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2 Songs From The Early 90s That Are More Christian Than I Realized At The Time

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If you can identify one of the songs by this screen grab, you are a gangsta. Give yourself a gold star.

You gotta love the title for this post, right?  Rolls right off your tongue.

Anyway, the early 1990s saw a musical culture in flux; it wasn’t the 80s anymore but Grunge Rock and Gangsta Rap had not yet electrified the landscape.  In 1991, the biggest song of the year was from the film Robin Hood:  Prince of Thieves via Brian Adams’ “Everything I do (I Do It For You),” and in that tradition, I bring you 2 Songs From The Early 90s That Are More Christian Than I realized At The Time, because I’m just noticing this now. 

Amy Grant was a Christian Artist that had crossover success with “Every Heartbeat” and “Baby Baby” and yeah, I didn’t realize that till now.  Notice that the lyrics to “Every Heartbeat” aren’t explicitly about Jesus:

Hear me speak what’s on my mind
Let me give this testimony
Reaffirm that you will find
That you are my one and only
No exception to this rule
I’m simple but I’m no fool
I’ve got a witness happy to say
Every hour, every day
Every heartbeat bears your name
Loud and clear they stake my claim
My red blood runs true blue
And every heartbeat belongs to you
Classic case of boy meets girl
Moving in the same direction
You’re not asking for the world
I’m not asking for perfection
Just a love that’s well designed
For passing the test of time
I’m here to tell you, I’m here to stay
Every hour, every day
Every heartbeat bears your name
Loud and clear they stake my claim
Ask anyone and they’ll tell you it’s true
That every heartbeat belongs to you

But yeah, things like “testimony,” “reaffirm” and “testify” all kinda grab me as buzzwords.  (Also, the end of the tune is a big Gospel-y.)  The line “Every heartbeat bears your name,” when you watch the video makes you think she’s talking about a guy, but when you simply listen to the song and you’re aware of his Christian music heritage, I tend to think “your name” should probably be “Your name” because she’s talking about God.  Now you may want to throw “Classic case of boy meets girl” at me, but I must counter with the fact that they’re “Moving in the same direction,” and that direction is toward God.

If that’s not literal enough for you, check out 1990’s contribution:

I remember this song being out.  I really thought he was talking about a woman… look, I was nine, I blew it.  Most songs men sing are about women, OK?!?  It was an honest mistake.

The wind is moving
But I am standing still
A life of pages
Waiting to be filled

A heart that’s hopeful
A head that’s full of dreams
But this becoming
Is harder than it seems

Feels like I’m
Looking for a reason
Roamin’ through the night to find
My place in this world
My place in this world
Not a lot to lean on
I need your light to help me find
My place in this world
My place in this world

If there are millions
Down on their knees
Among the many
Can you still hear me

Hear me asking
Where do I belong?
Is there a vision
That I can call my own?

Show me, I’m
Looking for a reason
Roamin’ through the night to find
My place in this world
My place in this world
Not a lot to lean on
I need your light to help me find
My place in this world
My place in this world

Lookin’ for a reason
Roamin’ through the night to find
My place in this world
My place in this world
Not a lot to lean on
I need your light to help me find
My place in this world
My place in this world

Lookin’ for a reason
Roamin’ through the night to find
My place in this world
My place in this world

This dude is talking about God.  There will be no debate.

How in the hell (pardon the pun) did I miss “If there are millions/Down on their knees/Among the many/Can you still hear me,” I wonder?  To be fair, I was listening to this song in between episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Super Mario Bros. Super Show.

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So… Jesus!  It was right there all along and I missed it. I guess Reverend Lovejoy was right after all when he said, “All things are about Jesus,” including (Especially?) pop music from the early 90s.

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About Jamie Insalaco

Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com, BomberBanter.com and editor in chief of ComicBookClog.com

Posted on May 7, 2015, in lists, music review, what the hell is this song about anyway and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Nice post. Informative.

    FYI, Amy Grant’s personal background as a country singer is rooted deep in the Bible Belt and her early songs were indeed of the gospel genre. My first knowledge about her is that of a country gospel singer though later, she tried moving her career to a more mainstream market by singing songs that could be ‘mistaken’ for gospel because the lyrics bear no profanities nor expletives and, compared to the usual fare of very implicit worldly love songs, her song lyrics are “too soft”, too old-fashioned, too “prude” for mainstream market. Nevertheless, her gospel faith and background still make their mark in her musical and recording career, releasing an album that is totally and absolutely for Christian consumption, containing songs that are rooted in hymns that one commonly hears in country churches. The album is titled “Somewhere Down the Road”, (and it has no allusion whatsoever to Barry Manilow’s song).

    Michael W. Smith also primarily carved his career as a gospel music songwriter-singer. That should explain his musical leanings and his lyrics writing.

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