Chapel Song by We Are Augustines

So here’s my take on the meaning of the Chapel Song lyrics.

It’s about a guy who has lost the love of his life.

photo from official video and meaning of the lyrics of chapel song by we are augustinesHe could have kept her, but he just couldn’t bring himself to get married. He wasn’t ready. So she marries someone else and he’s at the wedding. Part of him is devastated that he has missed his shot with her. The other part of him is understands too well the fear he would have felt had he been the one walking down the church aisle.

There’s his girl, going into the chapel to get married, walking down the aisle. And aisle that would have felt like a mile if he had been walking down to get married, so now he’s shaking like a leaf. That is how he thought he’d feel getting married. That he’d be stuck lying to everyone about how happy he was, when, in fact, the handshakes he would have given all the guest at the reception wouldn’t have been real – because he’d no longer be himself. He’d be caught up in a marriage.

Later, he describes himself as a bowl full of bruised fruit, inside a chapel of shiny apples. Everyone is fresh about this new venture into marriage. But not him. He’s lost her – merely because of his fear of marriage. He’s the ruined one.

Finally the wedding is over. Everyone steps outside. He doesn’t want to think about her wedding. It’s a bright blue sky. He has a future to look forward to that doesn’t deal with being married to her. But he doesn’t want to look at the photographs of the happy bride. The woman who could have been his. He keeps reminding himself that it’s a bright blue sky.

This is a beautiful song about a love lost.

Chapel Song
by We Are Augustines

There goes my girl
into the chapel
Now she’s walking down the aisle
And it feels just like a mile
And I shake, shake, shake like a leaf
And I’m lying, lying, lying through my teeth
I got a pocketful of hand shakes
And it don’t mean nothing.

There goes my girl
into the chapel
Now she’s walking down the aisle
And her man begins to smile
And I shake, shake, shake like a leaf
And I’m lying, lying, lying through my teeth
I’m a bowl of bruised fruit
Inside a chapel of shiny apples

Tear up the photograph
‘Cause it’s a bright blue sky
Tear up the photograph
‘Cause it’s a bright blue sky
Tear up the photograph
‘Cause it’s a bright blue sky
Tear up the photograph
‘Cause it’s a bright blue sky
‘Cause it’s a bright blue sky
‘Cause it’s a bright blue sky

Chapel Song

by We Are Augustines

The Making of Chapel Song

Ghost Songs – Micah Gilbert

Eriskay, South Uist, Scotland
Eriskay, South Uist, Scotland

Ghost Songs – Micah Gilbert

This song by Micah Gilbert (an American musician born in Athens, who now lives in Scotland) is a beautiful reminder – or an urging, rather – to stop carrying the heavy pain we feel.

Sometimes it just feels so damned comfortable to accept the role of the victim. You’ve been hurt. It hurts. It’s so unfair. Sometimes we really do just need to yell and scream, fists to the sky. It’s part of the process when we get hurt.

But what do you really want to do with all that pain? We miss so much when we try to control all of the horse-powered negative energy we’ve created inside of us when we are hurt.

Just as the trees can’t control the storms, neither can we. But like trees, we, too, can let the storms blow by, because eventually they will. There will always be storms, but after any storm, there is always another day, another perfect moment.

This is a pretty perfect moment by Micah Gilbert.

The blue horizon
Sees another sun
Rising slow
From ashes into dawn
The pink and the grey
Marching on the day
The humbling wind
Blows across your face

(The songs starts with hope. All that crap that happened yesterday is in the past.  It’s a new day. The message is obvious, but the wording is deliciously new poetically setting a gorgeous mood.)

Go on and sing your ghost songs
If they help you
Make your pain subside

(Go on, be the victim, if you feel you need that. You might need it for a moment, but then what?)

Feel the earth beneath your fingers
As you holler at the sky

(Of course, get it outscream out your pain.)

Tell your haunted dreams to the trees
Share them with the wind
Let your burdens go
And fall away
You can’t carry them

(In the end, no matter what, it’s just better to let all the pain go. You are, after all, part of this universe. The trees stand, the winds blow, all through terrifying storms, yet they still remain, as do you. The winds blow away, the trees drop their leaves, new changes come… you can’t continue to carry your old pain with you if you want to really live your life in a beautiful way.)

The hour here
Has finally come undone
What is it now
That keeps you on the run
A tumbling weed
That cannot find it’s place

(Okay, so finally everything has hit rock bottom, right? So why are you still running as if there is more from which to run? You’ve become like a tumbling weed that has no direction. You’re just out there… you and your fears and pain and anger, are all out there with no direction.)
Let the horses run
Let go of the reigns

(Stop trying to control all that negative power you’ve generated.  Let all those powerful emotions gofree to run away like the wild horses.)

Go on and sing your ghost songs
If they help you make your pain subside
Feel the earth beneath your fingers
As you holler at the sky
Tell your haunted dreams to the trees
Share them with the wind
Let your burdens go and fall away
You can’t carry them

(Again, we have to go through the process of experiencing all this stuff, but in the end, remember that the pain needs to be taken off your shouldersand you are the only one who can do that.)

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Even though this song is one of a kind, if you have to put it into a category, think in terms of the Beatles or the Eagles.
The song is inspired by Suzanne.