2. Born Again – Blip on a Screen 

John 3:1-21


Found on The Streets fifth (and final) studio album, ‘Blip on a Screen’ describes the honest feelings, fears and excitements of an expectant father. The song reminds us of the sheer enormity of the responsibility of being a parent and all the associated fears and worries. The final line echoes the promises of God that before we were even fully formed God knew us and loved us. 


Turn on the light

so it burns in the night

turning down the flay

the world is uncertain

I’m certained by the curtains tonight

You will not know but grow

We will not dare, we’ll always care and ply with your hair

Got to reverse the pattern

What’s the worst that could happen?

For the first time in my adulthood

The worst that could happen

Is utterly unthinkable, sinking unsaid dread

Suddenly I’m worried about the bread under the bed

But then all sort of awful shit seem plausible indoors

Proportions get warped in to the worst, and for certain

You’re growing thumbs

I’m growing numb

Tucked into your mum looks like it might be quite fun

A blip on a screen 

You don’t know me

I think about you

And what you’ll grow to be

Black and white blotches to watch and not get,

and the flashes of sense along with your body and head

It is all as simple as you think when you were little,

It is all as simple as me sinking a little drink

Your growing nails, Mine are so nailed

I’m drinking your mothers wine for both of us today

You don’t know choice but you know my voice,

you should never have of chosen me I have love like a boy

The world’s so dark sometimes, the noise of the cars

building a world up of toys and stars

A blip on a screen

You don’t know me

I think about you

And what you’ll grow to be

You’ll dance on every song, foot fall every little move,

before you realize that every noise is not music

My dad raised these thoughts, he pastes these boards

I never knew I just grew that’s all you can do

but then growing to an adult is just learning the language

of explaining with words what you were as a baby

You’ll leisurely learn how to lie and pretend, to service your love and rely on your friends

this could be fraught but its all I got taught and I don’t wanna make it up as I go along with yours 

I fix and I plan

but this is just mad

I love you

You’re only a 100 pixels on a scan


Author: duttyo

Methodist Minister serving in the Bradford South Circuit

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