Songs of Sorrow / Songs of Hope

by Steve Schallert

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Nathan McGlothlin
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Nathan McGlothlin With repeated listens, I keep running into truth. Steve's presentation here feels less like "church music" & more like a rally cry, which ironically shouldn't be foreign to such communities. Favorite track: The Word.
Mark Olivier
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Mark Olivier Like I said before, This album is simply great. I'm constantly searching for music like this, Christian music! I've already found a lot of hip hop, techno, pop, country, and hillsong like worship bands. But it's hard to find this indie folk rock genre with strong Christian lyrics. I absolutely Love it! Favorite track: The Word.
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I’m gonna lay my sword and shield Down by the river side Down by the river side Down by the river side I’m gonna lay my sword and shield Down by the river side Down by the river side Down by the river side We ain’t gonna study war no more WE AIN’T GONNA STUDY WAR NO MORE!
2.
The Word 04:46
The word, the word, the word There has always been the word But then the word took on flesh Like a homeless baby in distress Jesus walked into the fray To prove a reconciling way The word, the word, the living, saving word My heart, my heart, my heart Like the sea that once did part To keep the devils at bay From left to right it sways Like a tired ocean wave Yet all my heart now craves is The word, the word, the living, saving word From darkness, to darkness, to darkness, to light The word because flesh to bring dead things to life Yet it's a groaning, groaning world Where even the trees are begging for A new place to lay their roots Where wars for oil will not destroy We know a peace that lasts beyond a day A hope that's deep enough to stay The world, the world, the living, saving word From darkness, to darkness, to darkness, to light The word because flesh to bring dead things to life We know a peace that last beyond a day A hope that's deep enough to stay The world, the world, the living, saving word
3.
Lay Me Down 04:49
Lay me down into the ground I once was lost but never found I have forgotten my own sound And in the void of love I dug myself this hole And I'm here waiting for a stranger Oh I've played the wayfaring stranger Long enough to have tasted all danger Yet Your grace refuses to waver As you take my burdens on Thee Lay me down into the waves Let your love wash pain away Heal this sickness in my veins There is a light which causes death to die It's a mystery full of wonder Oh I've played the wayfaring stranger Long enough to have tasted all danger Yet Your grace refuses to waver As you take my burdens on Thee I pray lay me down That you might raise me up
4.
Paul and Silas, bound in jail Ain't got money left to pay for bail Keep your eyes on the prize Hold on, why don’t you hold on Paul and Silas began to shout Doors popped open, and they all walked out Keep your eyes on the prize Hold on, why don’t you hold on Ohh... Keep your eyes on the prize Hold on, why don’t you hold on Got my hand on the freedom plow Ain't nobody gonna stop us now Keep your eyes on the prize Hold on, why don’t you hold on Well, the only chains that we can stand Are the chains of hands in hand Keep your eyes on the prize Hold on, why don’t you hold on Ohh... Keep your eyes on the prize Hold on, why don’t you hold on
5.
Christ's body lay broken On a table dressed in white Rebel hands and blood stained sands Come feel thy savior's fright Come see the Son of Sorrows Our hope, strung up and cut down (cut down) Fairer than the moonlight Fairer still than autumns rain Bind us to Your cross of love A martyrs death attain Come see the Son of Sorrows Our hope, strung up and cut down Come see this worlds suffering As it is buried, buried in the ground Let it be buried, buried in the ground Give us light in the darkest of nights Give us love in the presents of hate Give us peace in perpetual war Let it be buried, buried in the ground
6.
Jesus God of the poor Liberator Friend of the weak Jesus Light of the world These weary bones Tremble and weep Heal every heart Heal every soul Heal the violence we carry The blood in the soil There is blood in the soil!
7.
Are you heavy laden? What lashes does your body bear? Are your sorrows plenty? Come lay em down, lay em down, lay em down There was a man from nowhere Who spoke power to the poor He filled their heart's with fire So they laid him down, laid him down, laid him down Oh I heard death had died So run, Devil run I say fare thee well to Babylon Oh I have laid my tent In the New Jerusalem With it’s promise of love and life One day the poor will find plenty As the rich are left aside For there is a city descending Where the low shall be lifted high And the dead shall raise to life Oh I heard death had died So run, Devil run I say fare thee well to Babylon Oh I have laid my tent In the New Jerusalem With it’s promise of love and life (give us life)
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Hold on, hold on, hold on it won't last long now All good people of the earth, stand thy ground and claim thy worth Stand thy ground and claim thy worth! And though my knees might shake from the weight of the water And though the dogs they bark so loud When the prison door slams we’ll just sing all the louder Crying peace, Oh we want peace, increase! Crying peace, Oh we want peace, increase! Say thy prayers, oh say em one by one Lay thy body on the gun For hate will not drive out hate No only love will storm the gate And reconcile this mess we make! And though my knees might shake from the weight of the water And though the dogs they bark so loud When the prison door slams we’ll just sing all the louder Crying peace, Oh we want peace, increase! Crying peace, Oh we want peace, increase! Lord let the weak find strength Let not the workers hands sit idle Until the poor have hope And injustice shuts it’s mouth And though my knees might shake from the weight of the water And though the dogs they bark so loud When the prison door slams we’ll just sing all the louder Crying peace, Oh we want peace, increase! Crying peace, Oh we want peace, increase! We're crying
9.
Oh the cross I see Looks more like a lynching tree Like a suffering humanity Strung up by its neck, hands and feet But Jesus is dying upon that tree Oh the cross I see Looks plain like this world to me Some claim that it's fair and free Like their precious democracy But Jesus is dying upon that tree Oh the blood is running down Upon the weeping wailing ground With every body that breaks the earth is shakes You see Jesus is dying upon that tree The cross I see Looks like this devil economy Folks dotting i's and crossing t's Trampling the poor for prosperity But Jesus is dying upon that tree Oh the blood is running down Upon the weeping wailing ground With every body that breaks the earth is shakes You see Jesus is dying upon that tree Mercy, Mercy, Oh my God have mercy on me Mercy, Mercy, Oh my God have mercy on me For the mothers and their daughters For the sons who have lost their fathers For the vagrants and the refugees For the children who have become commodities For the homeless seeking daily bread Begging pocket change needing to be fed For the immigrant working endless days Exploited on a promise with no pay raise For the prisoner locked inside his cell Counting those days as he rots in hell For the victims of this wretched war And for the movement that we’ll just keep marching for
10.
Were you there when they crucified my King? Were you there when they crucified my King? Oh Oh Oh Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they crucified my King? Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb? Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb? Oh Oh Oh Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb? Ohh, tremble, tremble. Ohh, tremble, tremble. Ohh, tremble, we tremble before you God Were you there when He rose up from the grave? Were you there when He rose up from the grave? Oh Oh Oh Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when He rose up from the grave? Were you there when He rose up from the grave? Were you there when He rose up from the grave?
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Is it all loss? All I see is death down here below Is it all cracking? As seeds of doubt begin to grow in fickle hearts Just toying with waters edge Afraid of the deep Unable to push off from the ledge Yet you are faithful You are faithful You are faithful In all my heartache Is it all darkness? Or is there a shred of light still left In Your silence I hear this beating in my chest Come Lord Jesus Take this old sack of bones Let em dance dances Like they have never known Yet you are faithful You are faithful You are faithful In all my heartache You are faithful You are faithful You are faithful In all my heartache Oh my God, heal my heart, heal my soul Break my legs, yah break my legs, down below That I might stay, long enough, to behold Your Glory! You are faithful
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Jesus son of glory I have been laid out Doubt has opened the story And laid my certainty down Soften my hardened heart And weaken my prideful soul That I might be bold enough to not let go And when my lungs finally give out And I must return this body to the earth I pray your love is strong enough To raise me up, raise me up, raise me up I believe in love I still believe in truth And no matter how tight this rope might tie I will not let loose of you Soften my hardened heart Weaken my prideful soul That I might be bold enough to not let go And when my lungs finally give out And I must return this body to the earth I pray your love is strong enough To raise me up, raise me up, raise me up Deep in the root of my soul There is a room where the light still turns on Where I know that I know that I know You're gonna raise me up In Thy light we shall see the light!

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ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE… SO LET'S SING ABOUT IT ///

It’s been a wild ride after a hiatus of almost seven years from making music to feel the tug back into the studio. These seven years have been slammed full of life, family, kids, traveling the nations, life in war torn countries, witnessing violence, poverty, racism, putting up a fight against those realities, failures, growth, death, life - you name it. They have also been slammed full of meaningful relationships with marginalized communities scattered all across God's world who are doing outlandishly beautiful things in often outlandishly difficult situations as they try to follow Jesus and give a witness that another world is indeed possible.

As I have traveled this world I have found myself consistently turning to music, once again, as a primary tool to try to make sense of it all. "Making sense" is something I think we all tend to try and do, which is why I believe worship is such an instrumental part of the life of faith. As I've journeyed I have personally found a tremendous solace in the joint histories of African American spirituals (particularly the sorrow songs), folk music, various streams of protest music, as well as anglo/catholic spirituality and liturgy. The intersection of those wildly contrasting traditions seemed far and wide to me for years until one day I realized something...

WORSHIP is PROTEST ///

The unifying reality of all the aforementioned streams is one of a "voice crying out in the wilderness" for another world and another way. One sitting in the tension of the violence of our world, choosing to see it as it really is, while still trusting stubbornly in the reality of Resurrection. Like grass wiggling it's way through the cracks of concrete, worship, at its core is the affirmation that the concrete slab is bound to break and give way to something new.

"SONGS OF SORROW / SONGS OF HOPE" is my attempt to reaffirm the place of lamentation within the world of congregational worship music. My prayer is that these songs, songs written all over the world in all kind of circumstances, will be both a comfort and a challenge to communities of faith. A comfort and affirmation for all of us who mourn and struggle and weep and doubt and a challenge for us all to love deeper and wider and more recklessly.

Peace be with you,
Steve Schallert

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released December 19, 2014

Words & Music by Steve Schallert
Produced by Nathan Horst @ Attic Recording Studios (Harrisburg, PA)

Steve Schallert - Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars
Mika Ariel McClurkin - Vocals
Nathan Horst - Electric Guitars, Vibraphone, Percussion
Andrew Aitken - Drums, Percussion
John Schallert - Pianos, Organs, Rhodes
Christopher Flinchbaugh - Bass
Community Singing - Steve Schallert, Mika Ariel McClurkin, Megan Fischer, Lindsey Horst, Nathan Horst, James McLaughlin & Josh Lamb

A HUGE THANKS TO ALL THE ALBUM SUPPORTERS WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS MISCHIEF -

THE CO-PRODUCERS:

Mary & David Schallert, Tom & Peg Byrnes

THE MOVERS & THE SHAKERS:

Ben & Kandice Peterson

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Rog & Deb Andruss, Sadie Krahn, Karl Bratnober, Jon & Mary Catherine Schallert, Donovan Mattole, Liam & Rachel Byrnes, Daniel Chae, Christian & Sharee Fox, Kathrine Fosstveit, Emily Whetsler, Jeff & Christie Lothamer, Mark & Dorota Mimms, Ryan & Jeanette Wojton, Jacob Wagener, Jeff Pratt, The Nystrom Family, Kyle Nabors, Melissa Chinworth, Tristan Gilmour, Steven David Branon, Michael Dyer, Joan & Trevor Godard, Ben Bradshaw, Oliver Schwendemann, Andreas Garphammar, Brandon Patrick Stark, Christine Fontaine, George Hsia, Paul Michaud, Johnny & Jenni Gillespie, Chelsea Sumner, Steven Soto, Samantha & Daniel Stedman, Clint & Hailey Gooch, Hannah Choi, Mika Ariel McClurkin, Graham & Alissa Malinowski, Matthew Scott, Tino Taake, Justin Seo, Alessandro Pereira, Cambria & Max Melchert. Ryah Arthur, Jay Lutgen, Tanisha Hough, Cassandra Bambridge, Henri & Tata Hermunen, Andrew & Jess Aitken, Deborah & David de Graaf, Giselle Stadler, Hailey Laine Bland

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Steve Schallert Cape Town, South Africa

Steve Schallert is an international speaker, activist, musician and avid disciple of the nonviolent Jesus. Having traveled to over 50 countries and witnessing along the way the best and worst that humanity is capable of, Steve seeks to champion and equip people for active peacemaking & works of justice through building compassion for the poor and spurring on imagination. ... more

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