“I don’t mind spending every day, out on your corner in the pouring rain, look for the girl with the broken smile, ask her if she wants to stay awhile and she will be loved.”
This song is my anthem. Honestly. Isn’t it crazy how sometimes lyrics can explain parts of ourselves so much better than we can? Broken smile. Broken is a funny word. It’s as if saying we just couldn’t take it anymore. Bad things happen and we let the past beat us, break us, shatter us. But what if we aren’t broken? What if, what if, the things that are happening to us, aren’t breaking us, but shaping us?
And maybe brokenness is just an idea. Something that our minds made up to justify why we are the way we are. Maybe it’s just something to say when we hear those lines. You know, the ones where people say, “Oh she has trust issues. She doesn’t let anyone in, she doesn’t let anyone near enough to see who she really is. She holds her fears and dreams and hopes and failures close to her heart. You won’t see that part of her. “Well why not?” Because she’s broken.” And I think we use that as an excuse to not get to close to people. The perception of brokenness is what keeps people from breaking down those barriers and building bridges to those who need us.
Broken smile. An oxymoron really. When we think broken, we think sad, depressed, giving up. But when you hear smile, you think of happy things. Broken smile. When I hear broken smile, I think of someone who refuses to give up. Someone who has had some bad things happen but still believes in the good of the world. See, that’s the thing about life. Some dang terrible things will happen to us at some point and we can let those things define us or we can embrace it; let the bad baggage shape you and then go out and show the world just how fierce you really are.
And she will be loved. This has been engraved into our brains ever since we were little. That boy who is being mean to you? It’s because he likes you, in elementary speak anyways. Middle school brought out the great “do you like him or do you like-like him” debate. And then high school introduced the L-word to us. We thought our high school relationships were the end-all-be-all and that he really was “the one” even though we truly didn’t understand what “the one” meant or was. And now that we’re a little bit older and a little bit smarter, I think we are finally starting to understand love and the kind of love to let in our lives.
“My heart is full, my door is always open, come any time you want.”
I think the thing that gets me the most about this song is how it shows just how much people can really love someone. I don’t know about you but I’m not standing out on the corner in the pouring rain for just anybody. But that’s the thing. What we do and give and how we act and treat the people we love isn’t exactly how we treat everyone else. And that’s okay. You don’t need to give everyone a piece of you. Don’t burn yourself up just to give everyone else light.
“Please don’t try so hard to say goodbye.”
Don’t. Don’t say goodbye at all. That person who is there for you unconditionally; and you know who I am talking about; let them in. Open your doors and windows and let their light brighten your entire being. You see, the thing about people, the thing about the kind of people that this song is talking about, is no matter how alone you feel, no matter how unloved you feel, there is always going to be someone there for you. And if you feel like you don’t have the person, just know you will. Because maybe you just haven’t meet that person yet. But you will. Darling, you will. You will be loved.