Anchor & Brail Singled Out Week: Knew Then Know Now

08/01/2012
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Anberlin's lead singer Stephen Christian's released the new Anchor & Brail album "Quiet Life," this week. Today Stephen tells us about the song "Knew Then Know Now":

My brother and I once wrote a song for my sister upon high school graduation, honestly it was a really good song. It was a 'the world is yours go find it' type of song. I wanted to continue in that vein and approach this song as motivational song to try to show people that they do not have to be a slave to their circumstances or past. We are not our fathers or mothers, we are not what we came out of; we can stop the forward progression of apathy and change it.

I constantly think about all the decision I had to make in early high school, I remember feeling how heavy they were, how weighty. But now I look back on those 'hard times' and laugh. I would give anything for the lack of responsibility and carefree moments that those formidable years exude. The funny thing is that I believe in 20 years from now I will look back at these times and laugh at how good I had it. In other words our personal circumstances may feel insurmountable right this second but in time we will see that life simple works out the way it should.

These are some of the best lyrics on the record, so I felt inclined to include them:

KNEW THEN KNOW NOW

Life is beautiful open your eyes whether you see it believe it or not

It's not somewhere out there; it's them by your side, its here in today its there in your smile

Take all of it in, let it all go, where you end up well nobody knows

dance like you care, act like you don't. if life wants to drowned well pretend that you float


if I knew then what I know now

I would tell tell myself again

life works out the way it should

if I could go back in time awhile

I would tell myself to rest awhile

don't worry about all the have been what could

life works out the way it should


life is here and gone, no one denies, we live we learn we love then we die

so while were still young lets take on the town lets travel the world follow the sun don't quit till we're there, I know it seems long but this road only takes those who are still strong feeling the wind brushing your face this is a freefall not a human race.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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