Since creation, God and the earth have seen a lot of stuff, gone through all of human history, and for a while I’ve wondered, “If the earth could talk to us, what would it say?”
This song, “Before a Fall,” was written just after Hurricane Sandy. In New York, a lot was destroyed in the rain and flood of the storm’s passage. It felt like the planet was against us, like the tides and the rain and the wind could not be stopped nor tamed in any way.
But things were not meant to be like this at all. Just like us humans, the earth too is falling apart and wreaking havoc everywhere—ruining things. But unlike us, the earth can remember a time before the fall, a time when it, and we, were not falling apart and nothing was ruined yet.
So this song is from the perspective of the world God made—our earthly home.
There used to be an angel choir that would sing in the evening with a band There was a cool kind of fire, you would hold it in the center of your hand But now the night is cold and the fire’s hot And angels live above The ground quakes from my heartache I’m overcome and all my tears’ll form a flood I am the one who saw it all Nobody tells you everything you stand to lose before a fall
There used to be gold-covered clouds in a field of fog to walk across And there were speaking trees, a forest full of poetry and talk Now the clouds hang high and empty And leaves wither up The ground quakes from my heartache I’m overcome and all my tears’ll form a flood I am the one who saw it all Nobody tells you everything you stand to lose before a fall
Tonight you’ll lie awake and think the world’s a cold and lonely place Oh please, believe, I never meant to be this way So I will spin around again, hoping when we wake we will be new But my colors of mourning every day, another shade of blue I am the one who saw it all Nobody tells you everything you stand to lose before a fall