Love the One You’re With

Stephen Stills wrote and recorded the song “Love the One You’re With” in 1970 and it made it into the top 20. The next year, it was recorded by The Isley Brothers and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. Both versions made it into the top 20 also. Perhaps it’s time for a remake. Never has the sentiment been more important than in the age of text messaging. The lyrics will need a little updating though, because today it’s impossible for you not to be with the one you love. You can text them while you ignore the one you’re with.

I always thought it was rude when people pulled out their smartphones in the middle of a meeting to read their email. That’s nothing compared to carrying on a separate conversation via text or Twitter. So far, the record for rude behavior belongs to a little girl in Muncie Indiana whose dad proudly calculated that she sent or received a text message every 113 seconds on average for an entire month. There’s something to be proud of.

So the next time you’re sitting with someone and you feel that vibration in your pocket, remember:

If you’re down and confused
And you don’t remember who you’re talkin’ to
Concentration slip away
Cause your baby is so far away.
Well, there’s a rose in a fisted glove
And the eagle flies with the dove
And if you can’t be with the one you love
Love the one you’re with
Love the one you’re with

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