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Lyrics: Tristan Peace; DNL
Production: DNL (Samples from “Till They Know (Matthew Parker Remix)”)
Lyrics (DNL’s Verse):
Something I find awesome ‘bout being a Christian
Is that we grow in spirit and in wisdom
Trials break us down so that God can build us up
And I can testify that He’s more than enough
Enough of this nonsense with fire-insurance salvation
Exclamation! Point is life’s amazing
Why waste it? I did, I was mistaken
Then I realized His Love couldn’t be shaken
And I was shakin,’ had fear I wouldn’t make it
Breakin'- Break me down, my doubts decimating
Prayed the prayer a million times then finally awakened
This growth is how I know when I’m alone I’m not forsaken
About my verse:
When I first listened to the original song, the line in Tristan’s verse, “Just trust and believe that He sent His only Son for you, bro that’s all you gotta do,” stood out to me. It stood out to me because it reminded me of the standard “Pray to Jesus and ask Him to forgive you and come into your heart”-thing that is often said (particularly, at youth programs at churches). I thought I “became a Christian” at a young age, around five or so, praying your typical prayer of repentance. But, years later, I still had doubts and fears as to where I was going. Did saying that prayer really work? It turns out that my fear and doubts were a result of me not fully committing my life to Christ. I prayed the prayer again sometime in 9th grade and that time I added I didn’t care if I “made it to Heaven” (thus avoiding the flames of hell). I just wanted Jesus in my life no matter what.
Now, I’m sure the intent of Tristan’s line was actually to express how we do not have to do works to be saved but rather are saved by faith in Christ and repentance from our sins (which is much more realistically possible than earning salvation through works). It just reminded me of my story and I decided to write a verse on that.
About the beat:
I really like the way the beat turned out. It was supposed to be a straight up hip-hop remix but I also incorporated some dirty south and dubstep elements in there, which I don’t usually do.
I saw a few of the other remixes just used the given instrument samples the way they were without altering them that much. I wanted to completely flip the original track on it’s head musically without actually adding a ton of stuff to it. So I sampled bits and pieces of the track and rearranged everything and what you hear is the result.
As far as I can tell, despite following all of the entry requirements for the contest and submitting before the deadline, my entry (this song) had no chance of winning because they picked the winners a week before their own deadline! Who does that? To top it off, the only explanation for the change was in a hidden comment on their Facebook page! The official rules were never changed to reflect it, either.
I'll admit, it's frustrating to put so much work into something and then find out you never had a chance to begin with. However, I am happy with how the track came out and, even though I lost the contest, it wasn't a total loss.