I’ve finally gotten around to the amazing no-longer-so-new Avett Brothers record, I And Love And You (great title!). Highly recommended. One song in particular, “Ill With Want”, has to be the Romans 7 anthem of 2009: the bondage of the will put in remarkably beautiful, affecting and ultimately true terms, it definitely captures some of what we’ll be talking about at the upcoming NYC Conference (i.e. “Guilt, Forgiveness and Freedom”). Repentance with a capital R, the overwhelming need for a savior writ very, very large… (ht NH):


I am sick with wanting and it’s evil and it’s daunting
How I let everything I cherish lay to waste
I am lost in greed, this time it’s definitely me
I point fingers but there’s no one there to blame

A need for something, now let me break it down again
A need for something but not more medicine

I am sick of wanting and it’s evil how it’s got me
And every day is worse than the one before
The more I have the more I think I’m almost where I need to be
If only I could get a little more

A need for something, now let me break it down again
A need for something but not more medicine

Something has me, oh something has me
Acting like someone I don’t wanna be
Something has me, oh something has me
Acting like someone I know isn’t me
Ill with want and poisoned by this ugly greed

Temporary is my time, ain’t nothing on this world that’s mine
Except the will I found to carry on
Free is not your right to chose
It’s answering what’s asked of you
To give the love you find until it’s gone

A need for something, now let me break it down again
A need for something but not more medicine

Something has me, oh something has me
Acting like someone I don’t wanna be
Something has me, oh something has me
Acting like someone I know isn’t me
Ill with want and poisoned by this ugly greed

p.s. Word has it The Avetts will be making an appearance on the upcoming Johnny Cash: American Recordings VI album!