Love > Fear

by The Many

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Love > Fear 03:16
When I can’t take the first step When all I’m holding is my breath I pray that you are there When I can’t seem to forget When I can’t see the morning light yet I pray that you are there I pray love is greater than fear. Love is greater than Love is greater than Love is greater than fear Love is greater than Love is greater than Love is greater than fear When I can’t find another way When I don’t have the words to say I pray that you are there I pray love is greater than fear Love is greater than Love is greater than Love is greater than fear Love is greater than Love is greater than Love is greater than fear
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Waiting 04:50
The earth cries out Nothing feels right The world cries out No justice in sight Fires burning everywhere Too many, too hot, too bright We are waiting for you. We are waiting for you. We are waiting for that Gloria in excelsis Deo Gloria in excelsis Deo The child cries out Don’t turn out the light Broken hearts cry out No end of hurt in sight Greed and guns rule everywhere Too many, too strong to fight We are waiting for you. We are waiting for you. We are waiting for that Gloria in excelsis Deo Gloria in excelsis Deo Gloria in excelsis Deo Gloria in excelsis Deo Let us be a sign of hope Let us be your arms of love Let us be the ones that say there is another way. We are waiting for you You are waiting for us too. We are waiting for that Gloria in excelsis Deo Gloria in excelsis Deo Gloria in excelsis Deo Gloria in excelsis Deo We are waiting for you You are waiting for us too. We are waiting for you You are waiting for us too.
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Me versus you. Us versus them. Looks like the only game in town Be the winner or you’ll lose Somehow we all end up down. O God, We look for You in the ashes of this mess O God you offer us Your tenderness Extravagant mercy Extravagant grace Extravagant love In your embrace Love that changes us. Changes the game. Love that changes everything. Love changes everything. Don’t show weakness. Don’t show our hands. We make our moves. We play our parts. Don’t ask if this is all there is Lower our eyes. And close our hearts. O God, We look for You in the ashes of this mess O God you offer us Your tenderness Extravagant mercy Extravagant grace Extravagant love In your embrace Love that changes us. Changes the game. Love that changes everything. Love changes everything. There is enough There is enough There is enough to go around O God, We look for You in the ashes of this mess O God you offer us Your tenderness Extravagant mercy Extravagant grace Extravagant love In your embrace Love that changes us. Changes the game. Love that changes everything. Love changes everything.
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Take Comfort 04:39
There have been days So many days When we couldn’t see the sun When we just wanted to run There have been years So many years When we all we knew was war Who knows what we’re fighting for Listen, can you hear the voice? Saying we have suffered long enough. Listen, can you hear the voice? Saying we have suffered long enough. Oh, oh, oh Take comfort oh my people Take comfort, take comfort This love will never turn away Love will never turn away There have been times, so many times When the cuts felt so deep, When blood ran through the streets. There have been lives, so many lives When the path was paved with pain When no one knew our names. Listen, can you hear the voice? Saying we have suffered long enough. Listen, can you hear the voice? Saying we have suffered long enough. Oh, oh, oh Take comfort oh my people Take comfort, take comfort This love will never turn away Love will never turn away Listen now, don’t be afraid There’s a God who holds this tender world like a shepherd holds a stray Listen now, don’t be afraid The God of love and mercy is on the way Oh, oh, oh Take comfort oh my people Take comfort, take comfort This love will never turn away Love will never turn away
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Come you who've been wounded All you who've lost hope Come you who are longing for what you don’t even know. Come you hungry for justice Aching for heaven on earth Come you who've been tossed aside Don't remember what you're worth Come as you are Come you weary Come and lay your burdens down Come as you are Bring your hopes Bring your doubts and your scars Come as you are Come you who have been cast out All you who've been shamed come you who are looking for that mystery you can’t name Come you crying for mercy Hoping for peace on earth Come you carrying questions All you who’ve been so hurt Come as you are Come you weary Come and lay your burdens down Come as you are Bring your hopes Bring your doubts and your scars Come as you are Oh you misfits and prophets, and you sinners and saints Oh you broken and needy, weird and weary and faint All who seek to simply open their eyes. All who need to find a safe place to cry. Come as you are Come you weary Come and lay your burdens down Come as you are Bring your hopes Bring your doubts and your scars Come as you are
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All You Ask 03:39
You don’t ask us to get on our hands and knees You don’t ask us to crawl in the dust You don’t ask us to say the right words, cross our t’s You don’t ask us to believe All you ask All you ask All you ask us is to be love Be love. Be love. You don’t ask us to do it all perfectly You don’t ask us if we are enough You don’t ask us to all be alike or agree You don’t ask us to believe All you ask All you ask All you ask us is to be love Be love. Be love. Let us be here in your love Always only be your love Be your hands and arms of love Be your voice and heart of love Let us be your love.
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We are the wandering We are the seeking We are the ones left out to dry We are the bleeding Our hearts are weeping We are the broken Body of Christ And when we eat We are fed The love that God Has given And when we drink We take it in This love This earthly heaven. We are the thirsty Looking for mercy We have all been kicked aside We are the stumbling Our hands are fumbling We are the broken Body of Christ And when we eat We are fed The love that God Has given And when we drink We take it in This love This earthly heaven. We are loved Just as we are Taste and see Loved as we are Beautifully different Loved as we are Just as we are. And when we eat We are fed The love that God Has given And when we drink We take it in This love This earthly heaven. We are the wandering We are the seeking We are the broken Body of Christ
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The worlds on fire tonight The streets are cryin tonight One more bullet found its way One more life gone today. How do we change the ending of this story? What can we do to make it out? Let justice rain Let it pour on this dry ground Let mercy run Let it flow where hurt is found like a river through the streets like a flood with waters deep Right through our hearts. Straight through our hearts Let it rain. Let it rain. This town’s gone mad tonight My heart feels bad tonight The words they fly back and forth Head down, defend your turf. We all wanna stay alive Just tryna get back home again But how can we possibly survive? Not one more Enough is enough. Say their names Enough is enough…. Let justice rain Let it pour on this dry ground Let mercy run Let it flow where hurt is found like a river through the streets like a flood with waters deep Right through our hearts. Straight through our hearts Let it rain. Let it rain.
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Remember when we saw the boy washed up on shore The girl torn from her parents’ arms Remember when we heard 16 shots in the night No justice for that life We want to know where You were We want to know where You are We want to know what you do God you seem so far away Remember when we saw The unloved daughter/son? Abandoned and undone Remember when we watched The city burning down The sound of hate so loud We want to know where You were We want to know where You are We want to know what you do God you seem so far away Show us your love right now Show us your grace right now Show us your face right now Show us your way right now Remember when you cried You were looking for us too. Told us love would see us through Can we be love right now? Can we be grace right now? Can we show your face right now? Live in your way right now?
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Tear down the walls Tear down the walls Tear down the walls between us. The clenched fist The cordoned off heart The border lines Always keeping us apart. The crossed arms The closed up ears The long high fence Always keeping us in fear Tear down the walls Tear down the walls Tear down the walls between us. Tear down the walls Tear down the walls Tear down the walls between us. Downcast eyes The hard grip of hate The words we shout And the words we do not say. The slow burn The anger we feed Scarring souls with the lies that we keep Tear down the walls Tear down the walls Tear down the walls between us. Tear down the walls Tear down the walls Tear down the walls between us. We bring the wood, the iron, the concrete, the fire We build these walls every day. We carry the hurt, the fears, the shame, and the tears. Our beautiful barricade These walls - we hate them. But these walls, we make them. These walls, it’s time to break them. Tear down the walls Tear down the walls Tear down the walls between us. Tear down the walls Tear down the walls Tear down the walls between us. So I can see you So you can see me too.
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These Bodies 03:47
You gave us these bodies And you called them good You gave us these bodies And you called them good We are easily damaged have you seen the scars? That’s just scratching the surface More beneath where those are. You gave us these bodies And you called them good You gave us these bodies And you called them good May we love them as you do Let us love them as you do Inside, outside, through and through Let us love them as you do But we do so much damage. Have you seen the scars? We keep hurting each other Sometimes that’s just how we are You gave us these bodies And you called them good You gave us these bodies And you called them good May we love them as you do Let us love them as you do Inside outside, through and through Let us love them as you do These bodies, These bodies They are fearfully, wonderfully made Don’t believe the lies some say No, our flesh and bones Our hearts and hands are loved in every way. Yeah our flesh and bones Our hearts and hands are loved in every way. You gave us these bodies And you called them good You gave us these bodies And you called them good May we love them as you do Let us love them as you do Inside outside, through and through Let us love them as you do Let us love them as you do
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When all the answers we’ve been given Have all turned into questions, When all the hurt that we’ve been feeling Leaves us breathless, leaves us reeling When it seems everything we’ve been holding onto no longer holds true, We can let go, and we can hold on to this Your love is Beyond belief Stronger than the strongest tree. Deeper than the deepest sea Wilder than our wildest dreams We don’t have to be afraid anymore Cuz your love is sure, God, your love is sure. When nothing makes any sense here. Hard to find a way through the fear. Looks like survival depends on our silence And everyone says, just keep smiling When it seems everything we’ve been holding onto no longer holds true, We can let go, and we can hold on to this Your love is Beyond belief Stronger than the strongest tree. Deeper than the deepest sea Wilder than our wildest dreams We don’t have to be afraid anymore Cuz your love is sure, God, your love is sure. No matter what we think No matter how I look Whatever skin we’re in No matter who you love No matter what they say If we believe or not… Your heart is wide enough God’s heart is wide enough Your love is Beyond belief Stronger than the strongest tree. Deeper than the deepest sea Wilder than our wildest dreams We don’t have to be afraid anymore Cuz your love is sure, God, your love is sure.

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The 12 songs on Love > Fear (pronounced Love Greater Than Fear) were written in response to the fear that is so rampant in our culture today: fear of the other, fear of violence, fear of not having enough, and fear of not being enough. According to some studies, Americans are more afraid than they’ve ever been and many are calling this “the age of fear.” Growing out of that fear is increased hatred, exclusion, alienation and loneliness. These songs offer space to honestly name and lament all that’s wrong and scary and hard in our world and our lives, while also offering hope and the reminder that, as Christ taught us, “love is greater than fear” and “there is enough to go around.”

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released November 15, 2019

Recorded at JoyRide Studio, Chicago. August - October 2019. Produced by Gary Rand and Hannah Rand. Featuring lead singers: Darren Calhoun, Leslie Michele and Hannah Rand. All songs written by Lenora Rand and Hannah Rand except Broken Body of Christ, Come As You Are and Beyond Belief, written by Lenora Rand and Gary Rand. All songs ©2019 Plural Guild Music (ASCAP). License available through CCLI.

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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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