🎶Love the One You’re With 🎶 (1. Lyrics, introduction & translation)

If you’re down and confused
And you don’t remember who you’re talking to
Concentration slips away
Because your baby is so far away

Well there’s a rose in a fisted glove
And the eagle flies with the dove
And if you can’t be with the one you love, honey
Love the one you’re with

Don’t be angry – don’t be sad
Don’t sit crying over good times you’ve had
There’s a girl right next to you
And she’s just waiting for something to do

Well there’s a rose in a fisted glove
And the eagle flies with the dove
And if you can’t be with the one you love honey
Love the one you’re with

Turn your heartache right into joy
‘Cause she’s a girl and you’re a boy
Get it together come on make it nice
You ain’t gonna need any more advice

Well there’s a rose in a fisted glove
And the eagle flies with the dove
And if you can’t be with the one you love, honey
Love the one you’re with

“Love the One You’re With” is a song by folk rock musician Stephen Stills, with his fellow members of Crosby, Stills & Nash, namely David Crosby and Graham Nash, providing background vocals.
It was released in November 1970 and soon became a hit single.

There are two versions on the origin of the song.
According to one of them, it was inspired by a remark Stills heard from American musician Billy Preston, who was playing with the Beatles at the time. Stills had spotted some girl and told Billy how great she was. This had responded “Hey man, if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with”, to which Still took a pen and asked for permission to use the line.
According to American R&B singer and songwriter, Doris Troy, known to her fans as “Mama Soul”, she was the person who inspired the song. She explained that, while at a party in London, she noticed that Stills was feeling lonesome as his girlfriend had gone back to the States, so she went to talk to him and said Love the one you’re with, Sugar!” Again, the expression delighted him so much that he asked permission to employ it in a song.

This tag line, in the old days of the 1970s, was used as a sort of justification for free love and infidelity.

This song does not have a very deep meaning and the idea that if you can’t be with the person you care about the most, you can make love with anyone else, is not so right. But the lyrics may be pretty ambiguous, and perhaps the song is not about cheating, but about letting go of a past relationship and moving on: after the time spent to nurse one’s broken heart, it’s natural to meet someone new.
Alternatively, it is the advice to acknowledge reality and accept the person you are with, who respects you and appreciates your presence, if you can’t be with the person you think you love but who is not attainable.
Others are reminded of this song when they have to make decisions about long distance relationships.

Ama la persona chi ti sta accanto

Se sei giù di morale e confuso
e non ricordi con chi stai parlando
la concentrazione scivola via
perché il tuo amore è così lontano

E c’è una rosa, in un guanto chiuso a pugno
e l’aquila vola assieme alla colomba
E se non puoi stare con la persona che ami, tesoro
ama quella che ti sta accanto

Non essere arrabbiato, non essere triste
non stare seduto a piangere sui bei tempi andati
c’è una ragazza, proprio vicino a te
e lei sta solo aspettando di far qualcosa.

E c’è una rosa, in un guanto chiuso a pugno
e l’aquila vola assieme alla colomba
E se non puoi stare con la persona che ami, tesoro
ama quella che ti sta accanto

Trasforma il tuo dolore proprio in gioia
lei è una ragazza, e tu sei un ragazzo
e allora mettetevi insieme e rendetelo piacevole
non avrai bisogno di ulteriori consigli

E c’è una rosa, in un guanto chiuso a pugno
e l’aquila vola assieme alla colomba
E se non puoi stare con la persona che ami, tesoro
ama quella che ti sta accanto

(L.Z.)

To be continued…

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