NaBloPoMo | Music and Me… #6 – I Lay My Love on You, by Westlife

Written as part of NaBloPoMo Day 6.

NaBloPoMo November 2016

#6 – I Lay My Love on You

When it comes to music and memories, there are a few songs that come to mind. In the late 1990s, early 2000s when my sister and I were in school, there was a channel offered by our cable operator where we could try our luck by dialing a number and use the keypad after it got connected to browse song listings and choose a music video to play. Both of us loved music and in particular, we loved the band Westlife. The first time our call got connected, I quickly browsed through and chose this song, egged on by li’l sis.

It’s that musical memory that makes this song special for me. As kids, we loved the tune. It wasn’t until much later we came to know the exact words of the lyrics of course. And we liked that too. Even now, when we’re on a trip and listening to songs, we sing along to this one.

The part of the lyrics I love the most?

Just a smile and the rain is gone,
Can hardly believe it (yeah).
There’s an angel standing next to me,
Reaching for my heart.

As romantic as the idea is of a special someone reaching for our heart, I think, as children, we related to it in a different way. Perhaps, an angel who makes us smile and forget any tears and pain. Nothing deep, just interpreting the lyrics and putting an idea to it. That’s what we wanted of course, and it’d be nice if we remembered it now too… a smile can be enough to make the rain (and the sadness) go away, not just from our life, but from the lives of those who see us smile.

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason, 6th Nov, 2016)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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