"Art In Me" as written by Stephen Daniel Mason, Charlie Lowell, Dan Haseltine and Matthew Ryan Bronleewe....
Images on the sidewalk
Speak of dream's descent
Washed away by the storms
To graves of cynical lament
Dirty canvases to call my own
Protest limericks carved
By the old pay phone

[Chorus]
And in your picture book
I'm trying hard to see
Turning endless pages
Of this tragedy
Sculpting every move
You compose a symphony
And you plead to everyone
See the art in me
See the art in me
See the art in me

Broken stained glass windows
The fragments ramble on
Tales of broken souls
An eternity's been won
As critics scorn the thoughts
And works of mortal man
My eyes have drawn to you
In awe once again

[Chorus: x2]


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"Art in Me" as written by Dan Haseltine Charlie Lowell

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    General CommentThe meaning of this song: a simple lament for how human nature can be turned around if it were simply decent toward each other and faithful to heaven. These guys rock at how they can write a beautiful optimistic, faith-filled melody. The human subject here has hope not in man but in God above. The art the subject creates is meant for God, not for mankind. He or she has faith that God can change mankind, if people "see the art" that God produced "in me" and that person ends up profoundly changed, then God has won another soul. Jars of Clay is truly an awesome sonic ministry.
    OpinionHeadon November 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWow, I like your view, but mine is rather different. I like that different people get different things out of the same song.

    First verse speaks of the people who God has created who have ruined the art. They have diminished the dream God put in them, cynicism causes them to reject their Creator.

    "In your picture book" Picture book refers to this world. Just by opening your eyes and paying attention you can see the story.
    "Turning endless pages of this tragedy" - everywhere he looks, all he can see is people rejecting God. All he can see is the hurt and cynicism.
    "Sculpting every move you create a symphony" - He takes his view off the world and turns to God, realising that the world IS indeed in His hands, and He's creating a grand masterpiece.
    "You plead to everyone, 'see the art in me'" - Is God asking people to see they can renew themselves in Him, they can discard their dirty canvasses and become someone new and whole.

    "Broken stained-glass windows...broken souls" - people who have lost themselves by following their own path. Choosing an eternity separated from God, rather than one united with the One who Created and can complete them.
    The last two lines emphasise the fact that we could never EVER create anything as grand as what God does. All you need to read to understand the awe-inspiring Creator-God is Job 38+39.

    Brilliant, beautiful song. my 2nd favorite by J.o.C. (:
    I love the optimism and hope this song carries.
    emaltiaon April 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHi Im glad to post on this. I like to take my subjective view on of the 14 stations of the cross. Catholics revere the 14 stations as the Passion. It looks like this:

    1) Jesus is condemned to death
    2) Jesus is given his cross
    3) Jesus falls the first time
    4) Jesus meets His Mother
    5) Simon of Cyrene carries the cross
    6) Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
    7) Jesus falls the second time
    8) Jesus meets the daughters of Jerusalem
    9) Jesus falls the third time
    10) Jesus is stripped of His garments
    11) Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross
    12) Jesus dies on the cross
    13) Jesus' body is removed from the cross (Deposition or Lamentation)
    14) Jesus is laid in the tomb and covered in incense.

    I know this is not what its about but I like to think that the Art in Me is Jesus telling the world see the Art in Me, the Passion that happened to me. And I imagine he is turning the pages of art of the 14 stations of the cross. At my church there are sculptures of this. It can be represented in any artistic way. So this song always reminds me of this. I feel like its Jesus saying See the Art in Me. But I like other views too :)
    GrungyBeatleon August 13, 2010   Link

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