There are those who think that love comes with a lifetime guarantee,
But we know from those around us, that this may not always be,
It's the simple things that come between a father and a son,
But when they try to talk, the knives are out before they have begun;
Well that was me, and I have seen the light that shines for eternity,
Because I learned to say the words 'I love you;'
So many hearts have been broken by the lies of history,
And so many arms are still open for that final mystery;
We must show respect for all the rest, and what a man believes,
And the one who died upon the cross, well he is the one for me,
And he said 'Come with me and you will see the light that shines
For eternity, be strong and learn to say the words 'I love you;'
And this endless road that we are on just keeps on going round,
But there's one destination that always is here to be found;
So come with me, and you will see the light that shines for eternity,
Be strong and learn to say the words 'I love you,'
Be strong and learn to say the words 'I love you,' the words 'I love you,'
The words 'I love you,' the words 'I love you.'
"Starts off looking at a child-parent relationship and how, so often, particularly with sons and fathers, when they try to talk the knives come out before they have begun. I'm saying "Well, that was me", but I've actually learned to say "I love you". That's actually a fact that happened to me; I got through all of that drame with my Dad by swallowing my pride and saying "Dad, I love you". And it meant the world to both of us. The song actually goes deeper and broader than that by saying if people around the world had more tolerance to each other's religions and beliefs by saying the words "I love you" it would make for a different world. And I'm saying that the one that I believe in is the one who died upon the cross. So, it's a deep look at religious and social tolerance around the world, as well as a personal look at father-son relationships."
The Getaway Gazette, March '04
"The Words "I Love You"" appears on the following albums: