Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Stop

It's always so hard just to choose one song from Ryan Adams. I think he's probably my favorite artist. Here's one for today, called Stop. It always initially grabs me because of the piano, but when I sit and listen to the lyrics, I feel my soul relate. This song's lyrics are so tough, so true. I think we all struggle at times with doing the right thing, and sometimes the answer is so simple. But we are not alone in this life struggle, we can "call in the backups." The last section of this song says it so beautifully: "There is a darkness and there is a light and there is a choice. For a balance to be made every night, a weakness must be found. If you want it to stop, [then] stop.



I know a sickness so ancient and cross
No crucifix could ever fix enough
In the basement of a church
These people, they talk
There is a line that must be walked
If you wanna make it stop, then stop

I know a place where the future is denied
I know a hand that twitches inside
For some of us the glass is filled with lights
But if the honey makes you sick
Honey, there is a line that must be walked
If you wanna make it stop, then stop, stop

Slow down, You don't have to talk
Lie down, breathe, stop
Slow down, It's not your fault
Look around, There's so many of us
So many of us
You are not alone ever, ever, ever
Stop

Call in the backup and the backup comes
Nobody can help you if you won't
Inside your chest your heart is just hurt
Behind your eyes, a need replaced, a want

I know a sickness so ancient and cross
A crucifix can never fix enough
I know a past when the future is lost
I know a line that must be walked

There is a darkness and there is a light
And there is a choice.
For a balance to be made every night
A weakness must be found
If you want it to stop, stop,
Stop.

1 comment:

GeorgiaSnail said...

Huge fan of DRA. I believe this song was witten about his recovery from drug and alcohol abuse...I was so sad the day I heard that he was leaving the Cardinals, that band played so tightly...