"Shine" as written by Steve Taylor, Steve Taylor and Peter Furler....
Dull as dirt,
You can't assert
The kinda light that might persuade
A strict dictator to retire
Fire the army,
Teach the poor origami.
The truth is in,
The proof is when you hear your heart start asking
What's my motivation?
And try as you may
There is no way
To explain the kinda change
That'd make an Eskimo renounce fur
That'd make a vegetarian barbecue hamster
Unless you can trace this about-face to a certain Sign

Make 'em wonder whatcha got.
Make 'em wish that they were not
On the outside looking bored.
Let it shine before all men.
Let em see good works and then
Let em glorify the Lord.

Out of the shaker and onto the plate,
It isn't karma it sure ain't fate
That would make a deadhead sell his van
That would make a schizophrenic turn in his crayons
Oprah freaks
And science geeks
A rationale that shall excuse this strange behavior
When you let it Shine
You will inspire the kind of entire turnaround
That would make a bouncer take ballet
Even bouncers who are unhappy
But out of the glare
With nowhere to turn
You ain't gonna learn it on "What's my line?"

Make 'em wonder whatcha got.
Make 'em wish that they were not
On the outside looking bored.
Let it shine before all men.
Let em see good works and then
Let em glorify the Lord.


Lyrics submitted by urbabikaty

"Shine" as written by Mikal Blue Michael Blue

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentI love this song, the lyrics are pure brilliance, and the message is clear. I miss Fuhler...
    TobyHawkboyson August 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE this song. It's so inspiring.

    "Shine, make 'em wonder what you've got" tells Christians to "shine" and make other people "wonder what you've got".
    Kiwiddon June 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love it too!We play it in Sunday school all the time,well this one girl anyway,but this guy is always messing around trying to turn it off.Joey is a little hyper sometimes.More than I love this song,more than I love anything,even,is God!
    buffyfreak13on June 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHey! Newsboys fans:

    Im a new fan myself. I got Shine the Hits for my B-day, and I want to know which albums you recomend. I also want to know who else you like (both christian and non-christian) Thanks!
    kmm630on July 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentas for my thoughts on the song, i think this song is so inspireing! it encourages people to put themselves out there and show the world what a life in Christ could be like.
    kmm630on August 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is my ultimate happy song
    LiveOnCokeon April 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI luv this song & this band! ... gotta love their style & their message! This is such a feel good song, I never get sick of it!
    miss la de daon October 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song got me into the Newsboys. I fully agree with LiveOnCoke -- this is the ultimate happy song.
    KattHikarioftheTurkson November 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI also agree that this is a happy song, and not only that but but like kmm said it's about being so contageously passionate about God that His light shines through you.
    D-Shizniton January 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is quite excellent and I enjoy the daylights out of it. But... I have to say something that I have prayed about and thus far have been unanswered. A personal conflict falling on deaf ears.

    It can be seen in this songs as well as virtually every Christian song out there. Simplicity. I do not wish to attack or be attacked in this belief that I hold. I simply find that Christian songs these days, and sermons, Bible studies and the likes, preach only a basic understanding of anything spiritual. They seem to be catering to what people want to hear and not a truth.

    I am at a crisis of faith here because I see what everyone tells me about the nature of God and I am bored. I am dying here, drowning in doubt because it appears to simple. I can see my entire spiritual being and lifespan laid out and there is no challenge. This song and the church in general is to optimistic.

    Maybe these rantings are naive, but I wish I would be told so. I feel lost like the kid who stands in the classroom watching the needless recitation of a pledge he cannot justify. Perhaps I have a calling I have not fullfilled. Is there someone I can talk to?
    DxCxKuhlon January 11, 2005   Link

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