"Dead Man (Carry Me)" as written by Stephen Daniel Mason, Charlie Lowell, Dan Haseltine and Matt Odmark....
January One
I got a lot of things on my mind
I'm looking at my body
Through a new spy satellite

I try to lift a finger
But I don't think I can make the call
So tell me if I move
'Cause I don't feel anything at all

So carry me
I'm just a dead man
Lying on the carpet
Can't find a heartbeat

Make me breathe
I wanna be a new man
Tired of the old one
Out with the old plan

I woke up from a dream
About an empty funeral
But it's better than the party
Full of people I don't really know

Well, they've got hearts to break and burn
Dirty hands to feel the earth
There's something in my veins
But I can't seem to make it work
It won't work

So carry me
I'm just a dead man
Lying on the carpet
Can't find a heartbeat

Make me breathe
I wanna be a new man
Tired of the old one
Out with the old plan

Can you find a beat inside of me?
Any pulse, getting worse
Any pulse, getting worse
Inside of me, can you find a beat?

Carry me
I'm just a dead man
Lying on the carpet
Can't find a heartbeat

Make me breathe
I wanna be a new man
Tired of the old one
Out with the old plan

Carry me
I'm just a dead man
Lying on the carpet
Can't find a heartbeat

Make me breathe
I wanna be a new man
Tired of the old one
Out with the old plan



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"Dead Man (Carry Me)" as written by Dan Haseltine Charlie Lowell

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    General Comment"It’s the context of relationships that’s deeper, that’s much more vulnerable and honest. And being OK, that process has allowed us to accept who we are. It’s allowed us to accept that there are those dark places. I’m not so surprised anymore, and it takes a big weight off. We’re not secluded anymore. I’m not having to show people this rot of the controlled idea of me, I can show somebody the real me, and they have to contend with that. We call that “bringing the weight.” We bring our own weight into conversations, into our opinions, into our songwriting, we’re being freed up to say this stuff and not have carry the weight of how someone else has to deal with that." - Dan Haseltine (Jars Of Clay)
    JoshPowellon September 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPretty good for a Christian rock song. :)
    vidon March 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI can relate!! I am tired of the old me, and I don want God to just get rid of my old self and make me brand new!! Just the way He would want me to be!!
    scaplandon May 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is perfect for those person out there who wants to change, but somehow is hard for them...just like me.
    bear_hug20on July 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's a fun song.I love it. ^.^
    Camomileon October 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commenttypical rock lyrics
    "I'm just a dead man just a dead man lying on the carpet... Can't find a heart beat"
    Don't know what that means but I love the song anyways.
    RockFiston February 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOk, so I just found this song and really liked it, it makes alot of sense. Here's my own humble pov of what the song is about:

    It's talking in the sense of a person looking down at himself through a "new spy satellite". It's as if he can see himself, but can't move or feel because he is in another place, looking down at himself. The whole meaning of the song in general is that he is tired of his old self, the "Dead man", meaning he is dead spiritually. This is why the phrase "I'm just a dead man lying on the carpet... Can't find a hearbeat" is used. It's more or less a metaphor using the physical self to describe the spiritual self. He's spiritually "a dead man lying on the carpet" who "can't find a heartbeat". He's wanting to be alive in Christ, and this is why He's giving his plee to God to Make me breathe, I want to be a new man, tired of the old one, out with the old plan". The "old plan" is his own ways at life, which he now realizes are in vain, and so he's ready to commit to the spiritual rebirth, so to speak. Btw, random comment: Jars of Clay seems so much like a Neo-Beatles Christian group, if that makes sense ;P Awesome group!!!
    Gtrfreak88on February 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe way I interpret the song looks at a very wealthy and materialistic person who is having a heart attack on new years day which ironically is the day a lot of people choose to change something about themselves for the better.He has an outer body experience as those who's heart has stopped sometimes do hence the line"looking at my body through a new spy satellite".He tries to phone for help but can't move to dial for help and looks at himself in the second person lying on the carpet and watching to see if he moves because he can't feel anything.He asks to be carried or helped to breath believing he is dying or dead promising to be a new man because he is tired of the old one.( I presume he is talking to God).
    He survives and later dreams of his own funeral with none of his so called friends were there to mourn him but he was not worried because he realises they were never really his friends and the song refers to this.He knows the heart attack has changed him and he wants to be a better person but doesn't know how which is referred to in the line"There is something in my veins but I can't seem to make it work...wont work".He questions himself and asks God for help again or as the song goes "Can you find a beat,inside of me? Any pulse?Getting worse.Any pulse,getting worse? Inside of me...can you find a beat.The rest of the verses are self explainatory in relation to this interpretation.Anyway thats my thought on the song?? Who knows?
    Its a great song sung by a great band and thumbs up guys well done.Cheers Mick
    nurtsurton June 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI dedicate this to Mr Bush our president...
    GrungyBeatleon January 01, 2007   Link

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