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For my wife’s birthday this year, I wrote her a song. This doesn’t happen often. In fact, up until 7 years of marriage I had only written one song for her. That bugged her because I’d written songs for other girls that I had fallen for before Julie and I started dating. And for one of those former crushes I wrote two songs.

That REALLY bugged her. It didn’t matter that one of those songs wasn’t very nice (it was written after I finally figured out that the girl didn’t like me back and had the word “Requiem” in the title) and the other song was about forgiveness and understanding; not romance. Didn’t matter. Some other girl got 2 songs and Julie only one… one really nice one, though.

Well after 7 years of marriage I finally got doubly inspired and wrote two more songs for my lovely lotus blossom. Wrote another one a couple years later and this year I wrote one more.

I wanted to share the words with you, because I think it gives you a unique glimpse into my relationship with my wife and how we get along in marriage (after 14 years) and why we love the idea of marriage so much. In fact, the last lines of the song underline what Julie and I believe the purpose of marriage is. Hope you enjoy.

MJ

i could not love you [more] for Julie on her 37th birthday, 1/3/08

you’re God’s greatest gift to me besides salvation
and yet through you He’s saved me many times.
both my toughest challenge and temptation,
but then we share such moments so sublime.

sometimes i wonder what if we were never brought together.
how would I know what love was for?
and though i know that i could love you better
i could not love you more.
no, i could not love you more.

i’m not the knight in armor brave and charming.
you are not the princess sweet and pure.
and yet i find your razor wit disarming
and your love for God so real and sure.

sometimes i wonder what if we were never brought together.
how would I know what life was for?
and though you know i want to love you better
i could not love you more.
no, i could not love you more.

my love could be more humble;
more patient, true and kind;
less selfish and resentful;
pure in heart and mind.

i know we’ll grow in love as we both grow old together,
or what’s a marriage for?
and through it all i’ll learn to love you better, but
i could not love you more.
no, i could not love you more.
no, i could not love you more.

Music & Lyrics by MJ
© 2008 RAHJah Music