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Essential

Artist: Jars Of Clay


Songs on "Essential" Album

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Bethlehem Town
Can't Erase It - View Can't Erase It Lyrics
Coffee Song (from Seabelt Tuba)
Crazy Times - View Crazy Times Lyrics
Dig
Fade To Grey - View Fade To Grey Lyrics
Faith Enough - View Faith Enough Lyrics
Five Candles (You Were There) - View Five Candles (You Were There) Lyrics
God Will Lift Up Your Head - View God Will Lift Up Your Head Lyrics
Goodbye, Goodnight - View Goodbye, Goodnight Lyrics
Grace - View Grace Lyrics
Jealous Kind - View Jealous Kind Lyrics
Little Drummer Boy - View Little Drummer Boy Lyrics
Needful Hands - View Needful Hands Lyrics
New Math (Tweed Horse Sessions)
Shipwrecked
Sunny Days - View Sunny Days Lyrics
Tea And Sympathy - View Tea And Sympathy Lyrics
The Widowing Field
This Road - View This Road Lyrics
Tonight
Unforgetful You - View Unforgetful You Lyrics


Can't Erase It Lyrics

Follow the crowd and love everybody now
'Cause love is the best thing for you now
But you changed your mind, you let everybody down
But down is the best place for you
It's easier that way, you know it's

So wrong, can't embrace it
Wish sometimes for any other you
But you can't erase it, and you won't escape it

Don't waste your time
Your words only confine you
To all of the things you've buried now
Don't ask them why
Their wisdom will leave you blind
But blind is the best thing for you
It's easier I know, you know it's

So wrong, can't embrace it
Wish sometimes for any other you
But you can't erase it, and you won't escape it

How long will you face it
Till the wait comes crashing down on you
'Cause you can't erase it, and you won't escape it


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Crazy Times Lyrics

You're cold that way
And that's why you say
The things that you say
You can't attract
The things that you lack
You're trying in vain

Chorus:
It seems it's always the crazy times
You find you'll wake up and realize
It takes more than your saline eyes
To make things right

You spiral down
You've broken your crown
You don't feel like a queen
You've seen the proof
But you're still crying wolf
You'll never believe

[Chorus]

You try to climb a broken ladder
Grip the missing rungs
And fall down, down, down
Seems sometime ago you said
This wouldn't last
And now you sit here crying

Beside your bed
You feel left for dead
You kneel in the dark...

It takes more than your saline eyes
To make things right

[Chorus]


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Fade To Grey Lyrics

No, it's not hard to know what you're thinking
When you look down on me now
Your trance of love is seeking
To turn this world around
But in my state of blind confusion
No God can pull me out
I see your love is willing
To turn me inside out

CHORUS:

And then I see you there
With your arms open wide
And you try to embrace me
These lonely tears I cry
They keep me in chains
And I wish they'd release me
Cold is the night
But colder still is the heart
Made of stone, turned from clay
And if you follow me
You'll see all the black
All the white fade to grey

Spinning, twisted, ignorant bliss
Falling farther out of grace
Crawling closer to the dust
Won't you save me from myself

[CHORUS]

Fade to grey, yeah
Fade to grey, yeah

[CHORUS x 2]

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Faith Enough Lyrics

"The world breaks every one and
Afterward many are strong at the broken places"
-- from "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway

The ice is thin enough for walkin'
The rope is worn enough to climb
Throat is dry enough for talkin'
World is crumblin', but I know why
World is crumblin', but I know why

Storm is wild enough for sailing
Bridge is weak enough to cross
This body frail enough for fighting
I'm home enough to know I'm lost
Home enough to know I'm lost

Chorus:
It's just enough to be strong
In the broken places, in the broken places
It's just enough to be strong
Should the world rely on faith tonight

Land unfit enough for planting
Barren enough to conceive
Poor enough to gain the treasure
Enough a cynic to believe
Enough a cynic to believe

[CHORUS]

Confused enough to know direction
Sun eclipsed enough to shine
Be still enough to finally tremble
See enough to know I'm blind
See enough to know I'm blind

[CHORUS x 2]

Should the world rely on faith tonight
Should the world rely on faith tonight
Tonight
Tonight
Tonight
Tonight
Tonight


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Five Candles (You Were There) Lyrics

A promise or a dare
I would jump if I knew you'd catch me
Staring over the edge
I can't tell if you'll be here for me

I close my eyes and make a wish
Turn out the lights and take a breath
Pray that when the wick is burned
You would say that it's all about love

Chorus:
You were there when I needed you
You were there when the skies broke wide, wide open
You were there when I needed you
You were there when the skies broke wide, wide open

You were never here

I remember you said
Love was more than your good intentions
Empty boxes on the floor
Things I never asked you for
I pray that when the wick is burned
You would say that it's all about love

[Chorus]

I can't see the promise of
Excuses you fall upon
I pray to God not holding on
To things you've left undone

[Chorus x 2]

You were there when I
You were there when I
You were there when I needed you


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God Will Lift Up Your Head Lyrics

Give to the wind your fear
Hope and be undismayed
God hears your sighs and counts your tears
God will lift up, God will lift up, lift up your head

Chorus:
God will lift up your head
God will lift up your head
God will lift up your head
Lift up your head

Leave to His sovereign sway
To choose and to command
Then shall we wandering on His way
Know how wise and how strong
How wise and how strong

Chorus

Through waves and clouds and storms,
He gently clears the way
Wait because in His time, so shall this night
Soon end in joy, soon end in joy
Soon end in joy, soon end in joy
Soon end in joy, soon end in joy
Soon end in joy, soon end in joy
Soon end in joy, soon end in joy

(3X)
God will lift up your head
Soon end in joy

(3X)
God will lift up your head
Soon end in joy



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Goodbye, Goodnight Lyrics

A flower for your vanity, a penny for your thoughts
About the world's insanity and how we've gotten lost
Strike up the band to play a song as we go waltzing by
And fake a smile as we all say goodbye

Goodbye, oh goodbye

Say a prayer for recognition, kiss the ones you love
Gather up the ammunition, sigh for all the lost
Strike up the band to play a song as we go waltzing by
And fake a smile as we all say goodbye

Raise a glass for ignorance, drink a toast to fear
The beginning of the end has come that's why we all are here
Strike up the band to play a song and try hard not to cry
And fake a smile as we all say goodbye
Goodbye


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Grace Lyrics

God, I admit I haven't changed
Playing card houses still covering my landscape
I never expected You to stay
When I'm grabbing for these crumbs and cold loose change

I feel Your grace come running over every road
I love the way You're calling overflow
I feel Your grace come running over every road
You break the floodgates down and carry all

God, I admit that I've loved these chains
And crawling around this cage sometimes has its advantages
I know someday this could get old
And I'll need Your healing water to find my home


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Jealous Kind Lyrics

I built another temple to a stranger
I gave away my heart to the rushing wind
I set my course to run right into danger
I sought the company of fools instead of friends

Chorus:
You know I've been unfaithful
With lovers in lines
While you're turning over tables
With the rage of a jealous kind
I chose the gallows to the aisle
Thought that love would never find
Hanging ropes will never keep you
And your love of a jealous kind
Love of a jealous kind

Tryin' to jump away from rock that keeps on spreading
Solace in the shift of the sinking sand
I'd rather feel the pain all too familiar
Than be broken by a lover I don't understand
'cause I don't understand

[CHORUS]

Love of a jealous kind, yeah
Love of a jealous kind
Love of a jealous kind

One hundred other lovers, more, one hundred other altars
If I should slow my pace and finally subject me to grace
And love that shames the wise
Betrays the hearts deceit and lies
And breaks the back of foolish pride

[CHORUS]

Love of a jealous kind
Love of a jealous kind
Love of a jealous kind


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Little Drummer Boy Lyrics

Come, they told me (pa-rum-pa-pum-pum)
A newborn king to see (pa-rum-pa-pum-pum)
Our finest gifts we bring (pa-rum-pa-pum-pum)
To lay before the king (pa-[rum-pa-pum-pum x 3])
So, to honor him (pa-rum-pa-pum-pum)
When we come
Little baby (pa-rum-pa-pum-pum)
I am a poor boy, too (pa-rum-pa-pum-pum)
I have no gifts to bring (pa-rum-pa-pum-pum)
That's fit to give a king (pa-[rum-pa-pum-pum x 3])
Shall I play for you (pa-rum-pa-pum-pum)
On my drum

Mary nodded (pa-rum-pa-pum-pum)
The ox and lamb kept time (pa-rum-pa-pum-pum)
I played my drum for him (pa-rum-pa-pum-pum)
I played my best for him (pa-[rum-pa-pum-pum x 3])
Then he smiled at me (pa-rum-pa-pum-pum)
Me and my drum

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Needful Hands Lyrics

For those under the clouds
Staring up in awesome wonder
As tears come slowly down
I'm reaching up a needful hand

[Chorus:]
You are my eyes when I cannot see
You are my voice, see, sing through me
You are my strength in weakness be

To find that I could fall
And still your grace surrounds, pursuing
To freely stumble down
I feel your hands around my heart

[Chorus]

You are my strength, my voice, my eyes
I lift up needful hands
You are my strength, my voice, my eyes
I lift up needful hands

[Chorus]


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Sunny Days Lyrics

Sunny days keepin' the clouds away
I think we're coming to a clearing and a brighter day
So far away and still I think they say
The wait will make the heart grow stronger
Or fonder, I can't quite remember, anyway

Chorus:
So if you're waitin' for love
Well, it's a promise I'll keep
If you don't mind believing that it changes everything
Time will never matter

Uh, uh, uhhh

Winter, spring -- is what love can truly bring
Ice turns to water; water flows to everything
You can lose your mind
Maybe then your heart, you'll find
I hope you won't give up what's movin' you inside -- no

[CHORUS]

(time will never matter)

[CHORUS]

(time will never matter)

If the car won't start when you turn the key
When the music comes on, all your cold, cold heart can do
Is skip a beat

It's a promise I'll keep when you're waitin' for love
If you don't mind believing that it changes everything
Time will never matter (time will never matter)

[CHORUS]

(time will never matter)
No, time will never matter
(time will never matter)
No, time will never matter
No, oo, oo


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Tea And Sympathy Lyrics

Fare thee well
Trade in all our words for tea and sympathy
Wonder why we tried, for things that could never be
Play our hearts lament, like an unrehearsed symphony

Not intend
To leave this castle full of empty rooms
Our love the captive in the tower never rescued
And all the victory songs
Seem to be playing out of tune

But it's not the way
That it has to be
Don't trade our love for tea and sympathy
'Cause it's not the way
That it has to be

You begin
And all your words fall to the floor and break like china cups
And the waitress grabs a broom and tries to sweep them up
I reach for my tea and slowly drink in

Chorus:
'Cause it's not the way
That it has to be
Don't trade our love for tea and sympathy
'Cause it's not the way
That it has to be
Don't trade our love for tea and sympathy

So fare thee well
Words the bag of leaves that fill my head
I could taste the bitterness and call the waitress instead
She holds the answer, smiles and asks one teaspoon or two

[Chorus x 2]

Don't trade us for tea and sympathy
Don't trade us for tea and Sympathy
We can work it out
Don't trade us for tea and Sympathy
Don't trade us for tea and Sympathy
We can work it out
Don't trade us for tea and Sympathy
We can work it out


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This Road Lyrics

All heavy laden acquainted with sorrow
May Christ in our marrow carry us home
From alabaster come blessings of laughter
A fragrance of passion and joy from the truth

Grant the unbroken tears ever flowing
From hearts of contrition only for You
May sin never hold true that love never broke through
For God's mercy holds us and we are His own

This road that we travel may it be the straight and narrow
God, give us peace and grace from You, all the day
Shelter with fire, our voices we raise still higher
God, give us peace and grace from You, all the day through

This road that we travel may it be the straight and narrow
God, give us peace and grace from You, all the day
Shelter with fire, our voices we raise still higher
God, give us peace and grace from You, all the day through

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Unforgetful You Lyrics

I never minded calling You a King
If that meant that I could count on You
To give me everything
I never thought to ask You
I always thought You knew
It was never my intention to question You

You never minded calling me a child
Well, I guess that's how I acted all the while
But You live through every tantrum, You see through every lie
Though they seem to be more common
I just wanted You to know why oh why

Unforgetful You, unforgetful
Unforgetful You, so unforgetful

You never minded giving us the stars
Then showing us how blind and unaware of You we are
You painted me a picture and showed me how to see
Though I just won't behold it
Unless it pertains to me...


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