Friday, October 24, 2008

Safe to Land by Jars of Clay~ Lyrics

I have a tracker that compiles stats for me from this blog. The number one search engine request that directs people to this blog, after the two years or so that I've been up is: Safe to Land by Jars of Clay~ Lyrics

Let me say that I have interviewed Jars Of Clay. And I have written a review of their new EP CLOSER. However I am in no way affiliated with the band, their management, promotion team (even though I'd love to do that for a living!).

This is what I believe the lyrics to Safe to Land are (feel free to leave me a comment if you feel as though I have gotten any of them incorrect and I will edit) :

Getting tired from all this circling
Not much grace left on a broken wing
I feel the wind trying to push me down
It happens every time I get to town

I search for shelter near the mines we swept
I guess forgiveness hasn’t happened yet
There are no words that I can say to you
That turn this careless sky from black to blue
So I’m asking you is it safe? Is it safe to land?
‘Cuz I’m not going far on an empty heart
Is it safe? Is it safe to land? It’s the long fall back to earth is the hardest part

I’m in no weather for apologies
I need your runway lights to burn for me
And if you say that I can come around
I’ll love you right, yea I won’t let you down, I won’t let you down

‘Cuz I’m coming home, if these wheels touch down
I’m coming home I’m waking you up in the middle of the night I’m not giving up
I’m gonna stay ‘til we make it work
We’re not going down even if it gets worse
We’ll work it out. Yeah we’ll work it out.
I need light to guide me in
Oh, Yeah is it safe?


Anonymous said...

Awesome -- thanks so much Janet!!

I am by no means a lyricist expert, but I think it might be "near the mines we swept," not "minds." Could be totally wrong though...

Thanks again!


JanetRN said...

I wonder that too Ainsley.. but then I thought about it... and minds would be cooler lol... like we've swept "all of that" out of our minds eye. I dunno. I asked Dan to look at it and tell me what he said. We'll see. Ha!

Rose said...

That's pretty cool Janet! Enjoyed this post!

JanetRN said...

Per Charlie Lowell it is in fact "mines" not minds so edits done!

Anonymous said...

hi! we don't know each other but a few days ago I listened to Safe to Land and I can't take my ears off this song, it is such a pretty song. I know pretty much Jars of Clay and thanks to you now I understand the song much better (I'm french!). But even if I understand the lyrics from english to french, could someone tell me what the meaning of the song is, because it makes me think of war... But where is faith in this song? Thanks! delphine.

JanetRN said...

Hey Delphine, I got the impression that the song was about a relationship between a man and woman... but its been proven that I am no expert on these matters... I've posted your question on the Jars of Clay message boards ( )

Anonymous said...

Hey Janet! Thank you so much for the quick answer and for posting my question. Your idea may be true you know... Be blessed. delphine

Vinicius Beserra said...


MeWithoutYou said...

Hello, Delphine and Janet...
After I've read the lyrics of this song, I felt like they mean more than just about a relationship between a man and a woman. I think it's also about a relationship between God and a person, who became a drifter. This person considers God as his/her Father.

This are one of the most beautiful lyrics I've ever read... "There are no words that I can say to You/ That turn this careless sky from black to blue/ So I’m asking You, is it safe? Is it safe to land?/ ‘Cuz I’m not going far on an empty heart.../"

Maybe this is a person who wants to love God, and he/she is fighting with these world's emptiness's, which got his/her heart the same, empty. After so much drifting and circling, he/she decides to come back to God, who's the only One who can fill the empty hearts. He/she sees God as a person, as a great and close Friend... that's why talking about "I’m coming home, I’m waking You up in the middle of the night"....But the person is also kind of humble, thinking that maybe God doesn't want to receive him/her, so he/she is asking "Is it safe to land?"

deeb said...

JanetRN, I believe that they're saying "I need YOUR light to guide me in". Hope this helps. God bless you !