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lyrics for:  "the Divine Liturgy of the Wretched Exiles"
all songs written recorded performed 2004-2006 by psalters , all songs public domain, no rights reserved

1. Trisagion

Agios O Theos

Agios Eschiros

Agios Athanatos Eliason Imas

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal

have Mercy upon us


2. Psalm 6

be gracious to me for i'm falling away, heal me oh Lord for my bones are dismayed

and my soul is greatly dismayed

oh Lord how long?

return and rescue my soul!

oh Lord how long?


3. Rich man and afghanistan

i had my good things you had your bad

my skin stayed sterile to the sores you had  (Lord have mercy…)

i distracted my eyes so your Image wouldn't last

I didn't hear the prophets cuz i was talking too fast

Now my tongues dryin up like i'm the "rich man"

Smell smoke start to choke…it's approaching fast

I'll come to Lazarus now before i can't pass (Lord have mercy on me a sinner)

"it wasn't me" they said as the missiles sped at houses they fled while afghanistan bled

"it wasn't me" i said as i sat well fed the newspaper read they've but grass for bread

And we eat ourselves to death.


5. Amal

she stood she stood strong she did not run she remained

and while i bowed and ran she just grabbed my hand with a smile on her face while the bombs rained.

she stood she stared deep in my eyes and said, "do not be afraid", "it will be okay"

it was her birthday today and she refused to bow to the smart violence swarming as i stood and stared in

shock and awe at the hope no violence could tame

her name is Amal.


6. Creed

(the apostle's creed)


7. Sword

 Oh If you have an ear then hear God alone wise and true.  Tho' all be found liars in this merchantful abyss.  Reject the dragon's billboards, false christs false hopes away.  God pulls our wrists out from history's razor blade.  The fists of manifestos quietly fall in line.  This present age It roars…the contents the same:  conform.

O bride be dressed In readiness your Beloveds near the door and you will lack nothing if armed with your sword

Spirit blade to pierce the throat of the blasphemous beast, stare in It's light eternal propaganda cease

Dance until this world's white dress falls off by His mercy, and in the early hours of the morn, exposed to the Word -transform!

O lover know the scroll is not itself the bread of life.  reveals Him called Faithful and True on a white horse rides

with justice and eyes of fire "from His mouth comes a Sword" says a voice, "to strike the nations down be glad and rejoice!"  the Spirit and the bride they cry "come Alpha and Omega, wound us with longing more, God, Living Word, our Lord"


8. Dig It up

dust and mud comin through my pores, can't find God in the department stores.  So i hit the road with a shovel and a song, see if i can dig It up before i'm gone

here comes Jesus come to free us hear poor wall street crashin at His feet

dig it up keep on movin dig it up dig it up, walk on

can only take fence sitting for so long circulation loss says my heart was wrong, i once was lost but now i'm found and everything meaningful Is underground.

big shiny advertisements all around my eyes can't wait to see my Lord tear a hole In the skies. all their wealthy gods promised me freedom but a middle-eastern hobo Is the one who made it come.

their tall glass towers giving a finger to God makes Him think it's time to pull out that punishing rod.  Destruction or deliverance, how's it gonna end?  sometimes you gotta knock it down, so it can be born again  


9. Hosanna

Holy Holy Holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of Your Glory, Hosanna In the highest blessed Is He who comes in the Name of the Lord

Oh Is it true that songs can do what bombs have always missed?  to strike the lips of power that all men have longed to kiss that all may know if You don't save then everything is lost.  Your roadmap to freedom is from infancy to Cross.  No rock will bear my load i'll cry out within my time.  A battle cry against this world "god help me" is the line.  and as i rush upon the field i know i may fall slain, but i would rather fight and die than live my life In vain.


10. Mysterium Fidei

Christ has died

Christ is risen

Christ will come again


11. Momamic (the man on the moon and the Man in the cup)

 His step is fallin hard tonight.  eve has long broken, cold black fell open,

Shine burns through fog we sought for shelter from that light.  It's time we eat that dust up and take It in.  It's where we come from, where were goin, where we sin.  We're the boots put us on tie us up, You're the Feet, You're the Blood, we're the cup runneth over, runneth over me.

The cold moon is looking down on me

It shines my crooked face, my wretched bones, my losing race.  There's no escape, these cruel eyes of stone.  Alone alone alone with that cold moon.  Oh Lord oh Lord oh Lord You said You were comin soon

Good God it's You we love yeah.  Good God look up above, there we are smiling down on You

Step in me fill me up, we're the boots we're the cup runneth over, runneth over me

Save us from all we've done with the blood of our Father's Son until that moon turns blood red, until my wretched face has gone and fled, until that moon is washed anew, until these bones can rest again with You….with You ….with You.


12. Ol' Glory

the killing fields are striped with red
white lies in between
while on a placid blue they float
like islands safe from all they sowed beneath

high above that poor man's toil
they lay in sacred isolation
safely placed in rows they are
stars of self-preservation

and on good friday,
(and all that glory,)
all that ol glory...

in that corner sea serene
fifty stars line up against you
flying high but they will sink
with the weight of a heavy millstone

no man is an island
no one can run from all they've done
in that deep blue they'll sink
fifty stars never to see the sun

and on good friday
those red stripes are carved into your back
and on good friday
those stars spangled your body blue and black
and on good friday

the stars and stripes were torn in two
and all that glory, all that ol glory
belongs alone
to You


14. Scarf Dance

gye nyame (akan)
["fear none but G-d"]

my peace I leave with you
not as the world gives
let us offer each other a sign of peace

take this scarf
form an unbroken circle
lashed with the rags
of united resistance

that we may stand
when the day of evil comes

for we fear none but G-d


15. Dumpster Divers

Come now and join the feast,
from the greatest to the very least,
come now & join the feast,
right here in the belly of the beast.

Cops & soldiers you can come too -
lay down your guns & c'mon thru.
Rich people get rid of your stuff.
Poor people there will be enough.

Mighty ones come down from your thrones.
Little ones you will not be alone.

lazy man come to the table
make some food for those who ain't able
pretty winner swallow your pride

drink the ugly loser who for all died
make sure everyone gets some
the we'll see the kingdom...


16. Badlands

lighting struck, Your presence woke us up,
You said, "follow into the night"
rain quit, moon lit vast plains ahead
and in this vision we know ourselves small
sun rose on the stones, many shades of light,
the wind was now our guide it led us to the height
at the edge of the cliff all idle chatter quit,
now with our lives at risk we finally exist
You gave freely, met our needs, cut our hands from
things and from our veins flowed life giving streams
onward along the ridge together, breaking bread and glad
with all we saw, we were in awe

ghost town sheriff put us behind the wall, he don't like
the look of folks in awe
phantom preacher said, "you outlaws confess",
and we said "yes, we are in awe!"
said they'd feed us to the birds, we heard the crows caw
but you can't capture wind and you can't control awe

We were in awe
(Glad with all we saw, we were in awe)
Angel made a jail break said go
and walk this land & be in awe.
You must obey God
rather than man if you're in awe.
Angel made a jail break said go & walk this land & be in awe.
You must obey God rather than man if you're in awe.


17.  All you weary

the crowd has gone away
family went home to stay
the good christians gave their last prayers
as old friends offered one last solemn stare

we walk the dirt and stone
it is the land of a refugee alone
forgotten men on long forgotten roads
so far to go so few to share the load

everyone has come and gone
but the road is still a thousand miles long

and the worst for most is my very best

"come to Me all you weary and I will give you rest"

the patrons left the carnival
the sight seers seen their last sights
the mourners all cried and went
and the new dawn has given way tonight

Come to Me all you weary,
and I will give you rest.
One more step, one more step,
to my love, to my rest. rest.


18. Train De Vie (way of life)

father abraham was called out to move.
coventant made, there was blood in the groove.
story began spaning ages through,
when the word came, story became true.

Lord your people sojourners all Train de Vie!
One more echo 'n th' eternal song 'f our hope & our love Train de Vie!
Empires gripping, diesel slipping, thru it's fingers Train de Vie!
Underground weeds grow up through the cracks 'n th' concrete TRAIN DE VIE! [4x]

scattered church all parts of earth roaming
not conforming to this age or it's kings
they pass away but on we sing
pilgrim songs of hope incarnating

locomotion, weak foundation, foolish notion - t.d.v.!
the fool is saying better things it's insane wisdom - t.d.v.!
rouse us, spur us, incite exodus, Lord ignite the - t.d.v.!
via maris, via terra, via highway - t.d.v.!

not just a movement, we were meant to move
it's our blood and our life, we're called out too
in the midst of death camp stories share life
but the pages must wake, now is the time

rouse us, spur us, incite exodus, Lord ignite the - t.d.v.!
via marris, via terra, via highway, t.d.v.!
Pillar of Fire and Cloud - t.d.v.!
tear our weak foundations down - t.d.v.!

Us vs. Us Lyrics
all songs Public Domain no rights reserved

all songs written recorded performed by psalters 1996-2004 except:

"turn me round" -(traditional)

"i'm free" -(traditional)

"c-blue" -(written performed by psalters, percussion arrangement written recorded by Sufjan Stevens and psalters)

1-  Banner wave high for the lowly
(intro in Farsi saying that "God you are my Beloved and no matter what happens i want nothing more than to stand next to You")

broken bodies lie soaking ashen ground
empires within and out crushing the refugees
no one is left to fight for them but you and me
and the One we say we love is with them bleeding red that ground

the armies of evil we made are now surrounding
and so we run to hide ourselves and leave the bleeding
saving ourselves we leave the Saviour of refugees
run back to Him run back to those struggling

Banner wave high for the lowly
wave the suffering Chi Rho
stand with your Love of long ago
run with Him to fight the shallows we all know

Banner You are all the lowly
and for those mourning you alone are Home we
stand with You as the armies crush Thee
run to You as Your Blood covers even these

Banner wave high for the lowly
wave the suffering Chi Rho
stand with your Love of long ago
run to those suffering if you Love Him then worship Him there that is where He is found....
He's the Home....for refugees

2 - We are all lepers here
we are all lepers here overcome by our fear of pain let us remain....numb
too real we can not feel our hands already froze holding our bloodless hearts ...dear
pumping liquified apathy through our veins hands frozen to heart now we can hold
nothing else but the soothing lack of pulse still beating us we are all lepers here
take us to the underground where i know You are found i fear we're goin sane way up here
this is where we long to be insane unsanitaries
hated by all thos hating (the Way and Truth and Life)
Flood us with Fire consume with Your raging Waters to keep us breathing give us Your feeling
Flood us with Fire consume with Your raging waters to keep us bleeding (breathe Life)

3- Turn Me Round (traditional slave spiritual with new arrangement and additional lyrics)
ain't gonna let nobody turn me round oh no
i'm gonna keep on walking, keep on talking, marching on to freedom land
ain't gonna let injustice turn me round oh no (repeat)
ain't gonna let donald rumsfeld turn me round oh no (repeat)
i'm gonna let Revolution turn me round oh yes (repeat)
i'm gonna let Sweet Jesus turn me round oh yes (repeat)

4 - C-Blue (live)
give me a reason to run again, give me a reason to dream again, give me a reason to breathe again, give me a reason to ...Hope
You are the reason to run again, You are the reason to dream again, You are the reason to breathe again, You are the reason to ...Hope          
 i see the blue the pain...i see...and it is Peppermint...(fresh breath) Hope.

5 - Run Me Over (live)
this enchanted rainy night RUNning to meet You through the thick fog trees of people i run out in the street of You turn face to Headlight memory flashes as Your presence crashes through me like a rainy night semi highway face to face You're too much but that's good run me over with into Your highway, run into Your way, running face to Headlight, run over me...crushing bones and rib-caged now i'm free... and a little dizzy caught around Your wheels i'm over me.

6 - Unsanitaries
throw me in the trash can, the one place that i can, stand free from your sanitizing, the only freedom you'll ever bring...(as you go happily nodding on) unsanitaries          i'm a horse smackin heroine   don't ask where i have been   hiding under violins of various degrees   (nodding on...)   it keeps me from slidin in your sanity that won't let in unsanitaries livin in some "false realities"  (nodding on...)  so kiss me once before i fly  far from your clear white sky   why don't you ask me why   your crystal guns shot me  (nodding on....)    suck on your nationwide corporate lie that society is safe inside its apathy   suck for a bag of joy,  suck for a hit of greed,  you better start cheekin kid those seeds might spread the disease you gave us  unsanitaries.

7 - El Elyon
baal our god will fall away, whose name is lust, adultery
mammon god will fall away, whose name is riches, luxury
beelzebul will fall away, whose name is sin, slavery
heaven and earth will pass away but You live on!
our greed You take away, our lust You take away
our sins You take away, our friends will fade away, our logic fades away but You live on!
El Elyon!
Your Love come down today, Your Truth, Your Justice, Your Healing, Your Power, Your Mercy, Your Glory come today, Your Will be done today, in Jesus name i pray, vanity of vanities all is vanity but You live on, You live on!  El Elyon!

8 - I’m Free  by Milton Brunson

9 - All Yeshua
(Hadai Aawaz sung in hindi--song means the wise men have come to proclaim that God has come down to the earth to lift up the oppressed and heal the sick. God has come to break the bars of sin, He has got new ways and roads for us to go to.)

You break the emptiness hearth filling the void with Your Heart...Yeshua
And You lift up the oppressed, through You the poor become Blessed
And Beelzebul You defeat, he is but dust at Your feet
Your eyes are wild with Love, passionate Fire from Above…Yeshua, All Yeshua

10 - Hideaway
alone enough to pray to my Love today
kiss the world away let it Die today, my Hideaway
touch me deep inside where no lover finds
keep me by Your side i just want to hide, in my Hideaway.

11  - Brux
Free me, Keep me, teach me…You
Free me I locked myself in a box, got the key but the lock is outside, and I don’t like it in here, it’s not funny anymore, I want out.  let me out.  let me out.  please…Free me

12  -Us vs. Us

13 -Refugee our Home
Revolution come free us, Holy Brother us desert wanderers have no place to call home
Physician come heal us Holy Mender us blind ol lepers can not find our way home
Refugee just like me please don't leave You're our only....
Compassion come save us Holy Lover us warmongers ruined this place we call home
Refugee just like me please don't leave You're our only...Home, Home.

14 - Flood Me, Burn Me
with Deivanbin Vallamah sung in Tamil
a song about Jesus coming and overwhelming you with His Presence and Love and you in response being overwhelmed with Joy and Adoration