This song was born from helplessly watching a close friend fall repeatedly into the same crippling sin. The bluntness of these lyrics is intended to grab the listeners’ attention and demand an immediate examination of their hearts.
The Bible says that like a dog goes back to his own vomit, so we return to our sin. We are singing about that thorn in our flesh that keeps us from pressing forward. It encourages our coming back and revisiting those vices even though we are aware of the danger the sin can bring to our lives.
Regardless of where we run or hide, He is always there. The chorus states that we will meet Him sooner or later, and it guides the listener to choose how he or she will one day stand in front of the Creator of the universe.
“Dangerous” is a bold song, speaking out against complacency in our Christian lives. Inspired by the book Wild at Heart, we want to share with the world this message, "If you aren't affecting those around you for Christ, you are not living ‘dangerously’ enough."
This song in its preliminary stages has been a favorite of many, not only for its driving guitar line, but also for its assertive message to Christians. It challenges listeners to step out of their ideas of what a Christian lifestyle is and to make sure they are truly seeking to impact this world.
Because of its loud message, this song has also been the theme for entire camps, challenging kids to live lives recklessly abandoned to the call of Christ.
LOVE FOUND ME (LOVE’S GOT A HOLD)
Finally, that “southern feel good rocker” we have all been waiting for.
Josh gave this song life with a catchy guitar riff followed by an infectious melody and “feel good” lyrics that no music lover could resist. This tune one was of those magical songs in the studio that just felt so great when it was being created, we hated to stop playing it long enough to hit the record button.
We want this song to convey the feeling of finding that missing piece in your life for the first time and not being able to keep it to yourself. We have found that missing piece in our meaningful relationships with Jesus Christ, and we needed a song that best conveyed that emotion to our listeners.
With one of the seven deadly sins as its title, “Greed” is not necessarily a “bob your head” pop tune built for AC radio. This song was written as more of an accountability check for its listeners.
Greed and the love of money are two of the most debilitating forces at work in our world/workplace today. If the end goal of this song or of making this album is for us to be rich and have enough money to live comfortably in the illusion that we can go on in this world without God, just as Judas did, we have also fallen to this deadly snare.
Arguably, the most gripping line of the song falls in the bridge where the song states, "All the pennies in your pocket, won't get you through the needle’s eye, but the one thing that you're needing, money just can't buy." This reminds us that no amount of money or worldly success can buy our way into heaven.
“Drifter” originated with its lyrics. Knowing exactly what we wanted to say, we created the melody that sweeps across the chorus; and all we needed were a few musical heroics to make it complete.
To put the icing on this one, Sheryl Crow's Peter Stroud accented the song’s atmosphere with some tasteful slide guitar. Also, producer Scotty Wilbanks (Third Day) appears on this tune with piano and flashy organ accents as the song comes to a jamming fade.
The lyrical foundation for “Drifter” came from the second chapter in Hebrews where we are warned of the danger of drifting away. We all find ourselves trying to stay on that road where we know we should travel, yet it is so easy to drift away from it. The setting of this song is similar to that of Jesus in the desert where He was repeatedly tempted by the devil's promises.
The ultimate goal of our traveling through this earth is that we might embrace Christ and find ourselves in His presence at the end of our long journey through this life.
LIVE AND BREATHE
This song, much like most of the DecembeRadio tunes, started with a monstrous guitar riff that demanded an attention-getting song be filled in around it. We went for a dynamic verse, equipped with a funky guitar line and ripping vocals, followed by what we hope is a blistering chorus.
In the same style as “Love Found Me,” this song blasts “feel good” decibels with a blatant message of our joy in worshiping Christ and living and breathing for His purpose.
In our day-to-day lives that are often clouded by desires of this world, it is very important to hold onto the truth that we are created to worship Him and not our own desires. He's done so much for us; it is only natural for us to lift this truth up to the top of our lungs--literally.
ALRIGHT MY FRIEND
Our main goal in writing this album is for the listener to be encouraged and to then share the hope they have found through these songs with others.
“Alright My Friend” journeys into the musically progressive side of DecembeRadio fueled by a deep syncopated drum groove with layering sparkly electric and acoustic guitar accents under a soaring five-part vocal arrangement on the chorus.
Another song containing the theme of accountability, “Alright My Friend” challenges the listener to not only be encouraged, but to also be an encouragement to others.
Razor is another song on the album targeting accountability. The Bible says the tongue is a sharp tool used to divide many. This song warns us of the danger of an unbridled tongue. It comes from the perspective of a person who has been hurt by someone else's hurtful comments.
The bridge of the song brings a message of selflessness and hope stating, "…after all the things you said to me, I pray that you will one day see…." It is our job to pray for those who hurt us with their words instead of lashing back and continuing the debilitating cycle.
“Table” contains a heavy rock groove. It possibly contains the most modern rock energy on the record. The song is lifted off the ground by a pronounced guitar riff bending over the deep groove laid down by the bass, rhythm guitar and drums.
Besides being a song that we are musically proud of, “Table” also carries a message of self-examination. It states, "…when all we are is laid out on the table, and you no longer hide from what's inside…"
There are things in our lives that are much easier to run from than to turn and face. The danger in running from our problems is that they do not go away. They just continue building in our hearts until we one day either let them consume us or turn to God to rescue our hearts.
LEAST OF THESE
“Least of These” definitely showcases the more serious side of the DecembeRadio repertoire. The song gets its roots in Matthew where the King says, “what you have done to the least of these you have done to me.”
Daily we have opportunities to help others; and each time we take one of those chances, we are also serving Christ with our actions.
This song proclaims a message of selflessness—a message that would turn this world upside down if we all lived by it. We continually take for granted all the comforts we share and often look only at what more we can have instead of what more we can give. We are all part of "the least of these" in this life and have all benefited from Christ's ultimate sacrifice.