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Savage Garden

Truly Madly Deeply

Album: Savage Garden

Year: 1997

         Darren Hayes has found true love with his girlfriend in the  tender                    “Truly Madly Deeply.”

                  An adoring piano opens the single, setting an intimate tone.  He vows to be what she’s looking for and promises his devotion. He wants to be her rock. Seeing her coming home to everyday gives him such joy. He can’t believe how lucky he is. (“I'll be your dream, I'll be your wish/I'll be your fantasy/I'll be your hope, I'll be your love/Be everything that you need/I love you more with every breath/Truly, madly, deeply do/I will be strong I will be faithful/'Cause I'm counting on.”)

                 In the pre-chorus, she gave his life a purpose: a chance to see beyond work and the mundane. (“A new beginning/A reason for living/A deeper meaning, yeah.”)

                In the chorus, he wants to travel with her and show as much as the world as he can. He wants every perfect moment with her in bed, cuddling and sharing inside jokes.  (“I wanna stand with you on a mountain/I wanna bathe with you in the sea/I wanna lay like this forever/Until the sky falls down on me.”)

                  He already knows how he wants her to ask her to marry him. It will be in his backyard. He’ll set up a tent and they’ll camp outside. They’ll stargaze and make a wish. Then, he’ll present the ring to her. It will move her. It’lll be what they both want.  (“And when the stars are shining brightly/In the velvet sky/I'll make a wish, send it to heaven/And make you want to cry/The tears of joy for all the pleasure/And the certainty/That we're surrounded by the comfort/And protection of.”)

               In the pre-chorus, he’ll tell her he already received her father’s blessing. They can get married in the church where she received her First Communion. She won’t ever have to worry about being alone again. (“The highest powers/In lonely hours/The tears devour you.”)

                    The chorus is sung again.

                    In the bridge, he tells her everything she’s ever wanted is possible. (“Oh can you see it baby?/Don't have to close your eyes/Cause it's standing right before you/All that you need will surely come, ooh yeah.”)

              The first verse is sung again.

            The chorus is sung twice to end the single.

              Hayes’ sincerity is unparalled. He’s unafraid to be vulnerable, isn’t concerned about sex and cares completely with his whole heart. Male pop singers do not exist like this today. The closest is perhaps Sam Smith, but he still has a cynical edge to him.

              The heartfelt “Truly Madly Deeply” will bring tears to people’s eyes.                



Truly Madly Deeply

Album: Everytime We Touch

Year: 2006

                Natalie Horler has fallen completely in love in the romantic “Truly Madly Deeply.”

                           Horler is head over heels, swept away by her emotions. There is no holding back for her anymore. She loves him and feels safe expressing herself.

                           Lyrically, nearly everything is the same. Only the bridge is edited out. Like the original, it begins with a starry-eyed piano. It downplays the drum, giving it less of a presence. The arrangement is far more grand and overwhelmed with its emotions. She knows a proposal is imminent.

                The loving  “Truly Madly Deeply” keeps in the fairytale spirit of the original but unfortunately, it’s just not the same.

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