“in the sun”

one of my favorite songs ever is joseph arthur’s “in the sun”. (which reminds me that i need to redo my favorite songs list. and my albums one, too.)

it’s one of those songs that they play during really emotional scenes in movies and tv (most notably, scrubs). not to mention, it’s been covered by everyone from michael stipe to justin timberlake.

i think its effect on me has more to do with the lyrics. regardless of what joseph arthur wanted to convey through this song, every time i listen to it, i’m reminded of a beautiful, powerful truth that i tend to forget about. here, take a listen.

my favorite lines of the song are:

’cause when you showed me myself, i became someone else
but i was caught in between all you wish for and all you need

’cause if i find my own way
how much will i find?

plenty of people have debated whether or not this song contains religious undertones. despite the blatant references to God and the general attitude of contemplation, i don’t think it’s supposed to. it’s one of those songs that means something different to everyone, and i definitely challenge you to find your own truth within joseph arthur’s words.

i can’t help but think of hebrews 4:11.

11Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], that no one may fall or perish by the same kind of unbelief and disobedience [into which those in the wilderness fell].

once, i heard someone say that grace cannot become a powerful force in your life until you fully see your own depravity. that is what this song says to me…and it’s one of the greatest truths i’ve ever known.

i absolutely love when that happens. when a song means so much more to you than the artist could have ever intended. when someone with the gift of songwriting can put your thoughts into words better than you can. that’s why i love music.

and while we’re on the topic of joseph arthur, i’ll go ahead and plug my favorite joseph arthur song, “i would rather hide”. well, never mind, i can’t find it on youtube, and i don’t know how to play music on here otherwise. DANGIT.


~ by CJL on March 9, 2009.

One Response to ““in the sun””

  1. Yeeeesssss… I love this song. I actually put a Joseph Arthur song on the cd I gave you (that no longer exists). “Honey and the Moon.” Good stuff.

    And you’re right about the emotional scenes of movies and tv. A certain WB drama played this song once, if memory serves.

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