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False Alarms by Josh Groban

Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

clock-69184_640Josh Groban’s song False Alarms is about a dating relationship, but the feelings he’s feeling can also apply to other relationships where there have been hurt feelings.

False Alarms

Far across this red horizon
I am walking down the line
I am picking up the pieces
That this storm has left behind

After all the clouds are fallen
I would breach the battered ground
Turn your darkness into light love
Turn your silence into sound

But I can’t cage you in my arms
When my heart is jumping forward
To avoid your false alarms
And you can’t tell me not to stay
When I opened up your window
And I watched you fly away

Have you raised the final anchor?
Have you cut the lesson free?
Sending off our due redemption
Like a funeral at sea

I will always hear you calling
You’re the sway of falling leaves
Like a bird you’ll spiral onward
And you know just where I’ll be

And I can’t cage you in my arms
When my heart is jumping forward
To avoid your false alarms
And you can’t tell me not to stay
When I opened up your window
And I watched you fly away

I am closing up my window
‘Til I see a blue horizon
And the quiet calm of love
Will fly my way

False Alarms is a song about imperfect relationships and their challenges, just like the ones that you and I have.

Josh Groban sings about his friend’s anxiety – “your false alarms.”

Communication Problems – His friend wants to run:
“But I can’t cage you in my arms” – I can’t make you stay
“When my heart is jumping forward” – I can’t make you stay, but I want to.

Communication Challenges – Josh wants to keep trying:
He didn’t want to let her go – “And you can’t tell me not to stay”

Finally, he let’s go: “When I opened up your window … I watched you fly away”

How does he deal after their troubled relationship has ended?
“I am picking up the pieces…That this storm has left behind”

In the last stanza he explains how he is “picking up the pieces.”
“I am closing up my window”
– ‘Til I see a blue horizon
– And the quiet calm of love will fly my way

He is guarding his heart while his broken-heart heals.

How can you deal with your broken relationships and troubling feelings?

Think of it like a driver who may be seeing a police car following behind: Pay attention.

1. Listen for Sirens – Notice how your body reacts to the pain.
– While you heal you will have false alarms go off.
– Don’t over-react to your false alarms.
– Don’t be afraid of these triggering feelings and they’ll eventually go away.

2. Watch for Flashing Lights – While you heal don’t hide from people.
– Do spend time with caring people.
– Do know that part of your healing will involve building relationships.
– Do seek out healthy relationships knowing that you might be hurt again.

Everyone has an occasional false alarm; some more than others. We have to be patient with others who have their false alarms.

Fortunately, we don’t have to do it alone:

God “will rescue the poor when they cry to him;
he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.
He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them.” 1

1 – Psalm 72:12-13, NLT

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