"Doubting Thomas" as written by and Chris Thile....
What will be left when I've drawn my last breath
Besides the folks I've met and the folks who know me
Will I discover a soul saving love or
Just the dirt above and below me?

I'm a doubting Thomas
I took a promise
I do not feel safe
O' me of little faith

Sometimes I pray for a slap in the face
Then I beg to be spared cause I'm a coward
If there's a master of death I bet he's holding his breath
Cause I show the blind and tell the deaf
About his power

I'm a doubting Thomas
I can't keep my promises
Cause I don't know what's safe
O' me of little faith

Can I be used to help others find truth
When I'm scared that I'll find proof that it's a lie
Can I be led down a trail dropping bread crumbs
To prove I'm not ready to die

Please give me time to decipher the signs
Please forgive me for time that I've wasted

I'm a doubting Thomas
I'll take your promise
Though I know nothing's safe
O' me of little faith
O' me of little faith


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"Doubting Thomas" as written by Chris Thile

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    General Comment"Doubting Thomas" is a phrase used to mean somebody wont believe without physical evidence. Thomas the apostle wouldn't believe Jesus got crucified until he felt the wounds. Note, though, that at the end he says "I'm a doubting Thomas I'll take your promise,Though I know nothing's safe". That means that he chooses to believe despite the lack of physical proof.
    jnutt22on August 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWell, I'm glad there are talented people out there who can write down the same thoughts that I have in the form of a song.
    LilyBearon October 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think song is about him questioning himself and if he is man enough to do what god whats him. His heart says yes but his will is weak and this sort of a breath to god to ask for strength and forgivness.
    saminexon January 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love songs like this one, sure they might be a little sad but more importantly you can tell it's his honest feelings. Maybe that's an important step, being honest about who you are and no longer hiding from other people. This is a great song.
    reytimon July 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwow. cant beleive theres not a million comments on this one. one of my favorite nickel creek songs for sure. its so real. its about how he knows deep down really what is true, but its hard for him to accept it, hard for him to rationalize it and to do what's right. sure he says he does the stuff, but he doesnt always feel it. he's scared to die, because he doesnt know for certain what lies ahead, which scares him, but in the end he takes his promise in a blind act of faith and trust that God really is what he says He is. great song, we can all feel for this guy, and examine ourselves with this song. thanks chris.
    Lookalongwithmeon August 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics seem pretty self-explanitory, don't you think?

    I feel that this song is about him wanting to do justice but he's scared of finding something wrong or bad inside the good. A lie.

    Maybe, just MAYBE he's also saying he feels a bit like a pawn in that he wants to help but he isn't sure he's strong enough, or not ready to die so soon.

    Meh, I'm not 100% sure... At least I tried.
    hoping_alwayson January 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the meaning is a bit deeper and broader, expressing some really general doubts about faith and about how the author lives his life, especially if he is leading others. "Can I be used to help others find truth if I'm scared I'll find proof that it's a lie?" It's also about repentance and pleading for God's patience: "Please give me time to decipher the signs, please forgive me for time that I've wasted..." And in the end, it's about what it says:

    "I'm a doubting Thomas
    I'll take your promise
    Though I know nothing's safe."
    crystalynn84on September 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentguys... great interpretations. i have nothing more to add except that this song is so powerful, it actually brings tears to my eyes. i think there are times when everybody probably feels this way... his delivery is beautiful. respect.
    *MadeForThis*on October 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's simply him doubting the validity of religion, he's a skeptic.
    jeffydon November 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI very much agree with a lot of the comments made about this song. And I also must agree with the person who said that they are glad that there are musicians that are able to write songs that express what people feel. I have just recently come across this song, yet I think it is pretty much a description of me and my journey with faith. I can relate so well with those great feelings of doubt, yet still knowing that God's word is the Truth, and the He really is there and accepts me even tho I doubt his very existence sometimes. All I can say (other than what I just said :-) is wow. Great job Nickel Creek.
    soldierz82on March 28, 2008   Link

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