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03. Where the Light Shines Through

Where the Light Shines Through
by Switchfoot



 

When youíre feeling like an astronaut
Stuck on a planet even time forgot
And youíre a version of yourself but youíre not the same
You try to keep the wound camouflaged
And the stitches heal but the years are lost
And another bottle on the shelf canít numb the pain

Why you running from yourself now?
You canít run away

Because your scars
Shine like dark stars
Yeah, your wounds are where the light shines through
So letís go there
To that place where
We sing these broken prayers
Where the light shines through
The wound is where the light shines through

Yeah, the wound is where the light shines through

Ainít we all just Abrahamís sons?
Saint and sinner with the song and drum?
And falling on our knees, we all bleed the same
And the only tattoos that I have are scars
I got your name written on my heart
And the story that brought us here ainít the thing Iíd change, no

I wanna see that light shining
Brighter than the pain

Because your scars
Shine like dark stars
Yeah, your wounds are where the light shines through
So letís go there
To that place where
We sing these broken prayers
Where the light shines through
The wound is where the light shines through

Mama ainít the blood just proof Iím human
Mama ainít the wound just retribution
But mama ainít the scar like a vision of grace

The wound is where the light shines through
The wound is where the light finds you
The wound is where the light shines through
The wound is where the light finds you

Yeah your scars
Shine like dark stars
Yeah the wound is where the light shines through
Itís where the light shines through

Where the light shines through




Behind the Song:
'Ironically, this album of light was born from one of the darkest times Iíve even been through. But rather than running from the pain, I wanted to meet it face to face. And somehow these scars began to turn into songs. What are my struggles? What are my fears? Where do I find God? Or maybe more aptly put- where does God find me? Itís all in the songs. And instead of becoming the dark introspective record I thought it would be, this album became a place of joy and solace for us. A resurrection of faith and hopes and dreams that I had left for dead a long time ago.

To me, ďWhere the Light Shines ThroughĒ feels like a homecoming- a return to an intentionality I havenít felt since ďThe Beautiful Letdown.Ē First off, thereís the obvious producer choice: we hadnít worked with John Fields for ten years. We crossed paths by chance, (is that the right word?) at a show in Minneapolis last year. Even though it had been years since we had last seen each other, it felt like no time had passed at all. We began chatting, and I told him, ďYouíve got to come down and hang out with us at our studio in San Diego.Ē He said, ďIím only coming down there if weíre recording music together.Ē I said, ďDeal.Ē And the rest was just scheduling.

In almost every way, WTLST is the direct opposite of our previous album ďFading West.Ē For ďFading WestĒ we were trying to create music that would match the visual content of the movie, searching for new inspiration off the coast of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Indonesia. In contrast, WTLST is an attempt to dig deep into our own soil. Instead of looking for inspiration in foreign oceans, this new album is searching to find our own song buried deep within our own wounds. After travelling around the world to create our last project, this album felt like a welcome return to our San Diego roots

I still canít believe that weíve recorded our 10th Album as a band. 10 albums!? Itís unreal. Itís humbling. Its crazy. Itís remarkable. Even more remarkable to me is the passion that we still share for the music, for throwing our full weight into the creation process. Iíve seen a lot of bands come and go but Iím still convinced that being Switchfoot is still the best job in the world! Playing these songs night after night, attempting to express the hopes and fears, the joys and pains of being human. What an honor! To call this my occupation, my means of making a living? Maybe obsession might be more on point. After hundreds of songs, weíre still searching for a better way to say it. Looking for the words, different combinations of the same notes. Attempting to express timeless, transcendent truth in a new way.

But when I think of what Iím the most thankful for, itís not the songs or record sales or any of that. Above all Iím most thankful for the brotherhood that has been created over the course of the past nine albums. Sure we fight and disagree form time to time, but we fight like brothers. And underneath the tension is a genuine friendship that will outlast the disagreement. Tension and release, dissonance and harmony- the band that has become our brotherhood is not unlike the record itself- an honest attempt to turn the struggle into a song

And that struggle is epitomized most by the title track. The lyrics certainly speak directly of the broken prayers of honesty and humility, of embracing the scars and wounds that unite our broken human tribe. But even the recording process of this song is a story of redemption. Early on in the recording process, we tracked a ďdemoĒ of this song. Demoís are meant to serve as a rough sketch of what the song could be- they are imperfect, quick, unrehearsed and loose but they inform you in choosing which songs to record properly for the album.

Early one morning, just before we completed the mixing on this record Tim came into the room with a bold, (and unwelcome) opinion. ďI think the demo is better.Ē Thatís not a popular statement. ďAre you saying we should scrap the day and a halfís worth of work that we did to re-record the drums, the bass, the guitars, the vocals, the keys, and everything else? Are you saying that the first time we ever played the song, with all of its idiosyncrasies and mistakes was a better version?Ē Yup. That was exactly what he was saying.

And he was right. That first demo captured the sentiment of the song and even the sentiment of the record better than the version that was more properly recorded. So what you hear on the record, however, is not the song that we tracked for the album- instead you hear the demo. Five guys in a room playing a song that they barely know- with joy, abandonment, and mistakes included.

Your scars shine like dark stars.
Your wounds are where the light shines through.
So letís go there to that place where weíre singing these broken prayers.

Donít hide your wounds.
The wound is where the light shines through.

peace,
jon

 

 

 

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