BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#938 - "Drown" by Zahna
Hard rocker Zahna speaks to Kevin Davis about "Drown," her powerhouse tune about broken relationships.
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #938 -
Posted: September 11, 2018 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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After leading the rock band, ILIA, Suzy Martinez has returned as, Zahna, who recently released her debut solo album, Red for War. There is a lot of infectious energy in these great new songs, including "Underneath" and "Drown," as she celebrates her new life as a solo artist, and how she's alive in Christ. Zahna’s vocals are very powerful in a concert setting. And, I’ve previously had the chance to hear her sing at the Creation Festival.
 
The singer comments, "I'm glad to embark on this new journey. It hasn't always been easy, but I'm grateful, because hard times gave me the power to believe in myself as a vocalist, and confirms that I have something to offer to this world through music. And, this is just the beginning." I had the chance to speak with Suzy about her catchy new song, “Drown.”
 

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

“Drown” was the second song I wrote for this project. It was another Holy Spirit-inspired song. In what seemed to be minutes, I had the chorus to this song written. Originally, it was based on a breakup of a relationship I was in at the time. One person was trying to fix the relationship, while the other wanted out. It's like drowning in a lake, reaching out your hand for someone to help lift you out of that situation. But, they don’t, and you drown. That metaphor is there throughout the whole song. Someone you trusted and loved so much just left you when you weren’t willing to give up, but they were.

Over time, the song ended up meaning so much more to me as I went through different struggles. It ended up being written about a whole different situation, including the ending of my prior band, ILIA. The message appeals to so many people as they go through different family relationship issues, and dating and marriage relationship issues, where divorce is so prevalent in our society. Sometimes, it seems like it's easier to give up than to keep trying. The song explores the pain behind the other person giving up. And, the hard feelings we deal with when we want to stay loyal and true to somebody, but they don’t put forth the same effort. It's very Holy Spirit-led.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Genesis 50:20 (NKJV): “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”
 
Psalm 69: 1-3 (NKJV): “Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary with my crying; my throat is dry; My eyes fail while I wait for my God.”
 
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.”
 
Jeremiah 33:3 (VOICE): “Call to Me, and I will answer you. I will tell you of great things, things beyond what you can imagine, things you could never have known.”

Psalm 40:17 (VOICE): “Meanwhile, I am empty and need so much, but I know the Lord is thinking of me. You are my help; only You can save me, my True God. Please hurry.”

Romans 8:11 (VOICE): “If the Spirit of the One who resurrected Jesus from the dead lives inside of you, then you can be sure that He who raised Him will cast the light of life into your mortal bodies through the life-giving power of the Spirit residing in you.”
 
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.”
 
Hebrews 7:25 (NKJV): “Therefore, He is also able to save to the uttermost, those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”

What is the takeaway message?

The whole idea of this song is about when you give so much effort to a relationship, but the other party gives up and wants out and they are done trying to salvage the relationship. It was a really good song of healing for me, because I realized that I wasn’t going to stay in a place where I wasn’t wanted as badly as I wanted the other person. At the end of the day, God uses our pain and helps us through it. And, thanks to that, I’m in a much better place now. I can let bitterness fester inside of me, or I can fight the devil. Every disappointment is just a setup for something greater—not because we deserve it, but because we're children of God. We have that right as daughters and sons of God.

At the end of the day, we win, no matter what. Often, I write songs and I don’t realize they’re about me until much later. Proverbs tells us that the Lord sees every motive of the human heart, nothing is hidden from Him. No matter what happens, I can’t hide from the Lord. Whatever I feel, whatever I think I’m hiding from people, it won’t matter because underneath it all, He can see it. What other people meant for evil, God can use for good and make a testimony out of those things that we go through.

Lyrics:
It was a frail dream now
A beautiful disease
Live or die, right by each other's sides
Until you brought your gun up to my knife
Here we start the process to divide
Words and music become real life
The broken family, victims of pride
 
(So just go)
Go ahead find somebody new
Go and look for the love that you blew
(So just go)
Go find whatever you’re looking for
Go ahead and leave me here on the floor
(So just go)
Go take that step you say that you need
Go ahead let the world finally bleed
(So just go)
Go break and let it fall to the ground
Go ahead and just leave me to drown
 
You know that you’re a Runaway
I know you run from your problems
When you can’t find another way
You’re lost and you can’t resolve them
In your mind you’re satisfied
Exchanging truth for lies and biding time
But I will always be the one to take the blame for this, so remember what I said
 
(So just go)
Go ahead find somebody new
Go and look for the love that you blew
(So just go)
Go find whatever you’re looking for
Go ahead and leave me here on the floor
(So just go)
Go take that step you say that you need
Go ahead let the world finally bleed
(So just go)
Go break and let it fall to the ground
Go ahead and just leave me to drown
 
Runaway, Runaway, cut your words carefully
Justify, Justify, ‘cause it’s just like you
It’s so like you
It’s so like you
It’s so like you (justify, justify, you run away)
(Liar!)
It’s so like you (you justify, justify, you run away)
(Liar!)
It’s so like you (justify, justify, you run away)
Justify everything
 
(So just go)
Go ahead find somebody new
Go and look for the love that you blew
(So just go)
Go find whatever you’re looking for
Go ahead and leave me here on the floor
(So just go)
Go take that step you say that you need
Go ahead let the world finally bleed
(So just go)
Go ahead and just leave me to drown!


Closing Thoughts

What are those things in your life that are beyond you that you can turn over to God? Allow Him and His supernatural ability to take you to places that you can't handle on your own. God’s resurrection power from The Holy Spirit, that same power that defeated death and raised Jesus from the grave, is available to followers of Jesus. I love this translation of Romans 8:11 (Voice): "If the Spirit of the One who resurrected Jesus from the dead lives inside of you, then you can be sure that He who raised Him will cast the light of life into your mortal bodies through the life-giving power of the Spirit residing in you."
 
We can all make the choice to ask The Holy Spirit to indwell us with His supernatural ability to overcome what the Enemy wants us to think about ourselves. That’s what this song is all about. This song and this album is all about being happy with what God has given us and being grateful to Him. God knows what we need, and loves and cares for each of us deeply. It's so easy to compare yourself to others and feel like God is blessing someone else with something that you want. The Lord tells us all throughout His Word to not be afraid or worry. He knows we suffer from that attack from the Enemy who wants to rob us of our joy in God. By reading the Bible every day, God wants us to have a daily reminder not to be afraid.

We all need to learn that God has us exactly where we're supposed to be in this moment, even when we don't feel good enough. We are aware of many situations involving people taking their own lives after dealing with depression. Zahna’s hope is to pass on the life-giving message of Jesus Christ. Allow The Holy Spirit to "cast the light of life into your mortal bodies." If you are struggling with depression, please know with certainty these life-giving words. It's important as believers that others around us see the light of Jesus reflected in our lives. In our words, actions, behaviors, even our thoughts. That's what Romans 12:2 and this album is about, the patterns that we align ourselves with. Are we conforming to the patterns or molds of the prince of this world? That's darkness. Our Enemy seeks to destroy us with those patterns or molds. Or, are we praying for the renewing and transforming of our minds so that we can reflect the light of Jesus in our lives? Sing out, “I know you run from your problems, when you can’t find another way, You’re lost and you can’t resolve them, In your mind you’re satisfied.” Amen to that.

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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