"Sacred Vision" as written by and Samuel Ervin Beam....
"There's no way to temper your thirst
With lasting' impressions or pictures of home
There's no way to grow that don't hurt"
She growled from the station then hung up the phone

There's no sacred vision like her
No eye-crushing mountain or jewelry to wear
There's no granted wish I prefer
Then she to be with me, for us to be there

"I'd rather to be all alone
Forgiveness is fickle when trust is a chore
It's not every sin that's atoned"
I heard her speak softly then heard her no more


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"Sacred Vision" as written by Samuel Ervin Beam

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    General CommentI think this song is talking about how the narrator hurt the woman he loved and who loved him deeply, and didn't realize that he needed her until it was too late.
    I don't know. I just get the feeling that perhaps she loved him so much and he took it all for granted and ended up breaking her in the end.

    I took the mentioning of a 'station' to mean that the woman was leaving the narrator, perhaps from a bus station or a train station, and the narrator is begging for her to forgive him and to take him back, all via telephone. From the line "There's no way to grow that don't hurt", I gathered that the woman was telling the narrator that she knew she would be hurting without him, but she knew she would also be hurting with him because of what he had done to her, so she was better off.

    The middle cluster of lines is obviously what the narrator feels towards the woman. Perhaps he never had the courage to tell her, or perhaps he never realized how much she meant to him until he hurt her. Maybe he left her for what he thought would be a better life, or maybe he cheated. But the narrator did something that made him realize that this woman meant more than anything to him, and now he is trying to tell her he needs her after he seems to have discarded her. Whatever he did to hurt her caused him to epiphany and realize that, yes, she is the woman he is supposed to be with.

    The last set of lines is the woman responding to the narrator's pleading for forgiveness and maybe even his declaration that he really does love her, telling him that she would rather be alone than be with him again. She's saying that she can't forgive him because she can't even trust him, and that not every sin is given forgiveness, especially such a terrible one like his. It sounds like the woman is full of bitterness and hurt, like the narrator really broke her. I do think she was completely in love with him; the pain in just the few lines of her 'speaking' is evidence.

    I think this song is something a lot of people can relate to on many different levels. I may be way off on my interpretation, but it's just what I gathered.

    Even in his simpler songs, Sam Beam is still a genius.
    rahxrahxrahhon October 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song kills me. it's so sad, but in that sam beam way that makes it really beautiful to listen to while it pains you to hear it. i appreciate the simplicity of the guitar because it really emphasizes the lyrics, which i think are great -- particularly the line: "there's no way to grow that don't hurt." i don't think this is his finest moment, but it's a great little song that i really enjoy.
    yourtwowinterson December 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSam Beam is brilliant. He talks about how there's no way to feel something unless your acually feeling it. Theres no way to fake such an epic feeling, like love.
    SilasParkeron July 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti completely agree. this song is so heart breaking, but so true. anyone who's lost the chance to be with someone when it seemed to right will want to cry when they hear this. i especially love the last line.
    sortileguson February 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEach of his songs are so amazing.
    Cyberghoston June 20, 2009   Link

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