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Tuesday Tunes: Something Holy

After writing songs for 25 years, I have written quite a few songs and most of them you’ve probably never heard. So, I thought I’d start a weekly “Tuesday Tunes” post to share some songs and the stories behind them. If you have a suggestion for a song you’d like to hear and know more about let me know! I’ll include a link to listen to a streaming version of the song, and an iTunes link in case you like it enough to buy it, the the song lyrics, and a tidbit about the writing of the song. How does that sound? So here we go…

LISTEN Something Holy – Julie de Azevedo

BUY on iTunes

STORY Behind the song “Something Holy”

I wrote this song in the early 2000’s during a time when I was acutely aware of my weaknesses and at the same time marveling at the atonement of Jesus Christ. How on earth can He take such a flawed person and make  ME holy? I know He can because I felt His healing before. This song “Something Holy” is my hope and my prayer that He will continue to purify me through His mercy and grace.

While I love being a performing songwriter, there is something really uncomfortable about the tendency for listeners to put me, or anyone else who is “on stage” on a pedestal, believing that somehow that I am more enlightened or spiritual because I can write songs. I decided a long time ago that if I was going to write songs, I would be totally honest about myself and my experience, refusing to sugar coat life. So, also in this song is my plea to listeners to see my humanness. I struggle. I am just like everyone else, totally flawed, and so in need of a savior every day.

From a production standpoint, I love how John Hancock’s string arrangements make this song soar. The frenetic guitar part in the verses fit so nicely with the angst of the lyrics “Tangled in a web of insecurity and pretense, demons run my head, there’s so much to feed on. Where is my freedom?”

The song and production came together in a powerful way, and the lyrical honesty make this song one of my favorites, so I decided to include it on my “best of” CD “Masterpiece” even though very few people have ever heard this song. Enjoy!


Something Holy
Words & Music: Julie de Azevedo
© 2001 Mohrgud Music (BMI)

Tangled in a web of insecurity and pretense
Demons run around my head
There’s so much to feed on
Where is my freedom

Julie de Azevedo

With this ego I’m entwined
I alone cannot unwind
Take this mess and make of it
Something holy somehow
Holy somehow

Take this broken crown
This tarnished halo slipping down
Take this broken crown and make it new
Take this hand me down tattered heart and soul that’s used
And make something holy
Something holy somehow

I feel it in my blood
A healing fire in my bones
Burn this flesh ‘til nothings left of what I once was
‘Til I’m overcome

Ashes ashes we fall down
We bruise our hearts and break our crowns
Take this dust and make of us
Something holy somehow
Holy somehow

Repeat Chorus

Somewhere sometime
Something holy
Somewhere sometime
Something holy only you can do
Only you can do

Repeat Chorus

About Dr. Julie Hanks, LCSW:
Dynamic self & relationship expert Dr. Julie de Azevedo Hanks, LCSW loves to make a difference for women. She owns Wasatch Family Therapy and regularly contributes to TV Shows and her advice has been featured nationally including Wall Street Journal, Parenting, Fox News, and others. Connect on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter. Her books The Burnout Cure and The Assertiveness Guide are now available. Dr. Hanks is currently accepting coaching clients.

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