The words from the song “I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love” rattled around in my head as I walked along Wildcat Boulevard one morning. I had heard the song a couple days before. It kept ringing in my head, and I even tried to sing parts of it.

The words from the song “I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love” rattled around in my head as I walked along Wildcat Boulevard one morning. I had heard the song a couple days before. It kept ringing in my head, and I even tried to sing parts of it.
I had heard this song many times before, as it was released back in 1987. But one morning I concentrated on the words as it was played on KBTN-FM.
Verse one: “How much do I owe you said the husband to his wife, for standing beside me through the hard years of my life. Shall I bring you diamonds, shall I buy you furs, say the word and it’s yours.
“And the wife said, I won’t take less than your love, sweet love. No, I won’t take less than your love. All the riches of the world could never be enough, and I won’t take less than your love.”
Verse two: “How much do I owe you to the mother said the son, for all that you taught me in the days I when I was young. Shall I bring expensive blankets to cast upon your bed, and a pillow for to rest your weary head.”
“And the mother said, I won’t take less than your love, sweet love. No, I won’t take less than your love. All the comforts of this world could never be enough, and I won’t take less than your love.
Verse three:  “How much do I owe you said the man to his Lord, for giving me this day and every day that’s gone before. Shall I build a temple, shall I make a sacrifice, Tell me Lord and I will pay the price.”
“And the Lord said, I won’t take less than your love, sweet love. No, I won’t take less than your love. All the treasures of this world could never be enough, and I won’t take less than your love.”
After I got home and had breakfast, I went to my computer and looked up the song, “I Won’t Take Less Tan Your Love.” I prefer the trio of Tanya Tucker, Paul Overstreet, and Paul Davis singing the song, but any versions I listened to were fine.
Since that time, I have listened to the song again and again. The message of love of a husband to his wife, a son to his mother, and a man to his Lord are very fulfilling. If more people in the world realized the most important part of life is love, we would be better off.
Sadly, there seems to be too much hate. I imagine that the devil is dancing in Hell with all the hate and bad feelings today. Remember to give and take love when you can. It’s great.
Take a walk, listen for the messages in songs and the world, use those signal lights, watch for pedestrians, turn your lights on when it rains, and see what you notice while passing along Wildcat Boulevard.
     
Russell Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.