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New Song: You Know What We Need

The strongest person is the one who knows they’re weak
EveryONE Is Broken aka The basement is where the real church gets done
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This song was frankensteined together during FAWM 2016 from various song corpses. I had two sets of lyrics called 12 Step Religion and God Doesn’t Love Me Anymore and I bolted them to a chorus called You Know What We Need (written in 2012) and Major 6th Melody (written in 2011) became the verse. The only problem was both the chorus and the verse came with their own pre-choruses attached and neither one fitted the opposite section. But the pre choruses did work together. So this song has two – the “strongest person” pre-chorus and the “lost sheep” pre chorus.

I really like the way the lyrics just lazily run on especially the ‘Joseph’ part that just carries on into the pre-chorus. I also enjoyed the key changes I put in the bridge. I’d love to hear a children’s choir singing that one day…

Jesus in the basement working through the 12 steps
While up in the sanctuary someone records a worship CD
Down in the basement, Gloria is telling us when
She last took a drink and John says, “I think
The strongest person is the one who knows they’re weak”
And Davey, who keeps shaking and white-knuckling his seat, whispers
“Lost sheep don’t want to be found,
No matter how sweet Amazing Grace sounds

But you know what we need
You know what we need
You know what we really need”

Jesus in the basement gives away his last cigarette
To the girl with no teeth who’s been clean for three weeks
While in the basement Joseph confesses he slept
With a guy for some coke but he still ends with a joke
About a nun that had some point that I forget.
I feel the fear and panic slowly coiling round my chest.
When the prodigal son makes it home
Can he live with himself and the damage he’s done?

You know what we need…

God doesn’t love us,
God doesn’t love us any more,
God doesn’t love us,
God doesn’t love us any less than before

You know what we need…

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Losing The Light

Soon we fade to black, soon the credits roll
Smooth metal dark night of the soul
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Written during FAWM 2016. Based on a riff I found on a writing tape from 1992 inspired by Jake E. Lee’s playing on Waiting For Darkness by Ozzy Osbourne.

I’m the damsel in distress
Just a girl in a green dress
Waiting for the hero to arrive
You’ve seen this scene a million times
Vulnerability is all I got
On my mark and beautifully shot
Cameras ready to roll
Waiting for my saviour to show

Please hurry cos we’re losing the light
Come quickly now we’re losing the light
We ran the race, we fought the good fight
Please hurry now we’re losing the light

The sun pauses as it sinks
To breathe a kiss on the horizon’s lip
Her beauty burning then gone
Magic hour is only minutes long
Play the scene where the problem’s solved
The plot’s explained and you declare your love
Our faith is running out
Start your speech before the night comes down

Please hurry cos we’re losing the light
Come quickly now we’re losing the light
We ran the race, we fought the good fight
Please hurry now we’re losing the light

Soon we fade to black, soon the credits roll
If there’s a happy ending would you let us know?
Shadows getting longer, twisting all we see
The air is getting cold, it’s getting harder to believe

Please hurry cos we’re losing the light
Come quickly now we’re losing the light
We ran the race, we fought the good fight
Please hurry now we’re losing the light

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Not The End Of The World

Not many kiss the hurricane. Fewer live to tell the tale
None more black.
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Jesus save me from the ones
Who want to save me from myself
Who ask about my walk with God
But pray about my mental health
Cos I can’t pretend anymore

This is not the end of the world
This is not the end of the world

You used to be a metaphor
Now you’re like a simile
Can you tell me what this medal’s for?
It’s all my father left to me
And I can’t pretend anymore

This is not the end of the world
This is not the end of the world
But you can see it from here

Not many kiss the hurricane
Fewer live to tell the tale
Will she miss me when I’m gone?
Or go back to her maiden name?
I can’t pretend….I can’t pretend anymore…

That this is not the end of the world
I can’t pretend anymore…
I can’t pretend anymore…
That this is not the end of the world

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Hurt People

Like stones in their children’s shoes
An Original Sin Psychoanalytical Latin Blues
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Daddy had his whiskey
She’s got all her meds
Daughter hides a razor blade
Underneath her bed
And she locks the bathroom cabinet
Like Daddy locked his desk
Like her daughter wouldn’t be seen dead
In a short-sleeved dress

Tell me who’s to blame
Tell me what’s their name
Who’s responsible for all this mess?

Hurt people. Hurt people.
You know it’s true
Hurt people. Hurt people.
Like stones in their children’s shoes
But they never mean to hurt you

When your mother never leaves you
When your daddy’s always gone
Some men build an empire
Some men build a bomb
And we blame it on genetics
Or some old family curse
And we try to make it better
At least not any worse

Hurt people hurt people
That’s what they do
Hurt people hurt people
Almost like they’re programmed to
But they never mean to hurt you

Bitter seeds grow inside bitter fruit
Growing on every tree.
How can I protect you from the world
How can I protect you from yourself
If I can’t protect the world from me, ’cause

Hurt people hurt people
That’s what we do
Hurt people hurt people
Almost like we’re programmed to
But I never meant to hurt you

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Me And The Devil

It’s hard to be good when when keeping such bad company
Diminished Ragtime Blame-shifting Blues
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Ain’t nobody here ‘cept me and the devil
Nobody here except me and the devil
Nobody here ‘cept me and the devil
Hatchin’ out plots and schemes

If I get caught I’m gonna blame the devil
I get caught then I’m gonna blame the devil
When I get caught I’m gonna blame the devil
And he’s prob’ly gonna blame me

Oh me, oh my
Be good? I’ve tried
Bad fruit, bad tree
It’s hard to be good when being bad comes naturally

My woman says sometimes I speak like the devil
Pound on the pulpit and preach like the devil
Swears she’d rather switch seats with the devil
Than be married to a man like me

Oh me, oh my
Be good? I’ve tried
Bad root, bad seed
It’s hard to be good when when keeping such bad company

Gonna get drunk and blame it on the devil
Gonna blow chunks and just blame it on the devil
Show everyone my junk and claim it was the devil
Let the lawyers plead insanity
That’s how it is between the devil and me

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Cast Aside Your Rebel Flag

My mothers’ lips reciting verses underlined with tears
A revivalist lament
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Just another soldier
Dying lonely & betrayed
Clinging to a banner
My beloved’s blood has stained
The colours of a bitter heart,
My standard, borne with pride
Rallied only sorrow to my side

Cast aside your rebel flag,
Lay it down, lay it down
At the foot of Calvary’s cross,
Oh lay it down
Cast aside your rebel flag,
Lay it down, lay it down
The battle’s done, the victory won
So lay it down

I hear voices of those lost in battle
Crying ‘cross the years
My mothers’ lips reciting verses
Underlined with tears
The singing of a silent voice
Whose name I do not know
Beseeching my rebellious heart “come home”

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Vengeance Is Mine

Can you see the heart inside a man?
Theology with Frank Black
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Little man with an axe to grind
If I let you judge this world of mine
When you saw the millions awaiting trial
You’d lose you strength or lose your mind

Vengeance is mine

Shall I acquiesce to your demands?
Shall I place all judgement in your hands?
Can you see the heart inside a man?
Tell me, who should fall and who should stand?

Vengeance is mine

Cos you don’t know what you’re asking for
No, you don’t know what you’re asking for
You don’t know what you’re asking

You got a thimble full of righteous rage
I’ve seen every murder, every rape
Heard every victim’s cries of pain
Seen evil things done in my name

Vengeance is mine

© Matt Blick 2013

 

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Everything In The World Is Fighting Everything In The Sky

How can we love one another when God won’t make the angels behave?
A three-legged horse dances a plaintive waltz in a bedraggled circus.
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Woody Guthrie he saw the tornado
Raping the earth like a plough
The ground and the sky locked in combat
Like neither would ever back down

Everything in the world was fighting everything in the sky

Oh no, oh Noah you don’t know
The way my poor soul sprung a leak
My faith turned greener than cheap gold
As fake as American teeth

There once was a war up in Heaven
So the last book of John states
How can we love one another
When God won’t make the angels behave?

Everything in the world is fighting everything in the sky
Everything in the world is fighting everything in the sky

For my part I placed you too highly
Worshipped a cruel work of art
My what cold marble-white skin you had
The better to break a boy’s heart

‘Till the lamb takes a nap with the lion
And nobody’s feelings get hurt
The guns all become walkie talkies
And the good guys all stop shooting first

Everything in the world is fighting everything in the sky
Everything in the world is fighting everything in the sky
Everything in the sky is fighting everything in the world
Everything in the world is fighting everything in the sky

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Israel’s Praise (Psalm 22)

Like us they were tempted to doubt and deny
An Indie Rock Lament
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My God, my God
Why have you forsaken me?
So far from saving me
So far from the sound of my cry
My God, My God
Don’t you hear when I pray to you?
Wasting my breath just to
Call out for help day and night?

And yet…

Our Father’s trusted you, Israel’s Praise
And never regretted the choice that they made
So we will trust in you too
Like us they were tested, like us they were tried
Like us they were tempted to doubt and deny
But still they trusted in you
And we will trust in you too
Israel’s Praise

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Fingernails

What would the pharisee inside of me say?
Dark night of the soul blues
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Once in a while I still pray
Praying to God that my feet don’t fail
On the ropes and off the rails
Hanging onto God by my fingernails

David and Jesus and I make three
Singing “Oh my God, why have you forsaken me’
They got happy endings as you might expect
But I’m stuck here between the now and the not-yet

Once in a while I still pray
Praying to God that my feet don’t fail
On the ropes and off the rails
Hanging onto God by my fingernails
Hanging on by my fingernails

Was it something I did, or something I said?
Was it pride in my heart or unbelief in my head?
What would the pharisee inside of me say?
“Did you lose your faith or did you throw it away?”

Once in a while I still pray
Praying to God that my feet don’t fail
Am I beyond redemption, beyond the pale?
Hanging onto God by my fingernails
Hanging on by my fingernails
Hanging on by my fingers

Cos there’s dirt beneath my nails and a plank in my eye
Once I thought I could see but now I know I’m blind
It’s a jet black, cold, dark night of the soul
As around and around and around I go

Once in a while I still pray
Praying to God that my feet don’t fail
You can never find a buyer when your soul’s for sale
And you’re hanging onto God by your fingernails
I’m hanging on by my fingernails
Hanging on by my fingernails
I’m hanging onto God by my fingernails

© Matt Blick 2012