"Sanctify Yourself" as written by James Kerr, Michael Joseph Macneil and Charles Burchill....
Is this the age of the thunder and rage
Can you feel the ground move 'round your feet?
If you take one step closer, it'll lead to another
The crossroad above is where we meet
I shout out for shelter, I need you for something
The whole world's out, they're all on the street

Control yourself, love is all you need
Control yourself, in your eyes
Sanctify yourself, sanctify (sanctify)
Be a part of me, sanctify (sanctify)
Sanctify yourself, sanctify (sanctify)
Sanctify yourself, set yourself free

In pictures of living, in bloodshot a vision
Sweet miracles and strange circumstances
I see the sun up, the showdown, the cool winds that blow down
On the big beat that lifelong romance is
You've got a gun in your hand, you're making self-plans
Stay with me all through the night
Control yourself, love is all you need

Control yourself, open up your heart
Sanctify yourself, sanctify (sanctify)
Be a part of me, sanctify (sanctify)
Sanctify yourself, sanctify (sanctify)
Sanctify yourself, set yourself free

You can't stop the world for a boy or a girl
Sweet victims of poor circumstances
But you can pour back the love, sweeping down from above
Giving hope and making more chances
Well, I hope and I pray that maybe someday
You'll come back down here and show me the way

Control yourself, love is all you need
Control yourself, open up your heart
Sanctify yourself, sanctify (sanctify)
Sanctify yourself, sanctify (sanctify)
Sanctify yourself, sanctify (sanctify)
Sanctify yourself, set yourself free (sanctify)

(Sanctify)
(Sanctify)
(Sanctify)
(Sanctify)
(Sanctify) sanctify yourself, sanctify
(Sanctify) oh, sanctify yourself
(Sanctify)
(Sanctify)
(Sanctify) sanctify yourself


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"Sanctify Yourself" as written by James Kerr Charles Burchill

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    General CommentThis is the best Simple Minds song! It rocks!
    Susan_The_BassPlayeon November 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSM may not be "Christian" (practicing)per se. But there is no DOUBT about what this song means. I know the "modern" world doesn't need God the Father,Jesus the Son or the Holy Spirit,but I DO. God bless...
    panamaniakon January 05, 2010   Link
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    General Comment@Susan: This is my favorite of their songs, too.
    @panamaniak: OK, smartypants, what's the "obvious" meaning? Are they simply saying that everyone should have some kind of faith?
    SimpleMindon May 31, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's one of my favourite Simple Minds songs also. I recently discovered a bag. Inside the bag was a glittering prize. Well, 2 actually. The first was the "Live In The City Of Light" album. The other was the "Once Upon A Time" album.

    I hadn't played the latter since i was a schoolboy. Listening to it, was like being back at school for a brief second or two. My adult life still ahead of me. Expectancy of a good life.

    For that brief moment, everything was good.

    I had forgotten how wonderful these songs are.

    I didn't realise they were so into Christianity though. I expect they all met each other at the church bring and buy sale.

    I always assumed that the songs message was love yourself and others and you and everyone will be ok.


    JLoDaMofoon February 02, 2018   Link

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