Oh my god please help me knee deep in the river trying to get clean
He says wash your hands get out the stains
but you best believe boy there's hell to pay yeah you best believe boy there's hell to pay
come on

Oh my God please help me waist deep in the river can you hear my plea
He says son you come like a begger in the streets
you might make it boy but by the skin of your teeth.

I rambled with the worst of them
fell in love with a harlequin
Saw the darkest hearts of men
And I saw myself staring back again and I saw myself staring back again.

Oh my God please help me neck deep in the river screaming for relief
He says it's mine to give but it's yours to choose
you gonna sink or swim you gonna learn the truth no matter what you do your gonna learn the truth saying

Ate the bread that once was stones
Fell from a cliff never broke a bone
Bowed down to get the kings overthrown
Now I'm all alone and the fires grows and I'm all alone and the fires grows

LaLa's

Swing sweet charity take what's left of me
A new beginning or is this the end
Swing sweet Seraphim take me back again or watch me make the messes of men


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Bartholomew song meanings
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    Song MeaningThe song is about a man who has had a troubled past riddled with sin and he his trying to make amends for all of it but it is never as simple as just asking for forgiveness because the memories will usually haunt you.

    "Oh my god please help me knee deep in the river trying to get clean
    He says wash your hands get out the stains
    but you best believe boy there's hell to pay yeah you best believe boy there's hell to pay"

    He is only partially in sin trying to get rid of it and God is saying you can get forgiveness but you will have to pay a price.


    "Oh my God please help me waist deep in the river can you hear my plea
    He says son you come like a begger in the streets
    you might make it boy but by the skin of your teeth."

    Once again he is getting deeper in sin and is trying to get rid of it and God is once again saying he can but it won't be easy.

    "I rambled with the worst of them
    fell in love with a harlequin
    Saw the darkest hearts of men
    And I saw myself staring back again and I saw myself staring back again"

    This is just him explaining the wrongs he has done in his life.

    "Oh my God please help me neck deep in the river screaming for relief
    He says it's mine to give but it's yours to choose
    you gonna sink or swim you gonna learn the truth no matter what you do your gonna learn the truth saying"

    Now he is almost consumed by sin and God is basically saying he can give forgiveness but only if he really wants it and to do so he must know the truth of all the bad he has done and what kind of person he made himself.

    "Ate the bread that once was stones
    Fell from a cliff never broke a bone
    Bowed down to get the kings overthrown
    Now I'm all alone and the fires grows and I'm all alone and the fires grows"

    Not sure what the first line is but fell from a cliff most likely meant he tried committing suicide and failed. Bowed down means he used deceit and betrayal to get what he wanted. The last line is a reference to where all these bad things have lead him, alone and in pain.

    "Swing sweet charity take what's left of me
    A new beginning or is this the end
    Swing sweet Seraphim take me back again or watch me make the messes of men"

    This is his last wish for him to be saved. Seraphims are fiery six winged beings that constantly sing "holy holy holy". Their jobs are to watch God's throne and to keep order so he is hoping they will take him and return order or he will just end up going back to his wicked ways.

    Also the name of the song "Batholomew" refers to Saint Bartholomew whose death is accounted to being skinned alive which can be seen as shedding old life and beginning anew.
    Dman3981on August 21, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWhen I experienced a quite difficult situation in my life I made that plea "God please help me". I tried so hard to see the good that might come out of it. I said things are bad but they could be worse, and then they WERE.
    I still feel “Father, Father, why have you forsaken me?”
    RonLeeon May 09, 2012   Link
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    General Commentto me its a man that tries to run from his past. however no one can truly run from their past.
    Alpha95on November 20, 2012   Link
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    General Comment"Ate the bread that once was stones
    Fell from a cliff never broke a bone
    Bowed down to get the kings overthrown

    These refer to the three temptations Jesus faced when confronted by Satan. his means that the man fell into the temptations and was not like Jesus in that regard
    Sean1117on March 30, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think this song has something to do with growing desperation. The singer is desperate to get the hell out of the water and clean himself off.
    Nimzonieron May 17, 2013   Link
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    My Interpretationi read this lyrics as if it is about a man who has murdered somebody and is desperate to be forgiven for his sins and wash of the blood and guilt.
    silverbellson March 16, 2014   Link
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    General CommentMan realizes his sin and is trying to wash himself clean of it, but then realizes he cant do it alone so he is asking God to help him to get clean. Its like when someone is guilty and say they have blood on their hands. God answers and tells him to wash the blood off his hands but it wont be easy.

    Man gets dirty again; so, he is still trying to cleanse himself of sin doesn't feel like God can hear or should hear him this time so he wonders if God hears him begging. Again God answers, acknowledging that he hears him begging and tells him he can get clean but he will barely make it.

    Man is confessing his sins when he says " I rambled with the worst of them, fell in love with a harlequin;

    Saw the darkest hearts of men; And I saw myself staring back again and I saw myself staring back again. With these last two lines he is saying that though he seen the worst of men himself included he still found himself looking back and going back and getting dirty again.

    So again he is asking God for help and relief from all the pain his sin is causing him. God now tells him that He can give that relief but the man has to choose it. To choose it the must dive in (dive into faith) and he may either sink or swim.

    Still confessing the man explains that when devil tempted him, he yielded to all of his temptations, he is only human. These following lines referred to when Satan tempted Christ. Christ resisted temptation but the man being mere mortal said, " he ate the bread that once was stones, he fell from a cliff never broke a bone, he bowed down to get the kings overthrown. He further explains after he yielded to temptation hell fire grows and he feels alone only he alone can bear his cross

    Now the man is begging God to take what's left of him seeing in spite that its not much. He still has doubt that this will be the end or another beginning. The man is begging God to take him back one more time or God will have to watch him make another mess.
    wanderingloston May 24, 2014   Link

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