Let the dead bury their own dead
Let the dead bury their own,
Let the dead bury their own dead

Will you still love me in famine,
As when love began at the harvest,
Or would you gain the whole world?
Son, I loved you at your darkest
But what good is the whole world
When I promise no tomorrow?
I only promise your tomorrows
Will never take you past my palm

Love, what is love without trust?
What is love without trust?
At my word, would you bring your Isaac?

Let the dead

Son, I loved you at your darkest


Lyrics submitted by DarkerShadeofWinter, edited by iluvsagwa

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    General Comment"at my word would you bring your Isaac?"

    I love that line!

    if he asked for Isaac, would I be Abraham?
    to_save_madmenon June 18, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"will you still love me in famine
    as when love began at the harvest
    or would you gain the whole world
    son, i love you at your darkest"

    best message out of any band
    whap whapon July 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commentfor the lines from whap: to me it seems like so many "christians" worhsip god, read the bible, do this or do that, repent from sins, etc....when they feel good, when everything in their life is good, when they frist get saved, etcc But when things get rough, when they need to sacrafice things like get rid of things god tells us not to touch like secular music, movies, books, and stay away from bad company like friends...ppl lose their faith they stop reading the bible doing this and that....pretty much loving god becuz jesus said if you love me youll follow my commanments(john14:15).....like at harvest you got your fresh food and everyhting is good and it seems easy to follow gods commandments, but in famine when you got nothing in this world like famine will you still follow god?
    "at my word would you bring your isaac"
    -read the story about that in genesis 22, pretty much abraham had a wife that couldnt have kids but god blessed him and his wife had a kid, isaac. imagine how much he loved isaac and god told him to sacrafice him, pretty much kill him and abraham did what god said.....he loved god, followed his word even tho it was his only son....and since he followedd god and was about to kill isaac, god said:"for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
    -22:12
    so basically: give it up to god no matter what! follow his commands, sacrafice yourself, for what good is a life for youself when he "promies not tomorrow"
    p.s. god is not a feeling! hes faithful, he loves us at our darkest! follow him despite any and all things!!!
    seedplanteron August 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commentto seedplanter.... i agree with nearly all of what you said. but i don't see anywhere "God tealling us not to touch secular music, movies and books"...

    indeed, though I am a Christian, I find it quite hard to imagine a world without secular books. I mean, where would we learn things? How would we be educated? I also enjoy many secular movies. In fact most religious movies I have seen are pretty crap to be honest. And while I can see why a lot of secular music is harmful, some of it is absoutely fine. I love a lot of secular music.

    What we need is more Christians, tearing down the barriers between secular and Christian, and getting their hands dirty in the "real world". It's ridiculous the amount of "holier than thou" Christians I see, condeming people for superficial differences and pointless theological arguments that are not at all inmportant to the question of salvation.

    as one secular band put it recently:

    "where is the love?"
    ukhardcoreon October 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJesus said, "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another" (John 13.35). i see nothing in there about not watching secular movies or music. Maybe God is more glorified by HIs creation doing something well than by a Christian half-heartedly singing what we've come to term "worship music." A lot of music played by non-Christians is better than music played by Christians. Perhaps God is even offended when we slap the label "Christian" on a song or album because we, as the church, are not doing our best to glorify Him in many areas of our lives: creating good music being one. Bottom line: "The earth is the Lord's and EVERYTHING in it" (Psalm 24.1). May Christians be known--above all else--for their love. And may all glory be to God because of it.
    headdy3on December 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commentseedplanter got it exactly right. Especially about the connection of 'at my word would you bring your Isaac?' with Abraham and God's promise in Genesis. Basically, I think this song is about trust. About how because we love God we need to trust him with everything in our lives. We need to learn from Abraham, God is always faithfull so obey and sacrifice everything for him when you need to.
    As Cities Burn are so amazing.. I have never come across a band who writes such beautiful lyrics and has a sound so unique and just frickin awesome! Hell yes, I'm sure it will rock.
    AutumnHearton December 22, 2005   Link
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    General Comment.. I was supposed to say their next album will rock..
    *ahem*
    AutumnHearton December 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentseedplanter was merely comparing famine to sacrifice... both are losses. in either case, will you still love God when you've lost everything you once held dear? or will you get lost in the world trying to gain back the things that wont matter if there is no tomorrow? then it's God saying he had loved the son at his darkest (probably sin), something His son should be able to do (remain loving God) when he loses his harvest.

    i guess no one knows what 'let the dead bury their own dead' means?
    bloodshyon March 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah the first line is from a verse in Matthew 8 vs. 21-22 when one of Jesus' disciples says "Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father." and Jesus says to him, "Follow me and let the dead bury their own dead."
    When Jesus said this he was talking about the price of following him as it was custom at the time for the oldest child to stay at home until his parents were dead and bury them. But this was just another example where Jesus revolutionized the current thought at the time and basically said if it's my plan for you to leave home, you'll follow me. Yeah I just found that the other day while I was reading and it jumped out to me because I love this song and this band and can't wait until Cornerstone when I will get to see them. Peace brothers and Sisters and I wish you all of the blessings God has in store for you.
    LifeMeansBitteron June 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTo LifeMeansBitter...

    This has nothing to do with the song...but I was at Cornerstone too.

    Their performance(s) (mainly their Encore 1 performance) was/were fantastic.
    playitloud253on July 17, 2006   Link

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