Shinedown – “Get Up”

Lyrics

Get up, get up
Get up, get up
Get up, get up
Get up, get up, get up, get up

I know you’re clinging to the light of day
To tell you everything’s a-okay
The medication don’t do much
Yeah, it just numbs the brain

Guess you might say I’m a little intense
I’m on the bright side of being hell bent
So take it from me, you’re not the only one
Who can’t see straight (can’t see straight)

If you were ever in doubt
Don’t sell yourself short
You might be bulletproof
Hard to move mountains when you’re paralyzed
But you gotta try
And I’m calling out

Get up, get up
Get a move on
Get up, get up
What’s taking so long
Get up, get up
Get a move on
Stop stalling, I’m calling out
Get up, get up
Get a move on
Get up, get up
Ain’t nothing wrong
‘Cause I believe you can be whatever
And I agree you can do much better, trust me

Everybody wants to sing their song
So, Marvin Gaye, “What’s Going On?”
Ain’t nothing normal when it comes to you and me
I’d rather twist myself into knots than watch you give up on your dream

If you were ever in doubt
Don’t sell yourself short
You might be bulletproof
Hard to move mountains when you’re paralyzed
But you gotta try
So I’m calling out

Get up, get up
Get a move on
Get up, get up
What’s taking so long
Get up, get up
Get a move on
Stop stalling, I’m calling out
Get up, get up
Get a move on
Get up, get up
Ain’t nothing wrong
‘Cause I believe you can be whatever
And I agree you can do much better, trust me

Yeah I don’t know why I never talk about it
I guess that’s probably part of the problem
Yeah, sometimes you’re wrong…
Sometimes you’re right…
Just gotta keep moving
Yeah, I’m just gonna keep moving
Today, tomorrow, and the next…

Get up, get up
Get a move on
Get up, get up
What’s taking so long
Get up, get up
Get a move on
Stop stalling, I’m calling out
Get up, get up
Get a move on
Get up, get up
Ain’t nothing wrong
‘Cause I believe you can be whatever
And I agree you can do much better, trust me

Thoughts

I’ve been a Shinedown fan since the early 2000’s (2005, I think), but I hadn’t heard Get Up until about three weeks ago. At first I just really liked the melody so I made a note to come back and give it a proper listen, but of course I lost that note until I stumbled upon it yesterday.

While listening to the song, I was immediately drawn to the first verse, chorus, and pre-chorus. The entire song is great, but these parts just seemed to speak to where I am and where I’ve been in recent months.

I know you’re clinging to the light of day
To tell you everything’s a-okay
The medication don’t do much
Yeah, it just numbs the brain

This verse really stuck out to me as I related to the feeling of helplessness, as if being adrift without the ability to control anything in your life. On top of having that general feeling on a personal level it just seemed like everywhere I looked there was so much pain, suffering, and violence. Whether it be the nonsense of our American political system, the car wreck that is the 24 hour news cycle, or the global realities of poverty, disease, war, and genocide I wished that there was something I could do to make things better. I longed to believe that people were good, despite our depraved and sinful nature and it was a struggle. I found myself self-medicating in the form of entertainment. In my foolishness I watched movies and shows to make me laugh, and immersed myself in the storytelling of some of my favorite video games to try and find a way out from the whirlwind of thoughts and emotions rather than leaning into Jesus; yet none of these were able to meet the need I had.

If you were ever in doubt
Don’t sell yourself short
You might be bulletproof
Hard to move mountains when you’re paralyzed
But you gotta try
So I’m calling out

The latter half of the pre-chorus is what truly spoke to me. As I heard it, it was as if the Holy Spirit was speaking directly to me, reminding me that He would comfort me and lead me; all I need to do was to repent and turn back to Him. My desire to love God and help people, to make a difference in this world, sometimes felt insurmountable as I constantly surveyed what truly are some of the worst parts of humanity. It was overwhelming and paralyzing, leading to burn out. However, while I am bound by the limitations of my flesh I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).

Get up, get up
Get a move on
Get up, get up
What’s taking so long
Get up, get up
Get a move on
Stop stalling, I’m calling out
Get up, get up
Get a move on
Get up, get up
Ain’t nothing wrong
‘Cause I believe you can be whatever
And I agree you can do much better, trust me

Like the previous section, I found the chorus to be encouraging and inspiring. It is true that we cannot save ourselves, nor does God need us to make the first move to help Him in our salvation or ongoing sanctification. However, He does not compel us to make the right decisions against our will. At some point we have to make the decision to put our trust in Him, to get up, and move along. It starts with being open and honest with God as your heavenly Father and allowing Him to bring healing to your heart and mind.

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Published by Dan Scott

Blogger, IT pro, husband and father. Loves Jesus, music, and retro gaming. Trying to make the world better than I found it.

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