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Brenton Brown’s Oldest New Song

Brenton Brown has co-written with some greats – Paul Baloche, Brian Doerksen, Justin Bieber (OK made that one up) but now he’s hitting up Beethoven for melodies.

Check Out Joyful by Brenton, Jason, Henry and Ludwig

Brenton’s post here
Chord sheet here

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My latest song: You Spoke The Stars
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You Spoke The Stars (Mercy)

As promised here’s my new ‘Sovereign Grace flavoured’ worship song. I was aiming for a Psalm 8/Psalm 19 type of song, but one that doesn’t stop at how cool creation is, but gets to redemption through the cross.

You spoke the stars,
You spoke the seas,
You spoke the earth
And every creature that would be
You held the dust
Within your hands
And breathed your life into
The lifeless form of man

read the rest of the lyrics here

Click on the links to download the acoustic demo mp3, chord sheet or lyric sheet. A behind the song post will be coming soon, and hang on to your hats, ‘cos it’s a story that crosses continents and denominational divides!!!

(BTW With the lyric sheet I’m experimenting with a new format. Figuring that no one in this day and age is photocopying them onto acetates anymore I’ve laid the words out in clearly labelled sections ready to cut and paste into software programs like SongPro).

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

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The Greatest Commandment

The Greatest Commandment – mp3s, sheet music, pens, novelty hats…
What if Carlos Santana was your Sunday School teacher?

After posting the mp3 for my classic kids song “The Greatest Commandment” sometime in the late Jurassic period I’ve finally gotten around to posting most of the rest of the stuff I promised.

So feast your ears on the mp3 OR the mp3 backing track -perfect for Sunday school/youth churches with no musicians OR people that can’t stand my vocals. (if you can’t stand any of my playing or songwriting I’m hoping to post an mp3 of complete silence as soon as I clear it with John Cage’s lawyers).

Feast your eyeballs on downloadable Lyrics, easy play Chord Sheet and the slightly harder, but bodaciously jazzy, Recorded Version Chord Sheet.

It’s all free.

I will get around to doing a ‘behind the song’ post – expect that some time between The Beatles reforming and Jamaica winning Curling gold at the winter Olympics. And the ‘greatest cow-mandment’ 1/4-pounder will be in a fast food outlet near you just after that…

And if you love it, even slightly, leave me a comment – please!

Have you written any other killer songs Matt? 
Why, thank you for asking – yes I have. Would you like to hear them?
Boy would I ever!
Well here you go then young fella me lad!  Free songs by Matt Blick
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Behind The Song: We Need You (No Other God) – Brenton Brown

“We need You” was written by Brenton Brown

We need you, how we need you
We need you every hour
To see You in Your glory
To know Your Spirit’s power
There’s healing in Your presence
There’s mercy where You are
So meet us wont You meet us Living God

No other God but You
No other God but You
No other God can satisfy
You are our great reward
It’s You we’re longing for
No other God but You Most High

Each trial and each temptation
Each enemy we fear
Retreats in resignation
When the living God is near
So we kneel again before You
O keeper of our hearts
And we ask for Your deliverance Living God
We are leaning on Your everlasting arms
Lord we know You’ll see us through
Great Redeemer be the song within our hearts
We’ll have no other God but You
One day we’ll stand before You
When all our sufferings cease
And faced with all Your glory,
We’ll meet the Prince of Peace
But Jesus in that moment,
When every trial has passed
We will need You still we’ll need You Living God

Brenton Brown (c) 2008 Thankyou Music

The song was inspired by the old hymn “I need Thee every hour” by Annie Hawks, published in 1872

Annie Hawks wrote:

“One day as a young wife and mother of 37 years of age, I was busy with my regular household tasks. Suddenly, I became so filled with the sense of nearness to the Master that, wondering how one could live without Him, either in joy or pain, these words, “I Need Thee Every Hour,” were ushered into my mind, the thought at once taking full possession of me”.
After writing the lyrics, Hawks gave them to her pastor, Robert Lowry, who added the tune and refrain.

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.

I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.

[Source: Cyberhymnal ]

Brenton took the time out to answer some of my questions about the creation of the song on his blog …

He also wrote the following concerning the song in a press release for his album

“Quite justifiably I think there has been a backlash in the worship leading community against the ‘me focussed, me centered songs’. For a while important elements of our faith seemed missing from the contemporary hymn book – the trinitarian nature of God, the communal aspect of our faith, the fact that worship is a response to who God is. In our desire for intimacy with God we had begun to ignore the very GOD who calls us and draws us to himself. 

But it would be a mistake to assume that simply focussing on the character of God and his activity to the exclusion of us is a true representation of our faith. For our God has revealed himself to us primarily as a Savior. He is our God and we need Him! We need Him simply to breathe and exist. We need him to save us from ourselves and our sins. We need him to lead us through the trials and decisions of this life. And we will need him to carry us home when our time on earth is over. And then, even after He has done all these things for us, after he has met every need, we will still need him simply because that is the way we have been made. 

We will always need Him and who He is. This need is something we should work on cultivating rather than trying to dispense with. Like children we were made to depend on our Father. Those who wish to please God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. We need Him because we were made to need Him – even if we spend a lot of time running from that truth.”

The song is on Brenton’s album Because Of Your Love (which you can buy from Kingsway for £4:99) 

 ‘appearing’ as a hidden track on the end of Humble King . He doesn’t make it easy does he?

Get the free CHORD sheet here 

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Thanks to Nato Etire for help putting together this post.

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You Gave Your Life Away

This is a beautiful song by Paul Baloche & Kathryn Scott that we introduced at Grace Church a while ago. Paul is a generous guy and you can download the Free mp3 and Free chord chart for this song from his excellent website Lead Worship.Com

You spoke and worlds were formed

You breathed and life was born
You knew that one day You will come

So far from Heaven’s throne

Clothed in human form

You showed the world the Father’s love

You gave You gave Your life away
You gave You gave Your life away
You gave You gave Your life away
For me
Your grace has broken every chain

My sins are gone my debt’s been paid
You gave You gave Your life away

For me, For me

You lived a sinless life
Yet You were crucified
You bought our freedom on the cross

Forsaken for our sin You died and rose again

Jesus You are the Lamb of God

How glorious is Your love
If i could sing forever it’s not enough
How glorious is Your love
If i could sing forever it’s not enough

Paul Baloche & Kathryn Scott (c) 2007 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music and Vertical Worship Songs

As Paul says in the following video, the song started life as and semi-improvised coda to his song “Above All.”

 The song appears on the album Our God Saves which you can get, along with Paul’s other album from

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Behind The Song: The Healing Song

I was driving with a friend through South America when we came to a street market in a small town. One trader was selling orange T-shirts for $5 bearing the text “Son, your sins are forgiven”. We bought two, but as we moved on my travelling companion was a little upset to find that his shirt actually said, “Daughter, your faith has healed you”!

Then I woke up.

Still reeling from such a bizarre dream I looked up the quotes in the Bible and was surprised to find they both came from Matthew, chapter 9 (And no, I hadn’t been reading it the night before). Sitting on my bed I began to sing out the phrases and finished the song in a few hours (Maybe I didn’t have to go to work that day). I sung it once publically during a prayer ministry training session at my Church & then put it away forever.

A few years later, playing it as a warm up for a songwriting session I got some fresh inspiration on how to make more singable and even out some of the odd lines. When my church leaders did a sermon series on healing we sang it several times during prayer ministry.

Reflecting on the verses it was interesting to me that lots of people in the crowds must have been touching Jesus but only one was healed. Why? Perhaps her touch was “combined with faith” as it says in Hebrews 4:2.

The Hem of His Garment by Stephen Gjertson

As well as the subject matter the song is unusual in that it is sung in the first person from God to us. I can think of only a handful of other worship songs that are written in this form:

How Firm a Foundation (vv.2-6)
Be Still and Know
I, the Lord of Sea and Sky
Lord of the Dance (…maybe it wasn’t such a good idea after all!)

Can you think of any others that have been popular or well used?
What other songs work well during a ministry time?

(Download this song for free!)

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Great High Priest

Great High Priest is a simple mid-tempo worship song based on Hebrews 7:26-27 and was the first song I wrote for Grace Church Nottingham in 2004. We’ve been singing it there ever since.

Read the story behind the song here

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Jesus, Holy One
Jesus, Blameless One
Totally pure, set apart from sinners
Now you are exalted above the heavens

Jesus you’re my great high priest
The only one who meets my need,
My need to be forgiven & set free.
The anger of a Holy God
Defamed by all the wrong I’ve done
You took upon yourself so willingly
When you sacrificed your sinless life for me.

Great High Priest & Perfect Lamb.
Almighty God & Suffering Man.

© Matt Blick. Grace Church Nottingham 2004.

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The Eglon Song


The King is on the toilet…
Singlong Assasination Song For Kids Vol. 2
Downloads    mp3 acoustic demo     Chords (pdf)     Lyrics (pdf)     Behind The Song

Back in the day when the Bible was thin
Israel was conquered by a heavyweight King
So they prayed for a saviour who was able to fight
Big-bellied Eglon the Moabite.

Well, Ehud was the man God chose
He made a little sword & hid it in his clothes
Said “King I got a message to whisper to you”
Then in went the sword & out came the poo because he…

Stabbed him in the belly & his poo came out
Stabbed him in the belly & his poo came out
Stabbed him in the belly & his poo came out
Squishy, squashy poo.

Ehud’s sword stuck in his guts
But the kings’ flabby belly just covered it up
He shut the doors & then he ran back home
Before anyone saw what he’d done.

The servants said “phew, what’s that stink?
The king is on the toilet that’s what I think.”
But when they opened up the door
There lay Eglon dead on the floor because he…

Stabbed him in the belly & his poo came out….

Ehud blew the trumpet & he said “it’s war!”
And the Moabites ran as people grabbed their swords
And as they fought they all sang this song,
“Do you want to know what Ehud did to King Eglon?
I’ll tell you, he…”

Stabbed him in the belly & his poo came out…

Well the flabby baddie didn’t get a chance to shout
‘Cos he stabbed him in the belly & his poo came out
And if you’re wondering what this song is really all about…
It’s squishy, squashy, (give you hands a washy!)
Squishy, squashy poo.

Judges 3:12-30 (ESV) © Matt Blick Grace Church Nottingham 2005.

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An Infant In The Cradle “The Eglon Song”
Count It All Joy “King Eglon hijacks the poop language patrol”
A Surprising Light “Enjoy.Laugh.”
Eglon “Disgraceful song about King Eglon”
Beat The Drum “Ehud & Eglon…A song of God’s deliverance & errrr poo”
A Fitting Name “The Ehud & Eglon song”
An Infant In The Cradle “The EglonSong LIVE”

What do you mean you’d prefer some more ‘normal’ songs? Oh, OK…

Great High Priest
Song Of The Redeemed
The Weight Of Glory


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The Weight Of Glory

My latest song is a meditation on 2 Corinthians 4:17-18. Verse 1 focus on the momentary/eternal contrast, verse 2 on ‘light’ vs ‘weight’ and verse 3 holds up Christ as our example as he endured the hours of torture and was in the tomb for 3 days, yet received a kingdom that without end.
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How long, O Lord, this story seems
Till you return, and then we’ll see
The strife that fills our mortal days
Barely fills the opening page
And each new chapter has in store
More glory than the one before

So let me count it joy, let me count it gain
To bear dishonour Lord, to suffer for your name
My troubles all will seem so light & momentary
When they fade into the dawning of eternity
And I feel the weight of glory rest on me.

When trouble tries to drag me down
Remind me trials prepare my crown
As coal is crushed to precious stone
So pressures will refine my soul
My destiny will not be dust
For what will be is glorious

So let me count it joy…

In agony, with lonely cries
You hung beneath the blackened skies
The crushing pain, the cross, the grave
Were measured out in hours and days
But none can fully comprehend
The kingdom that will never end

So let me count it joy
© Matt Blick, 2009.
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Rise is a song about a person going through the miracle of new birth, as seen through the eyes of an onlooker who, though amazed & awestruck by the transformation, doesn’t really understanding what is happening. It was one of the first things I’d written that wasn’t intended for a congregation to sing, though I did perform it once at a baptism at Grace Church.

Rise started life as a poem written about my newborn daughter. I filed it away for a few years, then dug it out one night and started singing it. I started developing similar metaphors (plants, brides) for verses 2 & 3, and the bridge, and the song as you hear it (minor tweaks aside) was completed that very night.

That kind of speed is very rare for me.

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I see you rise, rise like the Sun
Drawing along the dawn.
I see you rise, a butterfly girl,
A chrysalis newly born.
Lazarus-like you rub your eyes
And stretch your wings & fly.

You rise and I stand
Feet firmly planted on the ground

I see you rise and I smile
As you soar so high you must be heaven bound.

I see you rise, a tender young plant
Reaching towards the light.
I see you rise, roots drawing life
From somewhere just out of sight.
As we sleep like seeds
Still frozen fast in winters night

You rise and we stand…

And oh, what I wouldn’t give
To feel like you feel, to know like you know.
And oh, what I wouldn’t pay
To have that river of life flood my soul.

I see you rise, rise like a bride
At the dawn of her wedding day.
I see your eyes fixed on the one
You vow you will not forsake.
Who is this prince who came
And kissed your sleeping soul awake?

You rise and I stand…

© Matt Blick. Grace Church Nottingham 2007

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