Lord it STILL Hurts (I of II)

My thoughts on “Lord it Hurts” brought some fascinating, first-rate replies from readers that I want to share and elaborate on. The best by far is from TK, who points out what highfalutin commentariat types might call the radical ellipsis of the song’s refrain: “Lord, it hurts, but you’re still God.”

I get what you’re saying about “Lord it hurts,” and agree. But I don’t think the phrase “Lord it hurts, but You’re still God” works. It’s too much like “life is hard, but God is good.” I get it, but I don’t get it. To me it’s like saying I don’t have any friends, but I have a telephone. There’s too much omitted between “Lord it hurts” and “You’re still God.” It should be “Lord it hurts, but because you are God, I can rely on you during this time and I will grow through this because of Your grace.” I don’t know what it is; it just doesn’t work for me. But the line you highlighted is great and needed.

Non-sequitur seems to be what TK is complaining about. And on that charge, leveled in isolation, the lyric is probably guilty. The real challenge, of course, is to set TK’s alternative lyric to music. Go forth and composify.

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