"Always" as written by Thomas Delonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis L. Barker....
This is the start
This is your heart
This is the day you were born
This is the sun
These are your lungs
This is the day you were born

And I am always yours

These are the scars
Deep in your heart
This is the place you were born
This is the hole
Where most of your soul
Comes ripping out
From the places you've been torn

And it is always yours
But I am always yours

Hallelujah!
I'm caving in
Hallelujah!
I'm in love again
Hallelujah!
I'm a wretched man
Hallelujah!
Every breath is a second chance

And it is always yours
And I am always yours


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"Always" as written by Thomas Delonge, Mark Hoppus, Travis L. Barker

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    General CommentJon Foreman- "I am continually searching for meaning in my life. Why am I here? Why is there so much pain? This cold, dark stream of sorrow runs through my life. Why does it run alongside of the warm beautiful waters of joy and beauty? Why do the two rivers collide and intertwine? The dark and the light. The death and the life... Most of my songs become outlets for these questions. The music becomes place for the cognitive dissonance to chew away at something other than a broken heart or an ulcer. The music becomes a place to sort through the dark and the light. I love crosswords, sodoku, solitaire- games with a simple victory that allows me the momentary thrill of setting the world right. But song- writing feels like a similar discipline to me. A puzzle of letters and math, theory and rule, expression and passion.

    The lyric of this song attempts to start at the womb and follow a human soul through life. And so it begins: the heart beats, the eyes open, breath floods the lungs for the first time- what incredible experiences! What extraordinary sensations! I wanted to write this from a father's perspective, from the eyes of the father of life. One look into the eyes of his son and the father is smitten for life. The possession that the young infant has over the father is complete. Always yours. The second verse speaks of the pain. This pain is always with us. We are born into a world of pain, the pain of losing a child, the pain of rejection, of racism, sexism, fears... these experiences rip us to pieces.

    Everyone feels pain. I look to those who have been through more pain than I will ever know for guidance on the subject. The Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist Victor Frankl survived several Nazi concentration camps with his life and his hope intact. He lost more than I'll ever know... his wife, his parents, and his family did not survive. His understanding of pain is in direct opposition to our western world that is often found running from pain at all costs. Frankl’s “Case for a Tragic Optimism” speaks of turning suffering into human achievement and optimism in the face of tragedy. The memories, the pain, the scars, these are yours. Yes, the things that you and I have lost. These are yours and they have meaning. No, these could never be The Ultimate Meaning in our lives, but let these scars drive us towards "turning suffering into human achievement and accomplishment."

    The bridge in the song is the acknowledgment of my own shortcomings. As a man born into beauty and pain, there is a moment of surrender where I lay down my life. This is a free volitional action, a gift, just as the father's love was given to me- this became the response. A simple surrender to the Infinite Maker of The Finite acknowledging that I need his love. The meaning in my life is often found in surrender rather than mastery."

    cheeseninjaon November 11, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis is awesome. where'd you find this?
    didymus1024on November 11, 2009   Link
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    General Commentnevermind i found it. -
    beautiful song.
    one of my absolute favorite switchfoot songs EVER.
    didymus1024on November 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHallelujjah, I am always Yours.
    lovelymemorieson April 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI cried when I first heard this. Jesus I am always yours!!!
    LottieLovesLifeon June 07, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationIn the live performance of this song, Jon Foreman explains that it's the beginning of a life in the first verse; the innocence and the beauty of being born, the fresh life that we have in our lungs and everything is new. In the second verse, we're torn from the things we've seen and heard and experienced and the pain comes ripping from us. In the bridge we're broken but not hopeless, and the chorus brings us back to our roots; that is to say, back to God.
    fadedweston May 15, 2013   Link

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