"Copper Wish" as written by and Frank Loesser....
We drain the water with the babes
To drown the grief we drown the gain
We drain the water with the babes
To flee the scene of our mistakes

Sing the sorrow, we lament
Cast wishes like copper pence into
Ancient fountains of regret
Wishing that we could take it back

But just wait for me
I come not to erase but be
Wait for me
The purpose from the pain

We drain the water with the babes
To drown the grief we drown the gain
We drain the water with the babes
To flee the scene of our mistakes

What if you could take it back?
What if we had never met and we
Annihilate our brokenness?
Would we lose our greatest gift?

But just wait for me
I come not to erase but be
Wait for me
The purpose from the pain

We drain the water with the babes
To drown the grief we drown the gain
We drain the water with the babes
To flee the scene of our mistakes

We won't drain the water with the babes
In this grief we find the greatest gain
We won't drain the water with the babes
You were made the purpose from the pain


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    My InterpretationI believe this song is lamenting physician assisted suicide or perhaps just suicide in general, as a way of dealing with the problem of pain and suffering in the world.

    Throwing out the baby with the bathwater is an old term referring to accidentally getting rid of what you like in the process of getting rid of what you don't like. In the context of this song, the "water" is the pain in suffering and the "babe" is the redemption in suffering. In an attempt to relieve all pain in suffering, we have succumbed to allowing assisted suicide, but in the process, have we lost the meaning and redemption in suffering?

    Besides flipping the phrase "baby with the bathwater" backwards because it rhymes better, I think they did it also because as it turns out, the thing we want to get rid of--the suffering--ends up being the thing that should be treasured. The bathwater is actually the baby.

    The refrain "But just wait for me I come not to erase but be Wait for me The purpose from the pain" is a plead from Jesus. He didn't come to erase pain. But he suffered and died on the cross (God himself suffered and died!) so while he didn't give us an explanation for pain, he entered into it alongside us and he promises to turn the suffering into good.

    "What if we had never met and we
    Annihilate our brokenness?
    Would we lose our greatest gift?"

    What if the person suffering had never heard about Jesus and in despair ended his life to end the suffering? Could suffering actually be a gift? After all, we are called to take up our cross and follow him.
    Deep stuff.
    livelikeiton April 11, 2019   Link

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