Split the blackened sky, open flood gates wide
With just one little cry you open up your eyes
We live like whores
We're killing dreams for little boys and little girls
It's our nation, we were living for the day
On our way to devastation in the fires we play
Awakes the frozen souls, burn the idol bulls
Our lips pressed to the coal, a glowing cinder makes us whole
We wash our hands
Of all the blood from innocence that we have shed


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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs from the CD! :)
    YoureSoIntricateon February 27, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"I wrote this song after reading Psalm 106. David is praising God for His mercy, yet warning the people of Israel of the same actions of their ancestors. It made me think about our nation today. Not that I think God will destroy us, but I think we are definitely worthy of it. We live in times where people are fighting for gay marriages, where people are fighting for the legal murdering of babies, where the word of God and the act of prayer have been de-valued, where sex and violence have become a standard. How did we fall so far? Did Godly men with Godly character and standards not found this country? It’s become very apparent that our nation is in much need of God again. That leaves the church. Not that God needs us, but it’s our responsibility to love the lost, show them a better way, and lead them from destruction. This song is my warning." - Dave Pelsue (Kids In The Way)
    knocloo27on September 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEvery time I listen to this song it gives me chills!!! It almost brings me to tears to think of where our nation has gone. Dave is a great writer. : )
    Swimingforwardon September 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyou missed a part of the song
    "We are not a republican nation we are not a democratic nation ( in the fires we play)
    We're not a white nation, we are not a black nation (in the fires we play)
    We're a dying nation, stuck in desperation, we need you our God
    Wash our hands from all the blood of innocents"
    rockinallnighton December 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe part that was left out...(thanks for posting it rockinallnight) is my favorite part of the entire song. It tells us that we even though we split ourselves into petty categories, such as our political p.o.v's and our race that we really are just a nation that is together in our need for God
    DancingwithDamianon January 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentim not sure what the title of the song has to do with it though.

    "Elbert Leander "Burt" Rutan (born June 17, 1943 in Estacada, Oregon) is an American aerospace engineer noted for his originality in designing light, strong, unusual-looking, energy-efficient aircraft. He is most famous for his design of the record-breaking Voyager, which was the first plane to fly around the world without stopping or refueling, and the suborbital rocket plane SpaceShipOne, which won the Ansari X-Prize in 2004." -wikipedia.org
    TheFireBreatheson May 20, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"We are not a republican nation we are not a democratic nation ( in the fires we play)
    "We're not a white nation, we are not a black nation (in the fires we play)
    We're a dying nation, stuck in desperation, we need you our God
    Wash our hands from all the blood of innocents"

    yeah i cant belive you missed that its the best part of the song.
    modernaudreyon August 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYes, the title of this song has always confused me. I was really shocked when I first found out who Burt Rutan was. I don't really understand what it has to do with the song.

    This is my favorite song on the CD too, and it's truly powerful.
    Paradeon February 17, 2008   Link

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