The Micah Pact EP

by Taryn Leia Prescott

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These are songs that I’ve written over the years. I wrote them in an attempt to grapple with suffering, both my own and others’. Divorce, fatherlessness, loneliness, broken families, disease, poverty, untimely death – these things are real. Yes, tiny, malnourished children in South India live in a hospice, infected with AIDS because of the foolishness of their parents. Yes, so many people are lonely, so many marriages are crumbling, so many struggle for hope and meaning. Yes, I’ve felt the sting of these things, and so I will not offer trite answers or belittle the big questions.

These songs are for my brother, Micah, and for the kids at PACT, Chennai. Life might have tried to name you Ben-Oni (Son of Sorrow) but the Father has named you Benjamin (Son of my Right Hand, Son of Strength), and I pray He carries you on His strong shoulders (Deuteronomy 33:12).

These songs are for my cousin, my brother, my friend, Reuben, who dreamed of living a life of uncommon generosity. He went to be with the Father long before we were willing to let him go, but we know we will see him again, in the twinkling of an eye, when the right Person speaks the word “Arise”. (1 Corinthians 15:52)

These songs are for Cousin Abi, for Paul, for Masrat, for everyone who has been through the dark night of the soul. ‘Don’t forget in the dark what you knew in the light’ – God is still loving and faithful and kind, and everything’s going to be just fine. (Romans 8:37) He’s going to fix everything, we will hope in his promise until it comes true.

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released September 23, 2011

Violin -- Naomi Hilton
Bass guitar, drums, and sound production -- Chris Pepper
Art -- Philip Jackson

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Track Name: Ordinary Life
Verse 1:
Three letters and a mathematical sign
separating your future and mine
Would you know it when you saw me?
Would we seem worlds apart in
your ordinary life?

Verse 2:
Let's sit down, and talk a little more
'cuz I have plans and dreams
just like yours
Coming to terms, you and me
with who we have to be
In our ordinary lives

Chorus:
Living like there's no tomorrow
Loving like there's no tomorrow
Living like there's no tomorrow
Do I make you think about your life
today?

Verse 3:
Walk these streets,
watch the faces passing by
See the fatal truth in their eyes
Destruction in our blood,
is there any cure but love
for this ordinary life?

Chorus:
Living like there's no tomorrow
Loving like there's no tomorrow
Living like there's no tomorrow
Do I make you think about your life
today?

Bridge:
Every now and then, I
step out of shades of grey
My annual epiphany struck
earlier today
If I was really fading,
not just hypothetically
What would I do, where would I go?
What on earth would I say?

Chorus:
Gotta live like no tomorrow
Gotta love like no tomorrow
Gotta live like no tomorrow
'Cuz I want more than
an ordinary life today
I want more than an ordinary life today
I want more than an ordinary life today
Track Name: Not Alone, Not Afraid
Verse 1:
Just keep walking forward
You can weather this storm
I know your feet are aching
I know you've been walking for so long

Don't lose it now,
the end is in sight
Almost there, just
don't give up the fight, Ohh...

Chorus:
Not alone, not afraid
Not mortally fragile
Broken but strong, you'll be all right
In a little while

Verse 2:
Just keep walking forward,
there are glorious things for you to see
Though the earth give way and
though the mountains fall into the sea
Don't lose it now
In the eleventh hour
Take courage, friend, you've come so
far, Ohh...

Chorus:
Not alone, not afraid
Not mortally fragile
Broken but strong, you'll be all right
In a little while

Bridge:
Though the shadows grow so tall
and the night hangs heavy over you
Though you feel you've lost it all,
lost your sense of what's real or true
If the night sky takes you in
What you knew, know it again
What you knew, know it again

That the light, the light will come again
The light, the light's in you, my friend
the light, the light will surely win
Will surely win, we'll surely win
Ohh…

Verse 3:
Just keep walking forward
though they press you hard
from every side
They're tough as nails but you're a
diamond formed in depths of fiery trial

Don't lose it now
in the eleventh hour
What they don't know is
who you are, Ohh...

Chorus:
Not alone, not afraid
Not mortally fragile
Broken but strong, you'll be all right
In a little while

Don't let them tell you you've lost
Just 'cause you are on your knees in the dust
Track Name: Ben Oni
Verse 1:
Calling all the children, children with the
eyes of tired old men
Calling all the children, fending for
themselves since who knows when

Pre-Chorus:
Sons of shards of clay
Daughters of broken glass
Earth is yours someday, but today

Chorus:
Who will treasure you (x3)
Ben Oni

Verse 2:
Calling sons of sorrow, may you learn to
run and laugh again
Calling sons of strength, may you let
your walls down now and then

Pre-Chorus:
Sons of shards of clay
Daughters of broken glass
Earth is yours someday, but today

Chorus:
Who will treasure you (x3)
Ben Oni

Bridge:
Things too deep, too marvellous for me
Can't save this world, can't solve these
mysteries
But like a child close to her mother's
heartbeat
Hush, be still and know...

(Chorus)

Verse 3:
Calling all the dreamers
fell asleep before you lived your dreams,
Arise.

Descant:
I know you're small and weak and fell
right through the cracks in the land
But you are precious to me,
chosen son of my right hand
And I will hold you till
your crimson sorrow fades away
There is a place for you
nestled between my shoulder-blades, and

Now I will love you till the
sky falls down in sheets of flame
And I will love you
When the world is still and new again
You can believe me when I say
from now we're family
Nothing can separate us
for all of eternity
Track Name: In-Between Road
Verse 1:
As I stand here
on this in-between road
Not where I came from,
not where I'm going to go
O I know, O Lord, what
you require of me
and your burden is light,
your yoke is easy

Chorus:
So I'll do justly and love mercy
and walk humbly with my God

Verse 2:
As I stand here
even the road disappears
Darkness like velvet
does anyone know that I'm here?
I feel lost, confused, bewildered,
far from home
But who I really am is who I am
when I'm alone

Chorus:
So I'll do justly and love mercy
and walk humbly with my God
I’ll do justly and love mercy
And walk humbly with my God

Bridge:

Now I know that the LORD is
a light in the dark,
the Father of orphans is He,
the helpless the LORD will defend

He has lifted me up,
Set my feet on a rock
I have great mercy received
Must I not mercy extend?

Instrumental outro
Track Name: How You Save Me
Verse 1:
I am a flower in a field,
I am a sparrow in a tree
But you know that when I fall,
I am dust, can only crawl,
when I can't get any lower,
you're still here

Verse 2:
I see the sky a canopy,
a blanket with holes pulled over me
But you hear me going under
and you come in coals and thunder
You seem so far but somehow,
so very near

Pre-Chorus:
And I'm alright when I'm by your side
I'm alright when I'm by your side
I'm alright

Chorus:
How you save me,
It's only you that stands between me
and the million ways that I would choose
to give myself away

How you save me,
By the way you speak so tenderly
and calm my fears by promising
you'll stay

Verse 3:
I am a cloud just out of reach
I am a sand grain on a beach
But you know me when I'm flying
and you know when I'm just lying
But you love me just the same, oh, just
the same

Pre-Chorus:
And I'm alright when I'm by your side
I'm alright when I'm by your side
I'm alright

Chorus:
How you save me,
It's only you that stands between me
and the million ways that I would choose
to give myself away

How you save me,
By the way you speak so tenderly
and calm my fears by promising
you'll stay

Bridge:
Can't say your way's convenient
'Deus Ex Machina' isn't
how my story ends, but
When push comes to shove,
is it enough?Is it enough
that you have shown me that you love me
more than life itself?

Outro:
How you save me, ooh
How you save me, lalalala (x8)

(And I'm alright, I’m alright
When I’m by your side)