"Vice Verses" as written by and Jon Foreman....
Walking along the high tide line
Watching the pacific from the sidelines
Wonder what it means to live together?
Looking for more than just guidelines

Looking for signs in the night sky,
Wishing that I wasn’t such a nice guy
Wonder what it means to live forever?
Wonder what it means to die?

I know that there's a meaning to it all
A little resurrection every time I fall
You got your babies, I got my hearses
Every blessing comes with a set of curses
I got my vices, I got my vice verses
I got my vice verses

The wind could be my new obsession
The wind could be my new depression
The wind goes anywhere it wants to
Wishing that I learned my lesson

The ocean sounds like a garage band
Coming at me like a drunk man
The ocean tells me a thousand stories
None of them are lies

I know that there's a meaning to it all
A little resurrection every time I fall
You got your babies, I got my hearses
Every blessing comes with a set of curses
I got my vices, I got my vice verses
I got my vice verses

Let the pacific laugh
Be on my epitaph
With it's rising and falling
And after all, it's just water
And I am just soul
With a body of water and bones
Water and bones

Where is God in the night sky?
Where is God in the city light?
Where is God in the earthquake?
Where is God in the genocide?

Where are you in my broken heart?
Everything seems to fall apart
Everything feels rusted over
Tell me that you're there

I know that there's a meaning to it all
A little resurrection every time I fall
You got your babies, I got my hearses
Every blessing comes with a set of curses
I got my vices, I got my vice verses
These are my vice verses
These are my vice verses

Yeah
These are my vice verses


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"Vice Verses" as written by Jon Foreman

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is absolutely amazing! I think it is about Jon contemplating his faith and the meaning of life. He realizes that life isnt always perfect and realizes that there is some reason for this. He acknowledges God's presence in the world we live in today and that he is with us always. Anywhere here is my interpretation of the song by each line/paragraph:



    Walking along the high tide line
    Watching the pacific from the side lines
    Wonder what it means to live together?
    Wanting more than just guidelines

    //Wondering what it is like to be in Heaven everlastingly with God. He wants more than just guidelines and wants to know the whole truth and why things are the way they are

    Looking for signs in the night sky,
    Wishing that I wasn’t such a nice guy
    Wonder what it means to live together?
    Wonder what it means to die?

    He is contemplating more about it. Lookng for clues in His creation. Maybe he wishes he wasn't such a nice guy so he wouldn't be troubled with the daily stuggles Christians partake? And also because then he wouldn't be so curious and contemplative. He wonders what it is like to be with with God after death.
    - Chorus -
    I know that there's a meaning to it all
    A little resurrection every time I fall
    You got your babies, I got my hearses
    Every blessing comes with a set of curses
    I got my vices, I got my vice verses
    I got my vice verses


    He knows there is a meaning to it all because he feels resureccted every time he falls. God is there for you even when you sin, no one is made perfect. "every blessing counts with a set of curses" He admits he has his sins and imperfections which he is admitting them in his verses. "I got my vices, I got my vice verses"

    The wind could be my new obsession
    The wind can be my next depression
    The wind goes anywhere it wants to
    Wishing that I learned my lesson



    The ocean sounds like a garage band
    Coming at me like a drunk man
    The ocean tells me a thousand stories
    None of them are lies

    - Chorus -
    I know that there's a meaning to it all
    A little resurrection every time I fall
    You got your babies, I got my hearses
    Every blessing comes with a set of curses
    I got my vices, I got my vice verses
    I got my vice verses

    Let the blessed be glad
    Be all my epitaph
    With these rising and falling
    And after all, we're just water
    And I am just soul
    With a body of water and bones
    Water and bones

    Where is God in the night sky?
    Where is God in the city light?
    Where is God in the earthquake?
    Where is God in the genocide?

    Where are you in my broken heart?
    Everything seems to fall apart
    Everything feels rusted over
    Tell me that you're there

    - Chorus -
    I know that there's a meaning to it all
    A little resurrection every time I fall
    You got your babies, I got my hearses
    Every blessing comes with a set of curses
    I got my vices, I got my vice verses
    These are my vice verses
    These are my vice verses
    blueskies6on June 04, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIn response to Draken's comment, I think the line "Every blessing comes with a set of curses" means exactly what it says.
    In this world, nothing is perfect, and all the so-called good seems to be not completely satisfying.
    I like the line that says

    Everything seems to fall apart
    Everything feels rusted over
    Tell me that you're there (God)

    God is with us even in the world's imperfection.
    FretNoton February 14, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningOne line that I don't understand is;

    'Every blessing comes with a set of curses'

    Is this true? How are we as Christians to understand this?
    Drakenon October 27, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwait a second, where did theese lyrics come from?
    NewOweNon August 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey've been playing this for awhile now. It's most likely gonna be the lead single on the cd after Hello Hurricane. Seeing as the cd is called Vice Verses.
    ponchoandyon November 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAcctually Jon Foreman said there will probably be a cd before "Vice Verses" something like "Goodbye Hurricane".
    cheeseninjaon April 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is really beautiful, i'm very excited about the new album! for me, it's about how life is seldom what you plan, how everything rarely works out the way you want it to, we all wish that we could never make mistakes, that we could never wage wars and that there would be less pain and heartache everywhere in this world but in the end we must understand that things get better and that we might
    not always get what we want but in the end we always get what we need with god's gracious love.
    JonIsMyHeroon February 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentin the twitter campaign on youtube, they were saying what there Vice Verses are. what are vices verses?
    christianrockon November 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPersonally I think that when he says "Every blessing comes with a set of curses" I think he means in his wrestling with life he feels like whenever good things happen that something bad always follows...
    Rainauton January 23, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe line in question is a BEAUTIFUL line, simply because it's raw, real, and doesn't try to cover up real life with Christianity. Let me iterate that I am absolutely a Christian man. But I think we, as Christians, tend to cover up real life hardships and facts about day to day life with "well I'm not supposed to feel that way because I'm a Christian." And I think that it's a cop-out and a way that prevents real spiritual growth.

    By saying "every blessing comes with a set of curses" I think he's talking about the burdens that the blessings of God can sometimes put on us. For example, if God gives us the blessing of a big heart that cares for others during times of hardship this is no doubt a blessing because we can do amazing work for His Kingdom. But if you have a big heart like that it can be overwhelming at times because you see hurt and devastation every single day in our world, so your heart is breaking every day. Eventually that wears you down and that is when God is faithful to pick us back up.

    I love the line and it encourages me to know that I'm not the only one that feels exhausted from time to time, even when talking about doing God's work.
    welchemrxon March 07, 2013   Link

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