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Song: “That’s What Love Is”

“That’s What Love Is”

Behind the Song

This song started, like many of my songs do, with the first line of the first verse.

Once I had that, I had the entire idea for the song.

But the devil was in the details. I worked and re-worked it many times over several months. Added verses, removed verses, changed the key, changed the strumming to an arpeggio-pick, changed the tempo/delivery from fast & forceful to soft & smooth.

I’m happy where it ended up.

It’s a sort of an anti-rom-com song: love is more than just a feeling.

(Don’t get me wrong: I love a good rom-com. When Harry Met Sally is one of my favorite movies.)

Sure, those feelings gotta be there, especially to get the ball rolling. But then there’s something else. I hate to call it “work” — I don’t like to think of it that way (I guess I still hear the echo of rom-com magical thinking) — but that’s probably what it is. Maybe “effort” is a more palatable word.

I know I’m not saying anything new with this, but I hope you like how I say it.

Mostly sweet, I think … say just 55% dark

Lyrics

I don't love you because you're beautiful
or because you said you're mine.
I don't love you because you're kind to me
nearly all the time.

Well it's hard to put a word to it
so please forgive me as I try
it's the way I feel torn apart
every time I see you cry.

It's the way my feet return to you
when I'm standing at the door.
Like a magnet, you pull me back
pull me back for more.

That's what love is
you know it when you stay
that's what love is
and show up every day
that's what love is
even if no one else can see
that's what love is
you and me

I don't love you because I'm used to you
or because you take my quirks.
And it's not because you stick around
after I've acted like a jerk.

It's because you are a part of me.
'Cause when I close my eyes,
I can still see your after-glow
like a fading sunrise.

That's what love is
you know it when you stay
that's what love is
and show up every day
that's what love is
even if no one else can see
that's what love is
you and me

It's not what I dreamt of
when I was thirteen
Not like a movie
where a feeling saves the scene.
There's no magic spell-word
to wish trouble far behind.
But if you can continue,
you get a little better
over time.

That's what love is
you know it when you stay
that's what love is
and show up every day
that's what love is
even if no one else can see
that's what love is
you and me

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