love the one you happen be standing next to

Is it just me or do a lot of people misunderstand the meaning of the expression (song) “love the one you’re with”. They seem to interpret “with” as “dating” or “married to” – making the statement a commandment of fidelity. (Example.)

That’s not what the song was about, dudes:

If your guy can’t come to you
And you don’t remember who you’re talking to

And if you cant be with the one you love
Love the one you’re with

Don’t sit cryin’ for good times you had
There’s a girl right next to you
And she’s waiting for something to do

It’s like totally about free love, man. Or more accurately, it’s some ham-fisted lyrical mumbojumbo (“there’s a rose in a fisted glove, and the eagle flies with the dove “ – uh, what?) mixed with some good ol’ fashioned sexual/romantic nihilism. Now that’s something I can really get behind.