Song of the Day: Andrew Osenga

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Some may recall that Andrew Osenga used to be a member of a band called The Normals. He’s not normal anymore because he only has nine toes. Tragic.

We’ve got a few of The Normals Coming to Life CDs in the store. Here’s one of my favorite songs off the album. It’s called “We Are The Beggars At The Foot Of God’s Door.” Long title. Long song. Not normal, yet undeniably awesome.

 

We Are The Beggars At The Foot Of God’s Door

We are gathered in cathedrals on a Sunday
We are shrouded in our pride and lust’s despair
We have heard that you said to go to where your hearts once were
Trusting we’d arrive to find you there

We have known the empty senses of a funeral
We are haunted by the promises of death
We have asked to see your face and noticed nothing
But a well-timed honest smile from a friend

Oh we of little faith
Oh you of stubborn grace
We are the beggars at the foot of God’s door

We have grown cold to the kisses of our lovers
We have rolled the windows up and driven through
The forests of the autumn, the innocence of snow
The metaphor of Jesus in the dew

We have known the heated passion of the cold night
We have sold ourselves to everything we hate
We’re hypocrites and politicians running from a fight
We’ve cheated on a very jealous mate

Oh we of little faith
Oh you stubborn grace
We are the beggars at the foot of God’s door

We have known the pain of loving in a dying world
And our lies have made us angry at the truth
But Cinderella’s slipper fits us perfectly
And somehow were made royalty with you

We are the beggars at the foot of Gods door
And you welcomed us in

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40 Comments

  1. Jon

    When I went through my mixtape phase (doesn’t everybody?) this song used to frequently rise to the top. It is truly an amazing song, the best on the CD in my opinion.

  2. EmmaJ

    Is he really missing a toe??
    If that is true, one considers that however unfortunate the loss of a digit might be, the accompanying tinge of melancholia might well add an interesting hint of drama to songwriting.

  3. Chris

    That whole album is incredible both musically and lyrically, as is the follow-up to it, “A Place Where You Belong.” Both are well worth whatever price you have to pay to get them and remain among my favorite albums of all time.

    And yes, EmmaJ, Andy is missing a toe due to a tragic lawnmower accident.

  4. Bobby

    Wow. I hadn’t made this connection. I loved The Normals, but then I’m kinda a sucker for songs about waitresses.

  5. Jazz

    We have grown cold to the kisses of our lovers
    We have rolled the windows up and driven through
    The forests of the autumn, the innocence of snow
    The metaphor of Jesus in the dew

    This reminds me that we are Gomer. Maybe its because my sunday school is studying Hosea. I am finding more and more simalarities between us and her.

  6. Hannah

    You know, Jazz, not to take away from the beauty of this song by putting another one in, but your comment reminds me of the song “Gomer’s Theme” by Third Day. Really good song. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I agree with your point, though I haven’t ever really thought about it, how we are like Gomer. ‘Tis very true.

    Again, beautiful song. I think I’m going to have to squeeze out ten bucks and buy the CD. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Jazz

    Hannah, I do not know that song, but i’ll try to get it. But, Michael Card has a song called ‘Gomer’s Song’. It’s my fav of his music.

  8. SarahN

    I’m so happy to see my favorite track off of the Coming To Life CD getting shared! Lately I’ve been in a mood that has me resurrecting many of my old mix tapes (yes, Jon, we all have ’em, whether or not we will admit to it), and I’ve been reminded how much I love the Normals, and Christian music in general.
    Good to hear you again, fellas.

  9. Andy

    Hannah and Jazz,
    Don’t fail to listen to The Proprietor’s song “Hosea” on Resurrection Letters Vol. 2 sung from Gomer’s perpective.

  10. Canaan Bound

    EmmaJ, It is true that Andy O is missing a toe. Uncertain as to whether or not the incident affected his personal songwriting, but it certainly gave Andy G something new to write about. Check out Roast Beef from the Original Cliche album. Melancholic. Sarcastic. Symbolic. Oh, the toe!

  11. Hannah

    Jazz: Definitely look into it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll see if I can find Gomer’s Song. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Andy: I was going to say it, I promise, but I figured everyone would know it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hosea is an AMAZING song!

    Canaan Bound: I am very sorry to say, that I don’t know of that song. I will definitely try though! Thanks for the suggestion.

  12. Jess

    I wish I were missing a toe. Or does that make me sound ungrateful for my one two three four five six seven eight nine ten piggy little toes? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Tony from Pandora

    I remember I bought this CD after reading a small review about it in CCM magazine shortly after it came out. The reviewer? a small, unassuming, white t-shirt wearing bald man by the name of Derek Webb. Andy O’s been on my radar ever since

  14. Hannah

    You know, after I posted the comment in which I called it a song, I had the feeling I was wrong. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the clarification, Canaan Bound.

  15. Jess

    Tony:
    Well that was the end for Andy O
    I booted him out in the rain and snow
    Because I was jealous of his missing toe…

  16. Jess

    By the way, I leaned toward the “…” instead of going on to describe Andy’s “cute little chin and pretty little nose”. I wasn’t sure how that would come across. And I was out of words to exchange for such strange adjectives. However, it just occured to me that the “…” might just lead your mind in that direction anyway. Mr. Osenga, if you are reading this, forgive any discomfort I have caused you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Tony

    This was the first Christian album I bought after I decided to start listening to Christian music at almost 30 years old. What drew me to it was that it didn’t remind me of any Christian music I had ever heard before. It did, in fact, remove all preconceptions of what I thought Christian music was supposed to be (my mother used to make me listen to Sandi Patti as a kid).

    I left it in the CD player of my car for the better part of a year and must have listened to it 1,000 times. There are so many songs on this CD as good as this one and each one will strike a different chord depending on the mood I’m in. I love this CD and still listen to it fairly often. At a time in my life when things were more than a little crazy, The Normals became the only thing in my life that was normal.
    Thanks for putting this in as the song of the day. It is definitely one of my favorites.

  18. EmmaJ

    Intriguing. But after watching that explanatory musical presentation I am left with one gruesome question: how is it possible to get your middle toe amputated by a lawn mower and not the others? I think… I probably shouldn’t think about this.

  19. Andrew Osenga « Stu Station

    […] The Rabbit Room posted a week or so ago the lyrics to a song by Andrew Osenga. I keep on coming back to these lyrics and reading them over, stunned. The song is called “We Are the Beggars the Foot of God’s Door”. Amazing, powerful stuff. […]

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