let it flow

The year was 1995. I was in junior high school… not yet knee-deep into my teenage years but definitely far past the bench mark of childhood. My interest had just only begun to peak in boyfriends and not just friends who were boys. The word “love” still rendered a superficial translation of “I just really like you a lot” to just about any of us who dared utter it. Yet one of the songs I remember most from that year is “Water Runs Dry” by Wanya Morris and Co. Boyz II Men. I don’t know if I fully understood the meaning of the song back then or not… but it was my jam and perfect for those school bus ride a cappella harmonizing sessions!

Now they can see the tears in our eyes/But we deny the pain that lies deep in our hearts/Well maybe that’s a pain we can’t hide/Cause everybody knows that we’re both torn apart/Why do we hurt each other/Why do we push love away

Let’s don’t wait till the water runs dry/We might watch our whole lives pass us by/Let’s don’t wait till the water runs dry/We’ll make the biggest mistake of our lives/Don’t do it baby

-Boyz II Men, “Water Runs Dry”

One of the most remarkable lyrics in the song, “some people will work things out and some just don’t know how to change”  still rings loud and clear to me today… When you’re at that point in your romantic relationship – at risk of the water running dry – how and when is it determined that you and your partner can work things out or if you really are those who don’t know how to change?

I think a point worth mentioning here is that it isn’t always so much about knowing the difference, but knowing that something has to be done to preserve the “water” in the relationship… before it runs dry. For some that may mean bettering the relationship and making it last. For others that may mean “downgrading”, for lack of a better term, to a friendship and realizing that you compliment each others lives much better that way.

All of the time and energy poured into the relationship up until this point was invested because there was some emotion there. You felt something for that person and they for you. Why let that prove in vain or go to waste if you don’t have to? If the other person ever meant anything to you at all… don’t let it run dry. Let it flow…

-Love & Light… CB Radio

So, what say you? When the going gets tough, the tough get going… and running away from it all? Do you stand firm and fight for your relationships by any means necessary? What other nuances do you take away from the song?


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