Cool Lyrics

Do like Switchfoot? I do. They are great musicians and they write thought provoking lyrics that while saying less, they say more than many blatantly Christian music. They don’t spell out creeds or quote scripture very often but they make you think. They have the ability to get down to the details of life that make us tick, our misconceptions about the world and God, our downfalls, our demons, our pet sins. They are quite good at calling us on the carpet without us even knowing it because we are busy enjoying the sound quality of their music.

This song, called Faust, Midas and Myself does this. It touches on the have-it-nowness of our generation with regards to money and sexual satisfaction and the ease with which we can grab at and attain many of the things that we think we really want and need — everything sparkly and shiny. But then suddenly, now and then, we can come to the realization that the normalcy of the reality that God has given us is actually more closely tied to our lasting joy and contentment than is anything we can click a button or scratch and win to get. I hope you enjoy the lyrics as much as I do.

To hear this song click here for their myspace page and then look for the title of this song. If this is not your personal musical style, perhaps it will be the style of your son, daughter or grandchild. Rest assured that even if you have trouble understanding the lyrics for how loud the sound is, this is a band that plays quality thought provoking music.

Faust, Midas, And Myself

This one’s about a dream
I had last night
How an old man tracked me home
And stepped inside
He put his foot inside the door
And gave a crooked smile
Something in his eyes
Something in his laugh
Something in his voice
That made my skin crawl off

He said, “I’ve seen you here before
I know your name.
You could have your pick
Of pretty things.
You could have it all
Everything at once.
Everything you’ve seen,
Everything you’ll need,
Everything you’ve ever had in fantasies.”

“You’ve one life,
You’ve one life.
You’ve one life left to lead.”

I woke up from my dream
As a golden man
With a girl I’ve never seen
With golden skin
I jumped up to my feet
She asked me what was wrong
I began to scream
I don’t think this is me
Is this just a dream
Or really happening?

What direction?
What direction?
I’m splitting up!
I’m splitting up!
This is my personal disaffection

What direction? What direction?
What direction now?

I looked outside the glass
At golden shores
Golden ships and masts
With golden cords
As my reflection passed
I hated what I saw
My golden eyes were dead
And a thought passed through my head
A heart that is made of gold can’t really beat at all

I wanted to wake up again
Without a touch of gold

What direction?
Death or action!
Life begins at the intersection.

I woke up as before
But the gold was gone
My wife was at the door
With her night robe on
My heart beat once or twice
And life flooded my veins
Everything had changed
My lungs had found their voice
And what was once routine
And what was once routine was now the perfect joy

You’ve one life
You’ve one life
One life left to lead


7 thoughts on “Cool Lyrics”

  1. I first heard of Switchfoot a few years ago after watching “A Walk to Remember.” Their song “Only Hope” is now on my list of all time favorite songs. Beautiful lyrics, haunting vocals – they’ve got it ALL!

  2. Too bad they’re playing in Calgary the same night as Jars of Clay. (Incidentally Switchfoot is now sold out, although Jars of Clay still had tickets remaining this morning).

  3. Oooooo, yes, Nan! Love Switchfoot, have their last two albums, but not this one (yet). Our kids have a few songs uploaded to their iPods, but not this one. I guess they’re too young to “get” it, but I LOVE it! Thanks for pointing me in this direction (guess we’ll buy a few more songs via iTunes now, lol).I read a definition of hell today that reminded me of this song: “”Hell is where you get what you want and have to live with it.”~ Stanley Hauerwas

  4. I know Dave. It’s a major bummer. I can’t believe they did that. These guys should have coordinated better! LOL! I probably would have figured out a way to go to both!

  5. As to attending both, the concerts are being held just a few minutes walk apart, with a half-hour difference in start times. Were tickets for Switchfoot not already sold out, if you only catch the headliners it might have worked out to attend a good chunk of both 😉

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