Pulled off the highway in Missouri
And lo, our hearts were heavy laden
Made for the chapel with some spraypaint
For all the things we'd held in secret

Lord, lift up these lifeless bones
Light cascading through the windows
All the rainbow's heavy tones

He has fixed his sign in the sky
He has raised me from the pit and set me high

Left that place in ruin
Drunk on the spirit and high on fumes
Checked into a Red Roof Inn
Stayed up for several hours and then slept like infants

In the burning fuselage of my days
Let my mouth be ever fresh with praise

He has fixed his sign in the sky
He has raised me from the pit and set me high

Each morning new
Each day shot through
With all the sharp, small shards of shrapnel
That seem to burst out of me and you

Head down toward Kansas
We will get there when we get there, don't you worry
Feel bad about the things we do along the way
But not really that bad

We inhaled the frozen air
Lord, send me a mechanic if I'm not beyond repair

He has fixed his sign in the sky
He has raised from the pit and he will set me high


Lyrics submitted by mdon06, edited by irate13, embassyrow

Psalms 40:2 song meanings
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    General CommentI get the sense of a religious fanatic trying to send a message to mainstream worshipers, kind of like a modern day Martin Luther, but instead of nailing his complaints to the church doors, he's using spray paint, "tagging for the Lord," you might say. The music matches so well the sense that the narrator feels that he really has found the answer to things the rest of us don't understand, and that he has a duty (and desperate need) to share it with us.
    crackityj0neson January 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPsalm 40 starts out (and afterward continues likewise):

    (1) I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
    (2) He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock,
    and established my goings.
    (3) And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God...
    eleventyon September 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so fucking killer. Maniacal faith, in a good way.
    ABookOnAShelfon October 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjohn has said that it's about some teenagers defacing a church.

    & subsequently, i'm assuming, about equal parts bitterness and reverence towards religion.
    snapmagicon January 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first line should read, "Lo our hearts," echoing biblical diction.
    RevAKMAon May 31, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first line should read, "Lo our hearts," echoing biblical diction.
    RevAKMAon May 31, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIntense.

    Lord, send me a mechanic
    if I'm not beyond repair.
    ExoM7on June 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's the Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage, MO. The Roadside America entry:
    roadsideamerica.com/tour/…
    wilkinsoon June 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionMinor typos;

    "With all the sharp small shards of shrapnel
    that seem to burst out of me and you"
    chuxvomon November 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about using faith to empower you. Assuming that your actions are a manifestation of God's will. Allowing you to dismiss personal responsibility in doing immoral things because you have faith, or at least the promise that you will one day be forgiven for the sins of today.

    "God send me a mechanic if I am not beyond repair" is an interesting line.
    It's justified rebellion here: I act how I want. God will correct me, or else he doesn't mind that I am incorrect.

    The speaker follows God strictly because God is powerful (Fixed his sign in the sky) and not out of a need for hope, peace, truth, or morality. He respects only the power, and his allegiance to God is one strictly of submission to authority.
    Seikeon May 27, 2011   Link

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