1995 The Light Years

Searchin’ for Love

by Bryan Duncan, Randy Thomas

 

You can search for a thousand lifetimes
And still never find it all;
The reason The Maker cares for,
In spite of the seekers fall.
Love is the ultimate creation
From the heart of The Morning Star;
And you are the pearl that it paid for,
Knowing everything you are.

In the hands of deceivers
Love becomes a tool of war,
But still in the eyes of believers
The power of God is more.
But still in the eyes of believers
The power of God is more.

Searchin’ for love,
Searchin’ for love,
Searchin’ for love,
Searchin’ for love.

Love is the ultimate creation
From the heart of The Morning Star;
You are the pearl that it paid for,
Knowing everything you are.

Go ahead and misuse it,
It won’t get ya very far;
It’s intended to go with The Keeper,
The one who made you everything you are.
It’s intended to go with The Keeper,
The one who made you everything you are.
Searchin’ for love,
Searchin’ for love,
Searchin’ for love,
Searchin’ for love.

©1978 Lexicon Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

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Good Feelin’

by Rick Thomson & Randy Thomas

 

When you’re tied up to the dock
‘Cause you just can’t stay afloat
Alone at sea,
Sail with someone else. Okay!
When you’re tired of feelin’ lost
And you finally count the cost,
You’re short of change,
Give it all away. Yeah!

CHORUS:
‘Cause it’s a good feelin’,
It’s all right!
It’s a good feelin’,
Day and night!
It’s a good feelin’
To give your life away.
It’s a good feelin’,
Day and night!
It’s a good feelin’,
It’s all right.
It’s a good feelin’
To give your life away.

When your life becomes unjust
And your dreams
Have turned to dust in your own hands,
Leave them where they fall.
When you’re all tired up in knots
And you can’t collect the thoughts
In your own mind.
Give your mind a rest. Yeah!
(REPEAT CHORUS)

Give your life away
Give your life away
Give your life away.

©1978 Lexicon Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

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I Love You with My Life

by Bryan Duncan

 

I would like to say,
Just before I leave you,
I’ll be back someday,
And with me I will take you
So do not be afraid,
Only watch and pray,
And wait for my return.

I’ve done what I must do,
My work here is completed,
It’s all been done for you,
Believe what I have stated,
And I will give you peace
Through all your tribulations,
Until I come again.

CHORUS:
Please now that I love you,
I’ll stay by your side.
If only now in spirit,
I’ll still be your guide.
You will not suffer long,
For I have suffered for you,
I love you with my life.

I’ll prepare a place
Where we can live together,
I’ll meet you face to face,
To share our new forever.
Don’t let your love grow cold,
And I will not allow
What’s more than you can bear.
CHORUS:

Love you with my life.

©1978 Lexicon Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

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I Need Your Love Again

by Bryan Duncan

 

Well, I’ve been out of love so long
That my life was just a line;
And bitterness and empty found my feelings.
I’ve been out of touch so long
That the world was just a ride;
That took me through a life that held me captive.

CHORUS:
Well, I need Your love again,
You’re the ink inside my pen,
Without You I’m a man without a reason.
Well, I need Your love again,
You’re the race I have to win,
Losing You would surely change my destiny.

I’ve been out of love so long
That my heart became a stone’
Insensitive to those who bleed around me.
I’ve been out of reach so long
That my mind became my own’
And all the time I had was spent self-pleasing.

You’re the source of all I am,
The Light inside my mind,
And the freshness of a newfound song.
You’re the happy ending without an end
A smile from One who cares,
Anticipation of unending life with You.

(REPEAT CHORUS)

©1978 Lexicon Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

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Got to Believe

by Randy Thomas & Rick Thomson

 

Got to believe in somethin’,
Got to believe that somethin’s there;
Got to believe in someone,
Got to believe that someone cares for you.

Got to believe in somethin’,
Got to believe that somethin’s there;
Got to believe in someone,
Got to believe that someone cares for you.
Got to believe.

‘Cause if nobody cares,
Then there’s nothing to share
Why are you so afraid?
If we’re born just to die,
Well, then why even try
Are you living to take the blame?

Why don’t you make up your mind?
Keep on seeking, you will find.
Believe it, oh, believe it!
Even though it’s not your style,
Think on it a little while,
Believe it, oh, believe it!
REPEAT

©1978 Lexicon Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

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Carry Me

by Bryan Duncan, Tom Stipe,
Randy Thomas & Rick Thomson

 

Carry me over
Carry me through
Carry me all the way
Carry me over
Carry me through
Carry me all the way

Carry my spirit off into heaven
Show me the break of day
I sit in the morning
Listen to silence
Waiting for what you’ll say
Waiting for what you’ll say

You’re the artist
I’m the painting
You brushed my life with gentle care
You’re always there
You took my blank and empty canvas
And clearly placed your image there
Oh, You’re always there

Carry me over
Carry me through
Carry me all the way
Carry me over
Carry me through
Carry me all the way

Longing to hear the sound of Your voice
Tears come into my eyes
I’m leaving my problems
Right here beside me
Lift me to paradise

Let my praise be as a letter
Written from my heart
And read by only you
Only you
Let my voice be as a cryer
In the darkness
With the promise of the truth
Of the truth

Carry me over
Carry me through
Carry me all the way
Carry me over
Carry me through
Carry me all the way

©1979 Lexicon Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

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Undecided

by Bryan Duncan

 

Undecided
Colors never looked so grey
When deciding
Whether you should go or stay
Hey, don’t fight it
Love is on the winning side
Find your place there
Find the love that you denied

Sing it!
Someday you gotta stake your life on someone
One day you gotta give your love a loved one
Please stay and make it pay
Win or lose, you got to choose

Undecided
Worry doesn’t change your way
Let your mind roll
Make your mark with what you say
Hay, don’t buy it
When people say you’ll never change
Take the vision
God knows how to rearrange

Sing it!
Someday you gotta stake your life on someone
One day you gotta give your love a loved one
Please stay and make it pay
Win or lose, you got to choose

Sing it!
Someday you gotta stake your life on someone
One day you gotta give your love a loved one
Please stay and make it pay
Win or lose, you got to choose

Sing it!
Someday you gotta stake your life on someone
One day you gotta give your love a loved one
Please stay and make it pay
Win or lose, you got to choose

©1979 Lexicon Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

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You Can Make It

By Bryan Duncan
(Dedicated to Brian Miller)

 

Looks like you’re losing
With no one to blame
It’s double or nothin’
But the odds are the same

You can make it
You can come from behind
You can make it now
Makin’ up for lost time

Looks like you’re fightin’
To stay in the race
It’s harder than ever
Just keepin’ the pace

You can make it
You can give it your best
You can make it now
You can pass every test

Somebody’s keepin’ you from goin’ all the way
Somebody’s keepin’ you from doin’ what I say
Somebody’s hopin’ you won’t make it today

You can make it
You can come from behind
You can make it now
Makin’ up for lost time

Talkin’ to me now and I know you too well
I tell you the truth ’cause I love ya
So don’t give me reasons why you can’t carry on
You can believe what I say

You can make it
You can give it your best
You can make it now
You can pass every test
You can make it
You can come from behind
You can make it now
Makin’ up for lost time

Somebody’s keepin’ you, oh!
Somebody’s keepin’ you

©1981 Lexicon Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

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Just Like Me

by Randy Thomas

 

If I had a dime for every time
I’ve had you on my mind
They would stretch on down the highway
In an endless line
If I had a dime for every time
I’ve thought about us two
I could buy myself a lifetime
Just to spend on you

And maybe you could care for someone
Just like me
Maybe you’re in need of someone
Just like me

Now I told you how I hold you
In my highest esteem
I hope you don’t disapprove of me
If I’m not what I seem
As a matter of fact
I’ve been holding back
The way I really feel
And I’ve been afraid
Of what you might say
If my heart had been revealed

And maybe you could care for someone
Just like me
Maybe you’re in need of someone
Just like me

Well, I’m no night in shining armor
No prince charming, I agree
But what I lack in might and valor
I’ll make up in honesty

So, here I go
I will try to show
How much for you I care
But the value that I place in you
Is far beyond compare
You mean more to me
Than the eye can see
But your heart can understand
That I’m talkin of the kind of love
To a woman from a man

And maybe you could care for someone
Just like me
Maybe you’re in need of someone
Just like me
Maybe deep inside you’re feelin’
Just like me
And maybe you could marry someone
Just like me

©1981 Lexicon Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

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Contender

by Bryan Duncan & Randy Thomas

 

Oh, I’m defending my crown
In the fifteenth round
And this loser want to take me down
Like a man in the lion’s den
Well he’s cunning and he’s ruthless
And he knows me well
And he’s hurt me once before
Now my back’s to the ropes again

I’m not quittin’
I won’t give up
I’m not quittin’
I won’t give up
I’m standing for my crown
I’m not quittin’
I won’t give up
I’m not quittin’
I won’t give up
I’m standing my own ground

Well, I hear the crowd screamin’
As they watch me reelin’
And they all wanna see me fall
I’ve been cut to the bone again
But I’ll keep on swingin’
‘Til I hear the bell ring
Yeah, we’ll be takin’ the prize to win

I’m not quittin’
I won’t give up
I’m not quittin’
I won’t give up
I’m standing for my crown
I’m not quittin’
I won’t give up
I’m not quittin’
I won’t give up
I’m standing my own ground

©1981 Lexicon Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

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Isabel

by Bryan Duncan

 

Isabel is a new believer
She works a shift in the bar
And every night the all love to tease her
“You’ve finally found you a star”

Hard time
Hard line
To stand for what you know is true
Hard time
Hard line, ooh

She tells her story to hardened faces
They say they’ve heard it before
They’ve seen at least a half-dozen cases
Who don’t believe anymore

Hard time
Hard line
To stand for what you know is true
Hard time
Hard line, ooh, whoa!

Isabel, you’re a new creation
Isabel
You’re not alone in your situation
You don’t know how long we’ve waited
Patiently anticipating
You, oh

She’s workin’ late but on Monday morning
She finds a light in the dark
It’s where she learns of her new-found calling
Escapes the flood in the ark

Hard time
Hard line
To stand for what you know is true
Hard time
Hard line, ooh, whoa!

Isabel, you’re a new creation
Isabel
You’re not alone in your situation
You don’t know how long we’ve waited
Patiently anticipating
You, oh

(Isabel, you’re a new creation)
Oh, Isabel!
(Not alone in your situation)
Alone in your situation
(Isabel, you’re a new creation)
Oh, Isabel!
(Not alone in your situation)
Not alone, oh, no, no
Oh, Isabel

©1981 Lexicon Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

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You Need a Reason

by Bryan Duncan and Randy Thomas

 

So you’re not enough
And you’re sure it’s true
And you carry it inside
Chances are you’re not looking
Where you should
So you imitate
But you can’t create
I can see through your disguise
There’s a better reason for your life

And I know you’ll never always
Be the way you should
But your love is just the thing
To do somebody good
All you need to give is just your time
And let Jesus be the reason for your life

So you’ve tried your best
And you’ve fallen short
Your life is still the same
Chances are you’re not living
Like you should
Hey, but don’t give up
And don’t give in
It hasn’t been in vain
There’s a valid reason for your life

And I know a place to go
Where the weak are understood
And you could find a comfort there
And if you only would
All you need to give is just your time
And let Jesus be the reason for your life

And I know you’ll never always
Be the way you should
(You need a reason)
But your love is just the thing
To do somebody good
(You need a reason)
All you need to give is just your time
And let Jesus be the reason for your life

©1981 Lexicon Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

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Falling In Love With You
(Thomas / Duncan / Thompson / Schreiner)

I remember the first time I felt you,
Touch my life and took my heart away
Time, they say that time will always tell,
And in all these years, I’ve loved you every day.

And every time I turn around,
I’m falling in love with You,
You’re the one true love that I can count on.
And after all these years I’ve found,
I’ve never grown tired of You,
It’s a lifetime love, only beginning.
Only beginning.

Love is such an easy word to say,
But the hardest thing in life, to live.
Please, don’t be mistaken when I cry,
Cause your love is worth the time,
That it takes to give.

And every time I turn around,
I’m falling in love with You,
You’re the one true love that I can count on.
And after all these years I’ve found,
I’ve never grown tired of You,
It’s a lifetime love, only beginning.

And every time I turn around,
I’m falling in love with You,
You’re the one true love that I can count on.
And after all these years I’ve found,
I’ve never grown tired of You,
It’s a lifetime love, only beginning.
Only beginning.

And every time I turn around,
I’m falling in love with You,
Falling in love with you,
Falling in love with you

© 1991 Lexicon Music Inc.

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Haven’t Seen You
(R. Thomas / B. Duncan)

Well I haven’t seen you for a long time,
And I’ve wondered just how well you’ve been.
I’m sitting alone in the evening,
So I thought I would write to a friend.

I remember some sad times together,
When a smile was a hard thing to find.
And I leaned on you harder than ever,
Cause you gave me a lot of your time.

Since then you’ve burned all your bridges,
And you carry the weight by yourself.
Nobody knows where your heart is,
For we all hear it crying for help.

Haven’t seen you for a long time
Ooooh, haven’t seen you for a long time.
Haven’t seen you for a long time,
Ooooh, haven’t seen you for a long, long time.

Well I guess we’ve both gone through some changes,
And our edges are worn here and there.
But you showed me the secret to living,
And sharing my love through a prayer.

Now you tell me you’re quite hard to live with,
Well, I’m ashamed of myself now and then.
But I found a new life in forgiveness,
It can put you in touch once again.

But now you’ve burned all your bridges,
And you carry the weight by yourself.
And nobody knows where your heart is,
But we all hear it crying for help.

Ooooh, haven’t seen you for a long time.
Haven’t seen you for a while.
Haven’t seen you for a long time,
Ooooh, I haven’t seen you for a while.

Haven’t seen you for a long time.
Haven’t seen you for a while.

© 1991 Lexicon Music Inc.

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Valerie
(R. Thomas)

I watched the lights out on the harbor,
Saw the sun rise on the water.
I felt the waves of desperation,
And spent the day in contemplation.

Valerie, you always told me,
The love I seek, someday would hold me.
Valerie, Valerie, a change in me has been in the making.

While gazing down at my reflection,
I clearly saw my life’s direction.
I thought about the things you said to me,
The simple promise that you read to me.

Valerie, you always told me,
The love I seek, it someday would mold me.
Valerie, Valerie, a change in me has been in the making.

I saw a vision on the harbor,
A man was walking on the water.
I felt the waves in sweet salvation,
And spent the day in celebration.

Valerie, you always told me,
The love I seek, would someday enfold me.
Valerie, Just had to tell you,
Now I know, the love that compelled you.

Valerie – Valerie.

© 1991 Lexicon Music Inc.

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You Led Me to Believe

By Randy Thomas

 

You had the starring role
That I wished I could play
So I learned every line
That you were known to say
I stood in the shadows
When the spotlight hit your face
But I never dreamed you’d throw it all away

You led me to believe
And I followed everything you’d say and do
You led me to believe
You’ve changed your way of thinking now
But I know what is true
And I will keep on holding on
To all the things
You led me to believe

You were the guiding light
For all who passed your way
The neighborhood superman
Who always saved the day
You were the model
I was the clay
And I never dreamed you’d throw it all away

You led me to believe
And I followed everything you’d say and do
You led me to believe
You’ve changed your way of thinking now
But I know what is true
And I will keep on holding on
To all the things
You led me to believe

Now I miss you everyday
And it cuts me to the bone
But you have gone so far away
And I must stand alone
I kept the things you taught to me
And I found them to be true
I only wish that you believed them too

You led me to believe
And I followed everything you’d say and do
You led me to believe
You’ve changed your way of thinking now
But I know what is true
And I will keep on holding on
To all the things
You led me to believe

©1984 Lexicon Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

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Envy and Jealousy

by Bryan Duncan & John Schreiner

 

Every time I think I’m OK
I’m in trouble again
I just can’t seem to get away
From this emotional sin
I’m inferiority bound
And lost in despair
Harmony can never be found
When I begin to compare

Envy and jealousy
They make me so small
Envy and Jealousy
Are there when I fall

You’re my only hope
To be saved from this oppression within
Show me there is nothing to be gained
By recognition of men

Envy and jealousy
Invading my mind
Envy and jealousy
They’re wasting my time
Envy and jealousy
They make me so small
Envy and jealousy
They’re there when I fall

I can recall when I was quite young
I had it all except for the one I wanted
Well that’s envy and jealousy

I know it’s a sin we’re all caught in
But I don’t want to be here forever
‘Cause it feels like a chain wrapped around my neck
And it’s bringin’ me down
I know it’s a trap we all fall in
But I don’t wanna be here tomorrow
So I’m askin’ for help
Won’t you please get me out
Won’t you take it away?

©1984 Lexicon Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

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Prodigals Regret
(Never Should Have Left You)

by Bryan Duncan

 

Oh, how could I have hurt you?
Living cold and reckless
What a careless fool I’ve been
To have taken you for granted
Me, the man with all the answers
Never stopped to notice
You were my savior and my friend
I never should have left you

Now I’m standing in your shadow
Waiting as the tears begin to fall
I never should have left you
I never should have left you
Oh, I’d give my life for one chance
To have you back again
But I’ve taken all my chances
I turned and I walked away

Love will carry on forever
Leaving many wounded
Heartaches never meant to be
The scars will always be there
Still, I don’t think I can make it
Living with a memory
I lost a love I failed to see
I never should have left you

Now I’m standing in your shadow
Waiting as the tears begin to fall
I never should have left you
never should have left you
Oh, you gave your life for one chance
That I might live again

I never should have left you
I took your love for granted
I never should have left you
I never should have left you

©1984 Lexicon Music, Inc. (ASCAP)