One River

by Lance Eads

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This is a collection of love songs: romantic love, the love of friendship, love of truth, love of nature, misdirected love, and especially love of the Divine, whatever form It (S/he, They,...) may take.

"Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you."~Jesus

“The worship of the different religions, which are like so many small streams, move together to meet God, who is like the ocean.”~Rajjab

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released September 13, 2016

“There is only one river. There is only one sea.
And it flows through you, and it flows through me.
There is only one people. We are one and the same.
We are all one spirit. We are all one name.”
-- Peter Yarrow

All instruments and voices by Lance Eads, except the fiddle on "Siddhartha O'Gautama," played by Bethany (age 7). All songs written by Lance Eads, except "I Can't Live My Life Without the Lord" (traditional) and the lyrics to "Holy, Holy, Holy!" (Reginald Heber, 1827).

"That They May Be One" is based on the gospel of John, chapter 17. Portions of "the Haiku Song (Everything Just Is)" are based on the haikus of Basho. "Way of the Pilgrim w/ Simeon's Postlude" is based partially on the gospel of Luke, chapters 2 and 8. "Lao Tzu Leaving China" is based on selections from the Tao Te Ching.

Thanks to Brenda, for always believing in me, supporting me, and loving me.

All songs produced and engineered by Lance Eads.

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Lance Eads Portland, Oregon

I'm a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet, visual artist, and performance artist. Originally from Seattle, I now live in Portland, Oregon. I also write and record with my wife under the name Dandelion Root.

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Track Name: Epistle to B-Man (w/ X~tra Jam!)
Verse 1:
We saw the city by foot
Undercover of the night,
And a good root beer buzz
Made you feel alright.
Tried to scare the near-sighted girl
With raspberry jam,
But even with her glasses off
She knew it was a scam.

Chorus:
B-Man where’d you go? I don’t know.
B-Man where’d you go? I don’t know!

Verse 2:
In your slippers and your robe
Smoking an old wood pipe,
A serious look on your face
Though you were laughing inside--
Beating the dormitory doors
With a wiffle ball bat,
You fooled that old R.D.
With sounds of dog and cat.
Chorus

Verse 3:
Roscoe P. Coltrane
Lives inside your brain,
And it really chaps my hide,
The one I seek I can’t find.
We stayed in touch a while
And across many a mile,
But so much time has passed
And it went by so fast.
Chorus
Track Name: Trickery
Verse 1:
Everybody’s buying what they’re selling.
When they’re going to realize, there’s no telling.
The writings on the wall--what’s it spelling?
Someone dug a pit; people fell in.

Pre-Chorus:
Leaders Propagandize
Seeking to Aggrandize,
But I see through their lies
And all I say is, “Nice try!

Chorus:
You’re not fooling me, ‘cause I can plainly see
It’s trickery...it's trickery.

Verse 2:
Products in my face: your perverse program.
Lies in my space--I see through them.
Pre-Chorus
Chorus

Verse 3:
Break your mental chains; free your mind!
Straight jackets of your brains: loose the binds!
Pre-Chorus
Chorus 2x's
Track Name: That They May Be One
Verse 1:
My prayer is not for them alone, but for all who will believe
In Your one and only Son when the Gospel they receive,

Chorus:
That they may be one, Father, as I am in You.
As You are in I, Father, and I am in You,
May they be in Us, Father. Then will all know it’s true
That I have sent them as I was sent by You.

Verse 2:
My glory I have given them that from You I've received;
You in I and I in them, that we are one if they believe,

Chorus

Bridge:
Then all will know that You have sent Me
And the love you have for them.
With the same love You have for Me
You love them. Give praise, Amen!

Repeat Chorus 2x’s
Track Name: The Haiku Song (Everything Just Is)
Verse 1:

At some point spring came
And now the grass is growing,
But it won’t be rushed.

Wild daisies have
Never seen their reflection;
If they did they’d blush.

Chorus:
Everything just is, everything just is
Everything just is, everything just is.

Verse 2:

Feeling the sunlight
On my skin is just a hint
Of what the tree feels.

White pine butterfly
Contemplating a clover,
And how her mind reels.

Repeat Chorus

Verse 3:

The breeze doesn’t mind
Taking the long way around;
It enjoys the view.

The rock sits as the
Ocean waves go rolling by;
It’s something to do.

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:
Everything just is,
And everything it does
It only does because
It’s doing as it is,
And everything just is.

Verse 4:
Pushing the water
To make it hurry up just
Makes the stream muddy.

The crow sits high up
On the Douglas fir tree’s peak--
What is it he sees?

Chorus 2x's
Track Name: A Drunkard's Lament
Jesus, help me please to just put down my gin.
What am I to do? I'm addicted to my sin.
I tell myself I'm done with it; it's time that I move on.
I look into my hand; another bottle gone.

The things a man puts in, they do not defile,
But when it comes back out I can taste the bile.
If I'm damned I've been damned from my first sip.
There's nothing I can do. Jesus, help me quit.

This ain't a sermon; I got no gospel to share.
If there's some good news I don't see it anywhere.
Fire water's gonna drown me; drown me in its sea.
I am helpless here, Jesus rescue me.
I am helpless here, Jesus rescue me.
I am helpless here ,Jesus rescue me.
Track Name: I Can't Live My Life Without the Lord
I can’t live my life without the Lord, without the Lord.
I can’t live my life without the Lord, without the Lord.
When I look around and see what the Lord he has done for me
I can’t live my life without the Lord, without the Lord.

I can’t sing my song without the Lord, without the Lord.
I can’t sing my song without the Lord, without the Lord.
When I look around and see what the Lord he has done for me
I can’t sing my song without the Lord, without the Lord.

I can’t pray my prayer without the Lord, without the Lord.
I can’t pray my prayer without the Lord, without the Lord.
When I look around and see what the Lord he has done for me
I can’t pray my prayer without the Lord, without the Lord.

I can’t live my life without the Lord, without the Lord.
I can’t live my life without the Lord, without the Lord.
When I look around and see what the Lord he has done for me
I can’t live my life without the Lord, without the Lord.
Track Name: Once More Around the Sun
In the morning when I rise
And the sunshine fills my view,
With the dawn I realize,
As the sunrise turns to blue,
I’ve gone once more around the sun with you.

Now’s the noontime of life’s day
And the sun is at its peak.
Shadows beneath our soles
Play their game of hide and seek
As once more around the sun my whole world goes.

Once more around the sun;
Yes, your love makes my world spin!
Once more around the sun,
Then I laugh and yell, “Again!”
Once more around the sun;
I wish this ride would never end!
I am having so much fun,
My lover, my best friend!

In the evening when the sky
Is a deeper shade of blue,
I will smile and you’ll know why:
It’s ‘cause there’s nothing left to do,
But to go once more around the sun with you.
Track Name: Way of the Pilgrim w/ Simeon's Postlude
As a pilgrim in this world,
I admit I've made mistakes;
And to burn the bridge to You, Lord,
One mistake is all it takes.

Chorus:
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me!
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me!

A lot of bad things I have done;
A lot of good things I have not.
I know forgiveness through God's Son
Is the only chance I've got.

Chorus

Your life was pure perfection;
Your death was pure disgrace.
But through that death and resurrection,
I'm forgiven by Your grace.

Chorus

Lord now let your servant
go in peace,
For my eyes have seen salvation
Before my face!
Lord now let your servant
go in peace,
For my eyes have seen salvation
Before my face!
Lord now let your servant
go in peace,
For my eyes have seen salvation
Before my face!
Lord now let your servant
go in peace,
For my eyes have seen salvation
Before my face!
Track Name: The Meta Self-Referential Song Protest Song
I'm not gonna write a song about the songs
That are about themselves.
You prolly think this song's about your song,
Don't you? Don't you?

But this is not a song about the songs
That are about themselves,
'Cause I'm not gonna write that song,
And you can't make me!

This is the meta self-referential song protest song--
Meta self-referential song protest song!
This is the meta self-referential song protest song--
Meta self-referential song protest song!
Track Name: Lao Tzu Leaving China
Verse 1:
The way that can be followed
Is not the way most hallowed.
The way that can be named
Is not one and the same
With the eternal way
Whose name one cannot say.
The name is the origin.
The name is the beginning.

Chorus:
Nature doesn’t hurry,
Yet all still comes to be.
Her web so wisely woven,
So nothing’s lost or stolen,
Catches all for it is wide,
Yet no small thing gets by.
Nature doesn’t hurry,
Yet all still comes to be.

Verse 2:
The Mother of all things:
Ten thousand forms she sings.
Desire shall not sway;
So silent is the way.
Two sided coin, you see,
Appearing differently.
Sameness the mystery--
Mystery in mystery.

Chorus 2x’s
Track Name: Holy, Holy, Holy!
Verse 1:
Holy, holy, holy, all the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Which was and is and evermore shall be!

Refrain:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and Mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Verse 2:
Holy, holy, holy, though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eyes of sinfulness Your glory may not see,
Only You are holy, there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity!

Refrain 2x’s