At the start of the conversation
I didn't have too much to say
I was needing some inspiration
And you just got in my way
I took a shot at an easy target
You were too stunned to say anything
You were the unsuspecting martyr
You were not the most dangerous game

Bring my courage back now
Bring it back to me
I'm tired of being afraid of what I can't change
I want to be living free

Well it could be that I was mistaken
Or maybe I deceived myself
But it's hard to understand somebody
Doesn't want to understand himself
There's an ocean of unlatched windows
And a world of unlocked homes
The only reason anybody can still feel safe
Is most people still knock on the door

Bring my courage back now
Would you bring it back to me
I'm tired of being afraid of what I can't change
I want to be living free
I don't want to be a prisoner
Bound in these chains
Don't want to be a prisoner
I want to be free again

And though we all return to dust
There's a lot of us in a terrible rush

Some take the road to Damascus
Some take the road to Hell
I'll take Highway One to the evergreens
And everything will turn out well

Bring my courage back now
Would you bring it back to me
I'm tired of being afraid of what I can't change
I want to be living free
I don't want to be a prisoner
Bound in these chains
Slave to my fear
I want to be free again
I want to be free again


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Courage Lyrics as written by Glen Phillips

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    I just heard this on SCRUBS tonight.

    Wait a great song!

    "But it’s hard to understand somebody Doesn’t want to understand himself"

    This is so true. It reminds me of how people tell you that you need to be able to love yourself before you can truly love others.

    How is someone supposed to understand you if you don't even understand yourself?

    Er1non March 16, 2007   Link
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    what*

    Er1non March 16, 2007   Link
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    Song Meaning

    What i find interesting about this song is:

    "Some take the road to Damascus Some take the road to Hell I'll take Highway One to the evergreens And everything will turn out well"

    We clearly take away that that the road to Damascus is the road to salvation. As some might or might not know the road to Damascus is where Paul (acutally Saul who was afterward re-named Paul) was converted from being a persecutor of Christians to a disciple of Christianity and thus he was saved on the road to Damascus.

    In a song called "fly to heaven" by toad the wet sprocket (also written or co written by Glen fillips), he writes from James (Jesus' brother) perspective about Paul's motives and how he (without ever meeting Jesus in person) took what Jesus said and twisted it and made Christianity what we know today (most would probably disagree with this notion since most of what Paul says is congruent with Jesus' teachings). None the less, Glen would appear to be questioning Paul's motives as he built the early church, logically Glen must not really believe salvation happened "on the road to Damascus". and then what does this short verse really mean? Of course he's probably just using the saying as everyone knows it (even though he might not believe it), but hey its still interesting to think about.

    If you haven't heard "fly from heaven" i highly recommend it. Its very well written and thought provoking and even just sounds good if you don't listen to the lyrics.

    reytimon June 09, 2009   Link
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    If you do people wrong you have to turn around and make it right ….the end…. especially your own flesh and blood… I will never be with a man that has walked away from his own what does that say about him? If he is suffering and he has no courage it is because he has put suffrage upon someone else Who didn’t deserve it and he has to make it right You don’t walk away

    Stephaniejoneson June 28, 2022   Link

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