Please don't wait for me
I lost my way again
I lost my job, I walked away
From the life that I was leading with my friends

When I was young I dreamed
Of a life that had freedom that had joy
Oh life it crushed my soul
With its cruel demands and fool's gold

Please don't wait for me
I lost my way again
I lost my house and my good name
When I found the road of my king

When I was young I dreamed
Of a life that had beauty that had joy
But now I lost my life
For the one I dreamt of as a boy

Please don't wait for me
I ain't coming back again
I cannot turn around
From the place I'm going
To where I've been


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    General CommentThis seems like one of Garrels' more personal songs. As a teenager he was a bit of a party animal before he converted in college. "Even when I was on these crazy acid trips, I had this weird sense that the Spirit of God was with me, saying, 'You're God's child. You're destined for something.' " - JG

    The first stanza seems like it's talking about his conversion, when he stopped his rebellious lifestyle and "walked away from the life he was leading with his friends" in order to follow "the road of his king" (Jesus).

    The other stanzas seem like references to scripture. Chasing fools gold is a great metaphor for pleasure seeking, how drugs and other vices may satisfy your deep desires for a moment, but they will never fulfill. They provide a fake happiness, as fool's gold is a deceitfully attractive but fake version of gold. He also talks about how he dreamed of a free (John 8:32), joyful (John 15:11) and beautiful life as a child (Luke 18:17), and by losing his life he finds the one he has always yearned for (Matthew 10:39).

    The last stanza I think is a reference to Luke 9:62. Once you decide to follow "the king" you can't turn around because being against him would be preferable to being lukewarm (Revelation 3:16).

    This song is packed with Scripture and at face value you can't really tell. That's the real genius of Garrels I think. He's not in your face about his faith, but man do his lyrics pack a punch.
    scoyle28on June 17, 2014   Link
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    Song MeaningHe's talking about the people he lost when he found Jesus; his "King" and the "One I dreamt of as a boy."

    When he found God, he saw that the "joy" and "gold" that the world offered was for "fools".
    DavidOchabskion April 19, 2013   Link

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