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You lift me up (The Afters)
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Sometimes we feel our life is a mess, or we are a mess and it's more than we can take. Sometimes only faith can give us the strength to carry on.

 

You lift me up with your love
You lift me up with your love
You lift me up with your love
You lift me up

Waiting for the sunrise
Waiting for the day
Waiting for a sign
That I'm where you want me to be

You know my heart is heavy
And the hurt is deep
But when I feel like giving up
You're reminding me
That we all fall down sometimes
But when I hit the ground

You lift me up when I am weak
Your arms wrap around me
Your love catches me so I'm letting go
You lift me up when I can't see
Your heart's all that I need
Your love carries me so I'm letting go

You lift me up with your love
You lift me up with your love
You lift me up with your love
You lift me up

I know I'm not perfect
I know I make mistakes
I know that I have let you down
But you love me the same

And when I'm surrounded
When I lose my way
When I'm crying out and falling down
You are here to

Lift me up when I am weak
Your arms wrap around me
Your love catches me so I'm letting go
You lift me up when I can't see
Your heart's all that I need
Your love carries me so I'm letting go

I can see the dawn is breaking
I am feeling overtaken with your love
With your love
I don't know what I can offer
In this moment I surrender to your love
To your love

You lift me up when I am weak
Your arms wrap around me
Your love catches me so I'm letting go

You lift me up when I am weak
Your arms wrap around me
Your love catches me so I'm letting go
You lift me up when I can't see
Your heart's all that I need
Your love carries me so I'm letting go

I can see the dawn is breaking
I am feeling overtaken with your love
with your love

You lift me up with your love
You lift me up with your love
You lift me up with your love
You lift me up

LIFT ME UP= To lift is to elevate, to push or take upwards. In a figurative sense, if I'm down or feeling down, I'm depressed, so if you lift me up, you cheer me up, you save me from depression and I feel good and strong again.

MY HEART IS HEAVY= I feel really sad; big problems are troubling me.

THE HURT= The suffering. A deep hurt is a big suffering.

WHEN I FEEL LIKE= When I want to...
This is followed by –ING because after prepositions and conjunctions we use the verb in the –ING form.

GIVE UP= Surrender, stop trying.

WHEN I HIT THE GROUND= If you fall down (because you want to or because you tripped), the moment your body gets in contact with the ground we say that you hit the ground. In this song, the idea of falling down is metaphorical, it means that you feel really depressed and weak, so when you hit the ground is the moment when you feel all those problems are just too much for you. At that point, some people fall into a deep depression or do something desperate, like going suicidal.

WEAK= The opposite of "strong".

WRAP= /ræp/ If you wrap something, you cover it everywhere with something else (for example you wrap a present with colourful paper). If your arms wrap around me, you embrace me, you hold me tight.

CATCHES ME= If you catch something, you take it while it is moving, you trap it. If I am falling and you catch me, you take me and stop me from falling further down. So when he says that God's love catches him, he must be moving somehow. The context makes it clear: he's moving downwards because he's falling, so what he means is that God catches him when he falls, so he won't break to pieces.

YOUR HEART= Your love.

CARRIES ME= To carry is to take, to transport. If your love carries me, your love gives me the strength I need to continue with my life with all its good and bad things.

I'M LETTING GO= If you let go, you abandon yourself to something more powerful than you, you stop worrying and trust that God will take care of you, you relax. Literally, to let go means to stop holding on to something.

LET YOU DOWN= If you let somebody down you disappoint them, you fail to meet their expectations or you betray them.

SURROUNDED= If you are surrounded, your enemies, problems or whatever are all around you, everywhere.

CRYING OUT= To scream or shout aloud, esp in pain, terror, etc., or simply shouting a cry (aaaaaaah!!)

THE DAWN IS BREAKING=  The dawn is starting. The dawn /dɔ:n/  is the moment when the night is over and the light of the day begins to appear on the horizon.  When the dawn breaks, the daylight is beginning. Also, poetically (as here) it means that a new phase in your life is beginning, full of hope and expectations, and the past is left behind.

OVERTAKEN= You feel overtaken when something that you didn't expected suddenly happens, so you're shocked.

The video is the story of an evicted man who has lost his house and feels he has let his family down; a girl who's trying to commit suicide because she finds herself too unatractive; and a lonely widow who just can't take it anymore. They all three will find in God's love a new light for their life, so they'll be able to stop concentrating on the bad things and get a new hope to carry on.

This song is about how your faith in God as a loving father can give you the strength and the courage to carry on in those moments when you feel so down and weak that just feel life's too much for you to take. This is a comment the band made on their song:

We hope you all are enjoying our song and video for “Lift Me Up!” The word of God is one of the best places to receive that encouragement from the Lord each day, so I wanted to share one of my favorite verses that has always lifted me up! The passage of scripture that comes to mind when I think of “Lift Me Up” is Psalm 23. I memorized it when I was a kid, and a few years ago when I was going though some hard times, I remembered that passage and would quote it to myself. It never failed to remind me that God is with me, and loves me, and would always lift me up. – Matt

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” – Psalm 23

We’d love to hear from you guys! What is your “Lift Me Up” verse?

You can read the answers here: The Afters official website: Lift Me Up.

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