Advent music from Steve Bell

Advent music from Steve Bell

The following songs are connected to a series of three reflections written by Steve Bell and included in our book, In Days to Come: words for Advent. While the songs certainly stand on their own, you can also get more information on the book by clicking here. All three are available on Steve’s new album for Advent, Christmastide and Epiphany, Keening for the Dawn.

ORACLES |  Music and Lyric by Steve Bell, used with permission

Isaiah 2:1-5, 7:10-16, 11:1-10, 35:1-10

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O ancient seer, your vision told
Of desert highways leading home
To the mountain of the Lord
Where nations sound a righteous song forever more.

 

And on that mountain men will forge
From cruel implements of war
The tools to till and garden soil
The rose will bloom and faces shine with gladdening oil

 

And it will surely come to pass
Justice will reign on earth at last
The wolf will lie down with the lamb
No beast destroy, no serpent strike the child’s hand

 

And God himself will choose a sign
A frightened woman in her time
Will bear a son and name him well
God with us! O come, O come Emmanuel!

 

KEENING | music and lyrics by Steve Bell, used with permission

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On and on the night goes on
Brooding dark before the dawn
We are waiting
Wearied lips rehearse our creeds
Bellies swollen with you seed
We are waiting
Hardened shards of broken bread      
Small consolations in your stead
Soured wine a tonic for the pain
Dutifully we take our fill
Still, we long to see Your face again
Keening for the dawn as such
Stirs the memory of your touch
We are waiting
We are waiting

 

FASHION FOR ME | music and lyrics by Steve Bell, used with permission

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Fashion for me a desert of peace
A land that is empty of endless disease
With  no-one to suffer hate or appease
With nothing to covet, desire or compete
But you  alone

 

Grant to me lord by your sovereign hand
To wander forever in this boundless land
Where all of my yearnings  fears and demands
Are abandoned and lost  to the great desert sands
Surrounding me

 

   Fashion for me a desert of peace
   Where Father, Son and Spirit meet
   Together as one, together release me
   Free from sin, to enter in to life forever more
Fashion for us a  city of love
Where the lamb and the lion together lie down*
Where all of the long-lost pilgrims are found
Rejoicing in song for the Savior is crowned 
As Lord and King

 

Grant to us lord by your sovereign hand
A city of joy in the heart of the land
A home for the weary alien man
The fatherless children, the widow who’s hands
Are tired and worn 
   Fashion for us a city of love
   Where Father, Son and Spirit live
   Together as one, together allow us
   Free to take, and celebrate the life forever more

 

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