TobyMac – 21 Years


“21 Years” by TobyMac.
The official video for the song.

Woke up cuz the light poured in
Day 2 let the flood begin
Day 1 left me in my bed
I can barely remember it
Heart shattered in a thousand ways
They tell me pain gonna come in waves
They tell me I’m gonna be ok
I’m still waiting for the first to break

Why would You give and then take him away
Suddenly end could You not let it fade
What I would give for a couple of days, a couple of days

Is it just across the Jordan
Or a city in the stars
Are you singing with the angels
Are you happy where you are
Well until this show is over
And you run into my arms
God has you in heaven
But I have you in my heart

I just can’t make sense of this
Everything is so dissonant
Somebody said he was meant for this
But I’m just straight missing him
I wanna wake up to your laugh at 2
Catch you when you steal my shoes
Say good morning, afternoon
Talk you through those “Alex blues”
Listen to your latest beats
Talk about what the lyrics mean
Venmo you another loan
See you do your 2nd show

You said you’d turn, you would turn it around
Thought that you had time to straighten it out
Told me that you were my prodigal son
But this isn’t home

Did he see You from a long way off
Running to him with a Father’s heart
Did You wrap him up inside Your arms
And let him know, that he’s home

21 years makes a man full-grown
21 years, what a beautiful loan
21 years, I loved every one
Thank you, Lord, for my beautiful son

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Music video by TobyMac performing 21 Years. © 2020 F.L. Inc., under exclusive license to Capitol CMG, Inc.


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  • “21 Years” is a song I wrote about the recent passing of my firstborn son, Truett Foster McKeehan. I loved him with all my heart. Until something in life hits you this hard, you never know how you will handle it. I am thankful that I have been surrounded by love, starting with God’s and extending to community near and far that have walked with us and carried us every day. Writing this song felt like an honest confession of the questions, pain, anger, doubt, mercy and promise that describes the journey I’m probably only beginning. The rest is yet to come. One thing I know is that I am not alone. God didn’t promise us a life of no pain or even tragic death, but He did promise He would never leave us or forsake us. And I’m holding dearly to that promise for my son as well as myself.

  • We are running out of time. You all have people you know in your lives that are on the cusp of allowing Jesus to have authority in their lives. Buy and sell truth, never compromise. @TobyMac, May the grace and peace of God be yours in this time of trial. Thank you for sharing your brokeness. @everyone else; Our opportunities will not always be there. Jesus, the only ladder to heaven.

  • Oh wow. Just learned about this today, May 3, 2020. Yeah, I'm crying. I watched a movie a few years back where they portrayed a woman losing her son. They were in church at the funeral & the mother looked at someone & said ' Now I know how He feels". GOD. He watched His only son die also." But then he was home & the rejoicing was great. I took care of both my parents until they passed on. It's so hard to remain & deal with the silly details of paperwork we humans have made for ourselves when all you want in the world is one more day, year, or lifetime with them again. We have heaven & a homecoming to look forward to. Imagine the poor lost souls who just wonder how it all ends. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine. God bless you & your family, TM.

  • It's amazing how beautiful the christian community is. There is so much faith in the comments. This is the company that will press on into the things of God irrespective of what happens. God has everyone in his hands, in his thoughts and in his heart and he'll heal every pain that life brings.

  • I lost my mom to cancer may 4th 2012, and this song helps me so much. She loved your music so much that we named our dog after you. She told me about your music when I was a teenager and now at 24 years I still listen to all your music. Toby Mac, I am so sorry for your loss, it's always hard losing a loved one. You are in my prayers

  • Each time I hear you cry out from your heart, at the end of this song, that heartrending cry to God, for your loss of your son and not knowing how to fix it , it pierces my soul , and tears well up run down my cheeks. Only a man who has experienced deep grief and loss can understand and can hear and feel that kind voice that comes for the depth of soul of a father's love and loss. Love you man. Love your music. And yes, Truett is in our Father's Arms in spite of our mistakes…. our day will come too….when we will cross over…and it never God's Will for him to go …we live in a broken world….for the devil comes to kill, steal and destroy.. Jesus came to give Life…..

  • I'm so sorry Tony Mac I'm so sorry for your loss but just remember that God will have you

  • Toby you bring so much joy to my life, when I'm having a bad day one of your songs comes on and you remind me that I'm love by God!!! Thank you, love you!!

  • Your my hero Tobymac making this song proves that you are the greatest artist.

  • His death wasn’t about you…. Let’s all about him. The reality that can help others….

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