1977-1979 Keith Green Ministry Years Vol 2

Because of You

 

People smile at me and ask me what it is,

That makes them want to be just like I am,

So I just point to you and tell them, yes it’s true,

I’m no special one, I’m just one man.

 

It’s because of you, people smile at me and say, what a lucky guy,

It’s because of you, I can raise my hands and reply,

And say I’m happy because of you.

 

Now people just can’t believe, that my life used to be,

Something that no one had any use for.

I’d stay at home each night, never shine the light,

And I thank you, it will never be like before.

 

It’s because of you, people point at me and say I like what that boys got.

And because of you, I confess I don’t have a lot,

But what I have is because of you.

 

Now people smile at me and ask me what it is

That makes them want to be just like I am.

So I just point to you and tell them, yes it’s true,

I’m no special one, I’m just one man.

 

It’s because of you, people smile at me and they say, what a lucky guy,

It’s because of you, I can raise my hands to the sky,

And say I’m only happy because of you.

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How Can They Live Without Jesus?

 

How can they live without Jesus?

How can they live without God’s love?

How can they feel so at home down here,

When there’s so much more up above?

Throwing away the things that matter,

They hold onto things that don’t.

The world has gone crazy, but soon maybe,

A lot more are going to know.

 

For maybe they don’t understand it,

Or maybe they just haven’t heard.

Or maybe we’re not doing all we can,

Living up to His Holy Word.

Cause phonies have come and wrongs been done,

Even killing in Jesus’ name.

And if you’ve been burnt, here’s what I’ve learned,

The Lord’s not the one to blame.

 

For He’s not just religion with steeples and bells,

Or a sales man who will sell you the things you just want to hear.

But His love was such, that he suffered so much,

To call some of us just to follow, follow.

 

So many laughing at Jesus,

While the funniest thing that He’s done,

Is love this whole stubborn rebellious world,

While their hate for Him just goes on.

And love just like that will bring him back,

For the few He can call His friends.

The ones He’s found true who’ve made it through,

Enduring until the end.

The one’s He’s found true, who’ve made it through,

Enduring until the end…

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Run To The End Of The Highway

 

Well you can run to the end of the highway

and not find what you’re looking for,

Moving won’t make your troubles disappear.

And you can search to the end of the highway

and come back no better than before.

To find yourself you’ve got to start right here.

 

Well I came running when I got the news that you were leaving.

Oh, I’ve gotta talk some sense to you, cause I’m your friend.

You say you want to hit the road cause life is so deceiving.

Do you think it’s different at the other end?

 

So you can run to the end of the highway

and not find what you’re looking for.

Moving won’t make your troubles disappear.

And you can search to the end of the highway

and come back no better than before.

To find yourself you’ve got to start right here.

 

Oh I came running when I got the news that you were crying.

Oh my friend has life been so unkind to you?

You say you want to find a place where people are not lying.

If you find a place like that I’ll go there too.

 

Oh, you can run to the end of the highway

and not find what you’re looking for.

Moving won’t make your troubles disappear.

And you can search to the end of the highway

and come back no better than before.

To find yourself you’ve got to start right here.

Yes, to find yourself, you’ve got to start right here.

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Your Love Broke Through

 

Like a foolish dreamer, trying to build a highway to the sky,

All my hopes would come tumbling down, and I never knew just why,

Until today, when you pulled away the clouds that hung like curtains on my eyes,

Well I’ve been blind all these wasted years and I though I was so wise,

But then you took me by surprise.

 

Like waking up from the longest dream, how real it seemed,

until your love broke through,

I’ve been lost in a fantasy, that blinded me,

Until your love broke through.

 

All my life I’ve been searching for that crazy missing part,

And with one touch, you just rolled away the stone that held my heart,

And now I see that the answer was as easy, as just asking you in,

And I am so sure I could never doubt your gentle touch again,

It’s like the power of the wind.

 

Like waking up from the longest dream, how real it seemed,

until your love broke through,

I’ve been lost in a fantasy, that blinded me,

Until your love, until your love, broke through.

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The Victor

 

Swallowed into Earth’s dark womb,

Death has triumphed, that’s what they say,

But try to hold Him in the tomb,

The Son of Life, rose on the third day.

 

Just look, the gates of hell, they’re falling,

Crumbling from the inside out,

He’s bursting through the walls with laughter,

Listen to the Angels shout!

It is finished, He has done it,

Life conquer death, Jesus Christ, has won it!

 

His plan of battle, you know, it fooled them all,

They led Him off to prison to die,

But as He entered Hades Hall,

He broke those hellish chains with a cry.

Just listen to those demons screaming,

See Him bruise the serpent’s head,

The prisoners of Hell, He’s redeeming,

All the power of death is dead!

 

It is finished, He has done it,

Life conquer death, Jesus Christ, has won it!

Just look, the gates of hell, they’re falling,

Crumbling from the inside out,

He’s bursting through the walls with laughter,

Listen to the Angels shout!

It is finished, He has done it,

Life conquer death, Jesus Christ, has won it!

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Thank You Jesus

 

Thank You Jesus, for what you’re doing for me,

Thank you Jesus, I want the whole world to see,

That you’re not just a picture on the wall in my room,

That you’re faster than lightning, and you’re coming back soon.

 

Thank you Jesus, for all the good things you do,

Thank you Jesus, I wish they all could know you,

That you’re not just a book collecting dust on the shelf,

And if they don’t want to read it, you’re gonna be back to tell them yourself.

 

I don’t understand, why my fellow man, had to turn away,

From all the good things that you say,

They’re still trying to find a better way, but you know they won’t,

Unless they invent one, then we’ll have to patent it.

 

Thank you Jesus, for all the good things you’ve done,

Thank you Jesus, I really want to tell you Lord,

I’m having so much fun, loving You.

 

Thank you Jesus, for this here smile on my face,

I really want to shout it to the whole Human Race,

That you’re not just this building on the corner where we meet,

They can know You in person, You’re a pleasure to meet.

 

Thank you Jesus, Oh thank you Jesus,

Thank you Jesus, I only want to thank you Jesus,

I don’t care what they say,

They’re gonna call you a cliché,

I’m gonna love you anyway!

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The Prodigal Son Suite

 

I was done hoeing, out in the fields for the day,

I was thinking of going, I had to leave right away,

My life is just fading, and oh I felt so alone,

The nearest young maiden was, a full day’s ride from home.

 

My father was reading, the Holy books in his room,

My heart was just bleeding, I knew I had to go soon,

He smiled and pointed at an old wooden chair,

I wanted to hold him, but then I just wouldn’t dare.

 

I said, father, there’s so much to know,

There’s a world of things to see,

And I’m ready to go and make a life for myself

If you give me what is mine,

I will go, if I can have your blessing,

But if you won’t bless my journey, I’m gonna leave anyway.

Son, I’ve always tried my best for you,

And if you must be leaving home, then go with the blessing of God.

 

Not too many days later, I was well on my way,

I met a travelling stranger, who seemed to have much to say,

He told me tales of the city, and all the women he’d had,

I asked him, wasn’t that sinful,

He said, no, it isn’t that bad.

And then a few days later, on an old city road,

We were drowning in laughter, and we had women to hold,

And this went on quite a long time, my father gave me a lot,

But when my pockets were empty, my friends all left me to rot.

 

Then a famine hit and drained the land,

Everywhere I looked I saw starvation, and a job was nowhere to find,

I wandered through the city streets, competing for the food of common beggers,

Until then I’d never known hunger, but now I wasn’t too proud.

I finally found some employment, feeding pigs on a farm,

I wasn’t treated to kindly, I had to sleep in the barn,

I had to eat with the swine,

The bread I ate was like stone,

It didn’t take too much time until, I was dreaming of home.

Oh, the servants there are better fed,

If I could only have what my father gives them,

I would truly need nothing more.

Oh, I will go and say to him,

I’m no longer worthy to be in your family,

Will you take me as your servant, and let me live with them.

 

It didn’t take too long to pack my things,

I left with only what I wore,

And I prayed that I still had a home.

I was near home, in site of the house,

My father just stared, dropped open his mouth,

He ran up the road, and fell to my feet, and cried, and cried,

Father I’ve sinned, Heaven ashamed,

I’m no longer worthy to wear your name,

I’ve learned that my home is right where you are,

Oh father, take me in.

Bring the best robe, put it on my son,

Shoes for his feet, hurry put them on,

This is my son who I thought had died,

Prepare a feast for my son’s alive,

I’ve prayed and prayed, never heard a sound,

My son was lost, oh thank you God he’s found,

My son was dead and he’s now alive,

Prepare a feast for my son’s alive,

My son was dead,

My son was lost,

My son’s returned in the hands of God.

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Stained Glass

 

We are like windows, stained with colors of the rainbow,

Set in a darkened room, till the bridegroom comes to shining through,

Then the colors fall around our feet, over those we meet,

Covering all the gray that we see,

Rainbow colors of assorted hues, come exchange your blues,

For His love that you see shining through me.

 

We are His daughters and sons,

We are the colorful ones,

We are the kids of the King,

Rejoice in everything.

 

My colors grow so dim,

When I start to fall away from Him,

Then up comes the strongest wind

That begins to blow me back into his arms again,

And the colors fall around my feet, over those I meet,

Changing all the gray that I see,

Rainbow colors of the Risen Son, reflect the one,

The one who came to set us all free.

 

We are His daughters and sons,

We are the colorful ones,

We are the kids of the King,

Rejoice in everything.

 

We are like windows, stained with colors of the rainbow,

No longer set in a darkened room,

cause the bridegroom wants to shine through you,

No longer set in a darkened room,

cause the bridegroom wants to shine through you.

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Go To The Hungry Ones

 

Go to the hungry ones and fill them with His bread,

They’ll leave their darkness as you shine the light He shed,

Point to His promises, believe in what He said,

And His joy will be manifest in you,

And the lost will be found as He works through you.

 

Out on the highways, there’s so many passing by,

Step out in boldness and watch the family multiply,

Pray up some miracles, lets open up the sky,

And His joy will be manifest to you,

And the lost will be found by the things you do.

 

Oh don’t you know that Jesus loves you,

So let’s go and spread His word,

Redeem the time while there’s still time,

Let’s share the call we heard, lets share the call we heard.

 

Is your house open to let strangers enter there,

Give to the least of them, show them someone cares,

And you may be entertaining Angels unaware,

And His joy may be manifest to you,

And the lost may be found as He works through you,

And His joy will be manifest in you,

And the lost, they’ll be found by the things you do.

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Love With Me (Melody’s Song)

 

You want to love with me, love with me then,

I only ask that you still be my friend,

For there are many where friendship’s unknown,

They live together, but really alone.

And the days go their ways in silence,

Tense hours of woe,

We do not mean to have it so.

 

I know that sometimes I’m harder to love,

I thrash out blindly, like nothing’s thought of,

So won’t you help me to help you be sure,

God only knows that I want to be pure.

But the world keeps it promise daily, to let me down,

But it can’t hide what I have found.

 

So I will love you, and love you I do,

It’s not complete yet, but you know we’re not through

And the days go their ways in blessings,

Moments of truth,

We truly dare not waste our youth

You wanna love with me, love with me then.

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You Put This Love In My Heart

 

I found it hard to believe someone like you cared for me,

You put this love in my heart.

I tried but could not refuse, you gave me no time to lose,

You put this love in my heart.

 

I want to know where the bad feelings go,

When I’m depressed and I get down so low,

And then I see you coming to me and it’s alright.

 

I want to tell you right now, I’m not afraid to say how,

You put this love in my heart.

There are sometimes when I doubt, but you always find me out

You put this love in my heart.

 

Cause when I see all that you’ve done for me,

It’s hard to doubt, I just have to believe,

Cause you followed and proved it all of your life.

 

Well I know the loneliness I had before,

Is gone now, I’ll never feel it anymore,

Cause your love has released me from all that’s in my past,

And I know I can believe you,

When you say I’ll never be forsaken, Your love is gonna last.

 

There’s so much more I should say, if I could just find a way,

You put this love in my heart,

Is this real or a dream, I feel so good I could scream,

You put this love in my heart.

 

I want to know where the bad feelings go,

When I’m depressed and I get down so low,

And then I see you coming to me and it’s alright,

You put this love in my heart,

You put this love in my heart,

You put this love in my heart.

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There is a Redeemer

 

There is a redeemer, Jesus, God’s own Son,

Precious Lamb of God, Messiah, Holy One,

Jesus my redeemer, name above all names,

Precious Lamb of God, Messiah,

Oh, for sinners slain.

 

Thank you oh my father, for giving us Your Son,

And leaving Your Spirit, till the work on Earth is done.

 

When I stand in Glory, I will see His face,

And there I’ll serve my King forever,

In that Holy Place.

 

Thank you oh my father, for giving us Your Son,

And leaving Your Spirit, till the work on Earth is done.

 

There is a redeemer, Jesus, God’s own Son,

Precious Lamb of God, Messiah, Holy One,

Thank you oh my father, for giving us Your Son,

And leaving Your Spirit, till the work on Earth is done.

And leaving Your Spirit, till the work on Earth is done.

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No One Believes In Me Anymore

 

Oh, my job keeps getting easier, as time keeps slipping away,

I can imitate your brightest light and make your night look just like day,

I put some truth in every lie, to tickle itching ears,

You know I’m drawing people just like flies, cause they like what they hear,

I’m gaining power by the hour, they’re falling by the score,

You know, it’s getting very simple now cause no one believe in me anymore.

 

Oh, heaven’s just a state of mind, my books read on your shelf,

And have you heard that God is dead, I made that one up myself,

They dabble in magic spells, the get their fortunes read,

You know they heard the truth, but turned away and followed me instead,

I used to have to sneak around, but now they just open their doors,

You know, no ones watching for my tricks because no one believes in me anymore.

 

Everyone likes a winner, with my help, you’re guaranteed to win,

And hey man, you’re ain’t no sinner, you’ve got the truth within,

And as your life slips by you believe the lie that you did it on your own,

But don’t worry, I’ll be there to help you share our dark eternal home.

 

Oh, my job keeps getting easier, as day slips into day,

The magazines, the newspapers, print every word I say,

This world is just my spinning top, it’s all like childs-play,

You know, I dream that it will never stop, but I know it’s not that way,

Still my work goes on and on, always stronger than before,

I’m gonna make it dark before the dawn since no one believes in me anymore,

Well now I used to have to sneak around, but now they just open their doors,

You know, no one watches for my tricks since no one believes in me anymore,

Well I’m gaining power by the hour, they’re falling by the score,

You know, it’s getting very easy now since no one believes in me anymore,

No one believes in me anymore, no one believe in me anymore.

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On The Road To Jericho

 

I left Jerusalem, last week for Jericho,

In the afternoon, the sun was getting low,

And then the bushes shook, and out they came at me,

They were robbing half naked, while they beat me head to toe,

And they left me on the road to Jericho.

 

Lying almost slain, and wounded by the road,

Crying out in pain for a sympathetic soul,

First a priest, and another of my kind,

Well they were men I could have trusted, but they left me deaf and blind,

They were strangers on the road to Jericho.

 

Through the blood and tears, I saw a worried face,

He was from Samaria, my people hate his race,

He bandaged up my wounds and laid me on his horse,

Although my memory is cloudy, I still can feel his friendly flow,

Such a kind man on the road to Jericho.

When I later asked the innkeeper the man’s name he did not know,

Just a neighbor on the road to Jericho.

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YOU

 

You, who made the whole world with your hand,

Walked along this land, humbled as a man,

You came down, and you changing the water to wine,

Gave your greatest sign, by changing lives like mine.

How did you know, I’d eventually go,

And take you for the Lord of my life?

 

I’m so glad for you, how did you stand the shame,

When they laughed at your name, Your Father felt such pain,

Well, how’d you take it?

But you, spoke not a word to defend,

Cause they’d see in the end, when you rose again.

Whenever you spoke, all the demons awoke,

And would tremble with fear at your sight.

 

And you, loving a world filled with hate,

And though the hour is late,

You still chose to wait.

But it won’t be long until,

You take the whole world by surprise,

They won’t believe their eyes,

When you come through the skies.

When you return, all the foolish will learn,

That they waited too long to decide,

Don’t wait too long to decide!!!

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When I Hear The Praises Start

 

My son, My son, why are you striving,

You can’t add one thing to what’s been done for you,

I did it all while I was dying,

Rest in your faith, my peace will come to you.

 

For when I hear the praises start, I want to rain upon you,

Blessings that will fill your heart, I see no stain upon you,

Because you are My child and know me, to Me you’re only holy,

Nothing that you’ve done remains, only what you do for Me.

 

My child, My child, why are you weeping,

You will not have to wait forever,

That day and that hour is in My keeping,

The day I’ll bring you into Heaven.

 

For when I hear the praises start, my child, I want to rain upon you,

Blessing that will fill your heart, I see no stain upon you,

Because you are My child and you know me, to me you’re only holy,

Nothing that you’ve done remains, only what you do in Me.

 

My precious bride, the day is nearing,

When I’ll take you in My arms and hold you,

I know there are so many things that you’ve been hearing,

But you just hold on to what I have told you.

 

For when I hear the praises start, my bride, I want to rain upon you,

Blessings that will fill your heart, I see no stain upon you,

Because you are My child, and you know Me, to me you’re only holy,

Nothing that you’ve done will remain, only what you do for me.

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Asleep In The Light

 

Do you see, do you see, all the people sinking down,

Don’t you care, don’t you care, are you gonna let them drown,

How can you be so numb, not to care if they come,

You close your eyes and pretend the job’s done.

 

Oh Bless me Lord, bless me Lord, you know it’s all I ever hear,

No one aches, no one hurts, no one even sheds one tear,

But He cries, He weeps, He bleeds, and He cares for your needs,

And you just lay back and keep soaking it in, oh, can’t you see it’s such sin?

 

Cause He brings people to your door,

And you turn them away, as you smile and say,

God bless you, be at peace, and all Heaven just weeps,

Cause Jesus came to your door, you’ve left Him out on the streets.

 

Open up, open up, and give yourself away,

You’ve seen the need, you hear the cry, so how can you delay,

God’s calling and you’re the one, but like Jonah you run,

He’s told you to speak, but you keep holding it in,

Oh, can’t you see it’s such sin?

 

The world is sleeping in the dark,

That the church can’t fight, cause it’s asleep in the light,

How can you be so dead, when you’ve been so well fed,

Jesus rose from the grave, and you, you can’t even get out of bed,

Oh, Jesus rose from the dead, come on, get out of your bed.

 

How can you be so numb, not to care if they come,

You close your eyes and pretend the job’s done,

You close your eyes and pretend the job’s done,

Don’t close your eyes, don’t pretend the job’s done.

Come away, come away, come away with Me, My love,

Come away, from this mess, come away with Me, My love.

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Walk and Talk

 

Walk and talk, Walk and talk

well tell the world about it, said I’m standing on the rock

I’m gonna walk and talk with my Jesus, stand with the Lord – Amen

I’m gonna Walk and talk, Walk and talk

well tell the world about it, said I’m standing on the rock

I’m gonna walk and talk with my Jesus, stand with the Lord – Amen

 

Listen Here, Praise the Lord, Praise His Name

Well listen to my story you know I was a natural man

Because I was a child I never walked I never ran, now I can stand – Amen.

Well I said look at that man, wasn’t he lame?

Yes it’s the power of the Lord that’s made him whole again,

Now he can walk and talk with Jesus, stand with the Lord – Amen

I’m gonna Walk and talk, Walk and talk

well tell the world about it, said I’m standing on the rock

I’m gonna walk and talk with my Jesus, stand with the Lord – Amen

 

Why do you marvel, why do you gaze

It’s not by my power that a man can be saved,

You’ve got walk and talk and trust Jesus, and stand with the Lord

Walk and talk, walk and talk, tell the world I’m standing on the rock.

I’m gonna walk and talk with my Jesus, stand with the Lord – Oh Yeah!

 

Walk and talk, Walk and talk

well tell the world about it, said I’m standing on the rock

I’m gonna walk and talk with my Jesus, stand with the Lord,

I’m gonna walk and talk with my Jesus, stand with the Lord,

I’m gonna walk and talk with my Jesus, stand with the Lord – Stand with the Lord