BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#929 - "The Breakup Song" by Francesca Battistelli
Francesca Battistelli returns to Behind the Song with her 14th visit to talk about her latest single, "The Breakup Song."
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #929 -
Posted: July 10, 2018 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Since I first heard "Free to be Me" by Francesca Battistelli from My Paper Heart, I was hooked by the emotional and biblical messages of her songs. In fact, that song was the 39th song I featured for my "behind the song" devotional article series which started back in March 2008. I've since featured twelve more of Franny's songs and now this is our 14th devotional together, making Francesca my most featured female artist over the past ten years and 929 song devotionals.

I'm always excited to hear new music from Francesca. She has recently released "The Breakup Song" as a radio single from her upcoming album which has once again captivated me as it features Franny's unique brand of gourmet lyrical phrasing embedded with the truth of the Gospel for those "with ears to hear." The song is an upbeat, empowering anthem to sing over ourselves and against fear. Francesca sets the tone with the opening lyrics, "Sick and tired of being sick and tired / Had as much of you as I can take / I'm so done, so over being afraid." Musically the song builds to match the intensity of the lyrics and if you like "Real Love" by Blanca, this song also has a striking message that stays with you throughout the day.

I had the chance to speak with Francesca about her new song "The Breakup Song."
 
Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

I've been making my new album for a long time, and have had two babies since my last album. I wrote this song a couple of years ago with Bart Millard and David Garcia. Bart loves throw-back style music and I think he would be a Motown style artist if he could. They were playing this old-fashioned musical vibe on the piano and I had this idea of writing a song about breaking up with fear. It is needed in my life and so many people's lives. How often do we let fear affect us and choke out the things that God has put on our hearts? We jokingly called it "The Breakup Song" and it stuck for me and I thought that was exactly what we were calling it. I remember about a year later telling them that I was getting ready to record the song and they were surprised that I was actually using that title. You can't have a relationship with fear and be casual about it. You need to get it out of your life for good. It's the perfect metaphor for ending a relationship and breaking up with fear.
 
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV): "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Matthew 6:32-34 (VOICE): "Outsiders make themselves frantic over such questions; they don't realize that your heavenly Father knows exactly what you need. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these things will be given to you too. So do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a large enough task for today."
 
1 John 4:18-19 (NKJV): "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love because He first loved us."

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV): "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
 
What is the takeaway message?

Obviously, I think fear is a universal struggle. You can insert any word that you struggle with in place of fear...guilt, shame, anger, worry. None of those things have authority over our lives unless we give it to them. The minute we say "get out, no more," we are ridding ourselves of those things and not leaving any room for reconciliation with fear. As a mom, people have said that I'll never have another day of my life that I won't be afraid and worried for my children and I understand where they are coming from. Suddenly you have more concern for another human being than you've ever had before. It is not God's best for us to walk around afraid all of the time. My mom has always been a strong and steady person in my life. Right before we had our third child, she started suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. Watching her deal with that and coming out on the other side of it, for the most part, has been hard for me to see and walk through with her. It was fear that she was dealing with. She was part of the inspiration for this song. I know God has given us authority over fear and this song is about taking that authority from Him and telling fear, "no more!" It's a journey that I'm on. There's so much power in our words and beliefs and what we put our faith in. We sometimes put our faith in the wrong things. We need to believe in what God has told us is our inheritance from Him.
 
Lyrics:
Sick and tired of being sick and tired
Had as much of you as I can take
I'm so done,
So over bein' afraid

I've gone through the motions
I've been back and forth
I know that you're thinkin' you've heard this before
I don't know how to say it
So I'm just gonna say it
Yeah

Fear you don't own me
There ain't no room in this story
And I ain't got time for you
Tellin' me what I'm not
Like you know me

Well guess what?
I know who I am
I know I'm strong
And I am free
Got my own identity
So
fear, you will never be welcome here

Take a minute, let it settle in
You probably never saw it comin'
Somethin's gotta give so I give up you
O-o-oh

There's no room for you here
Yeah I've had enough
The no vacancy sign on my heart is lit up 

In case you didn't hear it
Here it is again
O-o-oh

Fear you don't own me
There ain't no room in this story
And I ain't got time for you
Tellin' me what I'm not
Like you know me

Well guess what?
I know who I am
I know I'm strong
And I am free
Got my own identity
So
fear, you will never be welcome here

Is there anybody out there just like me?
Anybody out there?
Anybody needing fear to leave?
Oh yeah

If you don't know how to say it
Sing along with me

Sing fear you don't own me
There ain't no room in this story
And I ain't got time for you
Tellin' me what I'm not
Like you know me

Well guess what?
I know who I am
I know I'm strong
Brave
And I am free
Got my own identity
So
fear, you will never be welcome here

Whoa-oh-oh-oh
Goodbye
Goodbye fear
Whoa-oh-oh-oh
You will never be welcome here 

 
Closing Thoughts

Francesca has consistently impressed me with her mature faith and sincere desire to serve Jesus. I love how expressive the song is, and it was written from a place of reflecting on what it means to be free from fear and to trust in God's plans for our lives. The song is intended to lead listeners to that place also as Francesca invites listeners to sing along, "Fear, you don't own me!" This song is all about submitting all of your worries, anxieties and stress to God and letting Him be your guide. God wants to walk beside you, and He wants us to be bold and unafraid.
 
I have found that by being washed by the water of the Word, I am strengthened with the truth that God wants us to know that fear, worry and being anxious is not His plan for our lives. By reading the Bible every day, God wants us to have a daily reminder not to be afraid. This song is all about submitting all of your fears, worries, anxieties and stress to God and letting Him be your guide. God wants to walk beside you, and He wants us to be bold and unafraid.
 
It is convicting and comforting to know that God doesn't want us to be anxious about anything or have fear or worry. The key to the freedom from those things is to "seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness." Matthew 6:34 reminds us, "So do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself, living faithfully is a large enough task for today." Being married for 24 years and having 3 daughters, I've seen how both women and men deal with the fear of man and the fear of failure and disappointment.
 
The Lord tells us all throughout Scripture to lift up our eyes to Him. What a wonderful, loving and gracious God that we serve. I am so thankful to Jesus for saving me and showing us how to live. This song is about submitting to the Lordship of Jesus over our lives. We all deal with some level of fear, worry and anxiety. God knows that about us, and after I read that He tells us to not have fear or worry in His Word 365 times, enough for one time each day, I have been attentive to that concept in my daily Bible study. This song is an excellent companion to sing over your life, "Fear, you will never be welcome here!" Amen to that!
 

NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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