"How" as written by Jesse James Rutherford, Jeremy Freedman, Zachary Abels, Mike Margott, Bryan Sammis and Emile Haynie....
How could you question God's existence
When you question God himself?
Why would you ask for God's assistance
If you wouldn't take the help?

If you're gone, then I need you
If you're gone, then how is any of this real?
When I'm on, I believe you
When I'm not, my knees don't even seem to feel

How could you tell me that I'm great
When they chew me up, spit me out, pissed on me?
Why would you tell me that it's fate
When they laughed at me, every day, in my face?

They say the end is coming sooner
But the end's already here
I said today is but a rumor
That we'll laugh at in a year
Or two, or three, or four, or five, whatever

If you're gone, then I need you
If you're gone, then how is any of this real?
When I'm on, I believe you
When I'm not, my knees don't even seem to feel

How could you tell me that I'm great
When they chew me up, spit me out, pissed on me?
Why would you tell me that it's fate
When they laughed at me, every day, in my face?

How could you tell me that I'm great
When they chew me up, spit me out, pissed on me?
Why would you tell me that it's fate
When they laughed at me, every day, in my face?

How?
How could you tell me that I'm great?
How?
How could you tell me that it's fate?
How?


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"How" as written by Zachary Abels Jeremy Freedman

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    General CommentFrom what I can tell, the song seems to be an inner turmoil. The protagonist is questioning God but at the time seems to hold some sort of hope. With the first verse he seems to be addressing another person and asking them how they could go on with themselves without faith, and towards the end he's questioning it himself without any real resolution. The song seems to be about doubt but at the same time he's trying to believe. God tells him he's great and that he's loved and that's his fate, but he's having a hard time believing it because of some sort of lack of self-esteem. People laugh at him for his 'superstition' and torment him, so he takes it out on God asking him how can what you say be true when everyone says something different. I think the end of the song resolves in him being sort of resolved, but it doesn't imply one way or the other.
    Excalibur7on December 29, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningThough it is clear the song is about questioning belief in a God, I don't think it is meant to be a conversation (between two people or entities). This is someone questioning their own beliefs, an internal monologue. Through internal dialogue realizing the belief in God is individual concept. You could then speculate that if my God let me down, then the God or vision of God you created is faulty (How could you tell me that I'm great).
    tom1051708on January 25, 2016   Link
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    My OpinionIt's obviously about someone questioning their faith, but I don't see it as a conversation as some people have said; it does seem internal. He seems to be beginning to reason with his beliefs.

    "How could you question God's existence
    when you question God himself?
    Why would you ask for God's assistance
    if you wouldn't take the help?
    "
    He's conflicted because he's realizing that he's asking something of something that he isn't even sure exists

    "If you're gone, then I need you
    If you're gone, then how is any of this real?
    When I'm on, I believe you
    When I'm not, my knees don't even seem to feel
    "
    He realizes that he only truly believes when he's doing well.

    "How could you tell me that I'm great
    When they chew me up, spit me out, pissed on me?
    Why would you tell me that it's fate
    When they laughed at me, every day, in my face?"
    He starts questioning what he's heard about his God. He's been told that he's great, and that "everything happens for a reason" (fate), but then he's put through hell and realizes that this is all being done to him on purpose, or there is actually no God.

    "They say the end is coming sooner
    But the end's already here
    I said today is but a rumor
    That we'll laugh at in a year
    Or two, or three, or four, or five, whatever"
    I don't know exactly how this fits in to the rest of the song. He seems to kind of laugh off the concept of Armageddon near the end, which would show him losing faith.
    Carcigenicateon August 17, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song seems like it speaks of a struggle with Christianity. (I'm surprised this song has not received more attention among Christians, since I believe many who wrestle with the Christian faith have the same struggles.) If the artists live in Southern California, Christianity is very ... pious and many Christians are eagerly waiting for the end of the earth to come. There is also a push for the Christians to live in "perfection" when yet the apostle Paul in Romans says Christians are both sinner and saint.

    "How could you question God's existence
    When you question God himself?
    Why would you ask for God's assistance
    If you wouldn't take the help?"

    Martian Luther once said doubt in God is normal.
    It is said be careful what you pray for. For God just may answer your prayers. He may even answer your prayer in a manner that you are not expecting. Are you willing to accept it?

    "If you're gone, then I need you
    If you're gone, then how is any of this real?
    When I'm on, I believe you
    When I'm not, my knees don't even seem to feel"

    I once was told that by one who did not believe in Christ that life is like a cold bath. When one lives according to the desires of themselves as opposed to the desires of God, there is a sense of emptiness. (Proverbs 1:7)

    "How could you tell me that I'm great
    When they chew me up, spit me out, pissed on me?
    Why would you tell me that it's fate
    When they laughed at me, every day, in my face?"

    In a church there is a tendency to say that everything is good and that everyone is a special and original creature of God when yet, "gangs paint a better picture of loyalty and family". Likewise, in the church there is a tendency to say that everything and every talent one has is great, even though it. I wonder if some one told him he had a gift from God but in reality they did not even care for his talent and even joked about it.

    "They say the end is coming sooner
    But the end's already here
    I said today is but a rumor
    That we'll laugh at in a year
    Or two, or three, or four, or five, whatever"

    Again, the end of the world is near is a prominent message among evangelicals, but yet another year seems to come. Funny thing though, when reading the New Testament, one would be surprised that year 100 AD would have even appeared for the early Christians thought that Christ would come back in their lifetime. Yet the churches continue to preach that the end of the world is coming as a form of comfort. Christian or not, life still goes on and people are able to work our their struggles.
    FirstPet31415on December 13, 2014   Link

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