"The Cross" as written by Martijn Spierenburg, Sharon Den Adel and Robert Westerholt....
Nothing's ever changed, you still turn away
You've washed your hands, you've made that all too clear
You just keep on living this lie

You refuse to see, you're denying me
The cross I bear but you don't seem to care
Even Judas knew he had lied

I keep wondering why
I'm still calling your name through my tears

Why have you waited to embrace me my dear?
Cold is your silence, denying what is real
I'm still wondering why
I'm still calling your name my dear

I'm sorry if you can't stand the naked truth
All you see is how you want it to be
So you keep on living your life

Release me from this cross after all these years
Oh call my name and help me with this weight
Even though it comes far too late

I keep wondering why
I'm still calling your name through my tears

Why have you waited to embrace me my dear
Cold is your silence, denying what is real
I'm still wondering why I'm still calling your name
And I wonder, oh I wonder

In my heart I still hope you will open the door
You can purify it all, answer my call

Why? Why?

Why have you waited to embrace me my dear?
Cold is your silence, denying what is real
I'm still wondering why I'm still calling your name
And I wonder, oh I wonder

In my heart I still hope you will open the door
You can purify it all, answer my call


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"The Cross" as written by Sharon Den Adel Martijn Spierenburg

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    My InterpretationHmm, I personally think this song is singing from the perspective of Jesus. Mainly because of:
    "You've washed your hands
    You've made that all too clear
    You just keep on living this lie"
    Which is what Pilot did to claim innocence of Jesus' death.

    The other reason why I think this is singing from Jesus' perspective is because of this line:
    "You refuse to see I'm in agony"
    Which I assume to mean that people turn away to avoid seeing Jesus in pain.

    The whole calling to "my dear" part throws me off though. Perhaps it's referring to Jesus calling to sinners? I'm not sure. However, that is my take. This is the kind of song that could be interpreted to be highly-pro religious or highly anti-religious. But the way the references to the Bible were used make me think that the song is highly-pro religious. I doubt WT would blatantly go against Christianity because their sales would probably go down.
    Invictus312on March 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI too think it is a religious song. It sounds to me like it is sung from God's point of view, calling out to non-believers, forever calling them back to Him. To help take the weight of the cross (sin) from Christ's shoulders. It is a plea for the prodigal sons and daughters to return to Him. He keeps asking why they are waiting to embrace Him, though He calls their names over and over. He sheds tears of sorrow as they continue to deny Him even as He stands there in front of them.
    I am an agnostic, so I can't help but feel this song is being sung directly to me. It's just such a beautiful song I can't help but be moved by it. Definitely one of the best songs off of a stellar album.
    rock_hawkon July 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment=) love it.
    The_howlingon March 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentme too, specially when she goes "ah, ah, ah, ahhhh"
    killstaron March 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA few small corrections:
    the first line is: Nothing’s ever changed, you still turn away
    And: 'If my heart is too hold/cold, can we open the door? Can we ever find it all and save my heart?' should be "In my heart I still hope you will open the door, You can purify it all, answer my call"
    This is according to the WT official site.

    This is probably the most emotional song on the album, or perhaps any WT song. Bitterness, anger, betrayal, love, dispair. Not sure what it really means, she has had a tramatic experience on her life that her mate either denies altogether, or blames on her, even though perhaps he might be to blame? Regardless he isn't giving her the love and comfort she needs which is causing her even more pain. (Maybe a rape victim, who's mate now has trouble being intimate her; I've heard of that happening)
    Or she has done something she regrets and has carried the guilt for a long time, but he won't forgive her even though they've stayed together?
    The "ah, ah, ah, ahhhh" kind of creeped me out and annoyed me at first, I almost didn't give this song a chance, but I did and it grew on me quickly.
    mhortonon March 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthmm i can't really figure out the meaning of this song. probably about a book or movie again
    In the miston March 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnd again the above lyrics are full of mistakes. Where the hell do you guys get them from? Buy the CD and you'll have the right lyrics and put them then in here!! I hate if someone puts in here wrong lyrics. Here are the right ones (out of the booklet):

    Nothing’s ever changed, you still turn away
    You’ve washed your hands, you’ve made that all too clear
    You just keep on living this lie
    You refuse to see, you’re denying me
    the cross I bear but you don’t seem to care
    Even Judas knew he had lied
    I keep wondering why
    I’m still calling your name through my tears

    Why have you waited to embrace me my dear?
    Cold is your silence, denying what is real
    I’m still wondering why
    I’m still calling your name my dear

    I’m sorry if you can’t stand the naked truth
    All you see is how you want it to be
    So you keep on living your life
    Release me from this cross after all these years
    Oh call my name and help me with this weight
    Even though it comes far too late
    I keep wondering why
    I’m still calling your name through my tears

    Why have you waited to embrace me my dear
    Cold is your silence, denying what is real
    I’m still wondering why I’m still calling your name
    and I wonder, oh I wonder ...
    In my heart I still hope you will open the door
    You can purify it all, answer my call

    Why? Why?

    Why have you waited to embrace me my dear?
    Cold is your silence, denying what is real
    I’m still wondering why I’m still calling your name
    and I wonder, oh I wonder ...
    In my heart I still hope you will open the door
    You can purify it all, answer my call
    Soulslayeron March 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've heard alot of arguing over this song, some saying it's pro-religion/Christianity and is to balance out TTBTR and some it goes along with TTBTR as a warning against following a belief system set up by others.
    Personally I'm onclined to the more pro-religious part of that argument purely because that's the way the lyrics lead, but personally I think it's actually about a relatiionship or friendship in which one partner feels isolated by the other or betrayed and the religious references are just metaphors for the feelings of betrayel eg, the Judas reference and the 'In my heart I still hope you will open the door' bit.

    But that's just my take, whatever anyone else thinks is good too.
    eveningthoughton March 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthat's possible , but i have another theorie

    i think the you figure, is god. its about the relation between the I figure and god. and she is wondering about why she holds on to the cross (holding on to her religion) because of all the negativity she feels and encounters in her life. she is like questioning the reason to to keep holding on to god. ("The cross I bear But you don't seem to care)


    but i also have a second theory, you could also interpretate this song as extremely anti-religious. like in challeging everyone's faith or at least christianity.
    "Cold is your silence, denying what is real"

    "I'm sorry if you can't stand the naked truth
    All you see is how you want it to be
    So you keep on living your lie"

    you could see these sentences as being directed towards the reader/listener. its like she saying "there is no god, you are just lieing to yourself, believing in what is not real, you just can't face reality because it realy scares you to think there would be no god."

    but i don't think it would be likely that sharon would have that kind of opinion. so i will go with my first theory




    but she is like talking down to god, like in a way of a relationship between two people. she's talking to him like an equal, not a higher being
    In the miston March 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it is religious at all. It is just symbolism recognizable to anyone in a Christian dominated culture. Judas is the embodiment of betrayal, and bearing the cross is as just well known, as a symbol of a burden (generally emothional), almost beyond ones strength to bear.
    As far as the last persons 1st theory, I hope thats not the meaning for the bands sake... If it is, they'll be driven off by a religious mob armed with crosses and clubs and pitchforks and guns. But I can't see that meaning in the words myself. The 2nd theory, perhaps, but I still don't think so.

    I'm still going with my theory. I can just see a woman, sobbing and reaching out, but he just stands there emotionless or turns away, making no move to comfort her. Makes me want to step in and save her.
    mhortonon April 12, 2007   Link

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