The Cross Lyrics - Within Temptation

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Nothing's ever changed, you still turn away
You've washed your hands, you've made that all too clear
You just keep on living this lie

You refuse to see, you're denying me
the cross I bear but you don't seem to care
Even Judas knew he had lied

I keep wondering why
I'm still calling your name through my tears

Why have you waited to embrace me my dear?
Cold is your silence, denying what is real
I'm still wondering why
I'm still calling your name my dear

I'm sorry if you can't stand the naked truth
All you see is how you want it to be
So you keep on living your life

Release me from this cross after all these years
Oh call my name and help me with this weight
Even though it comes far too late

I keep wondering why
I'm still calling your name through my tears

Why have you waited to embrace me my dear
Cold is your silence, denying what is real
I'm still wondering why I'm still calling your name
and I wonder, oh I wonder ...

In my heart I still hope you will open the door
You can purify it all, answer my call

Why? Why?

Why have you waited to embrace me my dear?
Cold is your silence, denying what is real
I'm still wondering why I'm still calling your name
and I wonder, oh I wonder ...

In my heart I still hope you will open the door
You can purify it all, answer my call





Writer: MARTIJN SPIERENBURG / Sharon den Adel / Robert Westerholt
Lyrics © Royalty Network, Universal Music Publishing Group


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This Song | Reviewer: Jezebel | 11/4/13

May or may not have a Christian basis, all that matters is that it's good! No artist or poet wants their songs to be "black and white" in their meanings, it's up to the listeners what comes to their minds. Personally, it reminds me of Jesus and Pontius Pilate (you've washed your hands, you've made it all too clear, you just keep on living this lie) because Pilate famously washed his hands of Christ's death, claiming to have had nothing to do with it and refusing to accept that innocent blood was on his hands, when in actuality, he was responsible for his death, because he could have saved him and crucified Barabbas instead, but he let the crowd egg him on and did what shouldn't have been done.

We're all entitled to our own opinion, and i'm only stating that the song reminds me exactly of Pilate's denial and the refusal to lay in the bed he made. I am not preaching, i'm not even a Christian, so I have no reason to preach!

Don't worry about what others think, just listen to the song, find your interpretation of it, and enjoy the art that is Within Temptation!

Brilliant | Reviewer: Blilith | 7/8/13

This one of the best groups ever, I have seen most. The Cross, is so emotional, the lyrics are great. The overtones just do it for me. The opening is just brilliant. It always makes me cry.

Truly the best... | Reviewer: Nafisa Nazeer | 2/13/13

Honestly, this is my most favorite group, Within Temptation. And this song, oh my God, just blew me away. I just love everything about it. It has such a stunning melody and never forget Sharon's outstanding voice here! Thanks so much. I will forever remember this song, truly the best one ever!

<3 | Reviewer: aaa | 4/16/12

Amazing song i love the meaning of all there songs. This song always reminds me of my ex and our break up. " I keep wondering why
I'm still calling your name through my tears"
I still think of him and i know in when i need some one there its all ways him i think of would call out if i had to but after all the shit he put me through i don't know why i still would call out his name .

Anyway much love for the band . Bands come and go for people but within temptation

Poetry | Reviewer: tsalyers | 7/3/11

Sharon Den Adel is a true artist. Her music, and the lyrics she writes come together as poetry, and as such, it has more than one meaning, and that makes it an art form. I love the way she knows just when to put emphasis on a word or phrase to drive her point home. More than that, her voice is so attuned to the music she sings, it's like magic. Within Temptation is awesome.

Sharon Den Adel | Reviewer: Adrian | 2/9/11

is a catholic, so most of the song have christian inspirations. It's not as though they are preaching christianity though, as you can see from the cover art to the album, she is holding a cross, star of david, and a pentacle. Also, some of the songs sound as though they are inspired by paganism, such as Mother Earth and Aquarius. It's more of a spiritual thing than a religious thing.

Seriously guys? This isn't Christian. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/6/10

There's nothing Christian about The Cross. The song itself is about hardships that all of the band members have faced. Bearing a cross means that you are bearing a heavy burden, be it emotional or physical or whatever else. Sharon said something about the song:

That song in particular became very special to me. I love the song, it’s one of my favorites. It almost did not make the album because I wrote it together with Martijn in a different tempo but it was too quick, you couldn’t really play guitar to it. So, I wanted it to be really heavy, slow, dramatic, and really an angry kind of song, but it didn’t work out. It took me a year to get the right rhythm and right atmosphere and it finally made it to the album in the last few weeks of the recording. So, I finally got to say “Yay!”.

On the song. | Reviewer: Vicis | 11/22/10

I have not much to say apart from the fact that I love how she says the line, 'why.. have you waited to embrace me .. my dear?' That 'my dear' is so powerful. I'm in love. I don't know why. I just love how she enunciates it. Or is it pronounces? I don't know, I just love that line!

Also, speaking about individual interpretations.. I don't know why, I always think of 'Lucifer' in this case. Lucifer who has turned away from God (or what have you) because of his blind love for humans [or some other version, I don't know] and then has God (or what have you) send him to Hell/other horrid place and is waiting for God (or what have you) to call him back. I don't know, it just seems more ironic that way, to me.

But anyway, love this song.

the cross | Reviewer: Sheldon | 7/23/10

She could be referring to Jesus' thoughts as he hung on the cross. He even stated the burden was great. When we do not accept him it as though we do not care. Even though his burden was extremely painful, Jesus is still calling our name through the agony. But I agree how it can to both ways.

The Cross | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/11/10

This song makes me want to cry! But it's so beautiful. It could be about God. In my opinion, this song is from His perspective, asking why we keep running from Him.

This is a beautiful song with many possible meanings.

Two points | Reviewer: Brooke | 4/27/10

One! Yes it could be a christian song as pointed out by Daughterofdarkness. Two! It could also by about someone ignoring her like Jayme said. So now get the hell over it and enjoy the damn song for what it is! ^^ sry!

Really, is it important? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/29/09

Okay, does it matter whether or not the song is christain? WT makes GOOD MUSIC in general, and the meaning is based strictly on opinion. I don't see why on earth people have to LABEL music. And no, I am not pagan. I had a traditional, CHRISTAIN upbringing; I just don't see why we have to be such religious zealots when it comes to the music we listen to. The song has a powerful meaing when you think about it, but that doesn't make it a religious one. Would anyone say that this song would be christain if it were preformed by, say, GODSMACK??

To You Your Questions, No! | Reviewer: Jayme | 7/28/09

The songs is not religious. It only refers to Judas as being a liar and a traitor against Jesus to the Romans, and the "cross to bear" is also a saying about heavy burdens. Therefore, she's saying that she was lied to and betrayed, and it is still a heavy burden for her to bear. She asks for him to help her with it but he doesn't seem to care. It seems to me that she has high hopes for this person to help her out, but it seems that it won't come too soon.

So, no, the song is not religious. She is refering to love and her own personal experiances. I think that it's clever to use Judas as an example. Just because he is mentioned does not mean that the song is religious.

But Lea also has a good point. It can go either way. I've said my piece and gave my own opinion.

Amen | Reviewer: Lea | 7/18/09

Amen to that, Alice. I completely agree.
Religious or not, it is their own personal thing. They don't promote religion through songs, they don't quote commandments or laws. That should put an end to it.
As for the song meaning - it always, ALWAYS, depends on the individual. The interpretation, that is. No one can claim for certain they understand every line the way the lyricist did when they wrote it. Unless a band member, a songwriter or a lyricist explains the exact meaning - we can never know for sure. For some, it's denied love. For some, it's denied God. For some it's neither. It's an individual thing to find out what this song means to us.

Why does it matter so much to you people? | Reviewer: Alice | 6/25/09

Why does everyone have to label everything? A person's religion is personal, and yes, they have done some christian songs, and some paganistic songs. But who says that you have to be something to talk about it? As much as you know, they might not believe in any of these religions, but just sings about it because it's hot topics and/or they want to understand it better. There are many reasons, in my own poetry I have sometimes refered to "God" and other religious symbols. But I am not christian, but because of other personal reasons.

So stop be so focused on what they believe in, because that doesn't matter, the thing that matters is what they do! And WT makes GREAT music, religious or not!


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