Perhaps Love - John Denver

Perhaps Love
(John Denver)

Perhaps Love
by John Denver

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The “ Perhaps Love ” is a song that John Denver wrote and recorded as a duet with Plácido Domingo. The song appeared on Domingo’s 1981 album of the same title. “Perhaps Love” is the only song on the album with Denver’s vocals alongside Domingo’s. However, Denver also appears on the album’s cover version of his composition “Annie’s Song”, where he accompanies Domingo on guitar. Released as a single with “Annie’s Song” on the B side, “Perhaps Love” peaked at #22 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart and #59 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982. Remaining in print, the song sold almost four million copies by 2008.
“Perhaps Love” was addressed to Denver’s wife Annie Martell (the eponym of his #1 hit “Annie’s Song”) while they were separated and moving towards a divorce. In an interview the day after Denver’s death in 1997, Annie said that this was her favorite song of his, rather than “Annie’s Song” (which she also said she enjoyed).
Milt Okun, the album’s producer, first suggested that Domingo, an opera singer, pair with the famous folk singer on the song. The producer worked hard to promote the song after its release. An independent radio promoter told Okun at the time, “It’s very beautiful, but there’s no chance at all of this getting on the air.” To both men’s surprise, one of the top five radio stations in the United States in Philadelphia began playing the song every hour on the hour, greatly contributing to its success and the willingness of other stations to play it.

Lyrics

Perhaps love is like a resting place
A shelter from the storm
It exists to give you comfort
It is there to keep you warm
And in those times of trouble
When you are most alone
The memory of love will bring you home

Perhaps love is like a window
Perhaps an open door
It invites you to come closer
It wants to show you more
And even if you lose yourself
And don’t know what to do
The memory of love will see you through

Oh, love to some is like a cloud
To some as strong as steel
For some a way of living
For some a way to feel
And some say love is holding on
And some say letting go
And some say love is everything
And some say they don’t know

Perhaps love is like the ocean
Full of conflict, full of pain
Like a fire when it’s cold outside
Or thunder when it rains
If I should live forever
And all my dreams come true
My memories of love will be of you

And some say love is holding on
And some say letting go
And some say love is everything
And some say they don’t know

Perhaps love is like the ocean
Full of conflict, full of pain
Like a fire when it’s cold outside
Or thunder when it rains
If I should live forever
And all my dreams come true
My memories of love will be of you

Songwriters: John Denver