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The Most Beautiful Love Song ~ "By Your Side"

Updated on June 30, 2013

Undying Love

In 2000, when By Your Side was released by Sade, I must have been in hiding. I can’t believe that I could have heard this song and not made note of it. Thirteen years later, I heard the song for what seemed to be the first time and it reverberated off every bone in my body and caused tears to flow. This song is so beautiful and the lyrics are exactly what you want to hear by the person you love more than anything and you want to feel those words for that same person. This song is the epitome of what unconditional love in a relationship should feel like.

By Your Side - Sade

Forever...

and ever...

and ever...

and always.

By Your Side - Sade

By Your Side - Jade (Lyrics)

You think I'd leave your side baby

You know me better than that

You think I'd leave you down when you're down on your knees

I wouldn't do that

I'll tell you you're right when you want

And if only you could see into me

Oh when you're cold, I'll be there

Hold you tight to me

When you're on the outside baby and you can't get in

I will show you, you're so much better than you know

When you're lost and you're alone and you can’t get back again

I will find you darling and I will bring you home

And if you want to cry

I am here to dry your eyes

And in no time, you'll be fine

You think I'd leave your side baby

You know me better than that

You think I’d leave you down when you're down on your knees

I wouldn't do that

I'll tell you you're right when you want

And if only you could see into me

Oh when you're cold, I'll be there

Hold you tight to me

Oh when you're low

I'll be there by your side baby

Oh when you're cold, I'll be there

Hold you tight to me

Oh when you're low

I'll be there by your side baby


Who Knew?

After hearing this song and being so affected by it, I had to investigate. I searched Google and found the song very easily with just some of the lyrics that had stuck with me. I assumed that Sade was new to music but found that the song is over a decade old. I was even more shocked to see that Sade is also responsible for 1984’s hit song “Smooth Operator”. The song was released in the US in early summer of 1985 after being released in the UK in the early fall of 1984. I had heard this song a thousand times growing up and still here it today, but never made the connection.

Smooth Operator - Sade

By Your Side - Jade

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    • epigramman profile image

      epigramman 4 years ago

      Perhaps the question should be - does this hub presentation affect me?

      A resounding and affirmative yes!! The song is beautiful and intimate which is true 'but' it's in the way that you write about it which affects me the most - as in a true labor of love on your part - and not only are you hot - Cat - you are also 'cool' - how many women can lay claim to that duality and honor?

      Sending you warm wishes from watching the sunrise over the lake with my coffee and cats outside on their deck at lake erie time 8:34am

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Oh Colin, you must have to beat women off with a stick! You have a beautiful mind and an oh so eloquent way of expressing your words! You are awesome!!! Thank you for starting my day with a smile that works unfamiliar muscles in my face!

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Nice sweet song cat, should say as sweet as you :) .... I never heard it either, but I did love it... You shared it and it took 4 days for me to find it from your hubs :) .... Thanks for sharing

      This line is great "And if you want to cry

      I am here to dry your eyes"

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      mr-veg,

      Aw, thanks and I could say the same for you! There is just something about how she sings the song that makes me believe her. I love music the most when I feel like it is song from within and you can feel the singer's emotions. Thanks for stopping... since you're not going anywhere I guess I'm going to have to follow you! ;-)

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      wow you are also up late night :) so any new hub on its way ? well I will be honored when someone as beautiful as you would follow me ;) ... The music really is nice and soothing... good discovery detective , should say detective of love :)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      mr-veg,

      I am afraid of sleeping! This is the time that I have no one to answer to; it is when I am at peace. I swear I have adult ADHD; I have more than a dozen hubs started but find myself distracted and starting another. I would like to finish a couple of them over the next day or two. But don't forget; I need time to read some of your hubs yet! :-)

      Aww, you're awesome!

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      ha ha ha Adult ADHD, you are indeed creative in all sense, that one I call creative humor :) nights are so peaceful isn't it ? just you your thoughts and everything to be done your way ;) ... don't worry about reading my hubs those are not as smart witted and sweet as your :) And you know what Awesomeness always find Awesome things :)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      mr-veg,

      Well you certainly need to work on self-promotion ;-)

      Your hubs deserve attention to and I will get there I promise. You have an excellent attitude and you are extremely supportive!

      What time is it in Colorado right now?

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      yeah I think so, I always feel that one fine morning I will automatically rise to fame without doing anything :)

      well, You are sweet so you see things sweetly :) .... It's 1:38 out here... what's time at your end ? I believe you are ahead of me ?

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      mr-veg,

      You never know, perhaps one day you will wake up famous but it will not have been for doing nothing! An attitude like yours will get you very far!

      It is 3:45 in New York. Yes, my coffee pot will be brewing coffee in about an hour, just as I am probably passing out :-)

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      wow 3:45 ? Thank You Princess cat :) Nice talking to you... Enjoy your morning coffee if you make it past an hour.. my eyes are already giving up and i got to hit my bed... Goodnight or I should say Good morning :) You have a great day ahead !! happy hubbing....

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      mr-veg,

      Thank you, nice talking with you as well, as usual; you're always a treat. Yes, I must give up soon and hit the hay as they say. You enjoy yourself too. Thanks

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      RodneyBlaec Rainey 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Superlative smoothness! Never heard a Sade song I didn’t love! Fan from the eighties, at one point I had the whole collection, but she’s put out at least one or two albums since “Lovers Rock” that I haven’t got around to getting yet. I highly recommend it all. Her voice was the background music to more than a few of my most cherished memories. Your hub has pulled me back there

      Very nice hub, Thank You for sharing.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Rod,

      I didn't even know that I knew Sade!? I heard this song not too long ago and thought "I've gotta find out who sings that song". When I looked it up and found out that it's not even new I was surprised that it wasn't played enough in the past for me to have heard it before. I was even more surprised, shocked really, that Sade is responsible for "Smooth Operator". I grew up with that song and I still hear it on the radio all the time. I would never have put the two together, but now that I know, I can absolutely recognize the voice in each song as the same voice.

      I love voices that are unique, and though I knew a woman sang "Smooth Operator", I thought "By Your Side" was sung by a guy until I played the video, which I think made me like it even more realizing it was a woman. I think I want to own this and to be honest I don't know many of the other Sade songs, so a Greatest Hits album might just be the way to go.

      I'm glad you enjoyed this hub and thank you very much for sharing with me and the comments.

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      RodneyBlaec Rainey 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Funny thing about music, no matter how old it is, if you never heard it before, it's new. Oh, and greatest hits is an excellent one to start with; as you might have already noticed they're dirt cheap on Amazon and the songs flow flawlessly together as if they were meant to be together from the start. I actually listen to it more than all the others.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Rod,

      That's true, I guess if it's new to me than I have a long time before I'd get sick of the song (though I don't think I can get sick of this one).

      Thanks for the tip... Jade flew under my radar, but now I know.

      Thanks again!

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Just checking, So the cat is still up ? I am onto my hubs but not getting the spark...looks like tonight am not feeling it...how about you any hub in making ?

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      mr-veg,

      Oh, I just missed you; I was shutting off my screen as you were posting. Unfortunately, I didn't go to bed until 5:00, but I was caught up watching TV and battling INSOMNIA! :-0

      How's your spark doing today?

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      oh, that was bad, your reply would have cheered me up, but it does the job now too... maybe we could catchup by some other better means :) So did the insomnia let you catch a good sleep to be all fresh and going today morning Cat :) I think am getting the spark back with your replies going ;)

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Cat , I like this girl ! Shes so jazzy ! Of course for an old guy it helps that she's gorgeous too----of course not like you are gorgeous ! Nice hub , thanks for the sharing , always .....:-}

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Ed,

      Old guy? Stop that nonsense! Hey, old/young, guy/lady... she is gorgeous... course the singing helps! This was just one of those things... I heard it one day and couldn't get it out of my head. Thanks Ed, you're so sweet, I'm still smiling 'cause you told me so!

      Thanks for stopping by and I know you've got a new hub I'm past due to check out... need my daily inspiration! :-)

      Cat

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi lovely girl,

      Oh, I love that song "Smooth Operator" but was unfamiliar with "By Your Side" and must have been in hiding too.

      What a memorable song that touches one's heart deep into its core. Great lyrics as to that unconditional love, come what may, the good, the bad and the beautiful. When love is true, we can stick it out through those tough times. We actually make our love stronger, as we grow closer if the communication does not cease.

      Thanks for sharing this amazing song and your lovely thoughts.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      It's Faith Reaper! :D

      Oh that was lovely, thank you! You are so right about the communication and how important that is. I do believe that love can conquer all and true love always finds a way through the tough times, but that communication is key; there's no reason to suffer in silence when you have someone to share with.

      Thank you so much for the always beautiful words you offer and for stopping by, but most of all, for being you!

      Hugs and love, Cat

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