Teach Me To Fall

from by Ali McLachlan

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"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." This song is about how Paul applies these words of Jesus from John 12:24 in his own life. It really showcases Ali's flair for lyrics, drawing on several episodes from the life of Paul.

On the recording side, my biggest regrets about this track are the rather clumsy drum programming, and that I opted to use MIDI for the bass-line, instead of playing real bass (the bass guitar I had at the time had a very weedy sound to it).

lyrics

It's all all I've got
It's all you need
Teach me to fall into the ground and die like a planted seed
Falling down,
Falling down

You're so great
I'm so small
Teach me about not giving up or giving in until I've given all
Falling down,
Falling down

You faced the shame
You faced the stones
First the crown of thorns
And then the royal throne
Falling down
Falling down

I bear the cross,
To follow you
You're not asking me to do anything you didn't do
Falling down,
Falling down

So when you picked your dreams from the desert dust,
When your religious zeal has been found corrupt,
When God's not who you thought he was
Cry "teach me"

When you blink your eyes and you cannot see
When you're led by the hand to a strange city
And your only friends are your enemies
Cry "teach me"

You were dead,
So I could live,
You gave your life for mine
And its a life I want to give
Falling down,
Falling down

Pour me out
Burn me up,
Teach me to live my life
A living sacrifice of love
Falling down,
Falling down

When you find yourself falling down,
Cry "teach me"

I run the race,
To win the crown
Against the tide
Cause the only way up
Is by falling down
Falling down
Falling down

You came to serve,
You came to save,
Teach me to follow you
And the example that you gave
Falling down,
Falling down

When you kick yourself for the life you live
When your only righteousness is his
When you're scared what God's expecting you to give
Pray, "teach me"

When the scales have fallen from before your eyes
And you've burned your bridges and you've cut your ties
And its God's way for the rest of life
Cry, "teach me"

credits

from From Jerusalem to Rome, released February 16, 2013

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