A Song for Valentine’s Day

Playing Maggie's song in the BBC studios

I was a guest on Sue Marchant’s Big Night In radio show the other day and took the opportunity to play this song live and dedicate it to my wife Maggie in time for Valentine’s day! I wrote it for her a few years ago and its on my new CD Dancing Through the Fire. Ironically its the only song of mine in which the movie industry has ever aken an interest, And for a while it looked as if it might be part of the sound track of a romantic movie. but the movie never got funding and the plans were dropped so I guess the title of the song turned out to be true after all!

I hope you enjoy it.  You can hear the full CD version with Oli Smith’s wonderful sax solo by pressing the play button or clicking on the title and the lyrics are posted below:

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They Don’t Make Movies (Out of Love Like This)

All those people in the movies look so healthy young and tanned

And I know there’s nothing that they wouldn’t sell.

I can see their words of promise run like water into sand

So I draw my water from a deeper well.

When we wake up in the morning you can hardly face the day

And I see the courage other people miss,

As you spend yourself for others, as you keep the dark at bay,

But they don’t make movies out of love like this.




There’s no glamour like the magazines, no glitter like the stars,

No putting on the make-up to impress,

But we still stand together love, for all our battle-scars,

We hold each other’s hearts and still say yes.



You cant photograph fidelity, or merchandise restraint,

Your inner beauty wont be selling soap.

And sometimes from the outside it might seem that love grows faint

On the inside its renewed each day in hope.

So there’s nothing on the surface to attract a stranger’s gaze

There’s not photo-genic posed romantic bliss,

Just two people staying faithful through the darkest winter days,

But they don’t make movies out of love like this.



And its been a long day’s journey just to get us up to bed,

But we’re not too tired to share a loving  kiss,

And the truest and the deepest things are more than can  be said,

And they don’t make movies out of love like this.


Filed under imagination, Music, Songs

10 responses to “A Song for Valentine’s Day

  1. Jeanette Sears

    Wonderful! If they did make movies out of love like that so many people would be encouraged. Thank you for sharing some of yours.

  2. Malcolm,

    Thank you. I just read the lyrics and now would like to listen. I’ll share with my husband. What a beautiful, beautiful song! I am sure your wife cherishes it and the heart that bore such words!

  3. Elizabeth

    Beautiful song, Malcolm.

  4. Just lovely. Happy Valentine’s Day Malcolm and Maggie!

  5. Lovely song. I’m now trying to think of a movie about love like this, but can’t. I can think of ones where the couple look as if they will have a love like this (e.g. A Room with a View) but not where that love is explored in the movie.

  6. Ruth Levine

    Having heard the song for the first time today, I’m about to print out the lyrics and post them to my grandparents who celebrated their Diamond Wedding in the shadow of dementia. The words will speak encouragement to my grandmother as carer.

  7. colleen peters

    I live with a chronic progressively debilitating illness, and this tender song you’ve dedicated to your wife resonates with me as i watch my husband lovingly tend to my ever increasing needs. Thank you Malcolm!

    • malcolmguite

      Dear Colleen thanks for sharing that. I’m really glad my song helped to express something for you, I’m sure there is both tenderness and heroism on both your parts

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