ALL OF ME BY JOHN LEGEND
I love this song. I first heard it a couple months ago when we were driving around the Orlando area looking for a place to eat dinner. The lyrics, the music, all of it…spoke to me. As in, when this song comes on, I can’t hear anyone else talking to me until it’s over.
So today I spent some time reading the lyrics when the song came on Magic 107.7 –Orlando (amazing radio station BTW).
What would I do without your smart mouth?
Drawing me in, and you kicking me out
You’ve got my head spinning, no kidding, I can’t pin you down
What’s going on in that beautiful mind
I’m on your magical mystery ride
And I’m so dizzy, don’t know what hit me, but I’ll be alright
Usually when I hear this song, I think of two things. First I imagine a man singing this to the woman he loves. I’m a sucker for romance. The strong silent type; a rugged man looking into the eyes of the woman of his dreams, wiping away a tear, kissing her tenderly. Swoon. Oh my goodness. It’s a love song, right?
When I’m not aroused by this song (it happens), I think about God and how much He loves his children. I think of the song as a love song from me to God. He loves all of me. He knows I’m not perfect but He loves me anyway. Thinking of the song this way, leaves me in awe. He knows I’m not perfect but He loves me anyway. The idea of His never ending love for me makes me stand still and think about how blessed I really am.
Today, my response to this song was different though. As the song played, I googled the lyrics and started reading through them.
How many times do I have to tell you
Even when you’re crying you’re beautiful too
The world is beating you down, I’m around through every mood
You’re my downfall, you’re my muse
My worst distraction, my rhythm and blues
I can’t stop singing, it’s ringing, in my head for you
Those are deep words. You’re beautiful even when you’re crying. The world is beating you down, [but] I’m around through every mood. And that’s when it occurred to me. This could be a love song to self.
We all have that internal critic talking in circles in our heads. And if you’ve been abused or neglected, there’s the likelihood that you have the voices of your abuser(s) in your head too. And when those voices start talking, it’s hard to do anything but listen. Then the listening turns to negative self-talk and it’s this endless, vicious cycle that doesn’t end until you’re a crying heap of self-doubt and self-loathing.
Think about it; a love song to self. Don’t we need that from time to time? What if the voice in your head, your voice, was so busy singing this love song to you that it drowned out all those negative voices trying to mess with your head?
‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you
What's your take on this song? Have you sung a love song to yourself lately? Do you love your curves and all your edges? All your perfect imperfections?