In light of the sad, sad news of the latest school shootings, and the concerns, generally, about helping students relate faith and life, living meaningfully in the face of the hard stuff of our damaged culture, I thought of this beloved song, a song I’ve played in collegiate workshops and faith-in-the-real-world kind of talks, especially with students. I think of my younger friends—like those at the Ocean City Beach Project, say, or the younger staff of the CCO, or my old confirmation class kids, most of whom are now away at school—and I just nearly cry. It is good to hear, not just in the news, but, here, “the bloody moon is on the rise” and yet “I swear you’re not alone.”
Have you ever felt this way? Longing for the light of day?
TRYING TO STAND IN A FALLEN WORLD Pierce Pettis Â©1993 Piercepettisongs (ASCAP) Won't you take this down for me Down to the highway and set it free Where you can hear that rain slick sigh Of the semis blowin' by Do you ever feel this way Like there is no escape And you're out there all alone In a place that's not your home
Trying to stand in a fallen world Do you recall when we were released Clutching diplomas and degrees Bursting out like diver's breath That hasn't hit the surface yet Do you ever feel this way Like somehow we have been betrayed
And you wanna' rail against the crowd Conspicuous and loud Trying to stand in a fallen world A bloody moon is on the rise Like a Jolly Roger in the sky A silent witness with its light To another night of crime Do you ever feel this way Longing for the light of day Then I send to you my song And I swear you're not alone Trying to stand in a fallen world I've been told that Pierce wrote this song for the memorial service of songwriter and friend, Mark Heard. Click here for the Pierce Pettis website.