Glenn kaiser lyrics

Swamp Gas Messiahs (2020)

 

 

 

 

 

O BABYLON
Babylon - O Babylon! (3x)
Wake up from your sleep!

Ya babble on - babble on! (3x)
God knows you're in too deep!

No wall will hold - no wall will hold! (3x)
Before God's judgment seat!

The towers built - the towers built (3x)
Will fall before His feet!

Change your ways - change your ways! (3x)
Feed My lambs and sheep!

I HEAR TALK 
I hear talk about Chicago
With our gangs and the violence of guns
As I travel the rural states of this land
The opioid crisis don't walk - no, it runs
And the right and the left and the middle
Don't want it on their front lawns
While the most moneyed politicians
Talk and talk while corporate mouths yawn

Visit the jails and the prisons
From sea to shining sea
Visit the courtrooms and laws on the books
And tell me that freedom is free
When it's sold to the highest bidder
When their bank account is kept safe
Offshore, upscale, political cronies
In these United States

The talk I hear over and over
Love takes a backseat to loot
Money buys power and fascist prestige
And the marginalized get the boot
I write this song on Veteran's Day
With the millions of flags over millions of graves
And I wonder - who are the slaves?
Those who whitewash the truth away

EDUCATED GUESS
Last night I heard tell of a patriot
And mostly he is smilin'
Like a president for the one percent
Bank accounts in the offshore islands

If I'm right
I think I've been left
Just an educated guess

Conspiracy theories don't pay my bills
Nor do trickle-down ethics heal my ills
It's the talk of caring when outsourcing rules
And they literally bank on a nation of fools

Been a student of history, profit and loss
The power of money regardless the cost
The rich and the shameless focus on gain
As long as we're buyin' they'll sell us the same

WHITE/RIGHT (HISTORY LESSON) 
Gonna tell you a story
About a nation I love
Some ain't gonna like it
Want me to shut up
From the east to the west
The land grab came
We sent them packin'
Plenty to an early grave

History ain't a liar
When your face was red
White man decided
You were better off dead
Might makes right y'all
Manifest destiny
Expand that empire
Justice free

Got to understand
They had to expand
With the power of weapons
Got to get that land
It's the history of humankind
Unkind, subhuman
Mercy gets left behind
On the road to ruin

Think what you like
Say it loud and proud
White covered in red
Blood cries out from the ground  

WORKING POOR
Rustbelt trains keep rollin' on
Movin' Chinese goods to every town
The union songs ain't sung much more
Wall Street barons closed the store
Welcome to the ranks of the working poor
Welcome to the ranks of the working poor

College grads go back to school
No livin' wage but you ain't no fool
Women's pay is on the floor
The boss man chooses, that's for sure
The boss man chooses, that's for sure

They told us if we worked real hard
We'd own a fine house with a dog in the yard
That we could be anything that we chose
The emperor's wearin' his new clothes

Hey hey ho ho activist
No sense hangin' like a passive fist
Most sit on the couch an' just complain
Dance between drops in a soakin' rain

Artful Dodgers at our core
Or we hide inside an' lock the door
Silent architects of the working poor
Hail the architects of the working poor

FAKE 
Fake you, fake them
Fake us, fakin' it again
Lyin' dogs in a fake sun
Fake social media
Political gun

I’m so sick of it
We’re in the thick of it
Sleight-of-hand deflection
Reality shows
Bank account grows
Fake wins election

Fake love, real guile
Fake news every once in a while
Fake concern all across the aisle
Little fake god with a phoney smile

Fake this, and fake that
If we don't like it
It's fake, an' that's that
Fake information from the father of lies
Fake salvation shouldn't be a surprise

MOTHER OF EXILES
You might be different
You might be strange
Probably come
From some other place
You dress pretty funny
An' what an odd name
Why don't you go back
From wherever you came

Give me your tired
Give me your poor
The wretched refuse
Of your teeming shore
Send these, the homeless
To our golden door...
But does the mother of exiles
Shine anymore?

They came from the north
The south, east and west
We welcomed them sometimes
And near-passed the test
But those differences
That we might celebrate
Seemed to challenge our power
And made us irate
It seemed competition
To who we'd become
It was never an issue
‘Cuz we always won

The broken, the orphans
Returning vets
Minority people
And the tribes that are left
The foreigner, addict
And those we don't like
They boil up our fears
Challenged our way of life
To share became odious
Taxing us raw
Enough is enough...
We ain't open no more

Does the mother of exiles
Matter anymore?

MONEY TO BURN 
You impress the rich an' shameless
With millions in the bank
But silver, gold to have an' hold
Don't put love in their tank
Shoes ya wear to yer underwear
Won't put out the heat
For widows, orphans, mentally needy
Ya left out in the street
The stranded empty-handed
You gilded-caged ignore
Unless they pay homage
An' at your feet adore
Much is given, will be required
But to you more ain't enough
One above sees every deal
An' He will call yer bluff

Build bigger barns or towers
Executive privilege thick
Ain't real love or power
Just a little business trick
You talk like they're important
But only to your brand
The heart of the heartless
Is buried in the sand

There's One name under heaven
Which ought to cause concern
Yes One Who's up in heaven
Who ought to cause concern
The sickest truth some among us
Never seem to learn
That mountain of money
It's all gonna burn

It was just, only just
All just money to burn  

GREAT AGAIN
Money, power, all contain
Great temptation, lots to gain
Lookin' great in shameless fame
But it won't erase a common stain
 
Walk with Him in the cool of day
Gardeners with feet of clay
Feast on every sweet but one
Walk in faith or be undone
 
Humbly serve as you take
Mind the lies of talkin' snakes
I'm the answer to your cry
Launchin' codes, suit and tie

Emperor in serpent’s threads
Cull the living, curse the dead
Much is given, much required
Spent for heaven, spin for fire

Emperors in serpent’s threads
Cull the living, curse the dead
No one gets the best of me
All are false who disagree

Walk with Him in the cool of day
Gardeners with feet of clay
Feast on every sweet but one
Justice, mercy, humbly won

SELF DEFENSE
Go on take it off the rack
Tuck in, hear the action klack
Take aim and never once look back
In self defense
Drink deeply of the anger, fear
Tell yourself this is why you're here
Beam of light on the wounded deer
Trapped within the fence

You murdered him in self defense
Pulled the trigger every bullet spent
Not considering the pain, lament
Sucking smoke for air
This murder in self defense
No love nor kindly sense
Blood cries out
What do you care?

Find political will
Effective drugs to kill
Bullets, gas and still
History mocks your work
Shout the lie of your innocence
Self righteousness, ignorance
Your page at the end of time
Filthy rags and dirt

We murder in self defense
Pull the trigger with the words we sent
Divorce ourselves from the hell we fed our enemies
'Til every mouth and door are shut
We murder in self defense
Law for them, grace for me
Death for them, deaf for me

LOSER'S GAME
As we love the mountains
An' the hollows where you roam
Near the railroads and the rivers
Where you have made your home
We love you, yes we do!
Without you we grow pale
No cake no wake no funeral
Early piney box or nails

You're in our heart and in our lungs
Black and thick and fine
We breathe you as our daily bread
Ol' wineskins with old wine

Daddy and grand daddy too
Addicted to the work
For long years their women feared
But a man ignores the hurt
You may be the death of us
But we'll love you jus' the same
Ol' king coal you take your toll
No matter who's to blame
Ol' king coal you'll win the roll
‘Cuz change is a loser's game

We'll love you with all our heart
Love you 'til death do us part

THUG
Ya love a fight
Live spite
Must win
Ya love a beat-down
No mind
Mad kind
No time
To put your feet down

All about control
Three piece suit, flag on lapel
Just like thug gang-bangin'
The bitter pill gonna rot you whole

Gotta channel
Rage, fear
Play married
With every babe you leer
Top dog
In the vomit
Shout 'til burn-out
Hot like a comet

It's all about control
If they don't like it, heads gotta roll
It's all about you
Emperor dressed red, white an' blue

STRAW MAN 
Headlights are on
We hit the high beams
The margins crowd
Our American dream
You cannot trust
The underclass
While atlas shrugged
They ate our trash

O destiny, sweet destiny
Manifest your hold on me
O providence
Play our winning hand
Light the match
So burns the straw man

We are the kings
And queens of right
We back it up
With our sovereign might
Predestined lords
In this corrupt earth
Our noses long
By royal birth

We came we saw
And we conquered all
For God and man
Kings of the hill
We shall prevail
On blood-soaked land
Banking spoils of war
So burns the straw man

How dare the peasants disagree
We were born to rule
And them to poverty
Let justice roll
From our holy hand
Our might makes right
As we burn the straw man

In endless night
We keep command
Bright as our skin
We burn the straw man  

OIL TODAY 
Black is beautiful, when we strike with luck
Black is wonderful, when it makes a buck
Texas, Oklahoma, oh, you know it well
Fossil fuel the golden rule
An' send the earth to hell

Numb the pain
All is bright, all is gain
Sinkhole sweet, little quakes
Bankers grin, Trojan lakes

Oil today, gone tomorrow
Wealth, prestige, paves the sorrow
Climate change don't mean much
In an ivory tower power lunch

Jobs for the hungry mob
You worked for it, you did not rob
Silver, gold and sweetest crude
While you win the world will lose
Less for them, more for you
Black rainfall, environment blues

MARKET VALUE

Tyranny and fear
Hooded in the night

Grinning, lynching mobs
Stark in broad daylight


Selective memory
A privilege of white

Who say "How far we've come!"
Selective memory
A privilege of white
With ignorant eyes shut tight



Sold at market value
The root of evil grows

From ancient shores of promise
To brutal heat and cold


You say all lives matter
But you know who matters most

The black and brown
Not in your town
You say all lives matter
But you know who matters most

The black and brown
Not in your town
So many whipping posts



Black or brown or "other"
They are "the least"

Cells, bars, razor wire
Like racist acts, increase

So who does Jesus value?
Each and all "the least"

God will not be mocked
What we sow, we’re gonna reap

Sold at market value
The root of evil grows

From ancient shores of promise
To brutal heat and cold

You say all lives matter
But you know who matters most

The black and brown
Not in your town
So many whipping posts
Sold at market value
The root of evil grows
From ancient shores of promise
To brutal heat and cold

You say all lives matter
But you know who matters most

So many whipping posts

Sold at market value
Continues to this day

THE PRINCIPAL PRINCIPLE
All eyes on you - gotta be the main
Nobody comes close to you - can't beat you at your game
Ain't nothin' to be sorry for - as long as you're first
You're the winner, even when you lose - an' the truth gets worse

You're a person of principle - an' the principal is you
An ethical trainwreck - play the king, be the fool
You scold and belittle - don't dare disagree
But when the end comes around
Gonna be on your knees

At the sound of the last trump
Pride before the fall
The most powerful liar in the world
Will have nothin' to say at all

Could've cared about the widow
The homeless and the hurt
Could've cared for the planet
Took your pay from scorched earth
Made a fortune off a name
Bought a trophy wife
Built towers of babble
In exchange for a life

YOU AIN'T
Over the river
Middle of the night
Hunger in your belly
Violence an' fright
Speak a different language
Cook a different meal
They don't care what you think
They don't care how you feel
Add up the numbers
They will make it clear
They don't like your kind
You ain't welcome here

They love law
When it deals them a winnin' hand
Justice for the Natives and
Blacks in their land
Asians, Hispanics
Everybody's rights
Clean, bright, tidy
'Specially if you're white
Just so you'll understand
They will make it clear
Unless you're just like them
You ain't welcome here

A nation of immigrants
Civilized and armed
Saw the goods and conquered
Few became alarmed
But when time came to share the wealth
It was time to fight
Do before it's done to you
Might determines right
And they’re sayin' one more time
Rage, fear or tears
Mercy, justice, take a hike
You ain't welcome here  

MUD AND SPIT 
We need mud and spit for our eyes
And eyes to see, as you see
We need ears, to hear with our heart
Love to set, the captive free

Money won't do it
Power won't do it
Fear won't do it
Lies won't do it

We must go and wash like you said
We got to turn away from destruction
Move beyond vengeance and war
Lord how we need Your instruction

To do justice, to love mercy
To walk humbly with our God


 

live at cornerstone 2012 (2013)

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIVE YOUR LIFE FOR A CHANGE

Live your life for a change
Live your life for a change
You ain't gonna take it with you no how
Live your life for a change
And you won't be ashamed
Live your life for a change right now

Make a difference in this world
Make a difference in this world
Make a difference in this world somehow
Put your pride up on the shelf
Don't just do it for yourself
Make a difference in this world somehow

See your brother and your sister
Your family and friends
Your enemy and your father 
As your family in the end
One day we will answer 
For the love we did not send
Live your life for a change right now

Live your life for a change
Live your life for a change
You ain't gonna take it with you no how
Live your life for a change
And you won't be ashamed
Live your life for a change right now

WITNESS CLOUD

We are surrounded (3x)
We are surrounded by the witness cloud (2x)

Fire in the night-time
Fire at night
He separated darkness and light
He's the still small voice
He's the thunder loud
We are surrounded by the witness cloud

Drop all the weight
Of the sin an' the shame
Don't be entangled with worldly gain
You need all that endurance
Before the trumpet sounds
We're all surrounded by the witness cloud

He knows your address
He knows your name
He knows all about ya
From whence you came
And He gave us witnesses
Above and around 
We're all surrounded by the witness cloud

LONG WAY FROM MY HOME

Tonight I am missin' you
Oh, tonight I am missin' you
In the light of day
I had lost my way
Tonight I'm missing you

I never thought I would come this far
I never thought I would come this far
I have come through such pain
In the strenth of your Name
I never thought I would come this far

I am a long. long way from my home
I am a long, long way from my home
I've been a pilgrim on this earth
Since the day of my birth
I'm a long way from my home

Tonight I'm sittin' on this porch in the rain
Tonight I'm sittin' on this porch in the rain
Hallelujah by and by
I will meet you in the sky
I am a long, long way from my home
I am a long, long way from my home

I've been a pilgrim on this earth
Since the day of my new birth
I am a long, long way from my home
I am a long, long way from my true home

SWEET HOME CHICAGO
Robert Johnson

Come on, baby, don't you wanna go
Come on, baby, don't you wanna go
To that same old place
Sweet home Chicago

Well, I might take a plane
I might take a train
If I gotta walk, I'm gonna go just the same
Come on, baby, don't you wanna go
To that same old place
Sweet home Chicago

One and one is two
Two and two is four
I'm __
Come on, baby, don't you wanna go
To that same old place
Sweet home Chicago

Come on, baby, don't you wanna go
Come on, baby, you got to go
If you love your Lord
Aw, tell Him in Chicago

REPURPOSED
I Never cared about the environment
Till I got older 
Never understood why
Some kept their house colder
Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust
Everything dies
All turns to rust

We're learnin’ to recycle
Keepin' the earth be green
We do it with the elements
But what about the people we meet?

Just wanted to be left alone
“Live and let live” they say
I’ll try to give you your space
We can share the right of way
Then the boss said “Thanks” and “Goodbye”
Then I got sick
Wall Street turned to Hell Street
And I missed every trick

The poor get recycled
The rich still roll in green
Buyin’ an’ sellin’ the elements
Tell me who is served by greed?

Salvation knockin' on my door
Didn't know that I was lost
Studied causes, history 
That end with a cross
But I've been repurposed
And I cannot pretend
That bein' happy, satisfied
Is the beginning and end

The rich get richer 
And the poor
They don't roll in no green
We do it with the elements
But what about the people we meet?

AMAZING GRACE TRAIN
Instrumental (Harmonica solo by Joe Filisko)

TWELVE GATES TO THE CITY
Joe Filisko

Oh, what a beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
God knows what a beautiful city
___? Hallelu

IN THE LIGHT OF THE MORNING STAR

The sun comes peakin' over the hill
Here I am with an old bent heart
Sayin' Savior I will walk this day
In the light of the mornin' star 

Savior, Savior
I'm so glad I know who you are
God grant me just to walk with thee
In the light of the mornin' star 

The moon comes out
Shinin' on the earth, what a wonderful thing to behold
But one day, I know, we have been foretold 
We will walk on streets of gold 

Holy Ghost you point my way 
To the Prince of the heavenly host
That I might be all I could be 
For the one who loves me most 

URBAN HOBO
The cops keep movin’ me
Thugs keep movin’ me
The weather keeps movin’ me
Even the birds keep movin’ me
I just keep movin’
Cuz I got no home

Eighteen or eighty-eight
No palace, wall or gate
Sometimes a factory grate
In each an’ every state
I jus’ keep movin’

By chance or sometimes choice
No address, no voice
Tryin’ to beat the heat and cold
I'm just an urban hobo


WHAT YOU DID

I was hungry and you fed me
I was thirsty and you gave me drink
I was a stranger 
And you took me in your house
I needed clothing
You covered me

I was sick and you gave me care
I was a prisoner and you came to me there
You're gonna ask when was this?
Lord, how could that be?
What you did for the least 
Child, you did to me

What you did for the least
You did to me
What you did for the least
The least of these
One day we're gonna ask when was this?
Lord, how could that be?
What you did for the least 
Child, you did to me

IF I LEAVE THIS WORLD TOMORROW

If you leave this world tomorrow
What in the world you gonna leave behind? (2 x)
There is too much pain and misery
Too much heartache, too much cryin'

I been all around this world
Sin an' love are all we know (2 x)
O God I wanna trust in your mercy
And not just for me
Share your mercy where I go

If I leave this world tomorrow
Let me leave a little love behind
There's just too much pain and misery
In this world
Too much heartache, too much cryin'

Cardboard Box

cardboard box (2011)

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNEMPLOYMENT BLUES

You give no indication
No look into my eyes
I don’t want no pity
Just don’t wanna be despised
Don’t want pity
Just a place to lay my head
Cold can be a killer
Sometimes heat is just as bad
No I got no family
Yes I stole to eat
When nobody’s hirin’
No bread and no meat
Nobody’s hirin’
Do what I can to get a meal
Low down dirty world
When survival means to steal
Somebody saw my face
They even asked my name
Told me ‘bout a place
Where I could find my way
They seemed to care
I got nothin’ left to lose
But my achin’ head
An’ this unemployment blues

LOADING DOCK

In Chicago there’s an underground
Below the city, right downtown
In the nights, cold and dark
Rolled up in blankets, rags and scarves
Time forgot
People too
Alcohol Drugs and abuse
Mental illness
Personal sin
Society’s greed says
They ain’t gonna win
They lit a candle by the Loading Dock
Held hands an’ prayed where the Homeless flock
Tough, relentless
Tryin’ to cope
Another died
An’ they’re starvin’ for hope
Pilate drives by
Fast as he can
These nameless These faceless
Got unwashed hands
Survival warfare in this Urban squeeze
Ain’t no sin in dyin’
Between two thieves

OPPORTUNITY DANCE

I don’t know who to trust
But I know I can’t make it on my own
Livin’ in the street Is beatin’ me down
Cuttin’ right to the bone
Been a long time since I had a family
Or a place of my own
Tired a livin’ like this
Gotta be another way
I know it down in my soul
The sun streams in
Touchin’ my bed
It’s a brand new day
Opportunity came
So I took the chance
To walk a different way
Food on my plate
Pillow on my bed
Learnin’ new things
Maybe love is real
Maybe I can feel
The brush of angel wings
Ain’t all I want
But most of my needs
Are bein’ met
Shelter helpin’ me
Gettin’ on my feet I’m not finished yet
God cares about me I’m beginnin’ to see
This is for the best
Someone’s got my back
Faith becomin’ fact
There is a table set

THE PROTEST

Jackie goes to bed at night
Beneath the railroad bridge
Sleeps in fifteen minute slots
Upon a steel ledge
Race you rats; you run and run
And never stop to see
What’s done can never be undone
And you will never be
Anything else under the sun
The trains above are filled with folk
Who work the downtown towers
They buy esteem, pay for respect
With arrogance and dollars
By day they push and shove their way
Past Jackie’s upheld palm
They throw some pennies on the street
A task for Uncle Tom
Then one night Jackie’d had enough
She raised a fist on high
A protest from the underground
A prayer up to the sky Just then the
Red Line hit the bridge
And Jackie screamed in pain
The citizens all gathered round
The blood left by the train
The gapers slowed the traffic down
The mayor came to clean and jerk
So no one in his town no matter what
Was late for work
And there the fist lies ‘tween the tracks
A mute and awful sight
The citizens don’t know or care
Where Jackie sleeps tonight

STREET TALK

Ain’t always pretty
Ain’t always warm
Ain’t always dry
When it storms
Ain’t always sweet
Ain’t always fine
But it’s familiar
An’ it’s mine In the street
I know my way around
I can be myself
Alone or in a crowd
Hot in the summer
Cold Christmas time
Wet in the spring
But fall can be kind
Sleep in the park
My bed is free
Layin’ in the dark It’s what I see
Sometimes I admit It’s not much fun
Sometimes lonely
Under the sun
Sittin’ on benches
Sometimes I walk
Man if these alleys
An’ streets could talk
People don’t know
How I came to be
Lost my poor Mary
Sick as could be
Started to drink my sorrow away
Lost everything
So here I will stay
No ain’t always pretty
Ain’t always warm
Ain’t always dry
Tough when it storms
Like a thief on a cross
Sometimes I bleed
But I know the street
An’ the street knows me

LIVIN’ IN A CARDBOARD BOX

Once was a husband
Things went south
Had us a home ‘
Til we lost our house
Wall Street broker
Trashed our stocks
Economy folded
Livin’ in a cardboard box
No matter the weather
Nothin’ feels right
Scorchin’ in daylight
Freezin’ at night
Beatin’ the pavement
Holes in my socks
Don’t seem to fit
Nothin’ but a cardboard box
People, they stare
Aw -they just don’t know
Or look right past me
How’d I get so low?
Needin’ an address
Needin’ a job
A lil’ understanding
Don’t need to rob
All they can see
Are birds of a flock
God have mercy
Get me outta this cardboard box

REPURPOSED

Never cared about the environment
Until I got older
Never understood why
Some people kept their house colder
Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust
Everything dies
All turns to rust
We are learnin’ to recycle
How to help the earth be green
We can do it with the elements
So what about the people we meet?
Just wanted to be left alone “
Live and let live” they say
I’ll try to give you your space
We can share the right of way
Then the boss said “
Thanks” and “Goodbye”
An’ then I got sick
Wall Street became Hell Street
Seemed I missed every trick
The poor get recycled
The rich still roll in green
Buyin’ an’ sellin’ the elements
Tell me who is served by greed?
Salvation knocked on my door
I never knew I was lost
Though a student of history
And causes that end with a cross
I myself been repurposed
I can no longer pretend
That when I’m happy and satisfied
That’s the beginning and end
We’re learnin’ to recycle
Helpin’ the earth to green
Carin’ more for the planet
So what about the people we meet?

URBAN HOBO

The cops keep movin’ me
Thugs keep movin’ me
The weather keeps movin’ me
The birds keep movin’ me
I keep on movin’
Cuz I got no home
Eighteen or eighty-eight
No palace, wall or gate
Now an’ then a factory grate
In each an’ every state
I jus’ keep movin’
Cuz I got no home
By chance and sometimes choice
No address, no voice
Tryin’ to beat the heat and cold
Just an urban hobo

POVERTY BLUES

If all the toys from China were fully free of lead
If all the gold on Wall Street paid off the national debt
If every add on tv showed what you’d really get
The poor would still be with us
And we would still forget
If politicians told the truth
If mail got delivered on time
If you never lost your keys
If children never whined
If every day was a sleep-in day
And we always felt fully fine
The poor would still be with us
An’ we’d still clear ‘em from our mind
There is somethin’ about comfort
It blinds us, closes our ears
When we feel no pain
We do not share their tears
I’m feelin’ insulated
My job is secure
I ain’t worried ‘bout one thing
No immigrants near here
My kids speak perfect English
You know I voted right
Got lots of ammunition
I sleep real good at night
Those who want a handout
Or a hand up, either way
It’s a cruel world
Go get your own
Or just go away

HOLD ME

Jesus hold me in your heart (4x)

Only your love lifts me up
From sad sorrow’s pulling down
I cannot save myself you know
I feel as though I might drown In the tears
I cannot cry
They run too deep for me to try
Secret grief I cannot bear
Unknown person to even me
My emptiness is everywhere
Flat-line emotionally
Sorrow’s coat around my shoulders
Can’t shake this dark-leaved tree
Sweet mother read your poetry
Do not now fade away from me
I know that death knows my name
Do not go, don’t take your grace
Darkness pressed to candle flame
Touch my old man child's face
No heroes on this grey morning
No heroes, no not me
The sky is dark I feel so old
Tears too deep to find release
Fear threatening to remove your love In this night
I plead your peace

LIVE YOUR LIFE FOR A CHANGE

Live your life for a change
Live your life for a change
You ain't gonna take it with you no how
Live your life for a change
And you won't be ashamed
Live your life for a change right now

Make a difference in this world
Make a difference in this world
Make a difference in this world somehow
Don't just do it for yourself
Put your pride up on the shelf
Make a difference in this world somehow

See your brother and your sister
Your enemy and friend
Your mother and your father 
As your family in the end
One day we will answer 
For the love we did not send
Live your life for a change right now

Live your life for a change
Live your life for a change
Live your life for a change right now
Live your life for a change
And you won't be ashamed
Live your life for a change right now

WHAT YOU DID

I was hungry and you fed me
I was thirsty and you gave me drink
I was a stranger and you took me in I needed clothing, you covered me
I was sick and you gave me care
I was in prison and you came to me there
You ask when was this, how could this be?
What you did for the least you did for me
What you did for the least (3x)
You did for me
You ask when was this, how could this be?
What you did for the least child, you did to me
He was hungry and you fed him
She was thirsty and you gave her a drink
She was a stranger and you took her in your house
He needed clothing and you covered him

Bound for Glory

Bound for glory (2006)










 

 

GOD’S NOT DEAD

God's not dead, He's still alive
I'm singin' God's not dead, He's still alive
I'm singin' God's not dead, He's still alive
I feel Him all over me

God's not dead, He's still alive
I'm singin' God's not dead, He's still alive
I'm singin' God's not dead, He's still alive
I feel Him in my hands
I feel Him in my feet
I feel Him in my heart
I feel Him in my soul
I feel Him all over me

I'm gonna sing, I'm gonna shout
I'm gonna sing, I'm gonna shout
Praise the Lord
When those gates are open wide
I'm gonna sit by Jesus' side
I'm gonna sing, I'm gonna shout
Praise the Lord

I’VE BEEN REDEEMED

I've been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb
I've been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb
I've been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb
Filled with the Holy Ghost I am
All my sins are washed away I've been redeemed

And that's not all there's more besides
And that's not all there's more besides
And that's not all there's more besides
I've been to the river I've been baptized
All my sins are washed away I've been redeemed

I've you get there before I do
I've you get there before I do
I've you get there before I do
Tell my friends I'm comin' too
All my sins been washed away I've been redeemed

But the devil and me, we both agree
Devil and me, we both agree
Devil and me, we both agree I hate him and he hates me
All my sins been washed away I've been redeemed
 
SINCE I LAID MY BURDENS DOWN

Glory, glory! Hallelujah
Since I laid my burdens down
Glory, glory! Hallelujah
Since I laid my burdens down

I feel better, so much better
Since I laid, laid my burdens down
I feel better, so much better
Since I Laid my burdens down

The cross before me, and the world behide me
Since I laid my burdens down
The cross before me, and the world behide me
Since I laid my burdens down

I'm goin' to heaven to be with Jesus
Since I laid, laid my burdens down
I'm goin' to heaven to be with Jesus
Since I laid, laid my burdens down
 
SOFTLY AND TENDERLY

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling
Calling for you and for me
See on the portals He's waiting and watching
Watching for you and for me

Come home, come home
You who are weary come home
Earnestly, tenderly Jesus is calling
Calling, O sinner come home

O for the wonderful love He has promised
Promised for you and for me
Though we have sinned He has mercy and pardon
Pardon for you and for me

Songwriters: Will L. Thompson
Softly and Tenderly lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc
 
THIS TRAIN
 
This train is bound for glory, this train
This train is bound for glory, this train
This train is bound for glory
If you ride on it you must be holy
This train is bound for glory, this train

This train don't carry no gamblers, this train
This train don't carry no gamblers, this train
This train don't carry no gamblers
Ladies of the night or midnight ramblers
This train is bound for glory, this train

This train don't pull no jokers, this train
This train don't pull no jokers, this train
This train don't pull no jokers
Demons, thieves, habitual tokers
This train is bound for glory, this train

This train don't carry no liars, this train
This train don't carry no liars, this train
This train don't carry no liars
Hypocrites and no high flyers
This train is bound for glory, this train

This train don't pay no transportation, this train
This train don't pay no transportation, this train
This train don't pay transportation
No Jim Crowe no discrimination
This train is bound for glory, this train….

 
AT THE CROSS

Alas! and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light
And the burden of my heart rolled away
It was there by faith I received my sight
And now I am happy all the day

Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity, grace unknown
And love beyond degree

Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut his glories in
When Christ, the mighty Maker died
For man the creature’s sin

Thus might I hide my blushing face
While Calvary's cross appears
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness
And melt my eyes to tears

But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe
Dear Lord, I give my self away
’Tis all that I can do
 
GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN

Go tell it on the mountain over the hills and everywhere
Go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born

Well, shepherds kept their watchin' o'er silent flocks by night
Behold throughout the heavens there shown a holy light

The shepherds feared and trembled when low above the earth
Rang out the angel chorus that hailed the Savior's birth

Down in a lowly manger the humble Christ was born
God sent us salvation that blessed Christmas morn
 
THERE IS NO ONE

Well there is no one, no one like Jesus is to me
There is no one, no one who can set my spirit free
He has saved me by his power
Protects me every hour
There is no one like Jesus to me

Well there is no one, no one like Jesus is to me
There is no one, no one who can set my spirit free
He has saved me by his power
Protects me every hour
There is no one like Jesus to me

I’VE GOT THAT JOY

I've got that joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart
Down in my heart, down in my heart
I've got that joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart
Down in my heart to stay

I've got that peace that passes understanding
Down in my heart, down in my heart, down in my heart
I've got that peace that passes understanding
Down in my heart, down in my heart to stay

And I'm so happy, so very happy
I've got the love of Jesus in my heart
And I'm so happy, so very happy
I've got the love of Jesus in my heart

I've got that grace and mercy, grace and mercy
Down in my heart, down in my heart, down in my heart
I've got that grace and mercy, grace and mercy
Down in my heart, down in my heart to stay

ALL HAIL THE POWER

All hail the power of Jesus’ Name
Let angels prostrate fall
Bring forth the royal diadem
And crown Him Lord of all

You, chosen seed of Israel’s race
You, ransomed from the fall
Hail Him Who saves you by His grace
And crown Him Lord of all
Hail Him Who saves you by His grace
And crown Him Lord of all

Let every kindred, every tribe
On this terrestrial ball
To Him all majesty ascribe
And crown Him Lord of all
To Him all majesty ascribe
And crown Him Lord of all

Oh, that with yonder sacred throng
We at His feet may fall
We’ll join the everlasting song
And crown Him Lord of all
We’ll join the everlasting song
And crown Him Lord of all
And crown Him Lord of all
 
I’LL FLY AWAY

When the shadows of this life have grown
I'll fly away
To a land, heaven is my home
I'll fly away

Like a bird from prison doors has flown
I'll fly away
To a land, where heaven is my home
I'll fly away

I'll fly away, oh glory
I'll fly away
When I die, hallelujah by and by
I'll fly away

Just a few more weary days and then
I'll fly away
To a land where joys will never end
I'll fly away

 
DOXOLOGY

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow
Praise Him, all creatures here below
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow
Praise Him, all creatures here below
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

Amen, amen, amen, amen

 

ripley county blues (2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

NICK OF TIME

He didn't promise you a Cadillac
He didn't say that you'd get paid back
He didn't tell you that you'd walk away
The lottery when times got fair
Keep seekin' and you will find
He'll meet your needs in the nick of time

He didn't promise no penthouse view
Perfect health or a pleasure cruise
No velvet Elvis or a Vegas show
No run o' luck at Lake Tahoe
But those who trust Him will be doin' fine
He'll meet your needs in the nick of time

He came to show us how to really live
He said, we're blessed when we freely give
He healed the sick and He raised the dead
Healed my brain when I was, outta my head
He feeds the sparrow, turns the water to wine
He'll meet your needs in the nick of time

BLUE RAIN FALL

I woke up early in the morning
Just to hear the sound of the blue rain fall, all around
I woke up this morning
Saw the blue rain fall
Lord, I woke up this morning
Some folk didn't wake up at all
Had that blues for my breakfast
Blues in my head
You dressed me and possessed me
Man, you know that I ain't dead
Woke up in the morning
Saw the blue rain fall

Lord, I woke up this morning,
Some folk didn't wake up at all
God knows I ain't complainin'
Sometimes I still do
When the rain falls with a vengeance
Separatin' me from you
I woke up this morning,
Just like I'm used to do

Crawled outta bed, what am I supposed to do?
Heaven's tears fallin', Lord, help me love like You

If I can stop one heart from breakin'
Shall not live in vain
Ease one life from achin'
Or cool warm pain
Help one faintin' robin
Into his nest again
I shall not live in vain
So, what about the rain?
Without it nothin' grows at all
Wakin' up in the mornin'
Thankful for that blue rain fall
Blue rain fall, oh-ohh

DO LORD

Do Lord, oh do Lord, oh
Do You remember me?
Do Lord, oh do Lord, oh
Do You remember me?
Do Lord, oh do Lord, oh
Do You remember me?
Way beyond the blue

I got a home in gloryland
That outshines the sun
I got a home in gloryland
That outshines the sun
I got a home in gloryland
That outshines the sun
Way beyond the blue

If you will not bear the cross
You cannot wear the crown
If you will not bear the cross
You cannot wear the crown
If you will not bear the cross
You cannot wear the crown
Way beyond the blue

I GOT MY EYES ON YOU

I got My eyes on you
I got My eyes on you
All through the night, every day
Out in the woods, now and always
I got My eyes on you
I got My eyes on you

I know your every thirst
Your every pain
Deep desires and every step that you take
I got My eyes on you
I got My eyes on you

Down in the house
Out of the door
Up on the ridge
And in the valley low
I got My eyes on you
I got My eyes on you

I know you, and you know Me
No matter the moment
I got eyes to see
Into the city, out in the street
Even the night is like day to me
I got My eyes on you
I got My eyes on you

I got My eyes on you
I'm watchin' over you
I got My eyes on you
No matter what you do…

RIPLEY COUNTY BLUES

Oh, Amos is a poor man
His woman died in '72
Got three sons, and a bottle
Nothin' else, exept the blues

That ol' whipporwill song
Filters in through his haze
Near extinct in a roadway
Life for Amos, is a maze

It's a poor, poor county
People don't complain
Livin' what they know
Some like Able, some like Cain

Red clay in Ripley County
As thick as it has ever been
Some more drought keeps on rollin'
Just like Amos, and his kin

Only two roads he can walk down
One is righteous, one is sin

There's plenty of the Good Book
In the church and radio
Good news, ain't a mystery
Ain't like Amos, doesn't know

That ol' clay in Ripley County
Thick as it has ever been
On the back road by the neighbors
Perhaps it's time that I stop in

KEEP IT TO YOURSELF

She came into your life
One look stole your heart
Your friends can see it in your face
Even in the dark
You laid awake at night
Dreamin' of the day
When she would wear your ring
And that evidence would say

You know I love you
I'm so glad, show and tell
Cause when your love is so strong
You just can't keep it to yourself

They hung me on the wood
My blood ran just like rain
I spoke on your behalf
And I'm comin' down again

You know I love you
They know in heaven and in hell
You say you love me
Why do you keep it to yourself?

People in the street,
They need to see and hear
Got noses full of cocaine
And bellies full o' beer
Credit cards and pretty yards
And kids that never knew
Who I am, and what I've done
And what I'll do for you

You say you love me
Ahh, you got my book up on the shelf
You say you love me
Ohh, if you love me
Why do you keep it to yourself?
Ohh, if you love me
Ahh, you gotta show and tell
Cause when your love is so strong
You just can't...
When your love is so strong
You just can't keep it to yourself

WORKDAY BLUES

Friday night, all the people prowl
Rolled up tight, like a dog they howl
Monday mornin', it begins again
Livin' dry till the weekend
Goin' down, they're victims of the workday blues

Sweet Sunday, they're too tired to pray
Too self seekin', they hide away
Monday mornin', it begins again
Livin' with nothin' till the weekend
Goin' down, they're victims of the workday blues

Cheap satisfaction ain't there on demand
Lookin' cross-eyed at the Son of man
Some are just lazy, some want a hand, not a heart
It's frustratin' when the job is so hard
But nothin' is impossible with my sweet Lord
Some live like there ain't no truth they can choose
There's gonna be judgement day blues

Monday mornin', victims of the workday blues
There ain't no doubt, they're victims of the workday blues
Ain't no good neglectin', the love and truth and good news
Yeah, yeah, yeah
The workday blues

DELIVER ME

In the darkness of my sin
Won't You come and light my path
Lord, deliver me
In the cold and rainy day,
I've lost my way
Lord, deliver me

Ohh, Lord, Lord, Lord
Be the light in my hour of need
I am a sinful man, please heal me once again
Oh, Lord, deliver me

Before my eyes were opened I was blind and could not see
In that midnight hour, You came and spoke to me
My heart had been so hard and, my mind was so confused
Till Your grace brought me, brought me to believe

Oh, Lord, Lord, Lord
You're the light in my hour of need
I am a sinful man, please heal me once again
Oh, Lord, deliver me

Ohh, Lord, Lord, Lord
Be my light in my hour of night
I am a sinful man, please heal me once again
Oh, Lord, deliver me

Ohhhh, deliver me

PLAYING WITH FIRE

Once bitten, twice shy
Eye for an eye can leave you blind
Unforgiveness, me oh my
That ol' me, myself, and I

Gossip in the courtroom,
Singin' in the choir
Prepare, prepare to get burned
If you play with fire

Watch what you plant
Watch what you do
Sowin' and reapin'
Comin' back on you

Talk too much,
Everybody says
Like a career
Reap it all in the end

It's right to be careful
Respect what God says
Cause Jesus will come
To judge the quick and the dead

Wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord
Love for my neighbor the end of discord
Everybody's fightin' for a piece of pie
But the oven is smokin' and there's tears in the eyes

God is true,
Though every man's wrong
Pretend we don't get it
That's just playin' with fire

Sit in the back room,
Call truth a lie
Prepare to get burned
If you're playin' with fire

Talk too much,
Everybody says
Like a career
Reap it all in the end

Sit in the back room,
Livin' a lie
Prepare to get burned
If you're playin' with fire

RUNAWAY TRAIN

Saw smokestack lightnin'
Heard clickety-clack
Lord, it was frightenin'
Comin' down that track
How I went runnin'
Took the short way home
That train man gunnin'
Off his iron throne

Oh, blowin' in the night
Eyes wide open
Sin in broad daylight
Swallow, till you're chokin'

Sowed all the oats
Up came the wheat
I thought I smelled sulfur
From all my deeds
I wanted pleasure
Didn't worry how
Up came the mirror
Out came a howl

It came at daybreak
That darkness fled
I heard the whistle inside my head
Roared right through town
Like the 6:15
Straight down that track
Like I had never seen

Sun rose like lightnin'
An' roun' my brain
Saw some kinda shadow
Leave the rails
I wanted pleasure
Didn't worroy how
Up came the mirror
Out came a howl
Roared right through town
Like the 6:15
Straight down that track
Like I had never seen
Jus' like a runaway train

PROMISES HE’LL KEEP

If you mourn,
You will be comforted
If you're gentle,
The earth is yours
If you hunger and thirst for righteousness
You shall be satisfied
Oh, you shall be satisfied

If you're merciful,
It will come back to you
Pure in heart, you will see God
If you make peace,
Peace you sall know
You'll be called the sons of God
You will be called the sons of God

Blessed are you: persecuted
Because of His rightouesness
Yours is the kingdom of heaven
The kingdom of heaven is yours

If the people insult you
If they lie about your life
Rejoice and be glad
Your reward is great
Kept for you safe in heaven
Kept for you safe in His hands

THIS CHILD

This Child is unlike any other you have known
This Child is destined to the homeless and the throne
This Child is for the risin' and fallin' of us all
This Child, this Jesus, He cries and He calls

This Lamb born into a cruel and calloused world
This Lamb among the poor and the outcast as a pearl
This Lamb fully loved and fully hated by name
This holy, spotless Lamb bears our sorrow and our shame

The King of kings, the Lord of lords
The Wisdom and the Knowledge of God
The Everlasting Father
The Son of Righteousness
The Prince of Peace, possesses me and all that I possess

MYSTERY

I rolled into your town
Saw the look in your eyes
So many times before
Hunger and thirst from the lies
Walk, day after day
Move, world in a daze
Just a mystery

Try, tryin' to stand
Still, under your skin
What, what is it worth?
This evil frustration you're in

Take back what you said
Face to face, what you done
It's a mystery

You been wounded
You been led astray
Locked out
Shut down
Blacked out in a terminal haze
But who made the choices
You just took what you could
Forgot all about
The nails in the wood

Try, try to crawl out
Heart, lonely and proud
Fear, of takin' the hit
Caught, so hard to quit
Mean, mean is the world
Hard, hard is the fall
Give it up, give it all
To the mystery
Give it up, give it all
Ain't no mystery

TAKE YOUR STAND

Take a stand, take a stand, take a stand
If I never see you anymore
Take a stand, take a stand, take a stand
And I will meet you
On the Kingdom's shore

Pray for me, pray for me, pray for me
If I never see you anymore
Pray for me, pray for me, pray for me
And I will meet you
On the Kingdom's shore

Shake my hand, shake my hand, shake my hand
If I never ever see you anymore
Shake my hand, shake my hand, shake my hand
And I will meet you
On the Kingdom's shore

Keep the faith, keep the faith, keep the faith
If I never see you anymore
Keep the faith, keep the faith, keep the faith
And I will meet you
On the Kingdom's shore

Tell the truth, tell the truth, tell the truth
If I never see you anymore
Tell the truth, tell the truth, tell the truth
And I will meet you
On the Kingdom's shore

Preach the Word, preach the Word, preach the Word
If I never see you anymore
Preach the Word, preach the Word, preach the Word
And I will meet you
On the Kingdom's shore

Run the race, run the race, run the race
If I never see you anymore
Run the race, run the race, run the race
And I will meet you
On the Kingdom's shore

Take your stand, take your stand, take your stand
If I never see you anymore
Take your stand, take your stand, take your stand
And I will meet you
On the Kingdom's shore

No Greater Love

Time Will Tell

You Made the Difference in Me

Throw Down Your Crowns

Into the Night

Spontaneous Combustion

All My Days

Trimmed and Burnin'