Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye – "When Love Arrives"

Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye – "When Love Arrives"

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Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye, performing at Inner City Arts in Los Angeles.

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  1. killøurdreams _ on May 28, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    I hope they’re a couple

  2. Kenchok Ongmu on May 28, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    This is beautiful

  3. Abril Paulina on May 28, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    i ship

  4. Pavani Trivedi on May 28, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    I revisited this after years and gosh it still makes me tear up.

  5. Karen Rosado on May 28, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Just a casual 18 year old girl who loves this poem….. ❤️

  6. nott a youtuber on May 28, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    I’m going through a really tough breakup right now and this has probably been the first thing to give me hope for the future since it happened

  7. Eva Weitzel on May 28, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    You are beautiful!!

  8. Mesuli Mthembu on May 28, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Mmh beautiful poem

  9. Saba Khan on May 28, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    "When love leaves, tell it to leave the door open behind it."

  10. Nishi Arora on May 28, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    hard work…

  11. WarmLavender on May 28, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Wow why am I crying oh my god?

  12. Giovana Maria on May 28, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    2019 ❤❤❤

  13. Pretty Thoughtful on May 28, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    I cry.

  14. سعاد wanna say on May 28, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    "maybe love stays
    maybe love can’t
    maybe love shouldn’t"

    "like an amateur magician; everyone could see the trap door, but me"

  15. Vivek Nair on May 28, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Sometimes Love Walkaway.

  16. Sky R on May 28, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    I really feel this one. As always, love you two

  17. rj paeste on May 28, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    this poem will always make me feel happy about love. <3

  18. trâm võ on May 28, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    This is what i need to hear right now

  19. saloni pattnaik on May 28, 2019 at 12:48 pm


  20. NEW TO MY HAND on May 28, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Love is beautiful

  21. Emma Jose on May 28, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    that "thank you for stopping by" line ripped my heart out of my chest and stomped on it DAMN

  22. Ana Carolina on May 28, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    [Sarah & Phil]
    I knew exactly what love looked like…
    In seventh grade

    Even though I hadn’t met love yet
    If love had wandered into my homeroom
    I would have recognized him at first glance
    Love wore a hemp necklace

    I would have recognized her at first glance
    Love wore a tight French braid

    Love played acoustic guitar
    And knew all my favorite Beatles songs

    Love wasn’t afraid to ride the bus with me

    [Sarah & Phil]
    And I knew

    I just must be searching the wrong classroom

    Just must be checking the wrong hallways
    She was there, I was sure of it

    If only I could find him

    [Sarah & Phil]
    But when love finally showed up

    She had a bowl cut

    He wore the same clothes every day for a week

    Love hated the bus

    Love didn’t know anything about the Beatles

    [Sarah & Phil]

    Every time I tried to kiss love

    [Sarah & Phil]
    Our teeth got in the way

    Love became the reason I lied to my parents

    "I’m going to… Ben’s house"

    Love had terrible rhythm on the dance floor
    But made sure we never missed a slow song

    Love waited by the phone because she knew if her father picked up it would be

    [Sarah (Phil)]
    "Hello ?" (*Heavy breathing*)
    "Hello ?" (*Heavy breathing*)
    "I guess they hung up"

    And love grew

    Stretched like a trampoline

    Love changed

    Love disappeared… slowly
    Like baby teeth, losing parts of me I thought I needed

    Love vanished like an amateur magician
    Everyone could see the trapdoor but me

    Like a flat tire
    There were other places I had planned on going

    [Sarah & Phil]
    But my plans didn’t matter

    Love stayed away for years
    And when love finally reappeared, I barely recognized him

    Love smelled different now, had darker eyes

    A broader back
    Love came with freckles I didn’t recognize

    New birthmarks, a softer voice

    Now there were new sleeping patterns

    New favorite books

    Love had songs that reminded him of someone else

    Songs love didn’t like to listen to

    [Sarah & Phil]
    So did I…

    But we found a park bench that fit us perfectly

    We found jokes that make us laugh

    And now love makes me fresh homemade chocolate chip cookies

    But love will probably finish most of them for a midnight snack

    Loves looks great in lingerie but still likes to wear her retainer

    Love is a terrible driver, but a great navigator

    Love knows where she’s going
    It just might take her two hours longer than she planned

    Love is messier now

    Not as simple

    Love uses the word "boobs" in front of my parents

    Love chews too loud

    Love leaves the cap off the toothpaste

    Love uses smiley faces in her text messages

    And turns out

    [Sarah & Phil]
    Love shits!

    But love also cries
    And love will tell you, "You are beautiful"

    And mean it

    [Sarah (Phil)]
    Over and over again ("You are beautiful")
    When you first wake up- ("You are beautiful")
    When you’ve just been crying- ("You are beautiful")
    When you don’t wanna hear it- ("You are beautiful")
    When you don’t believe it- ("You are beautiful")
    When nobody else will tell you, ("You are beautiful")
    Love still thinks… ("…")

    You are beautiful

    But love is not perfect and will sometimes forget

    When you need to hear it most

    [Sarah & Phil]
    You are beautiful

    Do not forget this

    Love is not who you were expecting
    Love is not what you can predict

    Maybe love is in New York City already asleep
    You are in California, Australia, wide awake
    Maybe love is always in the wrong timezone

    Maybe love is not ready for you
    Maybe you are not ready for love

    Maybe love just isn’t the marrying type

    Maybe the next time you see love is twenty years after the divorce
    Love looks older now, but just as beautiful as you remember

    Maybe love is only there for a month

    Maybe love is there for every firework, every birthday party, every hospital visit

    Maybe love stays

    Maybe love can’t

    [Sarah & Phil]
    Maybe love shouldn’t…

    Love arrives exactly when love is supposed to
    And love leaves exactly when love must

    When love arrives say,

    [Sarah & Phil]
    "Welcome, make yourself comfortable"

    If love leaves, ask her to leave the door open behind her

    Turn off the music, listen to the quiet


    [Sarah & Phil]
    "Thank you for stopping by"

  23. Sabrina Dudra on May 28, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    I love this poem so much♥️

  24. Bea Dumali on May 28, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    "Love shits"

  25. An Everlasting Zugzwang on May 28, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Listenning to beautiful young people talking about Love.

    Can a day get more depressing..

    There comes a point where you just wish you’ll die before Love ever appears.

    Better never than way too late.

  26. Gab on May 28, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    I hadn’t a favorite poem until this… English isn’t even my mother language

  27. Graeme Roberts on May 28, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Brilliant! Loved them.

  28. Anushka R. Jain on May 28, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    I watched this a couple of years ago, and here I am again watching this. The amount of love I had for this has in no ways lessened, rather it increased. Now I watch this atleast once a day!:)

  29. Sugakookiebaby BTS on May 28, 2019 at 12:59 pm


  30. Hrangaolou Rosii on May 28, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Beautifully presented..

  31. minriiku on May 28, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    i could listen to the “you are beautiful” section in a loop for a whole hour

  32. simret berhe on May 28, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    i’m crying in the club

  33. Edin Kluka on May 28, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    That last sentence got me…

  34. Ananya Gupta on May 28, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    May i just point out that both these artists are absolutely gorgeous❤️

  35. Sumana Sudharshan on May 28, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    One of the best thing I listened….the way you spoke was really good

  36. Trishla Shah on May 28, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    "Thank you for stopping by" ♥

  37. Chaos Crew on May 28, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    years later…still…goosebumps

  38. CultistGrenadier on May 28, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Man fuck this life. Thats the last shit I needed to see. This is just fucking, big-ass "please, just hang yourself" for people like me.

  39. Akupc Pcaku on May 28, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    First love sight

  40. Arwa Hassan on May 28, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    A beautiful poem. Thank u from Sana’a, Yemen.

  41. Akshay gupta on May 28, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Wowow man!!!! That was amazing.. What a beautiful definition of love…. I luv it

  42. Samantha Kelly on May 28, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    “…but my plans didn’t matter”

  43. saeeda rind on May 28, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    when love Arrives you do know what to do with it? and when feel it will show you way of friendship,hope,kindness and to wait

  44. Alisha Chandra on May 28, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Waooooow. Gorgeous, a beautiful beautiful video, amazing!

  45. Ananya Ghosh on May 28, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    "Thank you for stopping by"

  46. Fiardika Rizki on May 28, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Hai Button Poetry, can you please make the subtitle for this one?
    Thank you 🙂

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