Thursday, April 19, 2007

Good Monsters

I've been listening to Jars of Clay's new album "Good Monsters." The music's good. It sounds to me like a departure from the earlier distinctive "alternative" sound of Jars of Clay. I feel that this album's got more raw power and soul. But it could be just my perception, or maybe I've forgotten how they sounded in the earlier albums. There's a good mix of fast and slow songs, some upbeat, some melancholic. It seems to have grown on me. Some of the lyrics are a bit cryptic though, and I still haven't figured them out.

Here's the title track:

Good Monsters
Words and music by Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell, Stephen Mason, Matt Odmark

All the good monsters open their eyes
To see the wasteland where the home fires rise
And the people shouting, "Why, why, why"

Do you know what you are?
Do you know what you are?

All the giants wake from their sleep
And roll outside of safety's keep
And the pain makes them feel so alive

Do you know what you are; do you know what you are?
We are bored of all the things we know
Do you know what you are; do you know what you are?

Not all monsters are bad
But the ones who are good
Never do what they could, never do what they could

All the good monsters rattle their chains
And dance around the open flames
They make a lot of empty noise

While all of the bright eyes turn away
As if there wasn't anything to say
About the justice and the mystery

Do you know what you are?
Do you know what you are?
We are bored of all the things that we know
And we are forms of everything we love, we love..

If good won't show its ugly face,
Evil won't you take your place?
Nothing ever changes, nothing ever changes
By itself

We are bored of all the things that we know
Do you know what you are?
Because we are so in love with ourselves

We are forms of all the things we love.



p/s I'll be off to Chiang Mai for a company trip later today till Sunday. Pray for journey mercies and that I'll get to eat some yummy longans, and experience the real life there instead of consumer-packaged mass tourism. But it's a group tour, so I guess it'll be a bit of the usual itinerary to "standard" sites. :)


2 comments:

chang wei hao said...

i wish my church recites the creed more often, my gf's church at Logos presb. does tat week in week out with the apostle's creed and there seems to be a timeless continuity with saints of old, when we do tat :)

HL said...

Hello Dave/David/Hedonese, what an honour to have you here! You had me stumped for a moment as to your identity... Chang Wei Who??? :P

Yea, everyone should memorize and recite the creeds. It's really the statement of faith in a nutshell. Tried and tested through the ages.