This is another song off my second album ("The Sword And The Stone") from 1987. Every single word on this whole album is either a quote straight from the Bible or a Bible quote personalized. This song is from Isaiah 58:5-8.
It's really about false humility as opposed to actually helping people. Religious people who act like they're better than everyone else have been around since even Isaiah's time. People who stop eating for a while to "prove" their own holiness but won't lift a finger to help anyone else are still around today. The real "fast" God wants us to choose is to "loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke". Basically, God wants us to help people get free from whatever oppression they are under.
Musically, this song was quite obviously inspired by Pink Floyd. The idea of the acoustic guitar intro and the following acoustic solo were inspired by the structure of Floyd's "Wish You Were Here", although it's entirely different melodically.
Jim Seekamp: All Vocals, Guitars, Bass Guitar, Electronic Drums
The Chosen Fast (Isaiah 58:5-8) (Put to music on June 29, 1986)
Is this the kind of fasting I have chosen
Only a day for a man to humble himself
Is it only for bowing one's head like a reed
And for lying on sackcloth and ashes
Is that what you call a fast? A day acceptable to the Lord?
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
To loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
And to provide the poor wanderer with shelter
When you see the naked to clothe him
And not to turn away from your own flesh and blood
Then your light will break forth like the dawn
And your healing will quickly appear
Recorded at Exodus Studio in Northbrook, IL in 1987
Engineer: Rick Simmons