Just For You

A fun exercise

Below are the lyrics of a song I enjoyed on my way into work this morning. Read them (and imagine a relaxed backbeat and lush production) and see if you can discern its purpose.

Is it a secular/pop love song, or is it a worship song? Or both?

Verse

Deep inside,
A feeling of wonder
Some kind of magic in your eyes
And the feeling grows stronger everyday

Chorus

Just for you
Love from me
I give you everything

Just for you
Love from me
Give my heart honestly

Verse

Close your eyes,
You know I'm here with you
Sharing the love you bring so sweetly
It's special and brand new in so many ways

Chorus

Just for you
Love from me
I give you everything

Just for you
Love from me
Give my heart honestly

Bridge

Late at night when you sigh and you can't sleep
(just close your eyes)
I'll make your worries disappear
Just call out my name (call out my name)
I'll be there

(pno.solo)


Chorus, Out-Tro

Just for you
Love from me
I give you everything

Just for you
Love from me
Give my heart honestly

&etc.

The answer: Secular love song. (Frankly, the "magic in your eyes," line should have given it away.) The themes it uses...

  • Internal emotions and mysticism ("deep inside, a feeling of wonder")
  • Total dedication ("I give you everything")
  • Love (no distinction, of course, between eros and agape)

...are common to a large body of popular musics, and by virtue of their overlap with CCM, find their way into 'church' music.

The artist in this case: Shakatak, "Just For You," from Smooth Solos (2002) This is a great (now possibly defunct, I believe) smooth jazz group from the 80s and 90s. I don't know much about them but I do know the music was impeccably produced, listener-friendly, and very smooth.

With some very minor tweaks, this song--including the arrangement and production--would fit in very well with many "contemporary music," programs.

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