After featuring a more electronically-tinged musical style on their last album, Fireflight has returned with a more hard-rock edged single, "I Won't Look Back." The urgent message of the song matches the musical intensity perfectly as the song invites listeners to join in the fight against harassment and intimidation. I had the chance to speak with Dawn Michele about Fireflight's new song "I Won't Look Back."
Please tell me the personal story behind this song.
It's an intense and urgent song musically. We were all working together thinking about the theme and what we wanted to say. Oftentimes the style of the music sets the tone for what we write about lyrically. Music makes us feel emotions. With music, it stirs my spirit to write words to go with the music.
We felt like this song has a tone of extreme victory, getting out of what is holding us back and breaking free of bondage. We thought it would connect with today's message of stepping out into the light after hiding things in darkness when it comes to being victims of abuse that nobody wants to talk about. As that continued to progress, we thought this could be a great empowerment song for people who have been victimized. That's what the song grew into.
God doesn't want us to live as victims. He wants us to break free from injustice. A lot of people who listen to our music have been encouraged as we've sung about a lot of heavy topics in the past. We thought this song would be good for people who are raising the banner of getting out from oppression and not living a lie anymore, but getting out of darkness into the light.
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?
John 10:10(VOICE): "The thief approaches with malicious intent, looking to steal, slaughter, and destroy; I came to give life with joy and abundance."
Ephesians 1:18-19(VOICE): "Open the eyes of their hearts, and let the light of Your truth flood in. Shine Your light on the hope You are calling them to embrace. Reveal to them the glorious riches You are preparing as their inheritance. Let them see the full extent of Your power that is at work in those of us who believe, and may it be done according to Your might and power."
Acts 26:18(VOICE): "It will be your mission to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the kingdom of Satan to the kingdom of God. This is so that they may receive forgiveness of all their sins and have a place among those who are set apart for a holy purpose through having faith in Me."
1 Thessalonians 5:4-8(MSG): "But friends, you're not in the dark, so how could you be taken off guard by any of this? You're sons of Light, daughters of Day. We live under wide open skies and know where we stand. So let's not sleepwalk through life like those others. Let's keep our eyes open and be smart. People sleep at night and get drunk at night. But not us! Since we're creatures of Day, let's act like it. Walk out into the daylight sober, dressed up in faith, love, and the hope of salvation."
John 1:4-5(NKJV): "In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it."
Isaiah 43:19(VOICE): "Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it's happening now, even as I speak, and you're about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert; Waters will flow where there had been none."
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV): "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."
Isaiah 1:18 (NKJV): "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the Lord, "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson they shall be as wool."
Psalm 147:3(NKJV): "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."
1 John 3:1(NLT): "See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us His children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don't recognize that we are God's children because they don't know Him."
Romans 8:14-15(NKJV): "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, 'Abba, Father.'"
Romans 8:28(VOICE): "We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan."
Romans 12:2(VOICE): "Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete."
Philippians 4:13(NKJV): "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Colossians 1:13-14(NKJV): "He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins."
What is the takeaway message?
For me, I have been thinking about the song from two angles. One is for the victim to step out and embrace the light and move towards healing instead of staying in bondage to being a victim. The other aspect to me is drawing attention in the body of Christ that there is a huge problem. People who need protection and advocates, need help and support, have a lot of times had their cries for help fall on deaf ears. We have allowed the culture of oppression to happen with an "us and them" perspective.
A hope for me about this song is for people in the church to hear this song and stand beside those who need help, being willing to rally around them and be a force for good in this dark situation. I feel like I've not seen the church be a huge advocate for a lot of causes where I feel like God calls us to stand up for the oppressed and victimized. I'd love to see the church on the front line fighting against every sort of injustice. People in the church need to help end injustice in the world.
Lyrics: I was feeling powerless
Searching for a sign
When I heard You whisper
Lies are like an hourglass
Running out of time
You played me to shame me
Breaking me, taking me over
I've come to take back what was stolen
Your power is broken
I'll drop a match in the shadow
As you explode
I won't look back
Cornered by your cowardice
A victim by design
You hide in my silence
Now I know I have a voice
My eyes are open wide
The fiction has ended
Your words are all burning to ashes
Light it up
I won't look back
As a dad of three teenaged daughters and husband of over twenty years, I am convicted and moved by the message of finding our true identities in Christ and remembering that we are fearfully and wonderfully made in His image. He doesn't want us to live in bondage, but to live in freedom. Due to the bullying and harassing culture we are living in, we need to remember that our Enemy "the thief approaches with malicious intent looking to steal, slaughter and destroy, but Jesus came to give life with joy and abundance (John 10:10)."
My resolution for this year is to have my "eyes wide open" to injustice and the needs around me and to look out for the "least of these." This song is a great companion for me on that mission. I'm inspired to join in and come alongside those who have been victimized, give them a voice and help be a force for good in this dark situation. As the song proclaims, "now I know I have a voice, my eyes are open wide, the fiction has ended, your words are all burning to ashes."
When we have been washed clean by the blood of Jesus, our sins and our shame are cast away as far as the east is from the west, and we are made new creations in Christ. In this "Me Too" movement, one noticeable missing element in much of what I've heard discussed by Hollywood celebrities and others is how God feels about us as His children. He desires us and heals the brokenhearted and binds our wounds. He desires us to live humbly, to seek justice, to love mercy and to "let justice roll like a river." As men and women followers of Jesus, we can live out these biblical commands and join in the movement by showing and receiving God's love. Join the movement, be empowered by this song and cry out, "Light it up, I Won't Look Back." Amen to that!
Watch the lyric film below.
NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.
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