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"American Dream" critiques materialistic ambition and states, "I want to live and die for bigger things/I'm tired of fighting just for me." "Amateur Lovers" is weary of seeing shallow people stuck in addictive, unhealthy relationships. A sunrise reminds an insomniac to slow down and enjoy life's simple pleasures ("4:12"). "Let Your Love Be Strong" may be a prayer asking God to bring order out of chaos. Lead singer Jon Foreman embraces objective truth and rejects the modern machine that has him going in "Circles." A tired city dweller "living for nothing but deadlines" has an "Awakening." The moral of a dream on "Faust, Midas and Myself" is to quit chasing perfection and appreciate the blessings we already have. Grief over a friend's death is tempered by the knowledge that the deceased is "free" and a reunion awaits in heaven ("Yesterday"). The love song "Head Over Heels (In This Life)" praises a good wife. A guy cleans up his messes and presses forward, preferring to "Burn Out Bright" in the pursuit of excellence rather than simply "limp through the human race."
Obscure mentions of a liquor store and the backseat of a parked car could be confusing, though they don't endorse drinking or promiscuity ("Oh! Gravity.").
This may not be a "Christian" disc, but the band's biblical worldview informs terrific, prophetic songs about aiming higher than worldly goals. Oh! yeah!