Love for a Child
Jason Mraz Lyrics


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There's a picture on my kitchen wall
Looks like Jesus and his friends involved
There's a party getting started in the yard
There's a couple getting steamy in the car parked in the drive
Was I too young to see this with my eyes?

By the pool last night, apparently
The chemicals weren't mixed properly
You hit your head and then forgot your name
And then you woke up at the bottom by the drain
And now your altitude and memory's a shame

What about taking this empty cup and filling it up
With a little bit more of innocence
I haven't had enough, it's probably because when you're young
It's okay to be easily ignored
I like to believe it was all about love for a child

And when the house was left in shambles
Who was there to handle all the broken bits of glass
Was it mom who put my dad out on his ass or the other way around
Well I'm far too old to care about that now

What about taking this empty cup and filling it up
With a little bit more of innocence
I haven't had enough, it's probably because when you're young
It's okay to be easily ignored
I like to believe it was all about love for a child

It's kinda nice to work the floor since the divorce
I've been enjoying both my Christmases and my birthday cakes
And taking drugs and making love at far too young an age
And they never check to see my grades
What a fool I'd be to start complaining now

What about taking this empty cup and filling it up
With a little bit more of innocence
I haven't had enough, it's probably because when you're young
It's okay to be easily ignored
I like to believe it was all about love for a child





It was all about love

Overall Meaning

The song "Love For A Child" by Jason Mraz is a nostalgic and reflective piece that portrays the singer's childhood and the events that shaped him into the person he is now. The first verse talks about the various occurrences that took place in his surroundings as a child, such as the picture of Jesus and his friends on the kitchen wall, the party in the yard, and a couple being intimate in the parked car. The singer seems to question whether he was too young to comprehend these situations. He talks about a pool incident where someone hit their head and lost their memory, which makes him remember the days when they were innocent and carefree.


The chorus, "What about taking this empty cup and filling it up with a little bit more of innocence, I haven't had enough, it's probably because when you're young it's okay to be easily ignored, I like to believe it was all about love for a child" emphasizes the longing for the purity and innocence of childhood. The singer acknowledges that as children, they were often ignored, yet the singer holds on to the belief that everything that happened to them was out of love.


In the second verse, the singer reflects on the aftermath of his parent's divorce and the damage it caused to their family. He talks about how he had to grow up quickly and handle the broken mess, but he is now far too old to care about whose fault it was. The final verse discusses the singer's current state of life and how they are enjoying the freedom of adulthood after having experienced drugs and love at a young age. The singer acknowledges that they are too late to start complaining about being ignored, and he concludes that it was all about love for a child.


Line by Line Meaning

There's a picture on my kitchen wall
There is a photo hanging on the wall of my kitchen


Looks like Jesus and his friends involved
The picture appears to depict Jesus and his companions


There's a party getting started in the yard
People are beginning to have a gathering outside in the yard


There's a couple getting steamy in the car parked in the drive
A pair of people is making out in an automobile in the driveway


Was I too young to see this with my eyes?
I was probably too young to witness these events


By the pool last night, apparently
It appears that something occurred by the pool last night


The chemicals weren't mixed properly
The substances in the pool were not blended accurately


You hit your head and then forgot your name
You collided with something and lost consciousness


And then you woke up at the bottom by the drain
You regained consciousness, and you were by the drain at the bottom of the pool


And now your altitude and memory's a shame
Your mental and physical states have been impaired


What about taking this empty cup and filling it up
What if we took this unoccupied vessel and filled it further


With a little bit more of innocence
With a tiny bit of purity


I haven't had enough, it's probably because when you're young
I haven't had my fill likely due to my youth


It's okay to be easily ignored
It's acceptable to be overlooked quickly


I like to believe it was all about love for a child
I prefer to think that it was all about adoration for a youngster


And when the house was left in shambles
When the house was left in disarray


Who was there to handle all the broken bits of glass
Who was present to manage all the shards of shattered material


Was it mom who put my dad out on his ass or the other way around
Did my mother kick my father out or vice versa


Well I'm far too old to care about that now
Well, I'm much too aged to concern myself with that presently


It's kinda nice to work the floor since the divorce
It is somewhat pleasant to toil on the ground following the termination of my relationship


I've been enjoying both my Christmases and my birthday cakes
I've taken pleasure in both my Christmas celebrations and birthday cakes


And taking drugs and making love at far too young an age
And engaging in drug use and sexual activity at an excessively youthful age


And they never check to see my grades
And they never examine my academic scores


What a fool I'd be to start complaining now
It would be unwise of me to begin griping at the moment


It was all about love
It was primarily a matter of affection




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Word Collections Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Goo-Eyed Music
Written by: Sacha Skarbek, Jason Thomas Mraz, Martin Terefe

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@a868278

Lyrics for myself

There's a picture on my kitchen wall
Looks like Jesus and His friends involved
There's a party getting started in the yard
And there's a couple getting steamy in the car, parked in the drive
Was I too young to see this with my eyes?
And by the pool that night, apparently
The chemicals weren't mixed properly
You hit your head and then forgot your name
Then you woke up at the bottom by the drain
And now your altitude and memory's a shame
What about taking this empty cup and filling it up
With a little bit more of innocence, I haven't had enough
It's probably because when you're young
It's okay to be easily ignored
I'd like to believe it was all about love for a child
When the house was left in shambles
Who was there to handle all the broken bits of glass
Was it mom who put my dad out on his ass or the other way around?
Well, I'm far too old to care about that now
What about taking this empty cup and filling it up
With a little bit more of innocence, I haven't had enough
It's probably because when you're young
It's okay to be easily ignored
I'd like to believe it was all about love for a child
It's kinda nice to work the floor since the divorce
I've been enjoying both my Christmases and my birthday cakes
And taking drugs and making love at far too young an age
And they never checked to see my grades
What a fool I'd be to start complaining now
What about taking this empty cup and filling it up
With a little bit more of innocence, I haven't had enough
It's probably because when you're young
It's okay to be easily ignored
I'd love to believe it was all about love for a child
It was all about love



All comments from YouTube:

@saiishmoney2685

I remember listening to this when I was hella young.... and I never understood the words. I'm listening to this now and I'm close to crying... :'))

@EAIrock

How not...

@dennypamungkas5874

Frightening Bath Celebration i like in THe Jason miraz THe best

@donidouglass6437

Same

@Angelicakka

This song literally changed my life when I first listen to it 10 years ago, especially the line “I’m far too old to care about this now”, I was all relieved because of the song. Thank you Jason, your music set me free.

@pcmatt9831

stop overreacting for once

@jeffreydwightryanriley8308

​@@pcmatt9831 many angles, my friend

@urleandoyseo

my parents didn't get divorced but I felt the pain in this song remembering how many times I have been ignored as I grew from a different family. weird but I feel every word of his songs ;(

@todd1220

actually

@ReallyRayven

The only song that helps when I feel sick & bad. Thank you Jason Mraz

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