Unfit for Swine

by John Schlitt

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1.
Save Me 03:37
Words: John Schlitt Music: Dann Huff and David Huff (Matthew 14:22-23; John 15:5) Fisherman scared in the dark of night Can't believe what's in his sight Teacher walking towards him on a sea of blue Fisherman asks, "Can I come to You?" When he's water walking Faith begins to leave him As he falls you hear him say [Chorus] Save me So many times a rebel's cry Save me Lift me up and guide me Show me what I can be Another day of living and another battle on We want to do right but we end up wrong We keep on trying but it does no good We're just not being like we know we should No matter how we try There's no way to deny We can't do it on our own [Chorus] Save me So many times a rebel's cry Save me Hear me now from deep inside Save me Let me know You're by my side Take my hand and guide me Show me what I can be
2.
Words: John Schlitt & Mark Heimermann Music: Ronnie Cates (Matthew 8:26; Ephesians 3:20-21; Isaiah 55:8-9 I'm talking to you How you dealing with the pressure? And what do you do When you boat's in stormy weather? Do you cry out Lord, "Why me?" Or do you trust in Him to calm the wind and sea? Is that too much to believe? [Chorus] No way can we understand The meaning of His plan Because God is too big What box could we ever build That could hold His will? Because God is too big, Yeah! I'm talking to you don't you know that times are changing And all of your rules You know they might need rearranging When you think you know it all Could it be that you are thinking way too small? Is it so wrong to move on? [Chorus] No one can truly conceive The wonders of the God of all Who still cares so much for you and me [Chorus]
3.
Words: Mark Heimermann Music: Mark Heimermann and Toby McKeehan (Romans 8:35-39; I Timothy 1:15-16) In the closets of my mind I have thoughts unfit for swine Secrets that I dare not tell You know them well 'Neath a veil of innocence I disguise my decadence But somehow You see through it all And love me still, You love me still Even in my darkest hour You display Your mercy's power Since I met You, I've discovered [Chorus] Can't get away, can't get away From Your love Can't get away, can't get away From Your love I may run and I may hide But You will seek and You will find I can't get away, can't get away From Your love Knowing I deserve to burn Eternal life I try to earn Motivated by my guilt I slave away Imprisoned by the laws of man I sink deeper in the sand Will I ever realize I'm in Your grace, I'm in Your grace? Covered by the blood of Christ I don't have to pay the price There's no escaping paradise [Chorus] Even in my darkest hour You display Your mercy's power Since I met You, I've discovered [Chorus]
4.
Words: John Schlitt & M. Heimerman Music: M. Heimermann & Dann Huff (Psalms 95:6) Thank you, my Lord for loving us We know it's not deserved Guiding us through our daily walk You teach us with Your Word Even with our failings You are so forgiving This is why we give our thanks to You [Chorus] We lift up our hands We lift up Your name We lift up our voices "You are Lord!" we proclaim We give You our hearts We give You our praise We give You the glory Forever You'll reign We worship You, Oh, Lord We worship You Father, we know that by ourselves Our lives would be a loss But through Your Son our lives were won With His death upon the Cross We don't understand it Why He chose to face it But we know He made the sacrifice [Chorus]
5.
Words: John Schlitt, mark Heimermann Music: Mark Heimermann (II Timothy 2:14a, Rev. 3:16, John 16:33) Taking on the burden of a Godly walk You face a challenge every time you talk Everyday you have to go against the flow Criticism follows everywhere you go Can you take it? Is it worth it anymore? Anymore... Salvation, frustration The wolves are knocking at the door It's hard to stand for the creed Persistent, resistance They'll start to wear you to the core They'll make you doubt your belief But don't you ever let it go [Chorus] Need I remind you Of the life that He taught Through the words that He gave you Need I remind you Of the pain and the shame And the bondage He broke through Need I remind you Of the love of the One Who did all that He had to Need I remind you That He's coming back again someday Standing in the middle doesn't get you far It's hard to tell exactly where you are With both sides seeing that you have no view Neither are impressed with what you do They're not buying They don't like your style at all Not at all... No passion, no action No sense of what you're gifted for No thought of what you've received Don't tell me that it's not for you [Chorus] It's said that sometimes it's so hard to know If strong conviction is the way to go How can we ever think of compromise When we're reminded of the One above And the price of His life? He lived to be a sacrifice [Chorus] One day
6.
Take You On 03:53
Words: John Schlitt Music: Ronnie Cates (John 14:16; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:2) So many years I lived a lie What I wanted I could buy Everything but peace of mind And I kept on running You stood there smiling wide Your plan for me was right on time My destination - suicide But God was there waiting I was once defenseless But today we're standing strong [Chorus] I don't have to take you on alone anymore So good to know for sure I don't have to be afraid 'cause I know the score You can't scare me like before My strength is here from inside out A Holy fire that leaves no doubt I don't have to take you on alone anymore Don't play with me, I'm not alone Give it up, you've lost control What you had you couldn't hold And I'm getting stronger I don't have to stand in fear I know my strength is always near His voice is what I choose to hear I'm not yours any longer If you keep on pressing This is what I say to you [Chorus] Holy Spirit now I see That by Your power I've been set free [Chorus] I don't have to take you on alone anymore I don't have to take you on alone anymore
7.
Helping Hand 04:49
Words: John Schlitt Music: Dann Huff, David Huff (Gal. 6:2, John 14:16) I know looking at life You don't understand it I know looking at life It can be demanding But, whoa, help is on the way I know it can be tough Choices and decisions I know it can be tough Friendships and divisions but, whoa, help is on the way. [Chorus] Don't run away, don't turn away From someone who's there for you Don't close the door You can't ignore This someone who cares Don't turn away a helping hand Don't turn away a helping hand I know it can be hard Temptation all around you I know there can be times You don't know where to turn to But, whoa, help is on the way I know what you've been told Don't believe believers But I know you got to be bold And take on the deceiver I know help is on the way [Chorus] Don't run from what is meant for you A friend who knows your fear And is ready to stand with you Ready to help you through Don't turn away a helping hand Don't turn away a helping hand
8.
Words and Music: John Schlitt, Rich Gootee (Jer. 31:3, Romans 5:8) As you walk the path you chose It leaves you nowhere else to go Your bridges burned You think you've gone too far You feel the life that you've been living But there is someone who loves you Just the way you are [Chorus] There is someone Who loves you just the way you are There is someone Who holds you deep within His heart With the Father's love, He's waiting So rush into His open arms There is someone Who loves you just the way you are If you could only see yourself Through the eyes of someone else You'd know the love that's there Right from the start All your fears and doubts would melt From the tenderness you felt From this someone who loves you Just the way you are [Chorus} Never a shadow of turning at all Always so faithful and true Ready to catch you whenever you fall He's calling out to you [Chorus] There is someone Who loves you just the way you are.
9.
Words: John Schlitt & Mark Heimermann Music: Mark Heimermann & Dann Huff (Acts 3:13-15; Romans 14:9) [Chorus] I killed a man Who did nothing to deserve it Put the nails in His hands Like my fathers did before me Yes, I killed a man Crucify, let Him die Don't give Him mercy (Shouting with the Pharisees) Don't set Him free We don't need His kind of teaching (He's messing with our scheme of things) How dare He go against tradition He is causing too much tension We demand His termination Let Him die! I killed a man Who did nothing to deserve it Put the nails in His hands Like my fathers did before me Yes, I killed a man But He rose again! Here I am, I'm your man I can't deny it (I'm the one you're looking for) Given up, had enough It's time to face it (Can't take this guilt no more) The sins of my unrighteous walk Are washed away upon the Cross My weakness has brought quite a loss A King is dead [Chorus] I killed a man Who did nothing to deserve it Put the nails in His hands Like my fathers did before me Yes, I killed a man But He rose again Yes, I killed a man Don't Have To Take It top Words: John Schlitt and David Huff Music: David Lichens and Jim Cooper (Isaiah 43:4a/Psalms 139:13-17/Luke 12:71) Joey is a boy like some Who thinks that risk is fun But blinded eyes can never See the price to come The sacrifice he's paying Can't slow down This race he's running To stay around He must keep moving So controlled by the pace of his surroundings He's got no chance of his own [Chorus] Hey! Hey! Hey! It's time that we face it Hey! Hey! Hey! We don't have to take it Julie is a perfect child To all there is no doubt But few can clearly see from Inside looking out The fear she's really feeling How do I look? Am I ok? Do I fit in? What are they saying? So concerned over how the others see her She's lost all sight of herself [Chorus] Your worth does not depend on man It's more than he could understand Don't set your price Through other's eyes There's so much more [Chorus]
10.
Words: John Schlitt and David Huff Music: David Lichens and Jim Cooper (Isaiah 43:4a/Psalms 139:13-17/Luke 12:71) Joey is a boy like some Who thinks that risk is fun But blinded eyes can never See the price to come The sacrifice he's paying Can't slow down This race he's running To stay around He must keep moving So controlled by the pace of his surroundings He's got no chance of his own [Chorus] Hey! Hey! Hey! It's time that we face it Hey! Hey! Hey! We don't have to take it Julie is a perfect child To all there is no doubt But few can clearly see from Inside looking out The fear she's really feeling How do I look? Am I ok? Do I fit in? What are they saying? So concerned over how the others see her She's lost all sight of herself [Chorus] Your worth does not depend on man It's more than he could understand Don't set your price Through other's eyes There's so much more [Chorus]

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A very diverse album musically, "SWINE" showcases John’s versatility as a vocalist, with elements of alternative and modern rock in a surprising blend that rages with intensity and drive.

credits

released August 16, 1996

John Schlitt - Lead vocals; backing vocals on all songs except "Helping Hand", "There Is Someone" and "Don't Have To Take It"

The band
Mark Heimermann - Keyboards
Dann Huff - Electric & acoustic guitars
David Huff - Drums & percussion
Jackie Street - Bass guitar
George Cocchini - Electric & acoustic guitars

Additional musicians
Dann Huff - Guitar solo on "Save Me", "Can't Get Away", "I Killed A Man" and "Don't Have To Take It"
Terry McMillan - Percussion on "God Is Too Big", "Can't Get Away", "We Worship You", "Need I Remind You", "Take You On" and "I Killed A Man"
George Cocchini - Guitar solo on "Take You On"
Paul Franklin - Steel guitar on "Helping Hand" and "There Is Someone"
David Huff - Synth guitar & synth bass on "Helping Hand"
Larry Hall - Keyboard pad on "There Is Someone"
David Lichens - Additional guitars on "Don't Have To Take It"

Backing vocals
Mark Heimermann on "God Is Too Big", "Can't Get Away", "We Worship You", "Need I Remind You", "Take You On" and "I Killed A Man"
Dann Huff on "God Is Too Big", "Need I Remind You" and "Don't Have To Take It"
David Huff on "Helping Hand" and "Don't Have To Take It"
Micha Wilshire on "Helping Hand" and "There Is Someone"

Production details
Produced by Mark Heimermann for Fun Attic Productions and Dann Huff
* produced by Dann Huff and David Huff
A&R direction: Bubba Smith and Lynn Keesecker
Tracks engineered by Joe Baldridge at Dark Horse Studio, Franklin, TN
Assistant tracking engineers: Eric Elwell, Mike Wrucke
Overdubs recorded at Fun Attic Studio, Franklin, TN; Dobb's Palace, Franklin, TN; The B Valley, Brentwood, TN
Overdub engineers: David Huff, Dan Huff, Eric Elwell, Todd Robbins, The Dobbs
Production manager: PJ Heimermann
Mixed by Joe Baldridge at Sixteenth Avenue Sound, Nashville, TN
Mix assistant: Pete Martinez
Mastered by Hank Williams at MasterMix, Nashville, TN

Artwork details
Art direction: Christy Coxe
Design: Astrid Herbold
Photography: Matthew Barnes

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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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