The Grafting

by John Schlitt

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  • Video portrait of John Schlitt's European Tour 2009 with the band "Adahl."
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    Follow John and band on the Swedish leg of the tour, with live music performances of Schlitt & Petra songs, behind the scenes footage, practices, intimate moments with John as he walks through his life story from his childhood, historical photos/videos of Head East and Petra --- and much more! (in the vein of "Backstage Pass" by Petra)

    Produced and directed by Rickard Karlsson-Widgren in Orebro, Aneby and Halmstad, Sweden June 17-21, 2009.
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1.
Stand 04:08
A promise from the start We spoke it from our hearts Isn’t that the way it all begins? It’s when you look away A lonely heart can stray And then it all comes crashing in It’s amazing where you’ll find yourself On a mountain or the gates of hell And many times you know it’s hard to tell (chorus) My heart’s been shaken My life’s been twisted around So many bad decisions, my whole world’s falling down Even at my lowest I know there is hope to be found And if His love will see no shame within me now Then this is where I’m gonna stand I find myself alone with nothing left to own Except my broken heart and shame To live with my mistakes I need Your endless grace I know I’ll never be the same It’s amazing when you find your way Somehow God has made another day And now it all comes back to (repeat chorus) This is where I’m gonna stand, stand It’s amazing where you’ll find yourself On a mountain or the gates of hell And many times you know it’s hard to tell (repeat chorus) Gotta stand Then this is where I’m gonna stand Take a stand This is where I’m gonna stand Stand
2.
What ya gonna do? This life is passing by you Tomorrow has no promise has no certain guarantee And what ya gonna say? Throw carpe diem away The moment now is turned around and then it’s history Step out of the dark and be the one to light the way Right now is for real (chorus) Forget about the worries of tomorrow Today is given so much living to be done Play the moment now the rest will follow ‘Cause nothing’s better Than living with your light on You’re weaker in the knee You’re givin’ in too easy The worry that you bear is not the way it’s meant to be There’s nothing like today To give your burdens away You’re waiting there, you’re unaware how better it could be It’s when you find the light, you find you’re on your knees That’s when it’s real (repeat chorus) A little hope a little love divine Gonna make it to the end Gonna be all right In the dark, in the lonely night You better leave your light on (repeat chorus x 2)
3.
Only Men 04:26
How could a face in history Put a flame inside of me? A carpenter, the writer of eternity Some prophets claimed to do the same They offered hope another way They died, we buried them But did they rise again? Ooh, from age to age You never change Ooh, You’re the Name above all names (chorus) A hundred thousand years ago and now You are standing by Yourself You’re the Holy One And all that were are dead and gone Though many try to take Your throne away They will do it all in vain ‘Cause the world will see That You are God, and they are only men A Father’s Son, a love divine Would reach across the great divide To pay the price, a broken man would set us free No other name, no other way Can ever claim to do the same It all comes down to trusting In what you cannot see Ooh, from age to age You never change Ooh, You’re the Name above all names (repeat chorus) That you are God and they are only Men designed to love, adore you They will bow right down before You All created for Your pleasure They will worship A thousand more eternities from now You will still be by Yourself You’re the Only One And all that were are dead and gone Though many try to take Your throne away They will do it all in vain ‘Cause the world will see That You are God and they are only men That You are God and they are only, they are only men You are God and they are only men
4.
Face of God 04:25
You can close your eyes to hide your fears Hold your ears to block the cries You can turn your head to wipe your tears But their hunger never dies It’s beyond all understanding, but it’s left to you and me (chorus) Do you hear what heaven hears? Do you know it in your heart? Do you share the pain and cry the tears But don’t know where to start? When you give unto the least of these You become the gift of love When you look into their eyes You see the face of God There’s a hand that’s reaching out to you With a spark of hope inside To the child with nothing left to do Would you keep the flame alive? What all the world has pushed aside, is the greatest gift of all (repeat chorus) Time is slipping by us every day We can act or let it get away Now’s the time to define ourselves and say “We are the hands that feed and live the love of God” (repeat chorus x 2)
5.
The Grafting 03:49
She’s too young to be a mother But sometimes life is cruel and makes a life decide another Scared but sees beyond the moment She gives her boy away and prays someday he’ll know her Love goes on and on When he finds that life comes in the grafting They built their hope upon the future Married young, they bought a house, a car, a crib to suit her But years would pass without a baby Until a miracle, a desperate girl reached out And love went on and on And they found that life came in the grafting (chorus) This life is a golden opportunity To give and to love through all uncertainty Just like the Father reaches down to us And through His Son He grafts us to Himself This is love The parents did their best to raise him They trusted God to build the roots the boy so greatly needed But time had come for him to face her The things he longed to say and dreamed for years could wait no longer He slowly walked up to her door and rang the bell The door came open wide She stood there and cried He said “mother, don’t be cryin’ I know you’ve wondered now if you were wrong for never trying For everything you did, I thank you I have the life you always dreamed for me because Your love went on and on I found my life was in the grafting.” (repeat chorus) In the grafting Love comes in the grafting Love comes in the grafting
6.
First Song 04:05
I miss the way it was When joy came from above And hope rang like a simple melody We sang about that day An innocence regained Our eyes would open up and finally see That’s then and this is now And we’re older yet somehow I long to know that music once again So Jesus lead the way And show me every day All I have long forgotten (chorus) Just like the first song I remember Every word was meant for me And every verse and every line Would set me free To remember the first song I was singing When my eyes were opened wide When all the years of hurt were put aside Bring back the first song It’s a wide and open door That you don’t use anymore But you know the sun is waiting right outside It takes a moment now and then ‘Till the words come back again From a place you’ve long forgotten (repeat chorus) I want to hear again I want to feel again All I’ve forgotten Oh, to be free again Just like I was back then When everything was so exciting New to me, new to everything (repeat chorus) Oh, when my eyes were opened wide When all the years of hurt were put aside Bring back the first song
7.
Your Eyes 04:35
Say what you want, say it ain’t real God only knows the pain you feel Nobody lives in the shoes that you wear Until they’ve walked a mile how could they care? Oh, why would they care? (chorus) He’ll take you lost and lonely He’ll move the clouds from your skies, your skies He’ll save you from the moment He’ll wipe the tears from your eyes, your eyes Welcome home, stay for a while How does it feel to be like a child? No more alone, no more goodbyes Only the stain of tears reminding you why You’re finally alive (chorus) When you feel like you’re left alone and you’re on your own How does it feel? When you feel like you can’t go on and you can’t go on How does it feel? (repeat) (repeat chorus) He’ll take you lost and lonely He’ll move the clouds from your skies, your skies, your eyes He’ll save you from the moment He’ll wipe the tears from your eyes
8.
(chorus) Lord have mercy Christ have mercy Lord have mercy on me Jesus, I’ve forgotten the words that You have spoken Promises that burned within my heart have now grown dim With a doubting heart I follow the paths of earthly wisdom Forgive me for my unbelief Renew the fire again (repeat chorus x 2) I have built an altar where I worship things of man I have taken journeys that have drawn me far from You Now I am returning to Your mercies ever flowing Pardon my transgression Renew the fire again (repeat chorus x 2) I have longed to know You and Your tender mercies A river of forgiveness ever flowing without end I bow my heart before You in the goodness of Your presence Your grace forever shining like a beacon in the night (repeat chorus x 4)
9.
Gravity 04:15
Somehow, somewhere along the way, I find myself in outer space Without a line to bring me in And when I’m lookin’ down below, the fear begins to grow Seeing just how far I went So I call Your name, I’m so far away And then You’re there beside me (chorus) Your love pulls me to the ground Brings me back around When I want to fly away Your love is big enough Mercy’s strong enough You are my gravity Another day another night, drifting like a satellite It’s a view that never ends When it’s time to come back down, put my feet on solid ground You’re the light that guides me in Light of the world, shine bright on me Make me what I need to be (repeat chorus) And the closer I get, the clearer I see Your mercy’s unending So pull me in close, would You whisper to me “There’s no need to worry” Light of the world, shine down on me (repeat chorus x 2) When I want to fly away You are my gravity Your love is big enough, strong enough You are my gravity
10.
Carry On 05:02
Imagine yourself in this world without anything at all No rhyme and no reason, no hope and no perfect love Trying to live without living inside, no one could know ‘till you show them Brother, my sister, and everyone that believes Don’t give up Why don’t we (chorus) Carry on, carry on, carry on ‘till the work has been done Carry on, carry on, carry on ‘till we hear Him say, “Welcome home, faithful one!” Carry On! Some never breathe past the moment they come alive Why have a new life if all that you do is survive? Jesus could come back so what would you do? Would you just sit there waiting for someday? Maybe? Brother, my sister and everyone that believes While we’re here, why don’t we (repeat chorus) Someday we’ll see everything new, every deed counted With love in His eyes, looking at you, hear Him say, “Welcome home, welcome home, faithful one!” (repeat chorus)

about

Intimacy. Not a theme usually associated with rock ‘n’ roll—not even with Christian rock ‘n’ roll. But it is, nonetheless, the overriding theme of The Grafting, the latest solo release from legendary rock vocalist John Schlitt.

"The Grafting feels like an intimate project because that is exactly what it is,” John declares. “It is the album I’ve wanted to make for a long time. It is about intimacy with God and with family. It is about bravery and courage. It is, at times, bold and rebellious, and while the musical style may sound a little different than people might expect, it is still all about victory through Jesus."

credits

released June 8, 2008

All songs produced by Dan Needham
Tracking engineered by Danny Duncan & Dan Needham at Brownstone Recording.
Mixed by Dan Needham at Brownstone Recording.
Mastered By Dan Shike at Tone and Volume Mastering.


“Stand”
Written By Mark Heimermann, Dan Needham, John Schlitt, Kevan Cajka
Guitars: Gary Burnette
Bass: Mark Hill
Drums, Programming: Dan Needham


“Keep Your Light On”
Written By Dan Needham
BGVs: Kari Needham
Drums, Guitars, Programming, Additional BGVs: Dan Needham
Bass: Joey Canaday


“Only Men”
Written By Dan Needham
Drums, Acoustics, Bridge BGVs, Keys, Prog: Dan Needham
Guitars: Jerry McPherson
Bass: Joey Canaday


“Face Of God”
Written by Kevan Cajka, Dan Needham & Scott Faircloff
Bass: Mark Hill
Guitar: Gary Burnette
Drums, keys: Dan Needham


“The Grafting”
Written By Dan Needham
Bass: Matt Peirson
Drums, Perc, Acoustics, Hi-Strung: Dan Needham
Electric Guitar: Dave Cleveland
String Arrangement and Programming: Blair Masters


“First Song”
Written By Kevan Cajka, Dan Needham
Drums, Bass, Acoustics: Dan Needham
Guitars: Jerry McPherson


“Your Eyes”
Written By Mark Heimermann, Mark Martel, Dan Needham, Kevan Cyka
Guitars: Gary Burnette
Bass: Mark Hill
Drums, Piano, Programming: Dan Needham


“Lord Have Mercy”
Written by Steve Merkel
BGVs & Intro Vocals: Kari Needham
Electric Guitars: Jerry McPherson
Bass: Joey Canaday
Drums, Keys, Programming, Acoustics: Dan Needham


“Gravity”
Written by Dan Needham
All Instruments & Programming: Dan Needham


“Carry On”
Written by Dan Needham
Bass: Mark Hill
Guitars: Gary Burnette
Drums, Piano, Programming: Dan Needham

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John Schlitt Nashville, Tennessee

Multiple Gold Records, Multiple Grammys & Dove Awards; a Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee as lead singer of Petra... Singing is his passion, Music is his world... Jesus is his Life.

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