This is a pretty old song from Nelly Furtado but it's still a classic and the sense of the song is still so profound even to these times (it's really not that old anyway). It's one of my favorites and I just recently heard it and decided to write something about it while the feeling is still there.
According to Nelly, the song is about the reality of love. "My energy used to just go everywhere, but now I'm more grounded because I've found true love. The idea here is that, yeah, sometimes life sucks. But life is only so long, and somebody can come along who makes you want to be a better person."
It also shows the reality of life, not just love. The verses speak about the harsh realities that one faces in life and the chorus goes in and then love comes along...strong but struggling.
"And all I can do is TRY"
The song ends in a positive way that through these hardships and trials of life and love can freedom be achieved in a refined manner.
"We are free in our LOVE"
The song starts off with something that sounds like a heartbeat---it's like she really put her heart into this. It also has a kind of quietness depicted with using a few instruments in the beginning and comes on strong as the song progresses. The song kind of gives off a melancholic feeling (if you really absorb yourself in the music). It's not the kind of feeling you usually get when you listen to mushy love songs that you hear on the radio or anywhere (mainstream music) but the kind of feeling you get from the reality of life and love in general. Maybe it's just me. Lol. The ending had the strongest beat signifying a happy ending despite of all the hardships and failures that life and love brings.
In my perspective, the verses speak so much for me.
"All I know is EVERYTHING IS NOT AS IT'S SOLD
but the more I grow, THE LESS I KNOW"
Almost every line in the verse is something that I feel I can relate and connect to. They speak so much. It gives off an almost perfect portrayal of hardship and life's reality and how deceptive and ironic the world can be. It kind of makes you numb just to shut yourself out from the pain.
"I wish I hadn't seen all of the REALNESS
and all the REAL PEOPLE are really not real at all"
"The more I learn, THE MORE I LEARN
The more I cry, THE MORE I CRY
As I say goodbye to the way of life
I thought I had designed for me"
The chorus is how I perceive love. Someone comes along. Everything seems to change. Somehow the old you cannot fit in anymore to this new change since you have to compromise for love. Some things must be left behind. And somehow, you gradually change along with this new change (which can either be good or bad). And all you can do is try. You try to be the person he wants you to be. And vice versa.
"Then I see you standing there
WANTING MORE FROM ME
And all I can do is TRY"
"Then I see you standing there
I'M ALL I'LL EVER BE
But all I can do is TRY"
It's like saying I want to be the person you want me to be but this is me and all I can do is try to be that kind of person.
Some things don't change no matter how hard we try. And that's the beauty of it. You have to compromise and accept. That's where freedom exists in love. Just being yourself with that person accepting you wholeheartedly with all the good, the bad, and ugly in you.
"All of the things we want each other to be
We never will be
And that's wonderful
This is ME
And we are FREE IN OUR LOVE"
Isn't it nice? ^_^