The Greater Cause

by John Schlitt

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $10 USD

     

  • Compact Disc (CD)

    Physical CD with complete packaging (8 page full color insert in clear jewel case)
    ships out within 3 days

      $13 USD

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Physical CD with complete packaging (8 page full color insert in clear jewel case) plus Digital Album

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Greater Cause via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days

      $20 USD

     

  • Digital Album plus Digibook (complete 8-page full color PDF). PDF will be EMAILED to buyer.

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Greater Cause via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 1 day

      $12 USD

     

  • Compact Disc (CD)

    Three physical CDs with complete packaging (full color inserts in clear jewel cases)
    ships out within 3 days

      $30 USD

     

1.
03:42
LIVE IT LOUD Welcome to the planet, son It’s your life, it’s just begun On this road you must decide Walk in faith but compromise (chorus) Watch the world, spinning round What's your legacy? Live it loud Like a fire, deep inside That won't be contained Live it loud Live it loud (rap) Life's bigger when you come unbound Say good-bye to all the hesitation Live it loud Lost yesterday but now you’re found Now the only thing you have to do is Live it loud This world's spinning round and round Think about your legacy don’t you want to Live it loud Check your line of latitude Don't forget the Golden Rule Words may come to steal your joy Love speaks louder than the noise (repeat chorus, rap) (bridge) One light leads you His word guides you Guides you on This world needs you Let love lead you Lead you on When you’re standing at the doorway What will you choose? Listen to her wisdom – she will not let you lose (repeat chorus, rap) More than words, screaming out On your megaphone
2.
03:58
TAKE ME HOME He thought he'd make it He was ready now to take control Took his Daddy's money Took his freedom And he walked out the door Who can say what life will bring End up as a pawn or a mighty king Now you find the things you wanted Are the things that cost you your soul Your life ain't over when the money runs out Just say the words, let your spirit cry out (chorus) Take me home – I’ve been away so long Take me home – I can see I was wrong To keep on living like this life I live Won't cost me at all I wish I knew then what I know now ‘Cause it caused me to fall There's a time when you realize There must be something better than this hollow life Sometimes the grass it isn't greener on the other side My life ain't over – I'm just turning around I heard the word and my spirit cried out (repeat chorus) (chorus 2) Take me home (I was wrong) It's no one's fault but my own Take me home I want to go back home Go back home (bridge) I want to thank you, thank you for the second chances ‘Cause every time I turn away you understand And if it wasn't for your love I'd never make it 'Cause now I stand here as a healed but broken man Your life ain't over when the money runs out Just say the words, let your spirit cry out (repeat chorus/chorus 2)
3.
LOVE WON'T LEAVE ME ALONE You got what I need Real love – how can it be Deep down or up high Every day and every night Wherever I go, whatever I see You were there surrounding me From my first breath to my last (chorus) Love won’t leave me alone Leave me alone, I say leave me alone Love won’t leave me alone Leave me alone here Way deep down in the soul All that I know, I know All that I know is that Love won’t leave me alone I follow, You lead To the mountain from the valley Don’t leave me where I am Got my eyes on the Promised Land Wherever I go, whatever I see I need You there surrounding me From the cradle to the grave (repeat chorus) From the cradle to the grave (repeat chorus)
4.
ONE OF THESE DAYS Outside it is getting warm People finding truth, something worth fighting for One word and a flame ignites Burning down the walls, lighting up the night Who knew, it’d come One of these days Sometimes you can wait too long And the life you live makes you vulnerable How long ‘til we stand and fight? ‘Til the hunger grows and the pain is right? It all will change One of these days It all will change (chorus) When will truth be the truth again? When will hope not fade away? When will change ever come to an end? I wonder if today Is one of these days? Long ways from paradise Even longer still when you realize How much did it slip away When we turned our heads Looked the other way But now we have to take it back And now we don't have to wonder (repeat chorus) One of these days with my eyes wide open One of these days gonna take a stand How long ‘til we stand and fight? ‘Til the hunger grows and the pain is right? (repeat chorus x 2)
5.
FAITH & FREEDOM I'm an American Red, White & Blue And I'm a citizen Of this world and of heaven Some things were meant to be together (chorus) I believe in faith & freedom God & country too I believe with faith & freedom We're gonna make it through They try to knock us down But we will stand and fight It’s time to show them how Truth can never be divided We have strength when we're united (repeat chorus) (bridge) We gotta rise up We gotta stay strong ‘Cause everything’s on the line We gotta rise up We gotta stay strong To save our way of life (repeat) (repeat chorus x 2) (repeat bridge) Don’t lose your freedom Let’s talk about faith
6.
03:49
END OF FEAR Don’t be afraid… When I turn on my TV The whole world's falling apart I’m reading today's headlines It’s like taking a walk in the dark No matter how it all may seem I won't let it get to me (chorus) This is the end of fear This the end of my fear I'm learning how to let it go I’m giving You control This is the end of fear This the end of my fear But now I walk in freedom Trusting who You are You make the biggest of the biggest problems Suddenly seem small I don't have to be afraid I hear You when You say (repeat chorus) This is the end of fear He said ‘don’t be afraid’ With every end there's a beginning And this is where I start . . . . . (repeat chorus) I’m giving all of my control I’m learning how to let it go You’ve given me more than I know End of my fear (repeat) Say good-bye to your fear…
7.
WHERE I WANNA BE Behind this old white picket fence Are some things we need to mend With something more than clever words and alibis While some have tried with all their might To take the wrongs and make them right Without Love it can never change And every time we try will only be in vain (chorus) If love could set the world on fire What would it burn away What would remain Would it build a bridge between us? If love would rain for 40 days Would it wash away the pain Of bitter days and all the lies that came between us? And conquer all the fears in me That’s where I wanna be And now we're here at river’s edge We knew we'd be back here again Face to face with all the demons in our past And if we lay down all our pride We can reach the other side And watch the future come alive And light a flame to all our hopes and dreams inside (repeat chorus) (bridge) ‘Cause Love can do no wrong And Love will find a way Just when you think your world is falling down Love is the one thing that remains (repeat chorus)
8.
HOPE THAT SAVES THE WORLD Raised on Hollywood Fast life, looking good Left right, right wrong Don't you see what’s going on? Good man, bad man What’s the difference in the end? (bridge 1) We're incomplete Blinded with our eyes wide open (chorus) Why can't we see You're the hope That we need You lit the stars You spun the earth You gave us life So tell me why can't we see? You're the hope that saves the world Put our faith in presidents Powerball and weathermen Legislate a lottery Then promise all a sunny day Now the clouds are in the sky And once again we're asking why (bridge 2) We're incomplete Always searching for the greater cause (repeat chorus) (repeat bridge 2) (repeat chorus)
9.
04:50
RUN No use crying, leave your tears at the door You keep buying what they sold you before You won't change it But you can't take it no more… no more Look out – maybe you're beginning to see Deep down you know ‘bout the way it should be I don't need to tell ya Fear can be so captivating You are fine Just let go By this time You should know (chorus) Run, you can run To the light at the end of the way Run, will you run Run from the things that remind you Things that will bind you You’ve got to leave it behind No use dying – you've got living to do You keep trying but it’s not up to you A voice is calling A hand to pull you through… a hand to pull you through All the pain That you've known No more shame Let it go (repeat chorus) Life – is the choices we make And God knows where they'll take us to So right now I will follow the light And I trust it will lead me on… lead me on All the pain That you've known No more shame Let it go (chorus 2) Run, you can run To the light at the end of the way Run, when you run Run from the things that remind you again (repeat chorus 1)
10.
THE GIFT (Dorla’s Song) We were kids, we were young She was pretty, I was dumb – new love Through the years, good and bad Never knew just what I had – true love Busy chasing all my selfish dreams She saw something else I couldn't see (chorus) She picks me up when I fall apart She's the only fire that warms my heart It’s a blessing every day I get to see her face I could never ever ask for more than this She is such a gift Thank You for the gift Facing fears every day She always knows just what to say – with love Finding faith, hand and hand She makes me a better man – through love In a world where trust is hard to find Can't believe I get to call her mine (repeat chorus) I could thank You for so many things The life I've lived, the things I've seen But if I had to choose I'd throw it all away ‘Cause the greatest gift You’ve given me Is standing right in front of me She's the answer to every prayer I've ever prayed (repeat chorus) She is such a gift Lord, thank you for the gift
11.
THE CROSS REMAINS Though the hardest heart of men Try to lead us to an end We may fall, still our hope remains When the darkness turns to light When the flames begin to die Through the smoke the cross remains (chorus) It is time to act beyond our good intentions Pushing back no matter what the cost We won't let them build an altar on our sorrow There'll be no laughing at our scars They're now a part of who we are Though there's tension in the air Sometimes more than we can bear Still we find our hope remains Yet the story stays the same With different chapters, different names Through it all the cross remains (repeat chorus) (bridge) We're beginning now to see The sacrifice of being free Remember, it's not what they say Just watch what they do The evidence has fallen down Right in front of you It's right in front of you (repeat vs. 1) Through it all the cross remains (x 2) Through the smoke Through the tears Through so many years The cross remains When the darkness turns to light When the flames begin to die The cross remains, the cross remains Though there’s tension in the air Sometimes more than we can bear Through it all the cross remains

about

THE GREATER CAUSE --- JOHN SCHLITT

Classic rock, album-oriented rock, back to the roots rock – whatever name it goes by, legendary vocalist John Schlitt was performing his music to record-breaking crowds in arenas and stadiums when “classic” was current. Today he’s carrying his past into the future with The Greater Cause.

John’s fourth solo release, The Greater Cause, combines elements of classic rock infiltrated with blues rock, rock anthems and heavy rock ballads overlaid with John’s signature vocal style, resulting in a sonic explosion packed with intensity and drive. In other words, there is no doubt that The Greater Cause is a genuine rock album.

credits

released May 8, 2012

Produced by Dan Needham
Engineered by Billy Whittington and Dan Needham
* Mixed by F. Reid Shippen at Robot Lemon; assisted by Erik ‘Keller’ Jahner
** Mixed by Dan Needham at Brownstone Recording
Recorded at Brownstone Recording, Brentwood, TN
Mastered by Andrew Mendleson at Georgetown Mastering
Photography by Rachel Schlitt Photography, Hannah Lavoie and Sue Dempster
Graphic Design by JBL Custom Designs


* Live It Loud
Written by Chris Rodriguez, Dan Needham, Scott Faircloff, John Schlitt
©2012 Cello Its Me Music - BMI, Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC, Scotfair Music - ASCAP (Music Services), DBabe Music - SESAC
Guitars: Chris Rodriguez
Bass: Matt Campbell
Hammond B3 Organ: Tim Acres
Keys, Percussion, Drums, Add’l BGVs, Rap Vocals: Dan Needham


* Take Me Home
Written by Andrew Ramsey, Dan Needham, John Schlitt
©2012 VooDrew/Bug Music Pub - BMI, Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC, DBabe Music - SESAC
Guitars: Andrew Ramsey
Bass: Matt Pierson
Keys, Programming, Drums, Add’l BGVs: Dan Needham
Intro Guitar Solo: Jerry McPherson


* Love Won't Leave Me Alone
Written by Ed Cash, Dan Needham
©2012 Alletrop Music - BMI (Music Services), Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC
Guitars: Jerry McPherson
Bass: Tony Lucido
Hammond B3 Organ: Tim Acres
Synths & Mellotron: Peter King
Vox Box Intro: Andrew Ramsey
Guitar Intro: Ed Cash
Drums, Programming, Background & Vocoder Vocals: Dan Needham



* One Of These Days
Written by Dan Needham
©2012 Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC
Guitars: Jerry McPherson
Bass: Tony Lucido
Synths, Keys: Peter King
Drums, Add’l Keys, Add’l BGVs: Dan Needham


** Faith & Freedom
Written by Ian Eskelin, Dan Needham
©2012 Wordspring Music, LLC - SESAC, Early Service Music - SESAC, Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC
Guitars: Jerry McPherson
Bass: Joeie Canaday
Keys: Peter King
Keys, Drums: Dan Needham


** End of Fear
Written by Ian Eskelin, Dan Needham
©2012 Wordspring Music, LLC - SESAC, Early Service Music - SESAC, Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC
Guitars: Jerry McPherson
Bass: Joeie Canaday
Keys: Peter King
Keys, Percussion, Drums, BGVs: Dan Needham


** Where I Wanna Be
Written by Scott Faircloff, Dan Needham, John Schlitt
©2012 Scotfair Music - ASCAP (Music Services), Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC, DBabe Music - SESAC
Guitars: Jerry McPherson
Bass: Joeie Canaday
Drums, Percussion, Keys, Acoustic Guitars: Dan Needham


* Hope That Saves The World
Written by Dan Needham, John Schlitt
©2012 Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC, DBabe Music - SESAC
Guitars: Jerry McPherson
Bass: Tony Lucido
Keys, Programming: Peter King
Keys, Percussion, Drums, BGVs: Dan Needham


**Run
Written by Gene Miller, Dan Needham, John Schlitt
©2012 Higene Music - ASCAP, Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC, DBabe Music - SESAC
Guitars: Gary Burnette
Drums, Keys, Percussion: Dan Needham
B3: Tim Acres
Bass: Matt Campbell


** The Gift (Dorla’s Song)
Written by Andrew Ramsey, Dan Needham, John Schlitt
©2012 VooDrew/Bug Music Pub - BMI, Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC, DBabe Music - SESAC
Acoustic Guitar: Andrew Ramsey
Cello: Matt Butler
Keys: Dan Needham


** The Cross Remains
Written by Dan Needham, John Schlitt
©2012 Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC, DBabe Music - SESAC
Bass: Gary Lunn
Guitars: Jerry McPherson
Keys, Drums: Dan Needham
Cello: John Catchings

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

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.

contact / help

Contact John Schlitt

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Report this album or account