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AcaDisc #150- Second Pew on the Left by Cross Examined

Original Release: 2005 Cross Examined and Church Mouse Music
Available through Cross Examined
Producer: Tim Staggs
Engineer: Tim Staggs at Church Mouse Studios
Mixed by:  Tim Staggs at Church Mouse Studios
Mastered by:  Dan Phillips at SCM Productions
Recorded and Mixed at: Church Mouse Studios- Erie, CO
Design: Phil Crews at Crews Corner, Tim Staggs, and Laura Eldred
Photography: Howard McClellan
Members: Tim Staggs - Bass
                 Jim Craine - Bass
                 Paul Schneider - Bass
                 Steve Tarnowski - Tenor
                 Matt Eldred - Tenor
                 Calisse Staggs - Alto
                 Debbie Smith - Alto
                 Sheri Smith - Soprano
                 Donna Craine - Soprano
                 Laura Eldred - Soprano
Guest Vocal Percussion: Tim Jones of the group "Moosebutter"

Song List

Put a Little Love in Your Heart
If You Say Go
Everything Good
Who Am I
Operator
Phone Call From Heaven
Hard Times Come Again No More
Pray For the Fish
Breathe
The Lighthouse
Second Pew on the Left
One Beautiful Day

Put a Little Love in Your Heart

Words and Music: Jackie DeShannon, Randy  Myers, and Jimmy Holiday © 1969 Unart Music Corp.
Lead: Calisse Staggs

Lyrics:

Want the world to know it

Think of your fellow man lend him a helping hand
Put a little love in your heart (just do it)
You see itís getting late please donít hesitate
Put a little love in your heart (just do it)

Chorus:
And the world (and the world) will be a better place (be a much better place)
And the world (and the world) will be a better place (be a much better place)
For you (for you and me), and me (just wait and see), you just wait (for you and me just wait) and see (wait and see)

Another day goes by still the children cry
Put a little love in your heart (love, sweet love)
We want the world to know we wonít let hatred grow
Put a little love in your heart (want the world to know it)

Repeat Chorus

There is a yellow one
That wonít accept the black one
That wonít accept the red one
That wonít accept the white one

Take a good look around and if youíre looking down
Put a little love in your heart (love, sweet love)
I hope when you decide kindness will be your guide
Put a little love in your heart (love, sweet love)

Repeat Chorus

(Put a little love in your heart)
(Put a little love in your heart) People all over the world
(Put a little love in your heart) No greater love than this
(Put a little love in your heart) That a man lay down his life for a friend
(Put a little love in your heart) Better have it, gonna have it, know you need to have a little love
(Put a little love in your heart) Wouldnít it be nice to start a love train
(Put a little love in your heart)
(Put a little love in your heart) No greater love than HIS!

Scriptural Reference:

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."  John 15:13
"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."  Galatians 6:2

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If You Say Go

Words and Music: Diane Thiel © 2002 Mercy / Vineyard Publishing
Lead: Laura Eldred

Lyrics:

If you say go we will go
If you say wait we will wait
If you say step out on the water and they say it canít be done
Weíll fix our eyes on you and we will come

Repeat Verse

Chorus:
Your ways (Your ways, Your ways) are higher than our ways
And the plans that You have laid are good and true
If You call us to the fire You will not withdraw Your hand
Weíll gaze into the flames and look for You

Repeat Verse

Repeat Chorus

Weíll gaze into the flames and look for You

Scriptural Reference:

"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."  Isaiah 55:9
"Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, 'Lord, save me!'"  Matthew 14:30
"As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world."  John 17:18

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Everything Good

Words and Music: Barry Jennings, Suzanne Jennings © 2002 Townsend and Warbucks Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Paul Schneider

Lyrics:

Chorus:
Everything good, everything bright
Everything holy, everything right
Everything worthy, all that I should
And all is well cause Iím gonna dwell on everything good

Iíve got a choice, Iíve got a plan
Gonna find the roses under the thorns whenever I can
I'm lookiní for joy (lookin' for joy), lookiní for love (lookin' for love)
Lookiní for a little bit of heaven on earth shininí down from above (from above)

Repeat Chorus

I'm changiní the scene (changin' the scene), I'm changiní my ways (changin' my ways)
Tradiní some gloomy doomy nights for a few more sunny days
Itís all in the heart (all in the heart), itís all in the eyes (all in the eyes)
So hereís how Iím lookiní at life, Iíve made up my mind

Repeat Chorus (x3)

Good, good, good, good
And all is well cause Iím gonna dwell on everything good

Scriptural Reference:

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirableóif anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things."  Philippians 4:8

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Who Am I

Words and Music: Laura Eldred © 2005 Church Mouse Music
Lead: Laura Eldred

Lyrics:

Who am I, unworthy of Your holiness
Who am I (who am I), unworthy of Your throne
Who am I (who am I), unworthy to be called Your own
Who am I (who am I), that You have called me home

Chorus 1:
Who am I, that You would give Your only Son
Who am I, that He suffered, bled, and died
Who am I, that He rose so I might live in Him
Who am I, Iím a child of God

Here am I, longing for Your holiness
Here am I (here am I), longing for Your throne
Here am I (here am I), longing to be called Your own
Here am I (here am I), longing to come home

Chorus 2:
Who am I (who am I), that You would give Your only Son would give Your only Son)
Who am I (who am I), that He suffered, bled, and died (He suffered, bled, and died)
Who am I (who am I), that He rose so I might live in Him (that I might live in Him)
Who am I (who am I), Iím a child of God

Repeat Chorus 2

Who am I (who am I), Iím a child of God
Who am I, Iím a child of God (who am I, I'm a child of God)

Scriptural Reference:

"And that is what some of you were.  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."  1 Corinthians 6:11

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Operator

Words and Music: William Spivery © 1959 Conrad Music
Lead: Donna Craine

Lyrics:

Operator give me information, information
Give me long distance, long distance
Give me heaven (two, three)

Well operator (operator) information (information) give me Jesus (give me Jesus) on the line
Operator (operator) information (information) Iíd like to speak to (let me speak to) a friend of mine (a friend of mine)
Oh prayer is the number, faith is the exchange
Heaven is the street and Jesus is the name
Operator (operator) information (information) please give me Jesus (give me Jesus) on the line

Operator (operator) information (information) well tell me why (tell me why it can be taking you so long)
Operator (operator) information (information) donít try to tell me (don't try to tell me) what number to call (what number to call)
My momma used this number when I was very small
And every time she dialed it she always got the call
Operator (operator) information (information) please give me Jesus (give me Jesus) on the line

Operator (operator) information (information) please help me (please help me) if you can
Operator (operator) information (information) please connect me (please connect me) with the man (with the man)
Donít worry Ďbout the money I will pay the charge
Just give me a private line Iím calliní from the heart
Operator (operator) information (information) please give me Jesus (give me Jesus) on the line
Please give me Jesus (give me Jesus) on the line
Please give me Jesus (give me Jesus) on the line
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Scriptural Reference:

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."  Mark 11:24

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Phone Call From Heaven

Words and Music: Laura Eldred © 2005 Church Mouse Music
Lead: Laura Eldred

Author's Note:  "This song was written in memory of Shawna Rush, who left this life under tragic circumstances at such a young age. The following
quote is from Shawna's parents: 'Shawna loved the Lord and was amazed at all His wonders of this world. Her daily call to her Dad started with, 'Daddy, Daddy look in the east, isnít it beautiful . . .'  Oh to just have that phone call again!  Thank you, Lord for all your majesty!' (Roy and Johnanna Rush)"

Lyrics:

When I wake up in the morniní and I hear the telephone ring
A tear falls down from my eye and I donít feel anything
Where does the sun rise, is it beautiful today?
I wish you were here to tell me, I know what you would say

Chorus:
Just a phone call from heaven to hear your voice again
I wasnít through talking to you why did it have to end
Just a phone call from heaven to say youíre doing fine
Even though youíre not beside me you are always on my mind

In the kitchen I can hear your words spoken oh so clear
And in the fields I hear your laughter and it sounds very near
My heart aches to see your face again or touch you one more time
Soon I will be with you the answers I will find

Repeat Chorus

And the Lord will take good care of you in the beauty of His place
I trust that He will lead me through till weíre standing face to face

Repeat Chorus

'Til I'm walking right beside you, you are always on my mind

Scriptural Reference:

"Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.  We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him."  1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

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Hard Times Come Again No More

Words and Music: Stephen C. Foster © 1989 Studio 224
Arrangement: Donald Moore
Lead: Tim Staggs

Lyrics:

Let us pause in lifeís pleasures to count its many tears
While we all sup sorrow with the poor
Thereís a song that will linger forever in our ears
Oh hard times come again no more

Chorus:
ĎTis the song, the sigh of the weary
Hard times, hard times come again no more
Many days you have lingered around my open door
Oh, hard times come again no more

While we seek mirth and beauty and music light and free
There are frail forms fainting by the door
Though their voices are silent their pleading looks will say
Oh hard times come again no more

Repeat Chorus

ĎTis a sigh that is wafted across a troubled wave
ĎTis a wail that is heard upon the shore
It is a dirge that is murmured around a lowly grave
Oh hard times come again no more

Repeat Chorus

(Come no more)
Oh hard times come again no more

Scriptural Reference:

"Jesus answered, If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me."  Matthew 19:21
"Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn."  Romans 12:15
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."  James 1:27

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Pray For the Fish

Words and Music: Phillip Moore, Dan Murphy, Ray Scott © 2005 Green Dogg Music, Inc./Springer Ink
Lead: Steve Tarnowski

Lyrics:

Everybody gathered where the river runs wider at the edge of town
To see if that Eddie Lee Vaughn baptism was really gonna go down
Folks bet hard earned money that water wouldnít change a thing
They set the odds at a hundred to one his soul would never come clean
Then the preacher said people take a moment or two
Thereís somethiní we need to do

Chorus:
Pray for the fish
They wonít know whatís cominí when the sin starts rolliní off the likes of him
Lord be with íem they ainít done nothiní
Please wonít you leave íem just a little bit of room to swim
Pray for the fish

Well the preacher ducked him under that cool clear water then he did it again
Eddie came up yelliní ĎLord in heaven hallelujah Iím a brand new maní
Well the water got to bubbliní, sky got to rumbliní, and the thunder backed up the choir
Fish started jumpiní it was like they were swimminí in a lake of fire
Then Eddieís momma stepped out of the crowd and started yelliní out loud

Repeat Chorus

He said everybody cross your fingers fold your hands
Pray for old Eddie, but before we say Amen
Pray for the fish
Lord be with íem they ainít done nothiní
Please wonít you leave íem just a little bit of room to swim
Pray for the fish
Lord, pray for the fish

Scriptural Reference:

"What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?  By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?  Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?"  Romans 6:1-3
"Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?  And that is what some of you were.  But you were washed, you were
sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."  1 Corinthians 6:9-11

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Breathe

Words and Music: Marie Barnett © 1995 Mercy/Vineyard Publishing (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on All My Life by Watershed Worship.
Lead: Sheri Smith

Lyrics:

This is the air I breathe
This is the air I breathe
Your holy presence living in me
This is my daily bread
This is my daily bread
Your very Word spoken to me

Chorus:
And I, Iím desperate for you
And I, Iím lost without you
And I, Iím desperate for you
And I, Iím lost without you
Without you

This is the air I breathe
This is the air I breathe
This is the air I breathe

Scriptural Reference:

"Then he said to me, 'Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.''"  Ezekial 37:9

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The Lighthouse

Words and Music: Ronnie Hinson © 1971 Canaanland Music
This song also appeared on Give Me Light by Acappella Vocal Band, The Early Years by AVB, Acappella Traditional by The Acappella Company, Old Time Favorites by The Sounds of Glory, Signature Songs by The Sounds of Glory, and on Get With the Rhythm by Rhythm & News.
Lead: Matt Eldred

Lyrics:

Thereís a lighthouse on a hillside that overlooks lifeís seas
When Iím tossed it sends out a light, the light that I might see
And the light that shines in darkness now will safely lead us oíer
If it wasnít for the lighthouse my ship would be no more

Chorus:
And I thank God for the lighthouse I owe my life to Him
For Jesus is the lighthouse and from the rocks of sin
He has shown a light around me that I might clearly see
If it wasnít for the lighthouse (tell me) where would this ship be

Well everybody that lives about us they say tear that lighthouse down
Because the big ships donít sail this way anymore thereís no use of it standing round
Then my mind goes back to that stormy night when just in time I saw the light
Yes the light from that old lighthouse that stands up there on the hill

Repeat Chorus (x2)

And if it wasnít for the lighthouse (tell me) where would this ship be

Scriptural Reference:

"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'"  John 8:12
"'Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light.' When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them."  John 12:36

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Second Pew on the Left

Words and Music: Tim Staggs © 2005 Church Mouse Music
Lead: Tim Staggs

Authorís Note:  "Mom and Dad, I miss you every single day, but I always smile when I think of the church on Delaware Street in Flint, and all the things you taught me in the second pew on the left.  I love you, and I canít wait to see you again."

Lyrics:

Takiní a trip down memory lane to the place where I was born
To a little white church in the middle of town on a wintry Sunday morn
What I saw that day in January as I strolled into the sanctuary
Gave me such a fright what a horrible sight that it chilled me to the bone

Chorus 1:
I made my way up the hardwood aisle to the second pew on the left
When to my surprise, couldnít believe my eyes, dear Lord thereís been a theft
A little old lady in a big blue hat parked in the spot where I always sat
She crossed the line to the seat thatís mine in the second pew on the left

Ever since that terrible day I prayed, ĎLord, take this pain awayí
And forgive the little lady in the big blue hat for her wicked sinful ways
And Lord, when the angel knocks on my door to take me home to my reward
Can I make a plea will you humor me when you welcome me on that day

Chorus 2:
When I make my way through the pearly gates to the second pew on the left
With the angels singiní heavenís bells aíringiní donít let there be a theft
No little lady in a big blue hat sittiní in the spot where I shoulda sat
Let me cross the line to the seat thatís mine in the second pew on the left

Repeat Chorus 2

No little lady in a big blue hat
Sittiní with her friends in eternal chit chat
Let me cross the line to the seat thatís mine in the second pew on the left
Lord will you put a sign on the seat thatís mine in the second pew on the left

Scriptural Reference:

"You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men."  Mark 7:8

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One Beautiful Day

Words and Music: Bob Amos © 1995 Sugar Hill Records
Lead: Sheri Smith and Tim Staggs

Lyrics:

If we believe that we should make a new beginning
If we are sure that we can walk the path of love
If we decide to try and make this life worth living
Then we must look within as well as up above

Chorus 1:
One beautiful day we will awaken
To find that we all have shared the same dream
Then we shall rise in celebration
Eager to seek what we have seen

When we have loosened all the heavy chains that bind us
When we can leave behind the hatred and the strife
When we rejoice in all the differences among us
Then we shall truly know the beauty of this life

Chorus 2:
One beautiful day we will awaken
To find that we all have shared the same dream (shared the same dream)
Then we shall rise in celebration
Eager to seek (eager to seek) what we have seen

Repeat Chorus 2

Eager to seek (eager to seek) what we have seen (what we have seen)

Scriptural Reference:

"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters."  Romans 14:1
"Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed."  1 Corinthians 15:51-52
"If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other."  Galatians 5:15

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Special thanks for additions and/or corrections to: Tim Staggs

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