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I am the day, I am the dawn
I am the darkness comin' on
And I am once, I am twice
I am the whole, I'm just a slice
Some call me gone, some call me here
None are wrong, none are near
I am right now, I am back then
I will return, don't ask me when

I am the disappointed kiss
I am the unexpected harvest
I am the old Kentucky home
I am the son who runs the farthest
I have done wrong, I will do wrong
There's nothin' wrong with doin' wrong
And I am faith, I am belief
Except for when I'm not
I am the teeth of champions
I am rust and water rot

And I am sleep, I am breathin'
I'm the missin' of the passin' seasons
I am the brush, I am the strokes
I'm sickness come to the best of folks
I am renewed, I am just made
I am unchangin'
I'm a pasture fenced about the edge
I am Dakota thunder ragin'
And by my shoes and by my feet
And by my soul and wonder
I am the tracks we've laid above
I am the tunnel runnin' under


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Hymn #35 song meanings
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    My InterpretationI feel this song is mostly about God, or at least a higher existence that exists in everything. It uses the principle that God is everywhere and nowhere at the same time. It has the good and the bad caused by God.

    Some of the lines that really stand out are "the unexpected harvest" as well as well as "sickness come to the best of folks." This shows the two opposite sides of how God can be both benevolent or malevolent.
    aaronmh92on November 16, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationThis, along with "Hymn #101" and "Hymn #76", is part of a series of lyrics written to some imagined, much larger hymnal. Hymn #101 largely discusses the life of Jesus from his perspective, but this seems to be more from the "Father's" perspective. The interpretation of "YWVH" is generally "I Am that I Am". Joe Pug's lyric for this song attempt to capture all of that.

    Since it's pretty difficult to interpret these lyrics individually, I'll try to do so overall. Most verses are composed of some statement about God, followed by a contradiction. This is a common notion in religious mythology, where a deity is both a creative and destructive force. Whereas in Hinduism where the creative and destructive are treated as aspects, the creative and destructive force of the Christian god is unitary. This is often seen as a great mystery; there's a whole field of philosophy related to it called Theodicy. If God is omnipotent and benevolent, then why does evil exist?

    This could also be interpreted as contradictory statements that people CLAIM about God. Maybe Joe Pug is saying, "How can these all be true? But yet they are."

    These contradictory themes include time (e.g., dawn, day, and darkness; the past, the present, and the unknown future; birth, rebirth, and eternity), danger and safety (a fence pasture, "dakota thunder raging"), morality and amorality ("I have done wrong, I will do wrong, there's nothing wrong with doing wrong"), power and weakness ("the teeth of champions", "rust of water rot"), creation and destruction ("I am the brush, I am the strokes/ I'm sickness come to the best of folks").

    My feeling towards all this is that Joe Pug isn't trying to solve these mysteries, only evoke them.
    ZLBuringtonon February 05, 2017   Link
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    General CommentSO. GOOD.
    ooshnason July 18, 2011   Link

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