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Learning To Breathe

The Beautiful Letdown
Learning To Breathe
New Way To Be Human
The Legend Of Chin
Album Details
Songlist:
  1. I Dare You To Move
  2. Learning To Breathe
  3. You Already Take Me There
  4. Love Is The Movement
  5. Poparazzi
  6. Innocence Again
  7. Playing For Keeps
  8. The Loser
  9. The Economy Of Mercy
  10. Erosion

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Lyrics:
 
I Dare You To Move
Welcome to the planet
Welcome to existence
Everyone's here
Everyone's watching you now
Everybody waits for you now
What happens next?

(chorus)
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened before
Welcome to the fallout
Welcome to resistance
The tension is here
Between who you are and who you could be
Between how it is and how it should be
(chorus)
Maybe redemption has stories to tell
Maybe forgiveness is right where you fell
Where can you run to escape from yourself?
Where you gonna go?
Where you gonna go?
Salvation is here
 
Learning To Breathe
Hello, good morning, how you do?
What makes Your rising sun so new?
I could use a fresh beginning too
All of my regrets are nothing new
So this is the way that I say I need You
This is the way that I'm
(chorus)
Learning to breathe
I'm learning to crawl
I'm finding that You and You alone
Can break my fall
I'm living again, awake and alive
I'm dying to breathe in these abundant skies
Hello, good morning, how you been?
Yesterday left my head kicked in
I never, never thought that I could hurt this bad
So this is the way that I say I need You
This is the way that I say I love You
This is the way that I say I'm Yours
This is the way, this is the way
 
You Already Take Me There
When all I have is on the floor
Divided, divided
When I'm a world away from peace
Behind Your eyes is where I know
I'll find it, I'll find it
'Cause who You are defines my dreams
(chorus)
You already take me there
Heaven in the here and now
When I'm a broken-hearted man
Complacent and tired
When I've been knocked out of the race
I've been a fool for long enough
To fight it, to fight it
It's in Your arms I find my place
(chorus)
You meet me where I am
Forgive me where I am
Where I love myself in grace
(Where I'm lost and found)
I want to lose myself in grace
Let Your love reign down all over me
Cover me
 
Love Is The Movement
A day in LA
And millions of faces
Are looking for movement
'Cause everything's stuck
And everything's frozen
And everyone's broken
And nobody moves
And everyone's scared
That the motion will never come
This is the incompletion
Stuck in a line
(chorus)
Love is the movement
Love is the revolution
This is redemption
We don't have to slow back down
The stars are alive
They dance to the music
Of the deepest emotion
And all of the world
Is singing in time
As the heavens are caving in
Mysterious ways
Why God gave His life
To put motion inside my soul
It's bigger than cold religion
It's bigger than life
(chorus)
We're starting now
We don't have to slow back down
(chorus)
This is a revolution
Get up, get up
Love is moving you now
 
Poparazzi
This is a tune for the poparazzi
The who's who and the so and so's
This is a tune for the graven images
Of Marilyn Monroe
We saw your face on the magazine
We heard the song on the MP3
(chorus)
You're stuck in my head
Stuck in my head
Stuck in my head
You can close your ears and your eyes but
Pop will never leave you alone
Leave me alone with your social mingle
You try so hard to stay on top
Leave me alone with your little jingle
With your picture perfect pop
We read the article on Seventeen
We saw the video on MTV
(chorus)
This is the tune for the late Nirvana
The teen spirit rock-and-roll
This is a tune for the velvet Elvis's
On the 90210
I thought my eyes were gonna get off clean
'Til I read your lips on the TV screen
You were busy saying what you didn't mean
Now everyone's singing along
With your ridiculous song
You got it stuck
You got it stuck in my head..
 
Innocence Again
Do you remember when
You were way back then
You held the world inside your hands
When you told me love
Was the strongest stuff
Your strength was innocence
But, oh man
The signs of the times are omens
You're starting the day in
No man's land again
(chorus)
Who are you gonna be?
When you're on your knees, who
do you believe?
Fear is a lonely man
You've been given innocence
You've been given innocence again
You should know by now
That the darkest hour
Is when your broken heart goes down
It's a bitter end
When the sweet begins
Grace is sufficiency
But, oh dear, we'll never deserve it
No dear, we never could earn it
Now, here, the choice is yours
(chorus)
Grace is high and low
We'll never be the same
 
Playing For Keeps
Do me a favor
Would you sing this to me slow?
'Cause I'm thinking it's my song
Do me a favor
Would you tell me when to let go?
'Cause I think I'm holding on
Would you do it for me?
'Cause I'm playing for keeps
(chorus)
Tell me tomorrow has come
With open arms
If you say it's time to move on
Then I'll stop holding on
If you say that it's time for moving on
Do me a favor
Would you tell me which way's up?
'Cause I don't know where I fit
Do me a favor
Would you tell me when to stop?
'Cause I don't know how to quit
(chorus)
Do me a favor
'Cause I'm playing for keeps
 
The Loser
Only the losers win
They've got nothing to prove
They'll leave the world with nothing to lose
You can laugh at the weirdos now
Wait til wrongs are right
They'll be the ones with nothing to hide
(chorus)
'Cause I've been thinking, thinking
I've got a plan to lose it all
I've got a contract pending on eternity
If I haven't already given it away
I've got a plan to lose it all
I've been the burnout kid
I've been the idiot
I'll turn the other cheek to be hit
You can take what you want from me
Empty me til I'm depleted
I'll be around if I'm ever needed
(chorus)
I wrote this song for you
To show how I'm selling out
I'll take the benefit of the doubt
 
The Economy Of Mercy
There's just two ways to lose yourself in this life
And neither way is safe
In my dreams I see visions of the future
But today we have today
And where will I find You?
(chorus)
In the economy of mercy
I am a poor and begging man
In the currency of grace
Is where my song begins
In the colors of Your goodness
In the scars that mark Your skin
In the currency of grace
Is where my song begins
These carbon shells
These fragile dusty frames
House canvases of souls
We are bruised and broken masterpieces
But we did not paint ourselves
And where will I find You?
(chorus)
Where was I when the world was made?
Where was I?
I'm lost without You here
Yes, I'm lost without You near me
I'm lost without You here
You knew my name when the world was made
 
Erosion
Rain is a bad reminder of everything I don't
want to know
Rain is a backseat driver that takes me where I
don't want to go
And it looks like the sky is caving in again
I'm dry and cracked, the sky goes black
And tut, tut, it looks like rain
(chorus)
Erosion
Oh, Spirit, fall like rain on my thirsty soul
Erosion
Oh, sweet erosion, break me and make
me whole
The thirstiest grounds can't take the rain
My undecided vices washing on down the drain
And it looks like the sky is caving in again
My heart is cracked, the sky goes black
And tut, tut, it looks like rain
(chorus)
Oh, Erosion, would You wash away my sins?
Oh, Erosion, I need a second shot again
Oh, Erosion, would You break my heart again?
Oh, Erosion, I am a broken-hearted man
 
Living Is Simple
Living is simple
It's gravity
Gravity isn't so hard
Living is simple
It's entropy
Entropy, falling apart
I'm falling apart again
Living is simple
And breathing is easy
It's easy to do
Living is simple
And losing is easy
I'm losing my cool
I'm losing my cool again
"All will be made well
Will be made well
Will be made well
Will be well"
(chorus)
Is this fiction?
Is this fiction?
Hope has given himself to the worst
Is this fiction or divine comedy?
Where the last of the last finish first
Living is simple
Living is dying
Your mercy, Your mercy
Is how I believe
Living is dying
I can't understand it
I'm down on my knees
Confessing my needs again
I've had my choices
I've chosen today
I've had my choices
The choices remain
 
Lyrics provided by Learning 2 Breathe

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Song Explanations:

I Dare You To Move

The song is fairly straight-forward. We have been given a new day. Our eyes open and our choices begin. Will we live half asleep? Or will we change our world; will we be Christ's hands and feet, the salt and the light of the world? I sing this song to myself and all others on a planet where complacency reigns supreme. -Jon

Learning To Breathe

I've been through a lot of growth this year, learning of my deep needs and of my human depravity. But deeper than all of this is Christ's love for me. "He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is His love for us." This is the spiritual world that we have been called to and the kingdom of the heavens is here. We are learning to breathe in the atmosphere of grace - Jon

Poparazzi

That whole "get it this time" thing at the beginning of the song is from the demo . Chad was having another go, saying, "I'll get it this time!" when I hit record. But I thought it sounded pretty cool so I kept it. The "tune" bit was me practicing for the line, "tune for the poparazzi." Again, maybe artistic choice, maybe laziness! I like things like that though: they give albums personality. - Jon

We are surrounded by the noise of pop culture. Radio, TV, billboards, magazines: pop will never leave you alone. How we filter through all of it is extremely important. What will you give prime billing in the space between your ears? What are the tunes running around inside your head? - Jon

This song is a lover's quarrel with pop culture. I'm not sure if this song contributes more to the solution or the problem, because I just can't get it out of my head. - Chad

Last year we toured this great country continuously, most often in a van with no CD player. Not having any good mix tapes, we spent a lot of time listening to the radio. What bothers me is the similarity of all the Pop stations, same songs, same format, and same commercials. A shame? Maybe... but then again, how else would we sing along? - Chad

Innocence Again

Somehow, all the songs I write to others, I ended up singing to myself sooner or later. This is no different and I end up with the question, "who will it be?" This song is a sister of "I Dare You To Move." Both songs are really driving at the same point: if God's redemptive movement is at work around us, we are called to respond. Indeed, whether we act or not, we have made a response either way - Jon

'Grace is high AND low.' The simplicity of that truth always speaks to me. This is the nature of God's grace. This is found in the highs and the lows – on the peaks and in the valleys. This truth is so difficult to accept in it's entirety: that fools like us have been ‘given innocence again.' - Tim

Jon and I have talked before about how impossible it is to share the truth of God's grace in a three-minute pop song, to me this one comes close to capture the essence of it. - Chad

Playing for Keeps

Our first album (Legend Of Chin) had quite a few songs about girls and relationships. Our second album (New Way To Be Human) didn't really have any songs that fit that description, but we still felt that song about love and the struggles there-in were important for us to write about. This is the one song on this album that deals with the often-used-but-never-exhausted topic of heart-ache. - Tim

Eventually I think everyone experiences a time when he meets someone very special or just grows tired of the dating game, and he doesn't want anything to do with someone that he's attracted to unless that someone is reasonably serious about creating a lasting relationship. He would rather have that person tell him "it's time to move on" then to be strung along only to have his heart broken. This is what it's like to be ‘playing for keeps': to be looking beyond the present to and meaningful and lasting friendship. -Tim

The Loser

That’s a fun song. It originally was a lot more Reggae and we had to kind of tone it down a little for the album. We came to the conclusion that we were white......very white. The song itself is about the upside down aspect of the kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven. How the last will be first and the first will be last. Blessed are the people who are on the bottom because they’re gonna be on top. That’s what "The Loser" is about. - Jon

Living Is Simple

The irony of the statement 'living is simple' stings a little.....we just look at the world around us, and the contradiction is painful and clear: living is not at all simple. in fact, living is very difficult and complex, and truth is stranger than fiction. we catch the humor, but it's not that funny. but wait-- even amidst the confusion of life we see God's redemptive plan at work. in fact, his plan is far stranger than anything else that we have ever encountered. "is this fiction? hope has given himself to the worst. is this fiction? or divine comedy, where the last of the last finish first. Living is simple". -Tim

The crazy circumstances around recording matched the context of the song exactly. The song is trying to express the tension between the amazing complexity of a life of grace and the simple faith to which we are called. The first verse is tongue in cheek; entropy and gravity represent the tougher aspects of life. And the life of a human is so much more complex than breathing. –Jon

In the contrast to the turmoil in the first verse we hear an angelic, churchy choir singing that "All shall be made well." Is this fiction? Could it be that our frantic, fallen world a simple salvation has come? –Jon

We wanted to produce the song in a way that matched the content: busy and complex moments standing juxtaposed against the simpler, naked parts. The end is the same: simple melodies breaking down and falling apart and getting distorted until... ahhhh! a simple chord to end it. The footsteps are to signify completion. This was the last song recorded for the project and we knew that it was going to be the last one on the CD so we gave the whole thing a bit of closure. –Jon

 

Song Explanations Provided by 24 Voices

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