Single Review: Live “Heaven”

Album: Birds of Pray
Year: 2003

Having a child has restored Ed Kowalczyk’s belief in God in the meditative “Heaven.”

An earnest Kowalczyk says people can find faith within themselves and not have to look for it within a bible study, youth group, etc. If the person hears any arguments about the against the existence of God, they will not be persuaded. All they have to do is trust what their faith. (“You don’t need no friends/get back your faith again/you have the power to believe/another dissident
take back your evidence/it has no power to deceive.”)

He dismisses the athiest’s opinions. His belief is unshakeable. (“I’ll believe it when I see it, for myself.”) The rising intensity of the drums and guitars create an unwavering tone.

In the chorus, he says the birth of his daughter led him to his faith. When he sees such natural events as the sun setting, he knows it’s true. (“I don’t need no one to tell me about heaven
I look at my daughter, and I believe/I don’t need no proof when it comes to God and truth/
I can see the sunset and I perceive.”)

In the cryptic second verse, Kowalczyk is perhaps having a conversation with an old group of friends who thought they way he used to. But now he sees their views as flawed. He vows to remain by his daughter’s side through thick and thin. He’ll support her decisions, regardless if he disagrees with them or not. (“I sit with them all night/everything they say is right/but in the morning they were wrong/I’ll be right by your side/come hell or water high/down any road you choose to roam.”)

He prays in the bridge as he goes through a stressful time. He feels like he’s drowning and suffocating from the pressure in his life. He needs God’s guidance. (“darling, I believe, Oh Lord/
sometimes it’s hard to breathe, Lord/at the bottom of the sea, yeah yeah.”)

The chorus is sung three times to end the single.

Kowalczyk is the modern Christian in the fervid “Heaven.” He believes but he does not visit church every Sunday. For him, faith goes beyond saying prayers in church. It has been like second nature for the person, like breathing.


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