THAT’S WHAT LOVE IS FOR by Amy Grant

November 3, 2022

Amy Grant surprised her Christian fans when she released her album Heart in Motion. The album comprised five pop singles, including “That’s What Love Is For,” “Baby,” “Ask Me,” and “Every Heart Beat.” 

“That’s What Love Is For” became an international success after topping the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for three consecutive weeks in 1991. The 2006 Grammy Award winner’s “That’s What Love Is For” charted top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for 13 weeks.

Fun Facts:

  • Amy Grant made her singing debut as a teenager. Her first songs were Christian worship songs, with hits like “Father’s Eyes,” “Angels,” and “El Shaddai.”
  • “That’s What Love Is For” was the only single released for both secular and Christian radio. 
  • One of the “That’s What Love Is For” songwriters is a three-time Grammy Award winner. He is also the song’s producer, Michael Omartian.
  • The song was from a platinum-selling album.
  • It was the second Christian radio single by Amy Grant.
  • “That’s What Love Is For” peaked at number one on Canada’s Adult contemporary chart.
  • The song made it to the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10 and stayed at No.7 in the fourth week of November 1991
  • Gary Chapman and Diana Dewitt sang the backing vocals for the single.
  • Chris Cox remixed “That’s What Love Is For” for a radio edit, dub, club mix, and mix show edit.

Lyrics 

Sometimes we make it harder than it is

We’ll take a perfect night

And fill it up with words we don’t mean

Dark sides best unseen

And we wonder why we’re feeling this way

Sometimes I wonder if we really feel the same

Why we can be unkind

Questioning the strongest of hearts

That’s when we must start

Believing in the one thing that has gotten us this far

That’s what love is for

To help us through it

That’s what love is for

Nothing else can do it

Melt our defenses

Bring us back to our senses

Give us strength to try once more

Baby, that’s what love is for

Sometimes I see you

And you don’t know why I’m there

And I’m washed away by emotions

I hold deep down inside

Getting stronger with time

It’s living through the fire

And holding on we find

Believing in the one thing

That has gotten us this far

That’s what love is for

To help us through it

That’s what love is for

Nothing else can do it

Round off the edges

Talk us down from the ledges

Give us strength to try once more

Baby, that’s what love is for

That’s what love is for

That’s what love is for

Melt our defenses

Bring us back to our senses

Give us strength to try once more

Baby, that’s what love is for

That’s what love is for

That’s what love is for

That’s what love is for

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