"Swept Away" as written by Sameer Bhattacharya, James Culpepper, Jared Hartmann, Kirkpatrick Seals, Lacey Nicole Sturm and Mark T. Lewis....
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Out out out out out out out now now now now now

The evil fell from your pretty mouth
Wrapped in your classic voice
Angelic in your syntax, demonic in
Your motive your pretty eyes don't know
That the water flowing from this well isn't fresh
Demolish all that sets you up against your rising up
Confessing all that's broken and watch the healing come
Spread out your open hands
Admit you've held them shut
Turn all the way around
Be swept away by this.

Time for surrender
Spread out your open hands
And He will raise you up
Confessing all that's broken
And watch the healing come
Spread out your open hands
Admit you've held them shut
Be swept away by this

Your clothes are smooth and spotless
The air is putrid sewage downwind of
Your pressed church clothes
Your eyes are black and empty
Your deeds are just for showing how
Big and bright your fake smile glows
I see you moving and their getting scared
Their eyes are focusing on something else
Your staring at me and I stare at you
I rage against everything that you do.

See them surrender
Spread out your open hands
And he will raise you up
Confessing all that's broken
Look at the healing come
Spread out your open hands
Admit you've held them shut
Be swept away by this

I see you moving and their getting scared
Their eyes are focusing on something else
Your staring at me and I stare at you
I rage against everything that you do
Get this hell out out of my way
There's nothing more that you can say so
Get this hell out get this hell
Out out out of my way
Get this hell out get this hell
Out out out of my way

We spread our open hands
And he is rising up
Repairing all that broken
Look at the healing come
We spread our open hands
Forgiveness holds them up
We're swept away by this.

Out out out out out out
Now now now now now now

Out out out out out out
Now now now now now now


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"Swept Away" as written by James Culpepper Sameer Bhattacharya

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  • +7
    My InterpretationI believe this song is about a "fake" Christian.

    The lyrics say:
    Your eyes are black and empty
    Your deeds are just for showing
    How big and bright your fake smile glows

    Lacey is saying how the person is only there to please the people around them by being someone that they are not. They are faking their Christianity by pretending to be Christian when in church and not being Christian outside of the church.

    Time for surrender
    Spread out your open hands
    And He will raise you up
    Confessing all that's broken
    And watch the healing come
    Spread out your open hands
    Admit you've held them shut
    Be swept away by this

    This chorus, I believe, is telling the person to surrender your sins to God and he will forgive you and heal you.

    That is my interpretation. And I may be wrong, but that is what the song seems to mean to me.
    hikariblisson January 10, 2010   Link
  • +5
    General CommentThis is another song that is amazing off the new album!!!

    I think this song is pretty self explanatory, the person is being oppressed by evil spirits/demons. Hence her screaming "Out out out out out out Now now now now now now". It could also mean that she is just infatuated with this person and it has taken over control over her and she tells herself that it needs to get out of her.

    And the chorus is pretty simple as well, come broken before God, break your pride and all that you thought you could do on your own, confess that you can't do it on your own and let God raise you up, build you up, and heal you.

    And the other verses I think are talking about that same person/spirit.

    I could be wrong, but this is what i've thought so far. I've only listened to it about 10x. I'll be back later when the CD comes out.

    FREAKING AMAZING SONG!!!!!!
    miguelsolorioon November 07, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song, to me, has two meanings going in it, playing upon one another. The first is seen in Lacey's use of the screaming and the 'speaking' (I use the phrase speaking because she isn't singing it out like the other parts, i.e the chorus) of some verses.

    So, Part 1 of the song is this idea of being misled, and "swept away" by a man rather than God. Lacey is obviously upset at those who use their preaching and congregation for their own benefit and profit, rather than healing the world and praising the world.

    "Angelic in your syntax,
    Demonic in your motive.
    The water flowing from your well is not fresh."
    this paired with the screaming of help, out, and now.

    These verses say to me that Lacey has encountered a person who is using faith merely as a way to control and bring people to him, and she is not pleased. Faith is for Him, not you. Devotion is to Him, not some man who has a "glow[ing] smile."

    The first two choruses are Lacey warning those being lost to this 'preacher' that his healing is "turn[ing us] all the way around." And that he is not going to raise you up, but they don't listen, they start to hear, but they haven't yet.

    Lacey is still combating with him, trying to show those that he is not Him.

    "Your deeds are just for showing.
    They're staring at something else.
    I rage against everything that you do.
    Get this hell out of my way."

    Hell being the false worship, borderline idolatry. This person not doing anything for God, but for himself, and these people are buying into it, becoming swept away.

    Now, Part 2 - God is the one who should sweep you away.

    "Admit you've held them shut!
    Hold up your open hands,
    confess all that is broken."

    Have true faith in God and He will raise you up, taking all that you are, and make you better. Lacey's religious view to me has always been very wonderful in expressing how forgiving God is, and I feel that notion comes through in this song.

    "Be swept away by This."

    Lacey is trying to save those who have gone done a bad path and need to be brought back, who have fallen into the hands of another.

    And it ends with her screaming out&now again because these people are still out there, the preachers that is, those who will use God to gain their own agendas, but followers of God must surrender to His calling and experience Him.

    I hope this makes sense, haha, please reply and let me know what you think.
    Flyleaf rules.
    PADLoKon February 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBest new song on the album, hands down. I love the spoken lyrics along with the screaming, sounds amazing.

    To be pretty brief, I think this is about the devil and how he has nothing but evil and bad intentions while God loves us and heals us.
    ftyd24on November 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentepic song!
    Raethefishon November 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSUCH AN AMAZING SONG!!!

    Everyone pretty much has the concept down.

    GO GOD!!!
    Lionheart1110on January 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about someone going through deliverance because of all the demonic strongholds in his life.
    ShellyBelly93on November 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPADLoK, you definitely get at the core meaning of this song. However, the speaker is not speaking out against false Christianity. The person he (the speaker is always a "he" in this album, since Lacey wasn't the one who wrote it) is talking to is a beautiful woman who is preaching passion and materialism. He is talking to her for some of the time, and at other times to the followers of the woman. You can read the context of all of these songs and lyrics in the album booklet.
    Astyanaxon February 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes, it means come befor God and admit youve done wrong...as in the lyrics time for surrender, spread out your open hands and he will rise you up confessing all thts broken. spread out your open hands, admit youve held them shut, be swept away by this.
    Flyleaf765on April 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know if this is on your version, too, but I'm hearing kind of eerie music box music after the singing and guitar at the very end. Though I have to say, after hearing this song, the music box freaked me out. I won't be able to listen to this at night. :)

    But does anyone have any ideas why this is there?
    MuggleMagicon June 14, 2010   Link

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