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Journey’s “Send Her My Love”: A 80s Rock Letter to Our Ex-Lovers

Journey is a band that has fans from different generations, both young and old. One of its signature hits, “Don’t Stop Believin”, gained new popularity in the 21st century when it was covered in the hit TV show Glee. “Don’t Stop Believin” will be one of those songs that will live eternally in the American pop culture.

But how about the other songs from Journey? To tell you the truth, I don’t really like “Don’t Stop Believin”. Yes, it is a great song but it has been overplayed too much. But, there is one song from the 80s band that I truly love. Inspired by the prompt of “Give/Get/Take/Receive/Send” for #SongLyricsSunday, I present you my favorite Journey song: “Send Her My Love”.

(This is part of #SongLyricsSunday, a weekly song lyrics prompt hosted by Jim at A Unique Title For Me. Anyone is free to join. The rules on how to join are at the bottom of this post)

Roses Never Fade

I have featured a variety of 80s rock songs before. Some examples are The Police’s “I Burn For You”, The Police’s “King of Pain”, and Yes’ “Owner of a Lonely Heart”. 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.

Have you ever experienced this type of situation, even if the relationship ended amicably or not? I personally haven’t because I only have one lover in my lifetime. Before we dated, both of us were friends for a long time. My ex-lover and I are still friends. Even though he is married to someone else and lives his own life, we still message each other like a continuous conversation from time to time. I don’t have to reminiscence about our relationship because I am so over it and been so for a long time.

Behind the Scenes of Journey’s “Send Her My Love”

Journey (1983)

The lyrics for “Send Her My Love” were written by keyboardist Jonathan Cain and lead singer Steve Perry. It is said that “Send Her Love” is one of Perry’s personal favorites.

In an interview with Songfacts, Cain had this to say about the song’s meaning:

I had a girlfriend when I was a teenager and somebody had called backstage to one of the shows and said, ‘Virginia still talks about you and your relationship.’ It was just one of those offhanded comments. I looked at her and just said, ‘Send her my love.’

I walked out, and it hit me: ‘Wait a minute, that’s a song!’

I went home and I called Steve Perry up and I said I came up with this idea, and we wrote it on the spot. A lot of this stuff we wrote was just on the spot. Very, very spontaneous. We kind of wrote with urgency because we didn’t have a lot of time together. The road was hard enough. When we did write, we wrote very intensely. All the lyrics were, like, within hours. We didn’t mess around.”

https://www.songfacts.com/facts/journey/send-her-my-love

What do you think of Journey’s “Send Her My Love”? Tell me in the comments below!


Lyrics for Journey’s “Send Her My Love”

It’s been so long
Since I’ve seen her face
You say she’s doing fine
I still recall
A sad cafe
How it hurt so bad to see her cry
I didn’t wanna say goodbye…

Send her my love
Memories remain
Send her my love
Roses never fade
Send her my love

The same hotel
The same old room
I’m on the road again
She needed so much more
Than I could give
We knew our love could not pretend
Broken hearts can always mend

Send her my love
Memories remain
Send her my love
Roses never fade
Send her my love

Calling out her name I’m dreaming
Reflections of her face I’m seeing
It’s her voice that keeps on haunting me

Send her, send her my love
Roses never fade
Memories remain
Send her, send her my love


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