Biblical themes in The Greatest Showman songs?


The title may make you cringe. I promise I'm not one of those over-analyzing-everything-people (k, maybe sometimes), but it's just that this past week I've been listening to songs of 'The Greatest Showman' (let's be real, when am I not) and, well, I couldn't help but think 'wow, change a few words and this could totally be a song about me and God.' Like, I was sitting in the train. The sun was pouring inside from the windows on my face. I was listening to 'From Now On' and as I was listening to the words suddenly my heart was worshiping my Creator. Because I was listening to those songs from another place than the songwriters wrote it from.

I know these songs weren't made to worship God (in other words they aren't 'Christian songs') buuut you know, there are some themes that just scream 'Gospel' and 'Jesus' and 'New Life' to me. Just, when I listen to the lyrics and think about how I interpret some of the lyrics in a spiritual way, my goosebumps come. Wow. These songs are AMAZING. 

Anyway, this post is kind of pointless and maybe might sound weird but yeah I wanted to share the lyrics that can be interpreted in Christian-y ways. :-P Cause I think it's cool.


Tightrope

Mountains and valleys, and all that will come in between
 
Desert and ocean 
You pulled me in and together we're lost in a dream 
Always in motion 
So I risk it all just to be with you 
And I risk it all for this life we choose

I LOVE the song Tightrope. And yes I generally listen to it as the beautiful love romance song it is. But this part reminds me of the certain 'risk' we have in our lives as Christ followers. It is God that pulled me into this life and I risk it all for this life I choose. (You see?)


This is Me

I am brave, I am bruised
 
I am who I'm meant to be, this is me. 
I won't let them break me down to dust 
I know that there's a place for us 
For we are glorious
I'm not scared to be seen 
I make no apologies, this is me

Yessssss. THIS IS HOW CONFIDENT WE SHOULD BE IN OUR FAITH. We are more than Conquerors in Christ. We are bruised BUT we are made clean. We are who we are meant to be. We are glorious in Him. There is a place for us. We should never make any apologies for being followers of Jesus. This is who we are!


Never Enough

All the shine of a thousand spotlights
 
All the stars we steal from the night sky 
Will never be enough 
Never be enough 
Towers of gold are still too little 
These hands could hold the world but it'll 
Never be enough 
Never be enough

Nothing this world offers us will ever be enough. Never never never. Towers of gold will never satisfy. Even the beauty of the stars in the night-sky. Or the shine of a thousand spotlights. Or the whole wide world. If we don't have God, we will never be satisfied. It will never be enough without Him.

Come Alive

I see it in your eyes 
You believe that lie 
That you need to hide your face 
Afraid to step outside 
So you lock the door 
But don't you stay that way 
No more living in those shadows 
You and me, we know how that goes' 
Cause once you see it, oh you'll never, never be the same 
We will be the light that's turning 
Bottle up but keep on shining 
You can prove there's more to you 
You cannot be afraid
To anyone who's bursting with a dream
Come one!Come all!You hearThe call
To anyone who's searching for a way to break free
Break free! Break free! 
When the world becomes a fantasy 
And you're more than you could ever be' 
Cause you're dreaming with your eyes wide open 
And we know we can't be go back again 
To the world that we were living in' 
Cause we're dreaming with our eyes wide open

Come Alive is amazing ahh. And these lyrics. I mean, need I say more as to why I think it screams out 'NEW LIFE'?!?  'Cause once you see it, oh you'll never, never be the same' and 'We'll be the light that's shining' and 'Believing the lie that you need to lock the door and hide your face.' Accepting Jesus into your life is all about breaking free and hearing the call and never going back again to the world that we were living in. JUST YES YES THE IMAGERY I FIND. :-D


From Now On

Wait for this one, this one is my favourite.

For years and years 
I chased their cheers 
The crazy speed of always needing more 
But when I stop 
And see you here 
I remember who all this was for

THAT. The crazy speed of always needing more. STOPPING. and seeing God. And remembering who we're living for. That's what I hear when I listen to that.

It starts tonight 
And let this promise in me start 
Like an anthem in my heart 
From now on 
From now on 
From now on

Also that.

And we will come back home 
And we will come back home 
Home again! 
And we will come back home 
And we will come back home 
Home, again!
We will come back home. (The way they sing it man. When they start singing in acapella and it becomes all Gospel-choir-y. AHHHHH.) (Also when it's just piano and the guitar-y instrument in the beginning, it sounds like a Rend Collective song, don't you think?)


Random Naomi thoughts have ended. What do you say? What are your thoughts?

10 comments:

  1. Haha I thought of those kinda themes while listening to TGS songs toooo! (but then I guess I am an over-analyse-everything type of person :P) Particularly when listening to 'Tightrope'... couldn't get those 'Christian' themes out my head. Totally love how you wrote this post -x-

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    1. Haha great. For me 'From Now On' has the most Christian-y theme, but yep Tightrope too. (The Other Side not very though. Haha.)

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  2. Yes! I think it's important to realize we can see songs and lyrics and stories from a Christian perspective, even if they weren't written that way. I told my Mum after seeing the movie for the first time that you could interpret it through the eyes of a Christian and it was a very encouraging movie! And yes, those lyrics definitely shine through the light of Christ, if you let the light in!

    Basically,

    I AGREE.


    AlthoughtheOtherSideisstilllreallyfun. :P

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  3. I had the same thoughts while listening to The Greatest Showman... thank you for writing a post that so beautifully expresses the deeper meanings of these songs! :D

    ~Lizzy

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  4. I really like this. I do that a lot, too--I think about "other meanings" that a song can have, besides the obvious one :) And I agree that there's definitely a lot to ponder in The Greatest Showman.

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  5. Ahhhh, I love it! Wonderful thoughts. :)

    AND "FROM NOW ON" IS MY FAVORITE, TOO. (I think. I mean one can't be sure, but I think.) And I especially loved what you said about "Tightrope," 'cause I could totally see it! I have some of those supposed-to-be-love-songs-that-I've-claimed-as-me-and-God songs, too. ;)

    Thanks for sharing this, old sport! :)

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  6. YES YES YES YESSSSSSSSS.

    Ahem. I really loved this post, can you tell? :D

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