“Never Set In Stone” is one of the agape songs on this record, and the first that we’ve really broken ground on recording wise. I finished it before the last record was done, but thought I’d save it for this record, because it was more spiritual in nature (at least in my writing of it – it doesn’t really sound spiritual).
Of course, I leave interpretation up to the listener – I’m not going to beat anyone over the head with any particular message. I wrote the song as a simple song of repentance – in the sense that to repent is to turn… another thing I was thinking about is the word believe means to yield to something. I thought that was interesting because you usually think of believing as an active verb but it’s passive.
So the song to me in writing it was about trusting the transformative powers of God and my resistance to that at times.
Some scriptures I was thinking of whilst composing this song (the writing didn’t take long at all) were Titus 3:1-8 – Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show every courtesy to everyone. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various possesions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our savior appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This saying is sure.
Another was 2 Corinthians 3:7-15 -Now if the ministry of death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory…will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! …. whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord.
Now, I’m not saying the lyrics live up to those two passages. As I said, it’s a relatively simple song – and I usually have to tell people what it’s about for them to hear it. Here are the lyrics:
Got my mind on nothing
That’s just something I do when I try to stay loose
Play the part of the distant man, who bristles at touch
Thin veneer protection to be cold and aloof ’till I came across you
You saw new where the old had left its mark
All my friends said you missed your chance
Couldn’t shake all the others that I had
You proved to me it’s never set in stone
Now my best foot forward
I hope for love to stay green, look for hope in the blue
Yield let through come around from what I knew
As far as the recording is concerned – the drums were done by Dale Baker with myself on bass at Tim Carless’ Mockin Bird Studios. Guitars are by Nick Jaeger and Carter Gaj, and James Wallace is on piano. As of right now everything is unmixed and completely flat…. but you’ll get the general idea
Never Set In Stone Original Demo
Never Set In Stone Current Recording (In Progress)