Love is Indescribable: Otis Redding "I Love You More Than Words Can Say"

An (apparently) ongoing series exploring songs about love and the themes behind them. See the others here.

Love is Indescribable

Here are the lyrics for "I Love You More Than Words Can Say" as performed by Otis Redding:

Please, let me sit down beside you.
I've got something to tell you, you should know.
I just couldn't wait for not another day.
I love you, for more than words can ever say.
Honey living without you is so painful.
I was tempted to call it a day.
You've got me in your hand, why can't you understand.
I love you baby, for more than words can say.
I just can't sleep, when I lay down in my bed.
The thougths of you babe, just linger in my head.
Living without you is so painful. I was tempted to call it a day.
You've got me in your hand, why can't you understand.
I love you honey, for more than words can say.
I love you honey, for more than words can say.
Yes, I do.
Remember the last time you told a friend about how you felt about your new love. You had image after image in your head, but found yourself at a loss to explain the excitement, the fear, the happiness, the...wonderfulness of it all, right? That's what Otis is telling us about here. He's choking on the words that he needs to share with his love, but even once he gets her there he's unable to fully explain what he needs her to know. All he can do is tell her where he was, and how sad his old life seems in retrospect. 
That's really all we have when talking about love isn't it? Comparison. "I love you forever and a day." "Deeper than the hollow." "Until the sun goes black." "'Til death do we part." It's all our feeble way of quantifying and classifying our love. It's like describing God by saying that he's bigger than the biggest mountain and smarter than all the scientists put together. It's true, but it's such an underwhelming and unsatisfactory description. It just doesn't do it justice.
You can't do it justice. Not in words. To know what love feels like, you have to be there. Otis has been there, and anytime you need a reminder in your life, I suggest this one to give you that memory jog you're looking for.
Key lesson: Don't stop trying to name your feelings. Don't be disappointed when you are never successful.