From the album Chrome (2009)

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Lyrics

I Had To Tell You
(Eric Peters, Ben Shive, Andrew Peterson, Randall Goodgame)

I’ve had chains wrapped around me for the last seven years
I crowned myself Messiah since Messiah was not near
I shook my fist at heaven, I told God to go to hell
There was so much that I had to say but had kept it to myself

I had to tell you how I hated you that day
I had to learn how hard it was for me to say
It hurts even now to know those words came from my mouth
But I had to tell you

Though I walked in the darkness, the darkness was disguised
All the stars before me were a homemade set of skies
Then a window opened and the sky burst into flame
I could not bear to face you, I was naked and ashamed

So I had to tell you how I hated you that day
And I had to learn how hard it was for me to say
It hurts me even now to know those words came from my mouth
But I had to tell you

Now standing in the ruins is a lily undisturbed
Owning nothing but its life and a humble place on earth
Born to bear beauty unto the great and to the small
Its story, in some measure, is the story of us all

I had to tell you (how I needed you that day)
I had to tell you (how I wanted you to stay beside me)
I had to tell you (but I hope that you can still forgive me)
I had to tell you (that I love you)