Outlier - Single Release
We are honored to release our first single as Weeping Hour. Outlier, in many ways, encapsulates the message of the band as it has endured minimal lyrical and musical changes since the early writing stages. For those that have may followed They Will Fall for any amount of time, the phrase “woe to those at ease” is most likely recognizable. From the time it was presented to us as a potential lyric, we quickly endorsed it as the anthem of not only the band, but as individuals.
An outlier is a person or thing situated away or detached from the main body or system. We believe that Jesus Christ was an Outlier. The Outlier. He took the formula to happiness and turned it on it’s head. He said that the poor would be rich, the mourners comforted, the hungry fulfilled, the humble exalted. These are not easy things to endorse as they war against our human nature. We are naturally slaves to ease, comfort, self-indulgence, our own paths to happiness and tragically, if we were honest, we would rather remain slaves to those things. As they provide enough pleasure to sustain until that familiar ‘ache’ returns. We would rather “stay asleep” as the writer would confess. We find ourselves questioning the intentions and teachings of Christ as they demand radical, internal changes to a person wanting to follow in His footsteps.
“Woe To Those At Ease” is not merely a statement to shame those that may have material wealth or generally have lived a comfortable life. It’s a warning to those that have placed their hope into those things in which we are all prone to doing. Pitying those who would rather have Earthly pleasures over eternal joy and peace. Pleading with us to not settle for temporary gain and gratification, but to lay our lives down for others as Christ would ultimately demonstrate on the cross. C.S Lewis says it perfectly,
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
We hope that the lyrics of Outlier challenge you as they have and continue to challenge us. Our desire is that our music accomplishes more than mere entertainment but provides a foundation for conversation whether it be with one of us or amongst yourselves. Thank you for caring about the art we create.
- Weeping Hour
“Woe to those at ease. We are sanctified by suffering”