The Hardest Day

Saturday, May 13, 2017



Beyond anything, separation is always the hardest. Sometimes, two people who belong to each other in love have to bid farewell because they don’t have any choice but saying goodbye, even though they know that leaving one another would be the hardest day of their lives. Some days ago, I saw two lovers waved goodbye before my eyes. They both are precious people in my life; they are my best friends and they are lovers. Cyril, the man, had to leave for France; leaving Patricia, the woman, here in Indonesia for six months to go. No words could be found to describe how sad I am. It is truly heartbreaking to see them getting apart like this. Distance is indeed cruel. And on the way to the airport, suddenly this one song was played on the radio, just like the universe compelled to the heavy atmosphere in the car: “The Hardest Day” by Alejandro Sanz and The Corrs. This song is number one on my list of 7 Ultimate Sad Songs: Western Male-Female Duet Edition. It was a heartbreaking day. It was the hardest day for Cyril, Patricia, and everyone around them.

One more day, one last look, before I leave it all behind, and play the role that’s meant for us, that said we’d say goodbye. One more night by your side, where our dreams collide and all we have is everything; and there’s no pain, there’s no hurt, there’s no wrong, it’s all right.” –Alejandro Sanz feat. The Corrs, The Hardest Day

This ultimate sad song about separation is titled “The Hardest Day”, performed by Spanish singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz, in collaboration with Irish band, The Corrs. It was recorded in 2001 for Sanz’s special edition of sixth studio album, “El Alma al Aire: Edicion Especial”. The album was released on June 6th 2001. It was later released on September 26th 2006 as a part of “El Alma al Aire” 2006 re-release album. Sanz and Andrea Corr sing in a heartfelt beautiful harmony for the Latin ballad track. The lyrics follow the story of a man and a woman who have to bid farewell though they deeply fall in love with each other. Everything about this song is such a sweet sorrow, like a separation, the famous Shakespeare said.


"El Alma al Aire: Edicion Especial" album cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

I used to think that a separation is neither the answer nor the solution, in terms of romance relationship. No matter how difficult the situation is, I believe that there is another way to work it out rather than a separation. However, now I have learned that some relationships are just meant to be apart. We cannot always fight back some situations. And separation is coming. And when we count the days to that separation, every second is precious. The day, the night, the look, the embrace, the kiss; the closer we get to that day, the harder it feels to let go. No matter whether we are the one who leave or left behind, it all hurts the same. “One more day, one last look, before I leave it all behind, and play the role that’s meant for us, that said we’d say goodbye. One more night by your side, where our dreams collide and all we have is everything; and there’s no pain, there’s no hurt, there’s no wrong, it’s all right. If I promise to believe will you believe that there’s nowhere that we’d rather be? Nowhere describes where we are. I’ve no choice, I love you, leave, love you wave goodbye. And all I ever wanted was to stay, and nothing in this world’s gonna change.”
The hardest part is losing someone who used to be here; the hollow and emptiness. We feel pain both physically and psychologically by the absence of that person who used to be by our side. We are hurt inside and out. And what makes it worse is that the world is still spinning all the same but it gives a totally different feeling. Whether we are the one who leave of left behind, every day ahead is hard. And we can never prepare for separation, whether it is far or soon; it is always hard. All that we can do is cherishing the moments we have made and shared together. All we can do is reminiscing through the memories of those times spent together. All we can do is holding on to the feeling we keep alive inside. “I still breathe, I still eat, and the sun, it shines the same as it did yesterday; but there’s no warmth, no light, I feel empty inside. But I never will regret a single day; I know it isn’t going to go away, what I’m feeling for you. I will always love you, leave, love you wave goodbye. And all I ever wanted was to stay; nothing in this world’s gonna change.”
As much as we care for someone special for us, our significant other, there is no other time when we feel the love the most other than the day we separate with that person. The more we know that we are going to be apart from that person, the deeper we feel the love for them. Moreover, when we understand that the person is the one; the only significant other that could make us feeling this way. And there is no other person in the whole world that could make us feeling the same or more; the irreplaceable one. “I never knew I’d ever feel this way, I feel for you.” At that time, we wish that the time would stop; that the separation would never happen. Though we do not know when we will meet that person again, we will never forget and we will always wait for the time when that person is going to be with us again. Leaving is always the hardest part when loving is the greatest part we have. The greater the love, the harder the separation. “Never wanna wake up from this night. Never wanna leave this moment. Waiting for you only, only you. Never gonna forget every single thing you do. When loving you is my finest hour, leaving you, the hardest day of my life.”


Andrea Corr and Alejandro Sanz in "The Hardest Day" music video | source: vidio.com

My heart is aching every time I listen to this song. Even now when I’m writing this, my heart hurts so much just thinking about “how can we love but do not have a choice to fight for it?”. When we know that leaving would be the hardest day of our lives, why would we do it anyway? Is there really no other way? Is this just really it? And that day when I held Patricia in my arms, just a few seconds after Cyril entered the airport, and she cried her heart out on my chest, I realized that this is just really it. This is the separation. This is the pain. This is the heartbreaking moment. This is the hardest day. It is not that they do not have a choice to fight for their love; it is just that the way to fight for love is not always mean that we stay. The choice that they have to be separated for some times is the way they fight for their love. It is for a bigger cause. And it is for a better days to come in the future. Life is indeed harsh and cruel. Love is indeed rough and painful. However, human cannot live without love, since that is what makes us feeling alive. That is what makes life worth to live for.

Never wanna wake up from this night. Never wanna leave this moment. Waiting for you only, only you. Never gonna forget every single thing you do. When loving you is my finest hour, leaving you, the hardest day of my life.” –Alejandro Sanz feat. The Corrs, The Hardest Day


One more day, one last look, before I leave it all behind
And play the role that’s meant for us, that said we’d say goodbye
One more night by your side, where our dreams collide and all we have is everything
And there’s no pain, there’s no hurt, there’s no wrong, it’s all right
If I promise to believe will you believe that there’s nowhere that we’d rather be?
Nowhere describes where we are
I’ve no choice, I love you, leave, love you wave goodbye
And all I ever wanted was to stay, and nothing in this world’s gonna change, change

Never wanna wake up from this night, never wanna leave this moment
Waiting for you only, only you
Never gonna forget every single thing you do
When loving you is my finest hour, leaving you, the hardest day of my life
The hardest day of my life

I still breathe, I still eat, and the sun, it shines the same as it did yesterday
But there’s no warmth, no light, I feel empty inside
But I never will regret a single day, I know it isn’t going to go away
What I’m feeling for you
I will always love you, leave, love you wave goodbye
And all, and all I ever wanted was to stay, nothing in this world’s gonna change

Never wanna wake up from this night, never wanna leave this moment
Waiting for you only, only you
Never gonna forget every single thing you do, when loving you is my finest hour
I never knew I’d ever feel this way, I feel for you
Never wanna wake up (I feel for you) from this night
Never wanna leave this moment, waiting for you only, only you
Never gonna forget every single thing you do
When loving you is my finest hour, leaving you, the hardest day of my life
Never wanna wake up from this night

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