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Weapons
Jars of Clay
Album The Long Fall Back to Earth
Released 2009
Recorded 2008-2009
Length 3:28
Label Gray Matters, Essential Records
Genre Christian rock, Pop rock, Indie rock
Written by Jars of Clay
Last song "The Long Fall"
Next song "Two Hands"

Weapons is a song by Jars of Clay. It is the second track on their album The Long Fall Back to Earth.

MeaningEdit

Dan Haseltine: “I was watching a show on the Sundance channel called Iconoclasts, where comedian Dave Chapelle was asking poet Maya Angelou about growing up in the civil rights movement -- and what it meant to her to have experienced the marginalization of who she was based on her color. Chapelle asked Angelou if it had made her angry. And Angelou said, “Absolutely.” But when it comes to anger, she said, you need to write it, and speak it, and dance it, and sing it, and paint it, and sculpt it. Because if you don’t, she warned, it becomes bitterness -- a cancer that eats away at your heart and soul and passion. So that's where ‘Weapons’ came from. It sounds like an anti-war song -- and maybe it is -- but not in the traditional context.”

Charlie Lowell: “I love starting a record off with ‘There are no enemies in front of you.’ It’s sort of us saying -- to ourselves and to the listener -- “Let down your guard. Bring everything you have to this record and see where it takes you. See what happens.”[1]

Lyrics[2]Edit

Lyrics


Verse 1:

Hallelujah, we can finally hear

It’s a miracle we feel anything at all

Things we planted on the worst days of the year

Grew to fingers that rip at the joy

And set our backs against the wall


Chorus:

Lay your weapons down

Lay your weapons down

There are no enemies in front of you


Verse 2:

Hallelujah, we can finally see

How the bitterness was bruising on our skin

We didn’t notice that grace had run so thin

Till we’re falling apart and the cracks in our hearts let the truth sink in


Chorus:

Lay your weapons down

Lay your weapons down

There are no enemies in front of you


Lay your weapons down

Lay your weapons down

There are no enemies in front of you


Lay your weapons down

Lay your weapons down

Lay you weapons — There are no enemies in front of you


Lay your weapons down

Lay your weapons down

Lay your weapons —There are no enemies in front of you


(fades out)


VideoEdit

Jars of Clay - Weapons03:28

Jars of Clay - Weapons

ReferencesEdit


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