ch. VII carry the bones

by psalters

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    found in the church basement after 7 years...these are the last remaining cd's. I will likely never print this album again so this is it. I have at least 100 cds but maybe only 50 or so cloth pouches. First come first serve on those. The cloth silkscreen is actually from the EP pre-release and the fabric is a bit musty. Original liner notes, lyrics and artwork are included. There are a couple tracks on the cd that are not available in the download

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1.
02:58
My soul proclaims my King my only Lord My soul proclaims the Lord my salvation He has mercy on those who fear Him From generation to generation Casting down those who would claim thrones He lifts the low He has brought comfort to the needy And freed the rich of what is empty O my soul, my soul, my soul You are Holy, wholly, my whole life For the lowly, the lambs, he breaks the Empire's knife, empires knife He has come to Palestine with mercy A promise to all His children Forever
2.
04:31
I believe in the sun, though it is late to rise, late to rise I believe in love, though it is absent I cannot give it or feel it I believe in God, though He is silent, I cannot hear Him I cannot but I will dream the impossible dream over lies over lies over lies I have eyes I have eyes I have eyes I will dream the impossible dream over lies Ana Felix I am no Don Gregorio Altisadora you see the awkward, misplaced, rusted lover passing your door Don't feign to open up, I am walking on Hoping to wed the Sun the love the one I've only dreamed, knight of the mirrors please I won't look at the lies reflected at me for the truth is the dream God has given me Given me, let me be, let me breath, let me see I have eyes I will dream the impossible dream over lies.
3.
03:45
A great cloud of old friends to follow Their faith rains upon the land for all to share and grow! In 1649 the diggers stood up tall They defied the kings and shared the land with all They bowed before the One true God and let Him alone claim All is His and given through His name, His name! Stand up now, stand up now, diggers all, stand up now The land is yours, the land is mine, the land is ours, there are no lines Stand up now, diggers all, stand up now! Today the land throughout the world is labeled "property" Their rulers block the nomads' feet from the ancient path of free Empires within and out have crushed the good earth down Push through the cracks! Peel the labels back and join the diggers sound! They may have crushed your plows, they may have crushed your bones But while the clan of ol' King George rotted with all they owned The diggers' voice still remains, even now, even now They fill our wings they show us how to stand up now! Stand up now, stand up now Diggers all stand up now The land is yours the land is mine Owned by none but the Divine Stand up now, diggers all stand up now A great cloud of old friends to follow Their faith rains upon the land for all to share and grow
4.
Your princes they are rebels Companions of the thieves Everyone, they love their bribes And chase after gifts Every mountain, every mountain, every mountain made low Every valley, every valley, every valley up shall grow There is a new way, out of this old mess Listen to the cry, from the wilderness Make a straight path, for the way of the Lord! Your rulers see their towers And are filled with vanity One day you will see that the powers that be Will have no power over me Every mountain, every mountain, every mountain made low Every valley, every valley, every valley up shall grow There is a new way, out of this old mess Listen to the cry, from the wilderness Make a straight path, for the way of the Lord! It is by giving, that we do receive And by forgiving, that we are forgiven It is by dying, that we are born Into everlasting life The Kingdom calls for courage (courage!) We will cry, the Lord will say "If you break the yoke of oppression... Your night will become noonday" It is by giving/Every mountain... Into everlasting life
5.
08:17
One thing I have asked from the Lord That I'll seek, that I may dwell With You all my days to behold Your beauty Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice Be gracious and answer me When You said "seek my face" my heart said... Your face, O Lord, I shall seek You've been my help, please don't leave My father and mother forsaken, Lord will take me up Teach me your way, O Lord And lead me in a level path Don't deliver me over to my enemies The Lord is my light and my salvation The Lord is the strength of my life The Lord is my light and my salvation The Lord is the strength of my life So I will not be afraid, no I will not be afraid Because the Lord is my light, the Lord is my light, the Lord is my light I would have despaired unless I Believed I would see the goodness of the Lord Here in the land of the living Wait for the Lord and be strong Let your heart take courage Wait for the Lord here in the land of the living I would have despaired unless I Believed I would see the goodness of the Lord Here in the land of the living Tho hosts may encamp against me Tho war arise against me I won't fear, I will be confident Through prison cells or loss of careers We won't fear Slandered and unmade We will not be afraid Though cops come in riot gear We won't fear Conflicted and struggling We will not be afraid Our very lives - the risk we must bear To witness to your kingdom here Lord You have heard their threats Make Your servants bolder yet Lord, when I'm afraid, make me to believe
6.
We carve and chisel our neighbors in blocks And pile each other on top. We built ourselves to the sky for the Good Lord to look up and see us waving down. Now we're big, empty buildings so at night we can sleep safely in our own arms. But at the gathering of the unhewn stones we are carved by none but You alone. We cry out We built walls we built walls we built walls We cry out Tear us down tear us down Hold our hands hold our hands up We give up we give up You make things better than we do We paved everywhere, nowhere for You to stand But the lion, the dandelion breaks through But the lion, that lion, that dandelion breaks through We cry out, we cry out....You make things better than we do We cry out We built walls we built walls We cry out Tear us down tear us down Hold our hands hold our hands up We give up we give up Pull us down from ourselves Break us down to rubble The wish of these pebbles Return us to unhewn stones (repeat) And at the gathering of the unhewn stones we are carved by none but You alone
7.
09:41
"Nёmёshatàm xuwi achimёwakàn." "Akaran Iko Iko" We must remember our origins If we are to find the core of sin For Abel's blood still cries out from the ground Can you hear that old nomad's sound? Singing--"this is not the way back to the garden." Akaran Iko Iko Cain the insane Needs to spend some time In wilderness isolation His children's spiral of violence Sucking everything in To feed the walled off blasphemous nations So, let us be holy termites And like Rahab, burrow into these city walls To watch for the wild things marching And do our part to help it all fall Where is Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Rome? They are ruins in the sands of time. Abandoned temples false gods once called home Stones all thrown down, by the One True Vine Christ is the vine and we are the branches So wrap all around it and pull When civilization is lying in ashes Then can the garden again be full And if you want to hear the cry from the Indians' graves You must silence all the distractions If you long to join in the song of the slaves Let your apathy be burned out with action! Akaran Iko Iko Technology and industry and television roars The hypnotic seductions of empirical whores Drunk on the blood of the saints, she is fueled by our wars Come out my people- she's falling to rise no more! Ashes to ashes, dust to dust Remember where you came from This caravan is paradise or bust And we must enter pain to stop being numb. For Christ still suffers--as he confronts the world's powers While we stay outside in the courtyard gate Denying our involvement--to save our own skin Will his people repent before it's too late? It is already too late! So if you want to hear the cry from the Indians' graves You must silence all the distractions And if you long to join in the song of the slaves Let your apathy be burned out with action-- REMEMBER There was a time when the Buffalo ran free REMEMBER There was once no slavery REMEMBER We are the ones who brought this to be REMEMBER What you do to the least--you do to me. RE-MEMBER RE-MEMBER Put the pieces back together RE-MEMBER RE-MEMBER The broken body of Christ-- Akaran Iko Iko If you've only come to help me You are wasting your time Good intentions won't last forever But if your liberation is bound up with mine Then come, let us pull together All Creation is groaning The howls come from below Slavemasters, shareholders, and CEOs, Let my people go.
8.
Here the land never lies fallow Production rolls incessantly The top soil is getting shallow We're forced to do what we hate, yet we still think we're free Machines, fear and whips keep us toiling There is no rest for the weary The only way to counteract this, is The Sabbath must be kept Holy. ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE SIX REST Seven times 'round Seven times 'round For the sky and the sea and the blood soaked ground The jubilee rhythms beginning to pound God's way comin' through on the seventh time round How long til this bondage is over? It's been way more than 49 years Debt release is a mandate from heaven Then help us to break these chains and dry each other's tears If Cain is avenged sevenfold over Then let us forgive seven times more And as we march round the walls of oppression On the seventh ring we'll shout down Jericho's door Fire in the bowls of the angels How will the curse finally be undone? The thunders of seven fight kings--Armageddon! And down, down, down falls Babylon.
9.
Eloi, Eloi, Lama Sabachthani [Aramaic] (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?) Was it the tune of the Doe of the Morning My Savior sang as he died? Did anyone join as our Singer departed As the darkness took the light? As broke down song in the dust of death Tore that veil the earth did shake... On that hill they called Skull Graves did split, brung dead to wake... [spoken word-Psalm 22] "The poor will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the LORD will praise him--may your hearts live forever! They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn--for he has done it." A wrecking ball were the trumpets soundin' As the walls of Jer'cho fell... And through these songs the Spirit's a-movin', Sometimes we sing sometimes we yell [spoken word-Bishop Desmond Tutu] "When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said, 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land." Now the Land of the Living feels me footfalls. We are walking onward to where the Spirit calls. I'm Yours, We're Yours, and Yours. Tishoumaren*, pain and joy...it's the song of the unemployed Your heart is a muscle the size of your fist. So raise it, to love like Jesus, we must resist. It's Yours, they're Yours, and Yours.
10.
02:44
Many are those who say there is no deliverance in Your name But You, O LORD, are a shield to all who suffer We will cry out to You Rise up, LORD, rise up And deliver us from all that oppresses!

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released June 18, 2011

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