ch. VII carry the bones

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released June 18, 2011

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Track Name: Magnificat
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 Israel with mercy
A promise to all His children
Forever
Track Name: Altisidora
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.
Track Name: Diggers All
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
Track Name: Will Scarlett
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
Track Name: Psalm 27
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
Track Name: Manifesto of a pebble
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
Track Name: Re-member
"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.
Track Name: seven times round
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.
Track Name: Doe of the morning
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.
Track Name: Rise Up
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!