MacLean said it was the first song he ever wrote and at a young age.
Seventeen years old. I was actually roadie for the Byrds at the time. I wrote that song from Roger McGuinn's (he was Jim McGuinn then) guitar break in "The Bells of Rhymney." If you listen to it closely, it's the same configuration.And, indeed, it is rather simple. But it is a testament to his natural writing ability that the words are so simple AND heartfelt.
The Love version showcases Arthur Lee singing lead. A flute also features prominently and to great effect. The song flows along, dreamlike. Words float by and disappear like smoke. Lee sings the last chorus passionately, though it is not his greatest vocal effort.
On MacLean's solo record, Ifyoubelievein, he sings the song much more beautifully. Here, the recording benefits from the simplicity of his voice and the acoustic guitar. He also adds another verse.
Love (live in 1989)
Carnivals and cotton candy and you
And I love you too you know I do
Prettier than anything in the world
And I love you too
You know I do
You make me happy
Laughing, glad, and full of glee
And you don't have to try, girl
For you it comes so naturally
Right here in my arms
Orange Skies by Love
Orange Skies by Bryan MacLean
Orange Skies [second version] by Bryan MacLean