I knew this girl when I was young
She took her spikes from everyone
One night she swallowed up the lake
That's how you sing amazing grace

Amazing grace
Amazing grace

It sounds like razors in my ears
That bell's been ringing now for years
Someday I'll give it all away
That's how you sing amazing grace

Amazing grace
Amazing grace

Oh, can you hear that sweet sweet sound
Yeah, I was lost but now I'm found
Sometimes there's nothing left to save
That's how you sing amazing grace

Amazing grace
Amazing grace

That's how you sing amazing grace

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(That's How You Sing) Amazing Grace Lyrics as written by Mimi J. Parker Zachary Micheletti

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    General CommentIn regards to the second verse: I think that it might be a reference to a few of the original lyrics from Amazing Grace: "Amazing grace / how sweet the sound / that saved a wretch like me". In this case, that "sweet sound" of grace is "like razors" in the listener's ears. He hears the sounds of redemption, but because he is so wedded to his vice, the thought of being redeemed is painful to him.
    xaratheruson April 04, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthauntingly beautiful. it personally reminds me of a few friends and the futile pursuit of happiness through drugs...
    meghan1123on January 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentamen
    CourtingBlueson October 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song makes a mess of me but i could listen to it all day. its meaning is probably as the other posters have said, but i can't help but be reminded of my friend who committed suicide a few months ago.
    politicson May 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh god, it's so trite to have a beautiful somg about heroin, but Alan does it so well, it's not trite at all anymore.

    this song destroys me.
    noondayon October 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI made a fanvid out of this song about Jack Harkness from 'Doctor Who', about his painful past and the fact that he can't die, about the fact that something he wants to.
    I had to listen to this song over 96 times to complete the vid, I still love it and listen to it every chance I get. Now *that* is saying something.
    Gorgeous song.
    Bloodannaon April 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song comes from the deepest, darkest place. It's a minimal universe, ever expanding. The hymn Amazing Grace is about salvation and the song lifts several lines directly from it, but the song adds more depth to the meaning of the term.

    "Amazing grace" here is the achievement of a transcendence from normal Earthy experience to something profoundly beautiful. In the first verse the girl achieves this by having the high of all highs (always thought it was "Swallowed up the land..."). The spike reference in the first verses obviously relates to heroin, but I think the subject of the song goes beyond that.

    The second verse is much harder to interpret. It seems to be about someone who has been suffering from tinnitus for years; perhaps when the time comes when the incessant ringing finally stops is when the transcendence will take place. The "give it all away" line suggests that this may be attained by suicide.

    The last verse quotes from the hymn and to me seems to describe the actual "Amazing grace" being experienced, whatever led to it. It seems to be a shareable experience ("Can you hear..."?), perhaps falling in love (some say that falling in love with someone is like returning "home" - I was lost but now I'm found). I always heard it as "Sometimes there's nothing left to say" which to me relates simply to the comfortable silence enjoyed by lovers.

    Amazing song.
    tony_mon March 31, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits amazing how cold and desolate this sounds, like a dreary wnter night.
    i live in this song
    Hungryforalynchinon December 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst verse: a description of the addiction and suicide/accidental death of a friend
    Second verse: Anger at God, the friend, and the world - the hymn "Amazing Grace" was sung at her funeral was saccharine and provided no comfort
    Third verse: As worthless as he feels, he feels his god's grace and forgiveness
    revaaronon December 16, 2013   Link
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    General CommentSuch an amazing song!! All of their lyrics touch me in some way. Wish they weren't as famous as they are now. I was able to see them twice in Iowa, sitting on the floor the entire show and getting to go up and ask questions afterwards. Just memories I will never forget, just like this song. Alan and Mimi are the kindest musicians I have met in years.
    razorimon August 06, 2017   Link

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