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  1. Great piece, but while I agree Hart was crying out to be loved for himself and himself only (and pray tell, who isn’t?) it wasn’t because no woman would love him. He was gay. It was well known at the time, though obviously he coudln’t be out and proud about it. That really wasn’t a thing yet.

    He really was not a bad-looking man at all. Very short, yes. Somewhat oversized head, sure. But half the woman on the planet fell in love with Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones. I’m sure many men did too. No, the problem was that the culture there wasn’t sympathetic to same sex love. It could barely tolerate same sex sex, mainly by pretending it wasn’t happening.

    There was a perfectly good hook-up scene, behind the scenes. Women could manage some kind of domestic arrangement a bit easier–the sculptor who created the angel sculpture at Central Park’s Bethesda fountain, Emma Stebbins, found the love of her life in an actress she met, and they lived together happpily, none the wiser, unless they cared to be. But for a man of Hart’s fame (and perpetual drunkenness) to find such longtime companionship–not likely.

    So this song is the anthem for anyone, straight, gay, whatever, who has ever yearned with their whole heart for the kind of love that asks not how you look, how you speak, what you make, but only WHO YOU ARE–and most of us look in vain, most of the time. I know it’s out there. I’ve felt it. I’ve had it felt for me. But it’s elusive, at the best of times. And it’s the best of times a billion times over. When you have it. If there’s a heaven, that’s all there is there.

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