"When The Time Comes" as written by and Matthew Mac Donald....
When the time comes I put my feet in the water
It's not as warm as I expect
Will I go down like a preachers son?
Or will I come back up like a world war vet?

Will I watch my brothers die?
Speak true words into their lives?
Will I hold them close and tell them why
The life they led was sacrifice?

I don't know much
But I know about love
And how it hurts me to give up
It hurts me to give up

When the time comes I put my hands on the table
They are examined for what they are
A long life line that's been cut short
By the road, the time, the battle scars

What I would give to be back home
Where the sunsets over the water
Someone save me from these preachers sons
Save me from their daughters

Still I don't know much but
But I know about love
And how it hurts me to give up
It hurts me to give up

Why do we always say we're fine
When it's obvious we lie
Why don't we ever tell the truth
What do we got to lose?

And I don't know much
But I know about love
And how it hurts me to give up
It hurts me to give up

And I don't know much
But I know about love
And how it hurts me to give up
It hurts me to give up



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"When the Time Comes" as written by Matthew Mac Donald

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    General CommentThis one is the hardest for me to figure out, I think. But I know that it has something to do with war.
    kaytahmcneilon March 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think that it's saying that throughout everything--war, poverty, hatred, etc. there's always love. That love is the one thing in this world that you can't give up.
    headingnowhereon May 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's about taking God's love and applying it to your life. It is a diffucult thing and it's easy just to not do it, but sometimes convictions will hurt you if you do. When your brothers or sisters are in need, that is when they need love, and that's when they need God.
    fite_4_Christon June 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is clearly about the war in Iraq. The guy doesnt think he's ready to go and deal with all the emotions. In the second verse, hes already there and wants to go back home. Thats what I took from it anyways.
    futebol85on July 10, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretation"When the time comes put my feet in the water,
    it's not as warm as I expect
    Will I go down like a preacher's son,
    or will I come back up like a world war vet?
    Will I watch my brothers die,
    or speak true words into their lives?
    Will I hold them close and tell them why,
    the life they lead was sacrifice?"

    Sounds like a soldier that goes to war, and it's not what he thought it'd be like. And he's wondering if he'll be able to spread the word while he's out there. Or the "soldier" thing could just mean the sacrifice that Christian's live. We live as soldiers, fighting against The Enemy. So in this life, we have to spread God's love as much as we can.

    "I don't know much,
    but I know about love and how it hurts me to give up
    It hurts me to give up"

    Love. God is love.

    "When the time comes put my hands on the table,
    they are examined for that they are
    A long life line that's been cut short,
    by the road, the time, the battle scars
    Would I would give to be back home,
    where the sun sets over the water
    Someone save me from these preacher's sons,
    save me from their daughters"

    The time he is talking about could be death. Going back over your life before you die. It's either dying in battle (figurative or literal). Home is either his actual house or in Heaven, with God. The last line almost sounds like he is saying these people are being hypocrites, so get me out of here!

    "Still I don't know much,
    but I know about love and how it hurts me to give up
    It hurts me to give up"

    "Why do we always say we're fine,
    when it's obviously we're lying?
    Why don't we ever tell the truth,
    what do we got to lose?"

    Withholding the truth goes along with the premis that the song is about spreading the word of God, like a Christian soldier. I'm thinking more and more that battle and war, it's all just imagery.

    I want to step back for a second to this line:
    "Someone save me from these preacher's sons,
    save me from their daughters"

    It sorta sounds just like how the rest of the world is today: making fun of Christianity and shunning the followers who show a bit of imperfection. Going along with the Christian soldier imagery- that is who we are to people. We need to change that.

    OR

    Maybe it's quite literal- the singer is saying Get me away from these people who pretend they're perfect. Those who think God holds them in higher regard. I'd like to hear if anyone has any other interpretations, especially on that line.
    EveryEmotionon May 28, 2012   Link
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    General Comment@everyemotion....
    please expound on this.
    You left me hanging.
    "Maybe it's quite literal- the singer is saying Get me away from these people who pretend they're perfect. Those who think God holds them in higher regard. I'd like to hear if anyone has any other interpretations, especially on that line.
    in2sighton May 28, 2012   Link
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    General Commentthrough religion people see themselves as perfect?
    in2sighton May 28, 2012   Link

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