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This song is about my grappling with religious doubt,
viewing thing from the side of the ocean at a Bible school
surrounded by people I did not know and voices, feelings unfamiliar.

After studying passages of the Bible and ruminating
on all that I was presented, I walked away from Bible School
with an entirely different perspective than most. There
were a lot of contradictions I found in the pages of scripture.

There are intensely beautiful things and ideas to be learned
from the gospels. There are also things that are to looked
at with a cautious eye. Not everything is the gospel truth,
and the amount of sexism, violence, and backwards
ideologies in the Bible are enough to make my head spin.

I respect each person who has found their hope
in religion, and who has turned their life around
from a destructive pattern because of what religion
has taught them. The character of Jesus was a
pretty stand out guy, and I wont pretend like
he was a terrible guy. His stuff was pretty legitimate.

The only problem is people who use the Bible
as a means to tear down rather than build up.
This is the problem.
It is a solid piece of fiction.
Your heaven is just silvers and grays.
Your heaven is just a shallow grave

lyrics

1. Solomon's Slavery

I am a slippery salmon
Soapy skin smooth as King Solomon
Blood on my scales, i am wrinkled and pale
Hunted by saints and the common

You are the fisherman
Like Jesus and his slavery bondsman
Cast your nets overboard
Get right with the Lord
drown me in pills and in problems

Who owns the lighthouse?
Who is the man on the bay?
The sharp sirens ring
Such comforting things
" your well on your undefined way"

I am a swamp savior Sammy
Scent of shit, bow low and crown me
Blood on my name, don't dismount me
for I was once king of the valley

You are the final goodbye
From the water we rinse and we rise
Grab me by the neck,
Shiver and wrecked
Like a good book set fire to belonging

Who owns lighthouse?
Who is the man on the bay?
The siren it sings, such comforting things
"Your well on your undefined way
" your heaven's just silver and gray"
" your heaven's just a shallow grave".

credits

from The Descent, released April 1, 2016
Jared Ens- Piano, Vocals
Melissa Gan (Respectfulchild)- Violin
Troy Denet- Production, Mixing, mastering

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