Johnny knows why he was spared in Vietnam.
God has a reason for his sacrifice.
Johnny knows David, thinks it all will fall on him,
but the message is clear and he knows he has a purpose.

The writer descends into the heart of the mine,
down to the bottom of the well of souls.
Falling through darkness, bloodied and broken,
he spreads the explosives as death takes hold.

Johnny stands a final time as his life slips away.
Tak screams in anger and commands that he stop,
but the heart of the unformed can no longer sway him
and he finishes his life's last task.

God can be everything, God can be cruel.
Sometimes He makes us live.
Carrying a burden for thirty-three years,
they are no longer his sins to forgive.

With the smoke of the Ini rising up in the sky,
destroyed by the power of daylight,
the four survivors leave the nightmare behind them
and head toward the open highway.

In the back of the car sits a folder of photos
materialized out of nowhere.
The handwritten label says they're from David's school,
but the writing is in Johnny's hand.

Two different lives, somehow intertwined
Two vantage points of a parallax view.
Heaven and Earth, somehow connected,
giving a glimpse of the eternal truth.

As he opened the folder and pulls out the picture,
young David Carver's astonished.
The picture's of Johnny and David's dead sister...
although they have never met.

In the picture they're standing on the very street
where David's friend Brian lay dying in his arms.
Written at their feet are the words "First John 4:8",
and Mary asks David what it means:

God is Love.

God can be everything, God can be cruel.
Sometimes He makes us live.
Carrying a burden for thirty-three years,
they are no longer his sins to forgive.

God can be everything, God can be cruel.
Sometimes He makes us live.
Carrying a burden for thirty-three years,
they are no longer his sins to forgive.


Lyrics submitted by Octavarium64

Desperation, Part IV song meanings
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