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LYRICS / LIGHT THE FIRE


1 LIGHT THE FIRE

2 BREATHE DEEP THE BREATH OF GOD

3 SHINE

4 WE, OH GOD, UNITE OUR VOICES

5 FREE FOR ALL

6 FAMILY

7 WE ARE A RAINBOW

8 TEACH ME HOW TO PRAY

9 FROM THE RISING OF THE SUN

10 MO BETTA LIFE

11 COMMON BREAD

12 AMAZING GRACE MEDLEY

13 GOD WHO BEGAN A GOOD WORK IN YOU

14 ONE HAND ON MY PEOPLE

15 CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART

16 GOOD NIGHT


1 LIGHT THE FIRE

©1987 Bloodsmith Music, Bill Maxwell


I stand to praise you, but I fall down on my knees

My spirit is willing, but my flesh it is so weak

Light the fire, in my soul

Fan the flame, make me whole

Lord, you know where I've been

So light the fire in my heart again


I feel your arms around me As the power of your healing begins

Your spirit moves right through me Like a mighty rushing wind


2 BREATHE DEEP

©1992 Brainstorm Artists, Terry Taylor


CHORUS: Breathe deep, breathe deep the breath of God

Breathe deep, breathe deep the breath of God


Politicians, morticians, Philistines, homophobes

Skinheads, Deadheads, tax evaders, street kids

Alcoholics, workaholics, wise guys, dim wits

Blue collars, white collars, warmongers, peaceniks


SuicidIals, rock idols, shut-ins, dropouts

Friendless, homeless, penniless, depressed

Presidents, residents, foreigners, and aliens

Dissidents, feminists, xenophobes, and chauvinists


Evolutionists, creationists, perverts, slum lords

Dead beats, athletes, Protestants, and Catholics

Housewives, neophytes, pro-choice, pro-life

Misogynists, monogamists, philanthropists, blacks and whites


Police, obese, lawyers, governments

Sex offenders, tax collectors, war vets, rejects

Atheists, scientists, racists, sadists

Biographers, photographers, artists and pornographers


Gays and lesbians, demagogues and thespians

The disabled, preachers, doctors and teachers

Meat eaters, wife beaters, judges and juries

Long hairs, no hairs, everybody everywhere!


3 SHINE

© Make My Way Music/Integrity, Graham Kendrick


Lord, the light of your love is shining

In the midst of the darkness shining

Jesus, light of the world shine upon us

Set us free by the truth that you bring us

Shine on me, shine on me


Chorus: Shine, Jesus shine, fill this world with creations glory

Blaze, Spirit, blaze, set our hearts on fire

Flow river flow, flood the nations with grace and mercy

Send forth your word, Lord, and let there be light


Lord, I come to your holy presence

From the shadows into your radiance

By forgiveness I enter your brightness

Search me, heal me, consume all my darkness

Shine on me, shine on me (Chorus)


As your love comes to live within us

So our lives will reflect your likeness

Ever changing from glory to glory

Mirrored here, let our lives tell your story

Shine on me, shine on me (Chorus)


4 WE, OH GOD, UNITE OUR VOICES

© Windmill Power, Grady Nutt


We, oh God, unite our voices

Raised in thankful praise to thee

Thou, unchanging, safe has brought us

Through the ever-changing sea

Days of calm and days of conflict

Nights of darkness prove thy grace

Hands beneath us, arms around us

And above thy smiling face


Seeing then the task before us

Bind our hands and hearts as one

May our labor be in union

Our resolve and thine be one

With one spirit let us labor

Toward the bright horizon far

In the midst of deepest peril

Be thy light our guiding star


God, our choice, the wind's direction

Unforeseen the calm or gale

Thy great ocean swells before us

And our ship seems small and frail

Fierce and flinging is thy mystery

Calling us to shores unknown

Plunge us on with hope and courage

Till thy harbor is our home


5 FREE FOR ALL

©Keith Elder


With the light of creation there came a decree

Free for all, free for all

Every rock on the mount, every wave on the sea

Free for all, free for all

Truly free for the common folk, free for the king

By design of a heart who's behind everything

From the greatest of all to the least living thing

Free for all, free for all, free for all, free for all


Over time we all tend to our wandering way, free for all

But a choice is a gift and the gift must remain, free for all

Even God and the angels cannot do enough

For a child who won't come to the light of God's love

Mother earth and our children are all casualties of

Free for all, free for all, free for all, free for all


We were chained to forever in shackles and shame

Then from heaven our hero and champion came

Overriding the death and the darkness within

Until people were finally free to be people again, again

So we're bought with a price ad we're destined to be

Free for all, free for all

From the rock on the mount to the wave on the sea

Free for all, free for all


Truly free for the common folk, free for the king

A delight to the heart who's behind everything

Now and all new creation we gratefully sing

Free for all, free for all, free for all, free for all


6 FAMILY

©1992 Piercepettisongs, Pierce Pettis


Can you fix this, it's a broken heart

It was fine, then it just fell apart

It was mine, but I give it to you

Cause you can fix it, you know what to do


CHORUS:  Let your love cover me

                  Like a pair of angel's wings

                  You are my family

                  You are my family


We stood outside in the summer rain

Different people with a common pain

A simple box in that hard red clay

Where we left him to always remain (Chorus)


The child who played with the moon and stars

Waves a snatch of hay in a common barn

In the lonely house of Adam's fall

Lies a child, just a child that's all, crying (Chorus)


7 WE ARE A RAINBOW

©Eagles Path Music, Brent Holmes


There are many colors in a rainbow

All bound together as one

They are the promise of tomorrow

Our hope for all the days to come


We all are children of that promise

Made for the whole world around

Wherever love brings us together

A rainbow can be found


CHORUS:  We are a rainbow, together we are a sign

                  We are a rainbow, to live for humankind

                  We are a rainbow, it's time for us to shine

                  We are a rainbow


So if you see the world around us

And wonder how it can be

Remember we were given a promise

A hope for all the world to see (Chorus)


There is one who brings out all our colors

And binds us together as one

Reaching out to our sisters and our brothers

We find our place in the sun (Chorus)


8 TEACH ME HOW TO PRAY

©1981 Christbearer Music, Chris Hughes


CHORUS:  Teach me how to pray

                   Yes and teach me how to live

                   Make them one and the same

                   To the glory of thy name, please


You have made your dwelling place within

And everything I do is grounded there

You have conquered death and sin

And have brought new life within

I am born again, born again (Chorus)


I will follow you along the road

And daily will I seek to know thy ways

I will follow where you lead In my words and in my deeds

I will feed your sheep, feed your sheep (Chorus)


9 FROM THE RISING OF THE SUN

©1976 Integrity Music, Paul Deming


From the rising of the sun

To the going down of the same

The name of the Lord shall be praised (Repeat)


So praise ye the Lord, praise ye the Lord


From the rising of the sun

To the going down of the same

The name of the Lord shall be praised


10 MO BETTA LIFE

©Songs & Creations, Yohann Anderson


CHORUS:  Mo betta life for life

Mo betta life in joy

Mo betta life from oo made ja

Mo betta life in de Lord


When you know de one oo made ja

When you know de one

When you know de one oo made ja

Mo betta life begun


Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey man

Mo betta life to run

Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey man

Mo betta life begun


I kum fo you to hava mo life

I kum fo you to hava mo

I kum fo you to hava mo life

Betta life than befo


11 COMMON BREAD

©Ted McNabb, Jr


CHORUS:  Take a little bread in the morning

Take a little wine right now

Feed on the food of the Holy Spirit

And spread the feast around


Jesus died to save us

To take away our sin

Put his spirit inside of us and said

Children now begin

And we began to sing (Chorus)


Jesus said to Peter

Is your love for me real deep

Peter said yes and the Lord commanded

Then go and feed my sheep

And he began to sing (Chorus)


Four thousand hungry on a hillside

With fish and a little bit of bread

Christ gave thanks to God up above

And everyone was fed

And they began to sing (Chorus)


The Lord refreshes daily

He brought us to this spring

Put His Spirit inside of us

Until we bubble out and we sing

And we sing, and we sing (Chorus)


When you feed on the food of the Holy Spirit

You spread the feast around


12 AMAZING GRACE MEDLEY

"A Peaceful Easy Feeling" © J. Tempchin 

"Amazing Grace", Traditional

Parodies by Chris Hughes & Ed Kilbourne


Amazing grace how sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me

I once was lost but now I'm found

T'was blind but now I see


I get a peaceful easy feelin'

I know it won't let me down

'Cause I'm already standin'

On higher ground


13 GOD WHO BEGAN A GOOD WORK IN YOU

©1987 Birdwing Music/Jonathan Mark Music, Jon Mohr


God who began a good work in you

God who began a good work in you

Will be faithful to complete it

Will be faithful to complete it

God who started a work

Will be faithful to complete it in you


14 ONE HAND ON MY PEOPLE

"One Hand In My Pocket" © Alanis Morrisette

Parody by Chris Hughes


I'm one but I'm many, I'm father and I'm a child

I'm old but I'm just a baby

I'm big but I'm little, I'm spirit but flesh and bone

I'm here but I'm really out there

And what it all comes down to

Is that everything's gonna work out in time

Cause I got one hand on the planet

And the other hand is spinning the stars around

I died but I'm living, I'm weak but I'm strong

I'm buried but resurrected

I'm master and servant

I'm gentle but I am hard

I'm wise but I must be crazy

And what it all comes down to

Is you haven't quite figured it out just yet

But I've got one hand on my people

And the other hand is reaching out for the rest


15 CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART

(Psalm 51:10) ©1982 Bases Loaded Music, Brown Bannister


Create in me a clean heart, O God

And renew a right spirit within me (Repeat)

Cast me not away from thy presence, O Lord

Take not thy Holy Spirit from me

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation

And renew a right spirit within me


16 GOOD NIGHT

©Bill Staines


Lay down my dear brother (sister, father, mother)

Lay down to take your rest

Lay your head upon the Savior's breast

I love you, oh but Jesus loves you the best

And I bid you good night, good night, good night


CHORUS: And I bid you good night, good night, good night (repeat alot)

Chariot's a comin, hear the wheels a rollin

Take me to the river, to the river of Jordan

Jesus and John will come for you

Walkin through the valley of the shadow of death

To see the light of the wonderful ark