Measure of a Man
“I Will Carry You” pledges support to a troubled friend, while “Shine” assures someone with a “shattered heart” that things will get better (“The world will turn around ... You’re gonna shine”). A guy refuses to let the memory of a woman enslave him on “No More Sad Songs.” Innocuous celebrations of romantic love characterize “Invisible,” “Perfect Day,” “The Way” and “This Is the Night.” The singer wonders what a man must do to prove his love, and creates a list that could have Christian fans imagining the Lord (“Would he walk on water ... Would he give up his life to be all that he can”).
Clay describes the achin’ in his heart for a lover on “Touch.” While not terribly explicit, it has obvious sexual overtones.
The American Idol runner-up told Time magazine, “Clive [Davis, Chairman/CEO of RCA Music Group] tried to tell me that saying certain words in a song—or as he says, ‘putting some b-lls into it’—isn’t bad, it’s just strong emotion. Well, there are certain words and emotions I don’t want kids hearing, and I’m not changing because they think it’s going to sell better.” That’s admirable. Except for the smoldering sexuality of “Touch,” he parlays that stand into a worthy disc.