"Center Aisle" as written by and Derek W. Webb....
Thank God I'm back in my car
And driving home
And driving home
'Cause the air was thin and so cold
Back in there

It was my first time
Won't be my last time
And the questions rise
Expectations fall
In light of it all

There aren't words to say
Words aren't remembered
But presence is
A good friend once told me
and he was there
He was there
But she wasn't there
It's not fair
It's not fair

Chorus:

What crimes have you committed
Demanding such a penance
That couldn't wait for five more minutes
And a cry for help
'Cause this room is so peaceful
And this room is so quiet
And I hate the silence
And I can't walk the center aisle

I've been here for over three hours
Behind the flowers
So beautiful and young
And so alive
And so in need of someone
Someone to talk to them
'Cause theirs are fragile lives

Repeat Chorus

And I think about my brother
And how I just stood there
With my hands in my pockets
And my heart in my throat

Thank God I'm back in my car
And driving home
And driving home
But in that place I leave
All my days of taking life for granted
And the words I wrote for her
And my best friend crying
And a young girl lying
On all our hearts

Repeat Chorus


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    General Commenti heard this when i went on an SU camp a coule of years ago, everyone else cried but i didn't, it makes me cry now though, coz i was almost like that girl, and i think it tells people alot, its helped me (*^_^*)
    Flickon May 15, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti totally love this song. it is just so...perfect.
    mikes_konstantineon May 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI heard this song for the first time tonight at my Friends house...he played it on his quitar for me and my bestfriend. it brought tears to my eyes while he was playing it because of the meaning. Its about the singers best friends daughter died and his best friend asked him to play at his daughters funeral because it was her favortie thing to go...listen to him play his guitar and sing. He played at her funeral and on the car ride home he wrote this song. whenever i hear it it makes me cry...and i cant help him.
    P.s. ~ I HOPE HE DUMPS HER SORRY ASS AND GOES OUT WITH YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Dinzon June 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing. It makes me cry, but it is sooo good. Caedmon's Call is just amazing, and this song really makes you put things into perspective.
    MaggieMae03on September 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song has always spoken to me. I think it relates to suicide. His friends sister committed suicide and now they are all at the funeral. About a year and half ago we got a call saying that my dad had committed suicide. Its funny but one of my friends played this song to me after the funeral and i could relate to it so well.
    "What crimes have you committed, demanding such a pennance that couldnt wait for 5 more minutes.." To me that means what did these people think that they have done in their lifes to deserve to die? To not want to life anymore or to not even feel worthy to do so. Why couldnt they have just told someone how they felt and why didnt they do that? It also talks about how we truely all do take life for granted until something like this happens. I could have never realized how important my father was to me or how much i wish i could just call and talk to him today. "And i hate the silence..." How we hate the voice that we can longer hear.
    catherinemacon October 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhat the songs means to the write:
    "in november of '95, the sister of a friend of mine from high school
    committed suicide. having never been to a funeral, i was very
    apprehensive, especially since i had been asked to play a song during the service. seeing her in that room along with all of those people who loved and cared about her really made me think. i mainly wondered if whatever it was that had driven her to that point could have been worked out in that quiet room with that group of people. i suppose questions just lead to more questions. i wrote this song on the way back home in the car."
    orangemilyon January 20, 2006   Link
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    General Comment@orangemily: yes, right in liner notes, so no mystery ... very powerful, evocative song, Derek Webb is an amazing songwriter
    mrmikeobon November 07, 2011   Link

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