Shine Lyrics - Newsboys

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Dull as dirt
You can't assert the kind of light
That might persuade
A strict dictator to retire
Fire the army
Teach the poor origami
The truth is in
The proof is when
You hear your heart stop asking,
"What's my motivation?"

And try as you may, there isn't a way
To explain the kind of change
That would make an Eskimo renounce fur
That would make a vegetarian barbecue hamster
Unless you can trace this about-face
To a certain sign...

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[Chorus]
Shine
Make 'em wonder what you've got
Make 'em wish that they were not
On the outside looking bored
Shine
Let it shine before all men
Let'em see good works, and then
Let 'em glorify the Lord

Out of the shaker and onto the plate
It isn't Karma
It sure ain't fate
That would make a Deadhead sell his van
That would make a schizophrenic turn in his crayons
Oprah freaks
And science seeks a rationale
That shall excuse
This strange behavior

When you let it shine
You will inspire
The kind of entire turnaround
That would make a bouncer take ballet
(even bouncers who are happy)
But out of the glare
With nowhere to turn
You ain't gonna learn it on "What's My Line?"

[Chorus]
Shine
Make 'em wonder what you've got
Make 'em wish that they were not
On the outside looking bored
Shine
Let it shine before all men
Let'em see good works, and then
Let 'em glorify the Lord



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Question | Reviewer: hmm | 4/19/13

thankyou for the lyrics. one question though. in the chorus shouldn't it be....
Shine
make'em wander watcha got
make'em wish that they were not
on the outside lookin for it
? instead of "on the outside looking bored."

to mister atheist | Reviewer: j | 1/24/13

its not about bein a good person, heaven is for perfection which we are not,, only way to be made perfect is by Jesus blood....your an atheist matt which means u openly denounce God, instead of glorifing him for creating u and your life all he has done for u u say no i dont believe in u,, if u willingly reject him what he has done what Jesus has done, why should he accept u into heaven?

you will find | Reviewer: b | 12/25/12

This is one of the best, newer christian songs in a long time that speaks to the heart, brain,and has a good beat. The words are hard to understand even for my 11year old so we had to print them out. I do not always like all what any artist does but I like this song for many reasons. My daughter has grown tried of the christian radio stations because they do not have that many new songs. Yet, I wish for an hour of the old chirstian rock with Phil, Randy, and Keith Green. Good thing I kept the tapes and later purchase the cds. What happen to Brain Dunkin??
God gave us all brains, if you are unsure of how to spell please take the time to look the word up because it just makes the rest of the believers look stupid. thank you

Please | Reviewer: Matt | 7/21/12

I'm an atheist and I believe that IF there is a god and you're a good person with good morals you will get in to Heaven. I don't think a "fair and balanced" God will smite us because we don't believe.

God is GOD | Reviewer: Random dude | 5/23/12

GOD IS GOD HE LOVES EVERYONE-though if you dont accept him you will go to hell. THAT DOSENT MEAN YOU CAN SAY OHHHH GOD LOVES ME ANYWAYS I CAN SIN BECAUSE GOD KNOWS WHATS IN YOUR HEART ALSO GOD LOVES EVERYONE EQUILY THOUGH IT PAINS HIM TO SEE PEOPLE THAT DONT LOVE HIM just like a human father he loves his children equily but if one says I HATE YOU it hurts the father BUT he still loves his son :) God loves you!

SHINE | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/25/12

The pause before 'happy' is for the RHYTHM of the song. Otherwise they would need another syllable in that line. No one seems to be complaining the equivalent pause in the middle of 'origami', because they can tell it's for the rhythm of the song. These are exactly the same!

great song | Reviewer: Thee Prophet | 10/16/11

This is a great song both musically and lyrically.

I agree with the comment that if someone thinks this is putting down homosexuals then it's more than a paranoia, it's an insecurity also, and a guilt trip.

That activity of homosexuality is wrong morally, biblicaly, evolutionarily, atheistically, agnostic, islamicly hinduishly, buddhismaly, and SCIENTIFICALLY.

To prove it, left to them selves, a single sex, they could not reproduce, thus they would die along with their RELIGION, and yes each group above is it's form of faith, but only one is provable, all the others keep getting proved wrong and have to re-write their theories.

FIANLY,,,, I want every Christian to stand up now and DEMAND YOUR RIGHTS, HOMOSEXUALITY IS OFFENSIVE, TO HELL WITH THEM TELLING ME I CAN'T SAY JESUS IS LORD!!!

JESUS IS OUR MESSIAH ! THE ONE
AND ONLY!

IF YOU DON'T LIKE TOUGH, IT"S FATE NOT MINE!

I HAVE MY FREE WILL AND YOU HAVE YOURS, YOU CANNOT FORCE ME TO BE SILENT!!!!

WHATS GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS GOOD FOR GANDER, YOU TELL ME NOT TO SAY GOD OR JESUS AND DISPLAY A CROSS....

THEN YOU CAN"T CUSS OR OR DISPLAY YOUR ACTIVITY AND FILTH EITHER!!!!!!

THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON THE BASIS OF THE GOSPEL, NOT ON THE FILTH OF FORNICATION!

READ THE MAYFLOWER COMPACT!!!!!!!!

Enjoy, and those not saved better hope they live long enough to learn the truth and get saved.

Too much scientific proof of CREATION, and ZERO proof of evolution, even the first 2 laws of science prove that much. Thermodynamics.



I agree with MissMartha | Reviewer: Evan | 4/11/11

This is a good song, and I think that anyone who thinks it's bad (because of the bouncer line) should go back and read MissMartha's post; It makes sense. If you still think this song is down on gay people, for whatever reason, then you are probably hopelessly paranoid.
This song is merely about how is we let God's glory shine through us by acting how he says to in the Bible (not just the 10 commandments) and by doing that, we can change other people and cause unusual things to happen. That is all I have to say.

Hate gets you nowhere | Reviewer: Glory | 4/6/11

I'm sad to see the comments people are leaving here. People always want to over-analyze everything and LOOK for reasons to hate Christianity. This is a simple song. It's only saying that the power of God can make you do things you never thought possible. There really isn't anything negative to say about it. And with the gay thing, do you know how many songs on the radio degrade women? Because it's a Christian song, that means they can't talk about homosexuality? It never says anything hateful about people being gay. Why don't you go find REAL things to fight for, rather than digging for reasons to hate Christians?

Awesome song! | Reviewer: Jace | 4/6/11

This song is great! It's one of the best Newsboys songs to date.

I noticed several people dislike some of the lyrics. Why, I don't know. But the message of the song is for Christians to "shine" their light to all the nations, and that the love of God can change anyone's life.

I think everyone should just quit arguing and enjoy the song. It's one of the best Christian songs ever written, so just chill, and let's all try to "shine".

As for the controversy about God loving everyone, just read the Bible.

That's all I have to say. God bless all, and shine on!

Heath are you kidding me? | Reviewer: Chris | 2/23/11

How can you sit there and speak that way about God and be okay with yourself?

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends John 15:13)."

Jesus died for EVERYONE. Not just the "good" people or who you believe is deserving of God..

Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

Plead get your facts straight and try actually reading the bible before going out and giving Christians a bad name. Thanks!

Now everyone show love to everyone and quit arguing and enjoy the song! Sheesh.


Praise be to God!!! | Reviewer: Billy | 11/26/10

Please stop arguing people! This song is about how God can change your life and make you stand out, and that you can't explain the goodness and love of God. The lyrics really express this and I hope you ll enjoy this song as much as me!!! :)

Shine | Reviewer: Mikki | 11/19/10

If you look carefully at this song, you can see it's not about "anti this- pro this" Just read this line "That would make an Eskimo renounce fur
That would make a vegetarian barbecue hamster" This is obviously not stating that they're against OR for animals, since that would be an oxy-moron. The song is just saying that the amazing power of God's love can make you do the exact opposite of what's expected.. what's standard.

Bouncer | Reviewer: Adam | 8/3/10

Reading through some of the posts I was surprised at how upset some were at the lyrics. I take the song for what it is, an expression of what Gods love has the ability to do. I personally am a bouncer and have done so at several area bars and dance clubs, my brother was armed security at a couple strip clubs in the area as well as a fill in at a well known gay club. My brother was killed by a drunk last year but he nor I hated a single one of them, even the drunk that killed him. THATS what Gods love can do. I am 6'8" 450 pounds and do you know what? We BOTH took Balet as children. God loves everyone, and no matter how hard it is, so do I. THATS the kind of thing God's love can do for you.

Anything Negative is YOUR problem | Reviewer: Jeff | 5/26/10

I Love this song!!!! Every word is praise to our GOD no matter what negativity you perceive or believe. So shut up already, thank and praise GOD in whatever way (music, song, or whatever way)..........or quite simply........perish. It's that simple!!!! Thank you GOD, Newsboys and all Christians!!!


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