Sin For A Season


There's a sweaty hand handling his cocktail napkin
'Come on up and see me' is scribbled with a gold pen
'But you'd better ring twice'

Seven months after his little indescretion
He sits with his wife at a therapy session
For a little advice
'If the healing happens as time goes by
Tell me why I still can't look her in the eye
God, I'm only human
Got no other reason'

Sin for a season

There's a shaky hand shaking with the hand of her hostess
Drank a little much, but she'll drive herself home
If she can make it to her car
She never saw the sign or the boy with his daddy
Driving home late from their very first ballgame
And they don't get far
Now the years run together as her guilt goes wild
She still sees the body of an only child
'God, I'm only human
Got no other reason'

Sin for a season

Wealthy lips say, 'keep us from the evil one'
While the praying hands prey with deliberate cunning
On the carcass of the cold
Gonna get the Good Lord to forgive a little sin
Get the slate cleaned so he can dirty it again
And no one else will ever know
But he reaps his harvest as his heart grows hard
No man's gonna make a mockery of God
'I'm only human
Got no other reason'

Sin for a season

Written by Steve Taylor © 1984 Birdwing Music/Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co., Inc./C.A. Music (ASCAP)

Steve says, "The title was a direct rip from Hebrews 1:1 - 'By faith Moses...chose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.' The theme was a direct rip from the Apostle Paul - 'Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows." It seems these days we find it much easier to confess that we're sinners, than to admit that our actions have consequences. If the three vignettes in the lyrics occasionally veer towards melodrama, I hope I can be excused by the seriousness of the subject matter. The moral failures of our day all to often get shrugged off by the mantra of 'We're all just human.' This song is about the nasty residue."
(Taken from liner notes to "Now The Truth Can Be Told")

The slightly-different lyrics to the demo of this song are on this page.

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