I was listening to the radio the other day when I heard a song that had some really cool lyrics in it. I don’t hear a lot of really awesome lyrics very much on the radio, but this one was one of those rare types that really jump out when you listen in. It’s “When the Saints” by Sarah Groves. Check it out:

“Lord I have a heavy burden of all I’ve seen and know
It’s more than I can handle
But your word is burning like a fire shut up in my bones
and I cannot let it go

And when I’m weary and overwrought
with so many battles left unfought

I think of Paul and Silas in the prison yard
I hear their song of freedom rising to the stars
And when the Saints go marching in
I want to be one of them

Lord it’s all that I can’t carry and cannot leave behind
it often overwhelms me
but when I think of all who’ve gone before and lived the faithful life
their courage compells me
And when I’m weary and overwrought
with so many battles left unfought

I think of Paul and Silas in the prison yard
I hear their song of freedom rising to the stars

I see the shepherd Moses in the Pharohs court
I hear his call for freedom for the people of the Lord

And when the Saints go marching in
I want to be one of them
And when the Saints go marching in
I want to be one of them

I see the long quiet walk along the Underground Railroad
I see the slave awakening to the value of her soul

I see the young missionary and the angry spear
I see his family returning with no trace of fear

I see the long hard shadows of Calcutta nights
I see the sisters standing by the dying man’s side

I see the young girl huddled on the brothel floor
I see the man with a passion come and kicking down the door

I see the man of sorrows and his long troubled road
I see the world on his shoulders and my easy load

And when the Saints go marching in
I want to be one of them
and when the Saints go marching in
I want to be one of them
I want to be one of them
I want to be one of them
I want to be one of them”

You can also listen to the song on her myspace page. There are several verses that I like in particular. I really like the ones about Moses, Calcutta nights, and the dude kicking down the brothel door. There are very few things that really anger me, but the act of prostituting women for money is one of them. I used to make deliveries late at night and would see it. I never laugh when people make jokes about that stuff. It’s not funny. Anyway, I think that Ms. Groves (or whoever wrote the song) did a great job lyrically. Kudos!

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