in my previous post, i talked about songs that have had a significant theological impact on my life. one of the songs i listed was roll to the middle by sara groves. sara groves is an amazing and insightful artist who always has profoundly theological lyrics in a neatly packed pop facade. one of the most engaging things about her music is simply her emotionally charged voice and endearing musical arrangements.
roll to the middle is one of her most emotionally charged songs and one of my favorites. i have to admit, i’m a cryer…and this is one of those songs that it takes me less than one verse to get teary-eyed. in all seriousness, lyrically, it’s that emotive and truthful. she has done what very little music does for relationships and especially marriage: she tells the truth. marriage isn’t all lovey moments and wedded bliss. it’s a dirty business that relies on much more than just love or infatuation. sara groves beautifully captures this.
anytime someone starts going on and on about how much they love their spouse in a blog or the like, i almost want to gag because of how sugary it always is. with that said, though, i am bad about not stopping to appreciate christen and what she means in my life. she is every love cliché and then so much more to me. the moment this song comes on, i am reminded about how deep and lasting my love is for you.
so, i’m posting the lyrics and then (in hopes to avoid a call from sara groves’ lawyer…) :), i’m posting the mp3. enjoy (and get some kleenex for all you fellow cryers…).
We just had a World War III here in our kitchenWe both thought the meanest thingsAnd then we both said themWe shot at each other till we lost amunitionThis is how I know our loveThis is when I feel it’s powerHere in the absence of itThis is my darkest hourWhen both of us are hunkered downAnd waiting for the truceAll the complicated warsThey end pretty simpleHere when the lights go downWe roll to the middleNo matter how my pride resistsNo matter how this wall feels trueNo matter how I can’t be sureThat you’re gonna roll in tooNo matter what, no matter whatI’m going to reach for you