99 Years of a Wonderful Life.

A song I’ve been obsessing over in the last week is called “99 Years,” sung by Josh Groban and Jennifer Nettles. I’ve loved both of these singers for a while now; Groban has always had such uplifting songs that has kept me going and Jennifer Nettles of course was in the band Sugarland and has become a brilliant singer on her own.

The lyrics to 99 years goes as follows:

Boy meets girl and the world stops turning
She makes him forget all the rules he was learning
They give a toast to the ones who never stop hoping
With not much to lean and eyes wide open
And they look up high and wonder what the future’s gonna hold

Will we look back down on 99 years of a wonderful life?
Where we laughed till we cried and
our love grew stronger with every fight
There’ll be a thousand moments for you to say “I told you”
And a million more for us to say “I love you”
So let’s look forward to you and I looking back
At 99 years like that, at 99 years like that

They build a house of love in the face of worry
But life has a way of rewriting the story
There were times when it looked like nothing could save them
And there were times when it looked like nothing could break them
They keep promising each other what the future’s gonna hold

Will we look back down on 99 years of a wonderful life?
Where we laughed and we cried and
our love grew stronger with every fight
There’ll be a thousand moments for you to say “I told you”
And a million more for us to say “I love you”
So let’s look forward to you and I looking back
To 99 years

Of nothing unspoken
Live every day hoping
That when we feel broken
Our scars make us golden
Still choose you and I

Will we look back down on 99 years of a wonderful life?
Where we laughed till we cried and
our love was stronger with every fight
There’ll be a thousand moments for you to say “I told you”
And a million more for us to say “I love you”
So let’s look forward to you and I looking back
At 99 years like that
Oh, at 99 years like that
At 99 years like that

I watched the pair sing this song on PBS a couple weeks ago and the song just caught me instantly. Because I’m in a relationship now, listening to the lyrics of love songs more closely is something that I’ve been doing more often.

I think this song is important because it speaks to the love a couple shares over 99 years, that even when life has been hard, they’re still together and they still love each other deeply. I want to be able to have this with my boyfriend. I want to be able to look back after a lifetime and say “Look at us, we made it. I loved you through it all and I still love you.” The song is touching and pretty magical in that sense. With God, all things are possible and I want our love to be included in that.

https://youtu.be/LRz5lCx9EmQ

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