[BEHIND THE LYRICS] Lauren Daigle’s ‘You Say’

by Emily Medlock

Let me start off by saying that Lauren Daigle has quickly been recognized as one of the most talented and gifted vocal artists of our time. Her biggest hit to date is 2015’s “Trust in You” but her song, “You Say”, from earlier this year, is not far behind.

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“You Say” is about fighting your inner demons, something we all need to learn how to do. In this world, it’s so easy to let negativity take over, and there is not always someone there to show us how worthy we are. That is, unless we make the choice to listen to the voice of truth.

One thing that is special about this song is that it can be listened to from whatever perspective you want. People are using it to represent what love means to them. For non-Christians, this can be their child, spouse, or parent – someone in their life who gives it meaning; someone whom they feel loves them more than anything in the world; someone who believes in them when they don’t have the will to believe in themselves.

Now, to us, it could represent someone who holds us dear, but primarily, it represents the One who gave us life. The only One who can really love us unconditionally. The only One who knows our true worth and wants for us to know it too.

I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough
Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up

You’re not a human being if you haven’t felt worthless at some point in your life. In fact, about 20% of the US adult population suffers from depression. That is a depressing thought in itself. But we all know the feeling. That voice in your head that is constantly telling you that you’ll never be good enough, that you shouldn’t even try, that everyone is judging everything you do.

Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low?
Remind me once again just who I am, because I need to know (ooh oh)

Again, we’ve all been there. We’ve been ruled by our emotions, pushed and pulled by life struggles. According to Lauren, this song was written the day after her first Dove Awards. She was on a high. She states, “I just remember feeling like so much had happened the night before, wondering: How do I come back down to normal, how do I come back down to reality? And I started realizing these patterns of really high highs and then, okay, now there’s a low. Really high high, now there’s a low…and involving expectation in that space can just leave you kind of questioning your identity – Where do I fit in? Where is my security? Where is my footing?”

You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours

The chorus here will bring tears to your eyes every single time you hear it. There are so many times in life where all we really need is for someone to believe in us; someone to tell us our own worth; someone to tell us that, “Yes, we can!” But most importantly, we need someone to tell us that they want us and that we will always have a home.

And I believe. The only thing that matters now is everything You think of me
In You I find my worth, in You I find my identity, (ooh oh)

Nothing else matters. Our worth comes from the love we have in our hearts. And that includes the love we have for ourselves. If there was one thing that I’d pick to get across to non-Christians, it would be the pure warmth of God’s love. The feeling that is so comprehensible to someone who has never felt it.

Taking all I have and now I’m laying it at Your feet
You have every failure God, and You’ll have every victory, (ooh oh)

Why must it always take losing everything, every belief we have in ourselves, in order to make it to Him? Time and time again, we have to fall to rise again. But every single one of those times, we land in His hand. He holds every tear that ever leaves our eye. He celebrates every victory that we experience. He is always with us. He is always there to guide us, not control us. If we can accept His disappointment in us, then why can’t we ever accept His pride in us?

It’s hard to listen to this song and not be brought to tears and let God’s love wash over you anew.

I think one thing that makes this song so relevant is the never-ending cycle of hate present in the world. A cycle that can be halted if we could only learn to love ourselves. We are often taught to not hold ourselves in high-esteem (in fear of creating arrogance), but rarely taught to have any self-esteem at all. If you can’t be confident in yourself, you can’t be confident in the Lord, and you can never be confident enough to lead others to Him. In order to do that, He has to be seen in your life. His love and positivity need to be seen in you.

People don’t need to hear every tiny thing that they are doing wrong. They, first and foremost, need to feel like they are pertinent, significant and loved. Not that they “will” be loved if they stop doing what they are doing, but that they “are” loved, no matter what they do. That is a very important first step that so many of us are missing. Love begets love.

If Lauren Daigle’s song has touched your heart, then please let us know! If you have any suggestions on what song I should cover next, let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear them!

Emily Medlock is a freelance writer who specializes in video games, movies, viral content, Christianity, music and YouTube video scripts. Visit her online at emilymedlock.com/blog.

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