After the scripture
We started to pray
Holdin' our hands up
Waitin' for change
I hardly knew you
You knew me the same
So we built a shelter
While we turned the weak away

Your mother beside me
Rattlin' her brain
Makin' an offering
Pacing the pain
We took a picture
Placed it in frame
We built a fire
And we turned the cold away

And I know it's not
What you desire
This pain can't crumble
Won't soon retire

Everybody there was trying to hide some great desire
Put away the positives and let that good girl die
Everybody's prayers were turned into a gradual sigh
So I paced around the backyard for awhile

That was bee sting
A speck in my eye
A casual movement
A thief in the night
Now I can't forget you
Sword in my side
Candle that burned me
Delivered me light

And I know it's not
What you desire
This pain can't crumble
Won't soon retire

Lyrics submitted by RightAway86, edited by iamjackslameusername, pigandpepper

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    My InterpretationWhen I read these lyricsI see a person attending an estranged funeral, or visiting someone terminally ill or critically injured. The person is someone who doesn't deserve death; maybe before their time, by unjust, or inconceivable means. The lyricist offers sympathy, not empathy. The lyricist doesn't know the deceased, but is paying respect to someone who does, and was hurt deeply by the loss.
    jared78950on October 06, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentline should read "candle that burned me, delivered me light."
    maltierion April 28, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationSeems to be Andy wrestling with the disconnect between Christians and Christ, people claiming to follow but not actually following in action. True vs false disciples
    "we built a shelter
    While we turned the weak away"
    Injustice, leaving people who are hurting and weak outside of the body of Christ despite the Christian's call to love his neighbor

    Chorus seems to be directly wrestling with God
    "I hardly knew you
    You knew me the same"
    Seems to be a reference to Matthew 7:23, where Jesus distinguishes between true believers and false believers.

    7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
    iamjackslameusernameon May 06, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a followup to "I Can Feel Your Pain". A girl ,named Anna, at a Manchester Orchestra show was suffering from bone cancer and died a week after. Andy wrote "After the Scripture" for her and performed it for Anna's folks in her grandparent's backyard. He talks about it at a solo performance in Baltimore.
    LegitDinoon October 25, 2017   Link

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