"WE SEEK TO LIVE
OUR LIVES AND MAKE OUR MUSIC IN SUCH A WAY AS TO LEAD OURSELVES AND OTHERS CLOSER
TO GOD." - Bob Halligan Jr. And Ceili Rain
Ceili Rain: "Ceili, is a Gaelic word meaning 'a party with live
music and dancing.' Latin word, 'Coeli,' that means Heaven. Rain symbolizes that
all of this good stuff comes down to us from the Heavens above."
OF WHATEVER MAKES YOU DANCE
asked Bob Halligan Jr.;( Frontman, brains and founder of CEILI RAIN):
How would you describe your music?
answered, "BEATLES AND THE CHIEFTAINS HAVE A PARTY FOR
reviewer heartily agrees!! WHATEVER MAKES YOU DANCE is a most enjoyable,
God centered joyous, musical party, offering both a unique musical sound and meaningful
messages as well, sure to lift the spirits; helping the listener grow spiritually
toward God while having an entertaining musical experience at the same time! What
an invigorating, fun, encouraging, heart-felt and sometimes convicting in a light
hearted, positive way collection of songs, which rock / bounce / flow over the
listener/ with a life force and upbeat spirit, sure to bless the listener, in
a variety of ways!
songs, produced under the spiritandsong.com contemporary music division of OCP, offers a variety of compositions, presenting
music sure to please just about everyone; ranging from lively honest & pop
rock, to heart-felt ballads and even a moving worship hymn or two, all in which
vibrant Celtic sound is magically blended. Each composition is perfectly created
for the lyrical messages which encourage the listener, sometimes humorously, sometimes
thoughtfully or in the spirit of self-examination.
The title, WHATEVER
MAKES YOU DANCE, refers to pleasing the Lord, becoming closer to Him through spending
time and being still before Him, to be led to truths, all through prayer, showing
His love through helping others, and doing the right thing, being just. (Micah
6:8, Psalm 46:10, John 15:16-17).
enjoying this musical party, the listener is also treated to lyrical messages
which can lead one to think about and evaluate one's own walk with the Lord in
a fun, positive way. For these messages offer encouragement to reach out to others,
take the time to be with and pray to God, and being open to God's real truth and
not just human spin based on flawed human perceptions, which color how we see
our actions, thoughts and views about others.
lyrical messages are skillfully and wonderfully vocalized by Bob Halligan Jr.,
who is not only truly a gifted, experienced
songwriter, but also has the versatile vocal talent to present the lyrical messages
in just the right style, force, enthusiasm, emotional delivery (humorous to heart-felt)
and dynamic level required for the spirit and mood of each song. One
hears some fine backup vocals as well, adding to and supporting these inspiring
never a dull movement vocally because each song is uniquely different, creating
its own window of opportunity for the listener to take a look inside, encouraging
some self -reflection about their own walk and the state of his /her relationship
with the Lord, and inspiring behaviors and habits which draw a person closer to
AFTER FELLOW MAN
IN THE WALL - Regret, remorse, grief, depression,
loneliness suffered because of loss, physical or mental isolation.(Bob Halligan
Jr.), "CAN BE ANY SITUATION OF ISOLATION, REAL OR FELT." The hope of
finally being with a loved one or the Lord in heaven is a vision to hold on to
as a final goal to look forward to. Cure to this isolation is found through a
personal spiritual journey. Reaching out to those in emotional pain, in physical
or mental isolation or in jail is a powerful way to show God's love,giving the
afflicted hope. Christians believe
that this hope is in Jesus, as we trust and depend on Him.
I TREASURE YOU - Value relationships, friendships - Over things, wealth and flattery.
NOT DUDE I'M DAD - Being a responsible,
loving father; not the winner of a popularity contest: Ballad about a moving father -son talk in the car, about how a father is given
the responsibility to love and make sure children come out all right, though others
(close to this son) may think a father is too old fashioned or strict.
OR TROUBLE - Counseling family
members when they succumb to their weaknesses; holding
them accountable in a loving way.
THE RIGHT THING:
OR TROUBLE - Confessing wrong doing - Verses lying about it.
- Fully expressing / sharing the love of God and the joy of
the Spirit or life, despite opposition from the
JOY-ROBBERS - Keep the
inner joy of the Spirit; not allowing troubles with
others take it away!
LIKE JESUS DID - In regards to living the walk; not just talking the talk or going through the motions, pretending. Message delivered in a humorous way.
TREASURE YOU - Treasuring the Lord, putting Him first in
our lives - Over things, wealth and flattery.
GOD WAS CHOCOLATE - Imagine what fun it would be if God was chocolate! The
reality is that being obedient and disciplined in our walk with God is equated
to eating broccoli and other food which nourishes our body. Very clever and fun!
OPEN TO GOD’S REAL TRUTH RATHER THAN EARTHLY SPIN.
SHUT UP AND PRAY- Stop being
so busy, doing what you think the Lord wants - Spend time in prayer, listening
to what the Lord says instead of guessing.
MAKES YOU DANCE - Seeking to please the Lord, in a variety
of selfless ways.
SAY YES TO YOU - Submitting
our will to His will in our walk with the Lord.
TRYING - A Ballad which explores different
perceptions of duty /calling, from three very different people - Strong
convictions, no matter how sincere, are sometimes based on our own perceptions
influenced by cultural and religious spin professed by humans and not particularly
based on the truth of God, but on other motives. (Romans 12:2, Prov. 3:56)
KNEELING - Being open to God's truth - Through
prayer, not human perceptions and spin.
OF ST. PATRICK- Being part of Christ - Refrain; "Christ with me and before me / Christ behind me
and within me / Christ to the right of me and to the left of me / Christ above
me and beneath me / I bind myself to the virtue of Christ"
most fascinating characteristic of these songs is how the varying degrees and
levels of electric and acoustic rock blend so smoothly and creatively with the
Celtic instruments, which are themselves versatile musical vehicles adaptable
to hard rock, pop rock and can of course add so much to the more poignant, memorable
ballads and worship songs as well, setting the table for a variety of lyrical
messages and delightful vocal performances.
is joyful, enthusiastic, high energy blend of honest rock and lively Celtic voices
in the more spirited compositions, sure to get even the crabbiest person dancing
around the room! The following songs smoke
and sizzle with rhythm, high-flying spirit, catchy melodies and counter melodies
creating most entertaining Celtic influenced rock with some fine electric guitar
riffs, Celtic reels and jigs and counter melodies, touches of syncopation and
even blues in a few!
photo courtesy of
JESUS DID - Offers a truly smokin', rock driven ballad / anthem, which cooks mightily along
courtesy of a driving rock drum quick 2 beat, a supportive, tight ensemble of
horn sound /keys (Hammond B 3 Organ), alto sax, hot fiddle, and button accordion,
plus a pumping base and electric guitar which soars in the interlude with a great
riff! The vamp, begins softly and builds in sound, enthusiasm, and backup vocals
with elements of gospel flowering as well.
JOY-ROBBERS - Spirited Rock in the chorus meshes with syncopated
rhythms, punctuated by electric guitar and bass in the chorus, along with a lively
ensemble of Celtic instruments. Quieter rock musical sound in verses is perfect
for the stories being told, and then swells again in the the spirited chorus.
Very nice transitions between chorus and verses. VAMP rocks out in a lively spirit,
cooks along with enthusiasm, with everyone contributing to the zestful, dynamic
TREASURE YOU - Tight, Spirited Rock blues
with a variety of quick-moving dotted note rhythms in the melody and counter melody
parts. Melds into a spirited Irish jig supported by the same dotted note rhythms,
courtesy of electric guitar and bass! Very Nice musical embellishments and sparkles,
to great effect.
UP AND PRAY - Spirited,
peppy rock propelled by acoustic and electric guitars, with Celtic voices supporting
the melody and providing some very nice touches (violin, button accordion, pipes
etc.). At chorus, the dynamics quiet down to represent the Lord who wants "motor
mouth Bobby" to be quiet and pray, and build in volume and intensity again
for the second verse. Two really nice interludes are heard: First one hears Celtic
instruments and then the electric bass and lead guitar. Great rock vocals which
breeze through some hard intervals and more mellow style vocals in chorus. Vamp
revs up the energy level.
it down a notch the following, breezy, enjoyable, bright, imaginative anthems
are still in the party Spirit but created with a lighter pop rock style, which
have infectious, more poignant melodies and rhythms.
MAKES YOU DANCE - Joyous
and smooth with a catchy, easy beat, opens
nicely with Irish drum, flute and other Celtic instruments creating the perfect
light and breezy introduction. Provide fine soft support and backup for the poignant
first verse which grows in dynamics. Drums join this ensemble during first chorus.
Acoustic guitar enters during second verse. Button accordion has a very nice solo
in the interlude between second and third verse.
SHUSH - With a touch of gospel
sound, a dynamic anthem with an easy beat, peppy dotted note rhythm in the breezy melody, propelled by a delightful
ensemble of piano, and Celtic instruments (including mandolin) create a delicate
to dynamic, memorable accompaniment, which support the fabulous vocals. Dynamically,
it quiets down during the chorus, supported by delicate tight sound from Celtic
GOD WAS CHOCOLATE - Peppy and lively clever anthem with a full sound, filled with a
lot of breezy, smooth inner musical voices coming together to support Halligan's
delightful visions of what it would be like: "If
God was chocolate; everyone loves chocolate / Everyone would want Him, want Him
all the time / You can almost taste it; every godly visit, a party for the spirit,
body, soul and mind / If God was chocolate – chocolate"
In the more poignant ballads and the stunning hymns / anthems, one hears the more
heart-felt piano acoustic based music blended with lovely Celtic influences, and
paired with poignant lyrical messages and vocals to inspire and encourage the
listener! One of Bob Halligan Jr.'s strongest gifts
as a vocalist is his ability to tell ballad stories which touch the heart and
bring the stories to life through his performances, illustrating the lyrical messages in just the right dynamic and delivery.
DIE TRYING - Has a fascinating middle-eastern
sound, with verses in a minor key with added half steps and other interesting
musical tricks to create a fascinating melody. Chorus switches to major key. Vocals
are stunning, bringing a sincerity to convictions of each one of the people highlighted:
A jehadist, an American soldier and a young girl.
I'M NOT DUDE I'M DAD - A very poignant, dynamic piano ballad, with a memorable melody, lovingly performed
by Bob Halligan Jr., who's vocals shine in this song, both soft and dynamic, bringing
the lyrics to life.
KNEELING - Lovely poignant piano and Celtic
ballad with light acoustic broken chord support, with plenty of dynamics and heartfelt
vocals which range from quiet to soaring, bringing this poignant ballad to life.
OR TROUBLE - Fast moving,
accented dotted note calypso rhythm, written in a minor key, with a lively array
of counter melodies and melody support by a lively ensemble of instruments. Delightful
flute and violin peppy duet in the interlude between verses, done in a major key.
After 2nd time through chorus, a delightful little jig of Celtic voices, with
electric guitar playing a syncopated beat; followed by a mournful electric guitar
riff. Vocals are excellent as usual. Ends with some enjoyable guitar embellishments.
IN THE WALL - Guitar and piano based, with
an easy pop beat, which propels this peppy, dreamy, irresistible breezy melody,
beginning soft and plaintive, brought forth by light and airy accompaniment. Lots
to listen to in the accompaniment, which carries a driving dotted note melody,
brought to life by a lively Celtic ensemble and piano / guitar work. Inspiring
violin interlude, which builds in energy and joy, ending in 32nd note groups,
as the other instruments join enthusiastically in the mix! Quiets down again for
verse and then builds to a glorious conclusion!!!
Worship Hymns - Would be welcome in
denominational and nondenominational services.
SAY YES TO YOU - Lovely,
dynamic acoustic-driven, contemporary prayer anthem, with piano, guitar, and Celtic
voices including flute, violin, mandolin, bringing forth a poignant, memorable
melody! Vocals are performed with feeling and from the heart.
OF ST. PATRICK -Stirring
Statement of Christian faith - Truly glorious and inspiring , reverent and sung with great feeling and from the
Spirit within. Lovely melody expressed so beautifully by the moving accompaniment,
which includes piano, guitar, violin, mandolin and most of the instruments listed
above. Really nice backup vocals.
What an album to own to inspire a person's spiritual journey, seeking to grow
closer to the Lord. Through an inspiring variety of Celtic / rock / ballad / hymn
musical offerings composed in a joyous spirit, ranging from humorous to poignant,
the listener is not only entertained but also is presented with meaningful lyrical
messages which encourage growth and self-evaluation! I LOVED this album, and highly
recommend it for your Christian music collection!
* * * + + .....Most Favorite songs of this reviewer.
* * * * + ......Great Favorites
printed by permission:© 2006, WBOB Music. Published by spiritandsong.com® for
Bob Halligan Jr. copyrights. All rights reserved.
* * * + + WHATEVER MAKES YOU DANCE - Words and Music by Bob Halligan Jr.
Scriptural References: (Luke 10:27, Matt. 6:33, Rev.3:20)
makes you walk with me, I’ll do / Whatever makes you talk with me, I’ll do / Whatever
makes you reach down deep / and pull me through / Whatever makes you leave your
seat, I’ll do /
you dance with me / though it’s in my mind, I am right in time in a perfect fantasy
/ When they see you smile, they’ll be jealous while they all watch us dance /
makes you hold my hand, I’ll do / Whatever makes you like my band, you know I’ll
do / Whatever makes you maintain command of what is true / Whatever makes you
take my stand, I’ll do //
wanna dance with you, dance with you, dance / I only wanna dance with you, dance
with you, dance //
you show me the town, I’ll do / Whatever makes you shut me down, I’ll do / Fix
it so I can see your crown, all regal and true / Whatever makes you hear this
sound, I’ll do //
* * * * + +
LIKE JESUS DID - Words and Music by Bob Halligan Jr.
References: (James 2: 14-20, Ephes. 5:1-2, John 15:16)
HEY HEY!!/ Hear me, I’m shoutin’ His Name out / See, I got the motions down /
Lookit how I sway to the music / praisin’ with the best around. / Maybe this is
just a piece of / my celestial Polaroid / Maybe there’s a part of this that /
I can’t avoid / /
If I live like
Jesus did, if I live like Jesus did / if I live like Jesus did then I’m alright
/ I’m alright, hey, hey, hey. //
me. I’m yellin’ like crazy, like a holy roller child / Look it how I reach for
the rafters / Man, I got the savin’ style / Maybe there’s a reason the Good Book
has / those tales of doin’ good / Maybe there’s a message for me: Do all I could.
If I live like Jesus did,
if I live like Jesus did / if I live like Jesus did then I’m alright / I’m alright,
hey, hey, hey. //
vamp: (If I
live like Jesus did) I’ll be brave / (If I live like Jesus did) I’ll be saved
/ (If I live like Jesus did) I believe / (If I live like) If I live like (If I
live like) hey //
Maybe there’s a reason the Good
Book has / those tales of doin’ good / Maybe there’s a message for me: Do all
I could. //
If I live like Jesus
did, if I live like Jesus did / if I live like Jesus did then I’m alright / I’m
alright / If I live like Jesus did, if I live like Jesus did / if I live like
Jesus did then I’m alright / I’m alright / If I live like Jesus did, if I live
like Jesus did / if I live like Jesus did then I’m alright / I’m alright //
* * * ++ THE JOY-ROBBERS - Words and Music by Bob Halligan Jr.
References: (1 Thess. 5:17, Romans 5:1-5 & 8: 28, 35-38, 1 Phil.4:13)
I ain’t gonna let the joy-robbers get me / The joy-robbers wanna see me cryin’
all day / I ain’t gonna let the joy-robbers get me / They can’t take my joy ’less
I give it away //
Jerry and I,
we had an argument / Now he don’t want his friends to be my friends / He told
them: “Hey, you stay away from that guy / The plan between you, well it has to
end” / But it doesn’t end, ’cause they’re still my friends //
signal on, pulled out the post office / I saw this driver who would let me merge
/ Then he forgot, or got distracted, I don’t know / Plowed into my car, then let
go a splurge / of hurtful expletives / But we both knew the fault was his. / /
many friends, teachers, and relatives / they tell me “Buddy, don’tcha dream so
big / Just get a job; raise a family / You get a shovel and you start to dig /
Bury that fantasy!” / But I won’t bury ME!!!!!! Ya see…//
Vamp: I got the joy, I got the joy, I got the joy, I got the joy / You git your
mitts off of my joy / I got the joy, I got the joy, I got the joy, I got the joy
/ Lord, please forgive me for so angrily defending my joy......
* * * * + KNEELING - Words and Music by Bob Halligan Jr.
and Linda Halligan
References:(Phil.4:6-8, 1 Peter 4:7 )
comments: "Song is a response to people spinning the truth to their own purposes
instead of just asking God what's the right thing for everybody."
ask me what I think of the war / You ask me what I think it was for / You ask
me what I think of our policies / My position, my only position is…//
my position is kneeling / My position is kneeling //
ask me what I think of the Right / You ask me what I think of what’s Left / You
ask me what I think of your certainties / My position, my only position is…//
Tag: You say I must stand
up for what I believe / but when I stand up well I’m down on my knees //
* * * + + WINDOW IN THE WALL - by Rob Friedman and Bob Halligan Jr.
comments: IT’S A 20-YR-PLD song that still works!!!
References:(Psalm 84:1-4, James 1:17, 1 Cor.15:51-52, 1 Peter 4:8-10)
If it’s a dreamer’s eyes I see through / Well, I wanna see it all / And the dream
that I’ll be with you is the window in the wall //
down in a cold room / I stare at the walls of my sadness / Made from separation
and a / yearning that could drive you to madness / Drift away; the visions play
Look back at the wrong moves
/ Now hindsight is helpless to lead you / Mistakes made and a price paid / Well,
I thought it was supposed to be easy / Maybe not now, but someday, somehow / /
brick by brick my heart breaks free / But this wall can’t fall fast enough for
me / /
Lights down in a cold room,
I stare at the walls of my sadness. Made from separation and a / yearning that
could drive you to madness / Drift away; the visions play //
* * * + SHUSH - by Bob Halligan Jr.
References: (Psalm 89:15-18, Matt. 5:14-16, 1 Cor. 1:8-9, 2nd Cor. 1:21, Luke
You from my head to the tip of my toes / Tellin' evabody: "Say, lookit how my
heart glows!" / But some folks are scared to see me love that much / They tell
me keep it to myself. I say, Waddya mean… //
I ain't gon' shush. I ain't gon' shush, if there's somethin' to say. Waddya mean,
Shush? Ain't gon' shush. Can't make me shush if my heart says it's okay.///
like a babe in Toyland, like a bird in space / You are the smile that won't come
off o' this face / It makes some folks squirm to see me so in touch / They tell
me keep it locked away. I say, Waddya mean //
(You can't make me) Cause my love must fly / (You can't shake me) Way up high
/ (You can't break me) /
my love fly high like an eagle that all might see / Let it soar forever more and
forever free / Then let it rest in a field of joy, so green and lush / But when
I try to tell the world, they all say //
Just you shush. Got to shush. Got too much to say. Know what I mean?/ Shush! Can't
you shush? Please, will ya shush?" / But my heart, my heart says it's okay / Shush!
Ain't gon' shush / Ain't gon' shush, if there's somethin' to say / Waddya mean
Shush? / Ain't gon' shush./ Can't make me shush, ’cause my heart says it's okay
* * * * + + I TREASURE YOU - by Bob Halligan Jr.
References:(Ephes. 4:2b-3, Luke 10:27, Romans 7:21-25, Isaiah 61:10, Heb. 6:19-20,
big piles of gold / great big piles of gold waiting to be sold / great big piles
of gold / Let them appear from out of the blue / I treasure you - I treasure you.
Jessica Simpson / Jessica Simpson
tells me I’m the one / Jessica Simpson swears she will be steadfast and true /
but I treasure you - I treasure you.
Great big piles of gold - great big piles of gold waiting to be sold / great big
piles of gold / Let them appear - from of the blue / See now: I treasure you -
I treasure you /
* * * * + + I’M
NOT DUDE, I’M DAD - by Bob Halligan Jr.
References: (Romans 12:2, Proverbs 22:6 & 20:7, Psalm 127:3-5)
love that you wanted to ride with me / You’re gettin’ more and more comfy as we
go / I love just havin’ you here with me / But there’s one thing I need you to
know / /
Chorus: I’m not dude,
I’m Dad / I’m not dude, I’m Dad / Someday you’ll be glad / I’m not dude, I’m Dad
I’ve heard what your classmates
say about me / how your momma and I, we just won’t bend / And I’m stricter than
Principal Honcharski / but God made me your father not your friend //
Maybe Dad’s a bit old fashioned / Could be Dad’s a tad uptight / Maybe Dad just
has a passion to see you turn out right. I don’t care if you’ve imagined / some
other way, some other life / You’re stuck with me tonight //
see your left cheek start to glisten / I don’t s’pose those are tears of joy /
But humour me now - just listen / I so, so love that you’re my boy //
not dude, I’m Dad. I’m not dude, I’m Dad. All I am is glad. I’m not dude, I’m
Dad. I’m not dude, I’m Dad. I’m not dude, I’m Dad / Someday you’ll be glad I’m
not dude, I’m Dad //
* * * * + + IF GOD
WAS CHOCOLATE - Words and Music by Bob Halligan Jr., and Linda Halligan
by - "A JOKE A FRIEND TOLD."
References: (Romans 8:31, Is. 55:8, Matt. 6:25-34)
I can feel Your presence in the summer breeze / I can see the distance between
You and me / I can catch your fragrance from an April rose / Sure can hear your
rhythms when the thunder rolls / But I can’t taste You; don’t think I’m s’posed
to / But what would people do / /
If God was chocolate; everyone loves chocolate / Everyone would want Him, want
Him all the time / You can almost taste it; every godly visit, a party for the
spirit, body, soul and mind / If God was chocolate – chocolate - chocolate / Mm-mm
– chocolate – chocolate - chocolate //
for an end to anger, you get a Hershey’s kiss / For each good deed a Snickers,
I could get used to this / Pray they stop the fighting in the Middle East / and
the battleground starts changing / to a chocolate fondue feast / The whole world
over we’d discover a whole new hunger //
- chocolate Chocolate - chocolate / Can almost taste You / but I think it all
through / and I think it’s also true that God is broccoli, asparagus and herb
tea / all that stuff that’s good for me that may not taste divine / But it makes
a good start at building me a strong heart. So if you eat your broccoli / and
you drink your herbal tea, finish your supper and you will see. You will see how
it can be that // Chorus
* * *
* + + SAY YES TO YOU - by Bob Halligan Jr., and Linda Halligan
References: (Joshua 22:5, Mt. 22:37, John 3:16 & 8:12 & 14:15)
It’s simple, Lord, it’s simple / I only want to love You / I only want to run
toward Your light / It’s simple, Lord, it’s simple. I only want to praise You
/ I only want to thank You for my life //
all I am and all I do / Say yes to You. / May all I am and all I do / Say yes
to You. It’s easy, Lord, it’s easy / I only want to fall down / I only want to
shed myself of me / /
Lord, it’s easy / I only want to slow down / I only want to listen and agree /
So in my own way / ’til my dying day / it is “yes” I’ll say to You //
simple, Lord, it’s simple / I only want to love You / I only want to do what you
would do / It’s simple, Lord, it’s simple /I only want to praise You / I only
want to let Your wish come true //
* * * + + SHUT UP AND PRAY - by Bob Halligan Jr.
References: (1 PETER 4:7, Phil 4:6-8, 1 Thes. 5:17,
Ps.. 68:10, Zep. 3:17)
got me rockin’, nothin’ but rockin’ / You got me searchin for something that isn’t
/ just the same old, same old thing / You wanna party,
have a big party / I need a ticket, and on that ticket it will Say, “So who’d
you bring?” /
Bridge 1: I brought
him and her and him and her / and Bill and Buddy and Ray / And
they’re all ears and we’re all ears / for what you have to say //
You say, “Pray, pray, pray for everything you’re worth / Pray, pray, pray for
wisdom on the earth / Listen to Me while I - while I - while I say, say, say:
Shut up and pray.”/
Hang on a
minute, a doggone minute / How ’bout the shoutin’, screamin’ and hollerin’/ that
your meek people do?/ If they can do it, I’m gonna do it. / Can’t stop me / Motor
Mouth Bobby gonna get his message through / Just like him and her and him and
her and Bill and Buddy and Ray / But did they talk and did we talk too loud to
hear you say?/
Chorus: You say,
“Pray, pray, pray for everything you’re worth / Pray, pray, pray for wisdom on
the earth / Listen to Me while I - while I - while I say, say, say: Shut up and
Hey wait a - but if ya
- just lemme / Was gonna - you need ta - Please lemme /
I brought him and her and him and her / and Bill and Buddy
and Ray // And they’re all ears and we’re all ears / For what you have to say
Chorus: You say, “Pray, pray,
pray for everything you’re worth / Pray, pray, pray for wisdom on the earth /
Listen to Me while I - while I - while I say, say, say: Shut up and pray.”/
* * * + + BREASTPLATE OF ST. PATRICK - by Sarah Hart and Bob Halligan Jr.
References:( Hebrews 12:1-2, 1 Cor. 6:19B-20, Ephes. 3:16-18, John 8:12 &
I bind myself to the power of heaven / I bind myself to the light of the sun,
the brightness of the moon, the deepness of the sea /I bind myself to the power
of Christ //
Refrain: Christ with
me and before me / Christ behind me and within me / Christ to the right of me
and to the left of me / Christ above me and beneath me / I bind myself to the
virtue of Christ //
I bind myself
to the guidance of angels / I bind myself to the love of the Lamb / For He alone
is Peace / and He alone is Light. I bind myself to the guidance of Christ / /
Refrain: Christ with me and before
me / Christ behind me and within me / Christ to the right of me and to the left
of me / Christ above me and beneath me / I bind myself to the virtue of Christ
In the eyes of all who see
me / in the ears of all who hear me / in the hearts of those who know me / Oh
Lord, uphold me.
with me and before me / Christ behind me and within me / Christ to the right of
me and to the left of me / Christ above me and beneath me / I bind myself to the
virtue of Christ //
* * * * +
DIE TRYING - by Bob Halligan Jr.
References: (Ephes. 4:23, Chron. 16:11, Heb.10:19-23, 1 Peter 4:7 & 5:7, Psalm
Kneeling, Moustafa’s praying: “Allah shall be praised / Send Your angels, keep
me brave / as I face this mission. Now into battle as I fight the infidels, /
let my efforts serve you well. If I can’t make them believe in You, I’ll…
1: "Die trying. I will die trying. With my soul smiling, I will die trying.”
Cleaning his rifle, Corporal
Wilson whirls around / ‘cause he thought he heard a sound / that was vaguely threatening
/ Picks up a pen and writes, “I really miss you, Mom / Yesterday there was a bomb
that hit / close, I hope we win, but I may…
2: "Die trying. I will die trying. With my soul crying, I could die trying.”
Kneeling, Regina puts her Bible on the bed / As this war goes through her head
/ she is really frightened. Still she says, “Lord it’s not my lot to be afraid
/ All my life you know I’ve made / efforts to be like you. I’m not yet like you
/ But, Dear Lord, I promise I will…
3: "Die trying. I will die trying. With my soul sighing, I will die trying.
I will die trying. I will die trying. With my soul crying, I will die trying."
* * * + + TRUTH OR TROUBLE - Words and Music by Bob Halligan Jr.
compelling ballad with a sense of urgency, telling the story of a father trying
to guide a wayward son, having trouble fighting urges to take what doesn't belong
to him and telling the truth about his misdeeds.
References: (Col 3:9, Prov. 19:5, Acts 5:4, Psalm 63:11)
Johnny, your pockets are filled to the brim / Don't they have bags at that store
you were in? You know I'd buy anything that you need / What is this hunger that
food cannot feed?/ I don't care what happened, I just don't want to hear a lie
/ I learned the hard way: to tell it straight is the lesser crime / You're almost
out of time, so make up your mind- well is it…
or trouble? You know it's truth or trouble.
the boss of a big company / He's grown up, he no longer answers to me / He spins
extravagant tales of success / Can't believe he thinks that I don't hear the rest
/ You tell your workers you'll soon make good on last month's pay / Meanwhile
your maid says they came to take your Porsche away / You kept some wolves at bay,
but soon they too will play, because it's…/
gonna do now, Johnny? Watcha gonna do when the chips are down? Watcha gonna do
I can tell ya life
has got a way of runnin' us out of town / I love you, Johnny, this can't be how
you want to live / I think you see now that what you said isn't what you did /
It's like when you were a kid / You get what you give. So is it… Truth or trouble?
You know it's truth or trouble.
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