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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Well, David went undercover at times 


I just compared O-Joe Taylor and King David:


Probably the best contemporary Christian album that I can think of...is Undercover's Branded from the late 1980s. You'll recall that Undercover started with ditties like "you'll have to excuse us, we're in love with Jesus," and then reworked "Holy Holy Holy" as a fast guitar song. Branded is a forward step in both musical and lyrical maturity, and the lyrics (see link) approach the power of the Psalms....


But judge for yourself. Here are lyrics from two of the songs:


CRY MYSELF TO SLEEP

It's hard to fall asleep
When I hate the life I lead
And it's hard to face the day
Cuz the night's not far away
Cry, cry myself to sleep

It's easier telling lies
When I'm dying inside
Than to open up my heart
And have it torn apart
Cry, cry myself to sleep

God in heaven above
Has compassion and love
His hands wet with my tears
He's been drying them for years
Cry, cry myself to sleep x2

And if I would hide myself
Let no one know who I am
Would I die a lonely man

If I would hide myself
Let no one know who I am
Would I die a lonely man
Cry, cry myself to sleep x2
COME AWAY WITH ME

When you were lying in your bed,
You didn't see me there.
Hopeless pain and desperation,
Hanging in the air.
I was hoping, you would call my name.
I was hoping I could help to ease the pain.

When you were crying in your bed,
You [It] tore my soul apart.
Could you feel the words of love I gently
Whispered to your heart.
I watched you cry yourself to sleep.
I watched you, I felt you, cry yourself to sleep

Come away, with me.
Come away, with me. (4 times altogether)

I was hoping, you would call my name.
I was hoping I would hear you call my name.

The power of the ocean and the
Mighty wind and rain,
Mean nothing to me now as I look
Down and see the lonely tears of pain.
Can you hear me now
Can you hear the words I whisper to you now.

Come away, with me.
Come away, with me. (8 times altogther)

[It] is written in lyric sheet, but not sung



Here's some of the background behind the lyrics for Branded:


Having broken ground as a punk outfit, churning out gospel tracks set to anxious dance music and messages that could fit on a bumper sticker, the members of Undercover knew it was time to dig deeper. "Things in people’s lives around me didn’t seem to support what we were writing about anymore," keyboardist and songwriter Ojo Taylor had told me that summer. "We saw a lot of kids hurting and I found I had to do more than just throw Romans 8:28 at them."...Throughout the course of the album, Undercover proved themselves able to match the more mature themes and struggles with a more mature style of music-dark and stylish, moody and ambient. Their new direction was more flexible, as well; whereas the pogo punk of yore held few options, the new music allowed for a much more expressive emotional pallet. As such, Branded is the perfect soundtrack for a flawed human life, all the while stretching toward the Light. "The Bible says we are to walk in the light," Taylor had said, "so we bring ourselves to the light and say, "Okay, look at us, here we are. Maybe you can identify with me because I have the same problems you do." Just as the anguished Psalms resulted from real-life struggles with everyday existence, Branded’s own lamentations were drawn from personal experience, too. "I tried for ten years as a super-fundamental Christian to make everything I was taught fit into life. After meeting more and more kids and seeing my own failures and realizing that life is tough...I said, "Hey, I can’t make it fit anymore. There has to be more to Christianity than I’ve been taught." Branded, a concept album that could easily have been subtitled Guilt, Anxiety, and Freedom, his the lowest emotional point with the aptly titled Darkest Hour, an anguished cry from the bottom-pointing out in the last verse how Christ Himself was in the Garden of Gethsemane crying out and sweating blood. And there, at the bottom, we find what is truly excellent about Branded-there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Come Away With Me, as lovely a song ever written by a modern rock band, is the tender response our Lord has for anyone with a broken heart.


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Comments:
I like those songs. Where can I hear them?
 
They'd be available via an indie label, and I haven't seen Undercover records in a Christian bookstore in years. Try visiting www.innocentmedia.com (O Joe Taylor's website) for more.
 
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