I had originally chosen this cover by Us as today's Tunesday a few weeks back, but stumbled upon this song one Sunday. It's one that they wrote and performed for the first time at their wedding in 2013. When Pentatonix came out with their cover of A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera's Say Something, we considered the song as a option for a Tunesday post at some point. My problem with the song was that because the person to whom the writer was speaking didn't reciprocate, they were being given up on. In so many instances when someone is dealing with mental health issues, the problem is not that they don't want to respond or reach out for help, but that they simply cannot. As it turns out the song is actually about unrequited love, but it definitely left me thinking.
The message that we want to send to people is that we will support them and stand by them, not that we're placing conditions and a time limit on the relationship. As the saying goes, "You never know who your true friends are until something goes wrong." Going through what can - for many - be the most difficult thing they will experience, sometimes what you need, is someone not to try and fix you, but just to be there. That's what Us is saying in this song. Even though they say that these words are essentially their wedding vows, it seems a beautiful and perfect promise to make to anyone you love.
Until next time...