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Stained-glass and the choir sing out that strong and ceaseless
Chorus here. 
So sweet the voices, sweep like leaves into the street.

On Eastern, a celebration carried on for God and hope and
Refuge
To keep each other, life; give shelter from the storm. And
Keep warm. 
The congregation gathers outside in the parking lot, each
Service done
They keep the old hymn rolling on and on and
I see
The scene in color each day driving out to Eastown, 
That old
Abandoned church and have I gone the same sad way? 

Have I
Gone the same sad way? 

Through the sixties flourished and the
Seventies in flux. 
The eighties fluctuate each year unclear of when
The money would dry up. 
And when the nineties violent crime and
Rising unemployment rates came by
That parking lot grew dim and thin
Of sinners and saints
Until the voices, unceasing, slowly faded to
Black
Until the weeds stormed the concrete from unattended cracks.

It had to know, had to feel that glory never coming back,

Like I could feel it when the passion left, the last of what I had,

It had to know like I knew. 
And I can't find it still.

Might not ever. 

Ten years now standing vacant.

Ten years on empty, maybe more. 
Once held the faith of
Hundreds, 
Soon one more cell phone store. 
For years they
Gathered here
Inside the building sound and true
To sing their
Praises to a god that gave them hope
To carry on, to carry through.

So, I've been thinking about that, 
Sometimes go slow when I
Drive by, 
How a home of stone and a house so holy
Grows so
Empty over time. 
What gave those people purpose
Past death
Approaching constantly
Now left to crumble slowly, 
Now left to
Wither with the weeds. 
Now left to ice and vandals, 
The
Advent candles long since gone, 
The old foundation shifting hard,

The concrete overgrown, but
That stained-glass window sits
Untouched amongst the brickwork worn, 
A symbol of the beauty only
Perfect at that moment we were born. 
And just the other day I swear
I saw a man there
Pulling weeds out of the concrete, sweeping up and
Patching cracks, 
I saw him lift a rag to wash the years of filth
From off those windows. 
Made me wonder if there's anyone like that
For you and me and
Anybody else who broke and lost hope.



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    UnregisteredSep 1, 2012 at 6:32 pm
    In the interview, "conversations," jordan dreyer may have explained his meaning for the lyrics, but it doesn't necessarily mean other interpretations are not also correct. If you truly analyse any piece of literature or songtext, you can create another meaning that maybe the author or artist did not intend for or see.
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    UnregisteredSep 1, 2012 at 6:44 pm
    *song
    *talks
    I'm on a ipod, sorry for the awful typos and grammar. It's hard to think when typing vs writing on paper.
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    UnregisteredSep 1, 2012 at 6:41 pm
    Same person as before. Like, i thought this son was about how desperate times can change people or how time in general changes people. It talk about the plumeting economy and increase in crime and how overtime a meaningful place and thing had lost its meaning to certain people. I thought the old man was symbolic of a constant or of the person left behind. It might not be entirely right but it also isn't entirely wrong because someone is able to gather that with the text presented.
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    UnregisteredJan 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm
    The church is symbolic of his life. Once flourished and decorated, now broke and hopeless. The progression of the song reveals repair, renewal, faith and hope, thus representing the possibility of hope for the hopeless and faith in those who have lost faith in themselves.
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    UnregisteredJan 5, 2012 at 8:30 am
    This song is about a young man growing up in life. It's about his unsureness of what to believe. He sees all these people who believe in god but perish away like everyone else. He grows up and passes the church several times slowing down to see how old it is. It was once beautiful but time had weathered it. He then sees a guy cleaning the church up and watches all the years of wear and tear be washed away and he wonders if there is a higher power to do the same to him.

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