Still Belong to Each Other

I had a difficult time with this, as Eminem, Nelly, Usher, Ashanti, and Nickelback ruled the music charts in 2002, and I think this may have been the worst year ever for music.  Rock, R&B and Pop seemed to disappear as rap, hip-hop and country music dominated the sales.  I finally settled on ‘Underneath Your Clothes’ by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, which she wrote for her fifth studio album and her English-language debut, Laundry Service that was released in 2001.  Shakira was encouraged by American singer Gloria Estefan to record songs in English as she believed the singer had the potential to crossover into the English-language pop market.  ‘Underneath Your Clothes’ reached #3 on the UK singles chart and it went to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.  ‘Underneath Your Clothes’ is listed at #391 on Blender’s “The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born” list.

This power ballad was released on February 11, 2002, and it tells the story of unconditional love that a woman has for her boyfriend, and it seems to be about whether a person is worthy of somebody’s love for being a good person and having maternal instincts.  It’s a beautiful love song about a girl who loves this guy, and she is happy to be with him.  Since she loves him so much, she tries to fully understand him, beyond his outward appearance and she wants to know what is going on underneath his clothes, which gives this song a sexual meaning.  This is an ode to the positivity that one gains when pursuing a relationship with a good person.  She repeatedly describes herself as a good girl, which makes her worthy of her boyfriend’s love.

You’re a song written by the hands of God
Don’t get me wrong ‘cause this might sound to you a bit odd
But you own the place where all my thoughts go hiding
Right under your clothes, is where I find them

Underneath your clothes
There’s an endless story
There’s the man I chose
There’s my territory
And all the things I deserve
For being such a good girl honey

‘Cause of you, I forgot the smart ways to lie
Because of you, I’m running out of reasons to cry
When the friends are gone, when the party’s over
We will still belong to each other

Underneath your clothes
There’s an endless story
There’s the man I chose
There’s my territory
And all the things I deserve
For being such a good girl honey

Underneath your clothes
There’s an endless story
There’s the man I chose
There’s my territory
And all the things I deserve
For being such a good girl
For being such a, hey

I love you more than all that’s on the planet
Movin’, talkin’, walkin’, breathin’
You know it’s true
Oh baby it’s so funny almost don’t believe it

As every voice is hangin’ from the silence
Lamps are hangin’ from the ceilin’
Like a lady tied to her manners
I’m tied up to this feeling

Underneath your clothes
There’s an endless story
There’s the man I chose
There’s my territory
And all the things I deserve
For being such a good girl honey

Underneath your clothes
Whoa
There’s the man I chose
There’s my territory
And all the things I deserve
For being such a good girl
For being such a good girl

Written for Bee’s Love Is In Da Blog 22 where today we are asked to choose a Love Song from 2002.

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