We rode into town the other day
Just me and my Daddy
He said I'd finally reached that age
And I could ride next to him on a horse
That of course was not quite as wide

We heard a crowd of people shouting
And so we stopped to find out why
And there was that man
That my dad said he loved
But today there was fear in his eyes

So I said "Daddy, why are they screaming?
Why are the faces of some of them beaming?
Why is He dressed in that bright purple robe?
I'll bet that crown hurts Him more than He shows
Daddy, please can't you do something?
He looks as though He's gonna cry
you said he was stronger than all of those guys
Daddy, please tell me why
Why does everyone want him to die?"

Later that day the sky grew cloudy
And Daddy said I should go inside
Somehow he knew things would get stormy
Boy was he right
But I could not keep from wondering
If there was something he had to hide

So after he left I had to find out
I was not afraid of getting lost
So I followed the crowds
To a hill where I knew men had been killed
And I heard a voice come from the cross

And it said, "Father, why are they screaming?
Why are the faces of some of them beaming?
Why are they casting their lots for My robe?
This crown of thorns hurts Me more than it shows
Father, please can't You do something?
I know that You must hear My cry
I thought I could handle the cross of this size
Father, remind Me why
Why does everyone want Me to die?
When will I understand why?"

"My precious Son, I hear them screaming
I'm watching the face of the enemy beaming
But soon I will clothe You in robes of My own
Jesus, this hurts Me much more than You know
But this dark hour I must do nothing
Though I've heard Your unbearable cry
The power in Your blood destroys all of the lies
Soon You'll see past their unmerciful eyes
Look there below, see the child
Trembling by her father's side
Now I can tell You why
She is why You must die"

Lyrics submitted by LilyBear

"Why [Live; Bonus Track]" as written by Kara Dioguardi Alex Deleon

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    General CommentThis is an amazing song and it honestly gives me chills every single time I've listened to it. It's really self-explanatory what it's about.
    Treefroggiefreakon February 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI really like how it changes point-of-view throughout the song. First the young girl's point of view, then the Son, then the Father. I think it's a really interesting, well-written song. It's beautiful and has amazing imagery. Also, Nichole Nordeman has a really nice voice.
    LilyBearon February 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdoes anyone know who's singing in this version of the song?


    i know it's not Nichole, but i can't tell who it is.
    jolietjakemcflyon October 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song was actually one of the first she wrote. She entered a song writing contest with this song and won.
    jamieanne92on January 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is the best song ever. I am going to try singing it for my senior solo in choir, but I'll never be that good.
    sunshinekowon May 18, 2011   Link

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