The line, “I’m no longer the master of my emotions” might explain one of the biggest surprises of being in love. A few years after Joanna and I married, we discovered Tracy Chapman and became immediate fans. We once spent a cold, rainy weekend camping in the White Mountains of Arizona with friends, and Chapman’s debut album was apparently the only music any of us had brought along — testing our appreciation of the music and the friendship — but by the time the weekend was over, we’d probably memorized every song on the album.

Some of our early arguments could easily have led to us calling it quits and going our separate ways. But we could always come up with at least “one reason” to stay together. A few years later, we discovered Tracy Chapman and became immediate fans (tempered somewhat by the fact that we spent a rainy weekend camping with friends and Chapman’s debut album was apparently the only music any of us had brought along).

This song was the last one on the album, and the best love song (three other songs from the album — “Fast Car,” “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution” and “Baby Can I Hold You” — were released as singles). A later Chapman song, “Give Me One Reason,” is another of my personal favorites. See the lyrics of “For You,” or listen to the song below:

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