Hear Jim talk about his new CD "Walls and Doors" (click song title to listen)

Intro and "Looking For The Day"

"All I Ever Wanted"
"Save My Soul"
"No One's Child"
"Lovely Ellis"
"Fool's Gold"
"The River and the Railroad"
"Pity Me"
"There Is A Hope For Us"
"Would You"
"A New Song"
"The Last Word"

LOOKING FOR THE DAY

ANCIENT HOLY, LONELY LONGING
BURIED DEEP INSIDE A WAKING DREAM
THE HIDDEN WHEELS OF MY HEART ARE TURNING
I CAN FEEL YOUR EYES ON ME

(LOOKING FOR THE DAY) WHEN THERE’S PEACE AND THERE’S UNDERSTANDING
(LOOKING FOR THE DAY) WHEN YOUR VOICE CALMS OUR ANGRY SEAS
WITH A LITTLE FAITH, AND HOLY GUIDANCE, WE’RE GONNA TRUST IN YOU
LORD LET IT BE, LOOKING FOR THE DAY

WE HAVE SEEN IT IN OUR NEIGHBOR’S FACES,
WE HAVE SEEN IT IN THE GATHERING STORM
WE HAVE HEARD IT IN OUR CHILDREN’S VOICES
GOD’S WORK ON EARTH, IT MUST BE OUR OWN

(LOOKING FOR THE DAY) WHEN THERE’S PEACE AND THERE’S UNDERSTANDING
(LOOKING FOR THE DAY) WHEN YOUR VOICE CALMS OUR ANGRY SEAS
WITH A LITTLE FAITH, AND HOLY GUIDANCE, WE’RE GONNA TRUST IN YOU
LORD LET IT BE, LOOKING FOR THE DAY

BRIDGE
AND WHILE WE WAIT FOR A SIGN FROM HEAVEN, HEAVEN’S WORK REMAINS UNDONE

(LOOKING FOR THE DAY) WHEN THERE’S PEACE AND THERE’S UNDERSTANDING
(LOOKING FOR THE DAY) WHEN YOUR VOICE CALMS OUR ANGRY SEAS
WITH A LITTLE FAITH, AND HOLY GUIDANCE, WE’RE GONNA TRUST IN YOU
LORD LET IT BE, LOOKING FOR THE DAY
 

ALL I EVER WANTED

I HAVE MADE MY LIVING, I HAVE TAKEN MY STAND, ON A STAGE IN THE AUDITORIUM
SINGING SONGS FROM THE HIGHWAY, OF A KINGDOM THAT HAS COME
TO THE SAINTS AND THEIR PRODIGAL SONS

AND ALL I EVER WANTED FROM THE DAY THAT I WAS BORN
HAS ELUDED ME SO FAR
AND AS THE SANDS OF MY LIFE’S TIME ARE POURED OUT ON THE ROAD
IT OCCURS TO ME THAT I MAY NEVER FIND IT, NEVER FIND IT

SO I HAVE MADE MY CHOICES AND I HAVE WANDERED IN CIRCLES,
A WILLING CAPTIVE OF A SIREN AND HER SONG
AND WHEN IT ALL TURNED TO ASHES, I DID RAIL AGAINST THE LORD
FOR THE FREEDOM THAT HE GIVES TO CHOOSE AT ALL

AND ALL I EVER WANTED FROM THE DAY THAT I WAS BORN
HAS ELUDED ME SO FAR
AND AS THE SANDS OF MY LIFE’S TIME ARE POURED OUT ON THE ROAD
I SHOULD THANK THE LORD THAT I MAY NEVER FIND IT, NEVER FIND IT

ALL I EVER WANTED FROM THE WEDNESDAY I WAS BORN
HAS ELUDED ME SO FAR
AND AS THE SANDS OF MY LIFE’S TIME ARE POURED OUT ON THE ROAD
I SHOULD THANK THE LORD THAT I MAY NEVER FIND IT…
NEVER FIND IT, NEVER FIND IT, NEVER FIND IT, NEVER FIND IT…OH…

 

SAVE MY SOUL

SLOW DOWN DRIVER, IT’S TIME TO REASSESS THIS ROAD
WHAT PROFIT IS THE WORLD, IF THE PROPHET LOSES HIS SOUL
BETWEEN THE MAN I WAS AND WHO I LONG TO BE
AND THE KIND OF FRIEND YOU’VE ALWAYS BEEN TO ME
HELP ME JESUS, CAREENING OUT OF CONTROL
SAVE MY SOUL, SAVE MY SOUL

I’VE BEEN DRIVING MYSELF, AND I’M DRIVING MYSELF INSANE
YOU LEAVE ME TO MYSELF AND I WILL TAKE ME PLACES I CAN’T EXPLAIN
I’M SWERVING TO THE LEFT, CAREENING TO THE RIGHT
I’M TRYING TO MAKE IT HOME WITHOUT MY HEADLIGHTS
HELP ME JESUS, I KNOW WE’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE
SAVE MY SOUL, SAVE MY SOUL

SAVE ME FROM THE ANGER, SAVE ME FROM THE GRIEF
SAVE ME FROM THE DESOLATION OF MY UNBELIEF
SAVE ME FROM THE PASSION, SAVE ME FROM THE HATE
SAVE ME FROM MYSELF BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE
SAVE MY SOUL, SAVE MY SOUL

IF I COULD HAVE MY HEART’S DESIRE, I’D DESIRE A BRAND-NEW HEART
I KNOW THE ROAD IS LONG AND NARROW AND IT’S REALLY TIME TO GET A NEW START
THIS TIME I WON’T LOOK BACK AND I WON’T LOOK AWAY
I’LL KEEP MY HANDS ON THE WHEEL AND MY EYES ON THE WAY
HELP ME JESUS, I KNOW WE’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE
SAVE MY SOUL, SAVE MY SOUL
 

NO ONE’S CHILD

TONIGHT SHE’S NO ONE’S CHILD, ALONE AND RECONCILED
TO BE AS BLUE AS THE DEEP BLUE SEA…OH
I SENSE A THOUSAND MILES BETWEEN THIS ORPHANED CHILD,
AND THE STEADY LIGHT THAT SHE USED TO NEED

THERE’S NO USE CALLING OUT HER NAME TONIGHT OH NO, SHE WON’T HEAR ME NOW
THERE’S NO ONE THAT THE CHILD WOULD BLAME TONIGHT, OH NO
IT’S USELESS ANYHOW, SHE’S NO ONE’S CHILD

MAYBE TOMORROW’S SUN WILL BRING A BRIGHTER DAY BUT…
MAYBE SHE WILL NOT MIND IF IT DON’T SHINE
MAYBE HER SORROW’S COME IN SEARCH OF WORDS TO SAY BUT…
MAYBE HER SILENCE SPEAKS IN ITS OWN RHYME

THERE’S NO USE CALLING OUT HER NAME TONIGHT OH NO, SHE WON’T HEAR ME NOW
THERE’S NO ONE THAT THE CHILD WOULD BLAME TONIGHT, OH NO
IT’S USELESS ANYHOW, SHE’S…

BRIDGE
NO ONE’S CHILD, SHE’S NO ONE’S CHILD, SHE’S NO ONE’S CHILD, SHE’S NO ONE’S…
NO ONE’S CHILD

TONIGHT SHE’S NO ONE’S CHILD, ALONE AND RECONCILED…
TO BE AS BLUE AS THE DEEP BLUE SEA…OH

 

LOVELY ELLIS

OH LOVELY ELLIS, I WANT YOU TO KNOW
THE FIRST DAY ERE I SAW YOUR FACE
MY HEART WAS YOURS TO HOLD

OH LOVELY ELLIS, HOW COULD I EXPLAIN
GOD MYSTERIOUS SWEET GIFT TO ME
WHEN ERE YOU CALL MY NAME

AND IN THOSE TIMES WHEN WE SAY GOODBYE
IN MY HEART I KNOW
THE SONG REMAINS FOR YOU AND I
AND LOVE ENOUGH TO SHOW

OH LOVELY ELLIS, AS THE YEARS UNFOLD
NOT TIME OR SPACE COULD ERE ERASE
THE LOVE WE’VE COME TO KNOW
THE LOVE WE’VE COME TO KNOW

 

FOOL’S GOLD

SLOWLY ROLLS THE WINTER
IT WILL CHILL YOU THROUGH AND THROUGH
AND IF I KNEW THEN, WHAT I KNOW NOW
I NEVER WOULD HAVE PLAYED YOUR FOOL

MY FRIENDS ALL TRIED TO WARN ME
IT’S LIKE, MY FRIENDS, THEY SAW RIGHT THROUGH
BUT I CHOSE TO BE BLIND TO WHAT THEY KNEW THEN
WHEN I GAVE HEART TO YOU

AND JUST LIKE A GOLDEN LIGHT IN A POOR MAN’S DREAM,
YOU SHONE ON ME, YOU SHONE ON ME
TIL YOU COP THAT COOL ALOOF, JUST TO WATCH ME
TUMBLE DOWN TO MY KNEES, CRYING, BABY PLEASE…NO, NO, NO

SO MAY THIS BE THE LESSON
WHENEVER MY STORY IS TOLD
YOU KNOW THAT SOME THINGS SHINE JUST LIKE THE BURNING SUN
BUT IN THE END, IT’S ONLY FOOLS GOLD

IN THE END IT’S ONLY FOOLS GOLD
IN THE END IT’S ONLY FOOLS GOLD
 

THE RIVER AND THE RAILROAD

A LONELY FIGURE ON A LONESOME ROAD, THAT JUST GOES ON AND ON
AND NO ONE TO BLAME BUT MY FOOLISH SELF, FOR THE FOOLISH THINGS I’VE DONE
FOR THE FOOLISH THINGS I’VE DONE

MILES AND MILES AND YEARS AGO, I HEARD A POET SAY,
OF ALL THE ROADS IN A YELLOW WOOD, THERE’S ONLY ONE ROAD YOU CAN TAKE
THERE’S A BETTER CHOICE TO MAKE

SO ROLL ON RIVER AND THE RAILROAD, ROLL ON TO THE SEA
AND MAY THAT SLOW TRAIN CARRY ME AWAY, AND THE WATER
WASH ME CLEAN

IF I COULD GO BACK AGAIN, I TELL YOU WHAT I’D DO
I WOULD NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES, MY MISTAKES WOULD ALL BE NEW
MY MISTAKES WOULD BE BRAND NEW

SO ROLL ON RIVER AND THE RAILROAD, ROLL ON TO THE SEA
AND MAY THAT SLOW TRAIN CARRY ME AWAY, AND THE WATER
WASH ME CLEAN

BRIDGE:
ROLL ON, ROLL ON, ROLL ON, ROLL ON AND ON

SO I COULD GRIEVE MY LIFE AWAY, REGRETTING ALL I’VE DONE
OR, I COULD TURN MY FACE TOWARD HOME BY THE MERCY OF HIS SON
BY THE GRACE OF GOD’S OWN SON

SO ROLL ON RIVER AND THE RAILROAD, ROLL ON TO THE SEA
AND MAY THAT SLOW TRAIN CARRY ME AWAY, AND THE WATER
WASH ME CLEAN
 

PITY ME

SOMETIMES IT’S HARD TO KNOW WHERE LOVE IS
SOMETIMES IT’S HARD TO NOT KEEP SCORE
SOMETIMES IT’S HARD TO DENYING
THAT A LIFE CAN BECOME THAT SELF ABSORBED

SOMETIMES IT’S EASY TO BE LONELY
SOMETIMES IT’S EASY NOT TO CALL
SOMETIMES IT’S EASY TO BELIEVE THE LIE
THAT I’D RATHER NOT FEEL THIS WAY AT ALL

PITY WHO…PITY ME, THE NONE SO BLIND WHO WILL NOT SEE
PITY THE ANGRY CHILD WHO CLINGS TO IT ALL
BETWEEN THE SACRED AND PROFANE, A HEALING TOUCH AND THE CHOSEN PAIN
PITY THE PRISONER WITH HIS FACE TO THE WALL, PITY ME

SOMETIMES I’D RATHER FEEL FORSAKEN
SOMETIMES IT FITS ME LIKE A GLOVE
SOMETIMES I’D RATHER BE PRETENDING
THAT THERE IS NO WARMTH THAT SHINES FROM YOUR LOVE

PITY WHO…PITY ME, THE NONE SO BLIND WHO WILL NOT SEE
PITY THE ANGRY CHILD WHO CLINGS TO IT ALL
BETWEEN THE SACRED AND PROFANE, A HEALING TOUCH AND THE CHOSEN PAIN
PITY THE PRISONER WITH HIS FACE TO THE WALL, PITY ME

PITY WHO…PITY ME, THE NONE SO BLIND WHO WILL NOT SEE
PITY THE ANGRY CHILD WHO CLINGS TO IT ALL
BETWEEN THE SACRED AND PROFANE, A HEALING TOUCH AND THE CHOSEN PAIN
PITY THE PRISONER WITH HIS FACE TO THE WALL, PITY ME


THERE IS A HOPE FOR US

WHEN OUR LIVES ARE IN THE BALANCE, THERE IS A HOPE FOR US
WHEN OUR HEARTS SEEM COLD AND CALLOUSED, THERE IS A LOVE
AND IT’S DEEPER THAN ALL THE MYSTERIES
AND IT’S GREATER THAN OUR FAILED HISTORIES
AND IT WILL PREVAIL, YES HE REMEMBERS US

THERE IS A LOVE, THERE IS A LOVE
THERE IS A LOVE, THERE IS A HOPE FOR US

WHEN OUR LIVES ARE AS THEY SHOULD BE, THERE IS A HOPE FOR US
WHEN WE’RE WARM AND SAFE AND DRY, THERE IS A LOVE
SO THROUGH OUR JOYS AND ALL OUR SORROWS
WITH THE ONE WHO HAS LIVED OUR TOMORROWS
WITH HIS UNSEEN HAND TO GUIDE AND SHELTER US

THERE IS A LOVE, THERE IS A LOVE
THERE IS A LOVE, THERE IS A HOPE FOR US

BRIDGE
LOVE LIVED, LOVE DIED, NAILED TO A TREE
LOVE IS RISEN, WITH HEALING IN HIS WINGS
THERE IS A LOVE…

SO THROUGH OUR JOYS AND ALL OUR SORROWS
WITH THE ONE WHO HAS LIVED OUR TOMORROWS
WITH HIS UNSEEN HAND TO GUIDE AND SHELTER US

THERE IS A LOVE, THERE IS A LOVE,
THERE IS A LOVE, THERE IS A HOPE FOR US

 

WOULD YOU?

NOW, COULD YOU CAST A MAN OUT, ‘CAUSE THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN IS WRONG?
PROFESS YOUR LOVE FOR THE LORD, WHILE THE HATE FOR YOUR BROTHER GROWS STRONGER
BETWEEN THE TRUE AND THE FALSE, THERE WAS A VERY FINE LINE
BU T THE GAP IS GETTING WIDER WITH THE PASSING OF TIME
LORD GIVE US HEARTS THAT ARE WISE, NOW WOULD YOU?

NOW, COULD YOU TURN A MAN DOWN WHEN HE’S NAKED AND HE’S OUT IN THE COLD?
REFUSE TO LEND HIM A HAND, MAKING PROMISES TO PRAY FOR HIS SOUL
WELL, IT MAY TAKE A LITTLE TIME, BUT IT’S A MATTER OF FACT
EVERY SEED THAT YOU SOW IS GONNA FIND ITS WAY BACK
AND WHEN YOU’RE CALLED TO TAKE UP THE SLACK, NOW WOULD YOU?

BRIDGE
YOU CAN FEEL IT ALL AROUND YOU AS THE DAYS GO ROLLING BY
YOU CAN READ IT IN THE HEADLINES,
YOU CAN SEE IT IN YOUR NEIGHBORS EYES

NOW COULD YOU CHOOSE NOT TO CHOOSE, PUT IT OFF FOR ANOTHER DAY?
LEAVE IT TO SOMEBODY ELSE, TO PLAY THE ROLE THAT ONLY YOU CAN PLAY
YOU KNOW WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE, AND THE DARKNESS MEETS THE LIGHT,
AND IT’S TOO LATE TO HELP, TO LATE TO DECIDE
SO WHEN YOU’RE CALLED TO OPEN YOUR EYES, NOW WOULD YOU?

OH LORD, GIVE US HEARTS THAT ARE WISE, NOW WOULD YOU?
OH LORD, GIVE US HEARTS THAT ARE WISE, NOW WOULD YOU?
 

A NEW SONG

I LONG TO HEAR A NEW SONG.
ONE I’VE NEVER HEARD BEFORE
A MELODY OF MERCY TO ALL THE
WAYWARD IN THIS WORLD
A SONG SUNG BY THE FORGIVEN,
WHO UNDERSTAND WHAT LOVE IS FOR.

I LONG TO HEAR A NEW SONG, A
NEW SONG,
SING IT LOUD, SING IT CLEAR, SING IT
LONG ENOUGH FOR THOSE INSIDE TO
HEAR,
SING IT LOUD AND CLEAR

I WANT TO FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS,
THAT LEAD DOWN TO THE PRISON DOOR
THAT I MIGHT OFFER UP A CANDLE’S LIGHT
TO THOSE DESPISED AND THOSE IGNORED
AND I’VE HEARD IN SO DOING WE JUST MIGHT
HAVE OUR OWN DIGNITY RESTORED

I LONG TO HEAR A NEW SONG, A
NEW SONG,
SING IT LOUD, SING IT CLEAR, SING IT
LONG ENOUGH FOR THOSE INSIDE TO
HEAR,
SING IT LOUD AND CLEAR