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I wanted to bring you all that is in my heart
I wanted to give you my everything
But I've failed you
I've failed you so many times
How can I stand here
How can I stand here before you

How can I stand here before you
When I begin to steal
What only belongs to you
What only belongs to you

I am able to bring you
Nothing that isn't already yours

I am so ashamed, I'm so ashamed
Of what I ever called my own
Take what I have, take these broken remains
What can I give to you that you don't already deserve

You laid down your life when I refused to give mine



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    UnregisteredApr 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm
    There is only one meaning to this song. It is a cry to god, describing the failings of the individual and the selfishness that plagues them. God paid so much for us, he met his own standards and then gave his life as a ransom for anyone who would accept his sacrifice. He deserves all of our reverence and praise and yet, so often we forget about his sacrifice or take away from his sacrifice by our refusal to submit out sinful lives to him. God, soften the hearts of all who hear this song and allow them to realize their desperate need for you.
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    JoelThePersonApr 11, 2009 at 10:38 pm
    an interesting way i would interpret this song is that each fallen soldier is one's self after each of their sins and failures
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    BottomOfTheHourglassMar 23, 2009 at 8:56 pm
    The song has nothing to do with his Christianity, says Tim of As I Lay Dying. All Christians in the band, but they don't try to write about God. Sure, you can take a song and it will seem like they're talking about God, and then if you listen to it again and think of it differently it can be something completely different, like a relationship or inner battle. Tims the one who said all the band members are Christian, but that they don't speak about God in their songs. We just interpret it however we feel it could/should mean.
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    OverbergFeb 10, 2009 at 9:50 am
    Yes, this song is about his Christian walk.

    As you can see by every song the band has made, it all reflects on christianity..

    wanted to bring you all that is in my heart
    I wanted to give you my everything
    But I've failed you
    I've failed you so many times
    How can I stand here
    How can I stand here before you (I want to give myself, devote my life to you, But I've failed you so many times, I am unworthy)

    How can I stand here before you
    When I begin to steal
    What only belongs to you
    What only belongs to you
    I am able to bring you
    Nothing that isn't already yours (Nothing on this earth is really mine, it is all yours, Father, to claim something is mine is wrong, no Jewels, no crowns, no treasures, not even another person can be claimed as my own, everything belongs to you.)

    I am so ashamed, I'm so ashamed
    Of what I ever called my own
    Take what I have, take these broken remains
    What can I give to you that you don't already deserve
    (I can give you nothing, no riches in this world are mine, and to you, they are nothing. But I have my life, my will, and It is broken, and I am unworthy, all that I can offer you my lord is my life)

    You laid down your life when I refused to give mine
    (I am so unworthy.. You died, shed your blood for me, but yet I sin against you, and through my transgressions I became the nails that pierced your hands, forgive me.)
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    vaughnmaNov 12, 2008 at 10:37 pm
    I'm going to respectfully disagree with the other meanings...

    Its about Tim realizing he has not honered God with his life, and now that he sees Gods unconditional love and unending grace, he feels unworthy of such love so he gives his life to God. And his old self is the fallen soldier

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