Song of the Day, April 22: I Knew Love by Nanci Griffith

GriffithIKnewToday’s song is I Knew Love from Nanci Griffith’s lovely 1988 album Little Love Affairs. Like most of her releases, the disc mixes wonderful original songs with well-chosen covers. This track was written by Roger Brown and is a nice fit for the nostalgic, hopeful tone of the album.

It’s a sweetly sad song, with the narrator reflecting on the way the passage of time can take some of the gloss of feelings of love. Griffith’s fragile voice is the perfect vehicle for the lyrics, which hint at bitterness but settle into a weary resignation. Her ability to make the most of her reflections of love gone by manage to invest the song with just a hint of optimism. It’s a wonderful package, anchored by the aching title line, “I knew love when it was more than just a word.”

Enjoy this lovely song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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