"Returning to the Fold" as written by Hutch Harris and Kathleen Foster....
I regret leaving my soul
I forgot I needed it, to feel
Maybe when I die
I'll just grab it real quick
I'm coming right back

I regret leaving my mind
I forgot I needed it, to think
And maybe to keep me alive
Can't believe I got so far with a head so empty

But I still have eyes
Wait for me
Wait for me

But I still have feet
Wait for me
Wait for me

I regret leaving it all
I forgot I needed God, like a big brother
And maybe when I die
Yeah when I die
I will die escaping
I will die returning to the fold

But I still have eyes
Wait for me
Wait for me

But I still have feet
Wait for me
Wait for me

But I still have faith
If I ever had faith
Wait for me
Wait for me


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"Returning to the Fold" as written by Kathleen Michelle Foster Hutch Harris

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    General CommentThis is my current favorite song of all time. To me there has never been a more truer line than:
    "I can't believe I got so far with a head so empty.."
    Emergency&Meon September 24, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"...but I still have eyes
    wait for me
    wait for me

    but I still have feet
    wait for me
    wait for me"


    Wow. Those lines are so simple, but so powerful. To me, the line "but I still have eyes" is him saying that he is "wrong" because his eyes tell him the totalitarian government isn't right. He's tired of fighting the system and just wants to give in and return to the fold.

    That freaks me the hell out.

    Bravo.
    SuperShelbyon November 20, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Not much. I can't say one way or the other. I haven't been convinced, I guess. I don't know if I ever will be. But I had this point in my life where I believed in a higher power. And I even liked organized religion at one point - I was really into my Christian church in high school. ... I have a problem with organized religion; that's completely separate of my faith. My faith is just something that I don't know if I'll ever have, but I had something in the past. I've had a love of faith before, but it's not like I believed and then lost my faith. It's more that I've never been fully convinced." - Harris.

    He's basically an agnostic that has Catholic/Christian roots. His lyrics reflect that for the most part.
    congruenton April 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAgreeing with congruent on this one. This has nothing to do with the narrative in Pillar of Salt. They just have the same chords.

    This is about Harris' own struggle with his faith and religion. He wants to believe in God, but he has problems with organized religion. I think I read in an interview that he said he was "recovering" from his Catholic upbringing. I think that's kind of reflected in this song. He eventually wants to return to the faith that he used to have in God (I won't die escaping/I'll die returning to the fold). The rest of the song is about how he hopes that God will take him back even if he's lost his soul, pleading God to wait for him.
    broke_rock_star77on April 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is purely my own opinion regarding this song:

    I think this song is related to the album's recurring theme of faith and opression. I personally don't think they have anything against faith in general, just when people exploit it and use it to control others. I think this song is about someone who was raised in a strict, religious society and escaped it, hating religion and God for years, but now he realizes how empty he feels without having faith in ANYTHING and his life is just as bad as when he was a religious zealot. Now he's escaping again just hoping that somehow he can find a balance between the life he used to lead and the life he's leading now, hoping it will give him some peace.

    "But I still have eyes....but I still have feet". I think he's trying to say that even though he has no idea where to turn and how to find peace, he still has a chance at some sort of "enlightenment"

    And to the person who made the comment about Pillar of Salt being about a "Totalitarian Religious government" I have to disagree. The title is a direct quote from the escape from Soddom in the Bible where, if I remember right, several people escape from a city that God is about to destroy because of the sins of the people, mostly because of their treatment of beggars, and animosity towards strangers. I'll post a more detailed comment on that page if you want to know more.

    Once again this is just my humble opinion, and i'm new at this so if i'm completely wrong go easy on me :]
    Ashlyynon October 07, 2009   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite thermals song, very powerfull
    momotaroon December 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyoutube.com/…
    miyginon April 26, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthat's what it means to me (see above clip)
    miyginon April 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis songs means alot to me as I go running. Maybe the music video had something to do with that. But it's great to run to and keeps you going, especially the 'wait for me' bits. Excellent song - I
    Maeby_Surelyon June 23, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningIt's unbelievable how ignorant some of you are in regards to the general tone and underlying meaning in these songs. Somehow you got into your heads that every single song is about a "totalitarian theocracy" and every single lyric is filtered through that over-simplified view. It's pretty obvious in these songs that he has had some sort of Christian education or perhaps that was his background growing up. Most songs oscillate between a blatant condemnation of "hypocritical Christianity" to an existential dilemma where he can't see meaning beyond a Christian worldview. "He's tired of fighting the system so he wants to return to the fold..." - This is probably the most idiotic suggestion EVER (along with Alejo's) for any of these songs. Why would someone who writes an entire album about "totalitarian theocracy" throw his hands up and say "Forget it, I'm going to be one of them!"? Lines like: "but I still have faith, if I ever had faith" show that he's struggling with SOMETHING, be it to find meaning (returning to Christian roots) or something else. In certain songs he seems to be deriding a worldview like that of Nietzsche (the will to power). "I will die returning to the fold" - He seems to satirizing this sort of thing (where a person says a prayer before they die) and yet the lines "but I still have..." show that this is something more than deriding "Christian hypocrisy" in wanting to escape hell-fire by saying a prayer at the last moment. He might even be satirizing himself and his mindset in regards.
    congruenton April 02, 2009   Link

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