I've got to climb to the top
Never stop til I reach it
Til I feel that I'm good and that I'm in control
Of life and my thought
When I'm not I still preach it
Cause they're all gonna see if I start to fall or lose control
I'm losing control of this

I've been balancing on suspended pianos
And trying to appear composed
It makes the loudest noise when they begin to crash
With eyes on me I force a laugh
You come to me and set me free

Cross my arms across my chest
This is not a gift I can accept
But I appreciate the sentiment
I worked too hard for righteousness
To just lay down while You hand me this
And put my faith in something You call grace
From You

I've been lost inside a cave without a lantern
At every sound I start to run
Feel my way around the dark without a pattern
If I would wait You'd come
To rescue me and show the way

Cross my arms across my chest
This is not a gift I can accept
But I appreciate the sentiment
I worked too hard for righteousness
To just lay down while You hand me this
And put my faith in something You call grace
From You

Son, you're trying to earn
What is far beyond you
Son, you're trying to earn
What is freely given

Every time that you try to just reduce
This to a give and take
You spit in my face
And tell Me that this blood was shed in vain


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    General CommentI edited the lyrics. These are the lyrics from Cool Hand Luke on their myspace. :)
    bcpennaon February 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the line that says "I cross my heart and I cross my chest" should read, "I cross my arms across my chest" (I.E. stubbornness).

    Also I believe the line that says "Because I've been trying to learn what this feeling gets love" should read "I have been trying to learn what is freely given." (I.E. Grace).
    ddeberry01on August 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAlso, the line that says "trying to a decompose" They actually say "trying to look composed"
    martincr70on September 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song about a man who is struggling to give control to God. He wants to earn his rightousness because of his pride instead of accepting God's free gift of Grace.
    martincr70on September 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is the link in where Mark explains the meaning and the background of the song
    youtube.com/…

    And this is pretty much it written out.

    Part of this song, along with the album artwork is based on a dream Mark had. He had a sense of urgency to get somewhere fast and he was at this crowded place, type of festival type thing. There were pathways and then these grand pianos suspended by hooks and he decided to climb on the grand pianos and they started falling while he ran. He just felt foolish, but wouldn't swallow his pride and get down. There was a girl and her mother pointing at him and he just nervously smiled and played it off like it was part of his plan.

    And from this dream, God taught him (which also can apply to the rest of us):

    We have this overwhelming sense of controlling things so that we are seen as good Christians that understand theology and have it all together, but we are weak, broken, and hurting and have completely no control over our lives and what happens. But there is freedom in the gospel and that Jesus died for us and we're freed from all the things we're chained to. And our standards don't have to be that of American society or the media. Our standards should be only Christ's. We can't live perfect lives, and Christ knows that and he died for us, but we keep finding ourselves scrambling to read a certain amount of scripture, pray a certain amount of prayers, and know a certain amount of things so people will think we're good people. A way to maybe pay God back in a small way for everything he's done for us, but it's all rubbish. God doesn't need anything that we have, because he gave us everything we have. And that is the good news of the Gospel.
    bcpennaon March 04, 2008   Link

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