1974 (We Were Young)
|"1974 (We Were Young)"|
|Single by Amy Grant|
|from the album Lead Me On|
|B-side||"If You Have to Go Away"|
|Format||7" single, Cassette single|
|Genre||CCM, Adult Contemporary, Pop|
|Writer(s)||Amy Grant, Gary Chapman, Jerry McPherson|
|Amy Grant singles chronology|
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".
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.
|US Adult Contemporary||34|
|US Billboard Christian||1|