"Perfect" as written by Sameer Bhattacharya, James Culpepper, Jared Hartmann, Kirkpatrick Seals, Lacey Nicole Sturm and Mark T. Lewis....
Sick of circling the same road
Sick of bearing the guilt
So open the windows to cool off
And heat pours in instead

Perfect in weakness
I'm only perfect in just your strength alone

All my efforts to clean me
Leave me putrid and filthy
And how can you look at me
When I can't stand myself

I'm tired to be honest
I'm nobody

Perfect in weakness
I'm only perfect in just your strength alone

Perfect in weakness
I'm only running in just your strength alone

I tried to kill you
You tried to save me

You save me
You save me
You save me
You save me

Perfect in weakness
I'm only perfect in just your strength alone

Perfect in weakness
I'm only running in just your strength alone


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"Perfect" as written by Sameer Bhattacharya Howard Benson

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about God... like most of Flyleaf's songs. She's saying that through her own strength she's nothing, but through God she is perfect.
    "All my efforts to clean me
    Leave me putrid and filthy
    And how can you look at me
    When I can't stand myself"
    In our own power we cant clean ourselves and make ourselves pure. We only destroy ourselves even more. It's amazing how in our sin and filth and God in his infiniute purity can still stand the sight of us.
    "I tried to kill you
    You tried to save me"
    The cross. Our sin murdered him, but his love saved us.
    Brooke8210on April 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"How can you look at me when I can't stand myself?" That's the best line! It's one of the wonderful graces of God. He loves you always, even when you don't. And through his love you can learn to look yourself in the mirror again.
    This song is so intense.
    "All *my* efforts to clean me leave me putrid and filthy." We talked about this at my church. Another name for Him is Jehovah Tsidkenu which is "The Lord my Righteousness." Only God can make you clean and right and pure. There's nothing we can do to make ourselves better other than praying for an increased closeness with God and for his blessing.
    azmoongirlon June 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think Brooke8210, azmoongirl, and iceangelred86 are all correct, because this song is completely about God.
    free2be17on January 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFrom the band's own website:

    1.4 Is Flyleaf a Christian band?
    The best answer we've gotten to date is:

    Lacey: "WE ALL SHARE THE SAME FAITH. And so when we deal with the whole 'Christian band thing', we kind of think about something POD says, like, 'If you're a Christian, it affects everything in your life. So if you're a plumber, does that make you a Christian plumber?' I don't know the answer. We're a band, it's part of who we are, SO IT COMES OUT IN OUR MUSIC, AND IT'S THE FUEL FOR WHAT WE DO. And finding faith saved my life. So I'm not ashamed of it at all. AND MOST OF OUR ALBUM REFLECTS THAT." (emphases added)

    flyleafonline.com/band/…

    Also II Corinthians 12.9: "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." (NIV)

    Note that any work of art has a life and meaning independent from the artist, so if you want to take something else from this song you are free to do so. But to suggest that the artists may have meant something different when they've made their intentions quite clear, now THAT'S absurd.
    perceptoriion August 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy thoughts exactly, brooke
    iforgoton April 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentat first i thought it was about a girl who was always thinking that she wasnt perfect and that she was tired of thinking she wasnt perfect and thought she is perfect in her own way but i think brookes view makes more sense >_
    rockstar_wannabeon May 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt could be an eating disorder, but I think its more broad then that, its about being helped basically though. By someone who loves you and won't let go of you, especially when she says:
    "I tried to kill you
    You tried to save me"
    Its about not giving up on people you believe in and those who support you, because they clearly do the same for you.
    A-Doreon July 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have to say, im an atheist.
    I dont belive in all the stuff about god. Now im not saying that there is anything wrong with flyleaf. I'm also a liberal. So it doesnt bother me. i listen to the music cause its good. I just wanted to say that and let other peopl know. Even if you dont believe in a god its still okay to listen to the music. Your not a hypocrite.
    Thanksthatwuzfunon August 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, this song is definitely talking about God. "I tried to kill you, you tried to save me" means that all the bad she did had no effect on God's willingness to save her. The title itself has the meaning, which is that God is perfect.
    tvurawkson December 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's not at all absurd to think that this song is about God. The term "perfect in weakness" is straight out of 2 Corinthians 12. Look it up. It's basically saying that it is only when when we give up our own strength and rely on God's strength that we are truly strong.
    iceangelred86on January 04, 2007   Link

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