The Wilderness - Music for Lent

by The Many

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This is music from THE WILDERNESS, a Ritual of Resistance and Hope, originally created for a Lenten gathering at the CONVERGENCE MUSIC PROJECT event, February 2017

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These songs are for people of faith and doubt, rooted in many voices from gospel to indie, pop to folk. Songs meant to accompany you on the forty days and forty nights of Lent. Songs made to sing together. Songs for those who seek justice, long to live in kindness, walk humbly, and follow the God who so loves us all.

The liturgy that accompanies these songs was inspired by Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness where he faced his demons, sat with all that is hard and mysterious and painful, within and without. It is an invitation, during Lent to follow Jesus into this rocky, desolate place to examine ourselves, to face our fears, our temptations, our sorrows, our aloneness, and to listen for the still, small voice that calls us to refuse to be numb, calls us to wake up, be alert, look into the eyes of the other gods we worship on a daily basis – success, money, power, comfort, security – name them and confess them and find the path of holy resistance.

A PDF with the entire script and lyrics for the songs is included in the download of the album. There is also a PDF of the sheet music for all the songs.

Please share and sing and bring The Wilderness by The Many to your church or performance space.

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released February 5, 2017

The Many are from Chicago, IL USA and include singers, Darren Calhoun, Leslie Michelle, Kerry Pritchard, Hannah Rand, Gary Rand and everyone else who can join in.

The Many is a collaboration of the Plural Guild, headed up by Gary and Lenora Rand. www.pluralguild.com

All songs written by Hannah Rand and Gary Rand, with lyrics by Lenora Rand, except "Must Not Have Known" - music and lyrics by Hannah Rand from her solo album, "Standing on Shoulders." Full album is available here: hannahrandband.bandcamp.com/album/standing-on-shoulders

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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: Only Grace
1. Things are broken here.
Things are shared
Things are carried here
Hearts bow in prayer

Chorus
It is grace, only grace
That brings us here, holds us together here.

It is grace, only grace
That brings us here, holds us all together here.
All together here.

2. Things are dying here
Things are torn
Things are growing here
And burdens borne.

Chorus

Bridge
Amazing grace, hear the sound.
Here is where hope is found.

Chorus
Track Name: Forsaken
Forsaken


Why have you forsaken us?
Where have you gone?
Why have you forsaken us?
How can we go on?


Verse 1
There’s a woman who has lost her child
And a man who’s lost his way.
There’s a boy who’s keeping it inside
And a girl who cannot pray.

Pre-chorus
Why have you forsaken us?
Where have you gone?
Why have you forsaken us?
How can we go on?

Chorus
We search for your face
Search for your grace
We want to follow your way
Why have you forsaken us
Where have you gone?



Verse 2
There’s a man who says he cannot breathe
And another with a gun
There’s a family that’s left everything
Just exiles on the run


Pre-chorus
Why have you forsaken us?
Where have you gone?
Why have you forsaken us?
How can we go on?

Chorus
We search for your face
Search for your grace
We want to follow your way
Why have you forsaken us
Where have you gone?



Bridge
There’s a man forsaken on a cross
Body broken in two
There’s a God hanging on a cross
Who feels it all too

Crying with us, dying with us.
Praying with us. Holding us too.

We search for your face
Search for your grace
We want to follow your way


Lyrics: Lenora Rand
Tune: Hannah Rand
Track Name: Lovely Needy People (Kyrie)
Lovely Needy People

Verse 1
Oh you prisoners in your cells
All you in private hells

All: Kyrie eleison

All you hungry and ignored
Who thirst for something more

All: Kyrie eleison

You who feel so lost but are afraid of being found
You who are in chains but are afraid to live unbound

All: Kyrie eleison, kyrie eleison.

Chorus
For all us lovely needy people
Living in this world that’s spinning
Round and round and round
Round and round and round

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy

All: Kyrie eleison, kyrie eleison

Verse 2
Oh you children ripped and torn
Battered, bruised and worn

All: Kyrie eleison

All who look hate in the face
Locked in hate’s embrace

All: Kyrie eleison

You who’ve given up and can’t see anywhere but down
You who’ve lost all hope and think it’s nowhere to be found

All: Kyrie eleison, kyrie eleison.

Chorus

Chant
All: There is mercy enough, there is grace enough.
There is love enough for all of us.
Track Name: Bonus: Forgive Us - Demo
Verse 1:
We try, we fail
Do too little too late
We wish we could walk away

Verse 2:
We hurt. We’re hurt
Nothing seems to work.
We don’t know what to say

Chorus:
Forgive us
Forgive us.
We know not what we do.
Be with us
Be with us.
We don’t know what to do.


Verse 3
What’s wrong. What’s right.
Hard to see without sight.
Blindly we come to You

Chorus:
Forgive us
Forgive us.
We know not what we do.
Be with us
Be with us.
We don’t know what to do.


Bridge:
We don’t know how to pray here.
stay here.
All we hope is You’re here.
Help us
Seek Justice.
Love Mercy.
Walk humbly, here.

Chorus
Track Name: Room For Us All
Room for Us All

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 comes shining
Into this crying night,
Bringing hope, bringing healing,
Your love revealing.

Your light comes shining
into this crying night
To say it's ok,
there's room for all of us here.

Oh but it’s hard
To open the door
Not lock, lock love away

We’ve been there too
Felt too afraid
To see, to try another way

Chant: We are on this earth to love