Thursday, July 27, 2006

They don't understand

Like my good friend, Jim, I like to listen to music. Unlike Jim, I don't ride around town with my IPod in my ears, though. I tend to keep my XM Radio tuned to station 32, The Message. It's mostly contemporary Christian music, although sometimes you'll hear a pop song that could be interpreted towards a relationship with Christ or other believers (Hawk Nelson's Everything You Ever Wanted, Ali and AJ's Never Far Behind), or a country song (Carrie Underwood's Jesus Take the Wheel). One such song has played several times over the last few days and I've been meaning to mention it here because it is one that really gets to me when I hear it (dare I even use the word "convict" here?). Check out the lyrics and see what I mean. Here's Sawyer Brown's They Don't Understand:

A mother riding on a city bus
Kids are yelling kicking up a fuss
Everybody's staring not knowing what she's going through
Somebody said don't you even care?
Do you let 'em do that everywhere?
She slowly turned around, looked up and stared
She said Please forgive them
But they've been up all night
Their father struggled but he finally lost his fight
He went to heaven
In the middle of the night
So please forgive my children

(They don't understand)
Everybody's busy with their own situation
Everybody's lost in their own little world
Bottled up, hurry it up trying to make a dream come true
(They don't understand)
Everybody's living like there ain't no tomorrow
Maybe we should stop and take a little time
Cause you never really know what your neighbor's going through
(They don't understand)

A man driving on the interstate
Slowing down traffic making everybody late
Everybody's staring not knowing what he's going through
Somebody hollered from the passing lane
Yelled out the window, hey ain't got all day
The old man looked around and caught his eye
He said please forgive me
You know it's been a long life
My wife has passed away and my kids don't have the time
I've been left all alone
And its getting hard to drive
So please forgive me children

(They don't understand)
Everybody's busy with their own situation
Everybody's lost in their own little world
Bottled up, hurry it up trying to make a dream come true
(They don't understand)
Everybody's living like there ain't no tomorrow
Maybe we should stop and take a little time
Cause you never really know what your neighbor's going through
(They don't understand)

A man hanging on a wooden cross
Giving everything to save the lost
Everybody's staring not knowing what he's going through
Somebody said you don't have a prayer
If you were keen you'd come down from there
The man just turned his head looked up and stared
He said please forgive them
For they have not seen the light
They'll come to know me when I come back to life
Go to heaven, to make everything all right
So please forgive your children

(They don't understand)
Everybody's busy with their own situation
Everybody's lost in their own little world
Bottled up, hurry it up trying to make a dream come true
(They don't understand)
Everybody's living like there ain't no tomorrow
Maybe we should stop and take a little time
Cause you never really know what your neighbor's going through
(They don't understand)

A mother riding on a city bus
Kids are yelling kicking up a fuss
Everybody's staring not knowing what she's going through

4 comments:

Jarrod Robinson said...

Karen -

I meant to talk with you last night at church...instead, Lauren and I needed to leave quickly and go talk with some others from church who are having a very hard time with our departure. This is much more difficult than I ever imagined. Thanks for all of the love and support you and your family have offered us. You are a very special group of people, that's for sure.

Philip said...

I'm going to go find it on iTunes. Love the lyrics.

Carrie K. said...

Funny, I just saw a comment on another blog about country music having no redeeming qualities. I heartily disagree.

Anonymous said...

thanks I have been looking all over for these words. You should check out I believe by Brooks and Dunn and If something should happen by?

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