My Sunday Song – “I’m Not Alright” by Sanctus Real

My Sunday Song #74 is “I’m Not Alright” by Sanctus Real.  This is the 2nd time Sanctus Real has made this list and it is another impactful song.  This song is off their 2006 release called ‘The Face of Love’.  It was a #1 song for them on the Christian charts and garnered them a Dove Award nomination for Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year.  Sadly, they didn’t win.

The song spoke to me in the fact that we aren’t all alright.  We are all broken in mind and spirit.  We are sinners.  The song is his confession that he is broken and that only through God, he is healed and he feels safe.  I can so relate to this song.  I think we all feel broken sometimes.  I know for me when I feel this way, I find that Christian music and God help me get through it.  Sanctus Real delivers songs that are meaningful and relatable.  They are going through the same thing I am going through and it has helped me so many times.

In an interview with 1cubed.com, the band talked about the recording of the song and how the song was originally titled “I’ll Be Fine”.  They felt they were lying to themselves and being fake.  They felt the need to be honest with themselves and everyone that you won’t always be fine.  It turned into this wonderful confession.

The video is pretty great as well. The band is playing in the middle of a crossroads.  There are two different vehicles coming in two different directions.  One has a distracted driver and the other has person that is very sleepy.  They are both heading for the band…will they crash into the band, crash into each other, or what will happen?  I won’t tell you as you have to watch the video below.

Give it a listen and I hope it speaks to you the way it spoke to me.  Happy Sunday!

“I’m Not Alright”

If weakness is a wound that no one wants to speak of
Then “cool” is just how far we have to fall
I am not immune, I only want to be loved
But I feel safe behind the firewallCan I lose my need to impress?
If you want the truth I need to confess[Chorus:]
I’m not alright, I’m broken inside
Broken inside
And all I go through, it leads me to you
It leads me to you

Burn away the pride
Bring me to my weakness
‘Til everything I hide behind is gone
And when I’m open wide with nothing left to cling to
Only you are there to lead me on

‘Cause honestly, I’m not that strong

[Chorus]

And I’ll move
And I’ll move
And I’ll move
Closer to you [x3]

And I’ll move
And I’ll move
And I’ll move

[Chorus:]
I’m not alright, I’m broken inside
Broken inside
I’m broken inside, broken inside
And all I go through leads me to you
Leads me to you

I’m not alright
I’m not alright
I’m not alright

That’s why I need you

Written by Sanctus Real, Doug McKelvey, Christopher Stevens

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