Behind the Songs: A Needle in the Grass is No Good

Here are a few thoughts from songwriter, Ian Canalis about his song, A Needle in the Grass is No Good.

This song was written from the bottom of a valley…no tent, no compass…just me and some coyotes in the distance. Psalm 69 says “Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.” Sins and trials have a way of isolating and the point where what was once very real and tangible seems distantly cold. Psalm 14:2 , “The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt;there is no one who does good, not even one.” Have you ever dreamed that you were trying to run but your legs just wouldn’t work? Or tried to scream , but no sound would come out? That feeling is exactly what I tried to wrap my arms around through this song – fumbling in the dark, frantically searching for something so precious, but seemingly so far away.

Shame, shame, shame – shame on me
I can’t swim when the water’s deep
Touching the bottom is a crutch
But I miss it so much

Pray, pray, pray – on my knees
That you’ll recede this flood and help me breathe
Knowing that this too shall pass
Is like a needle in the grass

I don’t have to say it
It’s a game and we know how to play it
All that we’ve been given
Cannot escape the way that we’ve been living


Rescue me from myself, Rescue me from myself

Rescue me from myself, rescue me

We’re no good

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Behind The Songs: Slide

Slide is my favorite song on the EP. It is a deeply personal song to me and Suzanne delivers it in such a powerful way that I am more drawn to this song the more we perform it. For me, this song touches the very essence of being human. It is about the tug of war between doing right and doing wrong. Scripture teaches that we are never tempted beyond what we can handle. And that in such temptation, there is always provided for us, a way out. This song, at its core, is about that moment of decision between right and wrong. When you are in that place of balancing between your good and bad selves. The angel on one shoulder, the devil on the other – bickering back and forth. I often ask myself, if this “way out” is so easy to choose, then why do I keep choosing the other?

Here are the lyrics to, “Slide”

I’m waiting for the slide
Like an angry alibi
When it comes around
I listen for the sound of sighing

Chorus 1:
I don’t want to feel the end of this love
I don’t want to know what broken hearts sing of

I’m waiting for the slide
To slip into the night
If I start to drown
I’m not afraid to keep on trying

Chorus 2:
I don’t want to feel the end of this love
I don’t want to know what broken hearts sing of
I don’t want to feel the end of this love
I just want to be the one you’re thinking of

Oh speak towards me
Never leave me
Oh speak gently
Never leave me

I’m waiting for the slide
The angry alibi subsiding

There is a second or overlapping meaning to this song. Does God’s patience run out? Is there an end to His love? For the person bound in addiction or habitual behavior, this is a real fear in the inmost parts. Some aren’t even able to recognize these thoughts inside them. Will this be the last time I’m forgiven? Will I ever choose the higher ground? Will the temptations ever stop? Will God turn His back on me? Most modern doctrine teaches that we can never stray too far. Modern culture doesn’t like such absolutes. But from my perspective, it’s a real issue. And it’s a real possibility. I hope to never “feel the end of this love.”

Here is a rough, DEMO version of this song.

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