Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Cave

Hi Casey, 

I know you're not taking song requests on earth right now, but regardless, I'd like to dedicate this post/song to my friends.  Which friends?  Well, to to the friend whose father is virtually disowning her and her family because she has a different view of the definition of "prophet", this is for you.  To the ones who were announced via Stake President over multiple pulpits to have been excommunicated (for kneeling during the sacrament) when they actually have not been cast out, this is for you.  To the ones who's casting off began a long while ago when the sister wore pants to her church just outside the Mormon Corridor, this is for you.  To the ones who are not permitted to speak in Sunday School because talking about Jesus was too "radical", this song's for you.  To the ones conflicted about their Church "closets" and where they stand for fear of losing your employment and support for your family, this is for you.  To those of you who decided to follow Joseph, Emma, and countless early saints' example by receiving rebaptism in living water for renewal of your commitment to God, healing, or cleansing (and then got cut off for it), this is for you too.  To those who are learning how to walk a razor thin line of acceptance vs ostracism, and following the voice of the Lord over and despite all, this post is for you.  And lastly, to those who are observing it all and still trying to make sense of how people can do all this and call themselves Mormon, this is lovingly for you too.  All of you. 

I thought I'd share the second song on Sigh No More, called "The Cave".  I love it when CDs actually include the lyrics in the insert, and this one does.

I think my favorite part (visually) is at 1:15.  Wait for it...

Here are the lyrics, which I am grateful to say are good to read.  Previously when I'd heard this song I misinterpreted them (I thought he said "will let you choke" rather than "won't let you choke"), and it gave a totally different meaning to the song.  Now that I have read the lyrics, I'd say it speaks well to the strivings of the day.  I've added lots of link-ups for context on how it speaks to me, although even the link-ups don't quite speak accurately – just close.  You can decide if it works for you.  Probably not with Mumford was intending, but most songs can often morph into what we want them to be.  So I'm taking a moment for some cathartic release on behalf of my friends.

It's empty in the valley of your heart
The sun it rises slowly as you walk 
Away from all the fears and all the 
faults you've left behind 

The harvest left no food for you to eat
You cannibal, you meat-eater you see
But I have seen the same I know the

But I will hold on hope
And I won't let you choke
And I'll find strength in pain
And I will change my ways

'Cause I have other things to fill my time
You take what is yours and I'll take mine
Now let me at the truth which will refresh my broken mind

So tie me to a post and block my ears
I can see widows and orphans through my tears
And know my call despite my faults and despite my growing fears

But I will hold on hope
And I won't let you choke
And I'll find strength in pain 
And I will change my ways
I'll know my name as it's called again

So come out of your cave walking on your hands
And see the world hanging upside down
You can understand dependence when you know the maker's land

So make your siren's call

'Cause I need freedom now
And I need to know how
To live my life as it's meant to be

And I will hold on hope 
And I won't let you choke 
On the noose around your neck
And I'll find strength in pain
And I will change my ways
I'll know my name as it's called again 

I think I could come up with a million variables on each line.  Either way, it speaks.   

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