Deathbed Lyrics - Relient K



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I can smell the death on the sheets
Covering me
I can't believe this is the end

But this is my deathbed
I lie here alone
If I close my eyes tonight
I know I'll be home

The year was nineteen forty one
I was eight years old and
Far far too young
To know that the stories
Of battles and glory
Was a tale a kind mother
Made up for her son
You see
Dad was a traveling preacher
Teaching the words of the Teacher
But mother had sworn
Went off to the war
And died there with honor
Somewhere on a beach there
But he left once to never return
Which taught me that I should unlearn
Whatever I thought a father should be
I abandoned that thought
Like he abandoned me

By forty seven I was fourteen
I'd acquired a taste for liquor and nicotine
I smoked until I threw up
Yet I still lit 'em up for thirty more years
Like a machine

So right there you have it
That one filthy habit
Is what got me where I am today

I can smell the death on the sheets
Covering me
I can't believe this is the end
I can hear those sad memories
Still haunting me
So many things
I'd do again

But this is my deathbed
I lie here alone
If I close my eyes tonight
I know I'll be home

I got married on my twenty first
Eight months before my wife would give birth
It's easier to be sure you love someone
When her father inquires with the barrel of a gun
The union was far from harmonious
No two people could have been more alone than us
The years would go by and she'd love someone else
And I realized I hadn't been loved yet myself

From there it's your typical spiel
Yeah if life was a highway
I was drunk at the wheel
I was helping the loose ends
All fall apart
Yeah I swear I was destined to fail
And fail from the start

I bowled about six times a week

The bottle of Beam kept the memories from me
Our marriage had taken a seven-ten split
Along with my pride the ex-wife took the kids

I can smell the death on the sheets
Covering me
I can't believe this is the end
I can hear those sad memories
Still haunting me
So many things
I'd do again

But this is my deathbed
I lie here alone
If I close my eyes tonight
I know I'll be home

I was so scared of Jesus
But He sought me out
Like the cancer in my lungs
That's killing me now
And I've given up hope
On the days I have left
But I cling to the hope
Of my life in the next
Then Jesus showed up
Said "Before we go"
"I thought that we might reminisce"
"See one night in your life"
"When you turned out the light"
"You asked for and prayed for my forgiveness"

You cried wolf
The tears they soaked your fur
The blood dripped from your fangs
You said, "What have I done?"
You loved that lamb
With every sinful bone
And there you wept alone
Your heart was so contrite

You said, "Jesus, please forgive me of my crimes
Sanctify this withered heart of mine
Stay with me until my life is through
And on that day please take me home with you"

I can smell the death on the sheets
Covering me
I can't believe this is the end
I can hear You whisper to me,
"It's time to leave
You'll never be lonely again"

But this was my deathbed
I died there alone
When I closed my eyes tonight
You carried me home

[Jon Foreman of Switchfoot sings, as the voice of Jesus:]
I am the Way
Follow Me
And take My hand
And I am the Truth
Embrace Me and you'll understand
And I am the Light
And for Me you'll live again
For I am Love
I am Love
I, I am Love





Writer: THIESSEN, MATTHEW ARNOLD
Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group



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Love! | Reviewer: Maria Godlovesyou! | 8/9/11

This song means everything to me. I haven't quite made those mistakes, but that's probably because I haven't had enough time to. Like so many others, the "Let's reminisce" part and the "You cried Wolf" part and the ending mean the most to me. I've been pretty low in life in all my almost 15 years, and I have said exactly what this man said to God. And I have felt like the wolf. I still feel like the wolf. What have I done? Why did I do it? Why do I do such things when I have a loving, all powerful God who doesn't want me too, who grieves when I fall away from him and won't let him catch me? And the end of the song! Switchfoot and Relient K? A match literally made in heaven! Those ending words are words I carry with me everywhere, physically and mentally, and spiritually! I love you God! Thank you for saving me! Please don't leave me! I will try my hardest to please you and spread your love!!!!!



Loved it. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/28/11

I found out about this band from a freind. I coundn't believe at first how awesome they were. But this song stood out to me so much. Especialy the part about the 'woof' and the verse at the end. I nearly cry every time. <3 <3 I will love this song forever!!!! :3 :D



Fantastic | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/15/09

I've listened to this song nonstop for weeks now! I love Relient K. and this song has such a wonderful meaning to it. I LOVE THIS SONG!! I cry when I listen to the song. The first time that I heard it, I wasn't paying attention to what the lyrics were actually saying, but when I listened to it again, I couldn't stop crying. WoW!! This is just such a powerful song! Great job Relient K. Praise be to God!!! GOD BLESS!



God's Amazing! | Reviewer: Caity | 7/6/08

I listened to this song once and liked it. But I wasn't really listening to the words, i thought it had a nice tune and cool rhymes. So I put it in one of my play lists in iTunes that I just put on in the background. But just recently I went on a long country road trip. I was listening to my iPod, and this song came on, and so I listened to it, to the words and it meant something. I played it quite a number of times through, and every single time I played it I got something new from it. Especially the bit where he asks for forgiveness, and then at the very end about the Way Truth and Life, and He is love!
I never thought that an eleven minute song could be so good! Lol
I love God!
XD



God's Amazing! | Reviewer: Caity | 7/6/08

Every single time I play this song, I get something new from it. Especially the bit where he asks for forgiveness, and then at the very end about the Way, Truth and Life, and He is love!
I love God!
I can't help but think of the verse John 3:20
"For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed."
Pretty much people who do all the bad stuff are scared of Jesus because they don't want their bad stuff to be exposed. I thought of that when the song went "I was so scared of Jesus but He sought me out..."
What do you think?



WOW!!!! | Reviewer: God's Daughter | 2/18/08

I can't stop listening to this song! It's freaking amazing! I never thought that i would like such a long song. Usually I like my songs short and sweet. But not this one... haha i really love this song. My favorite part is the part about the wolf. Why don't you think about what it's saying the next time you listen to it.



GOD BLESS EMERY!!! | Reviewer: nayeli | 12/10/07

i just want to congradulate you guys...YOUR SONGS ARE FREAKING AWESOME!!!...i only with the whole world would know about you guys' music..i support you guys all the way!!..god bless and take care



beautiful song | Reviewer: fisherMen knight | 11/5/07

absolutely a beautiful song! especially the part with Jesus, remembering this person to that one night... Let us also ask forgiveness for our sins, so that we shall be never lonely again after our deathbed too.

Blessings, a dutch fishermen



stunning. | Reviewer: katie | 10/30/07

so i listen to this nearly everyday.the way matt t. can use his voice to convey God's awesomeness really affects you. Relient k has such brilliant analogies and the switchfoot part totally hit it home for me. whenever i hear this song it reminds me of how we all mess up and fall so short of God's glory, yet how graceful He is to us. My favorite lines are when God is talking about how you'll never be lonely again. It's amazing how such few words can bring you to your knees in worship.



Relient K=AMAZING | Reviewer: Vivian | 10/27/07

These guys are sooo good.Them and Switchfoot are what makes me listen to Christian music. They are punk, but soo good.
I'm one of those ppl who no one would have ever thought would listen to rock.
But these guys are worth it. I need to pick up this CD.




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