"Restless" as written by and Jon Foreman....
I am the sea on a moonless night,
Calling, falling, slipping tides
I am the leaky, dripping pipes
The endless aching drops of light
I am the raindrop falling down,
Always longing for the deeper ground
I am the broken, breaking seas
Even my blood finds ways to bleed

Even the rivers ways to run
Even the rain to reach the sun
Even my thirsty streams,
Even in my dreams

I am restless, I am restless
I am restless, looking for you
I am restless, I run like the ocean to find your shore
I'm looking for you

I am the thorn stuck in your side,
I am the one that you left behind,
I am the dried up doubting eyes
Looking for the well that won't run dry

Running hard for the other side
The world that I've always been denied
Running hard for the infinite
With the tears of the saints and hypocrites

Oh blood of black and white and gray
Death and life and night and day
One by one by one
We let our rivers run

I am restless, I am restless
I am restless, looking for you
I am restless, I run like the ocean to find your shore
Looking for you

I can hear you breathing,
I can hear you leading
More than just a feeling
More than just a feeling
I can feel you reaching
Pushing through the ceiling
'til the final healing
I'm looking for you

Until the sea of glass we meet
At last completed and complete
The tide of tear and pain subside
Laughter drinks them dry

I'll be waiting
Anticipating
All that I aim for
What I was made for
With every heartbeat
All of my blood bleeds
Running inside me
Looking for you

I am restless, I am restless
I am restless, looking for you
I am restless, I run like the ocean to find your shore
I'm looking for you

I can feel you breathing
I can feel you leading
More than just a feeling
More than just a feeling
I can feel you reaching
Pushing through the ceiling
'til the final healing
I'm looking for you
I'm looking for you


Lyrics submitted by Nacho040594, edited by Emzee4life

"Restless" as written by Jon Foreman

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  • +2
    General CommentThere's a quote by Augustine that says, "Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you, O Lord." Acknowledging that other Switchfoot songs contain content from Augustine, or at least allusions, I have no doubt that this song is centered around that.
    heisejwon September 27, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment...because what we want isn't always what we're aching for.
    jasonbagzon June 03, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti feel like it can be another one of those songs where you can interpret it either about God, or about a loved- one. i am leaning more towards God, because many times there are those "dry" feelings in your faith when you don't "feel" God, but i feel like the song can also be interpreted as being "restless" looking for your other half.
    thinkerearthshakerlovemakeron July 05, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI feel this song is expressing the endurance a man puts out in his difficult journey to get closer to God. This man is not only restless looking for God, he is relentless. He’s not going to stop. He might fall down but he so desperately needs God in his life that he compares himself to “the raindrop falling down,
    Always longing for the deeper ground.” While he is persistent in his pursuits, he not perfect. The lines “I am the one that you left behind/I am the thorn stuck in your side/I am the bored and clouded eyes” indicate to me this guy is a slacker, always at the back of the pack playing catch up, a little annoying at times, and not always on the same page as everyone else. This is great because no matter what’s going wrong with this man’s bad habits, he is still, as Foreman writes in the last line “Looking for the well that won’t run dry.” The song ends with what can be called the man’s arrival in heaven when “At last completed and complete/The tide of tear and pain subside/Laughter drinks them dry” and all is well. This song is interesting because it arcs over the whole Christian experience of one man’s journey of salvation.
    hurricanehoboon August 21, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCorrected lyrics, courtesy of Chad:

    RESTLESS

    I am the sea on a moonless night
    Calling falling, slipping tides
    I am the leaky, dripping pipes
    The endless, aching drops of lights

    I am the raindrop falling down
    Always longing for the deeper ground
    I am the broken, breaking seas
    Even my blood finds ways to bleed

    Even the rivers ways to run
    Even the rain to reach the sun
    Even my thirsty streams
    Even in my dreams

    I am restless
    I am restless
    I am breathless
    I’m looking for you

    I am restless
    I run like the ocean to find your shore
    I’m looking for you

    Running for the other side
    The world that I’ve always been denied
    I’m running for the infinite
    With the tears of saints and hypocrites

    Oh, blood of black and white and grey
    Oh, death in life and night in day
    One by one by one
    We let our rivers run
    They run restless
    Run restless
    Drifting and breathless
    I’m looking for you

    We run restless
    We run like the ocean to reach your shore
    I’m looking for you

    I can hear you breathing
    I can feel you leading
    More than just a feeling

    I can feel you you reaching
    Pushing through the ceiling
    Till the final healing
    Everything completing

    Until the sea of glass we meet
    At last completed and complete
    Where tide and tear and pain subside
    And laughter drinks them dry

    I’ll be waiting
    Anticipating
    All that I aim for
    What I was made for

    With every heartbeat
    All of my blood bleeds
    Running inside me
    I’m looking for you
    us.littlefairyon August 16, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou know that shivery feeling you get when a song or something just... gets to you? Yeah, this song does that to me. At a Switchfoot concert this month, they played some new songs from Vice Versus, and wow, this is by far my favorite. When Jon started singing it, he came straight into the crowd with us which (although almost got me trampled) really made a connection. I'll always remember that moment when I hear this song. I love the way the lyrics flow at the beginning. Beautiful(:
    Amy2772on August 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI think this song is about the journey of life. What is need is right there for us to take. We are made for something bigger that ourselves. God is there waiting for us to come back. And if we fail, we will be there to help us get back up.
    FriendOfTheFooton October 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics here, and the corrected ones in the comments, are missing the start of the second verse (about the "thorn in your side"), which can be seen in hurricanehobo's comment, and heard in this YouTube video: youtube.com/…

    Anyway, this is a pretty nice song. I didn't like it when I first heard it on the radio, but it's begun to grow on me. I like how the lyrics flow so nicely.
    imkingdavidon October 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThe first verse really reminds me of Psalm 42:7 - "Deep calls out to deep in the roar of your waterfalls". This passage was given new meaning for me recently reading AW Tozer's words:

    "The yearning to know what cannot be known, to comprehend the incomprehensible, to touch and taste the unapproachable, arises from the image of God in the nature of man. Deep calleth unto deep, and though polluted and landlocked by the mighty disaster theologians call the Fall, the soul senses its origin and longs to return to its source."

    It's like we are water droplets, straining to get back to our source, the ocean of God from whence we came. Always longing for the deeper ground, even the river's ways to run, until the smooth, calm, deep sea of glass, where finally the water finds what it been longing for.
    Labraxon October 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThese lyrics are unfolding the life of desperation for Jesus. Jon foreman unwraps the weirdness of losing your life to find it. It's all about seeking after the King who won our heart with unparalleled pursuit.
    BecauseHeIson November 04, 2011   Link

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