Sunshine, won't you be my mother?
Sunshine, come and help me sing
My heart is darker than these oceans
My heart is frozen underneath

We Are
Crooked souls trying to stay up straight
Dry eyes in the pouring rain while
The shadow proves the sunshine
The shadow proves the sunshine
Two scared little runaways
Hold fast till the break of daylight when
The shadow proves the sunshine
The shadow proves the sunshine

Oh Lord, why did you forsake me?
Oh Lord, don't be far away (away)
Storm clouds gathering beside me
Please Lord, don't look the other way

I am a
Crooked soul trying to stay up straight
Dry eyes in the pouring rain where
The shadow proves the sunshine
The shadow proves the sunshine
Too scared little runaways
Hold fast till the break of daylight when
The shadow proves the sunshine
The shadow proves the sunshine

Yeah, yeah, shine on me
Yeah, yeah, shine on me
Yeah, yeah, shine on me
Yeah, yeah (shine on me)

(Oh, oh, oh, yea)

We're
Crooked souls trying to stay up straight
Dry eyes in the pouring rain where
The shadow proves the sunshine
The shadow proves the sunshine
Too scared little runaways
Hold fast till the break of daylight when
The shadow proves the sunshine
The shadow proves the sunshine

Yeah, yeah (the shadow proves the sunshine)
Shine on me (the shadow proves the sunshine)
Yeah, yeah (the shadow proves the sunshine)
Shine on me (the shadow proves the sunshine)
Yeah, yeah (the shadow proves the sunshine)
Shine on me (the shadow proves the sunshine)
Shine on me (the shadow proves the sunshine)
Let my shadows prove the sunshine (the shadow proves the sunshine)


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The Shadow Proves The Sunshine song meanings
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    General CommentIn my personal opinion, this song is about God, and how you can always tell He(the sunshine) is there by the suffering(shadow) He helps you through. And even though sometimes that shadow makes it feel like He is gone forever, it always passes.
    likethecometon September 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think the line, 'The shadow proves the sunshine,' means that even in dark times, positive things are happening in the world. It's like a metaphor. You can't have a shadow without the sunshine.
    suchaheroon February 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI really like the above comment, well said ; )
    I had a friend who was upset that the song says 'O Lord, Why did you forsake me?' but its a way we all feel...i mean it says that how many times in psalms? I've felt that way so many times, but the truth is that God has always been there and it awesome. Thats what this song is saying
    AiR7oNon October 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think the saying "the shadow proves the sunshine" is more a comment on how if we didn't have pain and sorrow sometimes, how would we ever know love and how good it is? without any comparison, you'd never appreciate it.
    infanitygirlon October 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with infanitygirl
    "The shadow proves the sunshine" i love that one
    remember it in hard times, there's shadow, but also sunshine (good times)
    *LIVEFORHIM*on October 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentActually this song was written after the band went to Africa, and after seeing everything that was wrong there, there was still so much spirit and happiness. So it's a reflection on America, in light of their experience there, I believe.
    youreyeson November 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI can relate incredibly well with the words in this song. I believe the song is telling of someone (maybe the singer/writer) who is discontent with life and where he/she is going.

    "My heart is darker than these oceans
    My heart is frozen underneath"

    Those lines show that this person realises that they have done wrong things, and that their heart is full of worldy things.

    "I am a, Crooked soul trying to stay up straight"

    The above line tells of how he/she is trying to sort out their problems and desperatly wants God to help them, but cannot seem to get his help. They feel like they have tried so many things, but nothing is working, they just can't seem to connect with God so he can help them get their life back on track. This part of the song:

    "O, Lord, why did you forsake me?
    O, Lord, don't be far away (away)
    Storm clouds gathering beside me
    Please Lord, don't look the other way"

    Tells of how they can see more problems on the horizon, and how they hope that God will come and help them. They are wondering why God has forsaken them and are wondering wether or not God really is real. But then they realise that "The shadow proves the sunshine" that is, there must be a God because of the way the feel when they seek him.

    I think that the person finally does connect with God, shown by the lines on the bridge:

    "Yeah, yeah!
    Shine on me

    Oh! Oh!"

    They finally connect with God and it feels amazing. They are celebrating their relationship with God. The last line of the song, I believe, is telling how they want their experience to help others. They want others to know, that even though it seems like God isnt real and they feel like crap, he is, because "The Shadow Proves The Sunshine"

    A very powerful song, describes how I feel so well. One of my favourite songs.
    mundyon November 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTo AiR7oN. About your friend who was upset with 'Oh Lord why did you forsake me?'. Next time remind them of Jesus' words on the cross, 'Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?', 'My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?' Of the son of God felt like that, it is no wonder we sometimes feel like that.
    shirvson December 03, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"this song is about God, and how you can always tell He(the sunshine) is there by the suffering(shadow)"
    I agree completely likethecomet!

    I also think that "we are crooked souls trying to stay up straight" refers to how as christians we are always trying to please God but we often fall short and fall back into sin. Its ok to fall short because we are forgiven by through the grace of God, there is a bible verse I could quote thats just like that but right now i cant remember what book its in, its something like "for all have sinned and fallen short, but are forgiven in through the grace of God"
    I always wondered about "dry eyes in the pouring rain" but now i think it might mean that we are in a hard situation (pouring rain) but we know that God will get us through (so we have dry eyes)? Maybe, maybe not :)
    clairpatraon December 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI always thought the 'dry eyes in the pouring rain' was simply carrying on from the 'trying to stay up straight', they just didn't add another 'trying' in. In other words they're basically saying, "We are crooked souls trying to stay up straight, trying to dry eyes in the pouring rain." That's just how I understood it, I could just as well be wrong.
    shirvson December 29, 2005   Link

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