Formerly

by Arthur Alligood

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04:39
10 A.M., pulling into my spot Grab my county schools I.D. Make sure the doors are locked head for those concrete squares its like crossing a stream in the Smokies Make it to the other side and come to the door I can hear the kids saying, “Mr. Arthur’s here!!” Life it lays its hand on our shoulders in the most unlikely times When we feel we’re almost dead he whispers, “You’re still alive.” On the these “off days” I learn a lot about myself and a lot about them ‘cause kids can throw punches to your patience more than often But the “glory moments” they make it worth while, the angels come and visit And sing the “Hallelujah Chorus” I can hear them in my brain right now Sometimes it takes the ones who don’t know what life is to show you what life is....all about Life...Oh beautiful life
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03:19
All the things they do underneath the stars the routine they have formed has made them who they are working all day long just for the chance to live at night When the sun goes down and its getting pretty late They all hop in their cars and head to their favorite place Where life begins for them all their troubles are a mile away We're lying to ourselves if we ever think worship only happens beneath church walls We're all bowing down to something can't you see? There's a service going on as I sing When the sun comes back up They all hop back in their cars and head to the places that fund this life and struggle all day long just to keep their eyes open all the while longing for the night
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Have you seen them? If you look you will find There all around you, Oh the martyrs of our time They’re not hard to spot...there’s freedom written on their faces and their joy....their joy rarely ceases They lost their lives, but their hearts never missed a beat They lost themselves when they left everything with their crosses on their shoulders and that hope in their hearts to follow a carpenter They’re constantly redefining, casting down tradition They know what it means to be, to be a Christian ‘Cause there’s a battle that happens everyday The only way to fight is to die and get out of the way You won’t find it till you lose it, until you lose your life in him
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03:59
You were right in what you said as we were driving back through your small hometown There’s really no feeling like coming home after being gone for a while If we feel this way now imagine how we’ll feel when we take our final rest If we feel this way now imagine what we’ll say when we reach those pearly gates I get homesick sometimes and I’ve never really seen my home Its understood on this earth that where you lay your head is where your home is , but I’ve come to disagree Our home is beyond the blue skies can’t see it with your eyes, but I know its there Dad, he’s been building us our homes with driveways paved with gold Its so assuring to know that we’ll be together someday Its so assuring to know, if not on this earth in a far off higher place
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04:17
Fellas, I claim this territory for you let this land of song bring you honor I know you won’t take the praise it will bounce right off of you and head straight to the Father Oh, what a Father he has been to us all Freedom sing some BGV’s we all know well your distinct melodies Its been a while since we’ve practiced ,but we’ll always be a 5-piece band Singing for Dad, but we play our parts now separately We’re brothers of blood and we’re covered from our head down to our feet This moments for you the song, the chords, and the tears that it brings I hope it makes you smile I hope it makes you rise up and sing Time may seem to separate us but remember boys nothing can We call upon the same high priest and we’ll always be a 5-piece band
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released April 1, 2005

Produced by Ben Pasley
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Arthur Alligood Springfield, Tennessee

Songwriter/Singer from Middle Tennessee.

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