Be Be Your Love

Album: Happenstance (2004)

Songfacts®:

  • Love can make people a little crazy, to the point where they start repeating their words. That's what happens to Yamagata in this song, as tries desperately to get some affection:

    Everybody's talking how I can't can't be your love
    But I want want want to be your love


    Many of her songs have personal inspirations, but they are often transformed into universal themes, as is the case here - everybody craves love. Said Yamagata: "I see pain in other people that I feel and I want to figure out solutions to it. So sometimes the writing is about investigating why we're doing certain things to each other, or why we can't be our authentic selves, and more heady stuff."
  • A track from Yamagata's first album, Happenstance, "Be Be Your Love" earned her a lot of attention when it was used on various movies and TV series, notably One Tree Hill and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. "That one had a thing because it got used worldwide," she said. "It actually opened the door for me in Asia, and I've been able to tour quite frequently in Asia. That song was used in quite a few things over there, as well as some things in the US, so that song was super kind to me on that front."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root

Michael Glabicki of Rusted RootSongwriter Interviews

Michael tells the story of "Send Me On My Way," and explains why some of the words in the song don't have a literal meaning.

Millie Jackson

Millie JacksonSongwriter Interviews

Outrageously gifted and just plain outrageous, Millie is an R&B and Rap innovator.

Emilio Castillo from Tower of Power

Emilio Castillo from Tower of PowerSongwriter Interviews

Emilio talks about what it's like to write and perform with the Tower of Power horns, and why every struggling band should have a friend like Huey Lewis.

Dexys (Kevin Rowland and Jim Paterson)

Dexys (Kevin Rowland and Jim Paterson)Songwriter Interviews

"Come On Eileen" was a colossal '80s hit, but the band - far more appreciated in their native UK than stateside - released just three albums before their split. Now, Dexys is back.

Band Names

Band NamesFact or Fiction

Was "Pearl" Eddie Vedder's grandmother, and did she really make a hallucinogenic jam? Did Journey have a contest to name the group? And what does KISS stand for anyway?

Danny Clinch: The Art of Rock Photography

Danny Clinch: The Art of Rock PhotographySong Writing

One of rock's top photographers talks about artistry in photography, raising funds for a documentary, and enjoying a County Fair with Tom Waits.