"Lord, I'm Discouraged" as written by and Craig A Finn Kubler Jason Tad....
Lord, I'm discouraged
The circles have sucked in her eyes
Lord, I'm discouraged
Her new friends have shadowed her life
Lord, I'm discouraged
She ain't come out dancing for some time

And I'm trying to light candles
But they burn down to nothing
And she keeps coming up with
Excuses and half-truths and fortified wine
Excuses and half-truths and fortified wine
Excuses and half-truths and fortified wine
There's a house on the south side
Where she stays in for days at a time

I know I'm no angel
I ain't been bad that way
Can't you hear her?
She's that sweet missing songbird
When the choir sings on Sundays
And I'm almost busted
But I bought back the jewellery she sold

And I come to your altar
And then there's just nothing
And she keeps insisting
The sutures and bruises are none of my business
She says that she's sick
But she won't get specific
The sutures and bruises are none of my business
This guy from the north side
Comes down to visits
His visits, they only take five or six minutes

Lord, I'm sorry to question your wisdom
But my faith has been wavering
Won't you show me a sign,
And let me know that you're listening?

Excuses and half-truths and fortified wine
Excuses and half-truths and fortified wine
Excuses and half-truths and fortified wine
I know it's unlikely she'll ever be mine
So I mostly just pray she don't die


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"Lord I'm Discouraged" as written by Kubler Jason Tad Craig A Finn

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    General CommentIt's not a guy - it's Holly. She's had some well-documented bisexual tendencies, and this is before she herself began her descent into drugs.

    "Crucifixion Cruise" established this sort of dialogue between Holly and God, and Sapphire is the "hoodrat friend" who sticks things into her skin ("the sutures and bruises" line).

    Her faith has been wavering, which she loses as she begins her journey in Separation Sunday, resulting in her subsequent "resurrection" at the end of that album.
    loganrappon July 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBefore anyone asks, this is off the new album (Stay Positive, tentative title), and no I don't have an MP3 of it...

    soundopinions.org/forum/…
    shrodeson March 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta guy has a crush on a girl, and that girl has an abusive boyfriend and druggie friends. The guy is questioning why god would let it all happen
    mechpope13on July 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe version on 'a positive rage', recorded late 2007, has the penultimate line as "i don't know for sure if she's even alive" - it think it gives a more pessimistic sort of feeling to it. either way the narrator doesn't know what he wants to know, but the possibility that the girl (probably holly) is dead rather than just unobtainable makes it a much sadder story.
    anonymiadon April 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIn some strange way I find the line "the visits, they only take five or six minutes" to be the saddest in the song. This dealer/"boyfriend"/whoever he is, the only one who visits her, can't even be bothered to stay for a cup of coffee – just to take what he needs from her and leave.
    charolastraon April 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMy uncle always plays this song when we go somewhere, and I always forgot to ask him what it was, and I just looked up Excuses and Halftruths and Fortified Wine and I found it :D I'm happy :))
    BleatsandTinkson June 04, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti may be wrong but i always thought it was "shadowed her light" rather than life
    TheLastHuntedon September 15, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI always took "the visits, they only take five or six minutes" as her doing sexual favours for drugs.
    brennaakayon January 04, 2012   Link
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    General Commentthis song describes my love life at the moment and every feeling i have that i can't share with someone else
    mzdon March 01, 2014   Link
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    Song Meaning"Tad: A lot of my guitar solos are just sort of aimin’ the plane toward the side of the mountain and going for it. That was one I did manage to pull off fairly well. Craig’s lyrics: I would say that was the most of him, or his life, that I’ve ever heard him put in song. I remember listening to the rough mix and thinking, Jesus Christ, this is probably closer to him than I think people would realize. It’s very intense for a lot of reasons.

    Craig: I got that title looking at this Charlie Patton boxed set and there was a song called “Lord, I’m Discouraged” and I lifted the title. It was also because my mom used to say that things were discouraging, if she didn’t approve of something, and I always laughed about that."

    vulture.com/2014/04/…
    akablondie714on April 10, 2014   Link

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