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Stories Behind The Songs:
Healer Of Souls

October 18, 2016 — Jon Foreman

"But it was too late- hope had already taken root."
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

the healer of souls

We got a letter the other day from a young man who had just lost his father. He said that our music was playing an important role in the healing process. I was so struck by what I read in his letter:

“I’m not healed. Far from it. I stand and play under the lights because I know that the longer I spend there the less time I spend sitting in the dark. My faith is the only strength I have some days. I’m blessed with a wonderful wife and amazing friends, but some types of darkness can seep in even with love all around you.”

Confession is a place of strength. Even with all I have to be thankful for, I confess: the darkness can still seep in.

This is my attempt to build a rock and roll confession booth. Yeah, I’m a sinner. My heart is fatally flawed. I’m the first to admit it. But I’m not alone. Let’s go there. To the Healer of Souls.

“But it was too late- hope had already taken root.”
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

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  • Andy

    A great message, in a fun sounding song!

  • Kim H in GA

    Switchfoot quoting Jane Austen! What a great blend.

  • Miranda

    I love this song so much, it’s one of my favorites. I find it hard to stay positive a lot. Even when I have a great week, it feels like something terrible always happens right after. It’s hard not to look back in my life and start to think about the highs, the lows, and not wonder if its really worth it. I love this song because it feels like I’m always running and slipping. Doubt is always creeping back in, but songs like this encourage me to look for that freedom and stay on my feet. At concerts, I like to ask people what some of there favorite songs from the new album (or just In general) are and why! It’s always interesting to hear their answers. A lot of people say this is one of their favorites because they also feel like they’re always running. I even asked one of the Security Guards in IA, he said something that I really remembered; “The lyrics and the energy in the song are super uplifting. It’s like a reminder that there is always something to keep running towards, even if we have a limp. Because someday I’ll get to the Healer of Souls. This song feels like a person who understands and Is cheering me on from the sidelines.” I really liked this. Your music touches people no matter where they are in life, thank you for sharing your heart with us. Also, this song is my morning alarm! For the first time, it’s something that doesn’t wake me up wanting to chuck my phone at a wall. ?

  • Emily

    Jon a huge thanks to you for all the songs you write! You’re an amazing person and an amazing song writer, and I know i’m not the only person who has been able to get through tough circumstances because i was encouraged by Switchfoot’s music! Love you guys so much!!!

  • Jed de Weys

    Please get more of the album Eastern Hymns For Western Shores EP. Please, I love your music and need more!!!!!!!

    • John Trenter

      Me too. I misplaced in the house somewhere this gem.

  • Bryan

    Is the Jane Austen quote a paraphrase? I can’t find that line anywhere in the book.


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