Monday, March 3, 2014

Follow-Up to Much Afraid

The Much Afraid album contains a song called "Crazy Times." Jars of Clay band members have said in interviews that this song is about how prayer is often "the last place we go." I understand what they mean. We go about life without a thought about God and think that we are fine - for a while. Life soon gets crazy and we find that we need more than just ourselves to get through the complexities of life. Through our tears, we realize that we are not self-sufficient, we cry out to God but, we do not know how to pray. We have lost the ability to rely on a personal God whom we have ignored for so long. We climb the ladder of prayer but there are missing rungs. The ladder has been neglected and damaged and we have failed to notice until we reach out to use it. God, save me from these crazy times!
Crazy Times (Listen to it here.
(Words and music by Dan Haseltine, Stephen Mason, Matt Odmark, and Charlie Lowell, copyright Essential Records, 1997.)
You're cold that way
And that's why you say
The things that you say
You can't attract
The things that you lack
You're trying in vain 
It seems it's always the crazy times
You find you'll wake up and realize
It takes more than your saline eyes
To make things right 
You spiral down
You've broken your crown
You don't feel like a queen
You've seen the proof
But you're still crying wolf
You'll never believe 
It seems it's always the crazy times
You find you'll wake up and realize
It takes more than your saline eyes
To make things right 
You try to climb a broken ladder
Grip the missing rungs
And fall down, down, down
Seems sometime ago you said
This wouldn't last
And now you sit here crying 
Beside your bed
You feel left for dead
You kneel in the dark.. 
It takes more than your saline eyes
To make things right 
It seems it's always the crazy times
You find you'll wake up and realize
It takes more than your saline eyes
To make things right

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