This is a word cloud of the lyrics on the record.  (#nerdalert)

This is a word cloud of the lyrics on the record. (#nerdalert)

01  Brɸther 

Matthew 18:20, 2 Timothy 3:16, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 

 

Through the Son we live in God’s fraternity. 

Through His blood, we’re brothers for eternity. 

As two we gather with His word in hand. 

As three we rise together for His plan. 

 

And I’ll lift you up when you fall down. 

I’ll give my grip; you grab my hand. 

We’re better together, and with God—more strong, 

Because one man is no man. 

 

All through the pages that we’re turning: 

Morality, and friendship, and sound learning. 

In His word we see the model for the way: 

How to love and how to live and how we pray. 

 

And I’ll lift you up when you fall down. 

I’ll give my grip; you grab my hand. 

We’re better together, and with God—more strong, 

Because one man is no man.  Now go! 

 

I’ll be your best man at the altar. 

And I’ll help correct you if you falter. 

If to the left or right your path should ever stray, 

I’ll be your loving tough accountability! 

 

And I’ll lift you up when you fall down. 

I’ll give my grip; you grab my hand. 

We’re better together, and with God—more strong, 

Because one man is no man.  Oh! 

Because one man is no man. 

Because one man is no man. 

 

 

02  Cord of Strands 

Ecclesiastes 4:12 

 

Here I am 

Alone 

Again. 

I suffer silently and think about the things I did. 

In a prison by my hands. 

And all that’s left of us—a broken, tattered cord of strands. 

 

There you stand 

Alone 

Again. 

You cry yourself to sleep and think about the things I did. 

In a prison by my hands. 

And what is left of us—a broken, tattered cord of strands. 

 

We could talk about it, baby (baby). 

We could try again and see what we could do. 

We could fix the problem, baby (baby). 

We make a two cord strand that’s strong enough to get us through… 

 

Here we stand 

Alone 

Again. 

We are powerless—a sobering realization. 

There is nothing we can do. 

We need His help, His strength, His power here to see us through! 

 

Can’t just talk about it, baby (baby). 

Can’t just try again and see what we could do. 

We cannot fix the problem, baby (baby). 

We need a three cord strand that’s strong enough to get us through. 

 

He can save us from the fall. 

Our rope is broken and we need His hand. 

He will save us from the fall! 

Our rope can still be saved if this one prayer is in His plan! 

In His plan! 

 

We should pray about it, baby. 

We should talk to Him and see what He can do. 

He can fix the problem, baby (baby). 

We need a three cord strand that’s strong enough to get us through! 

We should talk to Him and see what He can do. 

He will fix the problem, baby (baby). 

We need a three cord strand that’s strong enough to get us through! 

He’ll get us through. 

 

 

03  The 6th Hour Ballad of St. Dismas 

Luke 23:32-33, 39-44 

 

Stealing 

Mystery 

They define my dark history. 

Thieving 

Lying 

My brother’s blood on my hands drying. 

Lied to 

Misled 

his empty promises in my head. 

Betrayed 

Dismayed 

Death my payment due today. 

 

Broken 

Bleeding 

Mind and body flogged and beaten. 

Secured 

But don’t feel 

My support of wood and cold steel. 

At my left-- 

A man. 

Truly innocent in His plan. 

I am 

Guilty 

I pray that He remembers me. 

 

Just know, it’s never too late 

To have a compass change of your fate. 

Just know, if you believe in Him. 

Just know, there isn’t a place 

That can’t feel the warmth of His grace. 

Just know, if you believe in Him! 

Believe in Him! 

 

Just know, it’s never too late 

To have a compass change of your fate. 

Just know, if you believe in Him. 

Just know, there isn’t a place 

That can’t feel the warmth of His grace. 

Just know, if you believe in Him! 

Believe in Him! 

Believe in Him! 

… 

 

 

04  I Never Knew You 

Matthew 7:13-23 

 

I have said my last goodbyes. 

To my judgement in the skies.                          

The leftward gate is very thin: 

Heaven’s treasure all within. 

The gate on the other side 

Is filled with smoke, and very wide. 

A few go left in robes of white. 

The rest in chains go to the right. 

 

“Lord, Lord” is what I replied, 

And He saw my heart inside. 

I looked at Him and He shook His head. 

He looked at me and He said: 

“I never knew you.” 

 

I went to church most every week. 

I didn’t kill, or steal, or cheat.

I read Your book most every day. 

I even made some time to pray.

I played for You and sang Your songs. 

I gave You tithes my whole life long.

I gave some earthly pleasures up. 

I ate Your bread and I drank Your cup! 

 

“Lord, Lord” is what I cried, 

But He knew my heart inside. 

I looked again and He shook His head. 

He looked at me and He said: 

“I never knew you.”  (No!) 

“I never knew you.”  (No!) 

“Now go!” 

 

He removes my white sheep hide, 

And reveals the wolf inside. 

On the vine, he peels my skin, 

And reveals the thorns within. 

I feel the heat rise from my toes. 

The smell of sulfur burns my nose. 

I see a furnace full of stone, 

A boiling lake, and a black, burnt throne! 

 

“Lord, Lord” is what I yelled, 

But He knew my fate was hell! 

I looked again and He shook His head. 

He looked at me and He said: 

“I never knew you.”  (No! No!) 

“I never knew you.”  (No! No! No!) 

“I never knew you.”   

 

 

05  Why? 

Proverbs 3:5 

Why was it meant 

For James to have that accident? 

Why did You steal 

The hands that he had used to heal? 

 

Sometimes Your perfect plan… 

I just don’t understand… 

 

Why did my friend 

Take his own life in the end? 

Why take away 

Reese that windy August day?

 

Sometimes Your perfect plan… 

I just don’t understand… 

 

Why? 

Oh, why? 

 

Why was it pride 

That Grandpa had deep down inside? 

Why take his life 

After he’d gone under the knife? 

 

Sometimes Your perfect plan… 

I just don’t understand… 

 

But maybe James can do Your will 

And heal with talent he does have still. 

Maybe those loved and gone are angels near, 

Doing Your work on earth for sinners here. 

 

But it’s just not clear… 

 

Sometimes Your perfect plan… 

I just don’t understand… 

 

 

06  My Stronghold 

Psalm 51 

 

Climbing my stronghold, I can taste a battle won. 

More to come and decades gone, by sacrifices overrun. 

Pour the finest wine in this new victory. 

And start the drunken and encompassing frivolity. 

 

Look at me now, standing here all by myself 

The future lies ahead; I don’t have any doubts! 

Never thought it could feel like this.  Didn’t know it could be this way. 

I’m on a never-ending road on which I know the way! 

 

A new sun rises; it illuminates my life. 

A black field of long sharp thorns—the details of that morning light. 

Long the shadows born in this new day. 

A life defined by sin and hurt—for pride I threw it all away. 

 

Look at me now, standing here all by myself 

The future lies ahead; I have so many doubts. 

Never thought it could feel like this.  Didn’t know it could be this way. 

I’m on a never-ending road, and just can’t find my way. 

Can’t find my way!                                                                                        Selah 

   

Habits make a black routine, the nature of my heart. 

Against The One who gave me life, the agony tears my soul apart. 

Need a vertical horizon change for my hopeless run. 

A blindness case of which I know I cannot see without The Son. 

 

Look at me now, broken here all by myself. 

The future lies ahead; I am so full of doubt. 

Never thought it could feel like this.  Didn’t know it could be this way. 

On a never-ending road, I repent and pray You show the way. 

Repent and pray You show the way. 

Repent and pray You show the way. 

Repent and pray You show the way… 

 

 

07  A Year Ago Today 

Song of Solomon 4:1-4, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 

 

Do you remember the third of May? 

The soft moonlight? 

A perfect night! 

Oh, I remember it like yesterday. 

Your sweet face. 

My heart raced! 

It was the best night of my life. 

 

But now it’s time to say goodbye. 

Just one more chance 

For true romance. 

I lean in, and hold you tight. 

I pull away, 

And hesitate… 

I tilt my head and close my eyes. 

 

A year ago today is when we had our first kiss. 

A year ago today is when I tasted your lips. 

A year ago today is when I heard from heaven. 

A year ago today, knew we belong together. 

You’re all that I hoped for and prayed 

A year ago today. 

 

Your soul whispers with angel’s breath. 

And our lips dance. 

Heaven’s trance! 

Your sunshine hair falls ‘round your neck. 

Get lost in you, 

My prayer come true!  Yeah! 

 

A year ago today is when we had our first kiss. 

A year ago today is when I tasted your lips. 

A year ago today is when I heard from heaven. 

A year ago today, knew we belong together. 

You’re all that I hoped for and prayed 

A year ago today. 

 

I won’t forget that sparkle in your eyes. 

I smiled wide, and then 

You smiled back.  Then you leaned in and 

We kissed again! 

 

A year ago today is when I heard from heaven. 

A year ago today, knew we belong together. 

You’re all that I hoped for and prayed.  

A year ago today!  (…is when we had our first kiss.) 

A year ago today is when I tasted your lips. 

A year ago today is when I heard from heaven. 

A year ago today, knew we belong together. 

You’re all that I hoped for and prayed. 

A year ago today. 

 

 

08  A Wedding Song 

Ecclesiastes 4:12, Matthew 19:5-6 

 

In your arms is where I want to be, 

So happy in your embrace. 

When you’re in my arms, there’s a love that I see 

So beautifully in your face. 

 

In my world, you’re everything I see. 

I see your smile throughout the day. 

Oh, and when I dream, you’re in every fantasy. 

You comfort me as I lay. 

 

We have each other— 

A perfect love that will last our whole lives through. 

In your heart is where I want to be, 

From my first glimpse ‘til my last breath with you. 

 

Come with me!  Let’s run forever. 

Hold my hand and nothing can go wrong. 

Let your heart outpour everything. 

Let God entwine our lives and make us strong! 

 

We have each other—        

A perfect love that will last our whole lives through. 

In your heart is where I want to be, 

From my first glimpse ‘til my last breath with you. 

I am yours for all eternity. 

I’d go through any fight for you. 

I give my life to you… 

 

 

Guardian Angel 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 

 

You smiled on me when I was born. 

You held my head, put me to sleep. 

You embraced my wide-eyed innocence. 

You helped me walk and sang to me.

 

You smiled on me as I grew up. 

You saw me run and heard me sing. 

You loved me through my teenage ignorance. 

You were there for me through everything. 

 

But now you’ve gone somewhere better, 

My guardian angel, my Giving Tree. 

I’m missing you, but it’s good to know 

That up in heaven, you smile on me. 

 

Each goodbye became our last. 

We shared some tears; I held you tight. 

Never knowing which smile would be the last, 

Sometimes I agonize in hindsight… 

 

In your final hours, you heard me cry. 

You heard me say I love you, the last goodbye… 

 

But now you’ve gone somewhere better, 

My guardian angel, my Giving Tree. 

I’m missing you, but it’s good to know 

That up in heaven, you smile on me.  Yeah! 

 

Now I’m standing at your resting place. 

The April rain—it is my tears. 

But through the gray clouds, I know there is a way. 

I’ll see your smile again for sure one day. 

 

But now you’ve gone somewhere better, 

My guardian angel, my Giving Tree.  Yeah! 

I’m missing you, but it’s good to know 

That up in heaven, you smile on me. 

 

 

10  you Won’t Break Me 

Ephesians 6:10-20 

 

you persuade 

To act irate, 

Be quick to hate, 

Intimidate. 

you promise me, that I’ll feel better in the end… 

 

you tell me 

Imbibe frequently, 

Drink excessively, 

Get drunk commonly. 

you say surely I, I will not die from the sin. 

 

I armor myself: a chestplate and shoes, 

A helmet and a shield of countless virtues. 

A belt for my sword, and I pray God’s word 

So I can fight against your lying voice in this world! 

 

No!  you won’t break me!  No! 

No!  you won’t break me!  No! 

 

you tell me 

Seek nudity, 

Find ecstasy, 

Just touch and see. 

you promise me, that I’ll feel better in the end… 

 

you will plea 

Find idolatry 

In pornography, 

Infidelity. 

you say surely I, I will not die from the sin. 

 

I armor myself: a chestplate and shoes, 

A helmet and a shield of countless virtues. 

A belt for my sword, and I pray God’s word 

So I can fight against your lying voice in this world! 

 

No!  you won’t break me!  No! 

No!  you won’t break me!   

No! 

 

No!  you won’t break me!  No!  No! 

No!  you won’t break me!  No!  No!  No!

 

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