The Prayer Position


Now! Peel the skin back from the flesh. Steal the flesh back from the starving static minds. From nature we must stray, to clarity we'll climb. Deadly impulse seems so natural, just look beyond it and we'll find a brand new evolution. Here begins a brand new line. And in the distance there's a gathering, that no longer seems so far away. Pushed to our knees so let us pray, and all together we'll bring the real rain. Watch all that's wasted wash away, so let it come. Our will be done. Stature retrieved, regain our form. Break free from instinct that's left us all confined. From nature we must stray to clarity we'll climb. Tradition ingrained, now impermissible. Now comes a call for all to find a brand new evolution. Here begins a brand new line. I can't help but fear, look to my species and tremble, to think that God is just... And in the distance there's a gathering that no longer seems so far away.

I dont completly understand the whole of the song but one main theme is definitely Daves thoughts towards religion. I believe that he has a view that people blindly follow religion because its a tradition or they are unsure.
"Tradition ingrained, now impermissible"
"Break free from instinct"
I think that he believes people need to think to the possibility that there may not be an afterlife or if there is, its may be considerably different to our perceptions.
"starving static minds"
"tremble to think that God is just..."

The line; "in the distance theres a gathering" is confusing. It seems refer to the afterlife but the rest of the lyrics suggest Dave doesn't believe in that. An alternate interpretation could be that the gathering crowd are atheists and they are growing.
Posted by: Steve