He Gives Us All His Love

He Gives Us All His Love

He Gives Us All His Love

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"He Gives Us All His Love" is a song written and performed by Randy Newman. It first appeared in the 1971 film Cold Turkey, for which it served as a sort of theme song and played during the opening credits.

The ballad is both brief (1:52 in length) and very sparsely-arranged. It opens with the delicate sounds of a string section and is maintained by Newman's piano in a slow "four to the bar" tempo.

The song is gospel-influenced and shares both musical and thematic similarities with such American hymns as Jesus Loves Me. It does not, however, discuss Christian themes of redemption but merely gives a testament of faith ("he's lookin' down on us, from up above / and he's givin' us all his love").

The tone of the song is bittersweet; the succinct lyrics include the assertion that the divine witnesses human suffering ("he hears the babies crying / he sees the old folks dying") and include the implication that being seen, and loved, might comfort. More explicitly, the narrator tells the listener "...you can lean on him."

The lyric which gives the song its title has a built-in ambiguity. The phrase "He gives us all his love" could mean that God gives his love to all of us, it could mean that God gives us all the love he has to give, or both.

The song has, however, often transcended this simple interpretation and has been appreciated for the earnest narrative voice and the dignity it offers to the mundane trials of human...
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