You Must Love Me



There are times when we feel that all hopes have gone. There are times when we feel that all dreams have scattered apart. There are times when we stoop so low. There are times when we feel that all passion has disappeared. There are times when we feel that all feelings have faded. There are times when we are breaking apart. For life isn’t always going exactly how we want it to be. For life doesn’t always lead us to where we need it to be. At some point in life, the universe seems so unfriendly and extremely harsh. And at times like that, when even people who are significant for us seem out to harm us, it’s hard to keep an open heart. At times like that, it’s hard to accept ourselves; and it’s even harder to believe that we deserve love, particularly from those who are significant for us. However, we cannot deny that we’re only human. And as a human, we still need love, particularly at times like that. Though we feel that we don’t deserve, we know we need love. Though we feel that we’re not worth it, we know we need love.

“Certainties disappear, what do we do for our dream to survive? How do we keep all our passions alive, as we used to do?” –Madonna, You Must Love Me

“You Must Love Me” is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter, Madonna. It was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, for the 1996 film adaptation of the musical, “Evita”, based on the life of Argentinian leader, Eva Perón. The ballad track was released on October 27th 1996 as the lead single from the film’s soundtrack. It was later released as a part of Madonna’s third soundtrack album, “Evita”, on November 12th 1996, in order to promote the musical drama film. Webber and Rice wrote the song specifically as the only new track for the film (while other songs are covers from the musical stage play). It went on to win the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1997. The purpose of the song was to showcase Perón’s emotional state at the time as well as her relationship with her husband Juan Perón, as she was dying of cancer.


"You Must Love Me" single cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

At times, life surprises us in a way that is least expected. At some point in life, we have to face an intersection where we have to make a choice regarding to where to go next. And even sometimes, we don’t even have any choice at all, because all that we have is a dead-end street. And we are surprised by the course that the universe has in store for us, because it wasn’t always what we planned before. And yes, life isn’t always going exactly like we planned. Sometimes, all that we have could be gone in seconds. All that we’ve planned could be crumbling down in a moment. And sometimes, it takes all of what we believed before. “Where do we go from here? This isn’t where we intended to be. We had it all; you believed in me, I believed in you.” We are hopeless and helpless, as we keep asking ourselves where to go from here. There is no more certainty. All of our dreams seem to be dying, as well as our passion. And we don’t know what to do about it. All spirits seem to be lost. We feel like we are at our lowest point in life so far.
“Certainties disappear, what do we do for our dream to survive? How do we keep all our passions alive, as we used to do?” At times, life surprises us in its most unexpected way. At some point in life, we feel like we are at our lowest point. We don’t have any strength left anymore just like before. We have lost all the faith and spirit unlike before. We feel like we’re not the same strong and powerful person as before. Hence we feel like we don’t deserve the same amount of love as we used to receive before. We feel like we’re not worth it to accept the same kind of love as we used to before. Hence we wonder why our significant other still stays by our side at time like this, because we feel like we become only a burden for them. We wonder why our significant other hasn’t left us yet, because we feel like we become only an obstacle for them; because we know we are at our weakest point in life so far, and we don’t want to be a burden. “Why are you at my side? How can I be any use to you now? Give me a chance and I’ll let you see how nothing has changed.”
It’s all because we know that our significant other loves us for we can stand tall and go forth with all of our passion and dreams. It’s all because we know that our significant other loves us for we are strong. And when it all has gone, when we are at our lowest and weakest, we are full of fears and anxiety. We conceal things that we’re longing to say deep within our heart, that deep inside, we’re still the same person as we used to be. We are afraid to confess our feeling for we’re terrified that we’ll lose our significant other too, that we still need love. “Deep in my heart, I’m concealing things that I’m longing to say. Scared to confess what I’m feeling, frightened you’ll slip away. You must love me.” Though things have changed around us and the situation has turned worse than before, we know that deep inside we’re still the same person with the same spirit, passion, and dreams. All we need is just a chance; and if only we had one. Hence we still need the love. And we can never thank our significant other enough for willing to give that.


Madonna in the music video of "You Must Love Me" | source: Youtube

For some people, it’s hard to keep an open heart when things are going bad. They find it hard to trust even the closest person to them. And they even find it hard to trust themselves. They become more timid by concealing things that they’re longing to say, for they’re afraid of becoming a burden for other people around them, particularly the most significant ones. They’re getting more scared to confess what they’re feeling, for they are frightened that they may disappoint other people around them, particularly the most significant ones. They’re afraid that if they showed their weakness, it might make their significant ones slip away from them. For people like that, all they need is love; the most sincere and genuine one. For people like that, all they need is to feel loved; from their most significant person. For people like that, who are haunted by self-rejection, all they need is to feel safe; that their most significant person will not leave them even when they know that they are at the lowest and weakest point of their life. All we need is love.

“Deep in my heart, I’m concealing things that I’m longing to say. Scared to confess what I’m feeling, frightened you’ll slip away. You must love me.” –Madonna, You Must Love Me




Where do we go from here? This isn’t where we intended to be
We had it all, you believed in me, I believed in you
Certainties disappear, what do we do for our dream to survive?
How do we keep all our passions alive, as we used to do?

Deep in my heart, I’m concealing things that I’m longing to say
Scared to confess what I’m feeling, frightened you’ll slip away
You must love me, you must love me

Why are you at my side? How can I be any use to you now?
Give me a chance and I’ll let you see how nothing has changed

Deep in my heart I’m concealing things that I’m longing to say
Scared to confess what I’m feeling, frightened you’ll slip away
You must love me, you must love me, you must love me

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