I love music, and a new song has a three-in-four chance of getting my attention: melody, beat, lyrics. (None of the above is option number four.)
Often I love the lyrics, but more often than not, it is the melody or the rhythm that will first grab my attention, and then I will pay attention to the lyrics. Sometimes I connect with the words; sometimes, I don’t (but I still like the song); and on a few occasions, I get the lyrics completely wrong (like when I was caught singing about “broken arms” when Journey’s song was about “open arms”).
The new song by For King and Country–– “Burn the Ships”–– was one of those songs whose melody and rhythm caught my attention first, and whose lyrics intrigued me. As I listened more closely to the words, I figured I had mastered their meaning . . . and I was close.
But not until I listened to Luke Smallbone provide the song’s backstory did the song come to life. Attached is the lyric version of the song, and a video of Luke explaining the song, before the group sings it live.
I hope you enjoy it –– its melody, its beat, and . . . of course . . . its lyrics.