STORY BEHIND THE SONG ...'LOVE WITHOUT END, AMEN'

George Strait

The compelling message in the song George Strait took to No. 1 in 1990 is so enduring it's now been captured in a must-read book, Love Without End, Amen - highlighted by beautiful photos, inspirational verses, a moving introduction by George and a CD of his hit song.

But the song's wondrous odyssey began five years before it became a chart-topper. It started with a soul-searching conversation between a father and his 16-year-old son about the boy's first car. "I'd put limits on where my son could go with the car and people I didn't want him to be with," recalls singer/songwriter Aaron Barker. "That night he'd broken both rules - and, when he hit a curb, a wheel came off and landed on the hood of a new Porsche." Reasons enough, Aaron decided, for a heart-to-heart.

After his son went to bed, Aaron was concerned. "I was looking for answers," remembers Aaron, "and they came in the form of the song's verses.

"I wrote the first verse about myself, because I got sent home from school. And my dad would say, 'OK, you're in trouble, but I still love you.' Both my real father and my stepfather were very understanding.

"The second verse was about my obligation to my son. I was suppose to correct and discipline him, while making sure he knew I loved him.

"Then," he continues, "I thought, where does this ability to be firm with a child and still love them come from? The last verse hit me like a revelation - because God loves us that way.

"I thought I'd sing it at home for a few years and forget about it," he confesses. "But I played it for my mother and she suggested I get it to George, who'd recorded my first-ever cut, 'Baby Blue.' "

The song had an immediate impact. "I heard from so many sons - and daughters - who had bad relationships their parents," notes Aaron. "Now I hope the book will touch even more people, including fathers, stepfathers and guys who are good friends with a kid. I think that role is real important."

So does George Strait. In the book's introduction, George acknowledges about his own son, "I sincerely hope that he will have the opportunity to experience the indescribable feeling that unconditional love for a child brings. It truly is a 'Love Without End, Amen.' "

-- Larry Holden

 

"Love Without End, Amen"
Written by Aaron Barker
Performed by George Strait

I got sent home from school one day
With a shiner on my eye
Fightin' was against the rules and it didn't matter why
When Dad got home
I told that story just like I'd rehearsed
Then stood there on those tremblin' knees
And waited for the worst 

He said, "Let me tell you a secret about a father's love
A secret that my daddy said was just between us"
He said, "Daddies don't just love their children
Every now and then,
It's a love without end, amen
It's a love without end, amen"

When I became a father in the spring of '81
There was no doubt that stubborn boy
Was just like my father's son
And when I thought my patience
Had been tested to the end
I took my daddy's secret and passed it on to him

I said, "Let me tell you a secret about a father's love
A secret that my daddy said was just between us"
I said, "Daddies don't just love their children
Every now and then
It's a love without end, amen
It's a love without end, amen"

Last night I dreamed I died
and stood outside those pearly gates
When suddenly I realized there must be some mistake
If they know half the things I've done
They'll never let me in
Then somewhere from the other side
I heard those words again 

They said, "Let me tell you a secret about a father's love
A secret that my daddy said was just between us
You see, daddies don't just love their children
Every now and then
It's a love without end, amen
It's a love without end, amen"

 

LOVE WITHOUT END, AMEN
©1990 O-Tex Music (BMI), Bill Butler Music (BMI)
(admin. by O-Tex Music)

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