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“The secret of life is love” 
c. 2007 by Vincent O’Neil, used by permission.

secretAbout 1982, Rafe van Hoy wrote a song that got hidden in a CD recorded by Billy Gilman in 2000.  At the time, Gilman was only 11, and he tore my heart-strings to ribbons.

“What’s forever for” deserves to be in the top 10 songs of all time.  It needs to be heard by every person on earth at least once.

“The song saw its biggest success when it was recorded by American country music artist Michael Martin Murphey. It was released in June 1982 as the third single from his album, Michael Martin Murphey. “What’s Forever For” would become Murphey’s first of two number ones on the country chart. The single went to number one for one week and spent sixteen weeks in the country top 40, while also peaking at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100.” (Wikipedia)

Part of the chorus goes:
And if love never lasts forever
Tell me what’s forever for

If love lasts forever, that is the prefect definition of heaven.
Conversely, if a person gets to the next life and discovers there is no love, that person is in hell.

If you can’t cry tears of joy upon meeting a long-lost loved one, what is the point?
If you can’t feel a movement in your chest over the accomplishment of a child, what is the point?
If all you feel is “alone,” what is the point?

It almost sounds as if “heaven” can be defined as “with family and loved ones.”
“Hell,” no so much.

Many people have recorded this song, but not enough to make it a world-wide anthem.

“What’s Forever For”

I’ve been looking at people
And how they change with the times
And lately all I’ve been seeing are people
Throwing love away and losing their minds

 Or maybe it’s me that’s gone crazy
‘Cause I can’t understand why
All these people keep hurting each other
When good love is so hard to come by

 So what’s the glory in leaving
Doesn’t anybody ever stay together anymore
And if love never lasts forever
Tell me what’s forever for

 I’ve been listening to people
And they say love is the key
And it’s not my way to let them lead me astray
It’s only that I want to believe

 But I see love-hungry people
Trying their best to survive
While in their hands is a dying romance
And they’re not even trying to keep it alive

 So what’s the glory in leaving
Doesn’t anybody ever stay together anymore
And if love never lasts forever
Tell me what’s forever for

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