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Fight for Paul

 There is a song I've been listening to for a bit. Here is a snippet of the lyrics:

Ride out

The king he proclaimed 'cross the land

Tonight we strike against the enemy to capture their flag

Cry out

The tears that they shed for their brave

Tonight they ride with will, intend to kill who stand in their way

Across the fields

They march

Their task must be done

But in the end they know that this war must be won

Fight or fall

In the name of the children

Fight or fall

In the name of us all

Fight or fall

We can never surrender

Fight or fall

In the night we stand tall

Rise up

Your swords for the souls you must save

Flashing of steel as your blades send them to their grave

Ride out

Ride proud from the battle where many have died

And when the last is slain its into the distance we ride

Across the fields

We march

Our task must be done

But in the end we know that this war must be won


This song is very obviously about battle. It's lyrics are self-consistent. The funny thing is, up until yesterday, I really thought the chorus was "fight for Paul," not "fight for all."

Here are some reflections, all of which I believe have important applications to gospel study:

  • This song makes a lot more sense with just one word heard differently. In fact, it's a completely different song.
  • I laughed quite a bit at myself for not having figured this out sooner.
  • I immediately confessed my idiocy to everyone within reach, and invited them to join in my self-mockery.
  • Upon reflection, I surmised that I might have misheard the lyrics because of a friend of mine whose little brother Paul has been fighting for his life--having a lethal birth defect--his whole life. I even pictured this friend of mine singing this song. My imagination actively searched through the context of my experience to ram some novel meaning into what very obviously had nothing to do with my friend's brother.
  • In retrospect, the chorus makes no sense at all under "fight for Paul," and I really should have realized that sooner.
  • In retrospect, I obviously didn't really pay any attention to these lyrics at all.
  • Once I heard "fight for Paul," it became difficult not to hear "fight for Paul."
  • I had no idea that my understanding of the lyrics was incorrect or incomplete, until all of the sudden I listened to the song with different headphones in a different place than my usual confines.
  • If I had known anyone who knew this band even a little well, they would have easily been able to sort out my confusion very quickly. Because it's a band almost no one spends any time listening to (it's quite ancient, after all, and not very popular these days), I was on my own, and it took much longer.