Dinosaur Bones

my bones don't click in place when i sit on the machine
not as of late do i integrate, scarcely say what i mean
this thing was built with one of my ribs
i was there when it was given a name
but I've been overpowered by those who took it away
it doesn't even look the same
those hired in to intervene and supervise it's size
do plot against the weakened will before the weak ones realize
i found it's bones in my backyard, i put them on display
i set it up with leering eyes and gave it a voice to say:

"I am just the voice of one who's greater than this
but I am still a sacred voice, I will not be dismissed"

the bones still look out on my yard
though the pieces are taken apart
they paint it colors i can't stand but they will not touch it's heart
they stick tacky ornaments on it and they sell it to the kids
i can barely stand to see it now
but there's still a voice in it
when i answer to the one who gave the bones to me
i want to say i cared for them, and say it honestly
those closest to me take it away and twist it out of shape
but the voice within still rattles the bones
the voice still resonates




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    General Commentthis is posted on showbread.net

    Dinosaur Bones: This song is about finding a purpose and adhering to it despite complications in the process. For our band, the bones are just a tool that God uses to speak through about the love of Jesus, regardless of what happens to “art” and “music” the purpose doesn’t change, and the voice continues to speak.

    This song was written just days before we left for the studio as a result of stress and complications surfacing from writing the record and facing all the business aspects of being a band.
    friendsrfakeon August 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was sort of about how people try to follow Jesus in many differnt ways, sometimes ways other people don't like "they paint it colors i can't stand" but it all comes down to the same message "but they will not touch it's heart".
    Sometimes people try to tone the gospel down or change it to try and make it more appealing to other people "they stick tacky ornaments on it and they sell it to the kids" but no matter what people do the true message will live on. "but there's still a voice in it ".
    Bennjamynon September 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI thought that this song was about the way the church and god as an idea has become today among the youth. 'they stick tacky ornaments on it and they sell it to the kids' this line i believe is talking about christianity and how you can be 'christian' today and still do everything b4 u gave ur life to christ. It is about liberal, loose christians and how josh would like to say that he has stayed true to what he believes in his heart is right, but has mucked up a few times. Although he has screwed up he stil tries to live for god and be as uncompromising as he can be in the world we now live in.
    Sekhemneton December 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwow, it's funny to read everybody's opinion on what this song is about & how different it is from mine. when i heard this song, i heard a lot about women. "this thing was made from one of my ribs" references to Genesis where God forms Eve from one of Adam's ribs. i thought this song was about how men should take care of women instead of dominating them, & how society tries to change women ("they stick tacky ornaments on it..."). but i can also see that it's talking about showbread as a band.
    xnancyxdrewxon April 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI kinda wonder how much this song is a cry for help, in reaction to their label taking creative control of the band. I don't know for sure whether that's happened, but that's the message I always hear from this.

    Here's my reading: Josh, a founder of Showbread and its driving force ("this thing was built with one of my ribs / I was there when it was given a name"), is lamenting the changes that have been forced upon the band ("I've been overpowered by those who took it away / it doesn't even look the same /
    those hired in to intervene and supervise it's size /
    do plot against the weakened will before the weak ones realize"); i.e., toning down the screaming ("they stick tacky ornaments on it and they sell it to the kids"), as well as the primary color change from red to green ("they paint it colors I can't stand but they will not touch its heart").

    He's concerned but ultimately confident about what will happen when he answers to God for Showbread's actions at the final judgment ("when I answer to the one who gave the bones to me / I want to say I cared for them, and say it honestly"). He also wants to make it clear that God is still working through the band even after the changes (" the voice within still rattles the bones / the voice still resonates").
    jpers36on January 29, 2008   Link
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    Song Meaning"they paint it colors i can't stand but they will not touch it's heart
    they stick tacky ornaments on it and they sell it to the kids
    i can barely stand to see it now "

    I think this part is about how Showbread hated that people were referring to them as a "hardcore" band and how people associated them with the whole "scene."

    The overall message of the song is that no matter how Showbread is sold, what people think of them, how they may change, etc., their duty as a band is to spread the good news of Jesus!
    danjoshmasson March 29, 2011   Link

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