A Great Wave of Grief

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I tried to quickly record and sketch a song a day during Lent '11, songs based on pain and lamenting. The phrase I had in my head was 'sing the exile'. Then bad things happened in Japan and friends and I couldn't help wondering if there really was a God....

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released April 15, 2011

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Track Name: about to have a meltdown
waiting for the big one
waiting for the big one
waiting for the big one
when’s it gonna come?

waiting for the meltdown
waiting for the meltdown
waiting for the meltdown
when’s it gonna come?

death is coming
death is coming
death is come in
where are we gonna run?

and who’s gonna save us?
he's gonna save us?
who’s gonna save us?
where are we gonna run
when the big one come…
Track Name: 30 high foot wave
it's overwhelming, overwhelming
overwhelming, tsunami
i see it come in
i see it coming
people running up a street
oh,see the chaos, see the chaos
see the chaos and debris!
widow's homeless
widow's hungry
running out of food and heat

you're so faithful
you're so faithful
your compassions never fail
what's so loving
what's so loving
in a thirty high foot wave?
what of Haiti?
what of Haiti?
just the poorest of the poor
you're so faithful
you're so loving
sometimes I'm not so sure...
Track Name: how?
you say that not a sparrow falls that you don’t know
if that’s the case why did you let the earthquake go?
and if the wind and waves obey your command
why did you let that wave wash up on the land?
i don’t understand i don’t understand
Track Name: I've been flattened
I’ve been flattened
I’ve been flattened
I’ve been flattened by your waves
My friends are gone, my friends are gone…

I’ve been calling
I’ve been calling
I’ve been calling,
To you – where have you gone?where have you gone?

I’m in exile
I’m in exile
I’m in exile
Darkness is my only friend, my only friend..
Track Name: no more feeding pigs (a bad time prayer)
I want to be free
free to love
free to hope
that the grave shall not win….

I want rise right above all the fear
that drags and trips at my heels…

I don’t want to trust in those things that are false and lead to death
I guess what I want to say is that ‘I want to come home again’
I’m sick of sitting feeding pigs, feeding pigs, feeding pigs
Track Name: 1 over 99
going to leave no stone unturned
going to cross the bridge you burned
going to