As we grow older, as men, we start to realize that our fathers and mentors don't have all the answers. What's worse is that we begin to see their faults and shortcomings. For some, this is merely the beginning of grace for humanity, in it's fallibility. But, for others, this realization becomes a conflict that devolves into resentment, bitterness, and deep rifts in their relationships. This song is about the latter.
Ivory Hill depicts the the selfish mentors and father-figures who gracelessly judge from their usurped positions of power, and exposes them for what they are. It is the hard line that needs to be drawn when a boy says "enough", and begins to focus on becoming his own man. Ivory Hill is not for the faint of Heart, but for the broken-hearted who need to sever toxic relationships in order to heal.
How does a Christian do this in a healthy and holy way?
“Distance,” along with the whole of the “Interim” EP, is about the tension of waiting for the fulfillment of the Lord’s promises — and not just the general ones listed in the scriptures, but the unique ones spoken by the Lord for the individual listener. These specific promise create in us a tension of two kinds: the pain of longing, and the joy of hope. The Lord has created this tension for us to experience His faithfulness, and "Distance" is a commitment to "wait on the Lord," trusting Him to fulfill all that He has promised. Instead of looking to soothe the tensions by worldly means, I would rather suffer through the waiting and know that in the end, it will all be worth it.
"... I can't buy comfort pyrite, so I'll keep waiting for hindsight."