David Dunn shares the Story Behind the Song “Spend A Life”

“I wrote “Spend A Life” because I had a kid. For the first time in my life, a timer started, and it was counting down the seconds I had left to raise my kid. An 18 year (or less) timer where my moment by moment decisions would effect my tiny human’s existence dramatically. And that got me thinking about the macro perspective of life. Everyone has a ticking clock from the moment they’re born, and some day that timer is going to go off…and then that’s it. That’s all you get. No resets or 5 minute snoozes – it’s done. And that will have been all the chance you got make a difference in the world around you. That was it. The sudden flash in the pan, that mist of vapor in the air we call ‘being alive.’ So the point of the song is this: Time is our most valuable resource, so let’s not spend it like it’s cheap.”

—David Dunn

Watch the new Official Music Video of “Spend a Life” here:

Watch the Acoustic version of “Spend a Life” here:

“Spend A Life” Lyrics
Everybody’s got a balance
But no one knows how much
There’s no way to run the numbers
No way to count it up
And we’re pouring out our fortunes
In the moments
Both the big and the small
Yea we gotta spend it all

All I have is what You gave
Watching seconds turn to days
I was made for more then just to watch it fly
A few more turns around the sun
Could be hundreds could be one
Show me how to spend the treasure of my time
Show me how to spend a life

I have never seen a tombstone
Say “I didn’t work enough”
Nobody ever heard a father say
“I held my kids to much”
God I wanna run after
What really matters
So remind me when I fall
How a good man spends it all

All I have is what You gave
Watching seconds turn to days
I was made for more then just to watch it fly
A few more turns around the sun
Could be hundreds could be one
Show me how to spend the treasure of my time
Show me how to spend a life

Don’t let me waste it
Don’t let lose it
Don’t let me steal it for myself
No
I know it’s precious
I know it’s priceless
I know my time is flying by

Show me how to spend a life

 

See David on Tour:
June 14- Abilene, KS
June 15- Concordia, KS
June 29- Richmond, IN
July 6- Kansas, OK
July 12- Olothe, CO
August 4- Abbotsford, Canada
August 10- Cape May, NJ
August 17- Arlington, SD
September 8- Ft. Wayne, IN

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Ross Cluver
Associate Publisher - Managing Editor

Ross Cluver is a 30 year Christian music veteran who has been with CCM Magazine since 1994. He is currently Associate Publisher at Salem Publishing & Managing Editor of CCM. Before coming to CCM, Ross managed the Harvest Rock Syndicate alternative Christian music magazine and also worked in concert promotion, artist management and radio. Send your industry news and press releases to Ross at: info@salempublishing.com

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