I honestly can’t tell if this song is supposed to have a religious meaning or a romantic one. (Fans of Christian music, please hear me when I say, we’re not kidding when we say a lot of it sounds like people who want to make out with God. Major ick, though I guess not inconsistent with a religion that kicked off when God supposedly impregnated a lady.) Anyway, maybe you can help me figure it out. Ladies and gentlemen, Jamie Grace’s “Hold Me”:
On the one hand, it sounds like any other unobtrusive, cute pop song I’d hear on the radio. Phrases like “I know I should be working but I’m thinking of you,” “forever in my heart, always on my mind,” and of course “I love the way you hold me” are equally at home on a top-40 station as they apparently are on one of my local Christian stations.
On the other hand, Jamie Grace is “an American Contemporary Christian musician, singer, rapper, songwriter, and actress” and her song was playing on one of my local Christian stations, which means the song must have been deemed “family-friendly.” Obviously you can be a Christian songwriter and write songs about whatever you want … but judging by the content of these radio stations, the way to be “family-friendly” is to sing about God and Jesus and how great they are (how great he is?), and nothing else. If this song isn’t about God, it would be a first in my experience.
Back on the first hand, though, the song has almost zero religious language in it. There’s one line that goes, “Lord, I love the way you hold me,” but that could just be an exclamation.
On the other hand again, the music video is full of lens flare and Jamie Grace looking out over scenic vistas, which seems pretty God-tacular. She’s playing her guitar in the back seat of a Jeep that has two guys in the front, but they only look at each other occasionally. There’s no obvious affection between any of them. There’s certainly no physical holding of any kind going on in the video.
Plus, it seems Jamie Grace also did the song God Girl [link to video] in which she addresses God with a similar got-a-crush tone, saying “I’m your girl” — by way of explaining that she isn’t interested in dating any boys right now (and, amusingly, that she wants all her “Facebook friends and foes” to know that she worships God).
So I guess I’m talking myself into a religious interpretation here. But I could be convinced otherwise.