"Frail" as written by Stephen Daniel Mason, Charlie Lowell, Dan Haseltine and Matt Odmark....
Convinced of my deception
I've always been a fool
I fear this love reaction
Just like you said I would

A rose could never lie
About the love it brings
And I could never promise
To be any of those things

[Chorus]
If I was not so weak
If I was not so cold
If I was not so scared of being broken
Growing old
I would be
I would be
I would be

Blessed are the shallow
Depth they'll never find
Seemed to be some comfort
In rooms I try to hide

Exposed beyond the shadows
You take the cup from me
Your dirt removes my blindness
Your pain becomes my peace

[Chorus]

Frail


Lyrics submitted by jarsonic

"Frail" as written by Dan Haseltine Charlie Lowell

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, CAPITOL CHRISTIAN MUSIC GROUP

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    General Commentthis song is prefection....the first time i heard this i cryed for 2 hours with it on repeat as i read/sang the words.....beauty
    screaming emoon September 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt's about being broken. About losing the false self that we all put up. It's about letting go of trying to be things that we aren't. It's about the painful realization of ourselves, and the peace God offers us.
    lionheartckon October 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is communicating the false arrogance men feel...and then that moment where everything falls apart and you're left alone in the dark to contemplate all the things that you aren't. The strength and courage that you don't have.

    Christian or not, you have to give the song credit for the depth of feeling it contains. That's love and sadness right there, thanking Christ for the sacrifice that saved his soul- that makes up for his weakness and his detatchment.

    I feel frail too.
    itsALLprogramMUSICon February 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentto me, this song has some of the most moving lyrics by jars of clay. Which is like trying to choose a favourite star from the sky to say that, but its true. The acoustic version from the furthermore cd is astoundingly wonderful.

    "Blessed are the shallow, for depth they'll never find" has always been one of the statements that sticks in my brain. When you think about it, its so.... ironic, i cant quite find the word i want to describe it as.

    and the chorus, "if i WERE not so weak, if i WERE Not so cold, if i WERE not so scared of being broken growing old, i WOULD be frail." It makes it sound like being frail is to be stronger or greater than being weak, cold, and scared. The way it is worded makes it sound like being frail is being strong. I would be frail if i were not so weak, cold, and scared.

    amazing song. i am actually getting a tattoo that says "...i would be FRAIL" because thsi song has meant so much to me.

    the
    foofooraeon September 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti'm not sure i would get a tattoo, but otherwise i totally agree with you (foofoorae)!!! being frail is something that the world sees as weak, but really it shows more strength to be broken sometimes!
    thefrogon February 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTo be frail is to be open and allowing God to break you, the self-centered you, so that you may be all for God and all for other people. That is the fraility that we seek.

    This song is brilliant because the words aren't as plain as that. They don't simply speak so simply.
    zachharrismenton January 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think you've got a valid point there foofoorae. However, I think that instead of saying "frail is stronger than weak", he's saying "If you took away my weaknesses I would still be frail."

    Great song.
    picquaon November 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think you've got a valid point there foofoorae. However, I think that instead of saying "frail is stronger than weak", he's saying "If you took away my weaknesses I would still be frail."

    Great song.
    picquaon November 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI was really into Jars of Clay back when I was in high school, and I always considered this song to be one of the most perfect examples of audio melancholy I had ever heard. It never failed to move my mood to a contemplative hue. Now that I am no longer a christian and very opposed to that religion, I still find myself listening to Jars of Clay. I have ceased to listen many other Christian artists I used to like, such as Steven Curtis Chapman, Audio Adrenaline, ect. For me, Jars of Clay have always been the real deal. When all their peers have been making lackluster sounds with mediocre boring lyrics, Jars of Clay has always had a great sound with killer poetry infested lyrics. As I've grown older, I have become obsessed with music, researching everything from original 70's dub reggae to finnish pysch folk electronica, to 1920's race recordings to the post punk goth period. Disco, 50's country, rockabilly, the 90's alternative indie scene, Nigerian protest music, John Fahey's American Primative. The list goes on and on. I'm not writing these things to impress but to shed context on how Jars of Clay's music stands up even outside of the perameters of Christian Alternative music. Unfortunately, the band does remind me of a love intrest who also liked the band in high school. Kind of like a road I'd always wished I would've gone down.
    Nathan579on October 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the song works on the level mentioned above, that saying that fears and weaknesses can keep us from being truly broken by God. But it also works in almost the opposite way. The song seems to be about someone who has come to realize how broken and lowly he is. But then it says, if I did not have these perceived weaknesses, then I would truly be weak and breakable. Such is the nature of truly good art, being able to have two different, seemingly opposite meanings, from the same words.
    John Hammerdanceon July 07, 2009   Link

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