I Learned What Love Was About

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By this window I’d wait and watch
For my dad to come home from his second job
He’d take his Gibson and teach me how to play
Momma feed me in this kitchen
Home made biscuits and words of wisdom
Believe in yourself and others will do the same

Got grounded here in this room
For sneaking out and skipping school
On this porch first kissed Emmylou

It’s where I was taught right and wrong
How to pray the words of God
I understood sacrifice
So I’d have a better life
And though it’s paint’s begun to fade
Memories run through this wood deeper than the grain
I learned what love was about in this house

Sunday morning bells are ringing
Hallelujah the choir’s singing
Seems just like it was yesterday
In that pew there at the end
On my knees I confessed my sins
I felt redemptions sweet saving grace

I gave my soul to Jesus Christ
My heart to Emmylou my bride
Watched as my children as they were baptized

It’s where I was taught right and wrong
How to pray the words of God
I understood sacrifice
So I’d have a better life
And though it’s paint’s begun to fade
Memories run through this wood deeper than the grain
I learned what love was about in this house

Now I hear the angels singing Amazon Grace
Hand in hand they lead me to my resting place
It’s full of love and built on faith
Surrounded by streets of gold and a pearly gate

It’s where I was taught right and wrong
How to pray the words of God
I understood sacrifice
So I’d have a better life
And though it’s paint’s begun to fade
Memories run through this wood deeper than the grain
I learned what love was about in this house


The story behind the song…
This song was inspired by my wife who told me the story about how she used to wait for her dad to come late at night from work and how they’d stay up and share the moments of their days.  This lead to the line – I learned what love was about in this house. Then struggling with the second verse curse, I began to think about the different connotations of house which lead to the church reference.  Following this to the ultimate house was the next logical step for me to arrive at the bridge for the song.