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Track Review

Meghan Trainor moves past loving her own bass-approved backside and hating her beau's lying lips to contemplating how precious every moment is when you're in love.

The soulful, old-school ballad "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" starts with a nightmare: Meghan's boyfriend suddenly isn't around anymore. And that phantom loss jolts her into not taking her guy for granted.

She sings, "I realized/No, we're not promised tomorrow/So I'm gonna love you/Like I'm gonna lose you/I'm gonna hold you/Like I'm saying good-bye." She adds, "I won't take you for granted/'Cause we never know when/When we'll run out of time."

Guest John Legend chimes in with, "In the blink of an eye/Just a whisper of smoke/You could lose everything/The truth is, you never know/So I'll kiss you longer, baby/Any chance that I get/I'll make the most of the minutes/And love with no regrets."

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It's distracting, of course, when Meghan admits—sans wedding ceremony—to waking up in tears "with you by my side." But there's still clearly a good lesson to be learned from Meghan's response to her fear: to make the most of every moment. She wisely recognizes that there's no guarantee of tomorrow (in sync with Psalm 90's admonition to "number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom") and declares that she wants to "Use what we got/Before it's all gone."

Onscreen in the video, Meghan and John quietly croon the lyrics to this soul-saturated ballad in the rain, which symbolically represents the tough losses we may face in life. Intercut between those scenes are shots of struggling-but-determined couples.

Several are of guys and gals sharing life … and kisses sometimes. But then, in an overly obvious effort to ensure that no relational combination gets left out, we also see two women canoodling affectionately on a subway. There are also non-romantic pairings, one of a single mom and her infant child, another of a young woman and her aging grandmother, and even a homeless man with his dog.

Are They Just Singin' in the Rain?

In each case the message is the same: We need to be mindful to make the most of every minute in every relationship that matters to us, because we don't know what tomorrow might bring. It's just that in some cases, the morality of that relationship can be questioned.

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Peaked at No. 10.

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June 23, 2015

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Adam R. Holz

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