Gay Song Three – love betrayed
Note: for this series of postings, the term 'Gay Song' refers to music written to/for/by or about Gay men or women. A second category also deals with music identified as Gay because it speaks to the heart of the Gay Experience.
So to make this easier, I will call them Gay in the 1st Degree (to/for/by/about), or Gay in the 2nd Degree (like Judy Garland singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow).
Will Young won the first ever Pop Idol television show in Britain – the progenitor of all the other Idol contests around the world, including American Idol – and came out a few years after that. The video for his 2005 song All Time Love tells a story. I suppose one can interpret it differently, but as the woman is apparently jealous of the love between Young's character and the other handsome revolutionary boy, we can imagine she sold the young men out to the cops. If you have other interpretations, I would like to hear them
This song is definitely Gay in the 1st degree, as the lyrics, even sans video, speak to the basic longing of same-sex loving individuals to connect with another in a purely honest way. Will Young brings incredible depth to his music, and it seems impossible to imagine the same level of pain would be there if he were not Gay – but, thank God he is!
We love you, Will!
So, what do you think?