New Caedmon’s Call tune exceeds Expectations

Today Caedmon’s Call leaked one of the tracks to their upcoming album Overdressed. It’s a tune called “Expectations,” which features Andrew Osenga and Danielle Young on vocals. The verses are laid over a scant rhythm guitar and are delivered in a style that reminds me a bit of Paul Simon.

To me the song seems to talk about the way we tend to sell Jesus like some kind of cosmic cure all. Like if you just buy into this Jesus thing all your problems will disappear, flowers will bloom eternal and you’ll never see another grey sky for the rest of your days.

Of course the problem with this approach to “selling” Jesus is that it often sets “the buyer” up for tremendous disappointment and discouragement. So often the faith that’s marketed for public consumption looks quite a bit different once you’re on the journey. When the once smoothed over surface of faith wears down to reveal the jagged rocks beneath, we’re bound to experience some cuts and bruises as we travel.

This song explores that feeling of disillusionment. When you feel like you’ve been sold a bill of goods.

It’s a bold song considering Caedmon’s typically CCM audience. Questioning the fullness of Christian life – as it’s often sold to us – may raise a few suspicious eyebrows. But it’s a feeling many in the faith can identify with, and I’m glad they used their platform to address it.

You can hear the song below. It can be downloaded for free here. I’ve posted the lyrics in the comments section.

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5 thoughts on “New Caedmon’s Call tune exceeds Expectations

  1. Caedmon’s Call – Expectations

    That boy had the highest of expectations,
    When he heard that Jesus would fill him up.
    Maybe something got lost in the language,
    If this was full then why bother?

    This was not the way it looked on the billboard,
    Smiling family beaming down on the interstate.

    You know that we all try to blame someone,
    When our dreams won’t rise up from their sleep.
    And the reachin’ of the steeple felt like one more,
    Expensive ad for something cheap.

    This was not the way it looked on the billboard,
    Smiling family beaming down on the interstate.

    Dressed up nice for the congregation,
    Scared somebody’s gonna find him out.
    Through the dim and the clatter of the “Hallelujah’s,”
    The stained glass Jesus sings.

    This was not the way it looked on the billboard,
    Smiling family beaming down on the interstate.

  2. We’re super pumped about the new Caedmon’s CD (by we, I mean my husband and I). Paul (aka my husband) preached a sermon one time called “Take off your fig leaf and Get Real”…the name of the new album is “Overdressed” with a picture of a fig leaf on the cover. It just made us smile. I have always been a CC fan, so I’m glad to see that this CD will (or should) not disappoint. 🙂 Plus, Derek is back! What more could we ask for?!

  3. Yeah Lynn, I’m pretty excited about Derek being back too. I haven’t been into them much since he left.

    Does the mp3 sound drowsy to anyone? Like they took too much Benedryl before the started? It’s a fairly up tempo song, but for some reason the mp3 sounds sluggish in the Flash player.

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