The celebration of Valentine’s Day is difficult to trace back in history. Many believe that the day of love dates back to ancient Rome with the martyr of a priest named Saint Valentine on February 14, A.D. 269.
Saint Valentine helped Roman soldiers marry when they were forbidden to by the emperor. Following his death, the Feast of Saint Valentine was observed every February 14 to honor his life.
In the 5th century, the day collided with an existing holiday that was set on February 15 called Lupercalia. The two holidays became one dedicated to praying for good health and fruitfulness.
As the years passed, romantics like William Shakespeare and Geoffrey Chaucer developed the holiday into what it is today – a day of showing your appreciation and love to those you admire.
Valentine’s Day has become commercialized in recent years, and has led to an unrealistic expectation of giving and receiving love. According to finder.com, Americans are anticipated to spend $30 billion on Valentine’s Day this year.
Although receiving flowers, cards, candy and gifts from a loved one is thoughtful, it can become demanding.
We have compiled a list of five love songs that you can indulge in throughout Valentine’s Day without spending a dime:
1. L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole
L is for the way you look at me
O is for the only one I see
V is very, very extraordinary
E is even more than anyone that you adore can
2. I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash
I find it very, very easy to be true
I find myself alone when each day's through
Yes, I'll admit that I'm a fool for you
Because you're mine, I walk the line
3. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley
Like a river flows surely to the sea
Darling so it goes
Some things are meant to be
Take my hand, take my whole life too
For I can't help falling in love with you
4. Be Careful, It’s My Heart by Irving Berlin
Sweetheart of mine, I've sent you a valentine.
Sweetheart of mine, it's more than a valentine.
Be careful, it's my heart.
5. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You by Scotty and Lulu Belle Wiseman
Have I told you lately that I love you?
Could I tell you once again somehow?
Have I told with all my heart and soul
How I adore you?
Well darling, I’m telling you now