[SONG] Whitney Houston x ‘Nothin’ But Love’

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Every single time I think about Whitney’s death, I listen to “Nothin’ But Love” – a rare, exceptional standout from her final album ‘I Look To You’. When I first heard that she passed and it was confirmed by CNN, I turned on this song. Whenever I think about the struggle she had with balancing both her public (musician, philanthropist, entertainer) and private lives (which we as fans shouldn’t care about), I turn on this song. If I come across any undermining reviews about her talent throughout the ‘I Look To You’ project, I find myself reciting the words to this song to overcome the negative sentiments. “Nothin’ But Love” may not have received a single or video treatment, but a close look at what has been Whitney’s final original message to the public (the song stands as her last new recording before her death) is necessary, especially given the unfortunate circumstances of her passing. The lyrics below are Whitney’s #songwritingsentiments to the media who have repeatedly bashed her over the years. On “Love”, Whitney forgives everyone who spoke negatively about her and does so in a very classy, but calculated, manner. It’s because of quality songwriting on songs like this that makes me appreciate the art of writing, because no matter what you may think about an artist – they’re still human. A close analysis at her final message below proves that we shouldn’t be so quick to criticize any of our icons, as we all have faults. Read the “Nothin’ But Love” lyrics and listen to the audio below:

Here I sit by my window / Thinking about all the things that I’ve been through
There were times when I never thought I would get to where I got to
Had some angels to guide me / Some who just violated my love
Now this is my chance to say / Ain’t got nothin’ but love

For my family that raised me (Shout out, shout out)
And my teachers that done praised me (Shout out, shout out)
To anyone who tried to hate on me (Shout out, shout out)
Even the ones who tried to break me / Even the ones who tried to take me down

There’s been haters since this world been going ’round (Nothin’ but love)
Why they take a thing to try to crush them down? (Nothin’ but love, nothin’ but love)
I ain’t even trying to hold on to that now (Nothin’ but love, nothin’ but love)
Ain’t got nothin’ but, nothin’ but love for you (Nothin’ but love, nothin’ but love)

I could hold on to pain but that ain’t what my life’s about
I ain’t blaming nobody if I ain’t got my stuff worked out
I got a lot for myself, ain’t gonna regret anything I’ve done
I just wanna sing my song, ain’t got nothin’ but love

For all the players on the street (Shout out, shout out)
To all my ghetto doing your own thing (Deep on, keep strong)
To all my exes that done wrong me, stepped on me, can’t hold me down

There’s been haters since this world been going ’round (Nothin’ but love)
Why they take a thing to try to crush them down? (Nothin’ but love, nothin’ but love)
I ain’t even trying to hold on to that now (Nothin’ but love, nothin’ but love)
Ain’t got nothin’ but, nothin’ but love for you

To all the givers and the takers
To my crew from way back when
To the cold words and the stares
And the ones that I ain’t met
For myself for sticking with me
For the ones I’m missin’ up above
Anyone who’s ever been a part of me
Ain’t got nothin’ but love (Nothin’ but nothin’)
I got nothin’ but love

There’s been haters since this world been going ’round (Nothin’ but love)
Why they take a thing to try to crush them down? (Nothin’ but love, nothin’ but love)
I ain’t even trying to hold on to that now (Nothin’ but love, nothin’ but love)
Ain’t got nothin’ but, nothin’ but love for you (Nothin’ but love, nothin’ but love)
Ain’t got nothin’ but, nothin’ but love for you (Nothin’ but love, nothin’ but love)
Ain’t got nothin’ but, nothin’ but love for you (Nothin’ but love, nothin’ but love)
Ain’t got nothin’ but, nothin’ but love for you (Nothin’ but love, nothin’ but love)
Ain’t got nothin’ but, nothin’ but love for you (Nothin’ but love, nothin’ but love)
Ain’t got nothin’ but, nothin’ but love for you (Nothin’ but love, nothin’ but love)

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