Tuesday, March 22, 2011

You Alone


"You Alone"

You alone must stand your ground
You take a life worth nothing and turn it around
You stand alone, yeah that's the deal
You have yourself to count on cause no one really cares

Another rainy New England night
At your wit's end with no hope in sight
You turn on Costello it's welcome to the working week
You're broke and cornered no one to call
On your shoulders the hardship falls
Yet something inside you stirs and you begin to smile

Faced with few options you look to yourself
And begin to decide that


Now the other side of the coin now hits
Optimism runs partner with it
The pendulum swings into your favor now
Cash in pocket you earn your keep
With security you now sleep
Your mandate never quit sustaining you

Got more options hit your stride and continue the fight


You alone...
You alone...
I've seen many people get lost in the fight
You alone...
Seen any others just get pushed right out of sight


There were others who were not as fortunate as us
Taken without warning all over from life to dust

Hey Greg Riley
This song is yours
Never forget you...

Comment:  The Christian in me reads these lyrics and thinks, "Hmm... this is pretty atheistic.  It is like the anti-Psalm 23. 'I have no shepherd.  I have to be my own shepherd.'"  But I think the song highlights something that is true and Biblical.  You ultimately are responsible for you.  Even if you have a Shepherd and depend upon His grace daily, as you should, this doesn't mean that you are an inactive child who crawls through life passively.  This song seems to be about a man who lost his job, and perhaps much more, and somehow managed to rise to the challenge and find his way through it.  But the truth is more comprehensive than that.  Ultimately you can choose to either be a victim or take your life and make it something, regardless of what happens to you.

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