1991 The Race

FAITHFUL FOREVER

Written by Michael Omartian and Michael Anderson

 

California Winter rain,

It’s cold and grey and I keep walkin’,

Feelin’ like I’m not alone,

I almost hear the raindrops talking.

 

Don’t look back, don’t lose track,

Of the one thing left worth fightin’ for,

Keep in sight,

It’s alright.

 

Comin’ back to You again,

Once more on my knees for mercy,

I know it seems I never learn,

 I wonder if I ever will see.

Comes the light, end of night,

Freedom of the love without,

It’s a fight,

But I’m alright cause’

 

Chorus 1:

You’re faithful forever,

Though it’s hard to believe,

When I’m cold and lonely,

You’re faithful forever,

And you’re teachin’ me now,

How to stand on my own

 

I don’t know how you love me now,’

When every chance I’ve had I fought you,

Yet when I need a tender touch,

Your patient, lovingkindness shines through.

 

Pre-Chorus 3:

I can see I must be,

The reason for the rain in my heart,

It’s a fight, but I’m alright cause’

 

Chorus 2:

You’re faithful forever,

Though I feel like a child forsaken in danger,

You’re faithful forever,

And You’re teachin’ me now,

How to stand on my own,

You’re faithful forever.

 

Pre-Chorus 3

 

Chorus 1 And 2 And Out

 

© 1991 WB Music Corp.
(ASCAP)/Careers-BMG Music Publishing (BMI)

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HEARTBREAK CITY

Written by Michael Omartian
And Michael Anderson

 

It’s another night headed for nowhere,

It’s another face alone in the crowd,

One more walking wounded,

Who once lost her dream,

Downtown the dark is selling for beauty,

What’s just a lie in full light of day,

Satisfaction is sold like cheap magazines.

 

Pre-Chorus

There’s a crack in your concrete heart,

That’s wide enough for a tear,

There’s a light right there in the night,

That’s shining through the dark you fear

 

Chorus:

I’ve seen the tears that run like rivers,

Under the streets of this heartbreak city,

Sirens scream like a cry from above,

Lord, have mercy, we’re just looking for love.

 

She has a dream over and over,

The alley at night she knows has no end,

Any man with a fee is her one and only.

 

Here I sit like a judge and jury,

I can’t hear it when the wounded scream,

While every last lost soul in this city,

Knows the nightmare of a lost dream.

 

Chorus:

 

Pre-Chorus:

 

Chorus Twice:

 

© 1991 WB Music Corp.
(ASCAP)/Careers-BMG Music Publishing (BMI)

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LET MY HEART BE THE FIRST TO KNOW

Written by Michael Omartian
and Michael Anderson

 

 

Walkin’ down this long dark road,

I can see the light fade around the bend,

Wonder could I have lost my way,

I’d like to feel the fire in my soul again.

 

I remember when I knew that I knew,

Had no idea what this road would lead through.

 

Chorus:

Where You lead me, I will follow,

Where You call is where I’ll go,

I put my faith in Your guiding light,

Let my heart be the first to know,

Everywhere I go.

 

I don’t know where I’d be now,

If I hadn’t answered You when I heard Your Call,

Can’t imagine bein’ here tonight,

Walkin’ in the dark with no light at all.

 

There’s a voice tellin’ me to turn back,

Time and time again I tell myself that

 

Chorus:

I remember water in the river,

Washing through my soul,

And that vision keeps hope alive,

Everywhere I go.

 

There’s a voice tellin’ me to turn back,

Time and time again, I tell myself that

 

Chorus – Twice

 

© 1990 WB Music Corp.
(ASCAP)/Careers-BMG Music Publishing (BMI)

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KINGDOMS

Written by Michael Omartian
and Michael Anderson

 

Some men have their kingdoms,

With castles on this earth,

Some earned with labor,

Some by right of birth,

Mine’s not simple or grand,

Like some of the rest,

When God gave me mine,

He gave me the best.

 

Some men seek adventure,

With glory to be told,

Sail across the sea in search of honor and gold,

But God has given me a treasure,

I’m not worthy of,

He gave me it all in the one I love.

 

And we face the fire,

And we have always made it through,

You’re my heart’s desire,

 And through it all I still love You.

 

Some people have and some have not,

I’m ever thankful, for all that we’ve got,

But if they took all our possessions,

 Took all they could see,

They couldn’t touch the most wonderful to me.

 

And we face the fire,

 And through it all I still love you,

I still live you,

I still love you,

I still live you,

I still love you.

 

© 1990 WB Music Corp.
(ASCAP)/Careers-BMG Music Publishing (BMI)

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CRY FROM THE EAST

Written by Michael Omartian
and Bruce Sudano

 

Sun rises in the east,

Knees touch the ground,

Sometimes to pray,

Sometimes to beg for life,

(It’s a cold cruel world)

While princes and presidents decide their fate,

The people struggle in the streets,

All waiting to hear the voice of God.

 

Will it ever change, will it stay the same?

Tell me who’s in charge,

Tell me who’s to blame,

A cry from the east.

 

Chorus 1:

It’s here in the race,

It’s Isaac and Ishmael at the well,

Touched by hell,

Warriors for eternity,

Brothers yes, brothers no,

God’s creation, don’t they know,

Time for love, time for peace,

Is the cry from the east.

The privileged rule the masses,

The master of the slave,

Who says one man’s better,

That’s truly just man made,

(not just what my God says)

Moses he told Pharoah,

“Let My people go,”

We only serve one master,

Someone you need to know.

 

Pre-Chorus 2:

Do we ever change, or just remain the same,

Only time will tell,

Tell me who’s in charge,

Is there anyone to blame?

A cry from the east.

 

Chorus 2:

It’s here in the race,

It’s Isaac and Ishmael at the well,

Touched by hell,

Warriors for eternity,

Brothers yes, Brothers no,

God’s creation, don’t they know.

From the greatest to the least,

Is the cry from the east.

 

Sun sets in the west,

Hands raise to the sky,

Sometimes to pray,

Sometimes to surrender,

(It’s a cold, cruel world)

Life goes on, the inner man cries,

“Who will bridge the gap between us,

and give us peace?”

 

Pre-Chorus 2

Chorus 2:

 

© 1991 WB Music Corp.
(ASCAP)/Sudano Songs (BMI)

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ALONE

Written by Michael Omartian

 

With his rifle pointed at the foe,

Young man, but a child inside,

He will march to defend his countrymen,

On a foreign soil hillside,

When the cannons cease and the last gun fires,

His survey has begun,

And he sees his friends, all lifeless,

On the hillside that he’s won.

 

When I look around and see,

The bodies huddled everywhere,

And there are very few to care for them,

It’s cold in the midnight air,

And the lines of hope and sustenance,

A barrel’s fire burns,

And the morning light will seal the din,

As the hopelessness returns.

 

Chorus:

And I seem to have forgotten,

What it is to be alone

 

Take time to feel the way they do,

(To be alone, To be alone)

Take the time to feel their pain,

(To be alone)

 

She has grown to blossom from her youth,

Blue eyes and windblown hair,

But the storm that’s raging deep within,

 The darkness and despair,

Many young nights fearing the open door,

Large shadow looms above,

To seal the family’s legacy,

With her father’s twisted love.

 

Well the sky is turning ebony,

And it suffocates the air,

As a man is hanging on a cross,

His followers are not there,

And he yells, “why has thou forsaken me,

left me all alone to bear,

This loneliness and agony,

This nakedness and fear.

 

Chorus

 

As is sit here in my comfort,

And I watch the evening news,

Of the fighting man and the homeless one,

The victim of abuse,

With my loved ones gathered around me,

Warm fire burns inside this home,

And I seem to have forgotten to be alone.

 

© 1991 WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)

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LAST NIGHT ON EARTH

Written by Michael Omartian,
Bruce Sudano, Michael Amderson

 

I tell myself that this was all a dream,

That woke me up last night,

Couldn’t tell my left from right,

Or anything in between,

I saw myself as wise in their eyes,

I looked my very best,

But in my dream I was a broken man,

Who failed the final test.

 

And everyone turned away,

I was so alone,

You’re facin’ the judgment day,

When my soul’s called home.

 

Chorus 1:

When I leave this place,

Will I leave a trace of things I’ve done?

What about love?

Have I made a place in the race I’ve run?

It scared me so I took to my knees,

And asked the Lord for help,

To let me see myself,

And who I Was called to be,

I thought about the truth I believed,

Was I really tryin’

And if my light was shining,

For the world outside to see.

 

Bridge 2:

Don’t go and throw your life away,

I’ll be on my own,

You’re facin’ the judgment day,

When my soul’s called home.

 

Chorus 1:

 

Chorus 2:

When I leave this place,

Will I see the faces of the ones I love?

For my last night on earth,

Will they know I ran my race and won?

 

Bridge 2:

 

Chorus 1 and 2 Out

 

© 1990 WB Music Corp
(ASCAP)/Sudano Music/Careers-BMG Music Publishing (BMI)

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THE MORNING LIGHT

Written by Michael Omartian
And Michael Anderson

 

In the very last light of another day,

As the sun, like your faith, is fading away,

As the evening rests in the last daylight,

It’s teach us something about the night.

 

And it’s just like me,

It’s just like you,

To miss the plan behind what we’re goin’ through,

And it’s hard to see the light.

 

Chorus:

Just like a brand new day,

Follows the longest night,

In the dark on your way,

Well I’ll hold onto the hope in You,

My Morning Light.

 

It’s a cold, cold world and there’s nothin’ worse

Than to walk with the wounded or cry with the hurt,

It feels like midnight,

You’re the last lonely one,

You’re as far from love as the moon from the sun.

 

And it just like me,

And it just like you,

To not see the hand behind what we’re going through,

And it’s hard to see the light.

 

Chorus

 

Lord, please I’m askin’ of You,

Won’t you tell me somehow what You want me to do,

I’m a great believer in Your Master plan,

But it’s hard to know sometimes,

Right where You stand.

 

And it’s just like me,

To miss Your cue,

And not see your touch in what I’m goin’ through,

It’s not simple in the dark.

 

Chorus

 

©1990 WB Music Corp.
(ASCAP)/Careers-BMG Music Publishing (BMI)

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BURN IT UP

Written by Michael Omartian
and Michael Anderson

 

Where there’s smoke, there’s a fire,

There’s a spark of desire to burn it up,

Turn that spark to a flame,

On the promise in the Name to burn it up,

Oh, oh, oh, so burn it up.

 

Cause there’s no a place for,

Light to shine on this human race,

Only you do what you can do,

That’s the reason for the light in you.

 

Everyday, every hour,

You’ve got the fire power,

To burn it up,

Everyone that you meet,

Is touched by the heat,

So burn it up,

Oh, oh, oh so burn it up.

 

And lend a hand,

Your brother needs someone to understand,

Shine on the darkness, while you live and learn,

To let that tongue of fire in you burn,

Oh, oh, burn it up.

 

Oh, burn it up now,

Oh, burn it up won’tcha,

Oh, oh, oh so burn it up.

 

For there’s a place for light to shine,

On this human race,

Shine in the darkness while you live and learn,

To let that tongue of fire in you burn.

 

Where there’s smoke, there’s a fire,

There’s a spark of desire, so burn it up,

Turn that spark to a flame,

On the promise in His Name to burn it up,

Oh, burn it up now,

Oh, burn it up won’tcha,

Burn it up, burn it up.

 

With the fire in your eye,

You can make it if you try,

So burn it up.

You’re a light in the dark,

To a world off the mark,

So burn it up.

 

© 1990 WB Music Corp.
(ASCAP)/Careers-BMG Music Publishing (BMI)

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KINGDOMS

(Instrumental Reprise)

Written by Michael Omartian
And Michael Anderson

 

 

Full Instrumental – No Lyrics