Friday, November 21, 2008

broken from the start...

here is my latest favorite jon foreman song. i am not completely sure what it is about and i have been on the hunt for the meaning, but i still find the song playing in my head all the time. for me, i think it has been a reminder of my brokenness. i think of the things i have messed up the people i have hurt and wish i could change it, but i cannot. i have tried and only made things worse. i have been broken from the start...

broken from the start...
(Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh)
Life is a gift like fresh cut roses
Cut from the branch and brought inside
It's a slow contradiction, it's beauty in a vase
When our cords are cut that's when we start to die

(Oh)
Lately death and life get so confusing
I can't tell the difference here tonight
Lately every breath feels like I'm kissing death
And when time is dead I cease to be alive

If you hide yourself deep inside
Deep inside
In time you've got nothing left to hide
There's nothing left inside
Tonight, honey
I'm gonna break your heart
Mine was broken from the start
Broken from the start

(Oh)
Choice is the only thing we're given
For one to live another dies
One road says, "Hello"
The other says, "Goodbye"
And the rose that you don't choose begin to die
(Oh, oh)

If you hide yourself deep inside
Deep inside
In time you've got nothing left to hide
It dries up inside
Tonight, honey
I'm gonna break your heart
Mine was broken from the start
Broken from the start
Broken from the start
Broken from the start

They won't pay a cent to hear you laughing
They might pay a little to hear you cry
If you do it long enough
They might even pay attention
But they still won't pay respect until you die, die

If you hide yourself deep inside
Deep inside
In time you've got nothing left to hide
It's all dead inside
Tonight, honey
I'm gonna break your heart
Mine was broken from the start
Broken from the start

2 comments:

Matt said...

I understood it to be a song about the choice of whether or not to end a relationship. In looking at his choice, he sees the bigger reality of life and its choices. His ultimate conclusion is that all choices lead to death - which appears to have a double meaning.

The chorus is the hardest part for me to understand, though. It just doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the song - lyrically or melodically.

Great song though. Jon Foreman is the first Christian artist I have sincere respect for since Rich Mullins and Steven Curtis Chapman.

That's my two cents.

becca harris said...

i always appreciate your 2 cents matt.

i also thought it was about a relationship, but could have a dual meaning. maybe someday i will get to meet mr. foreman personally and find out what the meaning is.