"By Your Side" as written by Aaron James Babcock, Collin Rigsby, Timothy Ryan Skipper and Jared Keith Rigsby....
Born in the plains
A farmer’s sons and brothers the same
Raised on promises we’d stay that way
As boys we believed summers at the sea
We were free to become men of good will
Side by side
And we were children then
Footprints in the sand
And where the ocean bends
We made our promises

Duty soon calls
1943 we enrolled
Together we would be our family’s pride
And we were soldiers then
Our bodies in the sand
And like that sand through our hands
Go our grandest plans
And just to see your face for one moment
I’d cross the ocean again
The end is not the end

And I’ll be by your side
On the other side
I’ll be by your side
On the other side

And through the cloud of death
We find our way back home
And though I hold your hand
All must go alone
And when you see the face of our Maker
You don’t have to be ashamed
He knows the promises we made

And I’ll be by your side
On the other side
I’ll be by your side
On the other side


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"By Your Side" as written by Collin Rigsby Aaron James Babcock

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    General CommentI believe it is about brotherhood. But not necessarily confined to family. It could be about friends, spiritual brothers. And the war may be the actual war, or it could allude to the spiritual war.

    Brothers in Christ fight a war against the forces of evil everyday, and must die to themselves for the greater good of holiness. And community is essential, so it could be a metaphor for that.
    fite_4_Christon February 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is about two friends, they grew up together and ended up going into WW2 together. Growing up they must have made a pact or something with each other, maybe involving always being there for each other. Well, one of them dies, overcoming the promises they made to each other, and the one who lived is the one singing the song, talking about how, one day, he will be there with his friend, by his side.
    kfay1992on September 26, 2008   Link
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    General Commentim pretty sure its about two brothers. your pretty much right about everything else I think.
    james_fetneron September 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAnd through the cloud of death
    We find our way back home
    And though I hold your hand
    All must go alone
    And when you see the face of our Maker
    You don’t have to be ashamed
    He knows the promises we made

    Absolutely beautiful....House of Heroes is amazing at getting you to understand the emotion of their songs!
    jesstrosperon October 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the idea about brothers going off to war. Not only about that though, i feel thats the prologue to the whole song. Then i think it tells about how terrible war really is and their visions of greatness and being the pride of their families was met with their "bodies in the sand" and reality set in ("sand through our hands/go our grandest plans") and the rest is kinda self-explanitory


    "Our bodies in the sand
    And like that sand through our hands
    Go our grandest plans
    And just to see your face for one moment
    I’d cross the ocean again
    The end is not the end"
    bsquad08on December 30, 2008   Link
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    General Commentawesome song!

    you can check out what the writer of this song said about it here: youtube.com/…
    ssquared361on July 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this is a song about two brother who went off to fight in WWII and never came back. Pretty literal, though it also strongly implied death is not The End, when they meet God they'll be right at each other's side.
    SamLoser2on May 18, 2012   Link

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