The Great Exchange Lyrics - Thrice

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I crewed on a fair golden ship that
Went down at the dawn of the world.
We mutinied and sentenced our captain to die,
‘Fore our sails had barely unfurled.

We sank shortly after our riot;
Wanton flame and our powder kegs met.
While I swam for my life there came voices aloft -
Joyful, unearthly, and dread -

Singing of a violent, tireless mystery:
That one would give his life to save his enemy.

Too bone-tired to keep my arms moving,
To swim or even grasp after straws.
The undertow drew me down into its cold
And infinite indigo jaws.

I heard singing of a violent, tireless mystery:
That one would give his life to save his enemy.

I thought I must be dead or dreaming,
When my captain - still battered, betrayed -
Pulled me up, laid me over the beam he'd clung to,
Breathed his last, and sank under the waves.

Your body is a bridge across an endless sea.
Your body is a bridge across an endless sea.

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its Gospel | Reviewer: Scott | 1/18/13

The great exchange is a term that Martin Luther used in the 16th century to describe the swap of life and death that happened on the cross.

That we lived a sinful broken life as enemys to God and deserved to die in paymant... Yet Christ lived the perfect life that we could not have ever lived and then "exchanged" his life for ours on the cross.. giving us his perfect life and in turn taking abd paying for our sin on the cross.

Thats what this song is about, thats what Dustin is about... grace, Jesus, forgiveness. Who doesn't want (or need) that?

Wow! | Reviewer: Robert | 11/11/12

This song tells of a great story wow. I don't see the religious side to this song as others might, but that's just because I'm not a religious person haha! I guess we all see what we want to, but we can all agree that what the captain portrayed in this song is the noblest of men, and this song tells about both the bad and good sides of humanity. There are those who would destroy for no apparent reason, and those who would do the exact opposite for the sake of being good.

intrigued | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/13/11

I find their lyrics to always be interesting and intelligent. One can't deny the religious themes that seem to pop up in various songs. This seems to reference Christ by my reckoning. If so, then I wish other people of faith (if they are indeed of faith) could be as intelligent and creative about it. Any other person could walk away with their own interpretation of these lyrics, but there is still something here. I find that cool.

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