I have been scarred so deep by life and cold despair,
and brittle bones were broken far beyond repair.

I have leveled lies so deep
the truth may never find.
And inside my faithless heart I stole things never mine.

If mercy falls upon the broken and the poor,
Dear Father, I will see you, there on distant shores.

I have toiled for countless years and ever felt the cost,
and I've been burned by this world's cold, like leaves beneath the frost.

On my knees I've crawled to You,
bleeding myself dry.
But the price of life is more, than I could ever buy.

And off of the blocks,
I was headstrong and proud,
at the front of the line
for the card-carrying, highbrowed.
With both eyes fastened tight,
yet unscarred from the fight.
Running at full tilt,
my sword pulled from its hilt.
It's funny how these things can slip away,
our frail deeds,
the last will wave good-bye.
It's funny how the hope will bleed away,
the citadels we build and fortify.

Night came and I broke my stride,
I swallowed hard, but never cried.
When grace was easy to forget,
I'd denounce the hypocrites,
casting first stones,
killing my own.
You would unscale my blind eyes,
and I stood battered, but more wise,
fighting to accelerate,
shaking free from crippling weight.
With resilience unsurpassed,
I clawed my way to You at last.
And on my knees,
I wept at Your feet,
I finally believed, that You still loved me.

Healing hands of God,
have mercy on our unclean souls
once again.
Jesus Christ,
Light of the World, burning bright
within our hearts forever.
Freedom means love without condition,
without beginning or an end.
Here's my heart, let it be forever Yours,
only You can make every new day seem so new.

Lyrics submitted by dceffex

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    General CommentThis song is absolutely amazing ...

    You don't believe in religions? Interesting ... I believe in relationships, personally. I'm not interested in philosophical notions or distant, abstract deities, so thank God for Yeshua--for his love! But believe what you like, friend!

    My guitar teacher, who used to be in this band, told me that the end of this song was written for a completely different song they never finished ... they just slapped in on 'cause it worked ... I laughed, because, well, IS THIS NOT AMAZING?!
    Job_the_Jubilanton May 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyet NONE of you speak of what the song could be about....
    deadb0lton November 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI first listened to this album on a long car ride alone knowing nothing about the songs, like not reading the lyrics or anything. Only knowing it was the final album. And when Every New Day kicked in totally catching me off guard, a chill went right through my body. I nearly had to pull the car over. An amazing way to end a band.
    ShesMyAlcatrazon December 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't believe in religions, I had gotten a few of their albums when I did somewhat. But this song came on my iPod the other night while trying to sleep and it got stuck in my head, it's really catchy and was a nice way to end the album.
    its__dyNOmiteon May 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentjust throwing this out there, but when I first heard the song, I got an idea that "distant shores" was a biblical allusion to when Simon Peter, in the fishing boat, saw Jesus on the shore after he became resurrected.
    telegenecasteron October 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti just listened to their final cd again ..the first time in a long time and this song and every new day made me break down in tears...
    i just realized what i've been needing so ..desperately..
    pirate176on April 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of those songs when I'm feeling like a worthless piece of crap, I just lift my eyes up and sing it out loud to God. This is one of the songs my friend wants me to play at his funeral =]
    mitsukai_zeroon April 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGood stuff...
    JMilon April 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing. The whole thing is really powerful and then it wraps up with the end of Every New Day. Its one of my favorite FIF songs.
    Isaiah4O31on May 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentGreatest song ever.
    ChristDudeFIFon June 11, 2004   Link

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