Declaration (This Is It!)

Album: The Fight Of My Life (2007)

Songfacts®:

  • This anthem of empowerment heavily samples Kenny Loggins' 1979 #11 hit "This Is It," which was written by Loggins and Michael McDonald. Franklin explained to songwriter.com the meaning behind his re-interpretation of the song: "This song is a statement that 'serves notice' on unnecessary frustrations, relationships and circumstances that continue to attack our life. Unlike the children of Israel who wandered in the wilderness, when we totally surrender to God, what took 40 years, God 'can' fix in 40 minutes. I just wanted to declare that with His help, we won't be going through the same junk over and over. We have to be committed to making changes so that we won't allow ourselves to have the same messes in 2008 as we had this year! On a personal level, because of my relationship with Christ and who He is in me, I'm an 'overcomer'. I don't have to settle for the same old stuff."
  • In the same interview Franklin explained why he called the album The Fight Of My Life: "The concept for the album came from just watching a lot people around me and observing the climate of our culture. People are engaged in the fight of their life, losing homes, facing unemployment, fighting for their marriages and dealing with family members on drugs. This past year, I read that the highest-prescribed medication in America is anti-depressants. A lot of faithful Christians are losing faith in the church. And I've got different issues in my own life where I feel like I'm fighting for air. It's like one blow after another for so many folks. I feel privileged that through this album I can let people know that the battle I'm in is the same as theirs. I'm saying that life is always gonna be a struggle, but what we have to remember is that we don't have to fight the battle by ourselves. Ultimately, the battle is not ours. It's going to be proven that Christ is going to give us the victory, so we don't have to live in fear."

Comments: 2

  • Constance from Dallas, TxI Love when Kirk says Unlike the children of Israel who wandered in the wilderness, when we totally surrender to God, what took 40 years, God 'can' fix in 40 minutes That is so true. If we go to God unstead of trying to solve problems with our own understanding we would suffer do much less. It reminds me of the song Oh what needless pain we bear all because we do not carry every thing to God in prayer.
  • Sara from Silver Spring, MdKenny Loggins now takes this song and adds it into This is It. Of course the original is better.
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