A Greater Light

by David Yeager Band

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released May 23, 2019

Produced and mixed by Mathew Prock at Area 44 Music, Chicago, IL

David Yeager - acoustic guitar / violin / vocals / piano on Round World, Man of Galilee and The Valley
Steve Wick - electric guitar / keyboards / ukulele / string arrangement on The Valley
Jon Chavez - bass
Matt Chandik - drums / percussion

Guest Musicians:
Robb Robins - cello on Matchless Grace, Psalm 115 and The Valley
Ed Breckenfeld - drums on Your Word is Enough
Jonathan Bozarth, Jamie Blowers - vocals on Man of Galilee

Additional engineering by John Pudar

Recorded at Area 44 Music and Resonance Audio Media, and in John Pudar’s living room and David’s basement

All songs written by David Yeager except:
Psalm 115 - lyrics adapted from biblical text by David Yeager, music by Yeager/Wick/Chavez/Chandik
Love Rules! - music and lyrics by Noel Paul Stookey, © 1998 Neworld Multimedia Publishing

Album design by Kaye Lee Patton - www.kayeleepatton.com

Night Earth imagery courtesy of NASA // Lunar photo by Pedro Lastra on Unsplash

Excerpt from the Bidding Prayer from the traditional Anglican Lessons and Carols service, reprinted from Book of Occasional Services. New York: Church Publishing, 2003, p. 39

What Are We Waiting For? is dedicated to Marie O’Donnell and Isabelle Middendorf

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Track Name: Your Word is Enough
Midnight on a mountain pass
Under cover of a darkened glass
A single candle burning in my hand

I know how the journey ends
But I can’t see what’s around these bends
Still you say follow me

So I’m gonna put one foot in front of the other
I’m gonna walk by faith and not by sight

Light to my path, lamp to my feet
Your word is enough for me
Even when I can’t shake these shadows
It’s enough for me

Lamp to my feet, light to my path
What more could I even ask for?
You don’t have to prove your love
Your word is enough

A centurion said to me
“I am a man of authority
When I throw my voice, it won’t return to me empty”
With a word you calm the oceans
Set planets in their heavenly motions
When you say it shall be
That’s enough for me

Watchmen long for the light of dawn
While the wicked stumble in blindness
Fools may ask for a lightning flash
Yet your glory is veiled as a kindness

Light to my path, lamp to my feet
Your word is enough for me
Even when I can’t shake these shadows
You shine your fine provision on me

Lamp to my feet, light to my path
What more could I even ask for?
You don’t have to prove your love
(The Word made flesh)
You’ve already proved your love
(Measured out in death)
You don’t have to prove your love
Your word is enough
Track Name: What Are We Waiting For?
Rich man reading from a holy book
Got a puzzled look
He says, “I don’t understand”
A stranger stands in the dusty road
“Can we share the load?”
He says, “let me lend a hand”
An invitation to be baptized and believe
Next thing you know, he’s down on his knees

He says: What are we waiting for?
What’s it gonna be?
There’s nothing but this water between my Savior and me
Never mind my pride
It’s time to lay aside my dignity and dive in
We’re right beside the shore
So what are we waiting for?

Poor man fishing in a little boat
Trying to keep afloat
He hasn’t caught a thing
A stranger’s voice is crying out
And there’s something about it
A familiar ring
“Cast your nets out on the other side”
The floodgates open, the Father’s hands provide
The recognition of his blessed risen Lord
Next thing you know - man overboard

He says: What are we waiting for?
What’s it gonna be?
There’s nothing but this water between my Savior and me
Never mind my pride
It’s time to lay aside my dignity and dive in
Striving for the shore
So what are we waiting for?

When all that entangles would strangle me
I look to the truth that can set me free
I’m breaking my ties; I’m fixing my eyes

Old man lies in a great big bed
He’s got a heavy head
It’s getting hard to breathe
The weary pilgrim has one river left to ford
His eyes are shining but he can’t see me anymore

He says: What are we waiting for?
What’s it gonna be?
There’s nothing but this water between my Savior and me
Never mind my pride
It’s time to lay aside my dignity and dive in
To find the farthest shore

So what are we waiting for?
What’s it gonna be?
There’s nothing but this water between my Savior and me
Never mind my pride
It’s time to lay aside my dignity and dive in
Striving for the shore
Arriving at the door
So what are we waiting for?
Track Name: Matchless Grace
Who am I that love would take notice of, leave behind ninety-nine to find one?
Who am I that you take affection to, save a slave in the place of a son?

I'm spilling like wine in the hand of a bridegroom
Spinning his bride on the dance floor
I scribbled some lines of a song for a savior
What can I say, I’ve been carried away

Matchless grace! What could ever compare?
Perfect love drives away all of my fear
Priceless peace when my faith brings me sight of your face
Oh for a thousand tongues to taste of this matchless grace

Who am I that your blood was poured out for, broken wide like a fine jar of fragrance?
Who am I that by your compassion my debt was paid for, my shame washed away?

I'm grasping at straws for the words to describe you
Rasping out praise of your glory
I'm digging my claws into truth I can cling to
Where would I go? I’ve been caught in the flow of this

Matchless grace! What could ever compare?
Perfect love drives away all of my fear
Priceless peace when my faith brings me sight of your face
Oh for a thousand tongues to taste of this matchless grace

You have the words of life
Where would I run to?
Why would I want to?

The shimmer of gold, the sparkle of diamond
Set where no one can break in and steal
The circle and stone on the hand of a maiden
Are still not as beautiful as the promise they seal

Matchless grace! What could ever compare?
Perfect love drives away all of my fear
Priceless peace when my faith brings me sight of your face
Oh for a thousand tongues to taste of this matchless grace
Track Name: Round World
It's in the circles 'round a wizard's eye
Chasing dots of light around the sky
It’s in the writings of a brilliant man
Plain to see, a strain to understand

You’re the kind of God who would come up with a round world
Nothing’s quite what it seems
Worms are given wings; you raise your praise from broken things
It’s a strange precious metal, the stuff of your dreams

It’s in the wisdom of a talking beast
It’s in the witness of a silent priest
It’s in the churches ‘round a confounded globe
The more you snuff it out the more it glows

You’re the kind of God who would come up with a round world
Nothing’s quite what it seems
Worms are given wings; you raise your praise from broken things
It’s a strange precious metal, the stuff of your dreams

Men of honor slipping in the back
The fastest runner gasping on the track
We’re not the kind of world that would come up with this God
We’d take a million days, but all the king’s horses and all his men
would get him wrong again

It’s in the madness of a wizard’s quest
To chase a dot of light from east to west
It’s in the writhing of an innocent man
Stretched from pole to pole by the holes in his hands

Men of honor slipping in the back
The fastest runner gasping on the track
I’m caught up in this world, but when I come against this God I break a million ways
It takes all the king’s horses and one king’s son to set me right again

You’re the kind of God who would come up with a round world
Track Name: Thirsty for Mercy
I woke at the first light like it was the first light of my life
I had the worst night, might have been the worst night of my life
Turned and tossed on a sea of silence
Licking up the salt of my own tears
I was lost in my own defiance ‘til I washed up here

Oh, I'm thirsty for mercy
But I keep spilling that cup
Oh, I'm thirsty for mercy
And you keep filling it up

Call it a fist fight: she let fly 'cause I let slip
And now I can't kiss right - I've got this crack across my lips
The trouble starts with the crack between them
That's where the words escape my mouth
I try to stop if I don't mean them, but it still goes south

Oh, I'm thirsty for mercy
But I keep spilling that cup
Oh, I'm thirsty for mercy
And you keep filling it up

I walked a dry and weary land
(Among the thorns, between the thieves)
I struck a stone and washed my hands
(A woman mourns, a body bleeds)
I'm the first to quench my thirst
But I'm the last to raise my glass to you
(Why have you forsaken me?)
Father, forgive me

Oh, I'm thirsty for mercy
But I keep spilling that cup
Oh, I'm thirsty for mercy
And you keep filling it up
Track Name: Man of Galilee
Who do I see a-coming this way, isn’t he son of Mary and J.?
(She’s his mother, God is his father)
Who’s that hanging out with the poor, filling them till they hunger no more?
(Name is Jesus, came to redeem us)
Who’s that in the temple I hear, telling good news to everyone near?
(Call him teacher, more than a preacher)

Singing listen all ye children, Man of Galilee is coming
Giving glory to the Father, hallelujah to the Son
Better listen now ye children, Man of Galilee be coming back again

Who’s that talking down by the well, telling that truth that nobody tells?
(He’s a healer, secret revealer)
How does he know the people by name, laugh with the dumb and walk with the lame?
(Gonna save you, says he forgave you)
How did he learn to heal with his hands, walk on the sea and fish on the land?
(Come and see him, maybe you’ll meet him)

Singing listen all ye children, Man of Galilee is coming
Giving glory to the Father, hallelujah to the Son
Better listen now ye children, Man of Galilee be coming back again

What’s that sound of wailing I hear, why are there people hiding in fear?
(Mary’s crying, Jesus is dying)
Why do they want to kill a good man, wouldn’t he come on down if he can?
(No one made him, he knowingly gave in)
Shouldn’t that stone be guarding that cave, why did they steal him out of his grave?
(Ask the gardener, he may look familiar)

When the Son of Man is lifted up he will draw all nations
Raise your trembling hand, trade your bitter cup for a cup of salvation
When the Son of Man is lifted up he will draw all nations
So lift him high; lift the name of Jesus high

Who’s that stranger waking my soul, cutting me through and making me whole?
(He is risen, King of the living)
Who’s that breaking in through my door, telling me not to doubt anymore?
(Son of glory, Lord of the story)
Seeing him tear the veil of my gloom, why does he need to leave us so soon?
(Not an ending, see him ascending)

Singing listen all ye children, Man of Galilee is coming
Giving glory to the Father, hallelujah to the Son
Better listen now ye children, Man of Galilee be coming back again
Track Name: A Place to Stand
I’ve got two cents on the railroad track
I’ve got a suitcase on the luggage rack
I’ve got angels chasing at my heels and Atlas on my back

I’ve got a pair of 2’s and a blind man’s bluff
Not sure how to use this stuff
Well I would move the world if I could get a grip
But my knees give in and my fingers slip
And I can’t help thinking I’m ill-equipped for that task

Well I’ve got two feet and I’ve got two hands
I'm just looking for a place to stand

The teacher he’s a friend of mine
He had the whole world on a fishing line
He said “give me a lever long enough
and a level place to do my stuff, and I'll blow your mind”

Well I’ve got two feet and I’ve got two hands
I'm just looking for a place to stand

Say to this mountain “fall into the sea”
Not sure I moved mountains, or if the mountains moved me
But I’m gonna rest my head under the mustard tree
Lord, lay me down

I’ve got a postcard of the holy land
I’ve got a birthmark and a wedding band
I’ve got doubts and I’ve got debts
But I'm not about to give up yet
Until my dinner date with a two-thousand-year-old man

Well I’ve got two feet and I’ve got two hands
I'm just looking for a place to stand
Track Name: Psalm 115
Not unto us, O Lord our God
Not unto us be glory raised
Not unto us, O Lord our God
Not unto us be praise

But to thy name, O Lord, be the glory
Because of your love and faithfulness
Praise to the Lord our God

Why do the nations say, “where is their God?”
“Where is their God”, they clamor in pride
Why do the nations say, “where is their God?”
“Where is their God”, they cry

Our God is in heaven
He does whatever pleases him
Let all who fear him trust in the Lord
Trust in the Lord our God

Let all Israel say “trust in the Lord”
The house of Aaron say “trust in the Lord”
Let all who fear him say “trust in the Lord”
Track Name: The Valley
I don't want another flood
But I don't blame you for the first
To drown the noise of Abel's blood
And quench at last a holy thirst

But when you turn the other cheek
A lesser god would call it weak
You dig your nails in barren land
And make me out of dust again

Can a dead man live; gather flesh around these bones of his?
Can a dead man rise; carry fire inside his sunken eyes?

I don't want another flood
No rivers of divine regret
But could I have a little mud?
A little spit to get it wet?

Draw my picture in the dirt
Let me point to where it hurts
Take me in your weathered hands
And make me out of dust again

Can a dead man live; gather flesh around these bones of his?
Can a dead man rise; carry fire inside his sunken eyes?

Draw my picture in the dirt
Let me point to where it hurts
Take me in your weathered hands
And make me out of dust again