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Spirit Born

©2005 Gibbs Zehnder & Zehnder

You know the wind blows, wind blows where it chooses
You hear the sound of it
But you don’t know, don’t know where it comes from
Or where it goes, it goes, it goes
Yeah, you don’t know, don’t know where it comes from
Or where it goes, it goes, it goes

Blow through me, Wind, breathe on me, Breath, make Spirit born,
All of my soul, make Spirit born, Spirit born.

The Nicodemus in me can’t believe how
The Nicodemus in me is too long in religious categories
The Nicodemus in me still runs to the rebel rabbi
In the middle of the night, Nicodemus, hear it again:
“For God so loved the world”
“For God so loved the world”
“For God so loved the world”

Blow through me, Wind…

You know the wind blows…

Blow through me, Wind…

Spirit born, Spirit born, Spirit born,
All of my soul, make Spirit born, Spirit born

 
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1. Spirit Born
 

I Believe

©2005 Gibbs Zehnder & Zehnder

In times of war, in times of doubt,
In desperate times you scream about.
In times of pain and times of loss,
Those desperate times up on the cross.

I believe, help my unbelief. I believe, help my unbelief.

In times of joy and times of bliss,
On sunny days you never miss.
The times with you, together free,
Bring Heaven here with certainty.

I believe, help my unbelief. I believe, help my unbelief.

And oh the grief, to say goodbye,
Sing out wailing through labored sigh.
Swing white hot fury to black despair,
Dare you to find your God in there!

I believe, help my unbelief. I believe, help my unbelief

 
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2. I Believe
 

Rise Up

©2005 Gibbs Zehnder & Zehnder

They put the best guard detail there
To guard the death they engineered
They thought the best guards couldn’t fail
To keep cold and buried what they feared
But then it happens, the deepest dawn
At the moment of deepest grief
The powerless are lifted high
And carry truths beyond belief

Rise up, feel the change!
The Resurrection comes again!
Rise up, believe the change!
We’ll never be the same again!

It’s hard to walk off the bloody hill
It’s hard to see through a pitch black day
I try to bear this empty weight
I’m pressed to carry to an early grave
But then it happens…

Rise up…

[instrumental]

But then it happens…

Rise up…

 
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3. Rise Up
 

Breathe In, Breathe Out

©2007 Gibbs Zehnder & Zehnder

And it’s hands rising with the sun, and falling as one, breathe in, breathe out,
And it’s circles ever evolving, tensions slowly resolving, breathe in, breathe out,
And it’s holding that heart in your hands.

Shalom, salaam, namaste, ancient the paths, we find a new way
To be one in spirit, mind and body this day, this day, this day

And it’s healing what’s hidden in the soul, from the traumas, the body made whole, breathe in, breathe out,
And it’s the prayer beyond any word and the faith that it’s truly been heard, breathe in, breathe out,
And it’s holding your head in your hands.

Shalom, salaam, namaste…

When do we live namaste? When do we live salaam? When do we live shalom?
When do we all live peace? When do we all live peace?
When does this weary world get some peace?
Breathe in, breathe out…
And it’s holding your heart in your hands.

Shalom, salaam, namaste…

 
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4. Breathe In, Breathe Out
 

Justice Jam

©2008 Tim Gibbs Zehnder, Tom Zehnder, Chris Henrikson, Keith Jones and Chenjerai Kumanyika

Let justice roll down, come on!
Oo, Let justice roll down – like an ever flowing stream!

For justice I bust this flow for free
Used to be blind but now I see
Through the eyes of the elders who came before me
Like Malcolm and Martin and I can’t forget Mahatma Gandhi
Take a knee, homey / Hug an old bodhi tree
Realize how to be revolutionary
Destiny is divine when aligned with the truth
That resides deep inside that g-ride of my youth
Now I got proof of insurance and a photo ID
But I choose to tell time by Mayan prophecy – Oo, Let justice roll down…

No justice no peace / Keeps the streets violent
Keeps people high off hate and hella dyin’
I’m tryin’ to rebuild the ’hood / And bring the crime rate back down again
So we can buy homes / Send our offspring off to colleges
Cause knowledge is power / Chase big dollars and pop collars
When it’s safe to leave our three-mile radius
To not get bothered, followed, beaten or clobbered
By police for being the wrong color
Not guilty, your honor, my post traumatic slave disorder
Got me thinking freedom is far-fetched like President Obama
Bring the drama, dear mama, if Pac’s the forefather, then I’m the Dalai Lama
Midnight bomber street rogue runner for universal peace
During L.A.’s summers no wonder our hood’s dehydrated
Now we can keep hatin’ or make plans to bring change
I’m far from Martin Luther King, but I can still dream
One day, some day, justice comin’ – Oo, Let justice roll down…

My flesh becomes justice / Every time I choose right
My blood’s a river of light / To fill up the night
Too many people think that justice / Is killing for spite
I just hug ’em / Long as we loving / Dawg, we still in the fight
In these times when lies look strong / And the truth looks weak
I gotta rhyme the truth when I speak / And groove to the beat
How can I pray for peace / If I’m refusing to seek?
I wanna pray with my deeds / So I’m moving my feet
To the battlefield, to body, where destruction is screaming
I hear talking at the party, not enough believing
And yes, I gotta keep stepping where the earth is bleeding
I got my choices as my weapons, and I’m murking my demons, come on – Oo, Let justice roll down…

 
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5. Justice Jam
 

One Fluid Flow

©2007 Gibbs Zehnder & Zehnder
Commissioned by Yale Divinity School, “Faith as a Way of Life” Project

One fluid flow
Give me one fluid flow
Set me free, let me go
Give me one fluid flow
Ride the undertow
Let me ride the undertow
Deeper still my faith will grow
As I ride the undertow
Sing my heart alive,
Won’t you sing my heart alive,
Touch the core, feed my drive
As you sing my heart alive.

Varied and wide is the landscape of this life,
And naturally running through is the river of my faith,
Yet why do I pour it out
Into categories of people, place and time?
They become little glass jars on a shelf,
Full of the river’s water, but river no longer,
Full of the river’s water, but river no longer.

One fluid flow…

Ever flowing stream,
Like an ever flowing stream,
Make my life one with your justice dream,
Rolling down like an ever flowing stream.
Varied and wide is the landscape of this life…

One fluid flow…

 
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6. One Fluid Flow
 

Everybody's Singing Now

©2007 Gibbs Zehnder & Zehnder

Alleluia, alleluia,
Everybody’s singing now, alleluia
Listen to that sound, alleluia!

There were two of them like you and me
walking down that long lonely road of afterwards
Just two souls gutted by the loss
no heart left to believe the good news rumors
If we can’t let it be better,
how can we recognize better
When it’s a stranger walking by our side?
I say we taste that bread,
run all the way back to town,
and join that mighty chorus…

Everybody’s singing now, alleluia
Listen to that sound, alleluia
Everybody’s singing now, alleluia
When all the lost are found, alleluia!

The whole world’s different and yet it’s all the same
to me and you when we’re gliding past our fancy idols
We’ve got our own Areopagus poised to jump
on the next new thing
Forget the alter to an unknown god,
Will it ever be better,
and can we recognize better
When it’s a stranger walking by our side?
I say we taste that bread…

Everybody’s singing now…

[instrumental]

I say we taste that bread…

Everybody’s singing now…

 
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7. Everybody's Singing Now
 

 

 
 
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