Relient K – When I Go Down

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted lyrics to any songs. It’s always a pleasure when I find a song that really speaks to me; it’s like finding an oasis in a desert. The words of the song refresh you and restore your spirits as you trudge through all the other songs with dry, dusty lyrics that mean nothing. I hate songs that mean nothing. I’d much rather that an artist keep a song to himself if the words mean nothing. Because what good is a song – or any art for that matter – if it doesn’t communicate a message? It’s just a nice thing that you play every once in a while because it sounds good, or hang up on your wall because it has pretty colours, or whatever the type of art is. But there are plenty of pretty things. Look outside at the flowers or the clouds in the sky, and you’ll find plenty of beautiful things. You could even write songs about them that mean something. I know I’ve written stuff about nature, because it stands testament to the power of its Creator; He designed it, and He created it for our pleasure. How wonderful our God is!

But anyways, before I head upstairs and get into bed for (hopefully) a nice, long sleep, let me leave you with the lyrics to this song. It’s by Relient K, who’s just such an awesome band – their new CD is amazing. It’s full of songs with meaning, songs with more than just pretty pictures and cute catch phrases. It’s really a great message of hope in spite of failure. So here it is, When I Go Down:

I’ll tell You flat out
It hurts so much to think of this
So from my thoughts I will exclude
The very thing that
I hate more than everything is
The way I’m powerless
To dictate my own moods

I’ve thrown away
So many things that could’ve been much more
And I just pray
My problems go away if they’re ignored
But that’s not the way it works
No that’s not the way it works

When I go down
I go down hard
And I take everything I’ve learned
And teach myself some disregard
When I go down
It hurts to hit the bottom
And of the things that got me there
I think, if only I had fought them

If and when I can
Clear myself of this clouded mind
I’ll watch myself settle down
Into a place where
Peace can search me out and find
That I’m so ready to be found

I’ve thrown away
The hope I had in friendships
I’ve thrown away
So many things that could have been much more
I’ve thrown away
The secret to find an end to this
And I just pray
My problems go away if they’re ignored
But that’s not the way it works
No that’s not the way it works

Any control I thought I had just slips right through my hands
While my ever-present conscience shakes its head and reprimands me
Reprimands me
Then and there
I confess
I’ll blame all this on my selfishness
Yet You love me
And that consumes me
And I’ll stand up again
And do so willingly

You give me hope,
And hope it gives me life
You touch my heavy heart
And when You do You make it light
As I exhale I hear Your voice
And I answer You
Though I hardly make a noise
And from my lips the words I choose to say
Seem pathetic
But it’s a fallen man’s praise
Because I love You
Oh God, I love You
And life is now worth living
If only because of You
And when they say that I am dead and gone
It won’t be further from the truth

When I go down
I life my eyes to You
I won’t look very far
Cause You’ll be there
With open arms
To lift me up again
To lift me up again

2 responses to “Relient K – When I Go Down”


Hey Jeff… it’s Dave Carrol. I happend to come across your blog yesterday and gave it a scan through. Really cool to hear about you growing closer and closer to God. You’ve got tons in you to share with the world. You always have. Hold strong to the stuff that God speaks directly to you. Care little about the reaction of those around you to your serving God with your life! Obedience IS success.

Bless ya man


Hey there, thanks for the comment man! I opened my email and immediately said, “Wow, it’s a comment from a local celebrity!”

Thanks a lot for the encouragement. I’ve learned plenty from you, from those guys’ small group nights so long ago at your place (even though people generally ended up playing Worms, heh), but also just from your life. You’ve been an example for me to follow, and I know I’m not the only one for which that’s the case. No one seems to like to think that people are looking up to them for an example of how to live, but the truth is that the older you get, the more that’s the way it is. So keep showing others how to live a godly life 🙂