"By Your Side" as written by Mike Donehey, Phillip Larue and Jason Ingram....
Why are you striving these days?
Why are you trying to earn grace?
Why are you crying?
Let me lift up your face, just don't turn away

Why are you looking for love?
Why are you still searching as if I'm not enough?
To where will you go child?
Tell me where will you run, to where will you run?

'cause I'll be by your side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
And please don't fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

Look at these hands at my side
They swallowed the grave on that night
When I drank the world's sin
So I could carry you in and give you life
I wanna give you life

And I'll be by your side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
And please don't fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

Here at my side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
And please don't fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

'Cause I, I love you, I want you to know
That I, yeah I love you, I'll never let you go
No, no

And I'll be by your side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
And please don't fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

Here at my side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
And please don't fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

Here at my side
My hands are holding you


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"By Your Side" as written by Michael Donehey Phillip Larue

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  • +4
    General CommentI've been struggling with wanting to just give up because i feel like i'm just not good enough. but this song has taught me that i am His. It reminds me that He is always here and there is nothing else that will satisfy me like His joy. I won't turn away.
    anteneshia2on October 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think that this speaking from God's point of view. He's asking why are we trying to fill ourselves up, when all we need is Him? We don't need love from any other source. Then, in the chorus, He's saying that He'll never leave us no matter how bad it gets, and to not reject him, as He only wants to help you.
    Serious Joneson September 01, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"When I drank the world's sin"? I don't see how this song could be interpreted as being in a relationship with another human. It seems to me to just be a love song from God's point of view to humankind. The song is saying that even when you are at your lowest and you feel like you can't take another step, God will hold you in the palm of his hand and be unconditionally "by your side." This may be the best song ever made. I've had it for 9 months, and it's approaching 600 plays on my iTunes.

    This song reminds me very vividly of a certain time in my life. This past March, when I was 16 (still am), my then-best friend, who is a guy, seemed like he was starting to change a little and drift from me and his other friends, and then I found out he was going out with a certain girl who I'd always known and had always warned him was completely not right for him. Besides the fact that we'd very recently admitted to each other that we liked each other as more than best friends, I'd seen the way his relationships had gone in the past and I was extremely concerned about him getting into another one. This was the best song I could think of to send to him to remind him of how much God loves him and doesn't want him to hurt himself. Upon receiving this song from me, he said that I apparently knew him better than I thought I did; he has always tried to "earn grace" instead of just accepting it. I reminded him that he was still searching for empty love as though God were not enough, and I reminded him of how much God and I both loved him, and that we would never let him go, and that Jesus died to give him life to the fullest...but unfortunately, we very quickly went from best friends to strangers, and he basically dropped off the face of the earth for 5 months and didn't see anyone but his girlfriend. Ever since then, I have prayed with all my heart that he would realize his mistake and get out of that relationship, and last Thursday, he did. I finally talked to him today, and it was normal and wonderful. Thank God for answered prayers--he really is by our side, and by YOUR side. Anyway...sorry for giving my life story, but this song is such an incredible expression of how much God really, really loves us and will ALWAYS be there for us. When you're at your lowest, or when you need anything, you can always look up. I will never get tired of this song. :)
    SuperGnaton September 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBeautiful song.
    OnThe11thon November 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that parts of this song are religious:

    Look at these hands and my side
    They swallowed the grave on that night
    When I drank the world's sin
    So I could carry you in
    And give you life
    I want to give you life

    but I also think you could take this in another way, like having someone there when you need them.

    Idk, i just think that it could be interpreted both ways. either way, awesome song(:
    7alltimelow7on February 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf they ever make a movie based on the novel Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, this HAS TO BE one of the songs on the soundtrack. If you've read it, you will understand. It describes the relationship between Angel and Hosea extremely well, in my opinion. And the Angel/Hosea relationship resembles our relationship as sinners with a God who wants only to rescue us. It is a beautiful song, as well. I love Tenth Avenue North. They write with such honesty and emotion.
    esprion October 03, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen I feel so low, I play this song loudly and on repeat. It reminds me even during the times I feel like I'm alone, God has and always will be by my side. He's telling us to never forget that. Even if we can't see him, he's still there.
    ellomate13on January 27, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is gorgeous.
    I don't think you have to necessarily look at this song from a religious view, maybe I'm being biased because I'm Atheist, but I think you can look at it from any point of view of just... having someone there.
    MayaMooon January 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentClearly a christian band.. so I'm agreeing it with it being from God's view. but it can be interpreted it sooo many ways. its a completely beautiful song no matter what (:
    jface26on January 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI dont see how you could think this is a non-christian band.
    I saw them at creationfest and at a show last spring.
    they're really nice:]
    WhispersInTheDarkon February 10, 2009   Link

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