“She don’t have a clue…she is love” by Mark Heard

I was listening to a CD by the late Mark Heard today while I was plowing snow. The song “She Don’t Have a Clue” came on and suddenly I realized what the song was about which I guess I had missed on prior hearings. I realized that he was alluding to 1 Corinthians 13, the “love chapter” of the Bible. I also have lately taken special notice of a few other songs that are obviously based on 1 Corinthians 13. (My listening is following a recent determination to meditate more on this chapter, as is my book reading which now includes two classics: Charity and Its Fruits” by Jonathan Edwards and “Works of Love” by Soren Kierkegaard.) I had also recently thought of blogging about these other songs, so I decided to start with this one by Mark Heard, which will certainly be one of the most interesting ones since it is much more veiled in its allusions. Thank you Mark Heard!

Note: The part of 1 Corinthians that I seem to “hear” behind the song, especially in the second verse, is verses 4-7

She Don’t Have A Clue

She’s got smart-bomb eyes but they see no wrong
She don’t understand there’s a war going on
Melt my heart like lead-she got no x-ray sight
She says a day’s a day and a night’s a night
She don’t see no blinding flashes
Says why don’t I hold her hand

She don’t have a clue
But she’s mine
She is love, love, love

Say she must be mad, the girl has got no nerves
Never throws no stones, knows no dirty words
She will stumble on something good to say
In the darkest scene of your darkest day
She don’t feel no threat in living
Asks if I’ve got a kiss to give her

She don’t have a clue
But she’s mine
Says “I am what I am”

She doesn’t seem to dream, hears no distant drums
Says I worry too much, thinks I’m just plain glum
She doesn’t lie awake, doesn’t feel no rain
She’s the only one that I know who’s sane
She don’t hear no shells exploding
Says why don’t I hold her closer

She don’t have a clue
But she’s mine
She is love, love, love
Says “I am what I am”

Written by Mark Heard © 1991 Ideola Music/ASCAP

1 Corinthians 13 (English Standard Version)

The Way of Love

1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

Mark Heard

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BMC, Manifest Propensity, 2013

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