"Life Uncommon" as written by and Jewel Kilcher....
Don't worry mother, it'll be alright
And don't worry sister, say your prayers and sleep right
It'll be fine lover of mine
It'll be just fine

Lend your voices only to sounds of freedom
No longer lend you strength to that which you wish to be free from
Fill your lives with love and bravery
And you shall lead a live uncommon

I've heard you anguish
I've heard you hearts cry out
We are tired, we are weary, but we aren't worn out
Set down you chains, until only faith remains

Set down you chains
And lend your voices only to sounds of freedom
No longer lent your strength to that
Which you wish to be free from

Fill you lives with love and bravery
And we shall lead a life uncommon
There are plenty of people who pray for peace
But if praying were enough it would have come to be

Let your words enslave no one and the heavens will hush themselves
To hear out voices ring out clear
With sounds of freedom
Sounds of freedom

Come on you unbelievers, move out of the way
There is a new army coming and we are armed with faith
To live, we must give
To live

And lend out voices only to sounds of freedom
No longer lend out strength to that which we with to be free from
Fill your lives with love and bravery
And we shall lead...

Lend out voices only to sounds of freedom
No longer lent out strength to that which we with to be free from
Fill you lives with love and bravery
And we shall lead a life uncommon


Lyrics submitted by juice34, edited by brynhild275

"Life Uncommon" as written by Jewel Kilcher

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    My InterpretationAlthough Jewel uses religious terminology here I don't think this is necessarially a religious song. I think this song is about our own individual power to be a force for change. This is an anthem to freedom--freedom in the general esoteric sense not only freedom in a political or religeous sense. It asks us to take responsibility for changing the world--and thereby lead a life uncommon. Stand up for your beliefs and avoid followin along like sheep as is more common.

    "there are plenty of people who pray for peace
    but if praying were enough it would have come to be"

    This is almost anti-religious or at least diesim. God won't bring peace to the world, its us who must stand up and make it so. The "unbelievers" are not simply heathens in the religious sense, but those who don't believe that change and goodness is possible.

    "let your words enslave no one and the heavens will hush themselves
    to hear our voices ring out clear"

    If we use our POSITIVE energy of light, love and justice we will bring this change OURSELVES not from god (heavens will hush themselves) and OUR voices will ring out clear.


    "and lend our voices only to sounds of freedom
    no longer lend our strength to that which we wish to be free from
    fill your lives with love and bravery"

    When I hear this song I think of the struggles of the great forces for change--Martin Luther King, Ghandi, etc. She's saying don't succumb to the negativity and hate that is so easy. Its almost like buddist philosophy--improve the world through self improvement.

    I think this is an AWESOME song. A truely uplifting anthem to each of us to take responsibility for our lives and the human condition. It is one of her best and classic Jewel--the kind of deep folksy and uplifting music that she made on her first 2-3 albums. I yearn for her to recreate that spirit in her new music. I have been pretty depressed at all of the detours she has taken musically. I respect her for the experimentation (I think its healthy to grow) but I think it led to a lot of dead ends.
    troubadour13on August 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song means don't let others surpress your voice even though they have power over you. And don't let others walk over you, you need to take a stance and tell them what goes.
    Then there is that religious side of it .. like the lines "Come on you unbelievers, move out of the way, there is a new army coming and we are armed with faith" I'm not a religious person by anymeans .. but it gives you a sence of a higher power, and that we can over come all obstacles thrown in your path.
    MorbidPuppeton June 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song means don't let others surpress your voice even though they have power over you. And don't let others walk over you, you need to take a stance and tell them what goes.
    Then there is that religious side of it .. like the lines "Come on you unbelievers, move out of the way, there is a new army coming and we are armed with faith" I'm not a religious person by anymeans .. but it gives you a sence of a higher power, and that we can over come all obstacles thrown in your path.
    MorbidPuppeton June 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is SO powerful. and that's all i have to say about that.
    pomegranatesROCKon June 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentJewel has many religious songs, this one including. It appears in many of her songs, like Hands and Innocence Maintained. But her faith seems so pure and simple, that you don't really think of it as religion but as a universal message.
    bartoshekon March 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIf I were the Pope I´d change Saint Peter´s Cathedral for the rights of this song. No religious salm can breath such amount of hope and strenght into a human being.
    Thanks, Jewel.
    Alatristeon June 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBravo! And Thank YOU, Jewell! This is a gift that supports many a good intention.
    Eager2Evolveon February 03, 2012   Link
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    General CommentLots of typos in the lyrics. Should be:

    Don't worry, Mother, it'll be alright
    And don't worry, Sister, say your prayers and sleep tight
    And it'll be fine, Lover of Mine,
    It'll be just fine

    And lend your voices only to sounds of freedom
    No longer lend your strength to that which you wish to be free from
    Fill your lives with love and bravery
    And you shall lead a life uncommon

    I've heard your anguish
    I've heard your hearts cry out
    We are tired, we are weary, but we aren't worn out
    Set down your chains 'til only faith remains
    Set down you chains

    And lend your voices only to sounds of freedom
    No longer lend your strength to that which you wish to be free from
    Fill your lives with love and bravery
    And we shall lead a life uncommon

    There are plenty of people who pray for peace
    But if praying were enough it would have come to be
    Let your words enslave no one and the heavens will hush themselves to hear
    Our voices ring out clear with sounds of freedom
    Sounds of freedom

    Come on you unbelievers, move out of the way
    There is a new army coming and we are armed with faith
    To live, we must give... to live

    And lend our voices only to sounds of freedom
    No longer lend our strength to that which we wish to be free from
    Fill your lives with love and bravery
    And we shall lead...

    And lend our voices only to sounds of freedom!
    No longer lend our strength to that which we wish to be free from
    Fill you lives with love and bravery
    And we shall lead a life uncommon
    brynhild275on July 11, 2013   Link

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