For days and weeks I made the parting call.
I cupped my hands, my mouth in "O."
I shouted saying,
"Brothers, hold my fading arms in the air, I am weak!"
They just faded there,
my voice was gone.

Who will rescue me from this body, not the arms, the fingers still? yes,
they feel what they touch as well,
cut the cords.
Let the ancient Adam go.
I've been dancing with this corpse for nineteen years.

And when I said,
"Who will shave my head, and on the might, reveal me in my skin?"
All the secrets of fitness:
all the fitness He requires is to feel your need for Him.

In my room, in my room,
in this gospel I have made, salvation is a broken cistern in a handmade frame.
I cut the sheets into a flag,
paint it red,
self-pity hangs over the doorway in. From seven times seventy scraping knees,
blood lets, deficiencies,
these are the layers of bandages, protection from the sting.
In this great lacking,
I've found a way.

And when I said,
"Who will shave my head, and on that might reveal me in my skin?" All the secrets of fitness:
all the fitness He requires is to feel your need for Him.

Who will rescue me from this body, not the arms, the fingers still? yes,
they feel what they touch as well,
cut the cords.
Let the ancient Adam go.
I've been dancing with this corpse for nineteen years.


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    No comments?! What kind of world is this? A non-anathallo-dontkidyourselfyouneedaphysician-leaving-a-comment world.

    This was the first song I heard by them.

    Loved it. Still do.

    ourpalaceofsnowon October 29, 2005   Link
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    LOVE IT!!!

    bitingsnowon December 07, 2005   Link
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    oh my goodness. you need to see anathallo live. they played this song and it was phenomenal. they were amaaazing live.

    whenshesmileson March 28, 2006   Link
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    This song is one of the most beautiful songs. It describes our feeble attempts at salvation and how somehow even with all our misunderstandings, God makes a way. That way is a faith in his grace, both justifying and sanctifying. That my friends is the secret to fitness.

    Narsilsedgeon June 30, 2006   Link
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    Yes, they played this at a show I went to as well. I didn't even know OF them before the show and went for another group, but Anathallo stole the show in my eyes. A lot of their songs calm and clarify my thoughts. It's deep.

    kiranon October 19, 2006   Link
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    Im not a religious person myself.. sort of anti-religon, actually.. and this song still touches me. One of my absolute favorites from Anathallo.

    EndSerenading-on April 25, 2007   Link
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    I deffinantly agree with Narsilsedge, amazing song from a band that's not even a straight up Christian band. I still need to see them live sometime. :|

    rewindingmatton May 06, 2007   Link
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    one of the funnest concerts i've ever been to. if you guys hav'nt seen em live yet, get on it.

    you wont be disapointed.

    and yea, probly one of my favorite songs of their's.

    ljdespainon October 16, 2008   Link
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    they use a quote from the hymn "Come, You Sinners, Poor and Needy":

    Let not conscience make you linger, nor of fitness fondly dream; all that he requires as fitness is to know your need of him.

    ryancwolfeon February 22, 2010   Link
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    For days and weeks I made the parting call. I cupped my hands, my mouth an "O" I shouted saying, "Brothers, hold my fading arms in the air, I am weak!" They just faded there.

    Who will rescue me from this body, not the arms, the fingers still? yes, they feel what they touch as well, cut the cords. Let the ancient Adam go. I've been dancing with this corpse for nineteen years. (x3 etc.)

    And when I said, "Who will shave my head, and on the might, reveal me in my skin?" All the secrets of fitness: all the fitness He requires is to feel your need for Him.

    In my room, in my room, in this gospel I have made Salvation is a broken cistern in a handmade frame.

    I cut the sheets into a flag, paint it red, self-pity hangs over the doorway in. (x2)

    From seven times seventy scraping knees, blood lets, deficiencies, these are the layers of bandages, protection from the sting. In this great lacking, I've found a way.

    And when I said, "Who will shave my head, and on that might, reveal me in my skin?" All the secrets of fitness: all the fitness He requires is to feel your need for Him.

    Who will rescue me from this body, not the arms, the fingers still? yes, they feel what they touch as well, cut the cords. Let the ancient Adam go. I've been dancing with this corpse for nineteen years.

    rocknrollgirl47on May 26, 2010   Link

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