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that’s all it took
the mention of your name
and all my love for you
burst into flame
I tried so hard
to let you go, but look
how I still tremble at your name
that’s all it took
that’s all it took
to make me know that I still care
it seems my heart just can’t give up
the dreams we used to share
I tell my friends I’m happy
but they read me like a book
and when today I heard them say
your name that’s all it took
that’s all it took
to make me yearn for your embrace
I guess I might as well admit
no one can take your place
I fell for you completely
sinker line and hook
and when today I heard them say
your name that’s all it took
and when today I heard them say
your name that’s all it took
– There is not a single version of this original Gram Parsons song that I like, but the lyrics are spot on!
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Toska & Saudade

The Russian word ‘Toska’  (in Russian – тоска) is a word that can not be accurately translated into English.  Vladimir Nabokov describes it as:   “No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”

I think the closest may be that of one of the most gorgeous words of any language, Saudade.  This Portuguese word also can not be translated, but refers to the feeling of a beautiful longing for something/someone that you love, but that is lost.

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