"The Tide Began To Rise" as written by and Ryan Clark Don Clark....
I don't belong here
I never saw this on the path I walk
The blood-stained walls, the lines of chalk on the floor
It's getting so hard
I never saw the backlash when the tide began to rise
I can't remember
The way it was when everything felt right
My mouth held shut and eyes sealed tight with control

So I remember on the inside

I found a dark, infernal place I don't want to face anymore
Somehow, I won't stop feeding the pain
My heart's just the same as before

So now I'm stuck here
Between the guilty and the insincere
The words I spoke have left me here all alone
I should have known this
I never saw the backlash when the tide began to rise
I wish it all gone
I could've burned it when I had that choice
And now I'd die to kill this noise in my head

So I remember on the inside

I found a dark, infernal place I don't want to face anymore
Somehow, I won't stop feeding the pain
My heart's just the same as before

So I remember on the inside

If this is all the love my spirit can give
Just take it back tonight
There is not a reason more to live


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"The Tide Began to Rise" as written by Ryan Clark Don Clark

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    General CommentThis song is pretty easy to figure out. It is getting into sin and not realizing how hard it is to get out until the tide has risen too high. The only way out is to draw close to God, because there is nothing we can do as sinners to save ourselves.

    The difficult line in this song is the conclusion, which at first seems depressing, but upon review is one of the most honest and awesome lyrics I've ever seen.

    "If this is all the love my spirit can give, just take it back tonight. There is not a reason more to live."

    This is the point I have reached in my life when I felt I couldn't get out of a certain sin. It is just being honest with God, telling him that if I can't use my life for good and show the kind of love for others that Christ did, then God should just take the life back. There is no other reason to live than to show the love of Christ. God may as well take us if we aren't doing that.
    Skillet7on January 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentfrom demonhunter.net
    “The Tide Began To Rise” is a song I wrote about the changes you make in life. Sometimes, in looking back, you realize that you’re not progressing and changing into the mature, spiritually mature person that you had hoped for. I talk about the times when things seemed more stable and looking back on those days in the hope that you may return to them.

    At the end of the song, I wrote about how depressing it can be sometimes, knowing that we, as humans, are so limited in the love that we can give to God and our loved ones. God gives so abundantly to us, yet we are living for ourselves most of the time. The love that we do give is usually just in the time left over after we serve ourselves. The final desperate plea is that God would just take my spirit home with Him, because I’m tired of the futility of human love.

    For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
    Rom 3:23
    Nascarguy329on February 22, 2007   Link
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    General Comment“The Tide Began To Rise” is a song I wrote about the changes you make in life. Sometimes, in looking back, you realize that you’re not progressing and changing into the mature, spiritually mature person that you had hoped for. I talk about the times when things seemed more stable and looking back on those days in the hope that you may return to them.

    At the end of the song, I wrote about how depressing it can be sometimes, knowing that we, as humans, are so limited in the love that we can give to God and our loved ones. God gives so abundantly to us, yet we are living for ourselves most of the time. The love that we do give is usually just in the time left over after we serve ourselves. The final desparate plea is that God would just take my spirit home with Him, because I’m tired of the futility of human love.

    "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." - Romans 3:23

    -This is not my own description. This is the definition of the song from a direct quote of DH's lead singer, Ryan Clark. Just figured I'd throw it out there. Amazing song! :)
    Zeetooison August 25, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationForeword: Long comment, but please take your time, it was very powerful for me.


    I'm speechless. This song feels like it's written about my present situation.

    Verse 1
    tells about a normal person, whose life seems to be on track. All's well. But suddenly he figures out that he has messed up badly in every aspect of life. Now his path feels blood-stained, it's something he's never been into before (I don't belong here, I never saw this on the path). He didn't see it coming. He didn't see the backlash when the tide began to rise.

    Chorus
    tells about a dark, infernal place. For me, it's something concerning secrets and regrets and stuff I feel I've failed in. Things I'd want to change. Maybe getting disappointed by other people. Also I had my first panic attack ever today (yes, I'm male, 18yrs). For someone else that infernal place could be anything, but something he somehow can't get over with (I won't stop feeding the pain etc).

    Verse 2
    is much like verse 1, he seems lost in his new situation (stuck between the guilty and the insincere), drowning in the tide. He feels so much guilt (I should have know this), he should've fixed it on the backlash (but he didn't see it). He's desperate to do anything to get out (I'd die to kill this noise in my head).

    Part 3
    made me cry. It escalates all my feelings. If this is all the love my spirit can give - Why cant I do any better, maybe show some love and forgiveness? Maybe get rid of the hatred, guilt, bitterness and self-pity. I HAVE failed. We all have. It just might take a long way to find out how lost you've been. Even I being a christian from my birth realized I've gone too far on my own. Now I bow down to God and give up everything. I can't do it on my own.
    If this is all the love my spirit can give... JUST TAKE IT BACK TONIGHT, THERE IS NOT A REASON MORE TO LIVE ... Can't do it on my own. God must take my spirit and guide it. And he will. If I ask for it.

    P.S. I told this from my aspect. Everyone has their own problems (everyone has some), the meaning of this song may be different for you. But this did touch me. A lot.
    Hillomieson May 21, 2012   Link
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    General Commentit seems to me that, he is fighting with emotions and he doesn't know how to cope with it. When he "never saw the backlash when the tide begins to rise", he knew that he made the wrong choice but didn't know the outcome of it. Thats what Christians face everyday and alot of Christians continue to live in sin but they don't know that what they sow they will reap
    Gods_kidon November 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentClose. Ryan, on the Waging The Third War DVD, stated that this song is him reflecting on himself and the wrongs he's done. BUT also what also he can do it, just not complaining about like a whiny emo kid.

    Also, I dunno which is better, the acoustic or the CD version.
    WakeToLifeon November 09, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"I never saw the backlash when the tide began to rise" is one powerful line. I take it as any human living in gradually escalating sin. You come to the age of reason where you know you live in your own filth... but it was never completely obvious how you got into the mess because it happened gradually over time. This song is a realization of that, and call to do something about it.
    pnewon December 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI found a dark, infernal place I don't want to face anymore
    Somehow, I won't stop feeding the pain
    My heart's just the same as before

    So I remember on the inside

    If this is all the love my spirit can give
    Just take it back tonight
    There is not a reason more to live

    This is song is the one that is calm and gentle. This is one of their best songs.
    WAYAlbuquerqueon January 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWll done skillet7 you pretty much hit the nail on the head.
    theguy1234567890on February 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is definitely one of their best songs. it's soft but delivers a powerful message about how hard it is to let go of sin.
    christianmetal86on July 18, 2007   Link

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