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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 2, 1996 -- On The Record-- GIVE ME ONE REASON (REFRAIN) Playing selfish games By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS COLUMNIST Give me one reason to stay here/And I'll turn right back around/Give me one reason to stay here/And I'll turn right back around/Because I don't want/To leave you lonely/But you got to make me/Change my mind Baby I got your number/And I know that you got mine/But you know that I called you/I called too many times/You can call me baby/You can call me anytime/But you got to call me (REPEAT REFRAIN) I don't want no one to squeeze me/They might take away my life/I just want someone to hold me/And rock me through the nighUThis youth- ful heart can love you/And give you what you need/But I'm too old to go/Chasing you around/Wasting my precious energy (REPEAT REFRAIN) Give me just one reason why/Baby just give me one reason/Give me just one reason why/Baby just give me one reason/Give me just i one reason/Why I should stay/Because I told you/That I love you/And .there ain't no more to say Written and sung by Tracy Chapman Copyright (c) 1995 by EMI April Music/ Purple Rabbit Music (ASCAP) 1986, Tracy Chapman It's been a while since Tracy Chapman has been on the charts. Now she is back with her hit, "Give Me One Reason," off the "New Beginning" CD. The song describes how people play emotional games with each other. Instead of straight-forward communication about their needs and wants, the couple in the song engage in waiting games via the telephone. The woman says that "I got your number, and I know that you got mine." She's called her guy "too many times" and now "you can call me baby, you can call me anytime." She seems to be growing weary of these games. She tells him, "Give me just one reason why I should stay." Such an approach to a relationship seems to be based on emotional manipulation. I doubt if either person in this song is ready for a serious relation- ship. Love grows in a climate of trust and mutual re- spect. Playing games like those described in the song does not demonstrate either quality. This girl needs to ask the guy directly why he has not returned her calls. It is reasonable to call once or twice. After that, no response from the other shows a lack of courtesy. If this is how he informs her that he is not in- terested in her, then he doesn't have the character or personal skills needed to build a healthy relation- ship. She is fortunate to have avoided a path to even greater future hurt. Practicing courtesy is important for all of us. If someone calls and asks you out, don't play games with the person. If you don't want to go, be kind, and say thank you. Yet, be clear that you do not want to go. Don't give excuses or make up reasons why you are declining the date. Be honest in saying that you do not want to date this person. If you are not sure, tell the other person that you want to think about it. Then, call back within two days with your reply. Treating others with this type of kindness and respect will bring long-term effects. First, you will stay out of relationships like the one described in the song. And you will be proud of your behavior and have nothing to hide. Your actions will honor the dignity that God gave to you and to everyone. (Your comments are always welcome. Please ad- dress: Charlie Martin, RR3, Box 182, Rockport, Ind. 47635.) I ' NEW YORK (CNS)-- The fol- lowing are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference (USCC) Office for Film and Broadcasting. Ratings are also given for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). "Kingpin" (MGM) Irreverent comedy in which a boozy, has-been bowling Champ (Woody Harrelson) persuades a naive, Amish bowling prodigy (Randy Quaid) to compete in a million-dollar tournament whose front-runner (Bill Murray) had ruined the drunk's promising ca- reer years earlier. There is some- thing to turn off nearly everyone in directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly's occasionally funny hodgepodge Of politically incor- rect and scatological humor. Brief sexual innuendo, some vi- olence, much tasteless humor and minimal profanity. The USCC classification is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rating is PG- 13 -- parents are strongly cau- tioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. "Manny & Lo" (Sony Clas- sics) An orphaned, pregnant 16- year-old (Aleksa Palladino) and her 11-year-old sister (Scarlett Johansson) run off together from their separate foster homes and kidnap a baby-store clerk (Mary Kay Place) in hopes she will know how to deliver the infant at their hideout. Writer-director Lisa Krueger finds the human- ity, humor and poignancy in all three's predicaments, but fails to fully flesh out her characters in the inconclusive narrative. Sex- ual innuendo, petty thievery, oc- casional profanity and recurring rough language. The USCC clas- sification is A-III m adults. The MPAA rating is R -- restricted. "A Time to Kill" (Warner Bros.) A novice Southern white . TAWIL ELECTRONICS, INC. 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