(Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Meaning of the song
This song is featured in the Kevin Costner movie Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, where it plays over the end credits. It was written to order for the movie, initially by American film composer Michael Kamen, with the middle eight, break, outro and arrangement added by Adams and producer Mutt Lange. Adams used a line in the movie, "I do it for you..." as the basis for the song, and they had it written in about an hour.
The song finds Adams pouring out his devotion for a girl, letting her know that their love is worth dying for. He knows if she looks into her heart, she will know it's true. In the wrong hands, this would be terribly cheesy, but Adams can deliver this sentiment with total conviction, even if it was written for a movie.
Adams said that initially, this song didn't meet with Hollywood approval, as the film company wanted the song to have instrumentation in line with the film's era - lutes, mandolins, and the like. The film company relented, but still buried the song midway through the credits, apparently unaware of the huge hit they had on their hands.
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Look into my eyes – you will see What you mean to me Search your heart, search your soul And when you find me there, you'll search no more Don't tell me it's not worth tryin' for You can't tell me it's not worth dyin' for You know it's true: Everything I do, I do it for you Look into your heart – you will find There's nothin' there to hide Take me as I am, take my life I would give it all, I would sacrifice Don't tell me it's not worth fightin' for I can't help it, there's nothin' I want more You know it's true: Everything I do, I do it for you, oh, yeah There's no love like your love And no other could give more love There's nowhere unless you're there All the time, all the way, yeah Look into your heart, baby... Oh, you can't tell me it's not worth tryin' for I can't help it, there's nothin' I want more Yeah, I would fight for you, I'd lie for you Walk the wire for you, yeah, I'd die for you You know it's true: Everything I do, oh, I do it for you Everything I do, darling You will see it's true You will see it's true Yeah! Search your heart and your soul You can't tell it's not worth dying for I'll be there I'd walk the fire for you I'd die for you Oh, yeah I'm going all the time, all the way