"Rolling Ocean" as written by and Jonathan Paul Clegg....
You are the rolling ocean
You are the mighty sea
You are the breath that brings each new day to me
You are what you are, you are
You be what you are, you be what you are

Some came to conquer
Some came to understand
Some came to live their lives as best they can
Me, I looked up at the stars to find my way
But I was young and I got them mixed up
And so forgot my name
As I tried to remember you were standing next to me
While other came seeking power
You, you had come to set them free

You are the rolling ocean
You are the mighty sea
You are the breath that brings each new day to me
You are what you are, you are
You be what you are, you be what you are

Women of salt and earth
They tell the same story
They saw you walking wounded
Wearing rags of glory
And when you rejoiced they saw you smiling at your rejoicing
When you wept they saw you smiling at your weeping
When you smiled they saw you smiling at your smiling
And you said that's the way I've survived these years of dust and
Blood.

You are the rolling ocean
You are the mighty sea
You are the breath that brings each new day to me
You are what you are, you are
You be what you are, you be what you are

Suffer little children
Suffer sister, brother too
Suffer mother, father
That's all the world can promise you
In our hearts we feel it
A mighty dream is coming true
Hold on and we'll dream it
Keep it up we're going to push it through
Don't give it up, don't give it up


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"Rolling Ocean" as written by Jonathan Paul Clegg

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    General CommentI think this is a song of praise to God:

    "You are what you are, you be what you are" is a second person translation of Yahweh's "I am what I am".

    Seems a awfully lot like Johnny's referencing Christ here:
    "They saw you walking wounded
    Wearing rags of glory"

    And now that we're talking about spiritual ideas, this last verse seems like it references the human condition God has placed us in here:
    "Suffer little children
    Suffer sister, brother too
    Suffer mother, father
    That’s all the world can promise you
    In our hearts we feel it
    A mighty dream is coming true
    Hold on and we’ll dream it
    Keep it up we’re going to push it through
    Don’t give it up, don’t give it up"

    I've heard this song since my mom used to play it in the 90's, never thought of the lyrics in this way. Very touching.
    connorcon July 26, 2013   Link

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