Looking for songs to entertain you while you wait, separated and apart from your long distance partner? I’m sharing a few of my favourites below, or you can find them in our Spotify playlist.
Wherever you go
Whatever you do
I will be right here waiting for you
Whatever it takes
Or how my heart breaks
I will be right here waiting for you
The song opens with this tell-tale line: “Oceans apart, day after day…” and “If I see you next to never, how can we say forever?” And a lot of us have those uncertainties at the beginning. You can never really be sure if a long distance relationship will work out, or for how long. It depends on whether you met them before or after becoming long distance, how often you see each other and how well you click when you’re in person, along with a whole hoard of other factors that close distance relationships may resolve earlier on. But song goes on to say it doesn’t matter, no matter what happens, no matter how long it takes, I won’t give up on us. I won’t give up on you. I will always be here for you. And it’s beautiful and sincere.
It’s late and morning’s in no hurry
But sleep won’t set me free
I lie awake and try to recall
How your body felt beside me
If you’re not interested in sad songs, you can completely skip over this one. But sometimes the distance gets you so down, that sad songs are all you feel like listening to. This is also a Christmas song, so I would listen to it a lot when I was missing Johan around the holiday, to strangely make me feel a bit calmer and a bit better. It has a very soothing sort of affect with the piano and it got me through a few hard nights.
And I need you
And I miss you
And now I wonder
How many times have we said to our partner, “I want to get on a plane already!!”? For some of us, walking a thousand miles is literally impossible because we have oceans dividing our paths, but without being too literal, the desire is still there – no matter the distance, no matter how long it takes, you just want to do anything in order to see your loved one again. It doesn’t matter how crazy it sounds, because the distance is driving you crazier and you miss them so much that a thousand miles won’t stand in your way.
The silence isn’t so bad
‘Til I look at my hands and feel sad
‘Cause the spaces between my fingers
Are right where yours fit perfectly
Owl City’s electronica “Vanilla Twilight” has a very mystical daydream quality about it. Once again, it focuses on the thoughts of missing someone, and those little things that aren’t the same without that person. Thinking about that person helps the feeling of loneliness to subside, but it can never truly go away. This is most evident in the silence of the evening, trying to sleep but the thoughts keep rushing through, and we’ve all been there at some point.
I don’t want to wait another day
You’re way to far away
I’m gonna pack my bags and fly to you
There’s no place too far to keep me from my boo
I’m on my way, see you in a few
All I want to do is spend my Christmas with you
This is another festive song, that starts off sort of slow and sad, but then gets motivating and happier. Because they decide instead of sitting around they’re going to do something about it. And we can’t all make that decision whenever we want, but the lingering thought is always there. And who am I kidding myself? I can’t wait to be able to sing “I’m gonna pack my bags and fly to you” and actually mean it!
You say good morning
When it’s midnight
Going out of my head
Alone in this bed
I wake up to your sunset
It’s drivin’ me mad
I miss you so bad
To break from those sadder, slower songs, we have a much more fast-paced, upbeat one. This song talks mostly about the struggles of timezone differences and trying to coordinate calls and things when you are at opposite ends of the day and night, and it messes with your body clock and drives us all crazy at times! It’s worth a listen to, though the song can get repetitive at times, sometimes our lives feel like that too – an endless cycle of “good mornings” and “goodnights” because with different timezones and work hours, sometimes that’s all there’s time for.
I can’t remember when I felt so close to you
It’s almost more than I can bear
And though I seem a half a million miles from you
You’re in my heart and living there
At risk to completely embarrassing myself here with my Mum’s music, comes this song from 1982. But the imagery in this song makes it gold – “And the moon and the stars are the same ones you see”; “There are lovers who lie unafraid of the dark”; “And your face in my dreams is like heaven to me”; “Shanghai breezes soft and gentle remind me of your tenderness”. It is so easy for me to imagine pictures that go with these lyrics and, naturally, to relate to the distance. It’s a very heartfelt song that talks about the loneliness of a long distance relationship in a very positive and warming way.
I can’t stand the distance
I can’t dream alone
I can’t wait to see you
Yes, I’m on my way home
This is more of a childhood favourite that I rediscovered when looking for songs about LDRs, and yes, the movie is depicting two horses but the song has no mention of horses whatsoever. And at its core, it’s about having to be separated and that journey to get back to the one you love because you’ll keep coming back to that love, to that person, because that’s where you belong. For a song about being apart from one another, it’s very uplifting – it’s a song of determination and loyalty.
I have no use for rings of gold
I care not for your poetry
I only want your hand to hold
I only want you near me
Okay, maybe a little cheesy, but I’m not sorry. I absolutely fell in love with this song when I first heard it in the movie. And there have been some amazing, delicate covers of it too – take a listen to Erutan Music and Peter Hollens. However, personally, the original is still my favourite. It starts off slow and sad and beautiful, but then it just becomes fun and funny and tremendously happy and joyful. For those who haven’t seen the movie, viking chief Stoick is seeing his wife, Valka, for the first time in years and they are both very hesitant to interact with each other because it’s been so long and there’s mixed emotions going on, but Stoick begins singing her this obvious pasttime favourite song and dance, and through this they are able to rekindle their love as Valka joins in with the song and so it becomes this burst of laughter and joy as they as they become used to one another again. Stoick sings of travelling the seas to be with her, he would do anything for her, but actually Valka doesn’t care for the additions he offers her, she just wants to be with him and be near him and hold him in her arms again and isn’t that what we’re all wishing for when we’re apart from our significant other?
But when I close my eyes
The miles melt away
Like your here in my arms
At the end of the day
This lovely song is all about that longing feeling we all have in LDRs. The constant dreaming of being with one another which is sometimes the only thing keeping you sane, knowing that in time, that dream will come true. But before that can happen you have to wait it out and for the time being, the dreams you have while you’re sleeping have to make-do, because that is sadly the closest you’ll get to feeling like you’re with them for some time. And so we yearn for the day to end so we can sleep for a chance of getting that physical feeling that we long for again, and this song discusses that passionately.
What if we find ourselves beneath the snow?
Our warmest words are frozen in our throats
And all we feel is left out in the cold
You and I
My top pick may be a little biased on my part, what with my love of winter and snow and all. And strictly speaking, this isn’t necessarily a song about LDRs at all, but when I first heard it after visiting Johan for the first time and after playing in all that snow I wasn’t used to, I came home and I was like omg this is our song, this is so us, and you’ll notice I used it in our first meeting video. We had just said our goodbyes and it did feel cold and alone once more. The song uses all of these beautiful metaphors about how tough situations can get and it’s full of all of this uncertainty and it constantly asks “what if…?” but in the chorus it says, well, even if this happens, nothing’s going to change our love for each other, it’s only going to grow and grow and that bond with strengthen and we will become stronger because of it.
Even the winter won’t last forever
We’ll see the morning, we’ll feel the sun
We’ll wake up in April, ready and able
Holding the seeds in the soil
Even the darkness cannot disarm us
We’ll see the morning, we’ll feel the sun
We’ll break up the earth because we know that it’s worth it
Sowing the seeds in the soil of our love
After more LDR songs? Check out these others that didn’t make the list! They’re not all 100% about LDRs, but hold many relevant themes.
Internet Age – Jason Munday and Alex Carpenter
Long Distance – Bruno Mars
I Will Wait For You – Mumford and Sons
Never Met You – Tom Law
Life After You – Chris Daughtry
On My Way – Phil Collins
Red Lights – Tiesto