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AcaDisc #34- The Vocal Union by The Vocal Union (Acappella Artist Series from The Acappella Company)

Original Release: 1995 The Acappella Company
Available through The Acappella Company
Producer: Keith Lancaster
Production Assistant: Gary Moyers, Larry Sparks, John Laws, and Darin Cochran
Engineers: Gary Miller, John Laws, Gary Miner, Darin Cochran, Kevin Scaffer, Brishan Hatcher, and Robert Orr
Assistant Engineers: Aaron Herman, Tim Storms, and Roy Hawkins
Recording Studio: Clifty Studios- Paris, TN
Mixed by: Gary Miller, Darin Cochran, Kevin Schaffer, and John Laws
Mastered by: Masterfonics
Design: Tufts Design Studio
Photography: Russ Harrington
Vocals: Tim Storms - Bass
            Gary Miller - Bass
            Aaron Herman - Baritone
            Roy Hawkins - Baritone
            Darin Cochran - 2nd Tenor
            Keith Lancaster - 1st and 2nd Tenor
            John Laws - 1st and 2nd Tenor
            Kevin Schaffer - 1st Tenor

Song List

We Shall Wear a Crown
I've Never Been This Homesick Before
Home Where I Belong
Brother Taylor
God Told Nicodemus
Born Again
Fill My Cup, Lord
This Old House/Your First Day in Heaven
Sweet Beulah Land
Is That the Old Ship of Zion

We Shall Wear a Crown

Words and music: Rex Nelon 1980 Rex Nelson Music Company
This song also appeared on Made In His Image by His Image.
Lead: Keith Lancaster

Lyrics:

We shall wear a crown (robe and crown)
Watching, therefore, you know not the day (know not the day)
When the Lord shall call your soul away (call your soul away)
If you're fighting, striving for the right
You shall wear a robe and crown
Watching, therefore, you know not the day (know not the day)
When the Lord shall call your soul away (call your soul)
If you're fighting, striving for the right
You shall wear a robe and crown

Chorus 1:
I'm gonna wear a crown (I'm gonna wear a crown)
I'm gonna wear a crown (I'm gonna wear a crown)
When the trumpet sounds (When that trumpet sounds)
When the trumpet sounds (When the trumpet sounds)
(I'm gonna wear a crown)
I'm gonna wear a crown (I'm gonna wear a crown)
We shall wear a robe and crown

Chorus 2:
I'm gonna wear a crown (I'm gonna wear a crown)
I'm gonna wear a crown (I'm gonna wear a crown)
When the trumpet sounds (When that trumpet sounds)
When the trumpet sounds (When the trumpet sounds)
(I will surely wear a crown)
I'm gonna wear a crown (I'm gonna wear a crown)

Bridge 1:
Just as soon as my feet strike Zion
I'm gonna lay down my heavy burden
I'm gonna put on my robe in glory
Shout and tell the glad story
Soon as I can see Jesus
I'm gonna tell him all about my troubles
I'm gonna put on my robe in glory
Shout and tell Him my story

Hey, We shall wear a robe and crown

Repeat Chorus 2

Repeat Bridge 1

Bridge 2:
Soon as my feet strike Zion (Zion)
Lay down my heavy burden (my heavy burden)
Put on my robe in glory (robe in glory)
Shout and tell Him my story (and tell Him my story)
Soon as I can see Jesus (Jesus)
Tell Him all about my troubles (tell Him all about my troubles)
Put on my robe in glory (my robe in glory)
Shout (for), shout (joy), tell Him my story
Hey, we shall wear a robe and crown

Repeat Chorus 1

(We're gonna wear a crown) We shall wear a robe and crown (We shall wear a robe and crown)
Wear a crown!

Scriptural Reference:

"Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever."  1 Corinthians 9:25
"Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day--and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing."  2 Timothy 4:8
"And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away."  1 Peter 5:4
"I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown."  Revelation 3:11

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I've Never Been This Homesick Before

Words and music: Dottie Rambo John T. Benson Publishing Co. (ASCAP)
Lead: John Laws, Keith Lancaster, and Kevin Schaffer

Lyrics:

There's a light in the window
And the table's set in splendor
Someone's standing by the open door (open door)
I can see a crystal river
Oh I must be near forever
And I've never been this homesick before

Chorus:
See the bright light shine
It's just about hometime
I can see my Father standing at the door
This world has been a wilderness
I'm headed for deliverance
Lord, I've never been this homesick before

I can see the family gather
Sweet faces, there all familiar
But no one's old or feeble anymore (never grow old)
Oh this lonesome heart is cryin'
Think I'll spread my wings for flyin'
Lord, I've never felt this homesick before

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Lord, I've never been this homesick before

Scriptural Reference:

"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me."  Revelation 3:20

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Home Where I Belong

Words and music: Pat Terry 1976 Word Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Knockin' At Your Door by Revival.
Lead: Aaron Herman

Lyrics:

Goin' home, where I belong

They say that Heaven's pretty
Living here is too
But if they said that I would have to choose between the two
I'd go home, goin' home (going home)
Where I belong (I belong)

Sometimes when I'm dreamin' (sometimes dreamin')
It comes as no surprise (no surprise)
But if you look you'll see the homesick feelin' in my eyes
I'm goin' home (goin' home), yes I am goin' home (goin' home)
Where I belong (I be..., I belong)

Chorus:
While I'm here I'll serve Him gladly
And sing him all these songs
I'm here, but not for long (not for long)

When I'm feelin' lonely (feeling lonely)
And when I'm feelin' blue (feeling blue)
It's such a joy to know that I'm only passin' through
I'm headed home (goin' home), goin' home (goin' home)
Where I belong (I belong)

Repeat Chorus

One day I'll be sleepin' (I'll be sleepin')
When death knocks on my door (on my door)
And I'll awake to find that I'm not homesick anymore
Cause I'll be home (goin' home), I'll be home (goin' home)
Where I belong (home where I belong)

This is where I belong

Scriptural Reference:

"Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them."  Hebrews 11:16

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Brother Taylor

Words and music: Keith Lancaster 1982 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
This song also appeared on Made In His Image by His Image and Hear It In Our Voice: Volume III by The Acappella Company.
Lead: Kevin Schaffer 

Lyrics:

Chorus:
Brother Taylor keep on preachin'
Cause you know just what we need
When we turn from what we know is right
And what is good indeed
Brother Taylor don't be easy
As your telling us His Word
Tell the greatest news that man has ever heard

At the old country church house (old country church), he was the preacher man
He preached the Word from the Bible, talkin' 'bout the promised land
And the old time religion (preachin' the word) and just how it will be
It seemed like he was preachin' to me
When he spoke about righteousness and having pure minds
And controlling our appetite all of the time
Didn't know if I could live it (knew it was right), though I knew it was right
Love the Lord with all of my might

Repeat Chorus

Then I came to the crossroads (given a choice) and I was given a choice
I could see Brother Taylor; I could still hear his voice
"If you wanna follow Jesus (answer His call) and would answer His call
You know you've got to give Him your all"
So I made a decision (do what is right) that I would do what is right
I would give to the Master all of my life
Yes for old Brother Taylor's (still on my mind) an inspiration to me
Guides me to eternity

Repeat Chorus

Even though he's gone (he's gone), I have the strength to carry on (carry on)
The word he left with me is I'm forgiven (don't you know that I'm forgiven)
I hear him preaching now (hear now) as he is sharing with us how (share with how)
That we can live together up in Heaven

Repeat Chorus

Ever heard (still preach the Word)

Scriptural Reference:

"Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction."  2 Timothy 4:2

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God Told Nicodemus

Arrangement: The Acappella Company 1995 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Roy Hawkins

Lyrics:

Chorus:
God told Nicodemus, God told Nicodemus
God, oh yes He did, He told Nicodemus a man he must-a be born again
Well-a God told Nicodemus, God told Nicodemus
God, oh yes He did, He told Nicodemus a man he must-a be born again

Well there was a man among the Pharisees
By the name of Nicodemus who did not believe
Same Nicodemus came to God by night
Talkin' 'bout religion from the human sight
He brought along his silver, diamonds, and gold
Wanted to buy his way to Heaven and save his soul

Repeat Chorus

Well the same Nicodemus came a runnin' hard
Said "Has anybody here done seen the Lord?
I want to buy some 'ligion, but what will it cost
To get myself to Heaven 'fore my soul be lost?
Then my God spoke, He spoke so sweet
Sounded like the shuffle of angels feet
He said "Marvel thou man, if you want to be wise
You got to believe and be baptized"

Repeat Chorus

Then old Nicodemus was taken back
Cause God done told him 'bout the natural fact
He said "Marvel thou man, if you want to be wise
You got to believe and be baptized"
Old Nicodemus was taken back
Cause God done told him 'bout the natural fact
He said "I don't understand! I want to know
How can be born when he's old?"
Then my God spoke, His voice did ring
Sounded like the shuffle of angels wings
He said, "Marvel thou man, if you want to be wise
You got to believe and be baptized"

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Well-a God told Nicodemus, God told Nicodemus
God, oh yes He did, He told Nicodemus a man he must-a be born again
I said man you must-a be born again
We know that man you must-a be born again

Scriptural Reference:

"Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council.  He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him."  In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."  "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!"  Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit."  John 3:1-5

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Born Again

Words and music: Keith Lancaster 1995 Anthony K. Music (ASCAP)
Lead: Brishan Hatcher

Lyrics:

I have been to the river
All my sins were washed away
I was born into the family
Of my Savior today

I am changed, I am contented
'Cause for once, my life is real
There's no other substitution
For the way that I, I feel

Chorus
I've been born again (I've been born again)
I've been born again
I gave my soul and He took control
My wounded life to mend

I'll not worry 'bout tomorrow
Or be troubled 'bout the past
There's no pain, and no more sorrow
For this joy of mine will last

Spoken vocal:
I've been so many places, and I've been so lost.  But Lord, I believe with all my heart that there's never been a time that you haven't been watching over me.  If I could say one thing, I just wanna say thank you for always giving me another chance.  And I am born again.

Repeat Chorus

Repeat Verse 1

Scriptural Reference:

"Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.  For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God."  1 Peter 1:22-23

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Fill My Cup, Lord

Words and music: Richard Blanchard 1959 Richard Blanchard 1964 Sacred Songs (ASCAP)
Lead: Gary Miller

Lyrics:

Like the woman at the well, I was seeking
For things that never satisfy
And then I heard my Savior speaking
"Draw from the well that never will run dry" (Lord please fill my cup)

Chorus:
Fill my cup, Lord
I lift it up, Lord
Come and quench this thirsting in my soul
Bread of Heaven feed me till I want no more
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole (fill it, make me whole)

So my brother if the things this world gave you
Leave hungers that won't go away
My blessed Lord will come and save you
If you kneel to Him and humbly pray (humbly kneel to pray)

Repeat Chorus

Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole
Lord make me whole

Scriptural Reference:

"I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."  John 6:51

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This Old House/Your First Day in Heaven

Words and music: Stuart Hamblen 1953 The Hudson Bay Music (BMI) 1954 Hamblen Music Co.
Lead: Tim Storms 

Lyrics:

This old house once knew my children
This old house once knew my wife
This old house was the home and comfort
As we fought the storms of life
This old house once rang with laughter
This old house heard many shouts
Now she trembles in the darkness when the nightwind walks about

Chorus 1:
Ain't a-gonna need this house no longer
Ain't a-gonna need this house no more
Ain't got time to fix the shingles (ain't got time)
Ain't got time to fix the doors (ain't got time)
Ain't got time to oil the hinges (ain't got time)
Or to fix no window pane (ain't got time)
Ain't gonna need this house no longer
I'm gettin' ready to meet the saints

This old house is gettin' shaky
This old house is gettin' old
This old house lets in the rain
And this old house lets in the cold
On my knees I'm a-gettin' chilly
But I feel no fear or pain
Cause I see an angel peakin'
Through the broken window pane

Repeat Chorus 1

Chorus 2:
Well it's a great, great morning
Your first day in Heaven
When you stroll down the golden avenue
There are mansions left and right
And you thrill with every sight
And the saints are always smiling
Saying, "How do you do?"
Oh it's a great, great morning
Your first day in Heaven
When you realize your worryin' days are through
You'll be glad you were not idle
Took time to read your Bible
It's a great, great morning for you

Well I had a dream, I must confess I hated to awake
He dreamed he was an angel at the great Pearly Gates
St. Peter said "Well hello there! Where have you been?
We've got your mansion ready, so come right on in!"
And Then he rang for an angel to act as a guide
He spread his wings a time or two and then let 'em fly

Repeat Chorus 2

Well it's a great morning
Oh it's a great morning
Oh it's a great morning
What a happy day (day, day, day)

Scriptural Reference:

"The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.  I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple."  Revelation 21:21-22

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Sweet Beulah Land

Words and music: Squire Parsons, Jr. 1979 Kingsmen Publishing Co. (BMI- Administered by The Benson Co., Inc.)
This song also appeared on Prodigal Son by The Sounds of Glory, Signature Songs by The Sounds of Glory, and as "Beulah Land" on Whatcha Gonna Do About It by Revival.
Lead: John Laws

Lyrics:

I'm kind of homesick for a country
A place where I've never been before
No sad goodbyes will be spoken
And time will not matter anymore

Chorus:
Beulah Land (Beulah Land), I'm longing for you (I'm longing for you)
And someday (some sweet day) on thee I'll stand (on thee I'll stand)
There my home (sweet home) shall be eternal (life eternal)
Beulah Land (Beulah Land), sweet Beulah Land (sweet Beulah Land)

I'm looking out, I'm lookin' out 'cross that river
To where my faith will end in sight
There's just a few more days to labor
Then I will take, yes I'll take my Heavenly climb

Repeat Chorus (x2)

Sweet, Sweet Beulah Land (sweet, sweet Beulah Land)
I'm longing for you
Beulah Land

Scriptural Reference:

"No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married."  Isaiah 62:4

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Is That the Old Ship of Zion

Words and music: Conrad Cook Kingsmen Publishing Co. (BMI)
Lead: Tim Storms and Kevin Schaffer
Sample: Windows Media

Lyrics:

I was standing on the banks of the river
Looking out over life's troubled sea
When I saw that old ship that was sailing
Is that the old ship of Zion I see?

It's hull was beat and battered
From the storms of life, I could see
The waves were rough, but that old ship was steady
Is that the old ship of Zion I see?

At the stern of the ship was the captain
I could hear as He called my name
"Get on board, it's the old ship of Zion
It will never pass this way again"

As I step on board, I'll be leaving
All my sorrows and heartaches behind
I'll be safe with Jesus, the captain
Sailing out on the old ship of Zion
Sailing out on the old ship of Zion

Scriptural Reference:

"The disciples went and woke him, saying, 'Master, Master, we're going to drown!' He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm."  Luke 8:24

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