“Your Love” by The Outfield
The storyline of The Outfield’s “Your Love” is for the most part simple. The singer’s current girlfriend is named “Josie”. In fact she is the only person in this triangle who is identified by name. And as is made known in the very-first line, “Josie’s on a vacation far away”.
This is important because it is the part of the premise upon which the vocalist has reached out to the addressee, who is another romantic interest. But more to the point is that he is trying to seduce the lady whom he is singing to. In other words, Josie’s absence has rationalized him reaching out to this lady in his lonliness – if you want to call it so.
And from the looks of things, he really does love the addressee. Or another way of looking at it is that whereas his main goal is for her to “stay the night”, he uses some really-intimate language to try to bring this about. For instance he implies that he really does love her. Indeed he considers her to be the only one who stays by his side in times of need. Moreover the implication is that this is an ex-girlfriend as opposed to someone he is now becoming familiar with. And basically, what it seems he is doing is playing the sympathy card. That is he is expressing a genuine emotional dependency on her and to some extent even regret that they did not remain an item, all more or less to achieve the aforementioned goal.
In fact the general conclusion is that he’s just looking for a quick score, not a genuine reinstatement of a romance they may have once shared. But based on the lyrics such is arguable. For instance, maybe Josie isn’t returning at all, as in her “vacation far away” being an indication that she and the singer are not on good terms. So perhaps he really does love the addressee. But that doesn’t negate that, as of right now, what he desires the most is her “love tonight”.
Release Date of “Your Love”
The Outfield were initially known as “The Baseball Boys”. And shortly after they changed the name of their band to “The Outfield”, they released their first album titled “Play Deep“. And “Your Love” was released on February 14th, 1986 as the second official single from “Play Deep”.
Massive 80s Hit in America
“Your Love” climbed up to the top 10 songs on US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #6 in May of 1986. It went on to spend a total of about 22 weeks on the charts of Hot 100. Actually it went on to sell over 3 million copies in the United States alone.
Despite being a massive hit in the United States, the song did not really gain grounds in the UK, ranking at #83 on UK Singles chart.
It reached number 52 in Germany, number 37 in Canada and number 33 in Belgium.
Who wrote “Your Love”?
The song was one of the many written by the group’s guitarist, John Spinks who died in 2014, after suffering from liver cancer.
There have been several covers of the song, from various bands and artists, prominent amongst them are as follows:
- Wyclef Jean in 2004
- Morgan Page in 2013
- Midtown in 2005
- Ninja Sex party in 2016
- Katy Perry, who changed the title to “Use Your Love” in 2007
A Famous Cheating Song
Themed on the writer’s desire for a one-night stand with another girl, while his lover, “Josie” was away, “Your Love” is by far one of the most popular cheating songs ever released!