This song has been a favorite of mine ever since I stumbled across it last fall. I love the way Of Monsters and Men sound, but their lyrics are often quite nonsensical. Take, for example, their song “Dirty Paws.”
“Jumping up and down the floor,
My head is an animal.
And once there was an animal,
It had a son that mowed the lawn.
The son was an ok guy,
They had a pet dragonfly.
The dragonfly it ran away,
But it came back with a story to say.”
Really? If anyone can make sense of these lyrics, let me know. However, the lyrics to “King and Lionheart” ring clear and true to me.
Until tonight, I had always viewed this song from the perspective of a woman singing to her lover. She’s saying, you’re a king, so you’re strong and powerful, and I’m a lionheart, so I’m bold and courageous. It’s an anthem of the idea that together, we can do anything!
Tonight, however, I heard this song differently than I ever had before. I was lying on my bedroom floor, worrying. At the moment, life is just a tad bit scary. Yesterday, I moved home from college for the summer. This means readjusting to life at home, saying goodbye to dear friends, and testing if I’ve truly internalized the myriad of lessons I learned this year. Not to mention that I’m trying to work out a summer job, and I’m a bridesmaid in my best friend’s wedding in six days. Oh, and did I mention that I leave for Romania and Moldova in ten days? So as I was saying, life’s just a wee bit terrifying.
As I was lying on the floor listening to this song, however, it struck me that while this song could be a girl singing to a boy, it could just as easily be me singing to God. He’s the King, and He calls me to be His lionhearted disciple.
When I see the song in that light, I find it even more encouraging.
“Howling ghosts – they reappear In mountains that are stacked with fear” (King and Lionheart) “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33) “But you’re a king and I’m a lionheart.” (King and Lionheart) “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
This world is scary, but God is bigger than my fears. That’s the “He’s the King” part of the song. It’s a message I can never hear enough, and fortunately, I do hear this message often. A message I don’t hear often enough though is the lionheart part of the song. I am bigger than my fears! So I can move forward in courage, knowing not only whose I am, but who I am. I am a lionheart!