No Matter What - Calum Scott




The Experience: "Don’t try to be what you’re not, 'Cause I love you no matter what." Do you try to be something or someone you are not just to be accepted?


Music videoIn the video we see a young Calum facing the struggles of being different from his peers because of his sexual orientation. He is the kid who never gets chosen and who puts a lot of time into making friends who abandon him when he finally admits to them his attractions. He struggles through his school years with the help of his mother and finally comes to accept himself through the love of his Father as a young adult. This raises a bunch of questions. Should we be true to ourselves and never hide who we are? YES. Should people get to know accept us for who we are instead of labeling us and trying to change us into what they want? YES. But should we act on all of our inclinations? NO. Should others support us when the way we choose to act will eventually hurt us? YES and NO. They should continue to love and be there for us, but true love also requires them to remind us of who we are and  what is for our deeper good.

The Meaning of No Matter What: This song reminds us what it is like to be an outsider growing up. Most people do not take the time to really get to know and appreciate you for who you are. It is far easier to categorize you and never go any deeper. This makes it really hard to be authentically one's self in our world and leaves scars that only years of love can heal.

Ask yourself: Do you live your life with authenticity or do you try to wear masks in order to be accepted by the others? Do you try to get to know and appreciate people for who they are or are you just part of the masses that label people?

Album: Only Human (2018)

LYRICS:

When I was a young boy I was scared of growing up
I didn’t understand it but I was terrified of love
Felt like I had to choose but it was outta my control
I needed to be saved, I was going crazy on my own
Took me years to tell my mother, I expected the worst
I gathered all the courage in the world

She said, "I love you no matter what
I just want you to be happy and always be who you are"
She wrapped her arms around me
Said, "Don’t try to be what you’re not
'Cause I love you no matter what"
She loves me no matter what

I got a little older wishing all my time away
Riding on the pavement, every sunny day was grey
I trusted in my friends then all my world came crashing down
I wish I never said a thing 'cause to them I’m a stranger now

I ran home I saw my mother, it was written on my face
Felt like I had a heart of glass about to break

She said, "I love you no matter what
I just want you to be happy and always be who you are"

She wrapped her arms around me
Said, "Don’t try to be what you’re not
'Cause I love you no matter what"
She loves me no matter what

Now I’m a man and I’m so much wiser
I walk the earth with my head held higher
I got the love that I need
But I was still missing one special piece
My father looked at me

He said I love you no matter what
I just want you to be happy and always be who you are
He wrapped his arms around me
Said, "Don’t try to be what you’re not
'Cause I love you no matter what"
He loves me no matter what

They love me no matter what


review by Ryan Carlin
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