This week’s song of the week is M. Ward’s “Rave On.” It’s one of my favorite songs on his album, Hold Time. Here’s the video:

What I love most about this song is that it’s a sweet little love song. It was originally written in 1958 by Sonny West, Bill Tilghman, and Norman Petty. A number of artists have covered it since then, including Bruce Springsteen, Buddy Holly (with whom it seems to be most associated), the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and John Mellencamp. Ward’s version is my favorite; I like how he’s slowed it down a bit and stripped it down too.

Here’s a live version I found on YouTube:

Here are the lyrics:

The little things that you say and do
Make me want to be with you
You rave on, it’s a crazy feelin’
I know, she’s got me reelin’
When you say I love you, rave on

The way you dance and hold me tight
The way you kiss when we say goodnight
Rave on, it’s a crazy feeling
And I, I know it’s got me reelin’
When you say I love you, rave on

Rave on, it’s a crazy feeling
And I, I know its got me reelin’
I’m so glad that you’re revealing your love for me
Rave on, rave on, tell me, tell me not to be lonely
Tell me, you love me only, rave on to me

Oh, oh, rave on, it’s a crazy feeling
And I, I know its got me reelin’
I’m so glad that you’re revealin’ your love for me
Oh, rave on, rave on, tell me, tell me not to be lonely
Tell me, you love me only, rave on to me

The little things that you say and do
Make me want to be with you
Rave on, it’s a crazy feeling
And I know, she’s got me reelin’
When you say I love you, rave on

Oh, rave on, it’s a crazy feeling
And I, I know its got me reelin’
I’m so glad that you’re revealin’ your love for me
Rave on, rave on, tell me, tell me not to be lonely
Tell me, you love me only, rave on to me
Rave on to me, rave on to me

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