Secret Of The Easy Yoke [Pedro The Lion]

Former frontman of Pedro The Lion
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Secret Of The Easy Yoke [Pedro The Lion]

Unread postby musicmonkey » Tue Feb 08, 2005 4:59 am

i could hear the church bells ringing
they pealed aloud your praise
the member's faces were smiling
with their hands outstretched to shake
it's true they did not move me
my heart was hard and tired
their perfect fire annoyed me
i could not find you anywhere
could someone please tell me the story
of sinners ransomed from the fall
i still have never seen you, and somedays
i don't love you at all

the devoted were wearing bracelets
to remind them why they came
some concrete motivation
when the abstract could not do the same
but if all that's left is duty, i'm falling on my sword
at least then, i would not serve an unseen distant lord

could someone please tell me story
of sinners ransomed from the fall
i still have never seen you, and somedays
i don't love you at all
if this only a test
i hope that i'm passing, cuz i'm losing steam
but i still want to trust you

peace be still (x3)

Artist: Pedro The Lion
Album: It's Hard To Find A Friend [1998]
Label: Jade Tree

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best live Pedro song

Unread postby eskimocounselor » Fri Apr 08, 2005 10:48 pm

David Bazan often closes his shows with this one, for good reason too. The refrain of “peace be still” escalates as he slowly backs away from the mike, and then the other lines he throws in after that turn into a scream that is muted by his distance from the mic. It is quite moving and a very dramatic moment compared to the droning vibe of the rest of the song.

I think everyone here at LEOAB can identify with this song at some level. The way that people can put on a fake smile and act holy for Sunday morning service can drive away outsiders who are looking for something real. Dave Bazan seems comfortable with the reality of being a sinner, but just wants to remember that salvation does exist for him. It’s not about acting holy or wearing a WWJD bracelet to remind you to be good. Bazan recognizes that change must be in the heart and it won’t always look the same on the outside. The song is sort of like a Psalm about knowing the truth, loosing faith, and recognizing that he needs the saving message of the gospel. The ending sounds like a simple, yet perfect reply for what he is going through. After the repeated “peace be still,” he throws these lines in at his live shows:

In a moment I'm alive again
but now I want it all the time
In a moment I'm alive again.. alive again
but now I want it all the time
-Aaron-

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Unread postby musicmonkey » Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:10 pm

This song is great for anyone who knows what it's like to feel like you just don't love God.

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Unread postby the crane » Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:45 pm

i agree. its lyrics are basically my life right now.

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Unread postby musicmonkey » Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:50 pm

how so?


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