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AcaDisc #134- Heaven and Earth by Acappella

Original Release: 2004 The Acappella Company
Release Note: 3 songs ("War With Myself", "Emergency", and "Glory and Honor") from this album were released as A Three Song Sampler prior to the full release of Heaven and Earth.
Available through The Acappella Company
Producer: Keith Lancaster
Design: Annette Reischl
Album Photography: Kim Lancaster
Recording Studio: Clifty Studios- Paris, TN
Members: Gary Evans Jr. - Bass
                 Nicolas Dunbar - Baritone
                 Sean Samuel - 2nd Tenor
                 Matt Nunnally - 1st Tenor
Additional Vocals: Tony Brown

Song List

War With Myself
Dust in the Wind
Dime Rhyme Song
One Ragged Angel
They are the Roses
Emergency
You Are There
Glory and Honor
Y.R.A.G. Radio Segue
Gone Away
Take Me There
Give Me Jesus

War With Myself

Words and music: Keith Lancaster, Sean Samuel, Nicolas Dunbar and Matt Nunnally © 2003 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Nicolas Dunbar, Sean Samuel, and Matt Nunnally
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

Iím at war with myself
The very thing I want to do
I keep trying to do
But I just canít seem to do
The things I know You want me to
ĎCause Iím at war with myself

Iím going through a lot of things that make me stumble
Attacking me, beating me, breaking me, keeping me humble
The Word is good, but my sinful nature's taking over
I need a light, can someone help me to recover

All I need is You (all I need is You, all I want is You)
All I want is truth (Iím in search of truth, the truth that only comes from You)
Can I find the faith (can I find the faith to keep me on the straight)
Iím calling out Your name

Chorus:
The very thing I want to do
I keep trying to do
But I just canít seem to do
The things I know You want me to
ĎCause Iím at war with myself
No matter what I try to do
I keep failing You
But I know that I should do
The things I know You want me to
ĎCause Iím at war with myself

Iím fighting in this battle like a wounded soldier
I donít think I can bear this burden on my shoulder
The ride is rough, itís going fast, itís almost over
I need a hand to get me off this roller coaster

How can I get to You (how can I get to You, I need to get to You)
I still desire truth (I still desire truth, the truth that only comes from You)
Iím desperate for the faith (Iím desperate for the faith to keep me on the straight)
Iím screaming out Your name

When the righteous cry out (when the righteous cry out)
Theyíll be set free (be set free)
From the pain in this life (this life)
That brought them to their knees

In the night, a light, the smoke is clearing
The sky is dark, and hot, but Iím not fearing
Itís raging on, but I know that I can win this battle
Eventually, the other side of me will crumble

All I need is You (all I need is You, how can I get to You)
All I want is truth (I still desire truth, the truth that only comes from You)
Can I find the faith (I'm desperate for the faith to keep me on the straight)
Iím crying out Your name

Repeat Chorus (x2)

War

Scriptural Reference:

"We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.  I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.  And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.  As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.  I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.  For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to doóthis I keep on doing.  Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it."  Romans 7:14-20
"For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God's power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God's power we will live with him to serve you.  Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail the test?"  2 Corinthians 13:4-5

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Dust in the Wind

Words and music: Kerry Livgren © 1977 Kirshner CBS Music Publishing (BMI)
Lead: Nicolas Dunbar
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

Oh oh oh oh
Hey yeah yeah
All we are is dust in the wind
Oh oh oh

I close my eyes, only for a moment and the momentís gone
All my dreams (all my dreams)
Pass before my eyes (pass before my eyes)
A curiosity (that we are)

Chorus 1:
Dust in the wind, all they are is dust in the wind (all we are is dust)

Repeat Chorus 1

Itís the same old song (same old song)
Just a drop of water in an endless sea (drip, drop, same old song)
All we do (all we do) crumbles to the ground, though we refuse to see (crumbles down)

Chorus 2:
That we are dustÖdust in the wind (dust in the wind)
All we are is dust in the wind (all we are is dust)
All we are (dust in the wind) dust in the wind (all we are is dust, dust in the wind)

Rap:
Need to wake up
Surprise, the lies, deceive my eyes
And even now another baby in a barren land cries,
Are we too thick to realize?
That nobody ever knows when you could vaporize
Still we sit and fantasize
The TV and the radio demoralize
We need to look up to the skies
Donít allow the very hearts of man to crystallize (all we are is dust)
Turn off that big screen TV
Stop trying to take it easy
Get off your couch, open up your mouth (oh my Lord)
And spread the word universally

So donít hang on (donít you hang on)
Nothing lasts forever, not the earth or sky (nothiní lasts forever)
Itís all gonna slip away (slips away)
And not even your money (your money) another minute buy (time keeps on tick tock tickiní)

Chorus 3:
Dust in the wind (all we are is dust)
All they are is dust (all we are is dust)
Dust in the wind, ohhhhhhh (all we are is dust)

Dust in the wind
We need to end our fussing and fighting
To take some time for reuniting
All we are is dust
All we are is dust, dust in the wind

Scriptural Reference:

"Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away."  Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, and Luke 21:33

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Dime Rhyme Song

Words and music: Matt Nunnally © 2004 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Matt Nunnally

Lyrics:

Consider this guy I saw the other day
Downtown early morning he stopped me and said
Could you spare some change or maybe even a buck
He scribbled ďJesus Loves You!Ē on a cardboard box
I looked him over quickly just so see if he was worthy
But he was dirty, he was dingy and heíd had a few too many
So I turned away and I walked on by
I was headed to Mickey Dís for coffee and an apple pie
But I couldnít get him out of my mind
ďWhen youíre doing it to the least of these
Youíre doing it to me,Ē kept creepiní up in the back of my mind ya see
I forgot to be Jesus; I had missed an opportunity
I turned around to go back and be the man I know I should be
When I got back to the corner where I knew the guy was standiní
He was already gone, he disappeared without a warniní
The only thing left was a ďJesus Loves You!Ē sign and
The dot on the exclamation point was covered with a dime

Scriptural Reference:

"But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, 'And who is my neighbor?'  In reply Jesus said: 'A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.  A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side."  Luke 10:29-32

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One Ragged Angel

Words and music: Kevin Fisher and Kent Blazy © 2000 Courtyard Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Sean Samuel
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

He was standiní on the corner with a will-work-for-food sign
He said brother can you spare me a thin dime
I promise Iíll make it worth all of your time (your time)
I thought man he was drunk outta his mind
My coin hit his cup and as I turned to go (and as I turned)
He told me things about my life that no one could know (he could not know, heís been heariní)
Said I got the message from the Man upstairs
Heís been hearing your prayers

Chorus:
Nah nah nah nah nah
It doesnít matter where the answerís from
Long as youíre listening when it comes (when it comes, when it comes your way)
ĎCause in an instant years of doubt will roll away (years of doubt theyíll roll away)
By one ragged angel one dime (one dime) one day

Come On
nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah (x2)

Even now telliní you it makes no sense
I turned around and I donít know where he went
But from that day I have never had one doubt (I have never had a doubt)
The toughest times are all gonna work out

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
It might be a song on the radio
A line from your favorite TV show
A friendís advice or a strangerís voice
When youíre meant to hear it youíll have no choice (no choice, no choice)

Come on

Repeat Chorus

Come on
Nah nah nah nah nah
In a minute, in an instant
He could change your life
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Sing the song, sing a song

Scriptural Reference:

"Then he will say to those on his left, ĎDepart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.  For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,  I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.í  They also will answer, ĎLord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?í  He will reply, ĎI tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.í"  Matthew 25:41-45

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They are the Roses

Words and music: Paul Jarret Jenkins, Timothy Paul Schoepf Jr. and Randall Edwin Van Warmer © 2002 Maroon Dogg Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Nicolas Dunbar
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

Born with heaven in their eyes
God sent, innocent, the promise of life
Born into this mess weíve made
Holding the future and hope of better days
ĎCause there is nothing more beautiful and wild
Than the dreams that grow in the heart of every child

Chorus:
They are the roses (they are)
They are the lights that shine (they are)
They are the waves that roll in on the ocean tide
They are angels (they are)
They are souls in flight (they are)
They are the hope that everythingís gonna be all right
They are the roses (they are, they are)

Imagine a place
Filled with happy sounds of playgrounds where every child is safe (where every child is safe)
Where people join hands
Pray our children will all have a chance
In every family, in every tribe, in every town
Weíre the keepers of this garden and we canít let them down

Repeat Chorus

OhÖthey are the roses (they are)
They are our children (they are our children)
They are the waves that roll in on the ocean tide
They are our future (they are our future, they are)
They are our doctors (theyÖ)
They are our preachers,
They are our teachers
Letís not forget them
Have compassion on our children (everythingís gonna be all right)

They are

Scriptural Reference:

"In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost."  Matthew 18:14

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Emergency

Words and music: Keith Lancaster and Gary Miller © 2003 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Sean Samuel
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

This is an emergency
The state of our society
So much hatred, so much pride
Truth and justice set aside

Chorus:
The answer: there is a better way
An open door that leads to peace, joy, and love (peace, joy, and love)
The solution: there is a brighter day
A new beginning, a gift from above (gift from above)

Spread the word with fervency
To family and community
To prejudiced and poisoned minds
Shout the message far and wide

Repeat Chorus

(I'm talking 'bout) Jesus showing the path for our unity
Jesus giving the truth for society
Jesus teaching us strength through humility
Jesus, my Jesus, the brighter day

No excuse, no circumstance
The people need a second chance
They've got to see, they've got to know
You and I we've got to go

Repeat Chorus

Scriptural Reference:

"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding."  Ephesians 1:7-8

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You Are There

Words and Music: Keith Lancaster © 1995 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Arrangement: Melissa Lancaster
This song also appeared on In God We Trust by The Acappella Company and Acappella Word Of God Longplay by the Acappella Company.
Lead: Nicolas Dunbar
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

Hey yeah yeah
Oh oh oh
You are there, You are there (You are there)
You are there, You are there (You are there)

Where can I go (where can I go)
From Your spirit Lord (from Your spirit Lord)
Any place that I choose to go, Youíre already there (Youíre already there)
You will not go (You will not go) from my presence Lord (from my presence Lord)
Before I rise on the wings of dawn (rise on the wings)
If I settle by the sea (settling down)
I can know Your hand is always there to guide me (You are there)

Chorus:
I know Youíre there (You are there Ė oh) You are there
You are there (You are there Ė oh) You are there

Where can I go (where can I go) from Your spirit Lord (from Your spirit Lord)
When trouble is in my way Youíre already there (Youíre already there)
You will not go (You will not go) from my presence Lord (from my presence Lord)
Before a word of mine is said
If in the depths I lay my head
In the shadow of Your wings, Youíre there to hide me

Chorus 2x: I know Youíre there (You are there Ė oh) You are there
You are there (You are there Ė oh)
I know (You are there Ė oh) You are there
You are there (You are there Ė oh) I know

Bridge:
You are always watching me
You always have Your mind on me (always have Your mind on me)
You will never let me go (You will never, never, no, no, no)
Father I have come to know that
Through the night and through the day, You will lead me in Your way (You will lead me)
No matter what I say or do, You are there
In a dry and weary land where is no water, all that I know that You are there

Chorus:
You are there Ė oh, I know that Youíre there
You are there, You are there, I know (always, always, always)
Always be there for me (I know that Youíre there)
(You are there Ė oh), I know that Youíre
(You are always watching me, always have Your mind on me)
In the morning, in the evening times
When I lay my head down to sleep at night (You will never let me go, Father I have come to know)
I know Youíll be there in the morning light (you are there Ė oh)
I know (You are always watching me, always have Your mind on me)

(You are there Ė oh)
You are there
You will never let me go, Father I have come to know

"Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast." Psalm 139:7-10

Glory and Honor

Words and music: Keith Lancaster © 2000 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Glorious God by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Sean Samuel
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

When Iím there with You in heaven
What a wondrous joy will be
Gathered with the angel chorus
Standing by the glassy sea
Such a thought is hard to fathom
In the presence of my King
And with countless ones forgiven
Gathered round the throne to sing

Chorus:
Glory and honor, worthy is the Lamb (worthy is the Lamb)
Glory and honor, worthy is the Lamb (worthy is the Lamb)

Mortal words cannot express it
All the ways You reign supreme
Even death canít hold the vastness
Nor approach this awesome theme
You are God and to Your glory
We will worship and abide
In Your presence there forever
Weíll be happy to reside

Repeat Chorus

Ooh... (worthy is the Lamb)

Repeat Chorus

Worthy is the Lamb (worthy is the Lamb), worthy is the Lamb

Scriptural Reference:

"In a loud voice they sang:  'Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!'"  Revelation 5:12

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Y.R.A.G. Radio Segue

Words and music: Gary Evans Jr. © 2004 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
All Vocals: Gary Evans Jr.

Lyrics:

My Jesus knows this life Iím going through
Well He understands each care
Canít wait to meet Him in the air
To live with Him up there

He knows the home Iím striving for
Canít wait to see that day
Come in my child; Iíve prepared this place
My Lord will gladly say

He died (oh my Jesus) for me (Heís so wonderful)
So I can live with Him on high (live with Him up there on high)
He waits (oh my Jesus) above (Heís so wonderful) for me to join Him on that day
Heís wonderful (oh my Jesus, Heís so wonderful), my Jesus come and take me home

Scriptural Reference:

"Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin.  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."  Hebrews 4:14-16

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Gone Away

Words and music: Keith Lancaster, Sean Samuel, and Matt Nunnally © 2004 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Sean Samuel
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

On my way, on my way,
On my way home, on my way
On my way (repeat)

Heavenís where we want to go (You better get ready)
But for now (ĎCause you know not when the Lord will come)
We will wait here on the earth (Just keep your faith steady)
For that sound (The cross bears all, the battle has been won)

The dead in Christ will rise
Every knee will bow
The King will take His bride
When the trumpet sounds

Chorus:
Our Savior (Our Savior) has gone away
Promised Heís coming for us any day
Weíre waiting (weíre waiting here) for His shout
Final revealing what itís all about

On my way, on my way, on my way home,
On my way, on my way

It will be so nice on the (Oh wonít it be exciting)
Crystal shore (Thereíll be no rich and thereíll be no poor)
Nobody will be left out (Heís always inviting)
Any more (Weíll all be the same on the crystal shore)

Descending on a cloud
Come to claim His own (claiming His own)
The Savior of the world
Will take His children home

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Bridge (x3):
Heís the way to get there
See you when I get there
Heís the way, Heís the way
3x: On my way, on my way
(3rd time Ė He is the way)

Heís the way to get there (He is the way)
See you when I get there
He is the way and the truth and the life

Standing in the presence of (Oh tell me the story)
Christ the Lamb (of Christ the Lamb, the living Holy One)
We can hear the story from (Weíll live in his glory)
Him first hand (His light shines brighter than a million suns)

Weíll gather round the throne
Lift our praises high (Lifting our praises on high)
Weíll walk the street of gold
In the place where no one cries (Where no one cries)

Chorus 2:
Our Savior (our Savior) has gone away
Promised Heís coming for us any day
Weíre waiting (weíre waiting here) for His shout
Final revealing what itís all about

Repeat Chorus 2
(2nd time Ė Saviorís gone away, waiting for His shout)

Bridge to ending (x4): Heís the way to get there
See you when I get there
Heís the way, Heís the way (3x on my way, on my way)
(2nd, 3rd 4th time Ė He is the way)

Scriptural Reference:

"While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven."  Luke 24:51

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Take Me There

Words and music: Nicolas Dunbar and Keith Lancaster © 2004 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Nicolas Dunbar
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

Take me there, wonít you take me there (x4)
Wanna go there, I wanna go, wanna go, I wanna go there

Iíve got my bags packed and Iím ready to take flight (when I get up there)
No worries, no problems or troubles, everythingís all right
I am going to a place where there is no night (Lord Iím goiní)
And Iím told through stories of old, Jesus is the light (Jesus is light)
Iím still holdiní on, I anticipate that day (take me there, take, take wonít you take me there)
ĎCause I can hardly wait
Take me there

Chorus 1:
Iím going to heaven one day, one day
And I really canít wait to get there (canít wait to get there)
If you are listening the Saviorís calling
I wanna hear Him say
Iíve been forgiven, and Iím liviní today
And today Iím on my way there
How awesome just to see my Jesus on that day (I canít wait to see Him, really wanna go)

Take me there, take, take wonít you take me there
Take me there, take, take wonít you take me there

Now that Iím on my way
Nothiní can stop me now (canít stop me now)
No trials, tribulations, or persecutions (no, you canít stop us now)
Weíre fighting a good fight, we are soldiers of the cross (keep on fighting)
Iím awaitiní that day when we wonít suffer any loss (any loss)
Weíre telliní the world to come and join along (take me there, take, take wonít you take me there)
ĎCause with Jesusí love weíve never been so strong
So strong, so strong, so strong

Chorus 2:
Iím going to heaven one day, one day
And I really canít wait to get there (canít wait to get there)
If you are listening the Saviorís calling
I wanna hear him say
Iíve been forgiven and Iím liviní today
And today Iím on my way there
How awesome just to see Him on that day

Take me
Take me
Take me

Help me sing right now (take me there)
People get ready (people get), thereís a train a-cominí (woo hoo, woo hoo)
Donít need no baggage, just get on board (get on board)
All you need is faith to hear the diesel humminí (hmmmmmm)
Donít need no ticket (well), gonna find my Lord when it takes me home

Take me, Take (x2)
Take me, take, take wonít you take me there

Scriptural Reference:

"When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, 'I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.  I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.'"  Matthew 8:10-11

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Give Me Jesus

Words and music: Fernando Ortega © 2000 Word Music Inc./Dejamosolo Music
This song also appeared on Song Heard 'Round the World by Revival and Spirituals by Revival.
Lead: Matt Nunnally
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

Lord when I am alone
And when I am alone
And when I am alone
Give me Jesus

Chorus:
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Give me Jesus

In the morning when I rise
In the morning when I rise
In the morning when I rise
Give me Jesus

Repeat Chorus

And when I come to die
And when I come to die
And when I come to die
Give me Jesus

Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world (repeat)
Give me Jesus
Jesus

Scriptural Reference:

"May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."  Romans 15:5-6

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