I’m Still 17

There’ve been moments on this journey
when I thought maybe
I saw something
on the horizon
But the moment comes
and the moment goes
and I’m back traveling the road
wondering if I’m even going anywhere

I  try to outrun the skin I’m in
I try to outthink my mind
But when I’m done
I’m back at square one
with the questions of this life
Would somebody
please tell me
something I ain’t heard before?
Something to make a bit of sense
of this mess of love and war…

I’m still 17
still caught in the fight
between everything that I’ve been told
and the harshness of this life
‘Cause after all of the singing and preaching
Hey, Jesus man, my heart is still bleeding, bleeding

A few times I’ve joined the cliché parade
when our paths did meet
I kept hoping to find
words so wise
that could give my soul some peace
But the rhymes went cold
the ride got old
and the bill of goods that I’d been sold
failed to offer comfort
when I needed it the most

So I hopped off the ride
and figured that I
could make it just as well on my own
And I’m still carrying this heavy load
down this lonely road
Would somebody
please tell me
something I ain’t heard before?
Something to make a bit of sense
of this mess of love and war…

I’m still 17
still caught in the fight
between everything that I’ve been told
and the harshness of this life
‘Cause after all of the singing and preaching
Hey, Jesus man, my heart is still bleeding, bleeding

I’ve been told to search and to study
to offer reasons for the hope within me
But when it seems that two plus two equals five
and the facts won’t line up in my mind
I’m told to simply accept it
It’s called walking by faith
You know where’s things you’ll never figure out
things you’ll never explain
But that ain’t good enough for me
Oh Lord,
you know,
I gotta question everything

I’m still 17
still caught in the fight
between everything that I’ve been told
and the harshness of this life
‘Cause after all of the begging and pleading
Hey, Jesus man, my heart is still bleeding, bleeding
After all of the praying and claiming
Hey, Jesus man, my heart is still breaking, breaking, breaking

I’m still 17
I’m still waiting for you to answer me

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