“It Means Nothing”

23 Jul

It often surprises me how close songwriters come to the truth yet simultaneously manage to entirely miss the point. One example of this is “It Means Nothing” by the Stereophonics in which the writer says there is no meaning in life without the person that he loves, repeating the line “If I haven’t got you”. This song reveals a longing in the heart of everyone for purpose and meaning. Sadly the message of this song is greviously flawed as it dismisses religion in the verse:

“You can find yourself a god
Believe in which one you want
‘Cos they love you all the same
They just go by different names”

This is an example of the brainwashing-postmodern attitude that all religions are equally valid (or non-valid) which is very prevalent in our Western culture and also puts an over emphasis on having a boy-girl relationship.

Whilst I’m obviously recommending this song there is a large degree of truth in it as there is a personal relationship without which everything does “mean nothing”. This is not a relationship with the perfect girl or guy as the song suggests rather it is with God. By nature this relationship is broken by sin but Christ came to pay the penalty for the sins of his people. If we repent and believe our relationship with God is fixed and our life is no longer meaningless.

“Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” Westminster Shorter Catechism

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11

If you are a Christian remember that in comparison to your relationship with God your other earthly relationships and interests are worthless. This is evident in the words of Christ:

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26

The lyrics of Stereophonics’ song should be changed. They should say:

“It means nothing, If I haven’t got Christ, If what I am doing isn’t done for him”

Stereophonics- “It Means Nothing”

Performed live at Radio 1’s Big Weekend at Preston 2007

Downhere- “The More”

Downhere singing about a far more important relationship.


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