"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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    Song MeaningI feel like this song has a spiritual meaning, mostly Christian, only because I am going through the same thing and it touched me.

    "I never meant to wither
    I wanted to be tall
    Like a fool left the river
    And watched my branches fall"

    -To me this verse sets the tone, it seems like the narrator has come to a conclusion that they made a mistake. "I wanted to be tall" basically says they made a certain choice out of pride which is why they left the river. Rivers in literature have many meanings but the most common one in western society is the river of baptism. Once you are baptized you buried your past and thus you look forward to living a pure way. The person left the river, or the pure life (or the grace of God), in order to pursue a vain life style where they wanted power, fame, ect... But in the end she sees her branches fall, branches could be something that is a part of her, like she's seeing herself change for the worse and then her world starts to fall apart.

    "Old and thirsty, I longed for the flood
    To come back around
    To the cactus in the valley
    That's about to crumble down"

    -Now they are worn and thirsty (or missing something that is essential like guidance, happiness, ect...) and they wanted happiness and grace to come flooding back to the "cactus" (or them figuratively since now they are a cactus instead of a flower from the river) who probably wants to give up, have a melt down, or is about to ruin itself. The valley could have a correlation to "the valley of the shadow of death," as Christians refer to it as "worldly life" where there is no life since there is no presence of God.

    "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"

    -Now she's basically asking God to forgive her (she's repenting) even if her yesterday or her past actions are bad. And she's also asking him to make her happy again and to show her that he still loves her and remembers who she is since her life is probably falling apart and thus making her sad.

    "So, the storm finally found me
    And left me in the dark
    In the cloud around me
    I don't know where you are"

    - So now she's realizing that her life away from God is not what it would seem to be, the storm has caught up and left her in the dark (straight forward). And she's searching for God in her new life but can't find his presence anywhere since she is not living under his influence. She's misguided.

    "And wipe the mark of madness from my face"

    -This could mean a) she's gone mad and she needs God to help and heal her or b) like me she probably left because she was upset with something (in my case getting pressured) and she now wants to get over it.

    "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"

    -She's telling God that she's in the "shadow" and that she needs him because she never imagined life without him could be so hard, she tries to dry her eyes or pretending that she isn't sad but she can't keep on doing it so she's asking God to find her in the "Valley of the Shadow of Death."

    Yup, I definitely know where she's coming from.
    RubyRedFoxon October 10, 2012   Link
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    Song MeaningAlmost forgot this phrase:

    "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"

    -Right here she's pledging her alligence anew to God telling him that if the world begins a new war (or maybe an Apocalypse) she wont do anything until she is guided or commanded to do so by God.
    RubyRedFoxon October 10, 2012   Link

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