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Song Released: 2018

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There I was on death row
Guilty in the first degree
Son of God hanging on a hill
Hell was my destiny

The crowd was shouting crucify
Could've come from these lips of mine
The dirty shame was killing me
It would take a miracle to wash me...


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    May 10th, 5:01pm report

    I interpret the song as a man who is living his life guilty of sins, being ashamed of things he has done but his time comes and Jesus comes for him, and he breathes life into him and he is awakened by the holy ghost he now is free, which means he is no longer suffering and he is now in heaven with Jesus.


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    Apr 1st, 4:30pm report

    My thoughts on this song as I listen. I was a sinner guilty of sin and death was my sentence. I am as guilty of calling for Jesus death as the ones who actually were there. I did not see how I could be saved. I have done so many bad things. Then I read the bible and heard Jesus' words. I was changed. I was awakened. I was changed forever. The feeling of fear and sin falling away with freedom rolling in was enormous. Now true worship starts.


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    Mar 28th, 3:34pm report

    My thought is we are all on death row until we except Jesus. When this man read the red letters in the bible (Jesus words) the ground began to tremble and his prison walls (sin) began to fall away. He was a free man from his dirty shame (sin). A free man to live forever in God's love. The man is us that have been redeemed by Jesus suffering in our place. The Grace of God.


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    Jan 24th, 1:37am report

    I read the other comments. While I don't disagree, I read a lot into the lyrics. While it can be interpreted to be about a single, specific individual, who has committed a capital crime and thus sits on death row, or even someone present during the life of Jesus witnessing or hearing of His crucifixion, I take it to refer to the just condemnation we all face as sinners. Further, the promise of salvation, redemption, and forgiveness available to us all when read, believe, and trust in His propritiation revealed in the glorious red letters gives this song and lyrics a rather profound meaning to me


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    Jan 13th, 1:51pm report

    I see this from the perspective of the centurion at the foot of the Cross; we were all on 'death row' destined for Hell. The sign was placed after they nailed Him to the tree - it could have easily been 'red letters' covered and splattered by the blood of the Lamb. In Matthew 27 verse 51 the earth shook when Christ gave up his spirit and in verse 54 the centurion acknowledged that "surely He was the Son of God" which is when he began to feel his freedom as the walls around his heart began to fall.


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    Dec 7th, 12:05pm report

    The man in the song was in BIG trouble (Clearly. I mean, the first lyrics are,"There I was on death row. Guilty in the first degree." So, obviously the man has done something REALLY bad.) But at some point, someone has given him a Bible and he has "Read, the red letters" the words of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Which turned his life around. After this it says "The breath of God entered my lungs." So he has either accepted the Lord and gone to heaven, or has been brought back to life by the Lord's own breath.
    So, I hope this was helpful!


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    Dec 2nd, 12:26am report

    The red letters in the Bible is when Jesus spoke

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