Songs & insights – 9 Oct 2022

  • Barry 

Many songs float in and out of my head much of the time – this has always happened. On the Camino they are worth contemplation.

The first I shared some time back was “The Road not taken “ . The one that needs sharing today is Nature Boy.

It covers the importance of love and the greatest thing is “to love and be loved in return”

This started an internal mental debate on love – does this create vulnerability and dependency? Ideally not – remembering the movie love story and the much quoted “Love means not ever having to say you’re sorry.” Well… my internal mental jury didn’t buy that so it carried on discussion.

Einstein defined love to his daughter beautifully…”Love is Light, that enlightens those who give and receive it. Love is gravity, because it makes some people feel attracted to others. Love is power, because it multiplies the best we have, and allows humanity not to be extinguished in their blind selfishness.”

This definition works for me

Nature Boy was made famous by Nat King Cole in the 1940s – it was one of my parents favorites. Countless artists have sung this since – Nat King Cole is my firm favorite

I came across Nature Boy on the Camino – Via del Plata in 2018 when I had the privilege to meet and walk a couple of days with Graham Jones from Sydney, Australia. Graham is a loner who avoided crowds and preferred to walk alone. Nature Boy was his favorite tune that he would hum or make dijjeree do sounds to. We even tried to do a duet with Graham humming/ dijjereedoing and Barry singing.

There are people who display love especially as Einstein defines it above – who we do fortunately meet and then this song comes to mind …

Nature Boy was written by Eden Ahbez an interesting laid back Hippie type person in California.


There was a boy A very strange enchanted boy
They say he wandered very far, very far
Over land and sea
A little shy and sad of eye
But very wise was he
And then one day
A magic day he passed my way
And while we spoke of many things
Fools and kings
This he said to me – The greatest thing you’ll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return

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