This plane is going down in flames
and this time there's no black box to capture your last words
A situation we can't make any sense of
Sacrifice costs all of us everything
This is the time to turn down our heads and turn up our hearts
There's no scale to balance this out
Some say may those who curse days, curse this day
There's no scale to balance this out
How does a man wrap his mind around eternity
when he cant even explain his own composition?
Don't you see it's bigger than you?
He sleeps in the mountains of Indonesia,
and the white on his flag brings colors to shame
The earth will swallow the water
The clouds refill the oceans
The earth will swallow the water and spit out
The clouds will refill, refill the oceans
The earth will swallow
(Old mountains will crumble
the water and spit out, and stronger ones will rise
The clouds will refill
This is the portrait of the humble and broken.
This plane crashed down in flames with a man who lived, who died, to better this world
David, rest in peace.

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    General CommentMatt Greiner (drums) in an interview in Hopecore Magazine - July 2009 (Issue #2) (FREE Download):
    "[...] One of the songs, entitled "Indonesia", is about a friend of mine that passed away in a tragic accident. His name was David Clapper, father of four children, happily married for over 20 years, a missionary to a remote tribe in Indonesia. He owned a small single engine plane, which he’d fly injured folks in from their tribe to the nearest hospital, a four-hour flight away. He was returning one evening from the hospital after dropping off the latest patient that day and got caught in a terrible windstorm on the way home. The storm blew his plane into the side of a mountain where he was pinned beneath the plane and died shortly thereafter. I had jotted down something at church the night before finding out about the accident, and it was eerily similar to the story of the plane, the missionary, and the family left behind. "Indonesia" tells the story of a family who surrendered all they had to minister to a remote tribe, the story of a husband and father killed in a tragic accident, and most importantly, the story of a widower and four children that kept their faith in God, even when all seemed lost."
    [...] You mentioned that you wrote something down in regards to that same plane crash scenario the night before. What do you make of that?
    "It was a 24-hour worship and prayer service called Gateway that night the ’story’ came to me. I was on my feet praying when I suddenly felt dizzy and lightheaded. I sat down and felt the need, the prompting, to write something down. I didn’t have anything in particular in mind to write but nevertheless put pen to paper and started jotting words as they came to me. I drove home, went to sleep, woke up the next morning and was told of David Clapper passing away in a tragic plane accident. Instantly I thought of what I had written the night before, the first line of which is, "This plane’s going down in flames, and this time there’s no black box to capture your last words."
    I think that God gave me a prophetic word that foreshadowed the news I’d hear the next morning. In addition however, I think He wanted to highlight how the family would react to the news of their father/husband passing away. My favorite line from the song is, "...the white on his flag brings colors to shame." It then goes on to talk about the cycle of life, how the earth will swallow the water and the clouds refill the oceans. David’s family can’t possibly understand why he died that day. But they also can’t fathom eternity; they can’t even explain their own chemical make-up. What’s most profound is that they get it. They understand that they’ll have to settle for now in not knowing why David passed away. They are still living in Indonesia where they’ve devoted their life to ministering to the tribe David died lending his own hand."
    MuffinMan9o9on July 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Old mountains will crumble" should be "All mountains will crumble". Referring to the Second Coming of Christ, found in Ezekiel 38:20
    thesecondpaulbshawon July 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove the meaning behind the song. Matt said it in a recent interview.
    SOG TheReaperon July 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust an FYI this amazing song has screams and clean vocals by Tommy Rogers of Between The Buried And Me. God damn i love both bands so damn much!
    mrgodlikeon July 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song. So very much. it's my favorite off of Constellations.

    Does anyone else notice how both ABR and Anberlin have a song about someone in a plane crash and living your life for others rather than yourself?
    x_storyat_3on August 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love this song mainly because of the lyrics being great and Tommy vocals. That part is awesome where Tommy screams and sings the earth will swallow the water and spit out the clouds and refill the oceans.
    I'm not a big August burns Red fan, but this is my favorite song by them.
    corerulezon August 01, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti get the song just not the part where it says the earth will swallow the water and all that
    some1 care to explain?
    Thrash1256on November 30, 2010   Link

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