Advent & Christmas

by The Many

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The Many is the house band of The Plural Guild, a diverse collective of musicians, writers and other artists creating new music and liturgy for people of faith and doubt who are trying to do justice, love mercy, walk humbly and follow the Jesus who so loves the world.

These songs were recorded during 2015 at Foxhall Studios, Chicago. Produced by Gary Rand and Dorian Gehring, engineered by Dorian Gehring.

Special thanks to LaSalle Street Church, Chicago, where most of the folks on this album find themselves (and each other), most Sundays.

Lyric sheet for all songs and sheet music for Holy Is Your Name included in your download.
Lyrics by Lenora Rand. Music by Hannah Rand and Gary Rand, except Remember Mercy, music by Elsa Harris and Gary Rand.

Follow The Many on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pluralguildband Learn more about The Plural Guild at www.pluralguild.com

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released December 1, 2015

Recorded summer and fall of 2015, featuring Hannah Rand, Olivia Harris, Leslie Michele,lead vocals; Jack Harris, vocals, guitar., Gary Rand, vocals, guitar, Jordan Stacey, vocals, bass;, Julian Stacey, vocals, drums;, Dorian Gehring, guitar; Rob Clearfield, keyboards; Rob Wildeboer, keyboards, Jon Deitmeyer, drums. Additional vocals, thanks to Torri Hamilton, Rachel Douglas Swanson, Cindy and Chris Stacey, Caronina Grimble, Paul Harris.
Cover art from a painting by Scott Beahm.

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Weaving together many musical influences, from folk to gospel to pop to indie, into one unique sound somewhere between them all, The Many deliver songs filled with questions and doubts, pushing toward a faith that’s real and honest, that doesn’t settle for easy anything, always with an eye out for the God who so loves the world. . ... more

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Track Name: Holy Is Your Name
The Many - “Holy Is Your Name”
Based on Luke 1:46-55, the Magnificat
Music: Hannah Rand
Lyrics: Lenora Rand


Verse 1
You have seen me in my sorrow
You have heard me in my pain
You have known me in my suffering
You have loved me in my shame

Chorus
And I sing
Holy, holy, holy is your name
And I say
Glory, glory, glory to your name
The angels and the heavens sing
Of the new day that You bring
They say
Glory, glory, glory to your name


Verse 2
You have held me in my questions
You have heard me when I pray
You have looked on me with favor
You have never looked away

Chorus

Bridge
The proud will fall
And the poor will see
That all hope’s not lost
And grace flows free
(Repeat)

Chorus

Track Name: Room For Us All
Room for all of us
Music, Hannah Rand
Lyrics, Lenora Rand


Verses 1
They said no room
They said move on
They turned, turned you away.
We’ve been there too
Felt that alone
Been hurt, been hurt that way.

Chorus:
Your light came shining
Into this crying night
Bringing hope, bringing healing
Your love revealing.
Your light came shining
Into this crying night
To say it's ok
there's room
for all of us here

Verse 2
Oh but it’s hard
To open the door
Not lock, lock love away
We’ve been there too
Felt so afraid
To try, try another way

Bridge: We are on this earth to love
Track Name: Longest Nights
“The Longest Nights”

Verse 1
You shouldn’t be here tonight
It doesn’t seem quite right
Here where the cattle sleep
Here where they keep the sheep
Here in the mud and blood and hay
How could you end up in this place?

Verse 2
You shouldn’t be here tonight
It doesn’t seem quite right
Here where the shots ring out
Where everything’s burning now
Where there’re a hundred words for pain
How could you end up in this place?

Chorus:
Emmanuel, Emmanuel
God with us
Love for us
Born into the longest nights
Emmanuel


Verse 3
You shouldn’t be here tonight
It doesn’t seem quite right
Here where the hurt is deep
Here where the wounded weep
Where there’s so much we cannot say
How can you show up in this place?
How can you show up in this place?

Chorus

Bridge
In this scarred and starry night
In our aching, crying nights
In this trembling, tender moment
before we start to see the light…
Dawn
Track Name: Remember Mercy
Remember Mercy

Music by Elsa Harris and Gary Rand
Lyrics by Lenora Rand (based on the Magnificat)

My soul magnifies You Lord
My soul glorifies You Lord

For You have seen me, known me
You have not forgotten me.
You have filled me with good things

You O Lord, remember mercy.

We will Magnify, Glorify
You oh Lord, hear the hearts that sigh
You oh Lord, make the humble rise

You O Lord, remember mercy.

From generation to generation
You O Lord remember mercy.
Track Name: In This World
In this world
Music by Hannah Rand
Lyrics by Lenora and Hannah Rand

Verse 1
I don’t know how to live
I don’t know how to make things right
I don’t know where to go
All I wanna do is run away and hide

Chorus:
I lift my eyes up to the hills
I lift my eyes to know what’s true
I lift my eyes and then I see
You…In this world
I see You…In this world
I see You…In this world

Verse 2
I can hear You in the pain
I can see you in hearts that bleed
I can feel you in the hands
That are reaching out for me

Chorus:
I lift my eyes up to the hills
I lift my eyes to know what’s true
I lift my eyes and then I see

You…
In this world
In this world

Bridge
Show us the way
Show us the way
To live
Show us the way
Show us the way
To love
We want to follow You
In this world
Track Name: God With Us
God With Us
Music by Gary Rand
Lyrics by Gary Rand and Lenora Rand

Verse 1
You were just a little child
Born into a world of pain
You were just a little boy
With no fortune or fame
You were just a little one
And no one knew your name
Your name is Jesus
And you changed everything

Chorus
Jesus, Jesus
God with us
Jesus, Jesus
We sing Gloria, Gloria, Gloria
Gloria, Gloria
God with us.

Verse 2
You came to give us life
Life abundantly
You came to make us whole
And all that we could be
You came to hold us close
And to set us free
Your name is Jesus
And you changed everything

Bridge
Light of the World
Hope of Glory
Man of Sorrow
Acquainted with Grief
Healer of Nations
Mighty God
Wonderful Counselor
Prince of Peace