Give me wings,
Give me peace.
These are the things that I need.
I'm tormented, broken and shamed
Are you listening? (Are you listening)?

Give me shelter from the storm,
I know it's a lot to ask for,
Considering how recent I've piled the dirt on your name.
Are you listening? (Are you listening)?
Are you listening?

I have heard that winter's cold
Will give way to summer's warmth
Oh no! Like salt in the snow
I'm melted and left all alone on the side of the road.

In this where I am for your sake,
Stuck between sleep and awake?
My mind is dreaming of things.
Are you listening? (Are you listening)?
I took you for granted again
And threw you aside
And pretended for one minute that I had control of my life,
And direction it seemed to be in
I was wrong again, (I was wrong again),
Are you listening?

I have heard that winter's cold
Will give way to summer's warmth
Oh no! Like salt in the snow
I'm melted and left all alone on the side of the road.

I will wait for you to come again,
And I can't pretend like I'm confident
And I can't pretend like it makes much sense when it doesn't.

I have heard that winter's cold,
Will give way to summer's warmth.
Oh no! Like salt in the snow,
I'm melted and left all alone on the side of the road.
On the side of the road.
On the side of the road.
On the side of the road.`


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Salt in the Snow song meanings
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    Song MeaningI think given the context of the song it is a safe assumption that this is about God. People are broken; people can't give us wings or peace or true shelter. The singer indicates that the subject is someone that controls his life. We can see that he is making a distinction between the false idea of controling ones life and the idea that the subject of the song is the one who truly controls his life. A person cannot do this as that would be a false control. Some may argue that he is still refering to a person and that he is saying they control his life. This is not the case as evidenced by him admitting that his thinking he controlled his life is what lead to him being broken, shamed and tormented. Peace and wings would not be evidenced by a person controlling him.

    This song is the author coming to the point in there life where they see themselves for what they are and realize they need genuine help.


    "Give me wings, Give me peace.
    These are the things that I need.
    I'm tormented, broken and shamed
    Are you listening? (Are you listening)?"

    The singer is asking for help and admitting they are feeling hopeless and messed up. They want to know if God is still listening. We can get that this is the subject from later in the song. We can also take it from the context of the first lines "Give me wings, give me Peace". These are classic things God says He gives. Wings like eagles and peace that passes all understanding.




    "Give me shelter from the storm,
    I know it's a lot to ask for,
    Considering how recent I've piled the dirt on your name.
    Are you listening? (Are you listening)?
    Are you listening?"

    The singer is asking for shelter; God promises to be our shelter from the storm. The singer however feels bad asking this because he admits that he has piled dirst on God's name by his lifestyle. He feels like many of us often feel that God shouldn't listen to us because of all we have done.


    "I have heard that winter's cold
    Will give way to summer's warmth
    Oh no! Like salt in the snow
    I'm melted and left all alone on the side of the road."

    Awesome way of saying this. Spiritually it has been winter, but he has heard that we can be renewed and revived. We are called to be the salt of the earth, but he feels like salt that instead of being useful, has rather been tossed aside because the winter in his life has left him all alone.


    "In this where I am for your sake,
    Stuck between sleep and awake?
    My mind is dreaming of things.
    Are you listening? (Are you listening)?"

    The singer wants to know if these things are happening for a reason. Is this so God can do something or is he just here. Is he stuck between being spiritually asleep and awake? That point where we recognize our spiritual health for what it is, we know we need to change, but we feel helpless to do so. Once again he begs to know if God is still listening to him.


    "I took you for granted again
    And threw you aside
    And pretended for one minute that I had control of my life,
    And direction it seemed to be in
    I was wrong again, (I was wrong again),
    Are you listening?"

    The singer admits he gave God a back place in his life. He got too complacent and though for a moment he could control his life. The truth is none of us have control of our lives and he finds this out. As we can surmise from the first verse he found this out the hard way and it left him broken.


    "I have heard that winter's cold
    Will give way to summer's warmth
    Oh no! Like salt in the snow
    I'm melted and left all alone on the side of the road.

    I will wait for you to come again,
    And I can't pretend like I'm confident
    And I can't pretend like it makes much sense when it doesn't."

    He is waiting on God now. As in the first verse, when we wait on God he raises us up. He admits that he is having trouble believing, and he doesn't want to pretend, but he is ready now, and he is willing to wait.


    "I have heard that winter's cold,
    Will give way to summer's warmth.
    Oh no! Like salt in the snow,
    I'm melted and left all alone on the side of the road.
    On the side of the road.
    On the side of the road.
    On the side of the road."

    The singer re-iterates where he is at now.
    yesterdayzeon June 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song. I agree that it's about God. I can't imagine saying anything like "I've piled the dirt on your name" to a girl, but you could easily say it to the God that you've treated contemptuously.
    The Classic Crime is not a "Christian Band" but Matt MacDonald, who writes all the songs, is Christian and the theme comes out a lot in his music, hence references to the Bible.
    As for this song, I think he's turning back after having tried to go it alone without God, and hoping to be redeemed from his bad choices.
    "I have heard that winter's cold will give way to summer's warmth" meaning that good times will come eventually to counter the struggles he's been going through.
    "Oh no! Like salt in the snow, I'm melted and left all alone on the side of the road." But as salt melts snow, he's found himself still cold and alone because he's neglected to come to God. He's managed to melt the snow that he hoped would melt in the "summer's warmth", but it's left him ultimately alone all the same.
    Perhaps it could be about a relationship with a girl, but I think it would be stretching it to say so. The kind of passion and complicated implications portrayed in this song isn't typically how a man responds to a petty break-up with a girl.
    RavenGripon September 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentComing to this conversation rather late, but I just wanted to point out (as others, I think, have tried) that to argue endlessly about whether this is a song about God or something else is sort of a pointless exercise, because nobody can win; all it really does is detract from appreciating the song.

    I know several songwriters, some fairly successful ones, and have had this conversation with them a number of times. But you don't need to -- just read magazines, website, whatever; look at interviews with people who write songs and notice how they almost never want to answer the question "what is this song about?" There's a reason for that. Well-written songs are poetry, and poetry (like God, I might add) is something that every person approaches differently. If you ask a songwriter what a song means, I guarantee you there's a good 75% chance they will respond, "what does it mean to YOU?" Because that's the thing of it, isn't it? If a song is written well, it will mean something to you and it will mean something to me and it will mean something to lots of people, and whether that's all the same thing doesn't matter much, does it?

    I don't know Matt McDonald (who co-wrote the song with bandmate Justin Duque), but my guess is that one of the reasons he resists being labeled a "Christian Band" is because that's a label, and labels are limiting. Every song the band performs then has to be viewed through the lens of Christianity, and why would you want to do that? I suppose there are Christian bands whose goal is to write devotional music and to evangelize through their art, but I suspect the TCC boys have something larger than that, something more universal, in mind.

    SO .... try this. You can think of the song as being about God, or Fate, or Luck, or Love, OR a girl. It doesn't matter. The idea is that the songwriter is admitting he does not have full control of his life, or perhaps of his destiny. In reality, there are many forces that exert control over us, and you can admit this or you can stubbornly pretend it's not true.

    I think the song is a sort of cynical, tired, maybe slightly angry (hence: "are you listening?") prayer. But that doesn't mean it's religious. That prayer, that pleading to be treated well and to receive the things that we need, can be to God, or it can be to a particular person on whom you rely, or it can be to something more amorphous -- to fate, to the universe. To whom or to what do YOU look for these things? Whoever or whatever that is, that's who this song is about *to you*. And that's all that matters. These principles are universal; the object of the poetry is not important, the message is.
    okenvilleon February 27, 2011   Link
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    General Commentah! this song is amazing...

    the only meaning i can get out of it is that he's talking about relationships where he has no control over anything... and he's just giving into the other person despite what he wants.. & it hasn't worked out for him in the past.
    but i don't know. that was thought up in about 30 seconds.. lol
    totheendmcr04on July 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about God...
    mauriced0926on July 23, 2008   Link
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    General Commentnaw i don't think it's about God, but more about relationships.
    skaterpunkrockeron July 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI really think don't think the song is about relationships. I agree that it is about God.
    Aeg111890on July 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti had time to think it over.. and not to sound stupid, but i still agree with myself. lol

    i'm a christian, and i don't see anything about god in this really... only if you force it. because, like most songs by any artist, it could fit. but this band gives constant reminders that they're not a christian band.

    i think that it's about a guy who gets in relationships with a gril who makes him do stuff he knows isnt good or wouldnt want to do. even though he's heard how bad it is.

    "i have heard that winter's cold"
    he knows she's taking him in the wrong direction
    "we'll give way to summer's warmth"
    he does what she wants anyway
    "oh no, like salt in the snow, I'm melted and left all alone"
    he's the salt, and that kinda symbolized him standing up for himself, but when he is "the salt" the snow (the girl) melts, and he's left alone.

    but he always comes back to her wanting to get off the road where he's alone
    "give me shelter from the storm, i know it's a lot to ask for considering how recently i've piled the dirt on your name"


    I took you for granted again,
    And drew you aside and pretended
    For one minute that I had control
    Of my life, and direction.
    It seemed to be in.
    I was wrong again.
    i think this is how.. he thought he could go without her so he got rid of her just to prove that she wasnt all he really lived for.. but then he realized that without her, he has nowhere to go.



    like i said. you could easily apply that to god, but you could do that with almost every song about a girl that doesn't use the word "she"... i don't think a band trying to break out of the christian mold would write a god song.

    but it's all in the eye of the beholder =D
    totheendmcr04on July 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti like totheendmcr04's view on the song, and it makes sense. although TCC isnt a christian band, i think the lyrics are dealing with God more directly than a girl. either way you translate it, its not "forcing it", because this song could've been written with dual meaning. all i can say for sure is that TCC is an amazing band.
    tvurawkson July 31, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti agree with tvurawks.
    this song was most likely written with a dual meaning.
    could be about god and it could also be about a relationship.
    and like ive read in many other comments tcc isnt a "christian labled band" but some of the members are christians so its gonna reflect on their songs.
    either way this band is uhhh-mazzing.
    C:
    katerz46on July 31, 2008   Link

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