"The Maker" as written by and Daniel Roland Lanois....
Oh, oh deep water, black and cold like the night
I stand with arms wide open
I've run a twisted line
I'm a stranger in the eyes of the Maker
I could not see for the fog in my eyes
I could not feel for the fear in my life

From across the great divide, In the distance I saw a light
Of John Baptist walking to me with the Maker
My body my body is bent and broken by long and dangerous sleep
I can't work the fields of Abraham and turn my head away
I'm not a stranger in the hands of the Maker

Brother John, have you seen the homeless daughters
Standing here with broken wings
I have seen the flaming swords
There over east of Eden
Burning in the eyes of the Maker
Burning in the eyes of the Maker
Burning in the eyes of the Maker

Oh, river rise from your sleep
Oh, river rise from your sleep
Oh, river rise from your sleep


Lyrics submitted by Shoot_Me

"The Maker" as written by Daniel Roland Lanois

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind


The Maker song meanings
Add your thoughts

35 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    General CommentI dont think it is a song about losing your way in religion, but finding your way. The start of the song, he says "I'm a stranger in the eyes of the Maker" and at the end he is NOT a stranger in the eyes of the Maker. as well as other lyrics in the song. i think it is about coming to religion, maybe despite of himself, despite of everything. obviously, i am a deeply religious guy, and song struck a cord within me. i think it is mainly about daves struggle w/ religion, (tho he didnt write it, he chose to sing it multiple times) and is about COMING to God, now leaving.
    Jesus_Freakon February 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's quite religious...John Baptiste? Brother John? Totally of the Christian religion. "I'm a stranger in the eyes of the Maker," by the Christian faith, would refer to God not recognizing us through our sin. But even so, He still made us and knows us ("I'm not a stranger in the hands of the Maker").
    reesespieceson February 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWho the **** is playing the bass guitar on this??? Man the bass is kickin'!!! Is it Stephan?
    kozworthon April 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song presents two complimenting thoughts.
    the burning sword in The Makers eyes represents judgement via the perfect Law.
    As the river rising represents wisdom of the spirit.

    both representing a balanced description of "the Maker".

    law represents "el yahweh" or the Lord, and the river of water represents "el shaddaie", or the Holy spirit. both attributes together represent "El Elyon",,,the Mother/Father God...or Parent

    doesnt "mother/father" sound familiar?

    anyway seeing the flaming sword..you would be standing west.. seeing the sword in the east of the garden means your in the garden. you have journeyed through the flaming sword and have entered eden.

    whenever you see daves flaming dancer logo..it can only be seen in the flaming sword..in the eyes of the maker.

    the flaming dancer represents the flaming sword

    dave in no way is agnostic..he sees things most christians dont see. this is only possible by knowing and communicating intimately with God.
    Me2on June 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationi think it's about a sinner...
    "I could not see for the fog in my eyes
    I could not feel for the fear in my life"

    who open himself
    "I stand with arms wide open"...

    to God's Mercy...
    "From across the great divide, In the distance I saw a light
    Of Jean Baptiste's he's walking to me with the Maker"
    "I'm not a stranger in the hands of the Maker"

    Dear friends, it's a Gospel Song. You know who is Jean Baptiste (the last of the Prophets) and the Maker is Jesus Christ.

    But I could also say, as the the Bible say, Jesus walked towards Jean Baptiste, and Jean Baptiste saw Jesus and recognized Him as The Maker.
    agostino12on January 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a song by daniel lanois (i think) covered many times by dmb. a great version is on, of course, live in chicago, with special appearances by mitch rutman and victor wooten (a god). i think its about losing your way in religion.
    sean7711on August 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is such a pretty song...i fall asleep to it every night. Not too popular, but still a great song.
    Emnm0331on September 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSimply awesome song! What else can I say?
    jc_25on March 31, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with sean about losing your way in religion, do you think it might have something to do with dave being agnostic? even though he didnt write it maybe he chose it for some of those reasons, because a lot of daves songs can relate to his being agnostic
    voodoochld000on May 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI also agree that this song is about losing your way in religion, yet I don't think dave is agnostic. I just recently read in an article that the song "Save Me" was inspried by biblical story about Jesus and the Devil in the desert where his fate would be tested (Matthew 4:1-11). Dave said this was one of his favorite stories in the bible.
    HafaLai2001on June 14, 2004   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain