Heaven Is Waiting
words & music ~ Rich Mullins and Mitch McVicker
Copyright © 1999 White Plastic Bag Music All rights reserved
Lyrics reprinted by permission
need no woman to kiss me
looking for no seven golden cities
ask for no lengthy explanation
In an interview I asked Mitch: Would you explain it to me like I'm a 4 year old what these verses mean? I get the meaning of the song.. but some insight on this verse would help.
So don't ask for no lengthy explanation
Mitch: Many times, we can't put our finger on the truth. We try to attach words to it and base it on experience and our mental faculties; but all we really know is--it is beyond us and very big and great---and is unceasingly beckoning us.
I also asked him on the lyric line "dry ache" or "drag" of a lone coyote's whine.. he said he's been asked that before and his official stance on it is "dry ache".
In the first half of the play, what is really happening is the core group is really coming together, and they have finally reached a point where they are really committed to this journey. And this song is a song that Frank sings, a song of commitment, one of those songs when you realize that if you say yes to one thing, you say no to everything else. When you say yes to one spouse, you say no to everybody else. When you say yes to God, you say no to the world ... And Frank is kind of recognizing, "man, my commitment to Christ has to be all-consuming." And he's already kind of made that commitment, he's already acted on that commitment. Now he just is ... sometimes we think of commitment as being this really solemn, kind of heavy duty thing. But in this song, I think ... I get the impression that Frank is more relieved. Sort of like a lot of times the joy that we find when we make a commitment to Christ, I think it just comes from ... that we have resolved a conflict over whether we will follow the world, or whether we will follow the Lord. And anytime you resolve a conflict in your life, you feel some joy. I suppose if you chose to abandon the Lord and follow the world, even then you would feel some relief, just that the conflict was over, even though you will have resolved it in a desperately wrong way. And so this is how the first half ends, is that Frank has been called by God to love Him, he's been called by Christ to rebuild the church, he's been joined by Buzz, who is a soul mate of his. Ivory has joined them, and sort of helped direct what their quest is for; it's for Dineh Bekeya, and Clare has realized that she wants to have the experience of God that Frank has, and in order to experience God fully, she has to discover God on her own, and Frank here kind of sums everything up by singing that song.
beginning of Act 2,] we see Buzz, Ivory and Frank, and they meet a mountain
lion. And, you know, it's one of those things where you think you know
somebody after you've met them, and you've spent a little bit of time with
them, and the longer that you're with them, the more amazed you are by
them. And this mountain lion is this ferocious lion, and even people that
they've met out on the plains have talked about, "Oh, there's this really
ferocious mountain lion." And when they meet him, Frank of course just
strikes up a conversation, because that's what he does with animals. And
Buzz and Ivory are both a little bit surprised that he actually does talk
with it. I mean, they'd heard other people say that they'd seen Frank,
but all of a sudden they're talking to this lion, and they begin to talk
about kingliness. And the lion talks to them about this one-armed miner
named Lefty, who is this really mean guy, and as they're talking with this
lion, Lefty comes onto the stage. He's been hunting the lion, because the
lion tore his arm off. And the lion did that, because lefty was so strong
and so violent, that he thought that if he lost the power of one of his
arms, he would look for a higher power. And, of course what happened was
when Lefty lost his arm, he became more bitter. And so this next song is
a song that Frank sings, because as they're talking with Lefty, they can
see how bitter he is, and Lefty has, in spite of the fact that he's been
a fairly successful miner, he's never cashed his gold in. He just hoards
everything he gets, and so this is a song that Frank sings to him in an
attempt to bring him into a greater understand of what life is really about.
obtained from mitch for sound/picture files used