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So Close, Yet So Far

October 2, 2010

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I’m a total music junkie. I love finding new bands (not necessarily new to the world, but new to me) and digging into their lyrics and seeing what they have to say. My latest band is Mumford and Sons. They are currently one of the “You Oughta Know” artists for VH1. And man, these guys are taking the world by storm. I was watching TV Thursday night with my roommate and their songs popped up 3 times in 3 different places that night. Their album has been living in my car stereo for a few weeks now and I don’t see them leaving any time soon.

Anyway, I’m pretty sure that they are not a Christian band (considering the f-bomb is dropped at least 5 times in one song). However, some of their song lyrics come so close to the idea of Christianity, it makes me wonder. One song in-particular has me convinced that these guys are just looking for God, but is still hesitant to the idea. Here are the lyrics to “Roll Away Your Stone”:

Roll away your stone I will roll away mine
Together we can see what we will find
Don’t leave me alone at this time
For I am afraid of what I will discover inside

You told me that I wouldn’t find a home
Beneath the fragile substance of my soul
And I have filled this void with things unreal
And all the while my character it steals

Darkness is a harsh term don’t you think
Yet it dominates the things I see

It seems that all my bridges have been burned
But you say ‘That’s exactly how this grace thing works’
It’s not the long walk home that will change this heart
But the welcome I receive with every start

Darkness is a harsh term don’t you think
And yet it dominates the things I see (x2)

Stars hide your fires
For these here are my desires
And I won’t give them up to you this time around
And so I will be found
With my stake stuck in the ground
Marking the territory of this newly impassioned soul (x2)

And you, you’ve gone too far this time
You have neither reason nor rhyme
With which to take this soul that is so rightfully mine

Even reading these lyrics again just makes my heart break for them…. I feel like so many people can relate to this song. I know that there have been points in my life that this song would have been able to describe what I felt exactly. I absolutely love the bolded verse.

How does these words hit you? Does this describe your past? Or where you are now? Do you feel God calling out to you and you’re still trying to hold onto your life and fill it with your own things? Is it worth the fight?

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