Background by Lecrae


I could play the background
I could play the background
‘Cause I know sometimes I get in the way
So won’t You take the lead, lead, lead?
So won’t You take the lead, lead, lead?
And I could play the background, background
And you could take the lead

It’s evident you run the show, so let me back down
You take the leading role, and I’ll play the background
I know I miss my cues, know I forget my lines
I’m sticking to your script, and I’m reading all your signs
I don’t need my name in lights, I don’t need a starring role
Why gain the whole wide world, If I’m just going lose my soul?
And my ways ain’t purified, don’t live according to Your Word
I can’t endure this life without Your wisdom being heard
So word to every dancer for a pop star
‘Cause we all play the background, but mine’s a rockstar
Yeah, so if you need me I’ll be stage right
Praying the whole world would start embracing stage fright
So let me fall back, stop giving my suggestions
‘Cause when I follow my obsessions, I end up confessin’
That I’m not that impressive, matter of fact
I’m who I are, a trail of stardust leading to the superstar

I could play the background
I could play the background
‘Cause I know sometimes I get in the way
So won’t You take the lead, lead, lead?
So won’t You take the lead, lead, lead?
And I could play the background, background
And you could take the lead

Yo, I had a dream that I was captain of my soul
I was master of my fate, lost control, and then I sank
So I don’t want to take the lead, ’cause I’m prone to make mistakes
All these folks who follow me, goin’ end up in the wrong place
So just let me shadow you, just let me trace your lines
Matter of fact, just take my pen, here, you create my rhymes
‘Cause if I do this by myself, I’m scared that I’ll succeed
And no longer trust in You, ’cause I only trust in me
And see, that’s how you end up headed to destruction
Paving a road to nowhere, pour your life out for nothin’
You pulled my card, I’m bluffin’, You know what’s in my hand
Me, I just roll and trust you, You cause the dice to land
I’m in control of nothing, follow You at any cost
Some call it sovereign will, all I know is you the boss
And man, I’m so at ease, I’m so content
I’ll play the background, like it’s an instrument

I could play the background
I could play the background
‘Cause I know sometimes I get in the way
So won’t You take the lead, lead, lead?
So won’t You take the lead, lead, lead?
And I could play the background, background
And you could take the lead

I know I’m safest when I’m in Your will, and trust Your Word
I know I’m dangerous when I trust myself, my vision blurred
And I ain’t got no time to play life’s foolish games
Got plenty aims, but do they really Glorify Your name?
And it’s a shame, the way I want to do these things for You
Don’t even cling to you, take time to sit and glean from You
It seems like You were patient in my ignorance
If ignorance is bliss, it’s ’cause she never heard of this

I could play the background
I could play the background
‘Cause I know sometimes I get in the way
So won’t You take the lead, lead, lead?
So won’t You take the lead, lead, lead?
And I could play the background, background
And you could take the lead

I have heard this song before, and honestly, I got a little tired of it. But, it came on the radio the other night and I really listened to it for the first time. Wow. It’s deep. Lecrae is awesome! Now. I’m going to break down the bolded lines:

Praying the whole world would start embracing stage fright

Obviously, the point of this song is that, as followers of Jesus, we should take the “background” so Jesus can be the “star” and “lead” in this “show” or “performance” called life. I love the above line about stage fright… Think about it. If you have “stage fright”, you would be more than happy to have someone else take your place and would NEVER be caught in the lead role. Interesting, huh?

So I don’t want to take the lead, ’cause I’m prone to make mistakes
All these folks who follow me, goin’ end up in the wrong place

I love this line as well. As an aspiring and growing leader, I want to do the right thing by my followers. Personally, I believe that we are all leaders. Whether you are in the work force, live with your family or hang with friends, you’re a leader. Someone is always watching your reaction or how you handle a situation. By allowing God to lead, we become better leaders than we could ever be by ourselves.

I’ll play the background, like it’s an instrument

Do any of you know skilled musicians? They spend up to 4 hours a day practicing to achieve perfection; sometimes on a single line of music. They are masters at their trade. If we played the “background” like a master musician, imagine what life would be like?

I don’t have to say that the whole song is amazing… But, those are the lines that stuck out to me. I hope my musings get you thinking and the song speaks to you.

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