Musical Explorations #7: Clint Black – “Something that We Do”

 

I remember well the day we wed
I can see that picture in my head
I still believe the words we said
Forever will ring true

Love is certain, love is kind
Love is yours and love is mine
But it isn’t something that we find
It’s something that we do

It’s holding tight, lettin’ go
It’s flying high and laying low
Let your strongest feelings show
And your weakness, too

It’s a little and a lot to ask
An endless and a welcome task
Love isn’t something that we have
It’s something that we do

We help to make each other all that we can be
Though we can find our strength and inspiration independently
The way we work together is what sets our love apart
So closely that you can’t tell where I end and where you start

It gives me heart remembering how
We started with a simple vow
There’s so much to look back on now
Still it feels brand-new

We’re on a road that has no end
And each day we begin again
Love’s not just something that we’re in
It’s something that we do

We help to make each other all that we can be
Though we can find our strength and inspiration independently
The way we work together is what sets our love apart
So closely that you can’t tell where I end and where you start

Love is wide, love is long
Love is deep and love is strong
Love is why I love this song
And I hope you love it too

I remember well the day we wed
I can see that picture in my head
Love isn’t just those words we said
It’s something that we do

There’s no request too big or small
We give ourselves, we give our all
Love isn’t someplace that we fall
It’s something that we do

What can I say? There’s so much good stuff in this song. Clint Black is full of gems like this one.

The thing that distinguishes this song from just about every other love song in any genre, is that most of those songs treat love like a feeling at best, an accident at worst. This one does not.

“Falling in love?” What part of that sounds intentional? It’s part of a tendency to shrug off responsibility (“The woman whom You gave me, she gave to me, and I ate…”). We don’t want to have to face the consequences for our actions, and this has bled over into areas that are good things, and that we are perfectly willing to face up to.

Many songs express undying love and a willingness to die for that love. That’s good. That’s what love does. It dies. But, due to these errors we have fallen into, very often this concept fails to make it all the way through the song.

 

With this song, however, it takes the concept of love in the exactly opposite, and correct, direction. Love is not a circumstance in which you find yourself: it’s something you have to actively work at to build and maintain. Most broken marriages are because the couple assumes that love is just a hole that you fall into. And you might climb out of.

However, the singer loves his wife just as much as he did when they first married: no, much more. Because he loves in an active way, and is not apathetic. He changes things all the time, constantly making them bigger and better, instead of being apathetic and letting his marriage fall to pieces.

 

Like the song says, just because you can make it on your own doesn’t mean thats the best way: especially in a marriage. God designed this to be a partnership, a working-togetherness. Don’t split it up. You’ll never make it by relying on yourself.

I remember well the day we wed
I can see that picture in my head
I still believe the words we said
Forever will ring true
Love is certain, love is kind
Love is yours and love is mine
But it isn’t something that we find
It’s something that we do
It’s holding tight, lettin’ go
It’s flying high and laying low
Let your strongest feelings show
And your weakness, too
It’s a little and a lot to ask
An endless and a welcome task
Love isn’t something that we have
It’s something that we do
We help to make each other all that we can be
Though we can find our strength and inspiration independently
The way we work together is what sets our love apart
So closely that you can’t tell where I end and where you start
It gives me heart remembering how
We started with a simple vow
There’s so much to look back on now
Still it feels brand-new
We’re on a road that has no end
And each day we begin again
Love’s not just something that we’re in
It’s something that we do
We help to make each other all that we can be
Though we can find our strength and inspiration independently
The way we work together is what sets our love apart
So closely that you can’t tell where I end and where you start
Love is wide, love is long
Love is deep and love is strong
Love is why I love this song
And I hope you love it too
I remember well the day we wed
I can see that picture in my head
Love isn’t just those words we said
It’s something that we do
There’s no request too big or small
We give ourselves, we give our all
Love isn’t someplace that we fall
It’s something that we do
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5 comments

  1. Nick House

    Check out the song “Do You Love Me Enough To Let Me Go” by Switchfoot. Songwriter Jon Foreman wrote it as sort of a response to the kinds of love songs he heard on the radio and he has this to say about it: ” ‘I can’t live without you’- ‘I would die if you ever left me’- These are not the songs of love, these are the songs of consumption.” Very true.

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