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LYRICS / WORLD OF GOOD


TINY HEARTS
(Keith Elder © Keith Elder Music)


There's an old man, down and out, not bad
Just forgotten all the dreams he's ever had
Guess he really needs a hand to help him start again
Homeless on the streets, beg a dollar or tonight they may not eat
They look into our eyes for hearts with room to let them in, but --
 
Chorus:  There's just no room for you, our hearts are all filled up
               And there's nothing we can do, no room for you
               Chin up now don't be blue
               It's nothing personal but there's just no room for you
 
Little girl, so young and fair and fine
But kind of ordinary so she's left behind
By the very circles she would die to be let in
What's so wrong with me, she begins to ask herself, she just can't see
Why she's on the shelf when she might be your finest friend, but -- (Chorus)
 
Young man, frail and weak
Trying not to think about the truth but he knows he's dying
Guess he needs an open heart with room to let him in
He's just outside the door, you know we have the room for him and more
But still we back away and say, there's no room in the inn
Then we hear those words again, that -- (Chorus)

We've got tiny hearts, tiny hearts, got these tiny hearts 
 
HOLD ON TO THAT HEART
(Pierce Pettis & J. L. Wallace © piercepettissongs)
 
MOLLY WORKS IN THE CHILDREN'S WARD
ONE'S THAT AREN'T GONNA MAKE IT
SHE HOLDS THEIR LITTLE HANDS SAYS A PRAYER
SOMETIMES, SHE JUST CAN'T TAKE IT
LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP, PRAY MY SOUL TO KEEP
IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE
LATER IN HER CAR
SHE SAYS SOME PEOPLE ARE HARD
LOOK AT ME LIKE I'M CRAZY
 
Chorus:  I SAY HOLD ON TO THAT HEART
               HOLD ON TO THAT LOVE YOU KNOW
               HOLD ON TO THAT HEART
               MOLLY, DON'T LET IT GO, DON'T LET IT GO
 
HE PICKS UP THE TELEPHONE
SHE SAYS HOW YOU DOING
HE SAYS, I'M ALRIGHT
NO THAT'S WRONG, I'VE BEEN THROUGH IT
USE TO HAVE A WIFE, USE TO HAVE A LIFE
IT WASN'T THAT LONG AGO
SHE SAYS YOU'RE GOING THROUGH HELL
I HAVE BEEN THERE MYSELF
YOU CAN BE STRONG I KNOW
 
YOU JUST... (Chorus)
BOY, DON'T LET IT GO
 
I SAW YOU BEING BORN
YOU'LL PROBABLY SEE ME DIE
AND INBETWEEN THESE TWO POINTS
THERE'S SO, SO LITTLE TIME
I JUST HOPE YOU KNOW
DADDY LOVES YOU SO
AND IF I'M NOT ALWAYS THERE TO HOLD YOU
WHEN YOUR WORLD FALLS DOWN
AND I'M NOT AROUND
JUST REMEMBER WHAT I TOLD YOU
 
YOU MUST... (Chorus)
JENNY, DON'T LET IT GO
 
WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL
(Don Schlitz & Paul Overstreet © Don Schlitz Music)
 
IT'S AMAZING HOW YOU CAN SPEAK RIGHT TO MY HEART
WITH OUT SAYING A WORD, YOU CAN LIGHT UP THE DARK
TRY AS I MAY, I COULD NEVER EXPLAIN
WHAT I HEAR WHEN YOU DON'T SAY A THING
 
THE SMILE ON YOUR FACE LETS ME KNOW THAT YOU NEED ME
THERE'S A TRUTH IN YOUR EYES SAYING YOU'LL NEVER LEAVE ME
THE TOUCH OF YOUR HAND SAYS YOU'LL CATCH ME WHENEVER I FALL
YOU SAY IT BEST WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL
 
ALL DAY LONG I CAN HEAR PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT
BUT WHEN YOU HOLD ME NEAR, YOU DROWN OUT THE CROWD
OLD MISTER WEBSTER COULD NEVER DEFINE
WHAT'S BEING SAID BETWEEN YOUR HEART AND MINE
 
THE SMILE ON YOUR FACE LETS ME KNOW THAT YOU NEED ME
THERE'S A TRUTH IN YOUR EYES SAYING YOU'LL NEVER LEAVE ME
THE TOUCH OF YOUR HAND SAYS YOU'LL CATCH ME WHENEVER I FALL
YOU SAY IT BEST WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL
 
THE SMILE ON YOUR FACE LETS ME KNOW THAT YOU NEED ME
THERE'S A TRUTH IN YOUR EYES SAYING YOU'LL NEVER LEAVE ME
THE TOUCH OF YOUR HAND SAYS YOU'LL CATCH ME WHENEVER I FALL
YOU SAY IT BEST WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL
 
THE WOOD SONG 
(Emily Ann Saliers © Godhap Music)
 
THE THIN HORIZON OF A PLAN IS ALMOST CLEAR
ME AND MY FRIENDS HAVE HAD A TOUGH TIME
WE'VE BEEN BRUISIN' OUR BRAINS HARD UP AGAINST CHANGE
ALL THE OLD DOGS AND THE MAGICIANS
NOW I SEE WE'RE IN THE BOAT IN TWO BY TWOS
WITH ONLY THE HEART THAT WE HAVE FOR A TOOL THAT WE CAN USE
BUT THE VERY CLOSE QUARTERS ARE HARD TO GET USED TO
LOVE WEIGHTS THE HUSLL DOWN WITH ITS WEIGHT
 
CHORUS: THE WOOD IS TIRED AND THE WOOD IS OLD
BUT WE'LL MAKE IT FINE, IF THE WEATHER HOLDS
BUT IF THE WEATHER HOLDS, THEN WE'LL MISS THE POINT
AND THAT'S WHERE I NEED TO GO
 
NO WAY CONSTRUCTION OF THIS TRICKY PLAN
WAS BUILT BY OTHER THAN A GREATER HAND
AND THE LOVE THAT PASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING
WATCHING CLOSELY OVER THE JOURNEY
BUT WHAT IT TAKES TO CROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE
SEEMS MORE THAN ALL THE COURAGE I CAN MUSTER UP INSIDE
BUT WE GET TO HAVE SOME ANSWERS WHEN WE REACH THE OTHER SIDE
THE PRIZE IS ALWAYS WORTH THE ROCKY RIDE (CHORUS)
 
SOMETIMES I ASK TO SNEAK A CLOSER LOOK
SKIP TO THE FINAL CHAPTER OF THE BOOK
AND MAYBE STEER US CLEAR FROM SOME OF THE PAIN THAT IT TOOK
TO GET US WHERE WE ARE THIS FAR, THIS FAR
BUT THE QUESTION DROWNS IN ITS FUTILITY
AND EVEN I HAVE GOT TO LAUGH AT ME
'CAUSE NO ONE GETS TO MISS THE STORM OF WHAT WILL BE
JUST HOLDING ON FOR THE RIDE (CHORUS)
 
BARE TO THE BONE
(Carrie Newcomer © Carrie Newcomer Music)
 
Here I am without a message here I stand with empty hands
Just a spirit tired of wandering like a stranger in this land
Walking wide-eyed through this world is the only way I've known
Wrapped in hope and good intention, bare to the bone
 
There is nothing I won't show you, nothing I would hide
I've risked it all and drempt it all, and seldom questioned why
You took me in when I was hungry, when my spirit ached and groaned
Laid wide open and defenseless, bare to the bone
 
CHORUS: So when I rise, I rise in glory, if I do I do by grace
Time'll wash away these footprints and we'll leave without a trace
Between here and now and forever is such precious little time
What we do in love and kindness is all we'll ever leave behind
 
When the light is slowly fading and my eyes are softly waiting
And the evening sun is setting and the world is barely breathing
Then your voice'll call me and your hands can lead me home
Like a newborn, awed an' nakked an' bare to the bone
 
(CHORUS)
 
Here I am without a message here I stand with empty hands
Just a spirit tired of wandering like a stranger in this land
Walking wide-eyed through this world is the only way I've known
Wrapped in hope and good intention, bare to the bone
 
HOLY NOW
(Peter Mayer © Peter Mayer Music)
 
When I was a boy each week, on Sunday we would go to church,
And listen to the preacher preach, he would read the holy word,
And consecrate the holy bread, and everyone would kneel and bow,
Today the only difference is, everything is holy now.
Everything, everything, everything is holy now.
 
When I was in Sunday school, we would learn about the time,
Moses split the sea in two, Jesus made the water wine,
And I remember feeling sad, that miracles don't happen still
But now I can't keep track, 'cause everything's a miracle,
Everything, everything, everything's a miracle.
 
Wine from water is not so small but scientists can not explain,
Why anything is here at all.
So the challenging thing becomes not to look for miracles,
But finding where there isn't one.
 
When holy water was rare at best, it barely wet my fingertips,
But now I have to hold my breath, I'm swimming in a sea of it
(It used to be a world half there, heaven's second rate hand-me-down,
Now I walk it with a reverent air 'cause everything is holy now) 1
 
Read a questioning child's face and say it's not a testament,
Is something that I wouldn't say
See another new morning come and say it's not a sacrament,
I tell you that it can't be done.
 
This morning, outside I stood and saw a little red-winged bird,
Shining like a burning bush, singing like a scripture verse.
It made me want to bow my head, I remember when church let out,
How things have changed since then everything is holy now. (1)
 
FAMILIAR EMBRACE 
(Tom Davidson © Tom Davidson Music)
 
WHEN I GO AWAY FROM YOU 
A CHANGE COMES OVER ME
I AM LIKE A SAILOR WHO
HAS GONE AWAY TO SEA
WHEN THE SILENT DARKNESS FINDS ME
GAZING OUT ALONE
EVERY STAR I SEE REMINDS ME
THAT I'M FAR FROM HOME
 
AND I JUST WANT TO HEAR YOUR VOICE
AND SEE YOUR SHINING FACE
AND REST MY HEART IN THE CAREFREE HARBOR
OF YOUR FAMILIAR EMBRACE
 
WHEN I COME BACK HOME TO YOU
I COME TO UNDERSTAND
I AM LIKE A PILGRIM WHO
HAS REACHED HIS HOLY LAND
THROUGH THE ROAD HAS LEFT ME WEARY
DOUBTFUL AND UNKNOWN
BLESSED WORDS YOU SAY ASSURE ME
THAT I'VE FOUND MY HOME
 
AND I JUST WHAT TO HEAR YOUR VOICE
AND SEE YOUR KNOWING FACE
AND REST MY SOUL IN THE SIMPLE WISDOM
OF YOUR FAMILIAR EMBRACE
 
ECHOES
(Dar Williams © Burning Field Music)
 
Every time you love just a little
Take one step closer
Solving a riddle
It echoes all over the world
Every time you walk into kindness
Make one connection
Use to divide us
It echoes all over the world
 
Every time you choose one more morning
Goodness or meanness
Life has one warning
It echoes all over the world
When a leader gets the hungry fed food
When you just make love inside your bedroom
It echoes all over the world
 
Ah ah ah, ah ah ah, ah ah ah
All over the world
 
Every time you love just a little
Take one step closer
Solving a riddle
It echoes all over the world
It echoes all over the world
It echoes all over the world
It echoes all over the world
 
BLOWING IN THE WIND
(Bob Dylan © Special Rider Music)
 
HOW MANY ROADS MUST A MAN WALK DOWN
BEFORE YOU CALL HIM A MAN
HOW MANY YEARS MUST THE WHITE DOVE SAIL
BEFORE SHE SLEEPS IN THE SAND
HOW MANY TIMES MUST THE CANNON BALLS FLY
BEFORE THEY'RE FOREVER BANNED
 
CH: THE ANSWER MY FRIEND, IS BLOWING IN THE WIND
THE ANSWER IS BLOWING IN THE WIND
 
HOW MANY TIMES MUST A MAN LOOK UP
BEFORE HE CAN SEE THE SKY
HOW MANY EARS MUST ONE MAN HAVE
BEFORE HE CAN HEAR HIS CHILDREN CRY
HOW MANY DEATHS WILL IT TAKE TILL HE KNOWS
THAT TOO MANY PEOPLE HAVE DIED (CH)
 
HOW MANY YEARS CAN A MOUNTAIN EXIST
BEFORE IT IS WASHED TO THE SEA
HOW MANY YEARS CAN SOME PEOPLE EXIST
BEFORE THEY'RE ALLOWED TO BE FREE
HOW MANY TIME CAN A MAN TURN HIS HEAD
PRETENDING THAT HE JUST DOESN'T SEE (CH)
 
SOME OF SHELLY'S BLUES
(Michael Nesmith © Screen Gems, EMI Music)
 
TELL ME JUST ONE MORE TIME
THE REASON WHY YOU MUST LEAVE
TELL ME ONCE MORE WHY YOU THINK YOU DON'T NEED ME
YOU CAN TELL ME AGAIN BUT DON'T THINK YOU'LL CONVINCE ME 
 
YOU SAID, ABOUT FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN
YOU'D RATHER BE DEAD
WHEN SOMEONE BREAKS YOUR HEART YOU CRY YOUR EYES RED
THERE'S NOTHING SO HARD ABOUT THE LIFE THAT YOU'VE LED
 
Bridge: AS FAR AS I CAN SEE THERE'S NO REASON FOR GOODBYE
YOU'RE JUST RUNNING SCARED AND THAT'S SOMETHING I CAN'T BUY
 
SO YOU LOOSE, I WON'T LET YOU GO AND THERE'S NOTHING TO SHOW BUT MORE BLUES
AND ALL THIS TALK ABOUT YOUR LEAVING IS STRICKLY BAD NEWS
SO YOU SETTLE DOWN AND STAY WITH THE BOY THAT LOVES YOU 
 
SIMPLE THINGS
(Tom Davidson © Tom Davidson Music)
 
BABY CRIES BECAUSE I SCOLD HER
THEN SHE CRIES FOR ME TO HOLD HER
LAYS HER HEAD DOWN ON MY SHOULDER
LIVE AND LEARN - WE'RE ONE DAY OLDER
 
TEACH ME SIMPLE THINGS
HELP ME UNDERSTAND
TAKE ME BY MY HAND
AND TEACH ME SIMPLE THINGS
 
LATE AT NIGHT I SIT HERE SIGHING
WEAK AND WORN THERE'S NO DENYING
DEEP INSIDE A VOICE IS CRYING
WHO CAN SAVE A DREAM THAT'S DYING
 
TEACH ME SIMPLE THINGS
HELP ME UNDERSTAND
TAKE ME BY MY HAND
AND TEACH ME SIMPLE THINGS
 
THEY TELL ME NATURE'S STILL A CONSTANT GIVER
LEARN HER WAYS AND SHE'LL DELIVER
SO LET'S GO FISHING IN THE RIVER
EVERY DAY IT'S NOW OR NEVER
 
TEACH ME SIMPLE THINGS
HELP ME UNDERSTAND
TAKE ME BY MY HAND
AND TEACH ME SIMPLE THINGS
 
ICARUS ASCENDING
(Dan Fogelberg © Hickory Grove Music)
 
Soaring alone upon a threatening wind
Just fix your eyes on the horizon
Cut off from everything
You've known or have been
I shouldn't think it so surprising
 
Spiraling upward on the freshening lift
Reaching the realms of fleet Apollo
You have been given the most sacred of gifts
You must be fearless now and follow
 
CHORUS: Don't look down
                 Though your heart may be weary
                 Don't look down
                 Though your wings are on fire
                 Don't look down
                 Though the night may seem endless
                 There's a reasong you're flying this fast and this far
                 Let you faith be your strength
                 And your love be your guiding star
 
Venturing further than the length of your sight
Out past the reach of your beginnings
There is a gamble in each proud act of flight
But the losses pale before the winnings
 
Circling and diving with this freedom you've found
Illusion blows apart and scatters
There is no darkness in this place that we're bound
Love is the only thing that matters (Chorus)
 

WHAT WILL JESUS DO
(Ed Kilbourne © Myown Music)
 
He was not what the experts expected
That day that he rode into town
He looked like a fool, sitting there on a mule
With the palm branches waving around
And when he went into church on Sunday morning
He found that they'd made it a store
To sell Bibles and "fish signs", music with bad rhymes
And he ushered them out of the door
 
What folks thought he would do, thought he should do
Was not what he did do, my friend
So they tempted and tried him, one tried to buy him
But he didn't listen to them
And they nailed him for that in the end
 
There's a crowd always looking for Jesus
And they say that he's coming again
They have great expectations of a great celebration
High places with all of their friends
And they'll ride on a cloud up to heaven
Leaving all unbelievers behind
But the one who would lead them, the one we believe in
Just waits at the end of their line
 
What folks thought he would do, thought he should do
Was not what he did do, my friend
So they tempted and tried him, even denied him
But he didn't listen to them
And they nailed him for that in the end
 
He was not what the experts expected
That day that he rode into town
 
REMEMBER THIS DAY
(Tom Davidson © Tom Davidson Music)
 
Farewell, farewell, little darling of mine
I'll be gone a long time from my home
Be well, be well, while I'm so far away
And remember this day while I'm gone
 
Down by the river we walked hand in hand
Burried our toes in the warmth of the sand
Lay in the shade of the sheltering trees
Offered our thanks to the sun and the breeze
 
So, long, so long, when the night is so long
It will seem like a dream when its done
Hold on, hold on, close your eyes and hold on
Like the earth holds the warmth of the sun
 
Down by the river we walked hand in hand
Burried our toes in the warmth of the sand
Lay in the shade of the sheltering trees
Offered our thanks to the sun and the breeze
 
Farewell, farewell, dear companion of mine
I'll be gone a long time from our home
Be well, be well, while I'm so far away
Remember this day while I'm gone
I'll remember this day while I'm gone