Tenth Avenue North – Times (Lyrics + Review)

Oleh: Tom
September 7, 2009

I was recently introduced to Tenth Avenue North while in Canada and they have quickly become my favourite and most listened to band. They have amazing heart-felt, worshipful music – without it being “typical church music”. The band has a way of addressing thoughts in a fresh and very melodic way, as is displayed in the song that I want to review today.

Below you can listen to one of their most amazing songs called Times. Listen to it and enjoy in praise and worship with Tenth Avenue North.

TIMES – Tenth Avenue North

Songs Theme:

This song beautifully portrays the call of a desperate person, searching for God in times of struggle and hardship. It expresses the need to tangibly experience God by feeling and hearing. You hear the writers struggle with feeling worthy of God’s touch and his inability to share with God the inner workings of his life, because he is too ashamed.

But the response by God in this song is what really makes this song such a refreshing and healing, as God responds to this persons cry with an amazing chorus going into great detail that His love is ALWAYS there, and NEVER FAILS!

Song Writing Style:

I love the creativity in the writing of this song. As you read the first verse you will notice a pattern evolving of each emotion being carried to the next emotion. This really draws the listener to the lyrics and really effectively communicates the emotions that the song writer is feeling.

The structure of this song is very unique also. It doesn’t seem to have a bridge, and seems to be very similar throughout, but this does not come across as a bad thing, but instead allows you to focus on the chorus (which happens to be quite long!)

The depth of the chorus is one other thing that I really like. While most writers would cut the chorus to 4-6 statements, you will find that the chorus is 15-20 statements long. This allows the writer to really express the love of God and cover all bases, without having to leave a time (where God’s love is present) out.


This is a beautifully written song, and sounds fantastic. I believe this song truly shows off the depth, talent and also worshippers heart of Tenth Avenue North, and I would strongly suggest that you at least check out this band.

Times – Tenth Avenue North (Lyrics)

I know i need you
I need to love you
I love to see you, and its been so long
i long to feel you
i feel this need for you’
and i need to hear you
is that so wrong?

now you pulled me near you
when we’re close i fear you
still im afraid to tell you
all that i’ve done
are you done forgiving?
or can you pass my pretending?
Lord i’m so tired of defending
what i’ve become
what have i become?

i hear you say “my love is over,
its underneath, its inside, its in between
the times you doubt me, when you can’t feel
the times that you’ve questioned ‘is this for real?’
the times you’ve broken, the times that you mend
the times you hate me and the times that you bend

well my love is over, its underneath
its inside, its in between,
these times you’re healing
and when your heart breaks
the times that you feel like you’ve fallen from grace
the times you’re hurting
the times that you heal
the times you go hungry and *are tempted* to steal
in times of confusion and chaos and pain
im there in your sorrow under the weight of your shame
im there through your heartache
im there in the storm
my love i will keep you by my power alone
i dont care where you’ve fallen, where you have been
i’ll never forsake you
my love never ends, it never ends

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