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AcaDisc #5- Steppin on a Cloud by Acappella Vocal Band

Original Release: 1986 Clifty Records
Not Currently Available
Producer: Keith Lancaster
Engineers: Andy Haynes and John Laws
Cover Artwork: John Laws
Recording and Remixing Studio: Clifty Studios- Paris, TN
Members: Todd Austin - Bass
                 Jay Smith - Baritone/Vocal Percussion
                 Shannon Beasley - 2nd Tenor
                 Bret Testerman - 2nd Tenor/Lead
                 Terry Cheatham - 1st Tenor

Song List

Steppin on a Cloud
Lamb of God
Build an Ark
Peace that Passes Understanding
Giving Up
I Just Want to Know
Here We Are
I'm Lookin' Out
Blessed Messiah
Say Yes

Steppin on a Cloud

Words and music: Linda Stalls 1974 First Monday Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on The Early Years by AVB and Acappella Traditional by the Acappella Company.
Lead: Jay Smith

Lyrics:

One of these days (one of these days)
I'm gonna leave (I'm gonna leave)
Oh, it won't be long (one of these days)
'Til I'm going home (I'm going home)
Ooo, I'll take (I'm gonna take)
My final journey (my final journey)
I'm gonna rest (I'm gonna rest)
In the heaven blue dawn (in the heaven blue dawn)

Sometimes I get in a hurry (Gonna pass the moon)
The stars and the planets (the stars and the planets)
I'm gonna walk (I'm gonna walk)
On that milky white way (on the milky white way)
Oh, and Gabriel (me and old Gabriel)
He gives the signal (he gives the signal)
I'm gonna leave (I'm gonna leave)
For heaven to stay (for heaven to stay)

Chorus:
Steppin' on a cloud we'll see Jesus
Rise to meet Him in the air
Steppin' on a cloud He will greet us
Oh, the joy together we'll share
I'm gonna leave this world behind me
I'm a going where the devil cannot find me

I'm going higher (higher), higher (higher), higher (higher), higher (higher)
To meet Jesus steppin' on a cloud (steppin' on a cloud)

Repeat Chorus

I'm going higher (higher) to praise him (higher), higher (higher) to thank him (higher)
I'm going higher (higher) to meet him (higher), higher (higher) to greet him (higher)
Going up higher (higher), higher (higher), higher (higher), higher (higher)
To meet Jesus steppin' on a cloud (steppin' on a cloud)

Repeat Chorus

Now don't you wanna praise him (higher), praise him (higher), praise him (higher), praise him (higher)
I said praise him (higher), praise him (higher), praise him (higher), praise him (higher)
You'll meet Jesus steppin' on a cloud
Steppin' on a cloud, steppin' on a cloud

Scriptural Reference:

"After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever." 1 Thessalonians 4:17

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Lamb of God

Words and music: Twila Paris 1985 Ariose Music/Mountain Spring Music
This song also appeared on The Early Years by AVB, Awesome God: A Cappella Worship by The Acappella Company, and as part of "Praise Medley" on The Road by AVB.
Lead: Bret Testerman

Lyrics:

Your only son, no sin to hide
But you have sent Him from your side
To walk upon this guilty sod
And to become a Lamb of God

Chorus:
Oh, Lamb of God (Lamb of God)
Sweet Lamb of God (sweet Lamb of God)
I love the Holy Lamb of God (the Holy Lamb of God)
Oh, wash me in His precious blood (wash me in His precious blood)
My Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God

Your gift of love they crucified
They laughed and scorned Him as He died
The humble King they named a fraud
And sacrificed the Lamb of God

Repeat Chorus

I was so lost, I should have died
But you have brought me to your side
To be led by your staff and rod
And to be called a lamb of God

Oh, Lamb of God (Lamb of God)
Sweet Lamb of God (sweet Lamb of God)
I love the Holy Lamb of God (the Holy Lamb of God)
Oh, wash me in His precious blood (wash me in His precious blood)
'Til I am just a lamb of God
Oh, wash me in His precious blood (wash me in His precious blood)
'Til I am just a lamb of God

Scriptural Reference:

"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'" John 1:29

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Build an Ark

Words and music: Paul Evans 1978 Dejamus, Inc., Port Music, Inc., & Trajames Music, Inc
This song also appeared on The Early Years by AVB.
Lead: None

Lyrics:

Chorus:
Build an ark
Head for the open water
Save your sons and your daughters
Build an ark
Build an ark
When the storm is ended
You'll know the world has been mended
Build an ark

I'm tired of all the villians
Tired of all the killins
Tired of the men who make the laws
And break them any time they please
I'm tired of all the big lies
Where are all the good guys?
Sometimes I think I feel the way
That Noah did when the Lord commanded...

Repeat Chorus (with stepouts)

My father and my mother
My sisters and my brothers
All of the friends I care about
And the woman that I've learned to love
I'll gather them together
Promise them forever
We'll be safe from the world around us
All we have to do is to love eachother

Repeat Chorus (with stepouts)

Let's gather them together
Promise them foreverc
We'll be safe from the world around us
All we have to do is to love eachother

Repeat Chorus (with stepouts)

Everybody sing...
Repeat Chorus (with stepouts) (It is time to build an ark, It is time to build and ark)

Everybody come...
Repeat Chorus (with stepouts) (It is time to build an ark, It is time to build and ark) [Fade]

Scriptural Reference:

"This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high."  Genesis 6:15

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Peace that Passes Understanding

Words and music: Claire Cloninger & Wayne Watson 1985 Word Music, Inc.
This song also appeared on The Early Years by AVB.
Lead: Terry Cheatham

Lyrics:

Seasons of my soul they come and go
But as they slip away I know
Something else remains that will not change
Places in my heart are torn apart
But in my brokedness I find
Something stays behind that will not change

Chorus:
The peace that passes understanding
Is a blessing that will never fade away
The peace that passes understanding
Is here to stay
The peace that passes understanding
Never passes away

Lord in times alone my heart has known
The quiet words of your tender love
And your gentle touch that changes me
Even through the storm I'm safe and I'm warm
For you have covered me with grace
In your hiding place I am at peace

Peace comes like the dawn
Peace like the world can't understand
You take my hand and I stand
Though others may fall

Repeat Chorus (x3)

Scriptural Reference:

"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7

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Giving Up

Words and music: Bryan Duncan Fanatic Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on The Early Years by AVB.
Lead: Bret Testerman

Lyrics:

I'm gonna stop kicking my self around
Swimming in a pool of pity
I'm gonna pick myself up off the ground
And get back to the nitty gritty

It's just one step, two step
And then I'm back on my way (on my way)
Sittin' around has just been getting me down
And that's why I just have to say

Chorus:
That I'm giving up, giving up
I'll never give up again (giving up, giving up now)
I'm giving up, giving up
And hanging on 'til the end (giving up, giving up)

Repeat Chorus

I'm gonna keep working with what I've got
Wait until the clouds start breaking
Instead of sitting and wishing for a better lot
Than the one already in the making

It's just one step, two step
And strength enough for today (for today)
Working it out instead of fretting about
It's gonna help to keep me on my way

Repeat Chorus

Lord,
Repeat Chorus

When it gets to hard to take it and I don't think I can make it any longer
That's when I decide that I'm gonna take another stride and ask the Lord to give me strength to hold on

Whoa...
Giving on up (giving up, giving on up)
I'll never give up again (giving up, giving up now)
I said I'm giving up (giving up, giving on up)
(giving up, giving up)
Well, I'm giving up, I'm giving up (giving up, giving on up)
I'm giving up (giving up, giving up now)
Well, I know that it sounds so simple (giving up, giving on up)
But it's up to me (giving up, giving up)
(giving up, giving on up)
(I'm giving up, giving up now)
Well, I know when it's through (giving up, giving on up)
Your going to see me through it again (giving up, giving up)
I'm gonna pick myself up (giving up, giving on up)
(I'm giving up, giving up now)
Giving up, giving up (giving up, giving on up) (fade)

Scriptural Reference:

"Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."  1 Corinthians 15:58

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I Just Want to Know

Words: Stormie Omartian 1979 Word Music (ASCAP)
Music: Michael Omartian 1979 Word Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on The Early Years by AVB.
Lead: Terry Cheatham

Lyrics:

Well, I just want to know
Well, I just want to know
Well, I just (just want to know) want to know (just want to know)
Well, I just (just want to know) want to know (just want to know)
Well, I just (just want to know) want to know (just want to know)
Well, I just (just want to know) want to know (just want to know)

Well, it's taken all this time
Just to see what I really had
Knowing someone wonderful as you
Well, you've done so much for me
Far beyond what a friend would do
Now I just want to know what I can do for you
Lord, I just want to know what I can do for you

It seems most of my life
I was thinking about myself
Even when I learned to call on you
And no matter what I did
You were always there to see me through
Now I just want to know what I can do for you
Lord, I just want to know what I can do for you

Well, I'd give you all my time
And all the love that I could find
I'd just lay it on the line
Like you did once for me
I would change all my plans
Put my life into your hands
And I try to understand
What you want me to be

'Cause it's taken all this time
For my heart to be taught to say
"Whatever you want, that's what I want too"
Well, it won't even up the score
But it's the least that I can do
Well, I just want to know what I can do for you
Lord, I just want to know what I can do for you

Well, I just want to know
Well, I just want to know
Well, I just (just want to know) want to know (just want to know)
Well, I just (just want to know) want to know (just want to know)
Well, I just want to know

Scriptural Reference:

"Jesus answered, The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.'"  John 6:29

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Here We Are

Words and music: Dallas Holm 1978 Dimension Music/Going Holm Music
This song also appeared on The Early Years by AVB.
Lead: Bret Testerman

Lyrics:

Chorus:
Here we are in your presence
Lifting holy hands to you
Here we are praising Jesus
For the things he's brought us through

Well, I don't have the words to tell you how I feel
I just don't know what I can say
But I'm not worthy to speak your holy name
Yet you tell me you love me just the same

Repeat Chorus

Well, I never thought that it could be this way
I never though I'd be the one
But you found me when I was dying in my sin
You looked at me with love and took me in

Repeat Chorus (x2)

For the things he's brought us through

Scriptural Reference:

"`If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.'"  2 Chronicles 21:9

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I'm Lookin' Out

Words and music: Wayne Watson 1985 by Word Music
This song also appeared on The Early Years by AVB and as "Looking Out for #1" on Acappella Classics 2 and Acappella Classics Longplay by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Shannon Beasley

Lyrics:

They advertise it on the television
I hear them plug it on the radio
How we've come to this I really do not know
We're giving glory to the human race now
Man's evolving to a higher place
We will see the wrath of God if things don't change

People led about by blind ambition
And nobody wants to be outdone
Then they say "You gotta' look out for number one"

Chorus:
Jesus is still in control of my life
He's the Master and second to none
One day the Lord will break open the sky
So I guess you could say I'm looking out
I'm looking out for Number One

Using people just to gain position
Whatever happened to the golden rule
We've become a generation of power hungry fools
People living for their reputation
To make a name that everyone will know
What'll it take to show that life's no one-man show

If you think that life is out to get you
And you feel you gotta' protect yourself
Turn it over to the one who knows you so well

Repeat Chorus

Number One

Repeat Chorus

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
I'm looking out
Whoa oh whoa oh

Scriptural Reference:

"But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, 'Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?'  'I am,' said Jesus. 'And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.'  Mark 14:61-62

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Blessed Messiah

Words and music: Eddie DeGarmo & Dana Key 1984 DKB Music
This song also appeared on The Early Years by AVB.
Duet: Shannon Beasley and Terry Cheatham

Lyrics:

He was born to this world through a virgin
It was told that way centuries before
He opened the entrance of heaven
So strangers could pass through its doors

And few they would listen and less would believe
An invisible kingdom they could not conceive
He sufferred a death that purchased a crown for me

Chorus:
Blessed Messiah, my redeemer
You are the mighty King of kings
Blessed Messiah, my redeemer
My Lord Messiah came down to me

He spoke with the wisdom of angels
Of a kingdom that we could not see
And he promised we'd live there forever
If only through faith we'd believe

Wisemen still seek Him and no one can say
That this man named Jesus is not who He claims
He rose from the dead and He lives with me still today

Repeat Chorus

Through ages of time (ages of time)
Man did not see (man did not see)
Redemption so blessed and so free
I don't deserve (I don't deserve)
The gift that you gave (gift that you gave)
When you sent your Son to me

Repeat Chorus (x2)

My Lord Messiah came down to me

Scriptural Reference:

"The woman said, 'I know that Messiah' (called Christ) 'is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.'"  John 4:25

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Say Yes

Words and music: John Edward Carswell 1987 Sony/ATV Songs LLC (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on The Early Years by AVB.
Lead: Bret Testerman

Lyrics:

Ooh wee ooh wah, wah ooh, di di di di di di
Ooh wee ooh wah, wah ooh, di di di (say yes)

The question comes from far and near
The pressure comes in from my peers
They want to know just how far we'll go
The answer we've been told is to just say no

Unh uh, oh no, not me, forget it, negative, get outta here, no
No

Chorus:
How can you say no 'til you've said yes?
How can you do better 'til you've trusted the best?
Jesus is the answer to life's test
So how can you say no 'til you say yes, yes, yes?
Yes, yes, yes
I said say yeah (yeah), yeah (yeah), say yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)
Yeah yeah yeah
Ooh wee ooh wah, wah ooh, di di di di di di
Ooh wee ooh wah, wah ooh, di di di (say yes)

Now listen close to me my friends
I've told you once now I'll tell you again
Jesus alone can give you strength to know
When to say yes and when to say no

Unh uh, oh no, not me, forget it, negative, get outta here, no
No

Repeat Chorus

Yeah!

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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Special thanks for additions and/or corrections to: Newton Kern, Mike Knowles, Gary Moyers, and Dave Coleman

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