Music Monday: “Made Alive” by Citizens

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Today’s Music Monday is “Made Alive” by Citizens. There is actually an instructional video and free chord charts online.

Disclaimers:

  1. I am not a musical expert. The opinions I give are just my thoughts as a listener.
  2. The passages and theological observations made are what run through my mind when I listen. I have no spoken to the author and heard anything regarding the foundations of these passages.

Theological Comment(s): This song reminds of the books of Galatians and Ephesians. The first verse speaks of Christ’s redemption and our union with Him. This union with Christ is where the believers finds his identity and comfort.

Musical Comment(s): The song has a really simple progression (see instructional video). It is largely driven by the bass guitar. It has a very “bouncing” feel to it with the rhythm and keyboard/synth (it actually has an 80s feel to it). Overall I like the catchiness of the song!

Recommendation(s): I actually really enjoy listening to this song while driving. I do think the song can be sung in corporate worship, but the phrasing is a bit choppy and I can see it being a bit difficult tying the thoughts together on a PowerPoint or some form of presentation software.

Lyrics:

I once was dead in sin alone and hopeless,
A child of wrath I walked condemned in darkness.
But your mercy brought new life and in your love and kindness,
Raised me up with Christ and made me righteous.
You have bought me back with the riches of,
Your amazing grace and relentless love.
I’m made alive forever, with you, life forever
By your grace I’m saved,
By your grace I’m saved.
Lord, you are the light, that broke the darkness.
You satisfy my soul, when I am heartless.
If ever I forget my true identity,
Show me who I am, and help me to believe.

You have bought me back, with the riches of,
Your amazing grace and relentless love.
I’m made alive forever,
With you, life forever,
By your grace I’m saved,
By your grace I’m saved.
My sin has been erased, I’ll never be the same.
My sin has been erased, I’ll never be the same.

 

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