Poem and Lyric Revisions

 

A short adaptation of “IF” by Rudyard Kipling (apologies)

If you can turn to God when all about you
Are cursing Him, and blaming it on you;
If He can trust you when your closest doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting, too;
If you can make one heap of all your blessings,
And go all-in on your first leap of faith,
And though you feel as though you might be guessing,
You know with certitude He keeps you safe–

If you can pray your heart and nerve and sinew
Will serve His turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
His work begun in you, He will perfect it ^1,
Because He chose you for His friend, my son ^2.

1 Philippians 1:6
2 John 15:15-16; Ephesians 1:4 

Audioslave’s “Like a Stone” revised

on a cobweb afternoon
in a room full of emptiness
by a freeway i confess
i was lost in the pages
of a book full of death
reading how we’ll die alone (I love you, Kierkegaard)
but if we choose we’ll finally rest
anywhere we want to go

(chorus)
in Your house i long to be
room by room patiently
i’ll wait for You here (Psalm 130:5)
like a stone i’ll wait for You here (1 Peter 2:5)
Home (Luke 17:21)

on my deathbed i will pray
to the God of the angels
I’ll be praying to the Son
who will take me to heaven
to a place i recall
You were there so long ago
Your body bruised
the wine was bled
and there You led me on

in Your house i long to be
room by room patiently
i’ll wait for You here (Psalm 130:5)
like a stone i’ll wait for You here (1 Peter 2:5)
Home (Luke 17:21)

and on i read
until the Day had come
and i sat in regret
of all the things i’d done
for all I’d not blessed
and all that i’d wronged
awakened from my death
i will wander on (Hebrews 11:13)

http://www.last.fm/music/Audioslave/_/Like+a+Stone

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