written by Cole Porter in, this poignant tune was interpreted by Annie in 1991 for the tribute album Red Hot + Blue, and performed by Lennox herself in Derek Jarman’s movie Edward II.