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updated 9:42 PM CEST, Jun 30, 2018

"Praise differently" series 3.: Macklemore's Neon Cathedral

Macklemore's doubts.

While I listen regularly to praise and worship songs, I’m fascinated by the artists who are in the mainstream, and write songs about God and their spiritual life.

I listen to Macklemore a lot when I drive. He has Catholic roots, and he is a popular theologian. Is he? No, he is not, but anyone can sense the unusual depth in his songs and in his doubts. The Neon Cathedral is my favourite one. It is poetry. It cries.

Wouldn't miss it for the world
Baptized in my vices and the bar is my church
Traded my artist and I pawned off the easel
Spend it all searching for God at the Neon Cathedral

Underneath this fragile frame
Lives a battle between pride and shame
But I've misplaced that sense of fright
This crown of thorns is perched atop my spine
Listen closely as I testify
Dependency has been that thief at night
Thief at night, thief at night

 

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