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Born again (Newsboys)

This Australian band (with an American lead singer) have been one of the most popular Christian music artists of the past two decades.

On this video we can see the band in the middle of their summer project: going to Baja Califormia (Mexico) to build wooden houses for homeless families. You can see them talking about their experience and inviting others to join them here: HOMES 4 BAJA The band has been serving the people in this Third World setting for many years constructing hundreds of homes. This is the invitation they posted on their website:

"Hey, this is Duncan, Michael, Jeff, and Jody and we just want to invite you to come with us this summer to Baja, to change the lives of families by building homes that are in such need. Mission trips are such an incredible experience that it is hard to imagine, until you experience it for yourself. We are passionate about fulfilling the Great Commission, and we are convinced that you will not only bless others in Jesus Name, but you will receive a blessing that will change your life."

Mummy, I don't want to sleep outside again. Why can't we have a real house?

I found myself looking into the mirror
Knew I wasn't who I wanted to be
I was living life the way that I wanted
But my eyes reminded me I'm not free
Believed a lie so everything that I know
Says I gotta go, tired of going solo
But I'm never gonna go there again

This is what it is
This is who I am
This is where I finally take my stand
I didn't wanna fall
But I don't have to crawl
I met the One with two scarred hands
Giving Him the best of
Everything that's left of
The life inside this man
I've been born again

I see ya walking like you're living in fear
Having trouble even looking at me
Wishing they would give you more than words
Sick of people telling how it should be
What'd ya download? Where'd ya get your info?
You saw that I'm sure
Now you're in the in low
Gonna tell you what I believe

This is what it is
This is who I am
This is where I finally take my stand
I didn't wanna fall
But I don't have to crawl
I met the One with two scarred hands
Giving Him the best of
Everything that's left of
The life inside this man
I've been born again

We are the ones He called by name
Never gonna look back
Let go, let go the guilt the shame
I said I'm never gonna look back
This is who I am

This is what it is
This is who I am
This is where I finally take my stand
I didn't wanna fall
But I don't have to crawl
I met the One with two scarred hands
Giving Him the best of
Everything that's left of
The life inside this man
I've been born again

This is what it is
This is who I am
I didn't wanna fall
But I don't have to crawl
I met the One with two scarred hands
Giving Him the best of
Everything that's left of
The life inside this man
I've been born again

I've been born again

They built this for us?

I GOTTA= (coll.) I've got to.

GOING SOLO= Living alone, without company.

GONNA= (coll.) Going to.

TAKE MY STAND= If you take a stand, you have a position or opinion and you are ready to fight for it.

WANNA= (coll.) Want to.

CRAWL= To walk on all fours (on your hands and feet) or dragging along the ground with difficulty.

THE ONE WITH TWO SCARRED HANDS= Jesus (=God). A scar is a mark left on the skin after a surface injury or wound has healed, so SCARRED HANDS are hands with scars, that is, Jesus' hands (showing the mark of the nails). Since Christians believe that Jesus and God are the same thing, we can consider this sentence as an equivalent to "God".

YA= (coll.) /jə/ You

SICK OF...= (coll.) Very tired of...

WHAT'D= What would.

DOWNLOAD= Get music, videos or software from the Internet down into your own computer. The opposite is to UPLOAD.

INFO= (coll.) information.

YOU'RE IN THE IN LOW= The in low (also spelled in-low) is the lowest area in a range, so if you're talking about the average temperatures of a place and you say that now we're in the in low, it means that we are experiencing the lowest temperatures available for that area. In this case I suppose he is talking about your spirits, your mood, the way you feel, so "you're in the in low" means "you are depressed".

HE CALLED [us] BY NAME= God called us using our names (He knew who we are). That means that God sent us a personal call for conversion just in the same way as Jesus told his disciples to follow hi, calling them by name, and not something impersonal like: "hey you, come here boy".

LET GO= release; get rid of.

GUILT= A bad feeling for having done something wrong.

SHAME= Embarrassment.

Tait, the lead singer, explained in publicity materials that the band collectively view the song as representative of everything they have gone through in the past. "We've all believed in lies at some point," Tait said. "I had some prodigal years in the past, but I hope the song encourages others to make the same decision I did: 'I'm giving Him [God] the best of everything that's left of the life inside this man / I've been born again."'

After a deep personal crises, he finds God and his life completely changes:

I didn't wanna fall  [but I did]
But I don't have to crawl
[I can stand up again. Why? because...]
I met the One with two scarred hands
[I found God]
[...] I've been born again [my life has completely changed, I feel like a new man]

So, basically, this song is talking about an experience of true conversion. Your life changes so much that you have the feeling of being born again.

 
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