"In The Lord's Arms" as written by and Ben Harper....
Like the wings stolen from an angel
Like petals gone from a rose
Like a dove caught in a storm

Tonight he's in the Lord's Arms

The wind it blew straight through us
And whispered to me in tongues
I was told, I was warned

Tonight he would be in the Lord's Arms
Tonight he is in the Lord's Arms

So I drink this wine to him
With each glass, a memory
He left with his crown of thorns

Tonight he's in the Lord's Arms
Tonight he's in the Lord's Arms
Tonight he's in the Lord's Arms

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"In the Lord's Arms" as written by Ben C Harper


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    General CommentI think the line is:
    "I was told, I was WARNED" not "I was wrong"...
    but this is one of my favorite songs ever... it almost makes me cry every time i hear it.
    I can't decide if this is about someone close to him dying or Jesus... it could go either way, but maybe that's what he meant by it - maybe it's supposed to be ambiguous.
    youwantedaheroon March 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI wonder if this song isn't an allusion to the story of Peter and Jesus.

    "I was told I was warned."
    In the scriptures, Jesus tells his disciples that he's going to die and Peter doesn't believe (or want to believe) him. Peter, being one of the three closest people in Jesus' life, did not want to believe that his friend would suffer a terrible death.

    "I drink this wine to him, with each glass a memory"
    Possibly a reference to the eucharist?

    No matter what the inspiration for the song is, it can certainly speak to different people on different levels.
    linus81on August 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song strangely came on my random playlist the night my grandmother died. Evoked emotions I had not felt for some time. had never heard it before that night. She is all i think of when I hear it now.

    'a dove caught in a storm'
    iroon July 06, 2002   Link
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    General Commentawww...I've been lucky enough not to lose any grandparents, I'm sorry to hear you have. This song doesn't have quite a deep meaning for me, I just really love this song. I think it might be talking about Jesus
    "He left me with his crown of thorns"
    That line suggests it could be. But it might just be a tribute to a friend or something, not sure.
    If anyone knows or thinks anything different, please post it
    AiR7oNon September 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyouwantedahero is quite right, the line is "I was told, I was warned". He's saying that he knew it would happen but couldn't do anything to stop it and simply had to wait and watch, and watching and waiting for someone you love to die is beyond painful.

    I don't think Jesus has anything to do with it. I think he's using the "crown of thorns" as a metaphor for "burden" or "responsibility". The line is "He left ME with his crown of thorns".

    However it could be a metaphor for "pain", as in the person who has passed was in pain but is no longer yet he is now in pain for having lost them. I think this is a far too simplistic interpretation for a Harper song but it's another possibility. I favour the burden though.
    agoniseon January 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I have actually always been convinced that this song is about Jesus... a lot more of Ben Harper's songs are than most people realize. However, I do think that it is a bit ambiguous, and a song is only what you really make of it, so think what you want. It does still make me think about people in my life that have died...
    youwantedaheroon August 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is such a sad but hopeful song. I think it is about knowing someone is going to die and when he does, you know that he has gone to be with the Lord. You find peace and comfort in that.
    delibleuon November 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMaybe it doesn't have to be the death or a person...? Maybe it is simply the death of something precious.......
    postmortemon July 04, 2009   Link

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