Uncertainty- A foundation built on nothing I could see
secure in your immaculate perception
the last resort I thought I'd ever exercise
Now, all that I have to stand on
Grieving from a different point of view
I learned it's meaning from you
in life and death and continue...

but faith is just a silent tribute;
Mine is just a desperate act
Give him back

I owe him, throw me a line, I'll suspend my disbelief
and concede following your lead faithfully
Led into this concession with hope and doubt
A seemingly futile gesture

Faith is just a silent tribute
Mine is just a desperate act
Holding on
It's just this desperation that takes me home

Lyrics submitted by black_cow_of_death, edited by mcmadbat

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    General CommentThe book is called a prayer for owen meany Tekim. This song and goodbye sky harbour by Jimmy Eat World are both about his REALLY REALLY GOOD BOOK. and both songs REALLY REALLY GOOD SONGS.
    Alien8on June 27, 2003   Link
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    General CommentAlright. This is sad, but somehow, even after more than a hundred comments, some of you don't believe that this story is about a book. But it is. Those are direct quotes.

    Don't say it's "up to interpretation," or that it's just about leaving an airport, or that it's about suicide. It isn't. Read the book. There's no denying this.

    Besides, it's a great book.

    I'm thinking that this is supposed to be from the narrotor's perspective, as he is the one left behind at the end of the novel, and his faith is indeed a tribute to Owen...any thoughts?
    megbapon April 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is the best by lagwagon.....it goes on for liek a minute & half with these mellow guitar sounds.....& jsut kicks into a full on kick ass song, great lyrics, great song, great band....what more can be said?
    jindivikon April 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commentalthough the title is "meaney", this song is about the BOOK by john irving which is called " OWEN MEANY".
    the story tells the tragically relationship of two boys growing up in a small town in the 50´s. owen, a little boy but with very impressive self esteem, is convinced to know the date of his death. the only thing keeping him going his way is his BELIEF. for him everything is destined to happen, nothing happens without a cause and he always knows what will happen. one of the cruelest moments is, when owen kills john´s mother with a baseball. READ THIS BOOK !!! IT`S "OWESOME"
    thanx to lagwagon for doing this song, maybe i´ll write another song about the book, lol.
    tekimon May 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is a really good mellow song, everytime I listen to it, it reminds me of a mate of mine who died of cancer... yeah.
    Cliffyon May 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about "A prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving. Joey managed to translate the suffering personage of the book into a very good song, wich has much emotions in it...
    fanofthewagonon March 16, 2003   Link
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    General Commentwhile someone could take this song at face value, and be like yeah, it's about the book-- maybe it expounds on some of the book's themes you know?.. i know that's pretty close to being about the book, but i think he goes further with it and makes a statement about everyone's individual relationship with faith. you know.. how some people only really decide to go out and seek god after a loss-- and their faith is more of a sign of desperation, in order to try to recapture what it was they lost, than it is actual faith which is supposed to be a relationship with god that is independent of need. i see a lot of this theme throughout the entire song.
    whynotthefatkidon October 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe quotes are from the book but this song is not about the book. I think joey cape is using the books concept and turning it into a song that relates to his own beliefs and personal experiences
    NoControl08on July 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm a huge fan of the band, and more personally of Joey. And so I read the book and I thought it was just perfect. I was going to write a huge explanation on this, but then again... you just need to read the book and see it by yourself.
    I came to the conclusion that there might be a parallelism between Owen and Derrick Plourde... This I think 'cause I know Derrick was a big influence on all his friends, not just Joe. Same thing with Owen... really people, you have to read the book, it makes you remember of your faith if you had forgotten about it as I did.

    * Note: something I read on a webpage dedicated to Derrick, is that he used to be (apart from a great musician and writer) a great carpenter... which is Jesus's trade.
    vicolinaon March 11, 2009   Link

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