There is a day…lazy lyrics

20 May

So this Sunday we introduced the Phatfish song, “There is a day.” to the Church. All in all it went down swimmingly. Put prior to leading it in Church I’d always had a problem with the song. Hopefully you can guess, it’s those lines “oh yeah, oh yeah!”

Now don’t get me wrong, when I’m slamming the car steering wheel ‘dum dee daring’ along to the Heed, I love singing the little ‘ums’, ‘ahhs’ and ‘coughs’. But I wouldnt ever really want the words to come up on screen and us all in unison sing, “oh Yeah!” Which is why I decided (look at the executive power going to my head) to change the lyric to Jesus. After all the song references Him constantly but never actually names Him.

So here’s the question, What’s lazier? In my opinion it’s the original lyrics. In a close friend of mines it was simply adding the word Jesus (which he claimed didn’t fit…it did) Why not look up the lyrics here and re-read them with Jesus subbed in for ‘oh yeah’ and then let me know what you think and why!

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7 Responses to “There is a day…lazy lyrics”

  1. Larry Norman 21/05/2008 at 4:01 pm #

    It always seemed like me to be such a pathetic anti climax that such a great song, which so lifts our hearts with the thought of Christ’s blessed return should reach its high point and then go “yeah”.

    People go yeah when their team have scored, or when COHEED are playing (good refernce) or when they’re with their wife (im told),

    Surely its not just lazy, but bordering on disrespectful to go “yeah” in such a context….
    well maybe i go OTT… either way i cant write songs/books/blogs so i am now going to retreat into my nice glass house and check my insurance cover…

  2. Jonny Raine 24/05/2008 at 12:32 pm #

    My mum has faced this problem as she was involved in arranging their new song book. But then the man who meddles with everything in their church took control and changed the words to “My God”, which my mum wasn’t happy with.

    If you think about it though, “oh yeah” is a modern translation of the word “amen”. The word which sometimes gets translated “amen” is at other times translated “I tell you the truth” or “truly, truly” or if you like old time translations “verily, verily”! It’s a word of affirmation—”may it be so” or “oh yeah”.

    As for whether you use “oh yeah” or whatever, I think comes down to context. If your church is full of old Dorothys then you’re problem not going to get them singing “oh yeah”, whereas if your church is full of young 20 somethings who all think they’re cooler than Lieutenant Horatio Caine (CSI Miami!) then “oh yeah” is probably quite appropriate. If you’re somewhere in the middle, like in your church Sammy, then you’ve got to make a judgement call!

  3. huwey 29/05/2008 at 8:30 pm #

    Yes, a very good song in many ways.

    I have a feeling that ‘yeah’ is supposed to rhyme with ‘air’ in this context… not sure you’re helping the (admittedly already dubious) rhyming scheme of this song with your amendments…!

    Theologically though, I much prefer your revision.

    OK, let’s face it, anyone rhyming ‘air’ with ‘yeah’ deserves to get their lyrics changed…

    Lazy lyrics? Absolutely. Don’t get me started on bad poetry in Christian songs. (It’s only one hobby-horse down from my biggest – ie. bad music in Christian songs…) In their defence, there’s quite a tradition of dodgy rhymes in Christian songs when you stop and think about it – I often imagine one particular hymn-writing session going something like this…

    “Fight the good fight…” (*hmmm, what rhymes with ‘fight’? I know…!*) “…with all thy might,”
    (*now, what rhymes with ‘might’…?*)

    etc., etc.

  4. sammydaviesjr 05/06/2008 at 1:01 pm #

    If the rhyme is intentional (which i doubt) then it doesn’t follow for the second oh yeah, because we can all tell that it doesn’t rhyme with cease!

    This “bad lyrics” thing is linked to something Jonny is talking about over on saintjonny.wordpress.com

  5. Huwie 05/06/2008 at 1:43 pm #

    Well, now he wants two rhymes in a chorus…?!

    He’ll be asking for blood next next…

  6. Larry 10/06/2008 at 7:35 am #

    Check Adrianwarnock.com for an interview with Nathan Fellingham who wrote the song, and he talks about the lyrics of the song.

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