A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 134: Sunday God Quote – Collective Soul

collective soul
“Teach me how to speak
Teach me how to share
Teach me where to go
Tell me will love be there”
Collective Soul’s debut single, “Shine”,  is from the early ’90’s era often considered one of the moments of rock’s rebirth. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and others were rescuing rock from vapidity. It seemed that almost overnight there was powerful, heavy, existentialist music dominating what would become known as “alternative rock”.
“Shine” is one of those tracks I heard over and over. Frankly, I loved it initially for the awesome bridge which includes a start-stop moment, punctuated with the singer’s distorted, “YEAWH!” I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to the lyrics at first. It turns out that the song’s writer, Ed Roland, is the son of a Baptist minister. However, he bristled at assertions that Collective Soul was a Christian band, insisting that a label like that would misrepresent members of the band.
Regardless of your beliefs, it is easy to see this song as a prayer. An alternative rock prayer? Why not?
“Heaven send a light, let it shine on me!”
Shine
by Collective Soul
Give me a word
Give me a sign
Show me where to look
Tell me what will I find
Lay me on the ground
Fly me in the sky
Show me where to look
Tell me what will I find
Oh, heaven let your light shine down
Love is in the water
Love is in the air
Show me where to look
Tell me will love be there
Teach me how to speak
Teach me how to share
Teach me where to go
Tell me will love be there
Oh, heaven let your light shine down
Give me a word
Give me a sign
Show me where to look
Tell me what will I find
Lay me on the ground
Fly me in the sky
Show me where to look
Tell me what will I find
Oh, heaven let your light shine down
I’m gonna let it shine
I’m gonna let it shine
Heaven send a light, let it shine on me
Hey yeah
Hey yeah
Heaven send a light, let it shine on me
It’s gonna shine on
Shine on me
Its gonna shine on
Well come on and shine

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