"I Am" as written by Kimberley Kenneth Benzie, Stewart Alexander Hill, Luke Williams, Clinton James Vincent, Tom Skerlj and Luke Palmer....
Take me instead
I'll stand in the middle
A martyr once said
Hoping to deliver us

Take me instead
I'll stand in the middle
When the river runs red
Hoping for deliverance
Defiant, I'll become the shelter
In the hope that my death
Gives more before oblivion

I'm hoping that the river runs dry yet

I am all of who I am
Wear the face of all I know I am
I am all of who I am
I the tested, I the broken stand

Take me instead
I'll stand unforgiven
When the river runs red
Hoping this delivers us
Defiant, I'll become the shelter
In the hope that my death
Gives more before oblivion
Hoping that the river runs dry yet

I am all of who I am
Wear the face of all I know I am
I am all of who I am
I the tested, I the broken stand
On the inside

Born a slave here in denial I am free now
I am just holding my own sacred line
I will keep on following
For the one who bears the eyes I conceived
Mine offered up
I will brace, bleed and defy
The moment that the river runs

I am all of who I am
Wear the face of all I know I am
Both the liar and the honest man
I the tested, I the broken stand

I'm hoping to deliver us
Hoping to deliver us
Hoping that the river runs dry


Lyrics submitted by DLC, edited by casana

"I Am" as written by Stewart Alexander Hill Kimberley Kenneth Benzie

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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    Song MeaningJust fixed the lyrics, I guess I'll kick this off. I can't believe no one's commented on this song yet, as it's easily my favorite by DLC. The section that begins, "Born a slave..." is just one of the most uplifting and incredible moments in the band's entire catalog!

    But anyways, let's get to the nitty gritty. There's a lot of rich stuff in the lyrics and it's so beautifully written. I'm almost positive it's about Moses, and here's my evidence why.

    First, the repetition of "Deliver us" and "deliverance." Moses is often said to have 'delivered' the Jews from Egypt, i.e., freed them from slavery.

    "Defiant, I'll become the shelter." That is, Moses is defying the will of Pharaoh, and becoming the "shelter" for his people: the Jews.

    Next: the red river imagery. This is one of two very strong indications that this song is about Moses. Quoted from the Bible: "By this you will know that I am the LORD: With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood." The River of Blood is one of the most famous images of Moses' exploits in Egypt.

    During my favorite part of the song, it says: "Born a slave here in denial I am free now / I am just holding my own sacred line / I will keep on following." Obviously, Moses was a Jew. And since he was born in Egypt, he was, in fact, born a slave. But after coming to know of his heritage, fleeing from Egypt, and finding God, he is "free now" and has returned to free his people--his "own sacred line" (i.e. the blood of Israel), as well.

    "I the tested, I the broken stand." Even though Moses had God on his side, this was by no means easy for him. He had his hardships, he had his doubts. He was even doubted by his own people as a prophet of God, but still, he stood strong and firm in his beliefs and in his mission.

    The other strong piece of evidence that this is about Moses is the chorus and the title of the song itself: "I am all of who I am." When God revealed himself to Moses in the form of the burning bush, Moses asked who he was, and God replied with one of the most famous lines in the entire Bible: "I Am that I Am." It's not exact, but it's close enough, and the resemblance only makes the relationship even stronger.

    The only confusing part in this (and this may just be a creative license that Kim took when writing the lyrics to the song) is when the subject of the poem--let's assume it's Moses--is referred to as "a martyr." Moses was a prophet, not a martyr. He died on the opposite side of the Jordan River, unable to enter Canaan with his people because God banished him from the Promised Land. The way the song is written makes it seem as if he sacrificed himself to save his people when, according to the Bible, he actually survived the exodus from Egypt and died of old age--not of martyrdom.

    Regardless, that's my own interpretation, and in the end, the perceived discrepancies with the Biblical story of Moses isn't important. What *is* important is that this song is amazing! Absolutely in LOVE with DLC<3
    casanaon November 26, 2013   Link
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    My OpinionThink u nailed it there cassana
    rhino35on September 01, 2014   Link

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