"Cactus In The Valley" as written by and Valerie Poxleitner....
I never meant to wither
I wanted to be tall
Like a fool left the river
And watched my branches fall
Old and thirsty, I longed for the flood
To come back around
To the cactus in the valley
That's about to crumble down

And wipe the mark of sadness from my face
Show me that your love will never change
If my yesterday is a disgrace
Tell me that you still recall my name

So, the storm finally found me
And left me in the dark
In the cloud around me
I don't know where you are
If this whole world goes up in arms
All I can do is stand
And I won't fight for anyone
Until you move my hand

And wipe the mark of madness from my face
Show me that your love will never change
If my yesterday is a disgrace
Tell me that you still recall my name

Oh, here
In the shadow
Here I am
And I need someone by my side
It becomes so
Hard to stand
And I keep trying to dry my eyes
Come and find me
In the valley

And wipe the mark of sadness from my face
Show me that your love will never change
If my yesterday is a disgrace
Tell me that you still recall my name
And wipe the mark of madness from my face
Show me that your love will never change
If my yesterday is a disgrace
Tell me that you still recall my name


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"Cactus in the Valley" as written by Valerie Poxleitner

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  • +7
    General CommentWhile the song may make some references to the Bible and whatnot, it doesn't necessarily have to be about a relationship with God.

    Honestly, I just think it's a really beautiful love song.

    Basically, the speaker is saying that, no matter what happens to them, no matter how they feel or look, no matter how low this person may become, they hope that someone will not forget them and still love them, despite all the 'dark parts'. Life can get really hard but, we all need love.

    We're all worthy and deserving of love, no exceptions.
    rowkem388on October 09, 2011   Link
  • +6
    General CommentWhy does everyone think this song is about God? It's obviously about a cactus.
    woahcoleon December 28, 2011   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationI guess this song could be for her parents from the perspective of a cactus (lol). She wanted to be "tall" but instead, she withered because "like a fool [she] left the river (her home maybe)" and plants cannot survive without water, so she was very thirsty and was "about to crumble down". She is very sorry for ever leaving referring to her past actions as "yesterday's disgrace", but she would still very much like for her parents (or lover I suppose) to at least have the decency to remember her name instead of rejecting her altogether.

    Then the desert storm eventually finds her as a cactus, and I suppose it was the worst part of her life. But it comes and goes and when it's gone it leaves her in a state of confusion, uncertainty, and weakness. She feels completely isolated and alone, and would like someone to come find her and help her.

    Oh, Lights! I'll find you. :'(
    drunkHAZELon January 29, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI dont think this is about God i think this is about someone she is afraid to lose and she is insecure about it and she believes her mistakes are too large to be forgiven and she lose them forever
    skylarzaneon August 28, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningSo I've only listened to this song a couple of times, but it came on when I was doing some reading, well prepping to do some reading and it really stuck out.

    This song is clear and outstanding, first of all. And Lights is incredibly talented, I am grateful she is making music. She does an excellent job combining melody, a sweet tech sound, her smooth voice accents the hard/digital sounds she tends to so well and she is very transparent with her lyrics. And her writing doesn't suck. It a whole lot of awesome in a digital Canadian pixie. Secondly, and more to the point, I feel this song about her relationship with the God, there are a lot of Christian, new testament references. Pointing a lot to Christ saying he is the true vine, and those who are not connected wither and die. ("I never meant to wither" + "And watched my branches fall" + John 15:1-15). Also the recognition of something wrong and the hope that she is not forgotten because of what she has done (The Chorus) which lines with Jesus making everything new (2 Corinthians 5:17). She makes a reference to the storm finally coming (Matt 7:24-27). And finally she sings about unending tears (which is heartbreaking) (Isaiah 25:8 + Revelations 21:4).

    I pray that I am wrong, because this song sounds like she is having a hard time. But given my finite-ness, only a bit of information and no perception of Lights motive/heart in writing, this is of course opinion. But it has encouraged me to pray for the broken hearted. Also, not to sound preachy, but if you are feeling broken hearted, you've had a tough relationship with God or you feel you're too dirty to come back to God...I just really want to encourage you to come home. Jesus cleans us of all sin, and he desperately wants to see you again. He remade my heart, he can do yours too. Love you guys.
    sirdevioon October 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song IS about Lights relationship with God. She answered my question on reddit and told me it was in reference mostly to Psalm 1 (specifically the first line). I understand that lots of her fans are not christians and so for some reason they get angry when people try to claim her songs are about anything religious but I think it's beautiful that she isn't afraid to show her faith.
    graceh3on November 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My Opinionin my opinion ,i think this song is about someone who is describe his/herself as an cactus that is usually unseen,shrink,depress,anxiety or anything, but then he/she met someone who truly turned his/her world upside down,who is able to wipe the madness mark from his/her face and they are rather in love, and need that person most in his/her life.

    AF❤
    zalifafaon April 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song means alot to me, it's a cry for help and it's a shout out to god and his morals he spread among the world, and that her beliefs of god and her perspective mixed together, and she belives that her beliefs will destroy the relationship with her and her lover... it's a beautiful song and i love it so much
    jessicalucieon January 14, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI agree with sirdevio. I think this is her struggle in life and faith in God.

    In the first verse it says:
    "Old and thirsty, I longed for the flood to come back around."
    The flood that destroyed every living thing. (Genesis)
    It sounds like she wants her past to be in the past and be forgotten and washed away.

    In the second verse it says:
    "Well, the storm finally found me
    And left me in the dark
    In the cloud around me
    I don't know where you are."
    She's saying she's "depressed" or "sad" and it has left her struggling with her faith in God.
    It's hard to reach to him when you feel like you can't see him in your clouds of darkness.

    In the choruses:
    "Wipe the mark of sadness/madness from my face.
    Show me that your love will never change.
    If my yesterday is a disgrace,
    Tell me that you'll still recall my name."
    No matter what she's going through, being sad or mad, she knows that God will still love her no matter what. He'll still call her His child and he'll never forget her.

    In the Brige, it says:
    "In the shadows, here I am
    And I need someone by side.
    It becomes so hard to stand
    And I keep trying to dry my eyes
    Come and find me in the valley."
    To me, of course she's in the desert which could also means she feels lost because there's nothing else around. She needs God to comfort her in times of need. And she can't go through it alone without him by her side to find her place and way back home.

    A lot of her songs, from her first album mostly sound very religious, although you can still listen to her without being Christian because she is amazing :)
    But that's just my breakdown and view of this song.
    brokenheartstwistedmindson November 29, 2011   Link
  • -3
    General CommentI believe that this song is about God and the Christian faith, but the beauty of the song is that it can be applied to anyone in your life that has helped you through a difficult time. Everyone has that someone that has helped them through a difficult time, even if you don't have a faith.
    franana37on December 14, 2012   Link

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