I could not come this time and stand on my feet.
I just thought of you and sank.
"I'm tough, I'm tough," I told myself...
but I fell apart.
Thin arms cling lightly to my sunken chest.
I hold my breath.
Your sad eyes droop with hopelessness,
and I feel like I'm dying with you.
And I hold your toothpick ribcage.
And I pray aloud into your ear,
"Lord what would you have of me?
To plead before You for this child?
Why does faith seem so foreign to me now?"
Every time I see your beautiful faces in my thoughts,
or in something I see, may faith stand firm.
Let it grow from grace I have received
and know that this grace abounds to you so far away.


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    General Commentbeautiful song. very sad as well.

    its definitly about someone close dying.
    DarkerShadeofWinteron February 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOk, I was just reading the lyrics of this song again and I have a theory. It could be totally wrong, so feel free to correct me, but when I thought of this the whole song seemed to make sense all of a sudden.

    Its a story about losing unborn children mid-pregnancy. The author (is he married? maybe its written on behalf of someone else...anyway) and partner fall pregnant twice, and have lost both of them...but they were to be named Gary and Marcus. I think its more than one person that is lost, because of the 2 people in the title and because he says he sees "beautiful faces" not "a beautiful face". I think its a child because of "to plead before you for this child", and he refers to "your toothpick ribcage", I think indicating that the subject is very small.

    The reason I think they are unborn is the last bit. Christians (myself included) often wonder about the eternal fate of children who die without ever being of the mental capacity to make a conscious choice for or against Jesus. It is believed, based on hints of scripture, that in this case the destiny of the child comes under the faith of the parents. The last line is saying about the grace he has received & knows abounding to those who are "so far away".

    Anyway, that's my suggested possible meaning.
    OnDistantShoreson May 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI beg to differ. To me-- I feel as though the writer is expressing sorrow for a child in poverty. Perhaps in a foreign country??

    "Your sad eyes droop with hopelessness,
    and I feel like I'm dying with you.
    And I hold your toothpick ribcage."

    Isn't that graphic? The toothpick ribcage could be due to malnourishment. I also think the last four lines express his thoughts when thinking back on the times that he met the child... and how he hopes that the child will always remember that God is Omnipresent-- and always with him.

    Just my take on it...
    debatexposesdoubton January 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI beg to differ. To me-- I feel as though the writer is expressing sorrow for a child in poverty. Perhaps in a foreign country??

    "Your sad eyes droop with hopelessness,
    and I feel like I'm dying with you.
    And I hold your toothpick ribcage."

    Isn't that graphic? The toothpick ribcage could be due to malnourishment. I also think the last four lines express his thoughts when thinking back on the times that he met the child... and how he hopes that the child will always remember that God is Omnipresent-- and always with him.

    Just my take on it...
    debatexposesdoubton January 01, 2008   Link

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