I think of relationships that ended, and why. I have fond thoughts when I think of (most of) them.
Just like Bruce.
If you think that his 'love' died in MM then yes, you'll see it as a song about loss.
@Daisey Jeep - you know how sorry I am about Gary's ill-health and what you've both gone through … and several others on here, be it themselves or their loved ones. If people feel the lyrics reflect on these feelings I hope they help.
I, personally, don't find that this album gets me thinking along those lines - other songs do, but not these ones. I see it as a relationship album - relationships lost, not though death, but just drifting apart for whatever reason.
Excluding Smokey Joe's - I think that's his 'Rhinestone Cowboy' song … just thrown into the mix to 'brighten things up a bit.'
I'm reminded of my own mortality often. Happily, this album doesn't affect me in that way. I find it uplifting.