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New Way To Be Human
The Beautiful Letdown
Learning To Breathe
New Way To Be Human
The Legend Of Chin
Album Details
 Songlist:

  1. New Way To Be Human
  2. Incomplete
  3. Sooner Or Later (Soren's Song)
  4. Company Car
  5. Let That Be Enough
  6. Something More (Augustine's Confession)
  7. Only Hope
  8. Amy's Song
  9. I Turn Everything Over
  10. Under The Floor

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Lyrics:
 
New Way To Be Human
Everyday it's the same thing
Another trend has begun
Hey kids, this might be the one
It's a race to be noticed
And it's leaving us numb
Hey kids, we can't be the ones
With all of our fashion
We're still incomplete
The God of redemption
Could break our routine
There's a new way to be human
It's nothing we've ever been
There's a new way to be human
New way to be human
And where is our inspiration?
When all the heroes are gone
Hey kids, could we be the ones?
'Cause nobody's famous
And nobody's fine
We all need forgiveness
We're longing inside
There's a new way to be human
It's nothing we've ever been
There's a new way to be human
It's spreading under my skin
There's a new way to be human
Where divinity blends
With a new way to be human
New way to be human
You're throwing Your love across
My impossible space
You've created me
Take me out of me into...
A new way to be human
To a new way to be human
You're a new way to be human
Where my humanity bends
To a new way to be human
Redemption begins
You're a new way to be human
 
Incomplete
He's washing his face to start his day
He's lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely
Nothing in the mirror ever shows him what's within
Now he's checking out the faces
On the back of the milk
He's sour under all this pressure
He thinks the missing person looks an awful lot like him
And he starts his engine
But he knows that he's missing gears
Incomplete!
Where will you find yourself?
Incomplete!
Where will you find yourself?
'Cause you're the missing person now
Step outside your doubt
And let yourself be found!
He's sick of the race to just save face
He's tied and tried, he's sick and tired
He's tired of the holes that are keeping him incomplete
He'll push the pedal to the floor
Like the day before
He's trying to be always trying
Try to find an end to justify his means
And he starts his engine
But he knows that he's missing gears
Incomplete!
Where will you find yourself?
Incomplete!
Where will you lose yourself?
'Cause you're the missing person now
Step outside your doubt
 
Sooner Or Later
(Soren's Song)
Come back and haunt me
Follow me home
Give me a motive
Swallow me whole
They say I've lost it
What could I know
When I'm but a mockery?
I'm so alone
Sooner or later you'll find out
There's a hole in the wall
Today is ours
Condemned to be free
Free to keep breathing
Free to believe
I look to find You
Down on my knees
Oh God, I believe!
Please help me believe
Sooner or later they'll find out
There's a hold in the wall
Sooner or later you'll find out
That you'll dream to be that small
I'm a believer, help me believe
I gave it all away and I lost who I am
I threw it all away
With everything to gain
And I'm taking a leap
With dreams of shrinking
Yeah, dreams of shrinking
 
Company Car
Mike was right when he said I'd put up
A fight to be someone, a fight to be me
But see now, I'm down
Under the pavement
Of capital hills and lowercase people
As time rolls by my dreams have become
That which is attainable
Not what I'm looking for!
(chorus)
I've got the company car
I'm the one swinging at two below par
Yeah, I've become one with the ones
That I've never believed in
But I've got the company car
I'm the king of things I've always despised
I'm the gingerbread man
Who got eaten alive
I'm half-baked! I'm fake!
But see I got hotels on
Park Place and Boardwalk
And two hundred bucks
I pass go, but oh! Life's taken it's toll
Have I won monopoly to forfeit my soul?
(chorus)
All the kings horses
At the foot of the wall
They're taking pictures of
The man who's lost all of his
Masks of pretension
He's got two faces left
His is the one that he hides
On the left behind that smile...
Hiding tears and fear
That burns like an engine
It drives him away from the ones that he loves
Mike was right:
"Hey Mike! We're one and the same;
we're the faceless combatants
in the loneliest game"
Ah but say, I'll wave as I'm driving by
With that smirk in my eye, yelling
"Hey I'm something man, check me out"
And let yourself be found!
 
Let That Be Enough
(written & recorded on Oct. 21)
I wish I had what I needed
To be on my own
'Cause I feel so defeated
And I'm feeling alone
And it all seems so helpless
And I have no plans
I'm a plane in the sunset
With no where to land
And all I see
It could never make me happy
And all my sand castles
Spend their time collapsing
Let me know that You hear me
Let me know Your touch
Let me know that You love me
And let that be enough
It's my birthday tomorrow
No one here could know
I was born this Thursday
22 years ago
And I feel stuck
Watching history repeating
Yeah, who am I?
Just a kid who know he's needy
Let me know that You hear me
Let me know Your touch
Let me know that You love me
And let that be enough...
 
Something More
(Augustine's Confession)
Augustine
Just woke up with a broken heart
All this time
He's never been awake before
At thirty-one
His whole world is a question mark
All this time
He's never been awake before
Watching dreams that he once had
Feed the flame inside his head.
In a quiet desperation of the emptiness he says...
(chorus)
"There's got to be something more
Than what I'm living for
I'm crying out to You"
Augustine
All his fears keep falling out
All this time
He's never been awake before
Finding out
His old dreams aren't panning out
All this time
He's never been awake before
But he's mad to be alive
And he's dying to be met
In a quiet desperation of the emptiness he says...
(chorus)
"Hey, I give it all away
Nothing I was holding back remains
Hey, I give it all away
Looking for the grace of God today"
 
Only Hope
There's a song that's inside of my soul
It's the one that I've tried to write over and over again
I'm awake in the infinite cold
But You sing to me over and over and over again
So I lay my head back down
And I lift my hands
And pray to be only Yours
I pray to be only Yours
I know now You're my only hope
Sing to me of the song of the stars
Of Your galaxy dancing and laughing and laughing again
When it feels like my dreams are so far
Sing to me of the plans that You have for me over again
So I lay my head back down
And I lift my hands
And pray to be only Yours
I pray to be only Yours
I know now You're my only hope
I give You my apathy
I'm giving You all of me
I want Your symphony
Singing in all that I am
At the top of my lungs I'm giving it back
So I lay my head back down
And I lift my hands
And pray to be only Yours
I pray to be only Yours
I know now You're my only hope
 
Amy's Song
Amy's gone
And time rolls on
How far? how fast? how long?
The last time we saw Amy
She was headed for the shore
Fighting off the volatile gray skies
She said now begins forever
And that no one knows their time
We bid farewell not knowing
That might be our last good-bye
(chorus)
Amy was a fighter
She cut like Casius Clay
She burned like a fire
Despite these rains
When time was a question
She only knew one song:
She's singing, "how far, how fast, how long?"
Salvation is a fire
In the midnight of the soul
It lights up like a can of gasoline
Yeah, she's a freedom fighter
She's a stand up kind of girl
She's out to start a fire
In a bar code plastic world
(chorus)
When everything stops moving
And I stop to catch my breath
And ride my train of thought
All the way round
My thoughts return to Amy
And the fire she's begun
She came when we were freezing
And left us burning up
 
I Turn Everything Over
Monday found me on my knees again
Breathing You in
To blur the lines that mark where I begin
And where You end
No use in trying to pretend
Come take me again
'Cause rumor has it I'm not who I've been
Come define me
What can we do
If the rumors are true?
(chorus)
I turn everything over
I turn myself in
I turn everything over
I turn myself in
There's nothing left of me to defend
I turn everything over
I turn myself in, yeah
The evidence convicts the hollow men
After looking inside
To my dismay I find I'm just one of them
'Cause I'm an already but not yet resurrected fallen man
Come break this limbo
And I know You know just who I've been
Come define me
What can we do
If the rumors are true?
(chorus)
Rumor has it You love me
Rumor has it the world spins upside down
Rumor has it my only hope is You
And the rumors are true
I turn everything over
 
Under The Floor
Under the floor
Between me and the door
There's a presence I cannot deny
It's under the car
Between me and the stars
I see glory filling up the sky
(chorus)
And I'm certain that He hears me
He listens even as I sing my song
I'm emphatic that He's near me
And I can see His touch in everything here
Deep is the soul
Is the space I control
Is the one thing I can call as mine
Deeper the cold
When He's far from my soul
I surrender all of me inside
 
Lyrics provided by Learning 2 Breathe

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Song Explanations:
 
Incomplete

And so the stage of the modern world is set. Now lets meet the cast. We are first introduced to an ordinary citizen, perhaps much like yourself. He starts his day just like you. After washing his face, he has a look in the mirror, a quick bowl of cereal and then he's off to work. Fighting the traffic, he's sick of his current state of being, he's tired of living just to exist. No missing gears. Incomplete. Incomplete! We are incomplete on our own. We are the missing people when we live inside of ourselves and inside of our doubts. There must be a loss of "incompleteness" in the process of becoming whole. "Whomever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it.


Sooner Or Later

Once upon a time, in a far away land lived a man named Soren Kierkegaard. He believed people around him did not really live life. Rather, he thought most people drifted along like a man driving a covered wagon who had fallen asleep at the reigns. Kierkegaard was convinced that real living involved active choices, and that every individual is free to choose at every moment of the day. This freedom can be terrifying when we learn that we are condemned to be free. Sooner of later we all have to deal with the frightening reality that there is much that is wrong in the world. But look! There is the doorway that leads to life more abundantly. Alas, our pride is much too large to fit in this other world. The choice which underlies every choice is this; will I live in God's kingdom or on my side of the wall? Kierkegaard emphasized that a relationship with an all powerful God is to be taken very seriously. This is Soren's song... These are his thoughts as best as I understand them.

 

Company Car

Some songs are rewritten 43 times (take “New Way To Be Human” for example); others seem to write themselves. This song wrote itself in about an hour. It is a caricature of the way I see L.A. Rich, fast talking executives drive around in sporty cars. You see them walk by smoking a Cuban cigar, and you wonder, “What is their world like? What is life all about for them?” This is a cartoon of what that world looks like to me. This is my grandparents favorite song on the album, so it must be all right!

Let That Be Enough

The song was written and recorded on the same day. October 21. I was looking out across the waters of my life thinking, ‘Nothing is certain. Anything can happen. But I can't make this on my own. And nothing here can satisfy me.' This is my prayer on the day before my birthday: that Christ's love would be all that I need; that even when things are not the way I would have them, His presence would be enough.

That was a really, really tough time for me. Just recording that album was tough. A lot of things didn't go the way we wanted them to. Just a real growing time, maturing time I guess. Being away from home for 3 months and the feeling of not being able to express what I wanted to in music. The feeling that you have these songs inside of you but couldn't get them out was a really tough thing. So ‘Let That Be Enough' was kind of a song of desperation, a calling out to God to be living and active in my life. I wrote the song after lunch, played it for Charlie (Producer Charlie Peacock) and he said ‘that's it' and we recorded it in like the second take. We added background vocals and keys, and that as it. We re-wrote the song "New Way To Be Human" 43 times and recorded it again, and again, and again, and then this one was finished in like 3 hours.

Only Hope

For our band (Switchfoot), this year was one of growth and growing pains. Much of who we are was pulled and stretched and left undone. For me, I felt insufficient, that I didn't have what it takes. I wrote song after song, but so much of what I longed to say was stuck somewhere inside of me. Even my best was not good enough. At one of my lowest moments, this song was given to me, I say given, because I think God sang this song to me at the end of the day. When my human efforts fell short and I lay exhausted at His feet, this was, and is, His lullaby to me. The song really says so much about what I was. I remember playing it over and over again, crying softly before my God. But I believe that 'Only Hope' is much bigger than just my experience, this is a song for everyone. There is a breaking down, there is a surrendering; there is only one hope.- Only Hope

Amy's Song

Amy is a fictional character who represents the heroes in my life. She's one of the rebels of our time; a girl who worships God with all that she is. In spite of volatile grey skies, she is someone who truly burns to live and inspires these flames in everyone she meets. Amy is a Christian who throws all that she is into being real in a bar-code plastic world. I wanted her to be the antithesis of the "Concrete Girl" off of our last album; someone who has found the answers to her most troubling question in Christ. For He is a dangerous fire that burns in the face of the frozen landscape.

I met a guy a while back who told me about his friend Amy who pretty much embodied the lyric with her life. I've met a few Amys along the way too ... Sometimes I regret giving the punchline away concerning songs, seems like putting an animal behind bars and stripping away all that was mysterious and powerful. This is a song that means a lot more than what I can say. I think songs are that way, hard to put into words.


Song Explanations by Jon Foreman
Provided by 24 Voices

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