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AcaDisc #83- Hear It In Our Voice by The Acappella Company

Original Release: 1994 Word Records & Music
Not currently available.
Recording and Mixing Studio: Clifty Studios- Paris, TN
Mixed by: John Laws and Gary Miller
Mastered by: Hank Williams and Ken Love at Master Mix
Creative Direction: Buddy Jackson and Cindy Sargent at Jackson Design
Art Direction: Buddy Jackson
Design: Karinne Miller
Vocals: See original albums.  All recordings are the same as their original albums.

Song List

Only Truth
More Precious Than Gold
Child of God
Easter Song
Everything's Gonna Be All Right
Pleasing Him
I Believe in You
Ride the Chariot
Ignorance Ain't Bliss
It's the Blood
Lift Every Voice
Pearl of Great Price

Only Truth

Words and music: Keith Lancaster 1993 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)  
This song also appeared on Set Me Free by Acappella and The Collection by Acappella.  
This song won the 1994 CARA for "Best Signed Professional Song."  
Producer's Note from The Collection: "The laughing you hear in the beginning is Gary Moyers, amused at some studio bloopers.  You can tell it's a genuine laugh.  We thought it would be fun to keep it in the mix.  Wayburn Dean has to be one of the greatest voices I have ever heard in my life.  His work on this song, one the song "Rescue," as well as many others is an outstanding expression of emotion and style."
Lead: Wayburn Dean

Lyrics:

All You ever said before no matter what it was
It was the truth - ever lovin' truth
Every time You spoke a word the voice of God was
Being heard - I know it was truth

It was the truth it was nothing but the truth
Only truth comes from You
It was the truth it was nothing but the truth
And it's all You can do

All You've ever done before no matter what You've chosen
It was right - You are always right
Every time You willed a way and
Everything You've had to say - I know it was right

It was the truth it was nothing but the truth
Only truth comes from You
It was the truth it was nothing but the truth
And it's all You can do

Chorus:
Only truth, loving truth
Only truth, loving truth

(You know it was your Word
And it was the truth
every lovin' truth
You are always right, all you do is real
Truth comes from you, and it's only you)

Turning to the pages of the Bible of the ages
It was real - All You do is real
Everything You've written down we all will count
On been sound - we know it was real

It was Your word
It was nothing but Your word
That inspired those men
It was Your word
It was nothing but Your word
That will teach us again

(verse one)

Repeat Chorus

Scriptural Reference:

Jesus uses the phrase "I tell you the truth" over 75 times in the New Testament.
"For the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." John 1:17

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More Precious Than Gold

Words and music: Keith Lancaster 1993 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)  
This song also appeared on Set Me Free by Acappella and Acappella Word of God Longplay by The Acappella Company.  A portion of this song appeared in Sony Camcorder commercials.
Lead: George Pendergrass

Lyrics:

hey are more precious than gold
Sweeter than the honey
They are more precious than gold
And the honey comb

The laws of the Lord are perfect
Reviving the soul, reviving the soul
Reviving the soul

They are more precious than gold
Sweeter than the honey
They are more precious than gold
And the honey comb

They make wise the simple
They give joy to the heart
Light to the eyes
Enduring forever
Righteous altogether
They bring great reward

The laws of the Lord are perfect
Reviving the soul, reviving the soul
Reviving the soul

May the words of my mouth
And the meditation of my heart
Be pleasing in your sight
O Lord my rock
My rock and my redeemer
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer

The laws of the Lord are perfect
Reviving the soul, reviving the soul
Reviving the soul

They are more precious than gold
Sweeter than the honey
They are more precious than gold
And the honey comb

Scriptural Reference:

"The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul... They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honey comb... May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:7,10,14

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Child of God

Words and music: Gary Moyers 1993 Clifty Music (BMI)
This song also appeared on Like My Daddy by Acappella Children.
Lead: Tasha Hatcher

Lyrics:

One question always asked of me
Everybody's wondering what I think I'll be
My parents seem to know how my heart's inclined
But I think I'm having problems making up my mind

I've taken several tests for personality
But they never have revealed my tendancies
I can't say exactly where my path will lead
You see there's only one thing I really wanna be

Chorus 1:
A child of God, you know I'll always be a child of God
Whatever I do, no matter how old I am
My Father keeps me safe in His gentle hands
A child of God, you know I'll always be a child of God
I might get older in years, I may be graying and wise
But I'll still be a kid in my Father's eyes
In His eyes

I may just make it on a who's who list
Or maybe end up as a scientist
There's lots of neat things that I could invent
Or even grow up to be the president

Lots of people say I should be this or that
But my Father's gonna love me right where I'm at (right where I'm at)
I'll never need to worry 'bout the path I trod
Because I know that I will always be a child of my God

Chorus 2:
A child of God, you know I'll always be a child of God (you know whatever I do)
Whatever I do, no matter how old I am
My Father keeps me safe in His gentle hands
A child of God, you know I'll always be a child of God (I'm His kid)
I might get older in years, I may be graying and wise
But I'll still be a kid in my Father's eyes
In His eyes (in His eyes, in His eyes), my Father's loving eyes

Bridge:
I think I know why my daddy loves His children's ways
I heard that Jesus was a kid in His early days

Repeat Chorus 2

Scriptural Reference:

"Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God."  John 1:12-13
"The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children."  Romans 8:16

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Easter Song

Words and music: Annie Herring 1974 Latter Rain Music (ASCAP), Adm. by Sparrow Corp.
This song also appeared on Travelin' Shoes by Acappella, Acappella Resurrection by The Acappella Company, and The Acappella Project by Glad.
Swahili Translation: Richard Chowning
Lead: Gary Moyers

Lyrics:

(Swahili intro)

Verse 1:
Hear the bells ringin' (hallelujah)
Hear the bells singin' (hallelujah)
We can be born again
(Hallelujah)
Hear the bells ringin' (hallelujah)
Hear the angels singin' (hallelujah)
We can be born again
(Hallelujah)

The angels up on the tombstone (hallelujah)
Said He is risen just as He said (hallelujah, hallelujah)
Quickly now, go tell His disciples that Jesus Christ is no longer dead! (hallelujah)

Joy to the world!
He is risen
Hallelujah
He's risen
Hallelujah
He's risen
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

(Swahili Interlude)

Repeat Verse 1 (with double echo)

The angels up on the tombstone (hallelujah)
Said He is risen just as He said (hallelujah, hallelujah)
Quickly now, go tell His disciples that Jesus Christ is no longer dead! (hallelujah)

Joy to the world!
He is risen
Hallelujah
He's risen
Hallelujah
He's risen
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

(Swahili Outro)

Scriptural Reference:

"He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."  Matthew 28:6-7
"He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.'" Mark 16:6-7

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Everything's Gonna Be All Right

Words and music: Gary Moyers and Duane Adams 1993 Clifty Music (BMI)/Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Acappella Ladies by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Kaci Bolls

Lyrics:

All right now, all right now, all right now, all right now

I'm feeling fine today. What else can I say?
I know all along through all the wrong
He's making me strong
When tears are not enough, when life seems too tough
Through the daily grind, if you're one step behind
Just give it some time

'Cause there is one who loves me
Shown me good living
Constantly serving, Constantly giving

Everything is gonna be all right
Everything is gonna be all right
Murphy said if it could go wrong it would
I kind of doubt that he was looking for the good
'Cause God said, everything is gonna be all right

You've got your head held high (head held high)
But you're not sure why
Don't try to pretend, you'll only win
If he's living within
Without the light of day you can't see the way
So why all the pain? You worry in vain
His loss is your gain

'Cause there is one who loves me
Shown me good living
Constantly serving, constantly giving

Chorus:
Everything is gonna be all right (yes it is)
Everything is gonna be all right
Just keep in mind that He is working on your heart
Don't tell me you forgot who's been there
From the start
'Cause God said everything is gonna be all right

Bridge:
He said it's gonna be okay
Just listen close to what He will say
He said it's gonna be okay
He'll lift you up if you kneel down to pray

Repeat Chorus

(Everything is gonna be all right)
Everything is gonna be all right (all right now, all right now, all right now, all right now)
Everything is gonna be all right

Scriptural Reference:

"What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ."  Philippians 3:8

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Pleasing Him

Words and music: Keith Lancaster 1979 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Sing and Make Music by Keith Lancaster, The Reason by Keith Lancaster, and Longplay by Keith Lancaster.

Lyrics:

Helping souls
Feeding the hungry
Taking care of those in need
Faithful works
Did you ever consider
The reason behind all of these?

Do we give them bread
Just to take care of their hunger?
Do we help the poor
Just because it is good?
Are the faithful works
Just to make us feel better?

What's the bottom line?

Chorus:
Pleasing Him, pleasing Him
We make that our goal
A greater aim has no one
Nor has there ever been
So we make it our goal to please Him

Watching your tongue
Trying to be selfless
Raisin' children in the light
Keeping your word
Loving your neighbor
Why should we be living right?

Do we keep our words pure
To keep down the pollution?
Live the golden rule
'Cause it's nice to do?
Are we telling the truth
For the feeling it gives us?

What's the reason for it all?

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
Why does your heart
Seem to be troubled?
Lost within a world of aims
We should all turn back
To our solid foundation
How good and simple it remains

In the church
Most the time on time
Tryin' to keep our list of goals
Tellin' the lost
But are they perceivin'
The motivation in our souls?

Do we go to the church
So nobody will call us?
Are we sharing our faith
'Cause it's what we're told?
Do we know for ourselves
Without any reservation
What's the purpose that we hold?
What is the purpose that we hold?

Repeat Chorus

So we make it our goal to please Him
Pleasing Him
Make it our goal to please Him
We make it our goal
We make it our goal
Make it our goal
Pleasing Him

Scriptural Reference:

"So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it."  2 Corinthians 5:9

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I Believe in You

Words and music: Hank Fenn and Riley Black 1991 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Acappella Ladies by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Dawn Livingston and Kim Scott

Lyrics:

Chorus 1:
Anywere I go and whatever I may do
Jesus, you're my Lord. I believe in you
And I know you'll answer every time that I pray
Jesus, you're my Lord. I believe in you, I believe in you

I believe (I believe)
I believe (I believe)
I believe (I believe)
I believe

I believe that you walked on the water
That you made the blind to see
I believe that you came and died on the cross
To set me free
It makes me so happy just to know that you love me
I want you to know that in you I believe

Chorus 2:
Anywere I go and whatever I may do (I believe in you)
Jesus, you're my Lord. I believe in you (Jesus you're my Savior)
And I know you'll answer every time that I pray (every time that I pray)
Jesus, you're my Lord. I believe in you, I believe in you (I believe in you)

I believe (I believe)
I believe (I believe) (I believe in you)
I believe (I believe)
I believe

I believe in the angel who sat on the stone
That was rolled away (I believe)
I believe that the Son of God rose again
On that glorious day (I believe)
It makes me so happy (makes me so happy) just to know that you are alive (I will believe til I die)
I will believe in you until the day that I die (until I see you)

Repeat Chorus 2

Bridge:
I believe that he's up in heaven (I believe, I believe)
Sitting at God's right hand (I believe, I believe)
I believe that we've got to be ready (I believe, I believe)
'Cause he's coming again

Repeat Chorus 1

Repeat Chorus 2

I believe in you (I believe, I believe)
I believe in you (I believe, I believe)
I believe in you (I believe, I believe)

I believe (I believe)
I believe (I believe)
I believe (I believe)
I believe

Scriptural Reference:

"'Yes, Lord,' she told him, 'I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.'"  John 11:27

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Ride the Chariot

Words and music: Traditional Spiritual
Arrangement: George Pendergrass, Wayburn Dean and Keith Lancaster 1993 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP) / Clifty Music (BMI)
This song also appeared on Acappella Spirituals and Acappella Spirituals Longplay by The Acappella Company and as part of "Climbin' Up the Mountain, Ride the Chariot Medley" on Show Me the Cross by Revival.
Lead: John Green, Wayburn Dean, Robert Guy, George Pendergrass

Lyrics:

Chorus:
Ride the chariot in the mornin' Lord (in the mornin' Lord)
Ride the chariot in the mornin' Lord (in the mornin' Lord)
I'm getting ready for the judgment day
My Lord, my Lord

(C'mon and ride) Ride the chariot in the mornin' Lord
(C'mon and ride) Ride the chariot in the mornin' Lord
(C'mon and ride) I'm getting ready for the judgment day
My Lord, my Lord

Are you ready my brother (oh yes my Lord)
Are you ready for the journey (oh yes my Lord)
Do you wanna see my Jesus
(Oh yes) I'm waiting for the chariot
'Cause I'm ready to go

Repeat Chorus (with stepouts) (x2)

(Get ready for the mighty journey leaving in the morning.
Get ready for the master call, just call me in morn.
Get ready if you wanna see my Jesus)

Are you ready my sister
Are you ready for the journey
Do you wanna see my Jesus
(Oh yes) I'm waiting for the chariot
'Cause I'm ready to go

Well I never will forget that day (what a day, my Lord)
When all my sins were taken away (how he washed it white as snow)
My feet were snatched from the miry clay (I'm a changed man, I'm a new life)
And I'm gonna serve him till that judgment day (hey, come on)

Repeat Chorus (x2)

I'm gonna ride in the chariot
in the chariot, (are you ready to ride?) in the chariot
Ride in the chariot

(Get ready for the mighty journey leaving in the morning.
Get ready for the master call, just call me in morn.
Get ready if you wanna see my Jesus)

Are you ready my sister
Are you ready for the journey
Do you wanna see my Jesus
(Oh yes) I'm waiting for the chariot
'Cause I'm ready to go

Ride in the chariot

Scriptural Reference:

"As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind."  2 Kings 2:11

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Ignorance Ain't Bliss

Words and music: Wes McKinzie and John K. Green 1993 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on U and Me and God Make 5 by AVB, The Road by AVB, and Life by New Reign.
Raps: Wes McKinzie 1st and 3rd, Brishan Hatcher 2nd
Lead: Brishan Hatcher

Lyrics:

(Spoken)
This is a song about perceptions, paradigms, and politics
Borne out of the prejudices that plague us as a people
Get the point?
Then lets proceed...

Ignorance ain't bliss when it comes in the form of a dis
Prejuidice and racial perception from a distance breeds misconceptions
A man's skin color ain't the place to start
You gotta get close, get into the heart
Otherwise, there's a lot you'll miss
Prejudicial ignorance sho ain't bliss
Get this

Chorus:
What makes you think he would let you get by
Using ignorance as an alibi?
Think again, there seems to be something you've missed
Prejudicial ignorance sho ain't bliss (sho ain't bliss)
Sho ain't bliss (sho ain't bliss)

Society's confused when it comes to the way that we view
People from an outward perspective, with appearance we're so selective
A man's discarded if he dresses oddly
We avoid those with handicapped bodies
The retarded simply dismissed
Prejudicial ignorance sure ain't bliss

Repeat Chorus

What makes you stop short of makin' that move
To break the comfort zone you're accustomed to?
Open eyes, realize the truth you can't dismiss
Prejudicial ignorance sho ain't bliss (Sho isn't, sho isn't)
Sho ain't bliss (No it isn't, no it isn't)

Ignorance and arrogance, goin' hand in hand
Condescending judgments of our fellow man
Variety's the spice of life so what good is achieved
By division and derision of the differences we see

The Christian community
Must cease the negativity
'Cause a dose of humility
Will spark the cause of unity
Accept the reality
That it's our responsibility
To share our love consistenly
And work to be a family
That's the way (Aw that's the way)
That's the way (Yeah that's the way)
That's the way (Uh huh)
We'll find bliss

Prejudicial ignorance isn't bliss

Repeat Chorus

Now it's time to get funky...
Ministries on trial 'cause they fail to fit a certain style (We're on trial, different style)
People's praise snuffed out by tradition, policing music that's deemed "Un-Christian" (Unjustly condemned)
You can't judge worship by a dance or groove (Music's groove and)
To Him it's pleasing when the heart's in tune (Heart's in tune)
It's a shame all the joy that's missed (Praise is not a sin)
Legalistic ignorance sho ain't bliss (It's bliss)
Sing it out!

Repeat Chorus

What makes you stop short of makin' that move
To break the comfort zone you're accustomed to?
Open eyes, realize the truth you can't dismiss
Prejudicial ignorance sho ain't bliss (Sho ain't bliss)
Sho ain't bliss (Sho ain't bliss)

Scriptural Reference:

"Do not judge according to appearances, but judge with righteous judgment." John 7:24
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:28
"They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts."  Ephesians 4:18

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It's the Blood

Words and Music: Duane Adams and Gary Moyers 1992 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)/Clifty Music (BMI)
This song also appeared on Acappella Country by The Acappella Company and Acappella Favorites by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Duane Adams

Lyrics:

There is a story, speaks of glory, so I've learned
Knowing the Savior, new behavior, through His words
Presence of power, at any hour, I am sure
Through my trials, no denials, I'm secure
You might not see why He cares
So I need to share (I need to share His love)

Chorus:
It's His love that shelters a wounded heart
It's His strength to a spirit that's fallen apart
It's His faithful compassion that always forgives
Through His death He has shown me how I should live
It's the blood (it's the blood), it's the blood (it's the blood)
It's the blood that He sees when He looks at me
It's the blood (it's the blood), it's the blood (it's the blood)
It's the blood that has made us free
It's the blood

I am committed, so I'm livin', standing firm
I'm still waiting, anticipating, His return (I am going home)
His words are honest, and He made a promise, of a place I'm going to (place I'm going to)
I know what He's saying and I'm still praying that He'll come soon
Safe in His arms is where I want be
I want to hold the hands that bled for me

Repeat Chorus

Oh, it's the blood (it's the blood), it's the blood (it's the blood)
It's the blood that He sees when He looks at me
It's the blood (it's the blood), it's the blood (it's the blood)
It's the blood that has made us free
It's the blood

I am going home

Scriptural Reference:

"Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water."  Hebrews 10:19-22

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Lift Every Voice

Words and music: Traditional
Arrangement: Wayburn Dean 1992 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Vocals: Wayburn Dean, Jay Smith, John Green, George Pendergrass, Pam Pendergrass, Darnella Dean, Duane Adams, John Laws, and Southwestern Christian College Chorus
This song also appeared on Acappella America by The Acappella Company and Acappella Favorites by The Acappella Company.
Lead: George Pendergrass, Wayburn Dean, John Green, and Jay Smith

Lyrics:

(Let freedom ring in every nation)
Lift every voice and sing till earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of liberty
Let our rejoicing rise high as the, high as the listening skies
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea

(Let our rejoicing rise)
God of our weary years, God of our silent tears
Thou who has brought us thus far on our way
Thou who has by thy might led us into the light
Keep us forever (never lead us, stay beside us) in thy path (walkin' in the path, that's where we are gonna pray) we pray

(God who led us to the light, keep us forever)
Sing (let freedom ring) a song (let freedom ring)
Full of the faith (let freedom ring) that the dark past (let a freedom ring) has taught us
Sing a song
Full of the hope that the present has brought us

Facing the rising sun (the sun, the sun, the sun) of our new day begun (of our new day begun)
Let us march on (march on, march on, march on) till victory is won

Lift every voice and sing till earth and heaven ring
Til it rings, ring with the harmonies of liberty
Let our rejoicing rise high as the listening skies
Let it resound (let it resound) loud as the rolling sea

Let freedom ring (x5)
Freedom is ringing
Let freedom ring

Praise the Lord the victory's won

Scriptural Reference:

"Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the Lord returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes."  Isaiah 52:8

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Pearl of Great Price

Words and Music: Randy Hatchett and Ron Hatchett 1993 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Parables of Jesus by The Acappella Company and X-Changed by X-Changed.
Lead: John Laws

Lyrics:

Chorus:
It's a pearl of great price
And it's worth his life
He was lookin' cross the land
Now it's in his hand
He gave his whole world
For that precious pearl
A pearl of great price
Is like the kingdom of Heaven

Jesus told the story 'bout a merchant man
Who was looking for that precious pearl across the land
When he found it he knew (he knew)
Just what to do
He sold everything he owned
And took that pearl home

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
(Pearl of great price)
It's the one you want
(Pearl of great price)
Got to give it all
(Pearl of great price)
When you find it then
You do anything you can
To get it in your hand

Repeat Chorus

Repeat Bridge

Repeat Chorus (x2)

("Get it, got to get it, got to get it" repeated in background)
The one, it's the one you want
You know, when you find it then
Hey, give it all you've got
Got to give it all to get (Get that pearl!)

He gave his whole world for that precious pearl
A pearl of great price is like the kingdom of Heaven

Scriptural Reference:

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

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Special thanks for additions and/or corrections to: Jeff Frank

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