I was annoyed when I found out that some people think Emeli Sande’s song “Next To Me” was about God (or more specifically Jesus) and not about an awesome male partner. Partly because I loved the catchy tune when I first heard it, and because it made me think of my awesome husband. Maybe too because we need more pop songs celebrating good long-lasting love … (though, I do love it when Carrie carves her name into his leather seats …) But also because of the assumption that God has to be referred to as “Him.” That if there’s a “him” being honored, it has to be God. That if you’re going to speak about God, you’re going to use male exclusive language.
In this brief video explanation, Sande says that it’s a “simple lyric” about “loyalty, about love, that unconditional love that will be there for you whenever you need it…”
I still love the tune, the lyrics, and am sharing it today because this weekend my husband and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary, and this summer is the 20th anniversary of our first date.
After two decades, you CAN still find him next to me.