Song Squawk – Shine

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Shine – by Collective Soul

I love the hook this song has and was surprised by some believers in the church I attended that this song was Christian. Nevertheless, I listened to it and enjoyed the “general message”.

The message is open to much interpretation, and during those days, much of the popular music seemed to blur the disctinction of the topic of the song. Did the song refer to Jesus Christ? To God the Father? Looking back, the messages sent out could be accepted by anyone who simply was not materialistic.

Like I said, from my worldview, this song was religious, and it tended to provide encouragement to seek the Father.

Give me a word
Give me a sign
Show me where to look
Tell me what will I find
Lay me on the ground
Fly me in the sky
Show me where to look
Tell me what will I find

Take a listen!

Shine – by Collective Soul

Shine – by Collective Soul

Give me a word
Give me a sign
Show me where to look
Tell me what will I find
Lay me on the ground
Fly me in the sky
Show me where to look
Tell me what will I find
Oh, heaven let your light shine downLove is in the water
Love is in the air
Show me where to look
Tell me will love be there
Teach me how to speak
Teach me how to share
Teach me where to go
Tell me will love be there
Oh, heaven let your light shine downGive me a word
Give me a sign
Show me where to look
Tell me what will I find
Lay me on the ground
Fly me in the sky
Show me where to look
Tell me what will I find
Oh, heaven let your light shine downI’m gonna let it shine
I’m gonna let it shine
Heaven send a light, let it shine on me
Hey yeah
Hey yeah
Heaven send a light, let it shine on me
It’s gonna shine on
Shine on me
Its gonna shine on
Well come on and shine

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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Thanks again for coming to visit. I hope you found something of interest in this post and would appreciate a comment, to begin a discussion.

3 thoughts on “Song Squawk – Shine

  1. Great post! Just an historical note of parallel interest. The Catholic Church went through a sort of ‘standards for Christian music’ phase as far back as 1545 and updated several times since (Vatican Council spoke too on the matter, Sacrosanctum Concilium, no. 112).

    On the practical level the song (by emerged standard) should contain praise for Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the usual setting. Not a fixed requirement but a standard. The other major standard is the salvation story in one or more aspects or finally theological virtues.

    It doesn’t make for a answer to your question really except to say if picking among songs to praise and worship the song would fall toward the bottom of the list. But with your skill a few minor tweets and …. beauty.

    Just thought it might be interesting.

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