Episode 50 – Review of the album Jars of Clay with JB Floggington

Psalm

Psalm 50

Jars of Clay’s self titled album review

Liquid

Arms nailed down / Are you telling me something?
Eyes turned out / Are you looking for someone?

This is the one thing / The one thing / The one thing that I know

Blood stained brow / Are you dying for nothing?
Flesh and blood / Is it so elemental?

This is the one thing / The one thing / The one thing that I know

Blood stained brow / He wasn't broken for nothing.
Arm nailed down / He didn't die for nothing / He didn't die for nothing

This is the one thing / The one thing / The one thing that I know

Sinking

It's not my problem anymore / You see it never really was
So you can stop caring as you call it / And I'll be fine right here

You see that I can play / A pretty convincing role
So I don't need you / I don't think I need you

But you see through my forever lies / And you are not believing
And I see in your forever eyes / And you are forever healing

You can't hear what I'm not saying / And I can hold out long enough
Treading water I keep from sinking / I'm not one for reaching

You see that I can play / A pretty convincing role
So I don't need you / I don't think I need you

But you see through my forever lies / And you are not believing
And I see in your forever eyes / And you are forever healing

Love Song for a Savior

In open fields of wild flowers / She breathes the air and flies away
She thanks her Jesus for the daisies / And the roses in no simple language
Someday she'll understand / The meaning of it all

He's more than the laughter / Or the stars in the heaven
As close as a heartbeat / Or song on her lips
Someday she'll trust Him / And learn how to see Him
Someday He'll call her / And she will come running
She fall in His arms / The tears will fall down / And she'll pray

I want to fall in love with you (x4)

Sitting silent wearing Sunday best / The sermon echoes through the walls
A great salvation through it / Calls to the people
Who stare into nowhere / And can't feel the chains on their souls

He's more than the laughter / Or the stars in the heaven
As close as a heartbeat / Or song on her lips
Someday we'll trust Him / And learn how to see Him
Someday He'll call us / And we will come running
We'll fall in His arms / The tears will fall down / And we'll pray

I want to fall in love with you (x4)
We want to pray

It seems to easy to call You 'Savior' / Not close enough to call You 'God'
So as I sit and think of / The words I can mention
To show my devotion

I want to fall in love with you (x4)

Like a Child

Dear God / Surround me as I speak
The bridges that I walk / Across are weak
And the frustrations fill the / Void that I can't solely bear

Dear God / Don't let me fall apart
You've held me close to you / But I have turned away
And searched for answers / I can't understand

They say that I can move the mountains / And send them falling to the sea
They say that I can walk on water / If I would follow and believe
With faith like a child

Sometimes, / When I feel miles away
And my eyes can't see your face / I wonder if I've grown to lose
The recklessness I walked in / Light of you

They say that I can move the mountains / And send them crashing to the sea
They say that I can walk on water / If I would follow and believe
With faith like a child
They say that love can heal the broken / They say that hope can make you see
They say that faith can find a Savior / If you would follow and believe
with faith like a child

Art in Me

Images on the sidewalk / Speak of dream's descent
Washed away by the storms / To graves of cynical lament
Dirty canvases to call my own
Protest limericks carved / By the old pay phone

And in your picture book / I'm trying hard to see
Turning endless pages / Of this tragedy
Sculpting every move / You compose a symphony
And you plead to everyone / See the art in me

Broken stained glass windows / The fragments ramble on
Tales of broken souls / An eternity's been won
As critics scorn the thoughts / And works of mortal man
My eyes have drawn to you / In awe once again

And in your picture book / I'm trying hard to see
Turning endless pages / Of this tragedy
Sculpting every move / You compose a symphony
And you plead to everyone / See the art in me

He

Don't try to reach me / I'm already dead
The pain when it grips me / For things that I've done

Well I try to make you proud / But for crying out loud
Just give me a chance to hide away
Exhaustion takes over / Will this someday be over?

Fearful tears are running down / The pain you've laid don't speak a sound
Don't take my heart away from me / And they think I fell down again

Daddy don't you love me / Then why do you hit me?
And Momma don't you love me / Then why do you hurt me?

Well I've tried to make you proud / But for crying out loud
Just give me a chance to hide away
Exhaustion takes over / Will this someday be over?

Fearful tears are running down / The pain you've laid don't speak a sound
Don't take my heart away from me / And they think I fell down again

A teardrop falls / From up in the heavens
Drowning the sorrow of angels in high
For the least of the helpless / The hopeless, the loveless
My Jesus, His children, / He holds in His arms
He loves you, He sees you, / He knows you, protects you,
He needs you, He holds you

Boy on a String

The marionette has your number / He's pulling your arms and legs
'Til you can't stand on your own / Dragging your conscience on the stage
And your heart gets rearranged / And you cannot tell you mentor / From you Maker

Look at the crowd bleeding with laughter / Or the way you entertain at beckon call
They don't see behind the lights / Or the painted background / They just like to see you fall

But you don't really mind / And you're just wasting time
You don't feel anything / You're a boy on a string

I feel a sadness like Gapetto / Watching the life that he created run away
Seeing the puppeteer's intrusion / And holding the remains / Of puppets that had rotted away

One day the curtain will not open / And all of the crowds will go away
Someday those strings will choke you / But until that day
But you don't really mind / And you're just wasting time
You don't feel anything / You're a boy on a string

Flood

Rain, rain on my face / Hasn't stopped raining for days
My world is a flood / Slowly I become one with the mud

But if I can't swim after 40 days / And my mind is crushed by the crashing waves
Lift me up so high that I cannot fall / Lift me oh

Lift me up / When I'm falling / I'm weak and I'm dying
I need you to hold me / Keep me from drowning again

Downpour on my soul / Splashing in the ocean, I'm losing control
Dark sky all around / Can't feel my feet touching the ground

But if I can't swim after 40 days / And my mind is crushed by the crashing waves
Lift me up so high that I cannot fall / Lift me oh

Lift me up / When I'm falling / I'm weak and I'm dying
I need you to hold me / Keep me from drowning again

Calm the storms that drench my eyes / And dry the streams still flowing
Casting down all waves of sin / And guilt that overthrow me

Worlds Apart

I am the only one to blame for this / Somehow it all ends up the same
Soaring on the wings of selfish pride / I flew too high and like Icharus I collide

With a world I try so hard / To leave behind
To rid myself of all but love / To give and die

To turn away and not become / Another nail to pierce / The skin of one who loves
More deeply than the ocean / More abundant than the tears / Of a world embracing every heartache

Can I be the one to sacrifice / Or grip the spear and watch / The blood and water flow

To love you, take my world apart / To need you, I am on my knees
To love you, take my world apart / To need you, broken on my knees

All said and done I stand alone /Amongst the remains of life I should not own
It takes all I am to believe / In the mercy that covers me

Did you really have to die for me? / All I am for all you are
Because what I need / And what I believe / Are worlds apart

And I pray
To love you, take my world apart / To need you, I am on my knees
To love you, take my world apart / To need you, broken on my knees

I look beyond the empty cross / Forgetting what my life has cost
And wipe away the crimson stains / And dull the nails that still remains
More and more I need you now / I owe you more each passing hour
Battle between grace and pride / I gave up not so long ago

So steal my heart and take the pain / Wash the feet and cleanse my pride
Take the selfish, take the weak / And all the things I cannot hide
Take the beauty, take my tears / The sin-soaked heart and make it yours
Take my world all apart / Take it now, take it now

And serve the ones that I despise / Speak the words I can't deny
Watch the world I used to love / Fall to dust and thrown away
I look beyond the empty cross / Forgetting what my life has cost
Wipe away the crimson stains / And dull the nails that still remain

So steal my heart and take my pain / Take the selfish, take the weak
And all the things I cannot hide / Take the beauty, take my tears
Take my world apart, take my world apart / I pray, and I pray, and I pray
Take my world apart / Worlds apart

Blind

Cynical, just your way / You play the doubting Thomas / Feel the scars and wipe the stains
So you fight, and retreat / And talk yourself out of believing / in any peace that you can't see

Blind words you call / Blind words will fall

You're logical, you can't find / any reason to believe in love / you are blind
Crucify, and deny, pass the blame and burn the mission / Till dust remains and wash your hands

Blind words you call / Blind words will fall

Four Seven (secret track)

We have this treasure / in earthen vessels
to show that this power / is from God, and not from us

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