Roll Away Your Stone { I’ll Roll Away Mine}

It’s Saturday night and I’ve had a whirlwind of a day/week/month/year/decade.
Anyhoo, I’m tired. But it’s a restless flavor of tired that only affects the body.
The soul is awake and vigilant and ready to rumble.
I’ve made nice with my running shoes and have enjoyed hitting the pavement again.
It’s been awhile. Which brings me to my songs.
The seasons of my life have been marked by music.
Loretta Lynn and daddy (somewhat tipsy) taught me to drive a stick shift.
I met Stevie and Matchbox Twenty the same year.
I simultaneously discovered the blessings of eight year daughters and the Dixie Chicks.
The Avett Brothers turned my heart upside down just before my house burned to the ground.
And it seems that Mumford and Sons will be see to my rebuilding at this glorious season of Eastertide.
I can’t get enough of this toe-tapping, truth-telling, soul-stirring song.
In my dreams, I do a winsome tap number and play the banjo onstage with the band.
In reality, I try to make this 41 year old body slug it out another day on the road.
Either way, I’m so thankful for the healing power of music and for the artists who have heeded their call.
My favorite lines, you ask?

“It seems as if all my bridges have been burned.
You say that’s exactly how this grace thing works.”

“And so, I’ll be found with my stake stuck in this ground
Marking the territory of this newly impassioned soul”

It’s the perfect respectable addition to your workout playlist. Unlike some of the other songs I’ve been known to run to.

Roll away your stone, I’ll roll away mine
Together we can see what we can find
Don’t leave me alone at this time,
For I am afraid of what I will discover inside
You told me that I would find a home,
Within the fragile substance of my soul
And I have filled this void with things unreal,
And all the while my character it steals
But darkness is a harsh term don’t you think?
And yet it dominates the things I seek
It seems as if all my bridges have been burned,
You say that’s exactly how this grace thing works
It’s not the long walk home that will change this heart,
But the welcome I receive at the restart
Darkness is a harsh term don’t you think?
And yet it dominates the things I seek
Darkness is a harsh term don’t you think?
And yet it dominates the things I seek
But darkness is a harsh term don’t you think?
And yet it dominates the things I seek
Stars hide your fires,
And these are my desires
And I will give them up to you this time around
And so, I’ll be found with my stake stuck in this ground
Marking the territory of this newly impassioned soul
But you, you’ve come too far this time
You have neither reason nor rhyme
With which to take this soul that is so rightfully mine

Happy Resurrection Sunday. It’s still Easter, ya know!

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  • Andi says:

    I just love Mumford & sons. They are so good for the soul. Beautiful song. Thanks for sharing. God Bless.

  • Christy says:

    I love all the music you showcase on your blog! I’m a music lover, but sometimes I get stuck in a rut of always listening to the same radio station with the same songs playing over and over again. I really relate to music as well. I’ve been singing since I can remember…took the mic for the preschool church performance when I was a wee thing. I ended up majoring in music education and taught choir for 5 years before I quit to stay home with my kiddos.

    Love watching the progress on your house. How cool to see that you’re moving forward in your personal journey of rebuilding at the same time you’re doing the same for your house! Your lot on the lake is gorgeous! I love the water.

    Blessings to you!

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  • Southern Gal says:

    Ah, I’ve only begun running. On my fourth week and still can’t run a mile without stopping. I don’t like running. I really don’t. Yet, I’m trying to help my husband get in better shape (not me…Ha!) so we’re doing it together. I’ve been wanting an iPod so I can run to music. (My son drowned two iPods, one being mine.) Trying to find some great new songs to run to to motivate me. Thanks for sharing this one. Got any others that just give you that extra wind?

    • good for you renee! i have some sketchy songs on my running list. the clean version of ‘brand new kicks’ is on there, thanks to my girls’ hip hop dance and brandi carlile’s ‘looking out’ (of course that one’s not sketchy). avett brothers’ old wyom and the cave by mumford and sons. there’s always ‘can’t touch this’ and ‘superfreak’ for some old school tunes.
      have fun running, you’ll get that mile soon :)

  • Ginny says:

    You know this song is so fitting to all the mass destruction we have had here in the great state of Alabama. We never know what God has in store for us. Even though some of it is heartbreaking and life changing, He has never left our side. I pray for you as you rebuild your life. Please pray for our state as it has been hit hard in so many areas. You are an inspiration to many – including myself. Peace and blessings – Gin

  • Deb Martell says:

    You’ve made me hip with my kids! “Mom, how do you know about Mumford and Sons”…what could I say? The explanation would have been too long and convoluted….so thank you for introducing me to a great band and I loved, loved the song that went with your video.

  • Tarahlowry says:

    soul tunes….love them.

  • Kristy says:

    Mumford and Sons are the soundtrack to my life right now! I LOVE them. Happy Easter to you too! This year, the celebrating seems to have taken hold. I’m hoping the joy of Resurrection runs through my summer days!

  • paige says:

    oh girl, i am so with you!
    music is my healing balm & my motivator too!
    LOVELOVELOVE the new springtime header.

  • kendal says:

    counting our seasons with song. some i can’t listen to anymore due to the dark seasons from which they hail, but others, ahhhh. and my girl, the one i mentor, LOVES mumford and sons. so their songs are my reminder of her and our season, however hard it’s been. i’m going to call her now, because you brought her to my mind….

  • Edie, I had only heard of The Avett Brother’s on your blog. Then I saw them perform on the Grammie’s with Mumford and Sons. They both rocked my world! My iPod barely knows anything else these days :)

  • Sarah says:

    Yesterday i took off on my beach run (yes, i’m am blessed to live on a sc barrier island), and I unwittingly arrived at the height of the tide! Thankfully, I had downloaded this song onto my iphone just before, based only on your raving about it, and not having even listened to the video you posted. I trudged between the soft shifting sand of the dunes and the high wet waves of the sea until that song began to play, and my feet felt like flying with the lilting rythm of happy. Thanks for helping me make it through a tough run, and thanks for introducing me to this beautiful music. I may now have to switch from Bach to fiddling on my violin…

  • natasha roe says:

    This is such a fantastic song! Probably my fave from Mumford and Sons
    My favorite line is:
    “It seems as if all my bridges have been burned,
    You say that’s exactly how this grace thing works”

    It moved me so much when I heard it the first time that I cried. Grace is such an awesome thing. God’s grace is restoration. love it!

  • sam says:

    thanks so much for posting the mumford & sons song. i really like it! hope you’re having fun with your decoration plans. you and your family deserve it: a new beginning!

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