Lyrical Legends: Bobby Caldwell – What You Won’t Do For Love

What You Won’t Do For Love

Bobby Caldwell

By Terrance Moore.


What you won’t do, do for love
You’ve tried everything but you don’t give up
In my world only you make me do
For love what I would not do

Regardless of ethnicity, religious background or gender, everyone longs to be loved. The need for love knows no bounds, and when it is present in our lives, we are willing to take extraordinary measures to preserve it. This song is one of the all time classics, and it’s a simple yet brilliant description of what can happen when you meet that one person who touches your heart in a unique way. The lyrics also briefly touch on a topic many of us struggle with not only in our romantic lives, but life in general. The first two lines explain how he had to step away for a while in order to work on himself. He needed to learn self-love before attempting to love someone else. I’m sure most of us have heard the expression asking how you could expect someone to love you if you don’t love yourself. This appears to be an issue he needed to address before coming back into her life.

I guess you wonder where I’ve been
I searched to find a love within
I came back to let you know
Got a thing for you and I can’t let go

The psychological effect new found love has on our brains is astounding! There’s an air of excitement, and the world seems full of possibilities. Your new love consumes your every thought, and you begin to imagine a future with this person by your side. If you’ve never felt this before, there’s no way I could make you understand. This is a feeling that needs to be felt firsthand to fully understand the magnitude of the emotional effect falling in love has on your psyche.

My friends wonder what is wrong with me
Well I’m in a daze from your love, you see

When you’re in love, there’s almost no limit to what you’re willing to do for that person. Their happiness becomes your number one concern, and you strive to provide them with the best that life has to offer. Love can cause you to go that extra mile, whether it be working or studying just a little bit harder, to ensure you’re able to provide for your significant other.

But then I only want the best it’s true
They can’t believe the things I do for you

With the divorce rate being as high as it is, as well as the large number of emotionally walking wounded in our society, finding a perfect love would appear to be the equivalent to finding a four leaf clover in the middle of the desert. But I believe the key to a healthy relationship is knowing what to look for in a mate. This involves knowing yourself and knowing what you’re willing to accept. No one is perfect, but this shouldn’t prevent you from finding the perfect person for you. If we make smarter decisions, love won’t feel so elusive, and maybe…just maybe…we’ll find the love we’ve been dreaming of.

Some people go around the world for love
But they may never find what they dream of


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