The Music of Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness ~ by David Naugle, Eerdmans 2008


“Jon Foreman's songs could nearly be a sound-track to Reordered Love.”
~ Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Book Store

In Reordered Love, I quote the lyrics of many songs (20 total) that, in a sense, tell the story of the common journey that most, if not all people, are on as they move from disordered loves and lives to reordered loves and lives through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Those songs are listed below, along with their quoted lyrics and the page numbers in the book where they can be found. All the songs are available on iTunes.

1. “Don't Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin from the CD Best of Bobby McFerrin

“Don’t worry, be happy” (p. 10)

Complete lyrics


2. “Happy Is A Yuppie Word” by Switchfoot from the CD Nothing Is Sound

“Happy is a yuppie word
Nothing in the world could fail me now
It's empty as an argument
I'm running down a life that won't cash out” (pp. 11, 207, question #3)

Complete lyrics


3. “Everything I Love” by Alan Jackson from the CD Alan Jackson: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

“Everything I love is killing me
Cigarettes, Jack Daniels and caffeine;
And that’s the way you’re turning out to be;
Everything I love, gonna have to give up,
‘Cause everything I love is killing me” (chapter two and p. 37)

Complete lyrics


4. “Everything Is Broken” by Bob Dylan from the CD The Essential Bob Dylan

“Broken bottles, broken plates,
Broken switches, broken gates,
Broken dishes, broken parts,
Streets are filled with broken hearts.
Broken words never meant to be spoken,
Everything is broken” (p. 25).

Complete lyrics


5. “Ammunition” by Switchfoot from the CD The Beautiful Letdown

“Look what a mess we've made of love” (pp. 34, 57)

Complete lyrics


6. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2 from the CD The Joshua Tree
“But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for” (p. 47)

Complete lyrics


7. “Original of the Species” by U@ from the CD How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

“Some people got way too much confidence baby” (p. 66)

Complete lyrics


8. “Mercedes Benz” by Janis Joplin from the CD Pearl

“Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?” (p. 68)

Complete lyrics

9. “Is That All There Is?” by Peggy Lee from the CD The Best of Miss Peggy Lee

“Is that all there is, is that all there is 

If that's all there is my friends,
Then let's keep dancing

Let's break out the booze and have a ball

If that's all there” (p. 85)

Complete lyrics

10. “Restless” by Brooks Williams from the CD Skiffle-Bop

“ … searching for riches in abandoned mines” (p. 85)

Complete lyrics


11. “The Beautiful Letdown” by Switchfoot from the CD The Beautiful Letdown

“It was a beautiful let down
When I crashed and burned
When I found myself alone unknown and hurt
It was a beautiful letdown
The day I knew
That all the riches this world had to offer me
Would never do” (p. 92)

Complete lyrics


12. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing by Charles Wesley

“Christ, by highest heav’n adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold him come, off-spring of the Virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail, th’ incarnate Deity.
Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel” (p. 98)

Complete lyrics


13. “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash from the CD The Legend Of Johnny Cash

“But those people keep a-movin,'

And that's what tortures me” (p. 118)

Complete lyrics


14. “Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling” by Will L. Thompson

“Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling for you and for me;
See, on the portals he’s waiting and watching
Watching for you and for me.
Come home, come home
Ye who are weary come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!” (p. 119)

Complete lyrics


15. “They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love by Peter Scholtes,”

“They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love,
Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love” (p. 143)

Complete lyrics


16. “The Solid Rock,” words by Edward Mote, tune by William B. Bradbury

“His oath, his covenant, his blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.
On Christ the solid rock I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand” (p. 162)

Complete lyrics


17. “America the Beautiful” by Katherine Lee Bates

“America! America!
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law” (p. 166)

Complete lyrics


18. “The Servant Song” words by words Richard Gillard and harmony by James H. Wood.

“Sister, let me be your servant,
Let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I may have the grace to
Let you be my servant too” (p. 183)

Complete lyrics


19. “Be Thou My Vision” translated by Mary Byrne, versified Eleanor Hull, harmonized David Evans

“Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O ruler of all” (p. 185)

Complete lyrics


20. “How Beautiful” by Twila Paris from the CD A Heart That Knows You

“How beautiful,
How beautiful,
How beautiful is the body of Christ” (p. 198)

Complete lyrics