Redemption
Nathaniel Rateliff Lyrics


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In the hours that I've known
And of all of my woes
Are the cause to lay you low
I demand they turn to whole

Just set me free
Just set me free
As it takes it's hold
And it won't let you go
I'm reminded of the cold
And how it's taken so much from me
Are you worthy of being saved?
All your fears and insecurities

Just set me free
Just set me free
Just set me free

And there's nowhere to hide
And you're only just trying
Are there only just lies you hear?
While redemption seems far away
While I stumble through every day

Just set me free
Just set me free
Just set me free (set me free)
Just set me free

Just set me free
Keep running till we learn to find peace

Just set me free
Keep running till we learn to find peace

Just set me free
Keep running till we learn to find peace

Just set me free
Keep running till we learn to find peace





Just set me free

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Nathaniel Rateliff’s Redemption explore the theme of liberation and redemption from personal struggles and pain. The singer affirms that despite his current woes, he demands they turn to whole. He is in search of freedom and constantly repeats the phrase “just set me free”. The artist also questions the worthiness of being saved and whether one’s fears and insecurities play a role. The cold is referenced, perhaps as a metaphor for a sense of isolation, loss, and absence of warmth. As he stumbles through everyday life, he finds redemption seemingly far away.


The repetition of the chorus - Just set me free/keep running till we learn to find peace - can be interpreted in a couple of ways. The first could be that he is requesting his pain be taken away and for him to find peace. The second interpretation could be that he acknowledges one must keep on pushing through everything, even as we encounter obstacles and pain or while we stumble, to ultimately find redemption and peace.


Overall, the lyrics of Redemption are impactful and reflective. They touch on themes of pain, fear, redemption and the ongoing quest for personal liberation and inner peace.


Line by Line Meaning

In the hours that I've known
Despite only knowing you for a short time


And of all of my woes
Of all my troubles and sorrows


Are the cause to lay you low
They're responsible for bringing you down


I demand they turn to whole
I insist that they be resolved


Just set me free
Please release me


As it takes it's hold
As it takes control


And it won't let you go
And it won't release its grip on you


I'm reminded of the cold
I'm reminded of the bitterness


And how it's taken so much from me
And how it's caused me to lose so much


Are you worthy of being saved?
Do you deserve to be rescued?


All your fears and insecurities
All your worries and doubts


And there's nowhere to hide
And there's no place to conceal oneself


And you're only just trying
And you're only just making an effort


Are there only just lies you hear?
Are the only things you hear falsehoods?


While redemption seems far away
While being saved seems out of reach


While I stumble through every day
While I struggle through each day


Keep running till we learn to find peace
Keep going until we discover inner tranquility


Just set me free
Please release me


Just set me free
Please release me


Just set me free (set me free)
Please release me (let me go)


Just set me free
Please release me


Just set me free
Please release me


Just set me free
Please release me


Just set me free
Please release me


Keep running till we learn to find peace
Keep going until we discover inner tranquility


Just set me free
Please release me


Keep running till we learn to find peace
Keep going until we discover inner tranquility


Just set me free
Please release me


Keep running till we learn to find peace
Keep going until we discover inner tranquility


Just set me free
Please release me




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Nathaniel David Rateliff

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@Jukelikesgames

In the hours that I've known
And of all of my woes
Are the cause to lay you low
I demand they turn to whole
Would you set me free?
Just set me free
As it takes its hold
And it won't let you go
I'm reminded of the cold
And how it's taken so much from me
Are you worthy of being saved?
All your fears and insecurities
Just set me free
Just set me free
Just set me free
And there's nowhere to hide
And you're only just trying
Are there only just lies you hear?
While redemption seems far away
While I stumble through every day
Just set me free
Just set me free
Just set me free
Just set me free
Just set me free
Keep running 'til we learn to find peace
Just set me free
Keep running 'til we learn to find peace
Just set me free
Keep running 'til we learn to find peace
Just set me free
Keep running 'til we learn to find peace
Just set me free



@josephfriend7442

Well hell, my demons have been with me for so long I could no longer tell if they are friend or foe, and part of me is sure I'll walk on down the road and still never truly know


Constant companions through it all, when laid low, or in times when I stood tall, unwanted, ubidden, and they 'mind  me of memories I'd rather keep hidden 


Left shoulder, right shoulder, there they perched as if on castle walls like the gargoyles of auld, and they whispered to me in sinister rote as if my future was foretold 


They sat on gray stone ramparts built high and wide, and served to keep at bay the truth of my existence, so I resolved to to break through to the other side


To evade the falseness that had so long been made to feel real, to finally find what heart and soul sought, that had time and time once more fallen in silent appeal
   ~Ramparts~

A Rogue's poem, by Joseph Friend



All comments from YouTube:

@caseybrown8722

I just got out of a 28 day rehabilitation program and this song was at the top of my recommended list here on youtube. I've been blasting this song all day and it has brought me to tears numerous times. It's exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you Nathaniel, for writing such a passionate, emotional plea for peace and understanding. This song will be a daily reminder to seek the best in myself and the world around me.

@edmonddantes9255

Stay strong brother, I know nowadays there seems to be alot of division between people because of who they support politically, and I will be the first to admit myself that I have done quite a bit of Trolling online. But, after seeing your post, I want to say, from the bottom of my heart, that I hope you continue down the right path, and honest to god, I am cheering for your continued success.At the end of it all, we are all humans!

@vsutp

one moment of a day at a time. Keep on walking and one day you will look back and see all the people walking with you.

@rdwngdblkbrd629

We all are looking for Redemption, for one reason or another, in our lives. Maybe we made a bad decision, maybe we fell in life, maybe we did something we aren’t proud of. Maybe we feel unworthy. Maybe we are struggling to find that worthiness. Maybe we feel we were dealt a bad hand in life. Whatever it may be, We can, will and do find that redemption. The easy part is finding it from others. The hardest part is finding it in ourselves. Trust me, once it is found in ourselves, that is where we start to find that Peace. We start to find our true selves. We start to find worthiness in ourselves. It is then, that our lives start to define us. It is then that we find purpose in ourselves. My Wish is, that you start to see Redemption coming within you and your life. You deserve it. I know you will find it. I believe in you. Believing in yourself, is the hardest part, however, that is where you will find your Redemption.

@travishabursky4362

From someone with a few coins themselves, take it one day at a time. The first year is always the hardest and I know you can do it.

@m.forbes8550

That's awesome! My SO recently got out of one and it takes courage! One day at a time and you have this! From one human to another - I will not drink with you today! <3 Good for you man!

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@Pauly85

My dad just died last night, 01 Jan 2022 after a hard but short battle with pancreatic cancer. This is the song that was playing. It is and will always be a dear and special song to me.

@christopherroberts1283

I'm sorry Paul. I losty dad February 26th this year. Hurts. I miss dad

@judasfrombrasil

So sorry dude

@grizlybradgaming

Love you bro.

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