This is a song by Jason Mraz. This song points to the pathology of our childhoods. The song chronicles parental neglect, lack of attachment, and the depressed emotional states that accompany. “Filling the empty cup” is a metaphor for the empty psychological and emotional spaces left by all the unmet psychological and emotional needs of a child suffering from disregard and neglect. We also see a bit of the internal emotional struggle.  He’d “like to believe it was all about love for a child,” but was it really. The truth that your parents didn’t love really love you because they were too wrapped up in their own pathologies to care, is a hard biter pill to swallow.

 

There’s a picture on my kitchen wall
Looks like Jesus and His friends involved
There’s a party getting started in the yard
And there’s a couple getting steamy in the car, parked in the drive
Was I too young to see this with my eyes?

And by the pool that night, apparently
The chemicals weren’t mixed properly
You hit your head and then forgot your name
Then you woke up at the bottom by the drain
And now your altitude and memory’s a shame

What about taking this empty cup and filling it up
With a little bit more of innocence, I haven’t had enough
It’s probably because when you’re young
It’s okay to be easily ignored
I’d like to believe it was all about love for a child +

When the house was left in shambles
Who was there to handle all the broken bits of glass
Was it mom who put my dad out on his ass or the other way around?
Well, I’m far too old to care about that now

What about taking this empty cup and filling it up
With a little bit more of innocence, I haven’t had enough
It’s probably because when you’re young
It’s okay to be easily ignored
I’d like to believe it was all about love for a child

It’s kinda nice to work the floor since the divorce
I’ve been enjoying both my Christmases and my birthday cakes
And taking drugs and making love at far too young an age
And they never checked to see my grades
What a fool I’d be to start complaining now

What about taking this empty cup and filling it up
With a little bit more of innocence, I haven’t had enough
It’s probably because when you’re young
It’s okay to be easily ignored
I’d love to believe it was all about love for a child
It was all about love

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