every thought a thought of you
no more thought, i ought to do...
when there's not a thing we see
or touch we trust is true
every thought a thought of you

every look in search of you
what need for books
when we're with you?
you wear a thin disguise,
o, light within my brother's eyes
every look in search of you

da da da da da
da da da da

every song in praise of you
our darkest nights are days to you
the trees raise branches high
like arms in church to grateful sky,
every song in praise of you

no one here to believe but you
everyone else is bound
to leave but you
when we swear, my love is real,
we mean, i like the way you make me feel
(no one here to believe but you)
there is no one here to believe but you

da da da da da
da da da da
da da da da da
da da da da

kul-anaya fir minh ka
abadan ahatman enna ajab
hayya'alal falal qad qamadis alah
haqq: la illaha il allah


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  • +3
    General CommentKnowing Aaron a little from being friends with some of his old friends and talking to him after shows and stuff, I would say he's definitely not going overboard or deviating from his Christian faith. It's interesting to note the Sufi influence, but I don't think it's cause for concern; everything that is true is from G-d, and I would say that there is truth hidden in all religions (thought I should clarify that that doesn't mean "all roads lead to Rome"; I think though, that Aaron gets at a seldom-noticed aspect of worship in this song, though we can put into it what we bring to it, if that makes sense.)

    I read an interview of him, I'll have to see if I can find the link, but in that interview he definitely sounded quite strong in his faith in Christ, but acknowledged that his beliefs are merely that, a belief, and that (as he says in one of his songs) he doesn't want his beliefs, he wants G-d. (which is a C.S. Lewis paraphrase, if I remember correctly)

    So I think the use of more Arabic chanting on this album, the Beetle King song ("we didn't ask what it seemed like, we asked what it is"), along with its title (from a saying in a book of Sufi mystic thoughts), is a way of embracing the truth that surrounds while anchoring it to Christ. (like in songs like a Stick a Carrot and String, The Angel of Death, etc.), is a look at how all of us are trying to put into words something that is inherently beyond words. I think this album is best taken as a companion to Brother, Sister. While on that previous album he was still trying to grasp for words to hold on to to make G-d seem more tangible, on this one he is embracing the joy of G-d while caring less for the logistics. He is putting to music his statement from Dryness and the Rain: "Oh, what am I to think of what the writings of a thousand lifetimes could not contain if all the forest's trees were pens and all the oceans, ink?"
    L.C.Marstonon April 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song! Very much a praise song. I guess this is where the new album's headed. I dunno though that's an unsubstantiated guess. Still, even as a non-Christian I find it very inspiring.
    renevanton April 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love how you just wrote "not english" at the bottom.


    This line is absolutely biting and brilliant:
    When they swear their love is real
    they mean, i like the way you make me feel.

    james_fetneron April 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"no one here to believe but You
    everyone else is bound to leave but you
    when they swear their love is real,
    they mean "i like the way you make me feel"
    there's no one here to believe but you"

    I think he's saying that there is no one on earth to believe but God.
    Everyone else is bound to leave and disappoint you,
    even when they swear their love is real, (the lack of pure love is part of the disappointment)
    it really isn't because the love is not pure like God's.
    Therefore there is no one to look up to but God.
    arkanaon May 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat do you want as a tattoo? The whole thing, or just "there is no god but God"?

    If it's the latter, it's:

    لا إله إلاَّ الله
    residuumon August 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAllah = God of Abraham

    God of the Covenant (Christian God) = God of Abraham

    Yahweh (Jewish God) = God of Abraham
    JN3LL3on June 12, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthooray!!

    not what i was expected, but still endearing.
    harloton April 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, the first ten seconds of the song caught me wayyy off guard.

    it amazes me how many non-christians still love these guys.

    as a christian, these guys just blow me way out of the water.
    secondary spineon April 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttry:

    no need for books when we're with you


    kiplingscaton April 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese are the correct lyrics:

    every thought a thought of You
    no more thought, i ought to do
    when there ain't a thing we see
    or touch we trust is true
    every thought a thought of You

    every look in search of You
    no need for book when we're with You
    You wear a thin disguise,
    oh Light within my brother's eyes
    every look a search for You

    every song in praise of You
    our darkest nights are days to You
    the trees raise branches high
    like arms in church to greatful sky
    every song in praise of You

    no one here to believe but You
    everyone else is bound to leave but you
    when they swear their love is real,
    they mean "i like the way you make me feel"
    there's no one here to believe but you

    kul-anaya fikr minh ka
    abadan ahatmam enna ajab
    hayya’alal falal qad qamadis alah
    Haqq: la illaha il Allah
    shadowamion April 10, 2009   Link

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