“If I fall along the way, pick me up and dust me off. If I get too tired to make it, be my breath so I can walk. If I need some other love, then give me more than I can stand. And when my smile gets old and faded…wait around I’ll smile again!”
“It shouldn’t be so complicated: just hold Me. And then, just hold Me again.”
“Can You help me!? I’m bent! I’m so scared that I’ll never get put back together. Keep breaking me in, and this is how we will end: with You and me, bent.”
“If I couldn’t sleep, could you sleep? Could you paint Me better off? Could you sympathize with My needs?”
“I know You think I need a lot! I started out clean, but I’m jaded! I’m just phonin’ it in! I’m just breakin’ the skin! Can You help me? I’m bent! I’m so scared that I’ll never get put back together. Keep breaking me in! And, this is how we will end: with You and me, bent.”
“Start bending Me. It’s never enough until I feel all your pieces.”
“Start bending me! Keep bending me, until I’m completely broken in!”
“It shouldn’t be so complicated! Just touch Me! And then, just touch Me again.”
“Can You help me? I’m bent! I’m so scared that I’ll never get put back together. Keep breaking me in! And, this is how we will end: with You and me, unending, without understanding…“Can I go there again! ‘Can you help me: I’m bent? I’m so scared that I’ll never get put back together?’ You’re breaking me in, and this is how we will end…“with You and me…bent.”
“Bent” by Matchbox 20, from Mad Season (2000)
A friend of mine posted that (apparently) the song that was No. 1 on the charts on your 14th birthday defines your life. My response to “Bent” by Matchbox 20 being the “anthem” of my life?
I’m okay with that. In fact, I’m more than okay with that. I think the song (and its lyrics) speaks pretty well for itself. There are a few clarifications I made for my personal understanding of the song, however.
First, I capitalized “You” and “Me” in this edition (sometimes) because I’m considering my “relationship partner” to be God. I am the bent one. God is the Perfect One.
I also highlight some of the parts of the song that speak to me more personally, where the emphasis may be important to understand why I enjoy it so much.
Finally, I hear the song as a conversation between two people. I don’t hear it as one person talking to another. That’s why I italicize every other dialogue entrance. The italicized lines are God speaking to me.
Like I said, I believe the music and “my version” of the lyrics speak well enough on their own as an explanation for why I enjoy the song. Its relationship to my life so far with God should be evident to those who have had a similar walk to my own.
Edit: Sorry, had some technical difficulties with formatting at first. I have one last story to tell tonight, but I really enjoyed this song. I thought I would take the time to share it with my friends.