"He" as written by Stephen Daniel Mason, Charlie Lowell, Dan Haseltine and Matthew Ryan Bronleewe....
Don't try to reach me
I'm already dead
The pain when it grips me
For things that I've done

Well I try to make you proud
But for crying out loud
Just give me a chance to hide away
Exhaustion takes over
Will this someday be over?

[Chorus]
Fearful tears are running down
The pain you've laid don't speak a sound
Don't take my heart away from me
And they think I fell down again

Daddy don't you love me
Then why do you hit me?
And Momma don't you love me
Then why do you hurt me?

Well I've tried to make you proud
But for crying out loud
Just give me a chance to hide away
Exhaustion takes over
Will this someday be over?

[Chorus: x2]

A teardrop falls
From up in the heavens
Drowning the sorrow of angels in high
For the least of the helpless
The hopeless, the loveless
My Jesus, His children,
He holds in His arms

He loves you, He sees you,
He knows you, protects you,
He needs you, He holds you


Lyrics submitted by jarsonic

"He" as written by Dan Haseltine Charlie Lowell

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, CAPITOL CHRISTIAN MUSIC GROUP

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

He song meanings
Add your thoughts

8 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    General CommentPer Jars of Clay...

    He: (Child abuse, A child's cry)

    Ps. 56:3-4, 8-13, Ps. 103:13, Isa. 40:27-31, Matt. 18:5-14, Eph. 6:4, Rev. 7-17

    What is the song "He" about?

    From the October 1995 issue of CCM Magazine:

    "He", from the group's debut album, is based on the book "Death by Child Abuse: the Story of Ursula Sunshine", and a portion of the proceeds from the EP will be donated to The Child Abuse Prevention Center/Exchange Club Family Center of Middle Tennessee. Says lead singer/songwriter Dan Haseltine, "The book really opened my eyes to the shocking reality of child abuse, but in the song we didn't just want to stop there. We wanted to show the hope and healing of Christ."
    mambersoon January 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about child abuse...and the struggle to feel cared about during hard times. and how God is always there for you no matter what, even when things seem hopeless
    clairebear1on June 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love the end:

    "A teardrop falls from up in the heavens
    Drowning the sorrow of angels on high
    For the least of the helpless, the hopeless, the loveless
    My Jesus, His children, He holds in His eyes"

    because it talks about how God is hurting with the child, because he has to watch his children being tortured. And how he still loves them more than ever and is always there to give comfort and hope.

    the very end, which was left out in the lyrics above goes:

    "he loves you, he sees you, he knows you, protects you, he needs you, he holds you, he loves you, he sees you, he knows you, protects you, he needs you, he holds you, he loves you, he sees you, he knows you, protects you, he needs you, he holds you, he loves you, he sees you, he knows you, protects you, he needs you, he holds you, he loves you, he sees you, he knows you, protects you..."

    this is an awesome part because it shows how much Jesus loves us and how well he knows us and wants us in his arms. Then the song just fades out as these words are still being sung, because his love for us is everlasting and unconditional and he continues to love us forever, so to just stop saying it would be saying that his love ends, which it doesn't.
    (but obviously we can't sing it forever because we have to have a life, but to God we ARE his life and he never stops thinking about us!! amazing)
    malli321on July 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThough this song embodies a child abuse theme, it is also reflective of the abuse we feel as children of God. We often get frustrated with the expectations God holds up to us:
    "Well I try to make you proud, but for crying out loud - just give me a chance to hide away." Sometimes we just want to escape the all-seeing eye, as just or necessary it all seems.
    FlakePirateon September 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThat is a possible interpretation, but in the rest of the song, when they start talking to someone, "daddy dont you love me? well why do you hurt me?" i'm pretty sure they're speaking for a child who is being abused, and not for us as christians talking to God.
    reytimon October 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGood views so far, this song is very powerful as well as musically brilliant...does anyone know if any of the members of Jars of Clay are singng about a personal experience in this song? There is a good song called "Getting Through To Her" by 311 that is like a secular version of this song about child sexual abuse except the viewpoint is from someone else and not the child...both songs are beautiful yet sad at the same time.
    n3j1y1on June 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has some significance for me, but I do not intend to dwell on the dark side of life. I really love how he turns a negative into a positive by calling on Jesus and having faith in God. Great song!
    GrungyBeatleon December 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the best song on the album! It is pure and inspired...and beautiful
    It is about child abuse

    another child abuse song that comes to mind: My name is Luka, from the eighties. By Suzanne Vega
    Into the mysticon December 22, 2017   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain