This song tells the story of a Sarajevo-born cellist (Vedran Smailovic) who returns to his homeland to find it in ruins after the Bosnian War. TSO lyricist Paul O'Neill explained to Christianity Today
: "I think what most broke this man's heart was that the destruction was not done by some outside invader or natural disaster—it was done by his own people. At that time, Serbs were shelling Sarajevo every night. Rather than head for the bomb shelters like his family and neighbors, this man went to the town square, climbed onto a pile of rubble that had once been the fountain, took out his cello, and played Mozart and Beethoven as the city was bombed."
TSO created an instrumental medley of "Carol of the Bells" and "God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
" to fit the story. "The orchestra represents one side, the rock band the other, and single cello represents that single individual, that spark of hope," O'Neill said.