Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Music That Matters - Michael W. Smith

My anonymous reader who has been feeding me with songs/lyrics and reflections must have received a large collection of CDs recently, for today I am happy to ofer you today a three-pack from Michael W. Smith's album "I'll Lead You Home"!

The songs are presented here not in the order in which they appear on the album, but in the order which reflects a journey back to the Church - back to one's own faith.

If you didn't know, you can click on the songs' titles and a new window will pop up and play the song for your listening pleasure. It may take some time depending on your connection, but please be patient - it's worth the wait. If you are using the Firefox browser, you'll have to click on the stop button, then click on the play button to hear the music. IE will play it automatically after the song loads.

Many new Catholics willingly offer their conversion stories. What we don't often get to hear or read are the stories of cradle Catholics who have either remained in the Church or who have left for periods of time and have returned.

Listen to and read the lyrics of these three songs in the order I have presented them. For me, and certainly my anonymous reader who supplies me with the material for Music That Matters, these songs illustrate the difficulty of staying faithful.

Cry For Love
Michael W. Smith
Album - I'll Lead You Home

My life is like a racing car hurtling towards the wall
At the speed of sound
My time has been so finely tuned
But I've never seen a human being so tightly wound
At times it seems beyond belief
I just need a bit of relief
Like a war-weary soldier
Marching up and over the edge
Take my hand and pull me up cause I'm falling too fast
Somehow I've lost my way - I'm cryin' save me

Chorus
Can you hear me...I'm calling out
I'm crying out...a cry for love
I can feel you...you're touching me
You healing me...my cry for love

I will be the first to admit
I don't have the strength to handle it alone anymore
I don't have to fret, don't have to explain
All my worrying's in vain
I'm not alone anymore

Why is this so hard to believe
What is mine is mine to freely receive
Like the changing of seasons
This is the beauty of the word
And for all that I have seen and heard
Oh I want to come home
Somehow I'll make my way - my way home to you

Chorus

Bridge:
Oh Father hear my call (Oh Father hear my call)
I know you'll catch me when I fall
Oh Father hear my callI know you'll catch me when I fall
Oh I pray that you'll hold me now
Hold me
And take my fear away

I'm cryin' save me
Oh I know that you can hear me
Hear me crying out for love
Oh I know that you can feel my cry for love...ooh...

I can feel you - you're calling out
You're crying out - a cry for love
I can feel you - you're touching me
You're healing me - my cry for love


I'll Lead You Home
Michael W. Smith
Album - I'll Lead You Home

Wandering the road of desperate life
Aimlessly beneath the barren sky
Leave it to me
I'll lead you home
So afraid that you will not be found
It won't be long before your sun goes down
Just leave it to me
I'll lead you home

Chorus:
Hear me calling
Hear me calling
Just leave it to me - I'll lead you home

A troubled mind and a doubter's heart
You wonder how you ever got this far
Leave it to me, I'll lead you home

Vultures of darkness ate the crumbs you left
And you got no way to retrace your steps
Just leave it to me
I'll lead you home

Chorus 2:
Hear me calling
Hear me calling
You're lost and alone
Leave it to meI'll lead you home

Chorus 2

So let it go and turn it over to
The one who chose to give his life for you
Leave it to me
I'll lead you home

So let it go and turn it over to
The one who chose to give his life for you
Just leave it to me
I'll lead you home
Leave it to me
I'll lead you home

Chorus 2


I'm Waiting For You
Michael W. Smith
Album - I'll Lead You Home

I walked this road
So very long ago
To show the way
So you would know
I walked the road
With holes in my hands in feet
To make the way
Come follow me

Chorus:
No, you are not alone
You will be free indeed
The journey begins and ends
With me
One million miles
It starts with a step or two
What are you waiting for?
I'm waiting for you

You run the race
Thinking you've almost won
Then you may find
You've only begun
You're on the road
Thinking you're far from here
And suddenly find
You're very near

Chorus

1 comment:

Guilherme Aleandro Campestrini said...

Hi, I'm from Brazil... 'n I have a doubt.
Is Michael W. Smith a catholic singer?
please, send the answer to my email.
guilherme.campestrini@hotmail.com
thanks