1974 (We Were Young)

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"1974 (We Were Young)"
Single by Amy Grant
from the album Lead Me On
B-side "If You Have to Go Away"
Released 1988
Format 7" single, Cassette single
Genre CCM, Adult Contemporary, Pop
Length 4:22
Label A&M
Writer(s) Amy Grant, Gary Chapman, Jerry McPherson
Producer(s) Brown Bannister
Amy Grant singles chronology
"Lead Me On"
"1974 (We Were Young)"
"What About the Love"

"1974 (We Were Young)" is a 1988 single by Christian music singer Amy Grant. It was released as the third single from her album, Lead Me On.

The song[edit]

The song is about Grant's discovery of faith at the age of fourteen (Grant was born on November 25, 1960), the first verse saying, "We were young...Down upon our knees/we tasted holy wine." In the chorus, Grant tells of God's love at the founding of Him, saying, "Purer than the sky behind the rain...Love had lit a fire we were the flame." The final verses talk about how the discovery of God changes people: "No one had to say we were changed/Nothing else we lived through would ever be the same" and how those who experience God's love never want it to go away: "Stay with me/Make it ever new." In interviews following the release of the song, she revealed that it should have been titled "1975".

Chart success[edit]

Unlike Grant's previous few singles, "1974" did not achieve mainstream success. Although a #1 Christian single, "1974" only managed to reach #34 on the Adult Contemporary chart, to date Grant's worst performance on that chart. The B side of the single is "If You Have to Go Away", another track from the album.



Chart (1988) Peak
US Adult Contemporary 34
US Billboard Christian 1