I'm not sure why it always goes downhill
Why broken cisterns never could stay filled
I've spent ten years singing gravity away
But the water keeps on falling from the sky

And here tonight while the stars are blacking out
With every hope and dream I've ever had in doubt
I've spent ten years trying to sing these doubts away
But the water keeps on falling from my eyes

And heaven knows, heaven knows
I tried to find a cure for the pain
Oh my Lord! To suffer like you do
It would be a lie to run away

So blood is fire pulsing through our veins
We're either writers or fools behind the reigns
I've spent ten years trying to sing it all way
But the water keeps on falling from my tries

And heaven knows, heaven knows
I tried to find a cure for the pain
Oh my Lord! To suffer like you do
It would be a lie to run away
A lie to run
It would be a lie
It would be a lie to run away

It keeps on falling
It keeps on falling
It keeps on falling
It keeps on falling
Water keeps on falling from my eyes

And heaven knows, heaven knows
I tried to find a cure for the pain
Oh my Lord! To suffer like you do
It would be a lie to run away
It would be a lie to run away
It would be a lie to run away


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    General CommentOh my Lord! To suffer like you do
    It would be a lie to run away

    This means more to me than just my pain doesn't compare to what Jesus went thru. To me it also means that if I were to run away/hide away from my pain it makes what Jesus went thru a lie or not good enough in other terms. What He endured was much more than we ever did, and He didn't run away; He did that for us.
    This song gives me hope, it encourages me. It doesn't make me feel belittled when I understand it with the interpretation I give as if my pain means nothing. Rather, it encourages me to reach out to God to help me endure that pain.

    The rest of the song is so true. We go thru so much, and we can't control a lot of it. We don't understand why God allows pain to occur; we know He's in control and He could change whatever it might be..He could change the bad for good. It encourages me to trust Him that He's good. That all He does is for good...it makes His suffering worth it.

    tallywallyon October 13, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationWe are all “broken cisterns”, each of us carrying our own painful ‘cracks’ from our past – moments that hurt us so much we felt like we were bursting at the seams, and nomatter how much we try ‘refill’ ourselves after the experience, or ‘sing it all away’, those scars will stay with us for the rest of our lives. The memories and emotions revisit us for for as long as we live. Sometimes we hurt so bad that it feels there’s nothing good at all in this world, or at the very least, the bad outweighs the good to the point where it seems that, the act of living is nothing more than suffering itself – “blood is fire” .The buildup of painful experiences and memories can cause us to doubt, question our faith, and consider walking away from God. After all – how can a ‘good’ God be real when the world HE MADE is so broken? How can I believe he exists and loves me when he allows me to suffer like this? We may never fully comprehend why there is suffering and pain and evil in the world, but we do know one thing. Jesus has suffered too. And he continues to suffer. He suffers for you because he loves you. And it would be a ‘lie’ to walk away from Him.
    fisherarton October 04, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a beautiful song.....
    theonethatison December 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song! Beautiful!
    glorfindel87on December 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthow incredible right?
    i come here to try and analyze it with everyone

    kind of self explanitory
    life is often painful and he's been trying to find a way out of it for years. only god truly knows our pain.

    beautiful voice and words
    lacerhuffyon January 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commentit shows how no matter what false bandages we try to makeshift to cover our wounds, they don't hold. You can try with all your might to "sing these doubts away" but all in all "It keeps on falling"
    marahlangeon February 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhy couldnt Switchfoot make music that was good like this?
    james_fetneron April 16, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthaha james I completely agree with you, I dont really like switchfoot, but i love Jon Foreman.

    Its saying that theres no use wallowing in self pity, trying feel better about yourself. the best thing you can do is just put the bad things in lie behind you and move on.

    like it says in the song "ive spent 10 years trying to sing gravity away, but the water keeps on falling from the sky" it means bad things will always happen to you, you just need to learn how to learn from them and move on.

    such a beatutiful song....
    Joshcubaon April 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI heard this song first on Season 4 of Grey's Anatomy - thought it was lovely straight off.

    As people have said, the meaning seems to be about how no one can understand your pain, and nothing and no one can make it better - but God knows how you feel. "It would be a lie to run away" - You can't escape the pain, you just need to deal with it instead.

    "Why broken cisterns never could stay filled" Once something is hurt or damaged it never feels filled or whole again.

    A great song:)
    CElizabethH22on June 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentJon is talking about how he has struggled and has had doubts that trouble him, but he is in a way ashamed for God suffered so much already.

    "Oh my Lord! To suffer like you do
    It would be a lie to run away"

    Those lines peck at my heart ridiculous. He is pretty much saying he knows God had to suffer so much and to give up on God and faith would be lying to himself.
    sungison November 13, 2008   Link

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