Five years ago, Anberlin came out with Cities -- an album that I played and replayed the latter half of my Freshman year of college, and have continued to visit and revisit until now. I'm not sure if it's one of my favorite albums of all time, but it's quite possibly my favorite Anberlin album.
It honestly seems like if I've spent years contemplating some of the lyrics on Cities -- wondering what the correlation between salvation and love really is (The Unwinding Cable Car), attempting to understand the relationship that may or may not exist between man and God (*fin), and better coming to terms with the inherent conflict that lies within wanting to let go, and needing to let go (Dismantle. Repair.).
In recent days, I've spent some time listening to Dismantle. Repair., and it's incredible to see how much the song is able to both evoke memories of the past, while attaching itself on to present situations. A lot can change in five years, and this song is not only a reminder of how much I've grown, but also of how much I've yet to grow.
One last glance from a taxi cab
Images scar my mind
Four weeks felt like years
Since your full attention was all mine
The night was young and so were we
Talked about life, God, death, and your family
Didn't want any promises
Just my undivided honesty
I am the patron saint of lost causes
A fraction of who I once believed
Change -- only a matter of time
Opinions I would try and rewrite
If life had background music playing your song
I've got to be honest, I tried to escape you
But the orchestra plays on, and they sing
"Oh, things are gonna change now for the better
Things are gonna change"