LYRICS ARCHIVE

1 - BUDDHIST-BAPTIST-CATHOLIC-JEW

 

When I was young, just a little boy,
I learned so many things.
At my daddy's knee, all my brothers and me,
we'd read books, at times we'd sing.
And of all the books he read to me,
my favorite one for sure
Was a big read book called "The Story of
the Religions of the World".

Now I'm a Buddhist-Baptist-Catholic-Jew.
I learned it at my daddy's knee.
A Pentocostal-Moslem with Hinduist leanings,
You see it's all the same to me.
I'm a Buddhist-Baptist-Catholic-Jew.
And that's how it'll always be.
A Pentecostal-Moslem with Hinduist leanings,
You see it's all the same to me.

Well, through the years of my youth,
he read that book to me.
All the frescos and temples and strange people
were a feast for my young eyes to see.
Yes, and every time we read that book,
he said to me, "Now, son,
There are many religions in this old world
and one day you're gonna choose you one."

But I couldn't choose just one. Oh no! Uh uh!

CHORUS (twice)

It's all one religion to me.
I've put it all together can't you see?
AMEN!

 

2 - RIDING THE RODS

 

MY NAME IS FRED.
IN 1908
I BUSTED OUT OF JAIL
AND HOPPED A FAST FREIGHT.
SPENT THE NEXT FEW YEARS
HOBOING AROUND,
FLEEING THE LAW AND RIDING THE RODS
FROM TOWN TO TOWN.

A BULLDOGGING LAW MAN
PICKED UP MY TRAIL,
CHASED ME DOWN
AND THREW ME BACK IN JAIL.
BUT I GOT A GOOD LAWYER,
A RELIGIOUS MAN.
HE TOLD ME ALL ABOUT THE MASTER
IN THE HOLY LAND.

HE WALKED ME OUT OF JAIL
AND INTO THE KINGDOM.
SOON, I WAS RIDING THE RODS
TO FREEDOM.
RIDING THE RODS
TO FREEDOM.

THEY TOLD ME THE MASTER
WAS COMING TO MAIN.
I HAD NO MONEY
SO I HOPPED A FREIGHT TRAIN.
ARRIVED ALL DIRTY.
FELT OUT OF PLACE.
SO I JUST STOOD AT THE BACK OF THE CROWD
AND FELT MY HEART RACE.

THE MASTER CAME IN,
PICKED ME OUT FROM THE REST,
SAT ME DOWN
LIKE SOME HONORED GUEST.
ASKED ABOUT MY JOURNEY
BUT I COULD NOT SPEAK.
THEN HE KISSED MY DIRTY HAT
AND MY STUBBLED CHEEK.

SAID HE WANTED TO HEAR
ALL ABOUT HOW I HAD COME.
KNEW I'D BEEN RIDING THE RODS
TO FREEDOM.
RIDING THE RODS
TO FREEDOM.

I TOLD HIM RIDING THE RODS,
RIDING THE RODS,
YOU LIE UP UNDER THE BOXCARS
OR FLAT ON TOP.
AND YOU'RE HOPING THAT FREEDOM'S
THAT NEXT STOP...
RIDING THE RODS TO FREEDOM.

MY NAME IS FRED,
I'M IN HEAVEN, NOW,
WHERE LEGIONS OF ANGELS
BEFORE GOD BOW.
OH, I ALWAYS KNEW
THAT HEAVEN WOULD BE
JUST LIKE THE MASTER'S KISS
ON MY DIRTY HOBO'S CHEEK.

AND UP HERE I'M QUITE WELL KNOWN
AS THE ONE
WHO RODE THE RODS...
TO FREEDOM.

OH, WHEN YOU'RE RIDING THE RODS,
RIDING THE RODS,
YOU LIE UP UNDER THE BOXCARS
OR FLAT ON TOP.
AND YOU'RE HOPING THAT FREEDOM'S
THAT NEXT STOP...
RIDING THE RODS TO FREEDOM.

WHEN YOU'RE RIDING THE RODS,
RIDING THE RODS,
YOU LIE UP UNDER THE BOXCARS
OR FLAT ON TOP.
AND YOU'RE HOPING THAT FREEDOM'S
THAT NEXT STOP...
RIDING THE RODS TO FREEDOM.
RIDING THE RODS TO FREEDOM
RIDING THE RODS.........
TO FREEDOM

 

 

3 - SOMEDAY

 

IF OCEANS WERE ALL MADE FROM LITTLE DROPS OF RAIN,
IF TINY ATOMS CAN POWER THE MIGHTY SUN,
THEN MAYBE A LITTLE LOVE CAN RAISE THE WHOLE WORLD UP,
AND MAYBE SOME DAY, SOME DAY...
MAYBE SOME DAY, SOME DAY WE'LL ALL BE ONE.

IF MOUNTAINS USED TO BE THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA,
IF STARS CAN SHINE WHERE ONCE THERE WERE NONE,
THEN MAYBE WITH LOVE AND PRAYER WE'LL CONQUER HATE AND FEAR,
AND MAYBE SOME DAY, SOME DAY...
MAYBE SOME DAY, SOME DAY WE'LL ALL BE ONE.

AND LIKE THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW AND THE WAVES OF THE SEA,
WE ALL RIDE THIS WORLD TOGETHER. WHY CAN'T WE LIVE IN UNITY?

IF OCEANS WERE ALL MADE FROM LITTLE DROPS OF RAIN,
IF TINY ATOMS CAN POWER THE MIGHTY SUN,
THEN MAYBE A LITTLE LOVE CAN RAISE THE WHOLE WORLD UP,
AND MAYBE SOME DAY, SOME DAY...
MAYBE SOME DAY, SOME DAY...
MAYBE SOME DAY, SOME DAY WE'LL ALL BE ONE., WHOA-OH-OH
MAYBE SOME DAY, SOME DAY WE'LL ALL BE ONE.
SOME DAY, SOME DAY.

 

 

4 - THE FACE OF THE LORD

 

I SAW THE FACE OF THE LORD
AND HIS EYES WERE BLUE.
HE WAS CRADLED IN HIS MOTHER'S ARMS
AND PLAYING PEEK-A-BOO.
EACH TIME I SAID "WHERE'S BABY?"
HE THREW HIS BLANKET TO THE FLOOR.
AND IN THE CLEARNESS OF HIS NEW, BLUE EYES,
I SAW THE FACE OF THE LORD.

I SAW THE FACE OF THE LORD
AND HER HAIR WAS GRAY.
SHE WAS SLEEPING IN HER ROCKING CHAIR
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY.
HER SWOLLEN HANDS TOLD OF THE MANY
ACTS OF KINDNESS SHE'D PERFORMED.
AND IN THE DEEP LINES OF HER SLEEPING FACE,
I SAW THE FACE OF THE LORD.

OO-OO-OO I SAW HIS FACE (2X)

I SAW THE FACE OF THE LORD;
SAW HIM IN THE CLOUDS.
THERE WAS THUNDER, THERE WAS LIGHTNING
AND THE RAIN WAS POURING DOWN.
I SAW THE TREES BOW IN SUBMISSION
TO THE FURY OF THE STORM.
AND IN A FLASH OF LIGHT THAT FILLED THE SKY,
I SAW THE FACE OF THE LORD.

OO-OO-OO I SAW HIS FACE (3X)
THE FACE OF THE LORD.

 

 

5 - TAKING ON TEXAS

 

TEXAS IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE, A YELLOW-ROSE PARADISE,
THAT'S INVADED EACH YEAR BY SNOW BIRDS AND MONARCH BUTTERFLIES.
BUT THE LATEST ASSAULT ON THE STATE HAS MADE SOME PEOPLE RESTLESS,
CAUSE NOW THE ARMY OF THE LORD IS TAKING ON TEXAS.

FROM PLEASANTON TO GALVESTON, McKINNEY AND MULE SHOE,
YOKUM, SAN ANTONE, HOUSTON AND THE METROPLEX , TOO.

THE WHOLE STATE'S UNDER SIEGE AND RESISTANCE IS QUITE USELESS,
CAUSE THE ARMY OF THE LORD IS TAKING ON TEXAS.
YES, THE ARMY OF THE LORD IS TAKING ON TEXAS.

EACH SOLDIER IN THIS ARMY HAS THE STRENGTH OF TEN TIMES TEN.
AND NEW REGIMENTS A FORMING FROM TEXARKANA TO BIG BEND.

EACH DAY BRINGS NEW REPORTS OF MORE LONE STAR SUCCESSES
CAUSE THE ARMY OF THE LORD IS TAKING ON TEXAS.
WE'RE CONQUERING THIS LAND OF COWBOYS AND CACTUS,
CAUSE THE ARMY OF THE LORD IS TAKING ON TEXAS.
YES, THE ARMY OF THE LORD IS TAKING ON TEXAS.
WELL, THE ARMY OF THE LORD IS TAKING ON TEXAS.


 

6 - TURN MY TROUBLES INTO FRIENDS

 

THE LORD WORKS IN WAYS
THAT ARE HARD TO COMPREHEND.
ASK HIM FOR PATIENCE,
HE JUST MIGHT SEND YOU TWINS.
HIS HOLY BOOKS REVEAL
THAT TROUBLES ARE A BLESSING,
SO I'VE DECIDED TO MAKE FRIENDS
WITH HARDSHIP AND SUFFERING.

GONNA TREAT BITTERNESS LIKE A BROTHER,
MAKE SHAME MY SIGNIFICANT OTHER,
DINE OUT WITH DISGRACE AND DISRUPTION.
GO DANCING WITH DISASTER,
PICK PAIN AS A PARTNER,
AND TURN MY TROUBLES INTO FRIENDS.
YES, TURN MY TROUBLES INTO FRIENDS.

IT'S TRUE YOU CAN RUN
BUT YOU CAN'T OFTEN HIDE,
CAUSE TROUBLES HAVE A WAY
OF STICKING TO YOUR SIDE.
IF STRESS HAS GOT YOU DOWN,
I STRONGLY RECOMMEND,
THAT YOU GET TO KNOW YOUR TROUBLES
AND MAKE THEM YOUR FRIENDS.

MAKE AFFLICTION YOUR AMIGO
GO FISHING WITH FIASCO.
MAKE MENTORS OF MALICE AND MISFORTUNE.
LET SORROW DATE YOUR SISTER,
PICK PAIN AS A PARTNER,
AND TURN YOUR TROUBLES INTO FRIENDS.
YES, TURN YOUR TROUBLES INTO FRIENDS.

WELL, I TRIED DENIAL
BUT IT MISSED BY A MILE,
CAUSE TROUBLES DON'T LIKE TO BE SNUBBED.
IF YOU PUSH THEM AWAY,
THEY'RE BACK THE NEXT DAY,
BUT THEY ONLY WANT TO BE LOVED....
ALL THEY WANT IS LOVE.

GONNA TREAT BITTERNESS LIKE A BROTHER,
MAKE SHAME MY SIGNIFICANT OTHER,
DINE OUT WITH DISGRACE AND DISRUPTION.
GO DANCING WITH DISASTER,
PICK PAIN AS A PARTNER,
AND TURN MY TROUBLES INTO FRIENDS.
YES, TURN MY TROUBLES INTO FRIENDS.
I'M GOING TO TURN MY TROUBLES INTO FRIENDS.

 

7- CLEAN LIVING

 

 

CLEAN LIVING, CLEAN LIVING, CLEAN LIVING.
I'M SETTING MY SIGHTS ON LIVING RIGHT.

IF YOU SEE ME HONKY TONKING ON A SATURDAY NIGHT,
I'LL BE WALTZING WITH THE WIFE AND DRINKING SPRITE.
GAVE UP BEER AND CIGARETTES MANY YEARS AGO.
NOW THE ONLY BUZZ I GET IS FROM SECOND-HAND SMOKE ...AND

CLEAN LIVING, CLEAN LIVING, CLEAN LIVING.
DAY AND NIGHT I'M LIVING RIGHT.

I CAN CUT A DECK OF CARDS AND SHOW YOU AN ACE,
AND I NEVER HAVE TO SEARCH FOR A PARKING SPACE.
I'VE GOT SO MUCH GOOD KARMA IN MY ACCOUNT
THAT I'M SELLING IT OFF AT A HUGE DISCOUNT...IT'S ALL OF THAT

CLEAN LIVING, CLEAN LIVING, CLEAN LIVING.
I'M SETTING MY SIGHTS ON LIVING RIGHT.

AND IF I CRAVE EXCITEMENT AND I'M TEMPTED TO STRAY,
I DON'T REACH FOR A SIX-PACK. I STRAP ON MY ROLLER BLADES.

MET A FORTUNE TELLER WHO READ MY PALM.
SHE SAID, "HONEY, GIVE ME SOME OF WHATEVER YOU'RE ON."
I SAID "THAT CRYSTAL BALL MAY HAVE TO GO
CAUSE THESE TWO LITTLE WORDS ARE ALL YOU'LL NEED TO KNOW"...I'M TALKING 'BOUT

CLEAN LIVING, CLEAN LIVING, CLEAN LIVING.
DAY AND NIGHT I'M LIVING RIGHT. ALL TOGETHER NOW...

CLEAN LIVING, CLEAN LIVING, CLEAN LIVING.
I'M LIVING CLEAN AND FEELING ALL RIGHT.

 

 

8 – HOLY, HOLY

 

I WAKE UP TO A CALM, STILL MORNING
FROM A DREAM THAT SHOOK MY SOUL
OF A YOUNG MAN IN A GREEN TURBAN
HOLDING A FLAG AS BLACK AS COAL.
THEN OFF IN THE DISTANCE I SEE HIM
THAT MAN IN THE TURBAN OF GREEN.
HE'S LEADING A BAND OF 200
JUST LIKE I SAW THEM IN MY DREAM.

I HEAR THEM SINGING....

HOLY, HOLY THE LORD OUR GOD.
LORD OF THE ANGELS AND THE SPIRIT.


I HURRY TO FOLLOW THE VOICES
THEN SEE BY THE EDGE OF THE ROAD
MANY BAGS FILLED WITH RICHES
THROWN ASIDE LIKE SOME UNWANTED LOAD.
I THANK GOD FOR MY GOOD FORTUNE
BEGIN TO FILL ME POCKETS WITH COIN,
THEN REALIZE THIS TREASURE WAS LEFT HERE
BY THE ONES I HAD SET OUT TO JOIN.

STILL HEAR THEM SINGING...

HOLY, HOLY THE LORD OUR GOD.
LORD OF THE ANGELS AND THE SPIRIT.
HOLY, HOLY THE LORD OUR GOD.
LORD OF THE ANGELS AND THE SPIRIT.


FACED WITH AN AWFUL DECISION,
I ASK THE LORD TO SHOW ME A SIGN.
DID MY DREAM FORETELL OF THESE RICHES
OR WARN ME THAT GOD HAD PASSED BY?


AS THEIR VOICES GROW SOFT IN THE DISTANCE,
SEPARATION FILLS ME WITH FRIGHT.
THEIR MOURNFUL ANTHEM IS CALLING ME.
I DROP THE COINS AND RUN TO THE LIGHT.

NOW I'M SINGING...

HOLY, HOLY THE LORD OUR GOD.
LORD OF THE ANGELS AND THE SPIRIT.
HOLY, HOLY THE LORD OUR GOD.
LORD OF THE ANGELS AND THE SPIRIT.
HOLY, HOLY THE LORD OUR GOD.
LORD OF THE ANGELS AND THE SPIRIT.
HOLY, HOLY......

 

 

8 – PRAYING MAN

 

I PRAY EVERY MORNING AND EVERY NIGHT,
EVEN AT NOON JUST TO KEEP MY HEAD RIGHT
I'M A PRAYING MAN. I'M A PRAYING MAN.
LET ME TELLYOU WHAT ALL MY PRAYERS HAVE DONE FOR ME.

THE LORD DIDN'T BLESS ME WITH A PRETTY FACE
BUT HE FILLS ME WITH HIS SWEET, SWEET GRACE.
I'M A PRAYING MAN. I'M A PRAYING MAN.
MY SOUL OVERFLOWS WITH JOY AND ECSTASY.

I'M A PRAYING MAN. I'M A PRAYING MAN.
AND I WALK THIS TROUBLED WORLD HOLDING ON TO HIS STRONG HAND.
I'M A PRAYING MAN. I'M A PRAYING MAN. I'M A PRAYING MAN.

AND IF I HAVE A PROBLEM I CAN'T UNDO,
I PRAY FOR HELP AND HE COMES THROUGH.
I'M A PRAYING MAN. I'M A PRAYING MAN.
THE LORD NEVER LETS ME DOWN WHEN I'M IN NEED.

I'M A PRAYING MAN. I'M A PRAYING MAN.
AND I WALK THIS TROUBLED WORLD HOLDING ON TO HIS STRONG HAND.
I'M A PRAYING MAN. I'M A PRAYING MAN. I'M A PRAYING MAN.

I'M A PRAYING MAN. I'M A PRAYING MAN.
AND I WALK THIS TROUBLED WORLD HOLDING ON TO HIS STRONG HAND.
I'M A PRAYING MAN. I'M A PRAYING MAN. I'M A PRAYING MAN.
I'M A PRAYING MAN. I'M A PRAYING MAN. I'M A PRAYING MAN.
I'M A PRAYING MAN. I'M A PRAYING MAN. I'M A PRAYING MAN.

 

 

 

10 – TO BE A BAHA’I

 

To be a Bahá'í simply means
to love all the world;
to love humanity
and try to serve it;
to work for
universal peace and
universal brotherhood.

To be a Bahá'í
To be a Bahá'í
To be a Bahá'í simply means
To love all the world;

To be a Bahá'í
To be a Bahá'í
To be a Bahá'í simply means
To love all the world;

Source Quotation Referenced:

"To be a Bahá'í simply means to love all the
world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for
universal peace and universal brotherhood."

(Dr. J.E. Esslemont, Bahá'u'lláh and the New Era, p. 71)

 

 

11 - THE WILDERNESS, THE MOUNTAIN

 

O THOU INCOMPARABLE GOD! O THOU LORD OF THE KINGDOM! THESE SOULS ARE THE HEAVENLY ARMY.
ASSIST THEM AND, WITH THE COHORTS OF THE SUPREME CONCOURSE, MAKE THEM VICTORIOUS,
SO THAT EACH ONE OF THEM MAY BECOME LIKE UNTO A REGIMENT AND CONQUER THESES COUNTRIES THROUGH
THE LOVE OF GOD AND THE ILLUMINATION OF DIVINE TEACHINGS, DIVINE TEACHINGS.

O GOD! BE THOU THEIR SUPPORTER AND THEIR HELPER,
AND IN THE WILDERNESS, THE MOUNTAIN, THE VALLEY, THE FORESTS,, THE PRAIRIES AND THE SEAS,
BE THOU THEIR CONFIDENT--THEIR CONFIDANT--

SO THAT THEY MAY CRY OUT THROUGH THE POWER OF THE KINGDOM AND THE BREATH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
HOLY SPIRIT. HOLY SPIRIT. HOLY SPIRIT. HOLY SPIRIT.
HOLY SPIRIT. HOLY SPIRIT. HOLY SPIRIT. HOLY SPIRIT.

Source Quotation Referenced:

O Thou incomparable God! O Thou Lord of the Kingdom! These souls are Thy heavenly army. Assist them and, with the cohorts of the Supreme Concourse, make them victorious, so that each one of them may become like unto a regiment and conquer these countries through the love of God and the illumination of divine teachings.

O God! Be Thou their supporter and their helper, and in the wilderness, the mountain, the valley, the forests, the prairies and the seas, be Thou their confidant - so that they may cry out through the power of the Kingdom and the breath of the Holy Spirit.

Verily, Thou art the Powerful, the Mighty and the Omnipotent, and Thou art the Wise, the Hearing and the Seeing.

(Baha'i Prayers, p. 176)

 

 

12 - O SON OF LOVE

 

O SON OF LOVE!
O SON OF LOVE!
Thou art but one step away from the glorious heights above
and from the celestial tree of love.
Take thou one pace and with the next
advance into the immortal realm
and enter the pavilion of
eternity.
Give ear then to that which hath been revealed by the pen of glory.
O SON OF LOVE!
O SON OF LOVE!

Source Quotation Referenced:

O SON OF LOVE!  Thou art but one step away from the glorious heights above and from the celestial tree of love. Take thou one pace and with the next advance into the immortal realm and enter the pavilion of eternity. Give ear then to that which hath been revealed by the pen of glory.

(Baha'u'llah, The Persian Hidden Words)

 

 

13 – GLADDEN MY SPIRIT

 

O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit.
Purify my heart. Illumine my powers.
I lay all my affairs in Thy hand.
Thou art my Guide and my Refuge.

I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved;
I will be a happy and joyful being.

O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety,
nor will I let trouble harass me.
I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.
O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself.
I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.

Source Quotation Referenced:

O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being. O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.

O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.

(Compilations, Baha'i Prayers, p. 150)