“Right Hand”, A New Song

I always feel a particularly special connection to songs when I finish them in just one day. I can point to a handful of them, and most of these one-day’ers are my personal favorites. Something cool is that they are usually written quite differently than how a normal song comes for me.

Normally, I’ll either finish lyrics completely and then create music and melodies to match, or (more often) I’ll finish a song musically and then create lyrics and melodies that mesh with the finished music.

Today, everything came piecemeal. I wrote a few words, then picked a melody that felt right, then came up with some chord progressions. Then I sang things over and over again and changed keys and switched around chords as more lyrics slowly came together. And the cycle went on, one piece at a time.

At first, the song was called “Falls,” starting with a repetition of “We fell, we fell, we fell,” (which I had to change around melodically to keep from sounding to similar to Gungor’s “The Fall”). I was toying around with the idea of different types of falls within Christianity (the Fall of man to sin, the falling of God to death on the cross, believers falling on their knees in worship, etc.), but soon came to the conclusion that this concept alone could not carry the entire song.

I then looked back to the first line I had written, about God’s righteousness, and decided that I could use the concept of the different “falls” to discuss in more detail about how humans lost their righteousness and how God gave His to us. There are also many lyrics that attempt to connect the dots between God’s righteousness and His right hand, which is famously known as being the place where Christ is seated but has some deeper theological meanings as well. I thus considered titling the song “Right Handedness” but stuck with simply “Right Hand” instead.

Overall, I’m stoked with how this demo came out. I didn’t think I would finish the song today, let alone also get it recorded – it all came as a distraction while I was stumped trying to write a new sermon. I can say this is easily my most solid vocal take I’ve ever done of a brand new song – usually it really takes me at least a week to really sink my teeth into my vocal parts, but I think I’m finally also learning how to best write melodies for my own range.

This is also, I believe, the longest song I’ve ever written. I’m not positive, but at just over six minutes, it’s very likely. But I love how the intro sounds like “There She Goes” by The La’s, and the song (in a way that probably only I would understand) also reminds me a lot of House of Heroes’ “Relentless.”

[Quick tangent: Even though House of Heroes would rank no higher than maybe my top five favorite artists of all time, they are easily the band that affects my personal writing style the most. I was thinking about that earlier today and realized why: I have learned how to play their songs more than I have by any other artists. I’ve learned “The Cop,” “Stay,” “Baby’s A Red,” “Journey Into Space,” “Lose Control,” at least half of their Suburba album, and if you ever see me play a cover show or at a bar, you are certainly destined to hear me play their sickly sad song “Ghost.”]

With no further ado, here are the lyrics, of which I think my favorite line is, “I lose my life with your truthfulness, given to a liar, your riches to a filthy beggar.” I think you can actually hear my smiling as I sing those lines in the recording.

We fell, we fell, we fell at the start of it all
To hell, to hell, you were righteous to send the faithless,
You were righteous to send the faithless,
But you fell, you fell, you fell into the devil’s hands,
It’s well, it’s well, ’cause you proved even hell can’t hold you,
You proved even hell can’t hold you.
Now I fall, I fall, I fall at the right hand of your all
Your all, your almighty ways are too great for a man
Of unclean eyes like me to behold.

Why did I scold you when you just wanted to hold me?

We fell for the glory of you God,
The debt we’d piled up was not too great a cost for the cross,
For the cross is our redemption from the fall,
At your right hand we find our all.

We fell, we fell, we fell at the start of it all
To hell, to hell, you were righteous to send the faithless,
You were righteous to send the faithless,
But you fell, you fell, you fell into the devil’s hands,
It’s well, it’s well, ’cause you proved even hell can’t hold you,
You proved even hell can’t hold you.
Now I lose, I lose, I lose my life with your truth,
Your truth, your truthfulness given to a liar,
Your riches to a filthy beggar.

Why did I scold you when you just wanted to hold me?

We fell for the glory of you God,
The debt we’d piled up was not too great a cost for the cross,
For the cross is our redemption from the fall,
At your right hand we find our all.

Christ is seated at your hand of perfection, your hand of endowment,
Your hand of fulfillment, Lord I just want to bow to it.
Your hand of perfection, your hand of endowment,
Your hand of fulfillment, Lord I just want to bow to it
Because Christ kept every law and fulfilled every prophet.
Now we can share in love and receive every promise.

Why did I scold you when you just wanted to hold me?

We fell for the glory of you God,
The debt we’d piled up was not too great a cost for the cross,
For the cross is our redemption from the fall,
At your right hand we find our all.