“Everybody Medicates” – Ross King

I said yesterday that I would write about the needs of my city Emmaus… but now I just want to listen to a song.  Thanks Alex Burdine for the sales pitch for your friend Ross.  Ross, thanks for a song about the necessity and power of the church to be missional in her weakness (“everybody medicates unless the church becomes a place where we are safe and free to say that we’re not OK“).

Listen at

http://rosskingworldtour.blogspot.com/2007/08/as-promised.html

Everybody Medicates
Words and music by ross king

A pot of coffee starts his day off right
A cigarette at 10 and 3
A drink or two will get him thru the night
It’s simple chemistry
She is a whirlwind of activity
She rarely finds the time to rest
Never too much responsibility
That’s when she’s at her best

Everybody medicates, everybody medicates
And most of us will suffocate beneath the weight
Everybody medicates unless the church becomes a place
Where we are safe and free to say that we’re not OK

He is successful in his line of work
He’s clocking sixty hours a week
He is a leader in his local church
And everybody sees
She’s flipping thru the fashion magazines
Before she heads out to the mall
She’s searching for a new identity
Seems like she’s tried them all

Everybody medicates, everybody medicates
And most of us will suffocate beneath the weight
Everybody medicates unless the church becomes a place
Where we are safe and free to say that we’re not OK

One tree
That’s all He keeps from us
And somehow it is driving us insane
Fig leaves have never been enough
To cover up our nakedness and shame
Who are we fooling with this game?

She skips a meal or two and no one knows
It’s been this way for quite a while
She’s finally fitting into last year’s clothes
Too bad they’re out of style
He looks at pictures on the internet
He needs it much more than he should
He’s so surprised no one has caught him yet
He wishes someone would

Everybody medicates, everybody medicates
And most of us will suffocate beneath the weight
Everybody medicates unless the church becomes a place
Where we are safe and free to say that we’re not OK

©2003 ross king all rights reserved

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2 thoughts on ““Everybody Medicates” – Ross King

  1. Alex Burdine says:

    Sales pitches are easy when music is that effective.

  2. Pam says:

    This is the first time I have heard this song. It is so true – I wish church was a place where I could feel safe and free to say I’m not OK…but I feel I have to always come across as strong….maybe it’s time for a new church. Thanks for publishing these lyrics.

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