Mick Jones explained, “I always worked late at night, when everybody left and the phone stopped ringing. ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’ came up at three in the morning sometime in 1984. I don’t know where it came from. I consider it a gift that was sent through me. I think there was something bigger than me behind it. I’d say it was probably written entirely by a higher force.” He is describing the hit song by Foreigner. The lyrics are quite good and encouraging. The rock music sound may appeal to a narrower group, but the yearning vocals are outstanding and perfectly convey every humans intrinsic desire, need, and longing for love.
The lyrics actually seem to be a conversation with this Higher Power, from whom love comes and is sought with confidence? It starts with a serious contemplation described as “thinking between the lines”, which is actually quieting the soul and preparing an open heart. Next, the reality of life’s burden, hardness and pain seem to draw us toward the light and hope of Love’s goodness? Then the critical posture is found in humility with the realization that there is “no where to hide” and love first reaches out to find us. The chorus is the crescendo of an earnest request, the anticipation of a favorable answer and unspoken, but assured peace. This love is received as a free gift as faith and hope are expressed in confessing, “I know you can…”. These are all critical elements in the interpersonal relationship with the Most High, accepting that which is needed most on His terms with humility and open receptivity. In the proper frame of mind it is intercession and worship. Is there any doubt that love makes itself known? For those who know the love of God in Yeshua, and its depths the song may end as a single tear forms in your eye and a peaceful thanks swells in your heart.
I Want To Know What Love Is
I’ve gotta take a little time,
A little time to think things over.
I better read between the lines,
In case I need it when I’m older.
Now this mountain I must climb –
Feels like the world upon my shoulders.
But through the clouds I see love shine –
It keeps me warm as life grows colder.
In my life there’s been heartache and pain;
I don’t know if I can face it again.
Can’t stop now, I’ve traveled so far
To change this lonely life…
I wanna know what love is.
I want you to show me.
I wanna feel what love is.
I know you can show me.
I’m gonna take a little time,
A little time to look around me.
I’ve got nowhere left to hide –
It looks like love has finally found me.