Weekly @Switchfoot Song: “Bomb”

The song Bomb (listen here; Tim Foreman kills it on the bass in this song!) is the first song of the first album of Switchfoot (The Legend of Chin, 1997) that came out my first year in college. In case you didn’t already know this about me, I’m a Switchfoot junkie, and have been listening to them since the beginning. I’ve always loved their creativity and willingness to write good songs and good music, and not give in to the pressure to have to label themselves “A Christian boy band”. Christian music has always been interesting to me since music can’t get saved, people do. It’s also interesting because we don’t have pro athletes making an all-Christian league… no, we have Christians who are really good athletes, and it should be the same for musicians, artists, engineers, businessmen and women, etc.

Anyways, enough of my soap box. I’ve been wanting to share a song a week from Switchfoot and go through their albums from the beginning until today, and share with you what they have meant to me as I listened to them. And I need to add, this is my opinion and my experience of these lyrics and songs, not Switchfoot’s. The beauty of music and art, is that it can mean many different things to different people. Here’s the lyrics to Bomb:

with blankness starring back at me
and screaming from the pages
i feel the fear of apathy
gripping me, pushing me
on top of everything
in the corner with a view
i turn off the fluorescent tubes

this is the bomb that i’ve been waiting for (looking for)
you finally lit the fuse
thats in my head
yes, you finally lit the fuse
thats in my head

with nothingness on top of me
and bleeding from my folder
who can stop the emptiness
don’t let it take me over

i’ve been sinking down
further into nothing
ive been waiting long
longer than for some things

this is the bomb that i’ve been waiting for (living for)
you finally lit the fuse
thats in my head
yes, you finally lit the fuse
thats in my head…

Since I share the same generation as the band, I remember the late 90’s in my life being one of asking questions (big questions, which Switchfoot was never afraid to ask). I have learned over the years of my life, in the joys and the pain, the questions and the answers, the interests and the apathy, that God loves these questions that are birthed from these moments. I’ve learned that God is big enough for my junk and can handle my doubt, my arguments, and my questions. I’ve learned to be okay with the season of “not-knowing” what the hell is going on in life.

Then, in the middle of my “hell”, my disbelief, my questions, a “bomb” goes off and I catch a small glimpse of the way things are supposed to be, or get a little bit of clarity in life, and for that season, I can see purpose and meaning. I can feel the passion that I once had, sneak into my life again, this time, a passion that’s a little more passionate and mature. I can see God’s kingdom more clearly, and many times, the bomb hurts… it reveals misconceptions of Christ, of the poor, of my enemies, of those who are different from me, and I am led to repentance as I watch my ego and pride be stripped away. Bombs usually blow up things they hit, and if we let them, God will use them to shape us into kingdom-people who care for the things God cares for.

You see, it’s in the “sinking down”, the “apathy”, the “blankness”, or “nothingness”, where God usually shows up to those who are looking for truth. I’ve never been encouraged as a youth to be okay with these emotions and seasons of life. This song offered that kind of freedom. Many of our motivations “not to feel” this way are birthed out of fear; fear of doubt and not having the right answers; fear of frayed edges and loose ends, etc… God’s okay with loose ends.

For now, I appreciate Bomb, and if you follow these posts in the future, you will see Switchfoot give you freedom to feel, to ask, to struggle, to cry, to rejoice, etc. This is a big reason why I love Switchfoot and appreciate their journey of displaying the beauty of God’s kingdom in new and fresh ways.

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