A Better Resurrection

by Thomas Carr Stiles

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Recorded in Seattle at my home church by my pal Timothy Robert Graham.

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released April 5, 2015

Thomas Carr Stiles : Vocals - Guitar

Timothy Robert Graham : Vocals on Look Unto Heaven / Percussion on Mind For Walking

Gabriel Joseph Molinaro : Upright Piano on Look Unto Heaven

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Track Name: Behold, A Mystery
I shall be clothed
With what does not fade
With what can't be taken
With what I can't bring
I shall be crowned
With what I didn't earn
With what has more worth
Than this world can afford

I shall be lifted
My sorrow shall turn
I shall see glory
When my friend returns

I'll be His witness
I'll share my story
I was condemned
But now shall live
Track Name: Handout
So what if the heavens are full of water
The fields been taken with no left overs
Your walks' become a harmful strain
You thought your faith would make you comfortable
What about the stripes hollow bone starvations
Shipwrecks and stones, is this at all sinking in
If you got it easy whose hand are you really taking from

So what if your accounts got nothing in em
No human bond your familiar with
You got rags for esteem
Your drinking low thoughts
Bitter is the water from this gold flicker stream
Waiting for a handout and calling it salvation
When prayer is the hand that holds unto heaven
Don't break your teeth on the fools gold
Just come freely receive
Track Name: Severe Mercy
I spent the worth that was given to me
Before the old man had passed
With every step I took I didn't look back
To afford this mystery

I stuck around and kept busy
For what was expected of me
Not a cent I took not a word I broke
To see yourself in me

Bless my eyes now I see
I'm crooked I'm bent
Beneath severe mercy
I'm welcome back again
Track Name: Turn Your Ear
Every body wanted you so everybody had you
You gave them your walls
They crept in your streams, climbed up your wells
Now their lust is your idol
Your children don't know my name
Your actions never show me
So crookedness has their applause
You burn all my messengers
Say they're in league with the devil
Well it takes one to know one

There are no virgins there are no princes
Who have not been touched
You chastise my widows make bastards of her sons
Make slaves of my orphans

Stand up prepare yourself
Stand up you now will be judged

If you would turn your ear to me
You would hear me sing

I gave blood for your ransom
I gave everything for your love
Track Name: Orion
I look to the given stars to direct me across the sea
A crude instrument of peace around my neck lies the Jesus piece
And I pray when it takes it seeps in me
This guilt has made a coffin I cannot carry

If this ship should sink damned be all it carried

I saved everything I could that took from my body
The abuse of a crooked priest I nailed it to the wood
That made you bleed
That's why I broke the scent upon your feet
So you could drink from the cup I could not drink

If this ship should sink damned be all it carried

Your shore it pummeled me in your grief I find mercy
From the accuser whom I am the chief
How you could love me is the mystery
Out to sea a white funeral with a reservation a resurrection
Just for me

When I come to die give me Jesus
Track Name: Mind For Walking
I got a mind for walking but I won't walk away
I got a mind for talking but you won't hear a thing
So you run right into danger, embracing every sin
But I won't walk away

I got a mind for walking but I won't walk away
I got a mind for talking but you won't hear a thing
So you run right into danger, abusing every sin
But I won't walk away

Well my worry is on the way
I'm tired of beginning again
Well my worry is on the way my Lord
I'm tired of beginning again
Track Name: Look Unto Heaven
I looked over Jordan and what did I see
A band of angels coming for me
They sounded so sweet like trumpets of old
Saying look unto Jesus in Him be found

Singing look unto heaven
He's coming soon
Best be ready

Beloved He comes quick and does not tarry
So I look for new heavens and a new Earth
Track Name: Still Vacant
Time's still vacant of the joy we all want to know
While we are waiting for the song we all will learn
We won't stop aching from the pain of this world
It moves and it shapes us till the shards turn to stone

There will be a better day
Sorrow will fill it's final page
I'm a fighter in a crowded cage
I don't have the words for the final say

We aren't forsaken to the pattern of this world
We've been awakened to the love that conquers all
Track Name: Wayfaring
I have marked this road with the pain of this world
I have stretched my hand and have made you the blame
Without a word

Caught in the wake of this wayfaring stranger
On His way to die
Bury me in the wake of this wayfaring stranger
On His way to die
I'm on my way
Track Name: Through Every Pain
God will take care of me through every pain
All I have to do is wait
He will take care of me through every storm
He's the master of every wave
When He speaks the wind and the gale obey
The ship will stop its sinking
And the tempest will be defeated

God will take care of me through every storm
He's the answer to every prayer