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 Posted: Fri Jan 1st, 2010 02:59 pm
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Thanks for the feedback - I agree the lyrics need to be carefully thought through. Actually this song began life in an Easter play sung by followers of Jesus at the crucifixion. There were some slightly different lyrics, especially in the second verse:

I followed you, heard what you said,
I saw you heal, raise from the dead
You spoke of love, you touched my soul,
You gave me hope, you made me whole

Chorus:
You live in me, your spirit's bright,
I can go on, I'll be alright

And now I see you crucified
I don't know how, I don't know why
Is all hope gone? Is goodness dead?
What can I trust, where should I head?

Chorus

You are alive, I see your light,
Your spirit shines into the night
I feel your love, deep in my heart,
It's not the end, it's just the start

Chorus

As originally written, I didn't think too many opportunities would come up to sing it (Good Friday?), so to generalize its application as a memorial song, I removed the references to the crucifixion. It certainly is a spiritual song, but as currently written could apply at any memorial service, sung about anyone who has parted and whose spirit is still bright. In a normal context, the second verse acknowledges the immediate despair of losing a loved one, setting up the third verse where the despair is (hopefully) dispelled. I think it could still be sung about Jesus on the cross for Good Friday, but in any other context perhaps would imply a loss of faith as you pointed out.

Last edited on Sat Jan 2nd, 2010 02:16 pm by clarkfford

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