Josh Garrels Revelator

Had a dream I was alone

A vast expanse of complete unknown

Sea of glass so clear it shown

Like gold

Then a voice like thunder clapped

As a dead man I collapsed

I am the first, I am the last

Now rise my son

Then behold ten thousand kings

And every creature worshiping

Every eye was on one thing

One man

He’s like a lion like a lamb

As though slain he holds the plain

To make war and peace with man

And reign on earth

Holy, Holy, is the One

Who was and is, and is to come

In a robe as red as blood

He comes forth

Ride like lightning in the sky

On the war horse he draws nigh

The same one we crucified

Will return again

Josh Garrels The Original Spacefan

You left on a Saturday

In her hands you passed away

On seashores we laughed and played

Only months ago

And I know you tried so hard

To heal the space between our hearts

And now your work is done

For your daughters and sons

Swing low to the ground

For we have lost our father’s crown

Hallowed was the night

When the veil was torn

And your spirit took flight

From the world

We gathered the sticks and leaves

To set aflame our memories

Your family gathered around

To lay your ashes down

Sing treetops and clap your hands

For the grace in this sorrowful plan

That night when one candle remained

We whispered your name

Swing low to the ground

For we have lost our father’s crown

Hallowed was the night

When the veil was torn

And your spirit took flight

From the world

Josh Garrels Hosanna

Holy, holy, holy Lord

God of power and might

Heaven and earth are filled with your glory

Holy, holy, holy Lord

God of power and might

Heaven and earth are filled with your glory

Hosanna

Hosanna

In the highest

Holy, holy, holy Lord

God of power and might

Heaven and earth are filled with your glory

Hosanna

Hosanna

In the highest

Hosanna

Hosanna

In the highest

Hosanna

Hosanna

In the highest

Hosanna

Hosanna

In the highest

(In the highest)

Josh Garrels Farther Along

Farther along we’ll know all about it

Farther along we’ll understand why

So cheer up my brothers, live in the sunshine

We’ll understand this, all by and by

Tempted and tried, I wondered why

The good man dies, the bad man thrives

And Jesus cries because he loves em’ both

We’re all cast-aways in need of rope

Hangin’ on by the last threads of our hope

In a house of mirrors full of smoke

Confusing illusions I’ve seen

Where did I go wrong, I sang along

To every chorus of the song

That the devil wrote like a piper at the gate

Leading mice and men down to their fate

But some will courageously escape

The seductive voice with a heart of faith

While walkin’ the line back home

There’s much more to life than we’ve been told

It’s full of beauty that will unfold

And shine like you struck gold my wayward son

That deadweight burden weighs a ton

Go down to the river and let it run

And wash away all the things you’ve done

Forgiveness, alright

Farther along we’ll know all about it

Farther along we’ll understand why

So cheer up my brothers, live in the sunshine

We’ll understand this, all by and by

But still I get hard pressed on every side

Between the rock and a compromise

Like truth and a pack of lies fightin’ for my soul

And I’ve got no place left go

‘Cause I got changed by what I’ve been shown

There’s more glory than the world has known

Keeps me ramblin’ on

Skipping like a calf loosed from its stall

I’m free to love once and for all

And even when I fall I’ll get back up

For the joy that overflows my cup

Heaven filled me with more than enough

Broke down my levees and my bluffs

Let the flood wash me

And one day when the sky rolls back on us

Some rejoice and the others fuss

Cause every knee must bow and tongue confess

The son of God is forever blessed

His is the kingdom, and we’re the guests

So put your voice up to the test

Sing Lord, come soon

Farther along we’ll know all about it

Farther along we’ll understand why

So cheer up my brothers, live in the sunshine

We’ll understand this, all by and by

Josh Garrels The Resistance

I was born into a system constructed for failure

It’s a sinking ship manned by drunken sailors

An escape artist behind the bars of a jailer

An asthmatic attack and they withhold the inhaler

If the shoe doesn’t fit what good is a tailor

In the midst of a crisis please cancel the gala

Without a symphony there’s no need for a prelude

To foreshadow what’s to come.

See the secret committees, commence with their meetings

To make red tape in response to simple questions

Questions threaten the perception of the beneficial systems

A pyramid scheme with it’s cogs and it’s pistons

Mechanization of men, making more and more

Live in a miserable existence

How can so few, claim so many victims

And this begs the question

My rest is a weapon against the oppression

Of mans obsession to control things

Look at the long line of make believe kings

The lord of the flies want’s you to kiss his ring

Follow new rules with invisible strings

And become a puppet in the diabolical scheme

How do good men become part of the regime

They don’t believe in resistance

Hold fast like an anchor in the storm

We will not be moved

Lesson number one, overcome

Every fear of regret and confusion

It’s all illusion, delusion

Sent to disconnect the holy fusion

Of spirit and the flesh

Every mortal breath, is meant to bring forth fire

But only when the fear of death, gets consumed

On the funeral pier

So let the flames rise higher

Let every man be considered a liar

If he doubts the goodness and faithfulness of God

Itching ears will compulsively nod in approval

When unbelief is taught in all our temples and schools

But God can restrain the madness of a fool

He can bring His truth through the mouth of a mule

You can move an mountain without any tools

It just takes the faith of a little seed

To make a way through what might seem to be

Impossibility,

And the ability will match the occasion

The outcome will defy explanation

The liberation will not be televised

When it arrives like lightning in the skies

Hold fast like an anchor in the storm

For your love, we will rise and overcome

Through the fire

Hold fast my people and sing

Through peace and through suffering

All for the joy that it brings, to be free

It’s gonna cost us everything

To follow one Lord and King

True love endures everything

To be free

Hold fast, like an anchor in the storm

We will not be moved

Josh Garrels At The Table

I went the ways of wayward winds

In a world of trouble and sin

Walked a long and crooked mile

Behind a million rank and file

Forgot where I came from

Somewhere back when I was young

I was a good man’s child

‘Cause I lost some nameless things

My innocence flew away from me

She had to hide her face from my desire

To embrace forbidden fire

But at night I dream

She’s singing over me

Oh, oh, my child

Come on home, home to me

And I will hold you in my arms

And joyful be

There will always, always be

A place for you at my table

Return to me

Wondering where I might begin

Hear a voice upon the wind

She’s singing faint but singing true

Son, there ain’t nothing you can do

But listen close and follow me

I’ll take you where you’re meant to be

Just don’t lose faith

So I put my hand upon the plow

Wipe the sweat up from my brow

Plant the good seed along the way

As I look forward to the day

When at last I see

My Father run to me

Singing oh, my child

Come on home, home to me

And I will hold you in my arms

And joyful be

There will always, always be

A place for you at my table

Return to me

My child

Josh Garrels Leviathan

All my love, all I’ve done

Falls apart, is undone

Built a tower; You tore it down

I am weak; You are strong

Who can tame Leviathan?

Mouth of Sheol sings a lonely song

Yahweh gives and takes away

Will you curse or bless the name?

Trial tests us like the flame

Josh Garrels All Creatures

All creatures of our God and King

Lift up your voice and let us sing

O praise Him! O praise Him!

Alleluia.

Creation sent to me the centipede

To witness the complexity

Of one hundred legs that were moving unexpectedly

Ironically, just as they were meant to be

They’re fearfully and wonderfully made

An organism prays in circadian rhythms

The sun will rise, and the sun will set

The sun will rise again so lift up your head

This is life, not a static object preserved and displayed

Like a relic of the dead

You are not a fruitless tree with a rootless disease

Growin’ in a bucket in a rich man’s home

Next to the TV, tamed and alone

Learnin’ to lust for the things you don’t own

Like an armchair warrior who’s been dethroned

Declawed and fixed

Fightin’ for your life with unattended slit wrists

Don’t let your name get intermingled with a number

Cause it’s time to awaken from the devilish slumber

And freely follow the forerunner to the Fatherland

And rally ’round the Renaissance man

And the wisdom of His ways

And all the work of His hands

Catch come as catch can

Concentrating on the good words of the Son of Man

The plan is to withstand the demands of a confused oppressor

A wolf in sheep’s clothes with monotonous lectures

And questionable gestures

Unequal measures

Cultural pressures

And synthetic textures

Force fed instead of the most beautiful architecture

Of our long lost, forgotten origins

Earth, seed, fiber and the blood of my kin

And that old rock where we confessed our sins

Oh, my God, fellow man, and this great land

They all cry out for full restoration

And this will take patience

And this will take the tribes and tongues of all the nations

And all of creation groans in anticipation

Waitin’ for the Son of God to be manifest

And I can feel it burnin’ in my chest

The liberation for the oppressed

And it’s beautiful like the feet that bring good news

It’s beautiful like this freedom tune

It’s beautiful like the power to choose, to change

Beautiful like the long awaited rain

Beautiful like the healing pains

Beautiful like to holy flames

Coming down

All creatures of our God and King

Lift up your voice and let us sing

O praise Him! O Praise Him!

Alleluia

Josh Garrels Born Again

I came into the world, into the wild

No place for a child

Used my voice to howl

With the ghouls of night

In the dying light

Had to learn to get what I need

In the dark, empty

Instincts are guiding me

Like a beast to some blood

And I can’t get enough

I’m losing control; my body, my soul

Are slowly fading away

But I’m ready now

To feel the power of change

I’m my mother’s child

I’m my father’s son

It took me awhile

But my time has come

To be born again

Running scared in between what I hate

And what I need

Savior and enemy are both trying

To take my soul

And I can’t hide no more

Stumble out to the light

Raise my fist up to fight

Then I catch your eye

So full of love

Lord, what have I done?

I cry at your feet, wounded for me

And all of the monsters and men

But here in your light

We can begin again

I’m my mother’s child

I’m my father’s son

It took me a while

But my time has come

To be born again

Josh Garrels Good Friday

Broken wing, forgotten dream, shattered thing

That a mans hands can’t ever truly mend

Shadow land, desert sand, a man searches

For a love that’ll never die

Truth be known, you’re not alone

Your aching bones will find a home

In place where God he sets us free

Wake me up before you go

I will listen for the sound of your voice

Hear the wind in the trees

It goes where it please

Like the breath in me

And all who have breath can sing

When we layed your body down

In earth and in the ground

Oh child, rest your soul.

Will a hope be made good

When a word is understood

In the day, will we see you again?

Gather round, hear the sound

Of a story that’s so old that it’s been told

Before time

He was born in the flesh and the blood

In a world that was dark as hell, and dead in sin

Born of the spirit, and the virgin child

He’s the son of God, son of man

I didn’t recognize that look in his eyes

When they cried

With a sorrow that no man has ever known

Hang him high, watch him die, hear the cry

Crucified up on that God forsaken tree

And all who have breath can sing

When we layed your body down

In the earth and in the ground

Oh Lord, rest your bones

Will a hope be made good

If your words are understood

In the day, will we see you again

Oh Eloi, Eloi, lama sabacthani?

Oh my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Oh Eloi, Eloi, lama sabacthani?

Oh my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?