Finding God in R&B: Babyface “Soon as I Get Home”

I’ve had a long love/hate relationship with the song below, because I never appreciated how Babyface put pressure on us men to pay our woman’s rent, buy her clothes, and cook her dinner as soon as we get home from work. What if we wanted to do something else when we got home Babyface, like cutting the grass or other MAN stuff? And why is it that if she has job that we need to pay her rent anyway? That was wrong Babyface! Wrong!

Materialism aside, God is our provider, He is there when we get home from the work of this life; as Jesus said, And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be (John 14:3). God not only wants more for us than what we sometimes get from people we are relationship with, but He even wants more for us than what we want for ourselves.

When Babyface sings, “I’ll never let you down and I’ll never lie” he is singing of God. And inasmuch as the grass does seem greener sometimes and people do come along to treat us so much better than the person we had before, and that person does seem to be all that ever wanted in a spouse, the fact of the matter is that they are still nothing but a glimmer, a wet shadow, a faint scent, of the perfect relationship that God is drawing us into.

written by Babyface (1989)
performed by Babyface
LYRICS:

        SPOKEN:
        Hey, come here for a second
        I don’t like the way he treats you
        He doesn’t deserve you
        He really don’t

        What kind of man
        Would leave you standing in the cold
        Must’ve been a silly one
        To sacrifice a pot of gold
        You’re the kind of woman
        That needs a man that’s always there
        It’s not that you require a lot
        Just need some tender love and care

        I give good love
        I’ll buy your clothes
        I’ll cook your dinner too
        Soon as I get home from work
        I’ll pay your rent
        Your faithful lover
        Soon as I get home, soon as I get home from work
        Girl, I’ll treat you right
        And I’ll never lie
        For all that it’s worth
        I give good love (good love, good love, good love, good love)

        It doesn’t make sense
        That you should have a broken heart
        If I were the only one
        I’d never let you fall apart
        You’re the kind of woman
        That needs a man with lots of cash
        With a stack of major credit cards
        And with me you don’t have to ask

        I give good love
        I’ll buy your clothes
        I’ll cook your dinner too
        Soon as I get home from work
        I’ll pay your rent
        Your faithful lover
        Soon as I get home, soon as I get home from work
        Girl, I’ll treat you right
        And I’ll never lie or flirt
        Soon as I get home, soon as I get home from work
        Girl I’ll be around, never let you down
        For all that it’s worth
        I give good love (good love, good love, good love, good love)
        I give good love (good love, good love, good love, good love)

        HOOK

        I give good love
        I’ll buy your clothes
        I’ll cook your dinner too
        Soon as I get home from work
        I’ll pay your rent
        Your faithful lover
        Soon as I get home, soon as I get home from work
        Girl, I’ll treat you right
        And I’ll never lie or flirt
        Soon as I get home, soon as I get home from work
        Girl I’ll be around, never let you down
        For all that it’s worth
        I give good love (good love, good love, good love, good love)
        I give good love (good love, good love, good love, good love)