When the night comes,
and you don't know which way to go
Through the shadowlands,
and forgotten paths,
you will find a road

Like an owl you must fly by moonlight with an open eye,
And use your instinct as your guide, to navigate the ways that lays before you,
You were born to take the greatest flight

Like a serpent and a dove, you will have wisdom born of love
and carry visions from above into the places no man dares to follow
Every hollow in the dark of night
Waiting for the light
Take the flame tonight

Child the time has come for you to go
You will never be alone
Every dream that you have been shown
Will be like living stone
Building you into a home
A shelter from the storm

Like a messenger of peace, the beauty waits be released
Upon the sacred path you keep, leading deeper into the unveiling
As your sailing, across the great divide

Like a wolf at midnight howls, you use your voice in darkest hours
To break the silence and the power, holding back the others from their glory
Every story will be written soon
The blood is on the moon
Morning will come soon

Child the time has come for you to go
You will never be alone
Every dream that you have been shown
Will be like living stone
Building you into a home
A shelter from the storm


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White Owl song meanings
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    My InterpretationActually garland2alike, I had a completely different thought when I first listened to the song. I think it is a song about the great commission.

    He speaks about how God will lead us when the road gets dark. We were born (born again) to take the greatest light. (the light of the Gospel)

    Matthew 10:16 "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves."

    God will send us, and we are to use wisdom "born of love" meaning, God's wisdom. We are to carry visions from above and the flame into every dark place. This is the mission of the great commission.

    Jesus often called his disciples peacemakers or messengers of peace. His disciples are to release the beauty of the Gospel, the news of peace between God and man.

    Josh mentions "the great divide" in his song Flood Waters, saying that we will leave the chords of death behind us at the great devoid. I think the great divide is a line that devised death from life, darkness from light. We are to sail across the great divide, into death and darkness, taking the good news of the Gospel.

    The Gospel is to be delivered with our voice, to break the silence and the power of the Devil that keeps others from the glory of Christ. Stories of redemption will be written for those who respond to our message.

    Blood on the moon might be a reference to Christ's blood, or the persecution we may face. But morning will come soon when the believers are taken to be with God, away from the darkness of this world.

    Chorus:
    For the believers, it is time to "go unto all the world" and Jsus will be with us "even unto the ends of the earth." Every dream, or vision that God has delivered through his word, will be used to build us into a person of refuge. The message we take will be a home that shelters those in darkness.


    He is using the metaphor of someone sent out into a frightening wilderness, on a mission, to remind us of how we have been sent out into the darkness of the world to spread the Gospel.
    TwiceBornon August 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentJosh explains how there will be a time for every one of us, like "owls & wolves" where darkness is presented and we chose to glorify the enemy (serpent) or Christ (dove). There's a inner wisdom in us all that gives us dreams to be in peace on the process of righteousness; nevertheless the battle is within, which path of dreams do you follow? But what's decided in secret eventually comes to light; the sun will shine again, unveiling your foundation.
    garland2alikeon August 02, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningThe only line in this song that bothers me is this:

    "Like an owl you must fly by moonlight with an open eye,
    And use your instinct as your guide, to navigate the ways that lays before you,
    You were born to take the greatest flight"

    This concerns me as new age spiritualism has broken into Christianity like a storm lately. The owl is a symbol derived from both pagan and Native American sources and is according to the Bible an unclean bird. Also it's nature is a nocturnal bird of prey. There is nowhere in the Bible I can find that the owl is a good thing. Yet this symbol, which has been adopted by Josh Garrels and printed on his merchandise has the strong flavor of Native American roots. I have to admit that this concerns me.

    Next he makes references to the third eye in the line "with *an* open eye." Notice he didn't say open eyeS. This is also associated with the all-seeing eye of the freemasonry as well as the goddess Kali. And he follows that up with, "And use your instinct as your guide..." That certainly isn't saying you should be led by the Holy Spirit but alluding to using your own personal judgment instead of the Spirit, which is exactly what Satan did in defiance of God, and is exactly what all new age and pagan spiritualism is about: finding enlightenment through personal works, which is what the last line above appears to be talking about saying, "You were born to take the greatest flight."

    Out of all of Josh's songs this is the only one so far that has caused me any concern. And it really makes me question whether I want to buy his music and support him as an artist if he is going to not have the discernment of the Spirit to filter out such symbolism. I know many Christians out there might roll their eyes at this statement but we are called to carry truth with love.
    phixateon August 31, 2015   Link

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