Amy Grant’s Lead Me On: “we drown in the wake of our power — somebody tell me why”

I just found this video. Amy Grant’s “Lead Me On” (1988) is one my favorite songs — has been, I just realized, for twenty years (yikes!). Anyway, I’ve long thought it would make a powerful music video. And here it is.

Shoulder to the wheel, for someone else’s selfish gain
Here there is no choosing, working the clay
Wearing their anger like a ball and chain

Fire in the field, underneath a blazing sun
But soon the sun was faded, and freedom was a song
I heard them singing when the day was done
Singing to the Holy One

Lead me on, lead me on, to a place where the river runs, into your keeping

Lead me on, lead me on
The awaited deliverance
Comforts the seeking… lead on!

Waiting for the train, labeled with a golden star
Heavy-hearted boarding, whispers in the dark
Where are we going–is it very far?

Bitter cold terrain, echoes of a slamming door
In chambers made for sleeping, forever
Voices like thunder in a mighty roar
Crying to the Lord

Lead me on, lead me on, to a place where the river runs, into your keeping

Lead me on, lead me on
The awaited deliverance
Comforts the seeking… lead on!

Man hurts man, time and time, time again
And we drown in the wake of our power
Somebody tell me why!

P.S. The depiction of the Nazi genocide of Jews in this video reminds me of the Nazi genocide of gays. I know that people who are anti-gay rights mainly (completely?) do so based on their sense of some immorality or wrongness to same-sex relationships. But I guess they don’t think then much about the fact that that thinking puts them in agreement with Nazis. Jews? “No! They are equal to everyone else!” Gypsies? “No! They are also equal to everyone else!” Gays? “Well… yes, it’s true — they should not be treated equal to everyone else. The Nazis had something there, even if they clearly went way too far in their behavior.”

Yikes. It should at least give one pause, to think of whom one is agreeing with. Wouldn’t one think?

Anyway, this is still a great song.

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