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Progress - 2008

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Credits

  • All songs written by Nathan Long
  • Produced, engineered, edited and mixed by Stephen Gause
  • Additional engineering by Ben Philips
  • Recorded at Invertigo Productions & Bletchley Park - Nashville, TN
  • Nathan Long - lead vocals, background vocals, acoustic guitars, harmonica
  • Elizabeth Long - background vocals
  • Ben Phillips - drums, percussion
  • Aaron Sands - bass guitar
  • Mike Payne - electric guitars
  • Matt Stanfield - piano, organ, rhodes, keys
  • Tom Yarbrough - accordian, mandolin, high strung guitar
  • Stephen Gause - background vocals
  • Bill the Plant - background vocals

If You Love Me

John 14:15

Now listen closely, boys it's been a good three years and when I look at your faces, I hate to say the end is near. I'm going up now to make a place for you and it's a hard road there so the Spirit will come to guide you

This is a tough world, boys they sure have hated Me and it's gonna be the same for you if you're living faithfully But I'm giving everything so you can be redeemed and all these words of life have come to you with suffering

So if you love Me, do what I say; if you don't follow the Shepherd you're gonna lose the way

When you talk about faith and works, you get it all mixed up; I'd rather tell you all about faith and love. Cause when you hear My voice it ought to sound so sweet that you would leave your life behind to follow Me

So if you love Me, do what I say; if you don't follow the Shepherd you're gonna lose the way If you love Me, do what I say then every step you take will be a step of faith

Don't think these things you do can save you it's not your work that makes you but it's a sign of life It's by your love they'll know you and all along I've showed you I've showed you how to live right I'm leaving you with all this to be a witness, and to pass it on how will they know that I'm true if they don't see you shining strong?

Love Picture

Ephesians 5:31-32

This is not the picture You wanted love to be if she smiles that way for everyone, she cannot smile for me Love is a secret; be careful who you tell Love is not a product you can buy and sell oh, and it's just as well if it costs you your whole life

But I see something beautiful... I see something beautiful...

This is not the picture You wanted love to be but they cut the heart right out of love and made pornography Daddies don't love their babies, babies grow up confused they don't know how to love; they only know how to use oh, it's so true but we can't pass all the blame

But I see something beautiful... I see something beautiful...

Husbands, love your wives as Christ gave his life...

He gives, she receives He protects, she believes He gives, she receives He protects, she believes... she believes...

This is not the picture You wanted love to be There's a steady stream of broken hearts and broken promises But Love is a mystery, Love never dies Love stands alone and looks you straight in the eyes and when you see those eyes... there's nothing left to say.

Progress

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10

Maybe they started out counting sheep Maybe they started counting stones One thing I'll tell you 'bout those human beings is they never could leave well enough alone One day it's telescopes and catapults Next thing it's microscopes and guns What's the use of climbing up the mountain if you only wind up staring at the sun?

Everything gets better all the time Everything gets better all the time Sleeker, smaller, newer, taller faster, cleaner, safer, leaner Everything gets better all the time

Look at the work of Michelangelo and tell me if we've come so far One hundred eighty years since Beethoven died I can barely even play on this guitar Are we getting closer to perfection? Do we still have anything to say? Are we improving our expression while our souls are getting smaller every day?

Everything gets better all the time Everything gets better all the time Sleeker, smaller, newer, taller faster, cleaner, safer, leaner Everything gets better all the time Oh, everything gets better all the time Look around: the world's contracted; every day we're more distracted Everything gets better all the time Everything gets better all the time...

One day it's telescopes and catapults Next thing it's microscopes and guns

The Cup

1 Corinthians 11:25

Take this cup, each of you My good friends As you drink, remember Me remember this:

That it is for your pardon and it is from My heart and though you will not see Me we will never part

Greater love has no man than to lay down his life to save his friends and I love you... take this cup and drink.

Take and eat; what I have I freely give Eat My flesh, drink My blood that you may live

I have washed your spirits and I have washed your feet you must love as I have if you would follow Me

Greater love has no man than to lay down his life to save his friends and I love you... take this cup and drink

And in the years to come you will learn this love that gives until it bleeds You will lose it all but you will have it all because My blood is all you need

It is for your pardon and it is from My heart and though you will not see Me we will never part

Greater love has no man than to lay down his life to save his friends Greater love has no man than to lay down his life to save his friends and I love you... take this cup and drink.

Take this cup, each of you My good friends As you drink, remember Me... remember Me.

Psalm 46

Psalm 46:1-3

God is our refuge our help in trouble we will not fear, although the earth should shake and the mountains give way

He is our refuge our God is always at hand we will not fear, although the oceans should roar we will trust in the Lord

Strong nations tremble at His command Though heaven and earth pass away the Lord Almighty stands

There is a river that flows in the city of God there by that river His people never must fear; their Defender is near

Come see His triumph how war and fighting shall end God breaks all weapons, His city never can fall; He is God over all

Strong nations tremble at His command Though heaven and earth pass away the Lord Almighty stands

Be still and know that He is God... He is God!

Strong nations tremble at His command Though heaven and earth pass away the Lord Almighty stands

Miracle Boy

Isaiah 9:6

The idea the Messiah would come here this way must've sounded like sacrilege like being born in a gas station bathroom or under an interstate bridge Even cruel King Herod, the puppet of Rome had a pile of silk sheets for his bed but the King of all kings drew His first breath of air in a dirty old animal shed

Cry oh cry, our infant King Open Your mouth up and let Your voice ring Cry for Your people in sorrow and joy Welcome to Earth, little miracle boy

Well the fire had gone out and the moon stood high when the shepherds got word from the Lord When an army of angels split open the night with their voices instead of their swords It was good news to them when they opened their eyes then the glory of God shone around when the angels were gone, they all threw down their staffs and they ran all the way into town

Cry oh cry, our infant King Open Your mouth up and let Your voice ring Cry for Your people in sorrow and joy Welcome to Earth, little miracle boy

And they said You would be a man of sorrow and they said You would bear our pain and the sun will rise up on the world tomorrow but tonight You are here, and the stable's a temple and the old things are passing away

Cry oh cry, our infant King Open Your mouth up and let Your voice ring Cry for Your people in sorrow and joy Welcome to Earth, little miracle boy