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Not Broken, Just Bent

When I was about 8 years old, my best friend, Jenny, and I wrote a song.  The music was one of those automatic, repeating rhythms on my little white Casio keyboard.  The name of the song was “Shoppin’ and Boppin’.”  I still remember the lyrics, though I won’t bore you with them here.  We worked for hours on that song, and in the end, we were pretty proud of ourselves.  I wrote one other song, when I was a teenager.  That one was about a boy, and had actual music composed on a piano.  I don’t recall anything about it now, but songwriting was, and still is, a skill I greatly admire.

Songs can make you smile when you’re just trying to make it through a really bad day.  They can bring tears that are sometimes cathartic, and sometimes painful with remembrance.  A really good song can bring you right back to the moment when you first heard it.  Some songs will cause you to turn up the volume and start dancing, without even realizing you’re doing it.  They’re just words and notes, but they are powerful.

Sometimes you can’t help what songs get on that never-ending loop in your brain.  You know, that one attached to your spontaneous-bursting-into-song-at-embarrassing-moments button?  My 2-yr-old can finish the line, “Weeee are never, ever, ever….”  No, I did not intentionally teach her a song about fickle teenage break-ups.  It’s that darn loop, and the button!

There’s this song….this amazing song…..that has been on that loop in my brain for months.  The song is “Just Give Me a Reason,” written and performed by Pink.  I referenced it in a previous post (Broken – Part 2) because it was just in. my. brain.  I’m a fan of Pink…I love her “Behind the Music” story.  She refused to be made like all the other pop princesses.  Her marriage was rocky, then ended, and then began again.  Her voice is phenomenal, and of course, she’s incredibly beautiful.  I’m bummed that she likes to use profanity, because so many of her songs have profound, or just really fun, messages.  So I stick to the edited “radio” versions.

“Just Give Me a Reason” delivers a powerful picture that is really contrary to the cultural norm.  Our divorce rate is extremely high here in America (over 50%), and I believe it is largely because people treat marriages like high school romances.  When you stop feeling those euphoric new love feelings, or you bicker all the time, or you have to go through something hard, or you meet someone who’s more attractive and therefore must make a better mate……you decide it’s time to move on.  Marriage is hard work, and statistics seem to show that many Americans just don’t want the hassle of fixing what is broken.

But Pink’s song paints a picture of just the opposite.  It offers hope that what seems broken and irreparable, is really just bent, and can be repaired.  And it resonates with my soul.  Her song leaves one element out that I, personally, would include in any discussion of mending a broken relationship.  And that is the power of a living God to heal and restore.  I’ve included the lyrics below.  I was going to add my own little thoughts, but I really think that the story is very clear.  It’s about never giving up.

Right from the start
You were a thief
You stole my heart
And I your willing victim
I let you see the parts of me
That weren’t all that pretty
And with every touch you fixed them

Now you’ve been talking in your sleep, oh, oh
Things you never say to me, oh, oh
Tell me that you’ve had enough
Of our love, our love

Just give me a reason
Just a little bit’s enough
Just a second we’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again
It’s in the stars
It’s been written in the scars on our hearts
We’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again

I’m sorry I don’t understand
Where all of this is coming from
I thought that we were fine
(Oh, we had everything)
Your head is running wild again
My dear we still have everythin’
And it’s all in your mind
(Yeah, but this is happenin’)

You’ve been havin’ real bad dreams, oh, oh
You used to lie so close to me, oh, oh
There’s nothing more than empty sheets
Between our love, our love
Oh, our love, our love

Just give me a reason
Just a little bit’s enough
Just a second we’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again
I never stopped
You’re still written in the scars on my heart
You’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again

Oh, tear ducts can rust
I’ll fix it for us
We’re collecting dust
But our love’s enough
You’re holding it in
You’re pouring a drink
No nothing is as bad as it seems
We’ll come clean

Just give me a reason
Just a little bit’s enough
Just a second we’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again
It’s in the stars
It’s been written in the scars on our hearts
That we’re not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again


And since it’s really not as powerful unless you hear it, I’ve included a link to the song itself.  Enjoy!