Only a singer/songwriter as brilliant as Steve Earle could get away with forgetting Valentine's Day and replacing flowers, chocolate, dinner, jewelry, etc. with a beautiful new ballad.
Here's how he introduces the song "Valentine's Day" on the live version found on his highly recommended compilation "The Definitive Collection 1983-1997."
"This song was written on February 13th because, ah, it was, getting ready to be Valentine's Day and I can't get no kind of a license (laughs) ... I hadn't done enough planning in advance, which is the story of my life, so I wrote this."
Here's the studio version off his killer country-rock album "I Feel Alright," which came out in 1996.