Well, I’m grinding my life out, steady and sure
Nothing more wretched than what I must endure
I’m drenched in the light that shines from the son
I could stone you to death for the wrongs that you done

Sooner or later, you'll make a mistake
I’ll put you in a chain that you never will break
Legs and arms and body and bone
I pay in blood, but not my own

Night after night, day after day
They strip your useless hopes away
The more I take, the more I give
The more I die, the more I live

I got something in my pocket make your eyeballs swim
I got dogs could tear you limb from limb
I’m circling around the Southern zone
I pay in blood, but not my own

Low cards are what I’ve got
But I’ll play this hand whether I like it or not
I am sworn to uphold the laws of God
You can put me out in front of a firing squad

I been out and around with the rowdy men
Just like you, my handsome friend
My head’s so hard must be made of stone
I pay in blood, but not my own

Another politician pumping out the piss
Another ragged beggar blowing you a kiss
You've got the same eyes that your mother does
If only you could prove who your father was

Someone must have slipped a drug in your wine
You gulped it down and you crossed the line
Man can’t live by bread alone
I pay in blood, but not my own

How I made it back home, nobody knows
Or how I survived so many blows
I been through hell, what good did it do?
You bastard, I’m supposed to respect you?

I’ll give you justice, I’ll fatten your purse
Show me your moral virtues first
Hear me holler, hear me moan
I pay in blood but not my own

You bit your lover in the bed
Come here, I’ll break your lousy head
Our nation must be saved and freed
You been accused of murder, how do you plead?

This is how I spend my days
I came to bury, not to praise
I’ll drink my fill and sleep alone
I pay in blood, but not my own

Pay In Blood

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Here's a song that could have at least a few interpretations. Individual lines in the song could have many interpretations. It's amazing how we do that. That line must mean "this" because something happened to me like "this."

The objective, of course, is striving to step back, look at the lyrics as a whole, then focus on the lines to have meaning clarified. The clarification, within reason, would need to include the repeated stanza portion and the name of the song, one would think. In this case it's "I pay in blood, but not my own." It keeps recurring at the end of each stanza, so it must serve to shine light on each stanza and the song as a whole, one would think.

Since Bob's official site does not yet have the lyrics to Tempest, and since a word here or there may not be clear to the ear, I've endeavored to put it down as best as I could, considering context for the word.

1 Grace is the only sure thing in this world. It is saving grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home. The Light is from the Son of God. Who else? What all have done deserves a stoning, a judgment. We need grace, unearned favor from God.

2 Being prone to sin is real. No one is immune. There is slavery to sin, wrong. The entire body is infected. I'd love to buy your freedom, but the price is so great it requires blood from the same One who gives Light.

3 There are thieves in our midst, 24/7. They only steal and kill and destroy. Their message is a lie. I counter their lies with opposite forces outside their realm or understanding. I give by what I get, and more. I live by how I die, daily.

4 This little item in his pocket can make your eyes sting or tear-up somehow. It'll be from conviction or a stun or shame or guilt or sorrow or joy. What you are determines. Those piercing words can even separate joint from marrow. That powerful. Even where the guilt was historic, the purity of the blood necessary to cleanse must be perfect.

5 Must be the California system at play. That's where he lives. Actually, he will stick to the rules no matter what the response. The rules are far higher than the dealer was and the stakes are the highest possible. So, again, I'll give up my life to gain life eternal.

6 You may know position and its people. They love you for the outside. A head can be like a heart, stoney; or a head can be as flint, which is good. If you are headed for the costliest objective, then the price will be the highest; but fixed to go there you know what paid the way, so no worries needed.

7 Aside from the expletive there are greater things at stake. People are using you whether high or low in rank. It's called insincerity. It's called filth. The human heart is the same until redeemed. Flattery is low and there is nowhere else to go.

8 Swallowing the facades hook, line, and sinker only reveals stupidity with no discernment and regrettable lines crossed. Even the focus on physical necessities can cause you to miss what is life indeed. So, I stay focused on the price and the sacrifice.

9 You can follow the liars and fools through thick and thin. They can make you wonder where you've been. They think you're still vulnerable enough to forget what they did to you. Then suddenly you're jarred into reality enough to confront them.

10 Sometimes, no, many times justice comes by way of a hardened heart. The more they take the more they keep. They have nothing of substance. We can be angered and grieved by their condition, and we recall the price that helped me see these truths in the first place.

11 It's been said love can wait to give, lust can't wait to get. There are guys, and gals, you can feel tempted to take and thump their skulls; just shake 'em to knock out their selfishness. From the present and the past, our nation's guilt goes and grows. Fornication and adultery and hate and killing. Up next to the Laws of God, each and every person needs salvation and liberty from sin. Each is guilty of all. The politicians, media, educational system, guilty!

12 Are we listening to the songs? People aren't listening to the songs. You think he supports what you support? You think he believes what you want him to believe? You think he lauds your load? No one gets it like Bob does. He's tired. He recalls the release and relief and the price and sacrifice of the blood that was Someone else's, it could not be his own. He rests well.
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1 For God, who said "Let light shine out of darkness," is the one who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ.

II Corinthians 4:6

1 For the payoff of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23

2 Jesus answered them, "I tell you the solemn truth, everyone who practices sin is a slave of sin."

John 8:34

2 Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Romans 7:24-25

2 In Him we have redemption through HIS blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.

Ephesians 1:7

3 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.

John 10:10

3 Now God who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your supply of seed and will cause the harvest of your righteousness to grow. You will be enriched in every way so that you may be generous on every occasion, which is producing through us thanksgiving to God.

II Corinthians 9:10-11

3 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live.

Romans 8:13

4 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

4 How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.

Hebrews 9:14

5 In everything give thanks. For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

I Thessalonians 5:18

5 Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not! Instead we uphold the law.

Romans 3:31

5 For Christ is the end of the law, with the result that there is righteousness for everyone who believes.

Romans 10:4

5 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what does it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what can a person give in exchange for his life?

Matthew 16:25-26

6 God does not view things the way men do. People look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.

I Samuel 16:7

6 But the sovereign LORD helps me, so I am not humiliated. Therefore I set my face like a flint. I know I will not be put to shame.

Isaiah 50:7

6 Now when the days drew near for Him to be taken up, Jesus set His face like flint to go to Jerusalem.

Luke 9:51

6 In Him we have redemption through HIS blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.

Ephesians 1:7

7 Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie. When they are weighed in the scales, all of them together are lighter than air.

Psalm 62:9

7 I had faith when I said, "I am severely oppressed." I rashly declared, "All men are liars."

Psalm 116:10-11

7 People lie to one another; they flatter and deceive.

Psalm 12:2

8 She persuaded him with persuasive words; with her smooth talk she compelled him. Suddenly he went after her like an ox that goes to the slaughter, like a stag prancing into a trapper's snare till an arrow pierces his liver – like a bird hurrying into a trap, and he does not know that it will cost him his life.

Proverbs 7:21-23

8 But He answered, "It is written, 'Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"

Matthew 4:4

8 In Him we have redemption through HIS blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.

Ephesians 1:7

9 Fearing the LORD is the beginning of moral knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7

9 Wisdom calls out in the street, she shouts loudly in the plazas; at the head of the noisy streets she calls, in the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her words: "How long will you simpletons love naiveté? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? If only you will respond to my rebuke, then I will pour out my thoughts to you and I will make my words known to you. However, because I called but you refused to listen, because I stretched out my hand but no one paid attention, because you neglected all my advice, and did not comply with my rebuke, so I myself will laugh when disaster strikes you, I will mock when what you dread comes, when what you dread comes like a whirlwind, and disaster strikes you like a devastating storm, when distressing trouble comes on you. Then they will call to me, but I will not answer; they will diligently seek me, but they will not find me. Because they hated moral knowledge, and did not choose to fear the LORD, they did not comply with my advice, they spurned all my rebuke. Therefore they will eat from the fruit of their way, and they will be stuffed full of their own counsel. For the waywardness of the simpletons will kill them, and the careless ease of fools will destroy them. But the one who listens to me will live in security, and will be at ease from the dread of harm."

Proverbs 1:20-33

10 Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshipped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions.

Romans 1:24-26

10 And if He rescued Lot, a righteous man in anguish over the debauched lifestyle of lawless men, (for while he lived among them day after day, that righteous man was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard) – if so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from their trials, and to reserve the unrighteous for punishment at the day of judgment, especially those who indulge their fleshly desires and who despite authority.

II Peter 2:7-10

10 In Him we have redemption through HIS blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.

Ephesians 1:7

11 Marriage must be honored among all and the marriage bed kept undefiled, for God will judge fornicators and adulterers.

Hebrews 13:4

11 When there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but the one who keeps the law, blessed is he!

Proverbs 29:18

11 For we have already charged that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin, just as it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one, there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, not even one. Their throats are open graves, their deceive with their tongues, the poison of asps is under their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood, ruin and misery are in their paths, and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes."

Romans 3:9-18

12 But Jesus said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves in men's eyes, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly prized among men is utterly detestable in God's sight."

Luke 16:15

12 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 11:28-29

12 In Him we have redemption through HIS blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.

Ephesians 1:7