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Longing for Love:
A Comparative Essay

Jack Ettlinger
Ms. Palka
July 18, 2010.

Longing For Love
A Comparative Essay By Jack Ettlinger

In the song I Just Haven’t Met You Yet (IJHMYY) written and composed by Michael Buble, themes such as love, optimism, and loneliness are all are evident. These themes are also found in the song Love Song For No One (LSFNO), written and composed by John Mayer, but optimism is replaced by pessimism. Both of these songs are about a man longing for love; however, in the first, the man is optimistic and hopeful, while in the second he is getting anxious and a little doubtful. The way that the themes are portrayed are both similar and different in that they are about love, optimism/pessimism and
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Mayer says that he has been, “searching all my days just to find you not sure who I'm looking for,” and the listener feels his exhaustion, sadness and most of all, his loneliness.

In his song, Michael Buble is clearly lonely, but his loneliness in motivating him to persevere in his life, and to find the one that will complete him. The lyric “ I know someday that it'll all turn out, you'll make me work, so we can work to work it out” shows this. He knows that the love of his life is out there and that she is coming, and therefore his loneliness feels temporary. There is, in his mind, an end in sight. He understands that he has to be patient: “I might have to wait, I'll never give up, I guess it's half timing and the other half's luck.” Buble trusts that love is coming for him. He knows he won’t have to be lonely for too long.

The songs, I Just Haven’t Met you Yet, and Love Song For No One both focus on the theme of love, and at first glance, can be perceived as very similar. But by dissecting the lyrics and looking more closely at the undertones and messages of both songs, we find that they are actually almost opposite in their approach to the mystery of love.

As an ending note, John Mayer is still girlfriend-less, while, as a true example of ‘life imitating art,” Michael Buble is engaged to the beautiful model who played the girl of his dreams in the video for his hit song. I guess he really did meet her after all.

I Just Haven’t Met You
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