Jon Foreman is one of the best lyricists I know of right now. I have recently been listening to his EP’s, and have both enjoyed and been greatly edified by them. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to go buy all of his EP’s (Winter, Fall, Spring, Summer) or the compilation album “Limbs and Branches” right now. You won’t regret it. Trust me.
The song that has been playing constantly in my car (and in my head) has been “Equally Skilled.” off of the “Fall” EP. The music is beautiful, but what strikes me most is the lyrics, especially the chorus. The song is basically Micah 7:1-9 put to music. I love the transition in perspective that happens throughout the song in the subtle changes of pronouns in the chorus.
The first chorus is:
He begins with the sinful nature of man and his ability to destroy all things. I love the image of our hands being “equally skilled” at doing evil. We’re good at it. He admits fully the responsibility. It is “our hands,” not someone else’s.
Then, Foreman looks outwards to others, and how we can’t trust anyone. The chorus changes to “Both of their hands…” Evil spreads around throughout our community and homes. He looks at the evil that is out in the world around him.
But the beauty is the last verse and chorus (which, Foreman begins with a key change — a change in musical perspective! Love it!) — the focus switches to God and His character: