Saturday, March 12, 2011

Rock Song - Christian Meaning

I'm a big fan of Brandi Carlile. She's an amazing talent, both on the guitar and vocally. She's from the pacific north west and openly gay. She's released three albums, all of which are solid listens from front to back. I've seen her live in concert with one of the chics from the indigo girls. Most of the crowd was from the local lesbian community. I was one of maybe 20% male listeners. I often wonder what gay folks think about Christianity. It seems there's not a whole lot of room for an openly gay person in the Christian faith. That's a shame, because we're all sinners. Everyone struggles to live a decent God fearing life, and all come short. I wish there was more room for everyone, or that we could be more loving in our approach at the very least. Anyway, I feel like many of Brandi's songs have clear Christian implications. I think this song could easily be a letter to Christ. Here's one:

I went out looking for the answers
And never left my town
I'm no good at understanding
But I'm good at standing ground

And when I asked a corner preacher
I couldn't hear him for my youth
Some people get religion
Some people get the truth

I never get the truth
I never get the truth

I know the darkness pulls on you
But it's just a point of view
When you're outside looking in
You belong to someone

And when you feel like giving in
Or the coming of the end
Like your heart could break in two
Someone loves you

I am afraid of crossing lines
I am afraid of flying blind
Afraid of inquiring minds
Afraid of being left behind

I close my eyes, I think of you
I take a step, I think of you
I catch my breath, I think of you
I cannot rest, I think of you

My one and only wrecking ball
And you're crashing through my walls
When you're outside looking in
You belong to someone