My Sunday Song – “The Outsiders” by Needtobreathe

For My Sunday Song #163, we are going to dive in to the title track from their 2009 album, ‘The Outsiders’.  The opening track to an album that went on to win a Dove Award for Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year.  At this point in their career, this was the best effort.

The song is about how the band feels with their place in the music industry.  Being from a small town in South Carolina with a very small music scene, the band never quite felt like they were fully accepted in to the music industry.  They feel like they are outsiders in a business they have been in for about 10 years at this point.  With that feeling of being an outsider also allows for a freedom.  A freedom to do whatever they want creatively and musically.  That freedom has led to some amazing songs (this one included).

The song opens with Bo picking on a banjo, then Bear comes in singing then some hand clapping and some good foot stomping beats.  The country style opening lends its way to a rock song with some southern flair which is something they do best.  They keep that Americana, folk feel in their sound and turn the song into an anthem for a whole generation of people that feel they are outsiders in whatever group they are in.  It is a rally to embrace it and accept it and take advantage of it at the same time.  Ironically, their fan club is actually called “The Insiders”.

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I am sure we have all felt this way at one time or another in our lives.  So give the song a listen and let me know what you think.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have and have a very Happy Sunday!!

“The Outsiders”

Shortfalls and little sins
Close calls where no one wins
Stand tall but running thin
I’m wearing thin
Oh, why are we keeping score?

‘Cause if you’re not laughing
Who is laughing now?
I’ve been wondering if we start sinking
Could we stand our ground?
And through everything we’ve learned
We’ve finally come to terms
We are the outsiders
We are the outsiders

I’m not leaving without a fight
I’ve got my holster around my side
Just ’cause I’m wrong it don’t make you right
No, you ain’t right
Oh, why are we keeping score?

‘Cause if you’re not laughing
Who is laughing now?
I’ve been wondering if we start sinking
Could we stand our ground?
And through everything we’ve learned
We’ve finally come to terms
We are the outsiders
We are the outsiders
We are the outsiders

On the outside, you’re free to roam
On the outside, we’ve found a home
On the outside, there’s more to see
On the outside, we choose to be

Written by Bear and Bo Rinehart

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