You Are Love

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You Are Love

Lyrics By Oscar Hammerstein II  Music By Jerome Kern

In this ravishing love song, Magnolia and Ravenal declare their devotion to one another. Though Show Boat was daring and experimental in many ways, the show also incorporated familiar elements of traditional operetta, and “You Are Love” – both lyrically and musically – is a prime example of a operetta staple: the soaring lover’s duet.

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“You Are Love” LYRICS

Ravenal:
Once a wand’ring ne’er-do-well,
Just a vagrant roving fellow,
I went my way.
Life was just a joke to tell,
Like a lonely Punchinello,
My role was gay.

But I knew the joke was aimless,
Time went on, I liked the game less,
For, you see,
Somewhere lurked a spark divine
And I kept wond’ring whether mine
Would come to me.

Then my fortune turned and I found you.
Here you are, with my arms around you.
You will never know what you’ve meant to me.

Magnolia:
You’re the prize that heaven has sent to me.

Ravenal:
Here’s a bright and beautiful world, all new,
Wrapped up in you.

You are love,
Here in my arms
Where you belong.
And here you will stay;
I’ll not let you away—
I want day after day
With you.

You are spring,
Bud of romance unfurled;
You taught me to see
One truth forever true.

You are love,
Wonder of all the world.
Where you go with me,
Heaven will always be.

Magnolia:
You are love,
Here in my arms.
Where you belong,
And here you will stay;
I’ll not let you away—
I want day after day
With you.

You are spring,
Bud of romance unfurled;
You taught me to see
One truth forever true—

Both:
You are love,
Wonder of all the world.
Where you go with me,
Heaven will always be.