TobyMac - 21 Years

Publikuar 10 Jan 2020
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"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.

  • TobyMac


    17 ditë më parë

    “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.

    • Anita Lee

      Anita Lee

      8 ditë më parë

      Dear Toby, I pray every day Your Dad gives you a vision of Alex having the time of his life up there until your pain becomes a treasure to bless others. May his nail scarred hands hold you up until this too shall pass. Love and blessings

    • Suz Graves

      Suz Graves

      15 ditë më parë

      Praying for you

    • BZimm84


      15 ditë më parë

      Sorry for your families loss. Know that we are there for you brother. "The Lord gives strength to his people, the Lord blesses his people with peace" Psalm 29:11.

    • Rickey H.

      Rickey H.

      16 ditë më parë

      Toby, thank you. I'm 23 and I grew up in a abusive Christian household where I thought I had to be perfect to be loved by God because that's how my worldly dad is. Sadly, I walked away from God and church, living in sin to cope with my circumstances. However, God had to wake me up by showing the repercussions of my sin to get my attention which made me turn to Him. I've been perusing God like crazy this past year. Through the healing and hurting, I had doubts if God would truly accept me back as His son. However, God is being a Father to me than I ever thought possible. God is always waiting for the prodigal son to come to the end of himself and to return to Him. He will accept the prodigal with open arms.

    • Chris Boyd

      Chris Boyd

      16 ditë më parë

      Continue to pray for you and your family

  • J McQuacks

    J McQuacks

    10 orë më parë

    I'm trying to figure out who would ever give this song a dislike..

  • Elizabeth zamarripa

    Elizabeth zamarripa

    11 orë më parë

    God has plans.No one knows when they're going to die

  • Aria Cheatham

    Aria Cheatham

    11 orë më parë

    If it wasn't so hard to cry I would weep!

  • Jessica Altier

    Jessica Altier

    11 orë më parë

    my best friend died today so i am going to listen to this everyday to remember him

  • Santos Castellanos

    Santos Castellanos

    11 orë më parë

    Sorry I said how did he dide

  • Santos Castellanos

    Santos Castellanos

    11 orë më parë

    How did he dude

  • Scott Kapalin

    Scott Kapalin

    12 orë më parë

    God Bless you Toby thank for this, I lost my daughter 3yrs ago today, I wish i could tell you it gets easier . I know if it weren't for God and the people he place in my life months before this tragic day that i would be more lost and lonely than ever . Thank you again and I'll be praying for you and your family.

  • Yelena Pashkovsky

    Yelena Pashkovsky

    12 orë më parë

    My husband died 5 months ago and I still talk to him in my heart

  • Yelena Pashkovsky

    Yelena Pashkovsky

    12 orë më parë

    May god bless your family

  • Lulya Yohannes

    Lulya Yohannes

    13 orë më parë

    I love Toby we are here to support you Toby

  • Lulya Yohannes

    Lulya Yohannes

    13 orë më parë

    Yeah I don’t understand how there is 1k dislike I mean like this song is so touching and beautiful

  • Renato Rocha

    Renato Rocha

    13 orë më parë

    The Best,🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷

  • Mia solano

    Mia solano

    13 orë më parë

    we are here for you . god will help you through these tough times.❤️💕

  • Jeremiah Prows

    Jeremiah Prows

    13 orë më parë

    I'm so sorry Toby. You and your family will be in my prayers. I know the pain you are feeling is at times overwhelming, just do your very best to take it step by step and day by day. You have written a beautiful song here. I'm sure your son would be proud.

  • Robert Laabs

    Robert Laabs

    13 orë më parë

    I wept when I first listened to Toby Mac’s song 21 years. I have a 22 year old son Joshua who has been estranged from me since he was 16. I have listened to Toby Mac’s music for years and have always appreciated the truth and honesty in the lyrics. Two songs I have been listening to A Lot lately have been “Til The Day I Die” and “Elements”, powerful songs. This song 21 Years has me a little troubled in my spirit. I know that the words are raw and heart felt during a horrible time, but are they True? A Mixed Message is being sent out, especially to young people who are watching this tragedy unfold. Here are some of the lyrics I am wrestling with; “Why did you give and take him away?” Reported by the Tennessean on Jan. 23, the autopsy confirms an accidental overdose. “Suddenly in could you not let it fade?” Opioid overdoses among young people are reaching alarming or epidemic levels. “Are you happy where you are?’ Toby knows what scripture teaches about Heaven and the incredible joy that awaits those who are in Christ Jesus. “GOD’s got you in Heaven, but I have you in my heart”. I went and listened to Truett’s music and looked at the videos he produced. Glorify GOD doesn’t seem to be included in his message, unlike his Father’s music. I don’t know where Truett is, but I think it may be a dangerous message to send young people, “that you can live for yourself and the pleasures of this world and end up in Heaven”. Praying for Toby and his whole family. In my humble opinion Toby needs to take some time off and really seek GOD’s face, that is what I am trying to do. Thanks

  • Tammy Rene' Johnson

    Tammy Rene' Johnson

    14 orë më parë

    Im pretty sure people's dislike button expressions are misunderstood. I believe they are liking the song but disliking the circumstances that caused it to be written. It's very sad. Such a tragedy.

  • Riahjonah Martinez

    Riahjonah Martinez

    15 orë më parë

    Love you toby

  • Mackenzie Boonstra

    Mackenzie Boonstra

    15 orë më parë

    This is an amazing song, Toby! Great job! I'm always praying for you!

  • Janice Stowers

    Janice Stowers

    15 orë më parë

    Toby god has your son hes ok

  • Kristen M

    Kristen M

    15 orë më parë

    I’m 21, I just lost my brother. He was 25. It seems so so unreal. Happy that’s he’s home now though, but God do we miss him.

  • asaph games

    asaph games

    16 orë më parë

    I'm sorry

  • Braeden Lawrence

    Braeden Lawrence

    18 orë më parë

    TobyMac your awesome

  • Liz Velasquez

    Liz Velasquez

    19 orë më parë

    Tears just flow..chills everytime. 💔

  • W M

    W M

    19 orë më parë

    "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding"

  • Ditza Heart

    Ditza Heart

    21 orë më parë

    Why would You give and then take him away? ....... man, a question with billion unknown answers :(

  • Maechë Treasures

    Maechë Treasures

    Ditë më parë

    It is slightly over a year my mum went to be with the Lord but it still feels like it happened yesterday. The pain and grief is so fresh. Though she was much older than your son, I feel she went too soon. I know I will never get over it but I've found some sort of strength and comfort in your song. Thank you for staying true to God. He didn't fail us and never will.

  • Tammy Green

    Tammy Green

    Ditë më parë


  • Ruthie Vacation

    Ruthie Vacation

    Ditë më parë

    Everyone has a story. Needing blessings of healing without words to describe the pain of loss that can only come from the living word of the HOLY SPIRIT. I miss hearing my little sister's laugh, my Nephew's visits. which both life"s were stolen. SO sorry for your loss YET thankful for hearing your your story. Bless you & Family. Bless All Families with the power of GOD'S word. When we are Faithless God is Faithful for he cannot deny himself. Yes they will forever be in Our hearts. God does not make mistakes to give us blessings of love & loss it. Praise the Mighty Name of Jesus to Never leave or forsake us! IT IS WRITTEN. Amen.

  • Aries Army

    Aries Army

    Ditë më parë

    This song hits me hard because I’m about to be 21 in April and I can imagine how much it hurts to lose your son especially at such a young age.

  • Justin Ritterbush

    Justin Ritterbush

    Ditë më parë

    Legitimately cried

  • Kiwi Parade

    Kiwi Parade

    Ditë më parë

    I saw you at Rock the Universe today, I just have to say we cannot at all imagine what pains you’re going through, but we are trusting God with you every step of the way. God bless you and your family.

  • Grant Bickerton

    Grant Bickerton

    Ditë më parë

    My prayers and tears are for your pain. I'm so sorry. All I can do is pray. Christ's love brother. Love you mate.

  • Milly Coriano

    Milly Coriano

    Ditë më parë

    Toby, your sons song Eyes or Moxie is gold! Such a beautiful young man!

  • sharita ash

    sharita ash

    Ditë më parë

    I am saddened by hiss loss, however, is his son in heaven? He overdosed on drugs. So were giving a green light to sin, doing drugs as we please and still go to heaven? I am not God. and dony know his state of mind when he died, but goodness why not think about that

  • Victoria Lake

    Victoria Lake

    Ditë më parë

    I am sharing what I just posted on a site with Truett's "Heaven". Previously I have never posted. I will share this with you now and hope, as I am quite certain, that you are surrounded by friends and family and certainly by your Heavenly Father and finding as much peace as can be at this time. Thank you for all of your music and the healing it provides to the ministry of Truth. God bless you.

    Previous post on Truett's video.

    The one year anniversary of my son's death due to the inclusion of fentanyl in his sadly functional heroin addiction is February 12. I could not be more appreciative and simultaneously horrified that the memorial song "21 Years" needed to be written by this family. In the early weeks all I could say, through a torrent of tears, was "I want him back" but was lovingly and firmly asked, "Would you really want him to continue to be in this anguish when he is now home with his Father? Whole, Happy and Redeemed." My selfish desires wash and wane and now I try to stay in gratitude that I had the privilege to be his Mom at all. I cannot imagine missing the joy we shared, even through the trials. The whole song, "21 Years", is like an anthem of all of my thought, (just replace 21 with 31) but phrased in such a more beautifully organized manner. The song closes so poignantly. "21 years, what a beautiful loan. 21 years, I love every one. Thank you, Lord, for my beautiful son." Amen.

  • Natalie Saad

    Natalie Saad

    Ditë më parë

    28 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

    2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.

    3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

    4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

    5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

    6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

    7 The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

    8 The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

    9 The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.

    10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee.

    11 And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

    12 The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

    13 And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:

    14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

  • Bubby’s World

    Bubby’s World

    Ditë më parë

    Oh my , what a beautiful tribute ❤️. I bet it was hard to sing that without crying. So sorry for your loss ❤️Will be praying for your healing

  • Tamara Nye

    Tamara Nye

    Ditë më parë

    God bless you and your family. Beautiful memorial and a powerful witness for others who may be going through this heartbreak.

  • Stiv Nile

    Stiv Nile

    Ditë më parë

    Why do you wear a fur hat in your latest album cover? Disappointed in you.

  • Dayana Shiplett

    Dayana Shiplett

    Ditë më parë

    Tears all over my eyes. I am sorry for the pain you are going through. May God comfort and your family.

  • Hudson Schulz

    Hudson Schulz

    Ditë më parë

    who even has time to go on youtube and dislike great videos like this one?

  • Molly Allen

    Molly Allen

    Ditë më parë

    I am sorry for the loss of your son. I had to witness this same grief with my parents when my brother died at the age of 20. No parent should outlive a child, and siblings were meant to grow old with each other. You and yours are in my prayers

  • ruth dians

    ruth dians

    Ditë më parë

    God bless you and the song is 👍

  • Carla H

    Carla H

    Ditë më parë

    17 years ago I lost my little girl my hart was tore to shreds the hardest thing I have ever been through! I was in a depressed state for a very long time. Last year her father passed away I felt like I couldn’t go on and I just said GOD! Please help me I’m falling apart I’m going all the way down! I then felt a wonderful peace come over me and I know now that was Jesus. Toby I Can’t wait to see u in st.louis mo. March 14th Love, Danika H

  • Ruthie Vacation

    Ruthie Vacation

    Ditë më parë


  • Crystal Marie

    Crystal Marie

    Ditë më parë

    that moment the instrumental hits after the bridge I can just feel his heart breaking and I start to cry every time
    Its such a beautiful song but tbh I avoid it bc its impossible for me to think about it without feeling depressed

  • Annette Menjivar Lagos

    Annette Menjivar Lagos

    Ditë më parë

    Be strong Toby Mac, GOD LOVES YOU

  • 9andacraft


    Ditë më parë

    so sorry to hear I have lost someone that I lost and I sucks but I know God has a plan and there was a reason,he still loves you.

  • Whitney Hamilton

    Whitney Hamilton

    Ditë më parë

    I grew up listening to Toby Mac in the 90s early 2000s... I can remember Truett being on different tracks.. Truedog especially. This whole video wrecked me

  • The_Merciful Underdog

    The_Merciful Underdog

    Ditë më parë

    Praying for you ! God will call you his friend!

  • Angelica Sanchez

    Angelica Sanchez

    Ditë më parë

    Listen to this song everyday 😭 lost my son to Sudden infant death when he was 2months I will never understand why but I will always strive to be with him at the end of this life 😭. •Lazarus King Barrera 👼🏻 05032017-07092017 “thank you lord for my beautiful son “

  • Karlie Brooks

    Karlie Brooks

    Ditë më parë

    It takes a lot of courage to battle something like the loss of a loved one and I admire Toby and his family for being so strong remember that me and a lot of other people are rooting for you and supporting you no matter what hang in there Toby ❤

  • PrettyGirlSwag


    Ditë më parë

    Ever thought that the people who disliked the video may be people who are in need of help, love, guidance, Jesus Christ? Some may have done it just because but some may actually be crying out for help and don't know how to get it so they dislike something like this. Idk but regardless there is a reason and we shouldn't judge because we have no real answer.

  • PrettyGirlSwag


    Ditë më parë

    This song means so much to me. My son passed May 19th, 2019. He was 6. I'm still grieving and it's hard but this song helps because I know I'm not alone. Thank you for this Toby. My prayers are with you as you go through the grieving and healing process.

  • Abigail Martinez

    Abigail Martinez

    Ditë më parë

    I’m so sorry for your loss I just lost my grandpa I’ve been the you’re son and my grandpa are now happy

  • L Grace Irwin

    L Grace Irwin

    Ditë më parë

    I am so sorry that you had to go through this. No one could have seen it coming. You are one of my family’s favorite Christian artists, and we were all shocked when we heard the news.
    Your son was beautiful, and so was the song. It was a stunning tribute to his life and to all that he was, to all that he meant to you, the rest of his family, and to all the people who were lucky enough to know him.
    Grief is a hard thing to go through, but just know that you’ve got a lot of people on your side, praying for you and asking God to show you unfailing love during this time in your life. My favorite part in the song is towards the end, when you shout and cry out. It was like you were letting every single emotion going through you out, declaring your pain to God, crying out to Him to heal your broken heart. I liked that. Some people think they have to bottle it up, but you didn’t. You were honest and human, and that’s one of the most beautiful things in this life.
    “God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 (NLT).
    “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalms 34:18 (NLT).
    “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Revelation 21:4 (NLT).
    “He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.” Psalms 147:3 (NLT).

  • Jeff Wilhelm

    Jeff Wilhelm

    Ditë më parë

    Since the day Truett passed, my mind keeps going back to the dcTalk "Supernatural" DVD, where Toby is talking about being a Father and there is footage of Tru pulling himself up in his crib. As a teenager, I looked up to Toby for his lyrics and music. All of these years later, I continue to look up to Toby, but not only as an artist, rather as a father and a husband. Toby and Amanda, odds are you will never read this and that is OK. Just know, and I am sure you do, you are loved and prayed for daily. My kids, Briley, Maddux and Decatur have been influenced by your music and my wife, Lindsay and I have been blown away with your strength and unrelenting faith in God throughout this.

  • Arnold Gambule

    Arnold Gambule

    Ditë më parë

    Thato Kufigwa I'll have you in my heart always

  • Isn't He Lovely

    Isn't He Lovely

    Ditë më parë