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04. The Reason I Sing

Nightlights
by Jimmy Needham



 

If itís just to top a song chart / To feed the kids and get a bigger car / The skyís already got enough stars / And they all sing Your name / And if Iím here to write a number one / To get a gold or maybe platinum / Make me a singer who is unsung / 'Cause You wonít share Your fame // 'Cause even accolades some day will fade away / Just like me / Yes, everything but You / Many years from now it wonít matter how / Why I write the rhymes I do / Help me get back to the reason I sing for You // Iím always looking for the limelight / To dim the house and make the stages bright / Compared to You Iím just a nightlight / Against the blazing Sun / I enter rooms and hope they notice me / To fill my social insecurities / Iím asking is there any hope for me? / 'Cause thereís only room here for one /// Why are we so convinced a bigger audience / Is simply common sense to have? / Maybe success is measured best by nothing less than our obedience /// So if I'm destined for a small stage / The small crowds and the small pay / And maybe even in a small way / I can bring You fame

Words and Music by Jimmy Needham / © 2010 Needhim Music / First Company Publishing / ASCAP / Administered by First Company Publishing

Behind the Song:
"In my opinion, this is the most important song on the record. A while ago I started realizing my joy for doing music was going away, and it was being replaced with a competitive, covetous spirit. I realized then that I had lost my focus. This life is not about the advancement of our careers or the promotion of self. Rather, itís about the promotion of Jesus. A.W. Tozer said it best: ďBe Thou exalted over my reputation. Make me ambition to please Thee even if as a result I must fall into obscurity and my name be forgotten as a dream.Ē" - Jimmy Needham

 

 

 

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