Ryan O'Neal

"One"

"One" (Spotify) is the seventeenth song (of 25) in my Atlas: Year Two series. The first song written for the "Enneagram" - 9 songs inspired by the 9 uniquely beautiful Enneagram Types.

Please enjoy this 1 hour+ episode of The Sleeping At Last Podcast, (iTunes) in which I pull "One" apart, layer by layer and explain what this song means to me, how it fits into my Atlas project and why I chose to write songs based on the Enneagram! Joined by my friend and Enneagram Expert, Chris Heuertz. 

lyrics:

ONE

hold on for a minute,
‘cause i believe that we can fix this over time,
that every imperfection is a lie.
or at least an interruption...
now hold on, let me finish.
no, i’m not saying perfect exists in this life,
but we’ll only know for certain if we try.

i want to sing a song worth singing,
i’ll write an anthem worth repeating.
i want to feel the transformation,
the melody of reformation.

but the list goes on forever,
of all the ways i could be better, in my mind.
as if i could earn God’s favor given time,
or at least “congratulations”...

now, i have learned my lesson;
the price of this so-called perfection is everything.
i’ve spent my whole life searching desperately
to find out that grace requires nothing of me.

i want to sing a song worth singing,
i’ll write an anthem worth repeating.
i want to feel the transformation,
the melody of reformation.

i’ll hold it all more loosely,
and yet somehow much more dearly,
‘cause i’ve spent my whole life searching desperately
to find out that grace requires nothing.
grace requires nothing of me.