"Selah" as written by and Lauryn Hill....
Nothing can be done against the truth
No matter how we remain in denial, yeah
Wasting time, replacing time
With each empty excuse
But that'll only work a little while

Coping with despair
Knowing you're not there
Ashamed to just admit I've been a fool
So I blame it on the sun
Run away from everyone
Hoping to escape this ridicule

Trapped in misery
Wrapped so mierably in this deception I wear it like a skin
Dying to maintain, oh I keep trying to explain
A heart that never loved me to begin

Oh I'm such a mess, I have no choice but to confess
That I've been desperately trying to beling
Lying to myself and everybody else
Refusing to admit my right was wrong

And then he came, selah
Oh and it means praise and meditation
And then he came, selah
Oh and it means, didja think about that
And then he came, selah
Oh and it means, praise and revelation
And then he came, selah
Oh and it means that it is sieved

How beautiful his fruits, still in denial of its roots
My guilty heart behaved so foolishly
This treason from within that reasons with my sin
Won't be happy til it sees the death of me

Selfishly addicted to a life that I've depicted
Conflicted cause it's not reality
Oh what's left of me, I beg you selfishly
Cause me to agree but what I know is best for me

Please save me from myself
I need you, save me from myself
Please save me from myself so I can heal


The choices that I make, oh have been nothing but mistakes
What a wasted use of space
Should I die before I wake?
In all of my religion, I've fortified this prison
Obligated to obey the demands of bad decision

Please save me from myself
I need you to save me from myself
Please save me from myself so I can heal

And then he came, selah
Oh and it means praise and meditation
And then he came, selah
Oh and it means didja think about that
And then he came, selah
Oh and it means meditation
And then he came, selah
Oh and it means that it is sealed

And then he came
And then he came, then he came, then he came
And then he
And then he came


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    General CommentI think its her talking to her daughter ,maybe she is explaining stuff about Selah's father, and her mistakes with him,. and her life at that time and up to that point

    maybe something went wrong with the father and the song is her expressing her desire for her daughter to understand what happened and why she made some of the decisions she made

    I dunno, thats how it sounded to me anyway
    AlohaRoseon April 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is SUCH a beautiful song...usually I'm into harder stuff like rock, but this is gorgeous and so meaningful. Takes my breath away.
    FREAKISHfireflyon May 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome of this has to be changed. Here are the correct lyrics:

    "...In this deception that I'm wearing like a skin"
    "...Oh and it means, that it deceived"
    "How beautiful is fruit still in denial of it's roots"
    "... Oh what's left of me, I beg you desprately, cause me to agree that what I know is best for me"
    Jillipepperon September 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIsn't Selah her daughter's name? I love the song, but i don't see how it relates to her kid
    my_sharonaon December 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think its her talking to her daughter ,maybe she is explaining stuff about Selah's father, and her mistakes with him,. and her life at that time and up to that point

    maybe something went wrong with the father and the song is her expressing her desire for her daughter to understand what happened and why she made some of the decisions she made

    I dunno, thats how it sounded to me anyway


    -I adore this line: "How beautiful is fruit still in denial of it's roots" beautiful
    AlohaRoseon April 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno selah might be her daughter's name but selah has an arabic origin, by the way most african names has an arabic origin like jamal, selah in islam means a prayer to god or in arabic as she said praise and meditation. so it's about confessing to yourself about your own mistakes and denials because yourself is the one you fear the most to confess to
    kamaryaon July 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLauryn Hill is a Christian. This song is meant for Jesus. She's asking him to save her from her own deception.
    youchokemeupon July 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree that she wrote this about God, she is obviously asking Him to save her and talking about her mistakes until He came. I feel like this could still be addressed to her daughter, or she could just be explaining the origin of that name.
    Beautiful, peaceful, redeeming song.
    larokon April 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSelah is a pause between phrases from the Hebrew bible, or a musical interlude. It's a very difficult to describe word. No idea what that means in conjunction to this song
    mrmarionetteon February 08, 2014   Link

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