1 Lord, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
Blood and Gold
You did so much for this land / Kept us close, brushed back the sand /Gold and blood flow through our veins / What we lost has been regained
Milk and honey / drown our sorrow / we will follow / til tomorrow / You were faithful / let us praise you / We’ll grow fat / forget the days when
Things were bitter, we drew near / Faith from weakness, joy from fear / Measuring your / favor in these /shining things we / pray will save us
II + III
2 You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin. 3 You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger.
My God, it's been such a year here / We hated you / My God, and what you did was fearsome / A burning arrow
Who knows if it would all have happened / Regardless / We were reminded what your wrath was / A withering. / A withering.
You took away the flames you set / Only you could have undone it / A glance aside or rain in the desert / The branding steel is gone forever
An ocean cool that seeks to temper / Will fall from clouds less dense than I remember / The angry sun in peace descending / Will mercy follow anger’s ending?
4 Restore us again, O God of our salvation,and put away your indignation toward us!
What mystery, what love so cruel / So trusting, are we all fools? / Such favor, it feels naive / That you’d break our slavery
We were wrong, and we know you don’t lie / Please restore our hearts and our eyes dry / Put away your anger and your threat / We are weak, but we will serve you yet
Songs from pain now fill the room / Stones start rolling back from tombs / Life has brought us to our knees / Simply hoping we’ll be freed
If your love runs as deep as they say / If your hold on our souls cannot break / And if you have chosen us for more / All we ask from you is to restore / Do not keep us in the dark for long / Sitting in the silence feels so wrong /Do not be so deaf to all our cries / Let the world see favor in your eyes
V + VI
5 Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations? 6 Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?
My Hand to Sever
What’s there to say? What’s there to do? / Where can we go? Who else but you? / Your silence now, cuts deep as hell / the sinking heart, the dark motel
And will you feel anger forever? Should I make an effort / to prove to you the depths of my re-morse? My hand to sever?
According to the law you gave, we have no power ourselves to save / How is it fair to blame our falls on something we can’t change at all?
And will you give us a pardon? Our prison warden / remains our flesh and bone, Camera obscura, the river jordan
7 Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.
Set Up Wrong
Give me everything that I could ever want / Yes you tell me without you I am lost / I’d understand it if I were responsible to / Do the right thing all the time, not mess up / Maybe a few mistakes allowed for good luck / But painting us from the beginning with prison stripes is
Very confusing, dependence is not a strong suit of mine / Within this system we’re infants, so lost and alone / We began with this chronic condition of hubris and death / We’re just set up wrong
Tell me everything that I could want to hear / Reassure me that you’re stronger than my fears / I really like when you turn water into wine / It’s very nice of you to try to save us all / When I am feeling lost then I’ll give you a call / But I think until then I’m gonna do
Every thing that I want to, it’s like thanks but no thanks / I don’t need your help to have fun, you’ve, got so many rules, but / I’ll be back when everything’s done cuz you’ve taught me that my heart is set up wrong
It comes down to whether I trust you, or not, and do I / believe your story about makes humans crazy and broken / and sad, and are you the real solution for everything that / Is set up wrong
VIII + IX
8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly. 9 Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.
I Am Listening
I am listening I am listening I am listening I am listening I am listening
X + XI
10 Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other. 11 Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky.
Everything is coming together / I can see it more than ever / Things falling into place and uh-opening up gates / It’s growing, and I’m glad we’re embracing / The water is awake and the sky is made of lace / we’re floating, surrounded by space, yeah
The world looks dark but still it moves / I feel us going upward / In love and peace all things improve /Hearing that glorious thunder
We’re beaten with our failure / We hear it, every murder / But just because we know all the ways justice is slow / Don’t panic, doesn’t mean the pain’s forgotten / The wear on the world shows, and the icy wind it blows, but / We’ll heal it, though it feels that we’re drowning
12 Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
When will stop begging for more / I’m tired of marching west / Looking in mirrors, we are not poor / we own the rest / Feeling disaster approach our house / we strike the other / Willing amnesia to erase doubt / we killed our mother
All of this land is mine / God told me / God told me / All of this land is mine / God chose me / get off of it
This is the legacy that we leave / To explain away mass graves / Heaven instructed us to go save / They’re better off this way / Mind splitting open we push it down / We can’t confront this shame / Say to your mirror: “it’s all over now, aren’t you glad times have changed”
All that you have is mine / God told me / God told me / All that you have is mine / God chose me to profit / All of this land is mine / My fathers controlled it / None of this is a crime / a joy to behold it
Give it up, you no longer own the place where you were born, your ancestors are gone and so are you / What are you gonna do? Give it up, give it up, give it up. / Give it up, we do not even know just what we stole, and in the process we gave up our souls / Within us bones corrode, Oh Jesus, our humanity, we gave it up
13 Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way.
I’m afraid of what comes next / I am tired but I find my steps / I loved my certainty / But even better being and true and free
I used to think that I needed / Someone above holding my hand / That giving up all I wanted / Would open up space to function / At higher planes of perfection / Where I would learn endless lessons / And I would be held forever / No earthly love could be better / That my desires were all idols / That I deserved the tears I cried / That life is just a passing moment / It’s almost better to die
I’ve learned my heart’s not dead / Never was no matter what they said
So fucking glad that I made it / I thought about other exits / But there was still light inside me / I trusted love let it guide me / I worked through pain, shame and poison / Started to feel more alive / Undoing years of compressing / Trying to learn not to hide / And still today I am working / To love myself as I am / Freer than I’ve ever felt / Ask me to go back I’ll say