“You’re a rambling man, you ain’t never gonna change. You’ve got a gypsy soul to blame and you were born for leaving.”
-Colder Weather by Zac Brown Band
(download “Colder Weather” here)
One of my favorite songs right now is “Colder Weather” by Zac Brown Band. If you haven’t seen the performance with Amos Lee, click here and be moved. It’s one of those rare performances that happen at the lowest of expected moments, yet become the most memorable. The lyrics have power, relevance, and are so personal that sometimes I think it’s written about me. And therein lies the only problem I have with the song. When I begin to believe the song is truth, I’m tricking myself into thinking I can’t change. But I believe the way a person starts doesn’t have to be the way they finish. People can change. You may have been born a leaver, but you don’t always have to be a leaver. Your dad may have left you and your mom, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to follow those footsteps. I might blame myself, claiming that I was born with a soul bent on leaving, hurting others, and being alone. But even if that’s the way my life started, it does not have to be the way it ends. There is power, no, there is a power out there that can change a gypsy soul, can change a rambling man into a family man, take a hurt soul and mend the wounds. Please listen to the song. But when you’re finished, know that it’s not the total truth. You can be changed. Seek the power that makes tomorrow better. Hopefully you can start at your local christian church and go from there.