You Have To Be There

Album: Someone to Watch Over Me (2011)
  • What is it Lord that you want
    That I am not seeing?
    What in my ignorant prayers
    Am I failing to say?
    Never before have I questioned the truth of your being
    Never once have I dared
    Never until today

    All of a tremble
    I stand on the edge of confusion
    Who is to save me
    If into the darkness I fall?
    Now that I need more than ever my God to be near me
    Do you hear when I call?
    Are you there after all?

    You have to be there, you have to
    My life I have placed in thy keep
    And without you I am drifting on a dark and stormy sea
    You have to be there, you have to
    Without you I'd drown in the deep
    Too far, too far from land
    The waters drag me down

    I reach for your hand

    And when I die will throw open his arms to receive me?
    Who will forgive me and take me and show me his face?
    When I go to my rest, will you watch me and wake me?
    When my time comes at last, will you grant me your grace?
    I am so small on this Earth, I am nothing without you
    Daring to doubt you at all is a knife in my heart
    Little by little I'm losing my way in the shadows
    I am losing my hope and the world falls apart

    You do have to be there, you have to
    My life I have placed in thy keep
    And without you I am drifting on a dark and stormy sea
    You have to be there, you have to
    Without you I'd drown in the deep
    Too far, too far from land
    The waters drag me down
    I reach for your hand

    You have to be there, you have to
    Too far, too far from land
    The waters drag me down
    I reach for your hand

    You have to be there, you have to
    Without you I'd drown in the deep
    Too far, too far from land
    The waters drag me down
    I reach for your hand Writer/s: BENNY GORAN BROR ANDERSSON, HERBERT KRETZMER, BJOERN K. ULVAEUS
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 3

  • Len from Grand Rapids, MiI would title the song "The Triumph Of Faith." Seems to be about someone who has had a crisis in their life (like Susan had right after she achieved fame) and is beseiged by doubt (because prayer wasn't answered as desired- "do you hear, are You there") but realizes that without God there is no one and nothing but despair (the "Who" statements etc.) But in the midst of doubts "You have to be there" for there is no other so in faith "I reach for Your hand.
  • Chantal from Paris, FranceI'll add that it sounds like a prayer anyway, you don't adresss God if you don't believe in Him.
  • Chantal from Paris, FranceSusan's choice of that song might be surprizing from an avowed catholic but the words also say "I am nothing without you", which she sings with great fervour and passion.
    Someone on Youtube says the orchestra should have applauded Susan Boyle, but they can't do it every time and they could be applauded too.
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