Song Squawk – This Old Man

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

This Old Man – by Guardian

Speaking of looking back at the past, being dragged down with memories of waste and bad decisions. This song speaks of that ol’ man who constantly tears at our soul, taking away the joy and peace the Messiah supplies as we walk in the Spirit.

This old man, he’s flicking on the brights
He’s wanting squatter’s rights
He’s gotta have his space in your face
Get you reminiscing for the very years you wasted
Every bitter fruit you tasted gonna snare you in a stare-down

This song has a message for every believer. The Old Man is an anchor, an enemy. This old man is me!

Take a listen!

This Old Man – by Guardian

This Old Man – by Guardian

Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme
Remember me? ‘Member me?

This old man, he plays one on one
He was your cool whip master, you were his B.C. son
This old man, he’s got the smell of sin
He’s got the nature of sin he was your actual, factual old sin nature
Mother praying, Jesus save the boy
Save him from the old man, got away, glory, glory

Up from the water, out of the grave
Wearing a new man’s clothes
The old man’s dragging the lake again lately
What does he want? Mama, you don’t suppose

This old man, he don’t mind the gap
He’s like a subway rat, he’s crawling out your past
Out the dark, little land shark, little predator scavenger
Serving up sucker punch, flyweight, gonna eat your lunch

This old man, he’s flicking on the brights
He’s wanting squatter’s rights
He’s gotta have his space in your face
Get you reminiscing for the very years you wasted
Every bitter fruit you tasted gonna snare you in a stare-down

Better to choke than breathe in your curse
This old man, this old man
Better to crawl than to ride in your hearse
This old man, this old man
This old man, this old man

Up from the water, out of the grave
Wearing a new man’s clothes
The old man’s dragging the lake again lately
What does he want? Mama, you don’t suppose

This old man, he plays seek and destroy
He comes robbing my joy, he’s here spreading the rot
Old man, don’t you get it? What I’ve got is good as gold
Good as gold, better than gold

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


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Song Squawk – Pain

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

Pain – by Grammatrain

At first the bass line had me. (Remember the bass box in my little car – this song vibrated the road!) Besides the bass line, this song speaks!

As we travel this world with faith in the Master, I have learned that the teaching of the prosperity gospel is empty, void and so deceptive.

When I became a believer, to be victorious meant always a smile, success, great feelings and never admitting to weakness, or to the tensions in the believers life that are so real.

If you are a beleiver, understand that faith lives in suffering and the pain of a broken world. Grammatrain nails this concept. I personally have experienced some difficult times internally lately, and need to look to the Master in the mist of them.

This song hit me today!

I find through every ounce of pain I feel
That my mind cannot deny that God is real

I have referred to this group once before (Execution – by Grammatrain), and will likely direct you to them again. They are awesome! This song hits home in so many ways. If you are struggling, take a listen, and read the lyrics. So much tension!

Take a listen!

Pain – by Grammatrain

Pain – by Grammatrain

I wish that I could say I am a perfect man
I wish sometimes that I would not be who I am
One day I decided I would think on this
Not knowing if faith and pain could co-exist

Could I ever on my own conceive
Of someone I did not know, but I need?
I must be made to be at peace and communion
‘Cause there must be some place
Somehow from where I have fallen

I find through every ounce of pain I feel
That my mind cannot deny that God is real

The inconsistency of what I say I should be
Compared to what I am in actuality
Leaves me in conclusion that I know the way
Though I am unable to always obey

Nothing in this world has satisfied
My soul’s hunger for a deeper life
The weight of my misdeeds were crushing, blinding me
And I still live with pain inside but now I can see

And I find through every ounce of pain I feel
That my mind cannot deny that God is real

The pieces of my life are scattered on the floor
I stared at them till I could take no more

I do not deserve to be set free
Forgiveness is what I desperately need
If it wasn’t for the perfect blood was shed
Would I not be dead inside but I live now instead

I find through every ounce of pain I feel
That my mind cannot deny that God is real

I find through every ounce of pain I feel
That my mind cannot deny that God is real

I know my faith’s still here
Believe through all my tears

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


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Song Squawk – Church of Do What You Want To

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

Church of Do What You Want To – by Jacob’s Trouble

The verse that seemed prophetic (although the entire song surely is!) is as follows.

Turn in your hymnals to hymn number one,
It ain’t “Holy, Holy, Holy,” it’s “Fun, Fun, Fun”
Don’t need a saviour ’cause we got no flaws,
They ain’t sins no more; they’re more like spiritual faux pas.

I really enjoyed listening to these guys, and thier estimate of the condition of the church, which I certainly didn’t like!

Take a listen!

Church of Do What You Want To – by Jacob’s Trouble

Church of Do What You Want To – by Jacob’s Trouble

Are you tired of religions that only seem to bring you down, cramping your lifestyle like a certain thorny crown?
Are you sick of being told that you can’t make it on your own?
If that’s your case, I’ve got a place that you can call a home.

It’s at the church of do what you want to, the church of do what you please,
The church of do what feels good, baby, and believe what you want to believe,
No absolutes, no wrong or right, just ambiguity.

Well, we don’t believe in Heaven and we won’t believe in Hell,
We threw away the Bible and the sacraments as well,
Jesus is just alright with us, just as long as you don’t try to make him out as more than just an ordinary guy.

At the church of do what you want to, the church of do what you please,
The church of do what feels good, baby, and believe what you want to believe,
No absolute, no wrong or right, just vague philosophy,
At the church of do what you want to, the church of do what you please.

I…I know something’s wrong,
Something once was here, but now it’s gone, oh.

Turn in your hymnals to hymn number one,
It ain’t “Holy, Holy, Holy,” it’s “Fun, Fun, Fun”
Don’t need a saviour ’cause we got no flaws,
They ain’t sins no more; they’re more like spiritual faux pas.

I…I know something’s wrong,
But, frankly, I am having too much fun.

At the church of do what you want to,
Church of do what you want to,
Ch-ch-ch-church of do what you want to,
Church of do what you want to.

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


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Song Squawk – Bicycle

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

Bicycle – by Plankeye

The verse that I loved to sing along with was the following.

You say, I told you so
You were much too young to get married
But I say, you’re way too old
And when did you stop living anyway?

If you have read my testimony, you know I married early and my favorite and I struggled keeping food on the table. Many a night we ate popcorn for supper, or the dreaded LaChoy canned chinese food. No matter, God was (and is) good to us! This song reminds me on those early days, and although nothing earth shattering regarding theology, it reminds me of my early faith, with the following verse.

As I ride my bike with my safety helmet on
And white tennis shoes
They stare at me but I see through new eyes
Or maybe you just don’t remember

As a believer, we see through new eyes! May we never forget the vision those eyes can see!

Take a listen!

Bicycle – by Plankeye

Bicycle – by Plankeye

I have a wife and together we live
In a very small room
Yesterday she lost, her car broke down
And now I ride a bicycle

You say, I told you so
You were much too young to get married
But I say, you’re way too old
And when did you stop living anyway?

As I ride my bike with my safety helmet on
And white tennis shoes
They stare at me but I see through new eyes
Or maybe you just don’t remember

This place that I’m supposed to be
Is not the chair in front of a desk, in front of a mirror

Can’t you see that it’s not here or there or anywhere?
But in speaking distance with God
And where can you go that’s too far?
Because I can worship Him anywhere

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


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Song Squawk – Preacher’s Kid

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

Preachers Kid – Johnny Q Public

The verse that I loved to sing along with was the following. Note that this is the ruminations of a preacher’s kid, with lots of questions!

It’s like the pictures that I draw
Pictures that I draw of dinosaurs
They remind me of the man
Who prays for the needy in our church
In other words
I’m not a good artist

Prays for the needy in our church. Aaron is seeing a problem with that man’s prayers now, isnt he?

I only found one cd that this band put out, but I searched for more. This band is awesome and the story structure is well done IMHO. This particular song speaks of the loneliness of the preacher kid, and the disillusionment that comes from being in a family dedicated to professional service to God. Well done!

Take a listen!

Preachers Kid – Johnny Q Public

Preachers Kid – Johnny Q Public

I’m staring through glass
Stained by insecurities and hurt
I’m wondering, and I’ve got lots of questions
But no answers why
Daddy is the pastor of this church
Seems to be his only out
Besides basketball on the TV
Basketball on the TV

My name is Aaron, does anybody care?
I want to fly to the moon and drive a race car
would like to be a star
My name is Aaron, please tell me if I’m wrong
Please tell me if I’m wrong
I want to dream
I want to dream
I want to dream
‘Cause dreams are real to me
As nothing is reality
It’s like the pictures that I draw
Pictures that I draw of dinosaurs
They remind me of the man
Who prays for the needy in our church
In other words
I’m not a good artist

Does Jesus love me, Mommy
Does Jesus love me, Daddy
Does Jesus love me, anybody
Does Jesus love — does anyone love me?

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


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Song Squawk – Lift Him Up

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

Lift Him Up – by X-Sinner

That last song (Execution – By Grammatrain) was pretty heavy, not only in the tune, but in the message. This one, not so much.

I’m not gonna pull no punches with you, my friend. I listened to these guys simply cause I wanted to hear some plain ol’ AC/DC. Theologically, I think these guys were comparable to modern praise worship song leaders, with repitition being used to enforce a message.

Good fun stuff, but I didn’t come away from this stuff thinking deeper of the faith or challenged in holy living. I don’t think that was their intent! They were having fun and it was infectious! BTW this one has a bit of volume!

Take a listen!

Lift Him Up – X-Sinner

Lift Him Up – by X-Sinner

Got me running away from you
Not knowing what I should do
All my thoughts are so blown apart
What I need is a brand new start,
You gotta dig down inside you,
Can you dig down inside?

Oh, lift him up
Lift him up,
It’s what you gotta do
Lift him up
Lift him up.

Walking home through the park today
Had a friend who was blown away
Some bible-slinger with guts to spare
A testimony that he could share
You gotta dig down inside
You gotta dig down inside you,
Down inside.

Lift him up
Lift him up
It’s what you gotta do
Lift him up
Lift him up
It’s what you gotta do.

Standing back from the crowd
Is fine if you don’t wanna waste my time,
All alone in a loner’s world
Ten million more feel the same old way,
You gotta dig down inside,
You gotta dig down inside you.

Oh, lift him up
Lift him up
It’s what you gotta do
Lift him up
Lift him up
Yeah, it’s what you gotta do,
Lift him up
Lift him up (n-n-n-yeah)
Lift him up
It’s what you gotta do
Lift him up
Oh, oh.

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


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Song Squawk – Jesus is for Losers

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

Jesus is for Losers – by Steve Taylor

I have referred to Mr Taylor in a previous post. His stuff has always been fresh no matter how many times I come back to him.

The portion in this song that resonates with me is the following.

Jesus is for losers
Why do I still play to the crowd?

Admit it – Jesus is for losers – Join the crowd. Fighting to find acceptance with this world will only pull us away from Him.

This fella can cut an issue fairly deep, and by that I mean he can “step on toes” fairly consistently. Don’t worry bout the volume on this tune! Take your time and get this guy’s message!

Take a listen!

Jesus is for Losers – by Steve Taylor

Jesus is for Losers – by Steve Taylor

If I was driven
Driven ahead by some noble ideal
Who took the wheel?

If I was given
Given a glimpse of some glorious road
When was it sold?

So caught up in the chase
I keep forgetting my place

Just as I am
I am stiff-necked and proud

Jesus is for losers
Why do I still play to the crowd?

Just as I am
Pass the compass, please

Jesus is for losers
I’m off about a hundred degrees

If I was groping
Groping around for some ladder to fame
I am ashamed

If I was hoping
Hoping respect would make a sturdy footstool
I am a fool

Bone-weary every climb
Blindsided every time

Just as I am
I am needy and dry

Jesus is for losers
The self-made need not apply

Just as I am
In a desert crawl
Lord, I’m so thirsty
Take me to the waterfall

And if you’re certain
Certain your life is some cosmic mistake
Why do you shake?

And if you’re certain
Certain that faith is some know-nothing mask
Why do you still ask?

They don’t grade here on the curve
We both know what we deserve

Just as you are
Just a wretch like me
Jesus is for losers
Grace from the blood of a tree

Just as we are
At a total loss

Jesus is for losers
Broken at the foot of the cross

Just as I am
Pass the compass, please
Jesus is for losers
I’m off about a hundred degreesJust as I am

In a desert crawl
Lord, I’m so thirsty
Take me to the waterfall

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


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Song Squawk – Without Shelter

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

Without Shelter – by Eternal Decision

The verse that I loved to sing along with was the following.

Without shelter
Without you
Lost and all alone
Trying on my own
I need you now
I need you forever

And you first loved me
Now I’ll love you forever

These guys sound alot like Metallica, but this particular tune falls into the ballad genre IMHO.

Take a listen!

Without Shelter – Eternal Decision

Without Shelter – by Eternal Decision

I was a beggar on the street
A lonely soul
I was lost without a home
And I had nothing
That this world has to give
Thought I’d always be alone

Without shelter
Without you
Lost and all alone
Trying on my own
I need you now
I need you forever
And you first loved me

Now I’ll love you forever

I was the prideful one
It seemed I had it all
But you’ve shown me I was poor
And I had everything this world
Has to give
But inside I needed more

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


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