All That

© 2018 by Scott Perry

We’ve had lots of perfect moments
And it’s easy to see that there will be a whole lot more

Maybe other times I’ve been in love were
Baby steps – and now I’m walking next to you
Straight and tall and true

We’re on solid ground
I’d like to keep you around

All that I need – you’re all I need now
You’re bringing out the best in me
Honey, you complete me

More than anyone I’ve ever known
Before, and after all this time that we’ve been through
I’m still discovering you

And what I’ve found:
I’d like to keep you around

All that I need – you’re all I need now
You’re bringing out the best in me
Honey, you complete me

It’s the sweetest sound
I’d like to keep you around

All that I need – you’re all I need now
You’re bringing out the best in me
Honey, you complete me

I’ve written a lot of love songs, some pure fantasy, others flush with new discovery, even a few bitter ones (every writer has to have a breakup song or two!); but over the years, every new relationship spawned more attempts at capturing that perfect feeling of love in music. By the time I met Brandy, I honestly didn’t think I had any more in me. Previous girlfriends had either used up all the inspiration, or sometimes faded away as an infatuation if I found I couldn’t write a good song about them – no pressure or anything! Brandy and I hit it off like no other, and we spent some amazing times in that first magical year. I did try early on to write a couple songs that fell flat, and told myself this was no real measure of my love for her (maybe I had just done all I could with that genre). However, I soon hit a serious stretch of productive songwriting inspired by our love, and this song stands out among the dozen or so I wrote. We’d already had “lots of perfect moments” even then, months in, but we both had a strong feeling there’d be many, many more. And there have been! The words flowed, out of clichés slightly twisted and repurposed (“Maybe” rhyming “Baby” – but not the usual “Baby”), and over time I honed and crafted the whole song to a degree I don’t think I have accomplished too often. This might be my favorite love song, which is saying a lot for someone who thought he’d exhausted the form years earlier!