"The Sanctuary Hum" as written by and Randy Michael Torres Steven Allen Dail....
Smile wave, convince the sanctuary our charade
Though you're the object of my deep rage
Just counterfeit this holiness for me
And everything will be okay

My sweet one you tell no lies
The greatest reason to be despised
We must pretend, your broken wrist
Just happened when you fell off your bike, your bike, your bike

This is the reason the sanctuary hums
God save us, God save us from your chosen ones
This is the reason the sanctuary hums
God save us, God save us from your chosen ones

Smile wave, protect his pulpit from all suffering
He'll make celebrity the end game
So much more valuable than family
Not even violence can betray

Long as you keep your limbs
Locked up till the end of this age
Even if you won't
It's your word up against what he'll say, he'll say, he'll say

This is the reason the sanctuary hums
God save us, God save us from your chosen ones
This is the reason the sanctuary hums
God save us, God save us from your chosen ones

Cry girl, become the wails of victims unheard
Your tears have given you the calm nerve
So if they're asking you to hide your bane
You just keep screaming to the grave

This is the reason the sanctuary hums
God save us, God save us from your chosen ones
This is the reason the sanctuary hums
God save us, God save us from your chosen ones

You'll be the reason the helpless celebrate
He takes us, He takes us from our violent shame
This is the reason the sanctuary hums
God save us, God save us from your chosen ones

This is the reason the helpless celebrate
He takes us, He takes us from our violent shame
You'll be the reason the sanctuary hums
God save us, God save us from your chosen ones



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"The Sanctuary Hum" as written by Randy Michael Torres Andrew Albert Schwab

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    General CommentThis song speaks about hypocrisy amongst Christians. This is an amazing song and the message is powerful, true, and unfortunately sobering.

    "Smile, wave
    Convince the sanctuary, our charade
    Though you're the object of my deepest rage Just counterfeit this holiness for me
    And everything will be OK"

    This part is the antagonist telling the protagonist (which we find out later is a little girl, assumingly the daughter of the antagonist). She is instructed to act happy in front of the sanctuary [of Christians] so as to not embarrass or demean the antagonist. Pretend or Counterfeit the holiness that many Christians act out in Churches.

    "My sweet one
    You tell no lies
    the greatest reason to be despised
    But we must pretend
    Your broken wrist
    Just happened when you fell off your bike"

    Here, the antagonist is explaining to the little girl that even though she tells no lies (since lying is greatest reason to be despised) she has to pretend that her wrist broke when she fell off her bike. Its implied in the verse before this one that her wrist actually broke due to some sort of rage stemming from the antagonist... most likely this little girl was the victim of child abuse.

    "So this is
    The reason
    The Sanctuary Hums
    God save us
    God save us
    From your chosen ones"

    Which brings us to the Chorus. "So this is the reason the Sanctuary Hums" could mean a lot of different things. I won't make a guess since I am not sure, but "God save us from your chosen ones" is much more specific. Often times its Christians who can do the most harm. In this case, not only has the antagonist injured a helpless child, he is also forcing her to pretend everything is ok, and thereby telling her there is no one she can run for help to. To add to the effect the song is trying to bring across, he is singing about a person who is going to Church, maybe even someone in leadership at that Church (given the quote from Andrew Schwab, lead singer of Project 86).

    "Smile, wave
    Protect his pulpit from all suffering
    He'll make celebrity the end game
    So much more valuable than family
    Not even violence can betray...
    As long as you keep your lips
    locked up till the end of this age"

    I believe Andrew Schwab is being sarcastic here. Instructing us to protect the pulput from suffering, even though that is the place to bring suffering.

    "And even if you don't it's your word up against what he'll say"

    The implication here is that even if she does try to ask to help, the antagonist will deny the accusation and will more than likely avoid facing responsibility for his actions.

    "Cry, Girl
    Become the wails of victims unheard
    Your tears have given you the calm nerve
    So if they're asking you to hide your bane
    You just keep screaming to the grave"

    These words are directed to the abused little girl. She is being encouraged to cry, regardless of the oppression and opposition she might have to face. Maybe cry isn't the implied meaning, maybe 'cry out' against hypocrisy amongst Christians is more appropriate. She is told to use the nerve she has built from her the tears she has shed in the past as strength.

    "You'll be the reason
    The helpless celebrate"

    And here is the end goal. This girl can overcome the situation and be the reason other victims of the same fate celebrate, knowing its possible to overcome the difficulty.

    "He takes us From our violent shame"

    God takes us away from our difficult situations. To include those that are in place due to Christians falling short of their mark.
    Eddie1031on January 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about church leaders who cover up their dark personal lives. The girl is the daughter of the pastor who is asking her to act as if everything as alright even though he has abused her. The sanctuary hum is the congregation's concern and suspicion that some tinhgs aren't as they would seem. The part that says "god save us from your chosen ones" is saying that people want god to protect them from people who hold power in church and appear to be god's "chosen ones" when really they aren't good people at all.

    That's just my interpretation.
    tmh1130on August 29, 2008   Link
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    General Comment'Lament the leader who cannot place his family above his ambition. And when violence prevails in the hidden sanctuary of the church, it can cause the followers to cry out for relief from heaven itself. But when those who have been oppressed find meaning not in secrecy, but in revealing their dark secrets, there is healing. No matter the wound...' - Andrew Schwab
    xXx10290on August 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell there ya have it!
    topskankeron October 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentum... want to translate that into simple words?
    Antiprideon January 12, 2008   Link

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