"Watching Over You" by Tim Be Told



Regardless of where one stands theologically regarding if same-sex romantic relationships and gender transitions can be considered holy, you should get to know this song. Tim Be Told has a history worth noting, and the lyrics are very powerful.


Written and produced by Tim Ouyang (who has an agile voice with an impressive range), the lyrics are what he believes God would say to believers who are also of the sexual minority in modern cultures. It's always important to listen to their stories and consider how the Church can show New Testament love to the LGBTQIA community, admitting our failures.


While the chord progression and melody are straight-forward in the hymn-like song, the time signature varies regularly between 5/4 and 3/4. If the worship team of a local church could execute the time signature changes and reflect the dynamics of this song, playing it in a service, it would create awareness of the silent suffering of sexual minorities in modern cultures and could mean a lot to those of them in congregations. Lyrics below:


When they made you bow your head in shame

When they justified it in my name

When the lions fed and the wolves were through

I was watching over you


And I saw the bruises on your face

Someone told you you should know your place

When you split your heart just to hide the truth

I was watching over you


And I heard it when you called for help

Underneath the sky that fell

When you lost your way little one I knew

I was watching over you


I will love you even if you stray

You are more than just your worst mistakes

And your darkest secrets I forgave them too

I was watching over you

And I heard it when you called for help

Underneath the sky that fell

When you lost your way little one I knew

I was watching over you


Every time you thought I didn’t care

Even silence is an answered prayer

Every time you wept I was weeping too

I was watching over you


And no matter what the devil steals

One day all these wounds will heal

And the road is hard but I’ll get you through

I was watching over you

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