Not sure about the meaning of a song? Below is the author's own explanation to what inspired him to write the song and what it means to him.
Note: We hesitate to explain the songs because we feel that music works on much higher levels than lyrics alone. Many times the same lyrics may mean different things to different people. The explanation for the song given below is the authors personal feelings about his song, but many times the Spirit works through the author and speaks a different message without the author's knowing. So please, feel free to interpret each song for yourself and find what meaning it has in your life.
I realized when I wrote this song that it would be offensive and misunderstood. I don't mean to be accusing people. I'm not trying to throw the first stone. But I also feel the need to talk about topics that a lot of bands, especially in the Christian genre, don't talk about. I felt the need in this song to confront issues that are morally wrong as well as what I felt was wrong due to my religious convictions. The first verse deals with a teen who is just going through the normal "teen" life and is getting swept away in everything that goes along with it. The questions at the end of each stanza are not accusing the teen but more asking "Is this what's right?". In the chorus, I try to alleviate the feeling that I'm accusing the person in the song by saying that "we all make mistakes", and "I know you didn't mean to". And I just try to offer a little advice at the end of the chorus ("stop! next time temptation overwhelms you"). It's something I would like people to remember after hearing the song, something they can take with them; because temptation is overwhelming and I fall into it just as fast as the next. Well, the next verse deals with premarital sex which again, I feel is wrong. Not only morally but religiously. The bridge serves to bring in the religious aspect of the song. I want the listener to know where I'm coming from. The whole song mainly deals with temptation and the effect the outcome can have on our lives.
Stand Up is mainly about our denying God. It's about how we've got all the evidence and everything that should undoutably convince us that there is a God and how we deny it. The first verse deals with hypocrisy, an issue I feel strongly about, and how fake we are at times. Not only that, but the fact that we think that we can hide it from God. I also addressed the fact of our free will and how it was given to us. And I feel God gave us free will because, well, would you rather have a pet love you because it had to or because it chose to, and how much more would that pet love you if it chose to instead of being made to. The chorus is written from God's point of view. I feel He gets so frustrated at times because of how much He's given us and done for us and yet we "waste another day". The second verse and bridge deal with another way in which we treat God, and that's a burden. How we feel that we have all these rules of things we can and can't do and that God's holding us back from having a good time. I can relate to this view and often times understand it. But then I stop and think what it'd be like without Him and it's just so empty. If I had one thing I wanted the listener to come away with after this song it would be to not treat God as a burden and to recognize all the wonderful things He's done.
Take that Chance
One night I sat down and began to wonder why I was a Christian, and then immediately I figured it out, look at all the benefits that come with being a Christian! Eternal life through Christ, true happiness, and true freedom. But then I sat down and thought about why some people WEREN'T Christians and I thought of why it took me so long to see the light: intimidation, and peer pressure. It is extremely hard to be a teenage Christian. And then I thought of why people were hypocrites, and that's when I came across the line: "You say you love Him, I say you're lying, cause ya never speak of His name". And I realize I may be stepping on some people's toes..but it's a problem that needs to be faced. Cuz the song and the Bible say a house divided among it self will not stand. One can't possibly serve the Lord and the World at the same time, and serve them both with ALL their heart, mind, body, and soul. I was just wanting to express my veiw (doctrine) on hypocrites, but also giving some hope to them by saying: That once you go to Him, you'll be so satisfied, you'll wanna give it all up to Him! Much praise to the Lord for all our blessings!
Fill is very much a devotional song. I actually did write it outside because a lot of times just the natural beauty of this world makes me reflect and think about God much more than if I were in my room or even in a church. The out doors is God's hand and nothing else and that's what really inspired me in this song. The song itself is mainly about wanting the Spirit to just consume you. A lot of times I feel empty or like I should feel more joy or something and at those times I just want all of God. I want His presence to surround me as the song says. It's all about giving away your heart. If you want to keep even the smallest portion to yourself or to something other than God, it's going to feel incomplete. I love fill because of it's simplicity and straight forwardness. It's saying "here's what I want" and portraying a surrender to God. And I feel that's really a key element in Christianity.
Well, Irony was mostly written about hypocrisy and not being yourself. And just to clear something up before I go on, hypocrisy does not refer just to Christianity. Saying that, the first verse starts of talking about how instead of people voicing their opinions and getting out their ideas, they sit and listen to everything the World's got to say and take that for truth. The verse then goes on to talk about how we don't choose our own path a lot of times but we choose the one that society or our parents have laid for us. The verse concludes with the idea that a lot of times when people face problems or new situations they run back to a safe place instead of taking on the obstacle and coming out a better, stronger person. The chorus is the part of the song that mainly deals with hypocrisy and the irony of it all. "Famous for your forgeries" refers to people that get their ideas and thoughts from others and then, without understanding them, they preach these ideas as doctrine. And so, they end up with this thing that they've built up but has no support at all. "Went to judge from hung juries" talks about people who can't decide what's right or wrong for themselves but then tell others what's right and wrong. "Visionary to blind...." is pretty much the idea, again, of people who preach these ideas but don't have a leg to stand on and are misleading a lot of people and turning them away from what could be the truth. The next verse can be summed up with the idea that if we accept everything then we stand for nothing. Last, the ending. It's pretty much straight forward in conveying the fact that if we don't practice what we preach other people will see our actions and turn away from what's right.
Undefined figures was written at a very difficult time in my life. I was going through a lot and made a lot of things out to be more than what they really were. The first verse is dealing with a sense of hopelessness and that nothing is going to get better and that this is the end of the road. It paints a mental picture of a desolate wasteland and that's how I felt, like my whole world was just crashing. The chorus portrays the feeling that the world's ethics and morals and our sense of what's wrong and right have blurred so much that we don't really know where we're headed. The lonely bird is meant to symbolize God and how He's trying to tell us something but we don't pay Him (the bird) any attention. The second verse goes on to tell about God righting the wrong in my life and me wondering if all this is happening, is it too late to call him God? The bridge continues that thought about God showing me from a different stand point what was really going on and rising above all the mess. The last verse is a conclusion to the song in that I felt alleviated from everything, like my burden was lighter. I was in a new world where things made a little more sense. But the verse also shows me having a desire to go back to a lifestyle that would be more carefree and more familiar. However, I realize that I can't and actually don't want to go back because I have everything I've ever needed in this new life with God. The song is a visual representation of coming to know Christ as Savior.
The idea of Discerning Hands started out as a poem I wrote about a person growing throughout life. The theme of the poem was: in life there is much we will fail to understand. I believe that those things are guided and "shaped" by our heavenly father. God knows so much more about us than we will ever know. He even understands more of those things we choose as our own personality. The deeper meaning of the song goes into how the person of the song, who is interchangeable, it could be anyone, comes to suspect that there is something greater than himself. The life of the character skips around, and misses
years here and there not because it would take too long to tell the story. I wanted to portray the key idea's of the characters life and not get mixed up with petty details. The key aspects are as a child, the things that matter to a child, and much more unknown to the child, are cared for by God's own hands. As a middle aged man, the things which matter to him are also taken care of and there you see the first glimpse of man seeking God. By the age of his death, you are subtly told that he has lived long enough to have grandchildren and that he was lived a full life. This is not the key to the message. The final realization is that the man has found God and that he now trusts in those hands which guides those things he doesn't understand. I feel that learning how to seek God, and finally trusting in His will is the
greatest and most important thing one can do in their life. All else, as I have said before, is just details.