“Everything I Own” by Bread (1972)

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“Everything I Own” by Bread (1972)
The Lord Is My Chef Sunday Music//Week XIX-B//12August 2018
Believe.  Love.  And live.

            On this third consecutive Sunday of the “bread of life” discourse of Jesus found only in the sixth chapter of John’s gospel account, our LordMyChefSundayMusic takes its cue again from the 70’s group Bread with their hit “Everything I Own.”  Listeners have always interpreted it as a song about a broken relationship; but, according to its composer David Gates, the song is tribute to his late father when he composed it in 1972.  The first stanza says so well Gates’ love for his late father. 

            But that is the beauty of music!  It has a unique quality of being so universal in meaning with many applications in the various instances of our lives.  It is indeed the food of the soul, like Jesus Christ as the bread of life.  We simply have to believe.  And when we believe, we love and start to live.  But when we stop believing, then we also stop loving because there is no more life to live.  Jesus is now offering us Himself as our bread of life, our sustenance in this life and to eternity.  Most of all, when we have Jesus as our bread of life, we partake in His divine life that leads us to real fulfillment.  But, are we willing to let go of everything to have Jesus, to believe in Him so we can truly love and live fulfilled?

You sheltered me from harm
Kept me warm, kept me warm
You gave my life to me
Set me free, set me free
The finest years I ever knew,
Were all the years I had with you

(Ref.)  And I would give anything I own
I’d give up my life, my heart, my home
I would give everything I own,
Just to have you back again

You taught me how to love
What it’s of, what it’s of
You never said too much,
But still you showed the way
And I knew from watching you//Nobody else could ever know,
The part of me that can’t let go (repeat refrain)

Is there someone you know,
Your loving them so,
But taking them all for granted?
You may lose them one day
Someone takes them away,
And they don’t hear the words you long to say (Ref.)

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