The song ‘Human’ by Human League is one of the saddest songs ever. It is not and was not the most popular song in the world, released in 1986, but I think it is seriously meaningful. 

So the lyrics are about a couple trying to justify cheating on each other while being apart for a while, hence why he says ‘I’m only human’ and ‘born to make mistakes’. 

The thing is, even though I have never cheated or been cheated upon, this song strikes a chord. There is something about the music and the story which really makes my heart do something. Because it is so rare that in a song about cheating 

a) both parties admit to it 

b) there is a theme of forgiveness 

c) that it truly was a mistake: that this couple really love each other and want to reconcile. There is a palpable air of regret.

Another aspect of this song is the fact that it reminds us that nobody is an angel. Nobody is infallible. And that’s not only about being unfaithful. I think sometimes we expect our better halves to not only be better, but to be super. To never hurt us or disappoint us. To never fail us.

But that’s impossible. Because they are only human. They will fail us. And we will fail them. It’s what happens after the fact which shows us what we are made of. 

Human – Human League

Come on, baby, dry your eyes

Wipe your tears

Never like to see you cry

Won’t you please forgive me ?
I wouldn’t ever try to hurt you

I just needed someone to hold me

To fill the void while you were gone

To fill this space of emptiness
I’m only human

Of flesh and blood I’m made

Human

Born to make mistakes
So many nights I longed to hold you

So many times I looked and saw your face

Nothing could change the way I feel

No-one else could ever take your place
I’m only human

Of flesh and blood I’m made

Human

Born to make mistakes
I am just a man
(Human, human)

Please forgive me
The tears I cry aren’t tears of pain

They’re only to hide my guilt and shame

I forgive you, now I ask the same of you

While we were apart I was human too
(Human, human)

I’m only human

Of flesh and blood I’m made

I am just a man

Human

Born to make mistakes
Good night everyone.

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