"Lightning Crashes" as written by Edward Joel Kowalczyk, Chad David Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Alan Gracey....
Lightning crashes a new mother cries
Her placenta falls to the floor
The angel opens her eyes
The confusion sets in
Before the doctor can even close the door

Lightning crashes an old mother dies
Her intentions fall to the floor
The angel closes her eyes
The confusion that was hers
Belongs now to the baby down the hall

Oh now feel it, comin' back again
Like a rollin', thunder chasing the wind
Forces pullin' from
The center of the earth again
I can feel it.

Lightning crashes a new mother cries
This moment she's been waiting for
The angel opens her eyes
Pale blue colored iris
Presents the circle
And puts the glory out to hide, hide

[Chorus: x3]

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"Lightning Crashes" as written by Edward Joel Kowalczyk, Chad David Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer, Chad Alan Gracey

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  • +8
    General Commenti just watched something on VH1 last night. it was the 90 best songs of the 90's. but this song was on there. the band was saying the song was very emotional for them and it was about a mother giving childbirth while another woman was dying down the hall. one person was ending their life, while another was begining. its such a powerful song.
    notperfecton May 05, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI think the lyrics and the music just go so well together. It's so emotional and yes, really sad but I think the part about the baby represents new hope so its kind of a bitter sweet thing.
    Jean Machineon April 14, 2002   Link
  • +4
    Song Meaning
    Ed Kowalczyk said, "I wrote 'Lightning Crashes' on an acoustic guitar in my brother's bedroom shortly before I had moved out of my parents' house and gotten my first place of my own." Kowalczyk says that the video for "Lightning Crashes" lends itself to many misinterpretations of the song's intent. "While the clip is shot in a home environment, I envisioned it taking place in a hospital, where all these simultaneous deaths and births are going on, one family mourning the loss of a woman while a screaming baby emerges from a young mother in another room. Nobody's dying in the act of childbirth, as some viewers think. What you're seeing is actually a happy ending based on a kind of transference of life. The dedication to Barbara Lewis came after the song was written. But it was something that we hoped would honor the memory of a girl we grew up with and help her family cope with sorrow -- which it seems to have accomplished -- in a fashion in keeping with the theme of the song."

    In other words, this song is about the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. The angel opens her eyes in birth, and closes them in death. The angel is both a symbol of the divine and of life, and the living people themselves (eyes opening for the first time in life, closing for the final time in death).
    The pale blue-colored iris of a newborn baby represents the circle of life. The glory coming out to hide is the spark of the divine hidden within all people. It is there before us in plain sight, but hidden because we see the flesh most often rather than the spirit within.

    It is not about the girl who died in the car accident, nor is it about abortion, miscarriage, etc. It is about the peaceful passing of a life (an old mother whose children are grown), and the joyful if hectic arrival of a new life (the new mother and her baby).
    tritterbugg02on December 19, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about a life being transfered into another. the old lady dies while the baby is being born.
    Marky Markon July 24, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAs I write this I am siting in a hospice house with my husband, who is dying from stage IV colon cancer. I wept the first time I heard this song. Our grown children and their children are gathering now, and we will all be together within a few days to say goodbye. For some reason I had to hear this song again - and I wept again. There is a circle of life that you can see very clearly from this end of the spectrum. I felt it very strongly when i welcomed my children to this world, and now I feel like I am giving my husband back. The world will go on without him, and eventually without me, I am sure of it every time I look in my children's faces.
    susanbon August 23, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti agree with you completely gage. this is one song that i never get sick of and never will.when i listen to it, i just get this feeling of peace and i just sit there (usually pretty baked) and just think about everything
    zekey babyon January 31, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is dedicated to a woman who was a friend of some of the band members who died in a car accident. THe song is about a mother dying in childbirth and the other is about the child dying. Although that is not how Barbara Lewis died, the song is for her.
    God BLess
    schuttfaceon April 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with notperfect. The baby doesn't die. It is new life being brought forth into the world while an old one is being taken. I actually did this song for a project in high school ^_^ We had to analyze songs. How easy and fun!
    Katydidon May 09, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMost people miss the most central meaning to this song. Not trying to be arrogant, but it just really jumps out at me. Ed K. is obviously very well versed in the various religious beliefs, and I think this song showcases reincarnation. One spirit "dying" and moving into the closest "birth." I don't get the reference to the sun/son, though. Obviously a reference to Christ, but, how? Suggestions?
    Caeremoniaon May 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti have a live version of this song and ed said it was originally written about living and dying but now he thinks its about rising and falling. its goes out to a friend of theirs who is "undoubtedly, inevitably, totally, absolutely in heaven". i love this song but if u hear it live you get so caught up in the mood of the song and it is just awesome live!
    LoveThyEnemyon August 05, 2002   Link

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