One February evening, as I was driving from LA (Lower Alabama) to Birmingham, I scanned the FM stations. I like scanning FM stations on long drives sometimes because FM radio give listeners random samples of American culture.
Anyway, I stopped scanning when I reached an “oldies” station and heard the song “Let Your Love Flow” by the Bellamy Brothers. I remembered hearing this great song on the radio when I was in about sixth grade, and I remembered that I liked it.
This time, however, I listened as a middle-aged man instead of a sixth grader. I still loved the jangling guitars and the vocal harmonies; they called to me like an old friend. I didn’t like the synthesizer, but hey, it was the seventies, and synthesizers usurped the natural harmonies of a lot of songs. I’m sure some commercially-conscious producer insisted on adding that synthesizer in there to make the song more marketable. Can’t you just hear him saying, “You’re gonna want more synthesizer, baby!”
What really struck me, though, was the lyrics. The song mentions “reason” about four or five times early on. The lyrics and the tempo emphasize that life is NOT random; they insist that, “there’s a reason.” And then, the song becomes an energetic call to free the love inside yourself. The song abounds with word-pictures of the natural world, and all of the verbs in the song imply motion, freedom, and growth.
Well, all except for one line of the song. One line of the song says, “And let your love bind you to all living things.” Note the verb “bind.” That one line is almost biblical.
And that one line, I think, is the point of the whole song. And that one line is what makes the song great.
Today, let your love bind you to all living things.