I have featured a variety of 80s rock songs before. Some examples are. Although one could argue that Journey’s Send Her My Love” is like The Police’s “King of Pain” as the two are similar tunes about lost love and heartbreak. “Send Her My Love” is uniquely different. It’s a tune that reminiscences about lost love.
Imagine that you wanted to send a letter to one of your past lovers. It might be scary to do so. Or, you might find it silly. But, what would happen if you had a chance to say anything to that ex-lover? What would you say? “Send Her My Love” is a tune that expresses that inner dialogue that we always wanted to write to our former lovers: “Hey, how are you? How are things?”.
Of course, you might have moved on from past lovers and don’t have to say “I still think of you”. But, not like the character in today’s Journey song. This character was in love with a woman. Yet their relationship ended as the man thought that she needed much more than their faux relationship. Although the woman has moved on, the man still reminiscences about her and the adventures they went on together. He is reminded about every little physical detail of her, frequently seeing those details in his dreams.
Behind the Scenes of Journey’s “Send Her My Love”
In an interview with Songfacts, Cain had this to say about the song’s meaning: