Wake up sixty minutes after my head hits the pillow I can't live like this
And in the shower I am a sailor standing waiting ready for the ship to list

Everything looks burned up I'm too scared to look around
Don't feel like going on but come on make a joyful sound
If you will believe in your heart and confess with your lips
Surely you will be saved one day

Try to think of ways to fix myself but everything ends in a cul-de-sac
The beast broke from the barn while we were sleeping
Face it face it he's not coming back

Don't see what the point is in even trying to fight
Look for the bigger picture when I close my eyes real tight
If you will believe in your heart and confess with your lips
Surely you will be saved one day

Look for the sign of Daniel, consider the clues
Wait as long as I have to for good news

Wake and rise and face the day and try to stop the day from staring back at me
Busy hours for joyful hearts and later maybe head out to the pharmacy

Won't take the medication but it's good to have around
A kind and loving God won't let my small ship run aground
If you will believe in your heart and confess with your lips
Surely you will be saved one day

Lyrics submitted by mdon06, edited by anthonycmontana, iagoed

Romans 10:9 song meanings
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    Song MeaningI just saw the Mountain Goats last night in Chicago. John talked about the meanings of a few songs before they played them, and this was one.

    He talked about how many people have interpreted this as being a very happy song, stemming from the uplifting sound and seemingly optimistic chorus.

    However, he actually described the song as being someone who is more or less at the end of their rope, but maybe has one thing left that is keeping them from complete despair. The song is about someone who is extremely depressed, and just barely holding on.
    cmack482on November 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty confident that the second line is indeed "waiting for the ship to list" -- that is, for the boat to lean precipitously to one side or the other. "Shift list" was going around the net early, but "shift list" makes less sense and doesn't match the sounds of what he sings. I hear a distinct unaccented sound after the "t"; if he sings "shift list," it's more like “shift-a list." But why would he be waiting for a "shift list" (whatever that might be) while showering? On the other hand, when you're showering in a boat, a sudden change in the boat's level can throw you; you want to be alert for a ship listing when you're standing in a slippery space.

    I'm just listening to the demo from "The Life of the World in Flux," though, and he uses a different line in the demo from that recording.

    "And in the shower the little soaps and shampoos seem like ancient bottled ambergris" -- so evidently he was working on that line through the recording process.
    RevAKMAon April 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely adore this song. It reminds me a bit of mewithoutYou — “if there was no way into God/I would never have lain in this grave of a body/for so long”. That last thing (excuse, almost) that you tell yourself/string yourself together with.
    voldermaniaon February 03, 2012   Link
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    General CommentRomans 10:9(NIV) - That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

    also i think that first line is "And in the shower I am a sailor standing waiting ready for the shift list"
    ShaggyRogerson September 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhat I love about the Mountain Goats is how deep the lyrics can be on so many levels. This one is a good example. I can easily see how this is a pretty dark song about someone at the end of their rope. But its funny to me that if this song were applied to another person's experiences it could be construed as a legit worship tune...
    Mikey83on January 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe chorus of this song IS the title Bible verse. This is the only song on Life of the World to Come where the whole title appears in the lyrics. There are a couple songs where PART of the title verse appears in the lyrics: Isaiah 45:23 ("Let every knee be bent, let every tongue confess") and Psalms 40:2 ("He has raised me from the pit and set me high").
    cbinghamon January 26, 2018   Link

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