The Story: Vol 1

by Soma Communities

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In Tacoma, a group of musicians and songwriters formed around the Story and wrote songs in response to what they had experienced during their time together. The songs they wrote and shared with each other were beautiful, powerful, and life-changing. They showcased these songs live at a monthly songwriter showcase in Tacoma. These events became an important time each month in our city as crowds gathered to hear these new songs that touched on eternal truths. The songs weren’t preachy or churchy, but were written from the heart—exposing weakness, need, grace, and hope.

This offering represents our first effort to record and share these songs—these stories—with you, your families, and friends. We hope they will encourage you as much as they encourage us. Any money made from the sale of this music will go to fund future recordings and new churches being started. Thanks for helping us continue on this amazing journey. There are more songs where these came from, so keep your eyes and ears open for the future...

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released 19 December 2010

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Produced by Buddy Ross
Executive Producer: Aaron Spiro

Mastered by Chris Greely at Solid Rock in Portland, OR
Mixed by Buddy Ross except Isaiah 60 mixed by Chris Greely and Good, Right, Perfect mixed by Buddy Ross and Chris Greely.

The Story of God narratives can be found at www.gcmcollective.com/article/story-formed-way

Stay God and Hell to Pay appear courtesy of The Merry Way. www.themerryway.bandcamp.com

Art direction, design & photography by Mark Alvis www.alvisdesign.com

We would love to see other communities of artists respond to the story though art & music. Please share your excellent work with us - contact us! We would love to collaborate!  Send to: Story@somacommunities.org.

www.somacommunities.org
www.trevordavismusic.com
www.aaronspiro.com
www.brittanyalvis.com
buddy.buddyross@gmail.com
holly.campbell@gmail.com

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Track Name: ANGELS - Aaron Spiro
What are you building down below? • Storehouses for the hail and snow • What is that pounding that we hear • You running wild with wolf and deer • We’ve all been watching • We’ve all been wondering • What are you making this all for • Water and sunlight • Mountains of great heights • Deep caves on the ocean floor • Hallelujah • What are you sculpting in the sand? • I think they just called it a man • what made you sing that beautiful song? • It think it just woke up the dawn • Wake up the morning • And tuck her in at night • Sing sweet lullabies with every bird on every flight • Such awe and wonder • Lightning and thunder • Command wind and rain and calm the eye of hurricane • You catch the eye of the 7 sisters • Distract Orion from his hunt • You make Venus turn and walk away • Giving the bear cubs a place to play • You teach the lioness • Just how to stalk her prey • I watch how patient your are today • And the wild buffalo • Every one of them surely know • Of your great fame.

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Track Name: GOOD, RIGHT & PERFECT - Aaron Spiro
Only God always does • What is good, what is right • And what is perfect • You alone we worship.
Track Name: HELL TO PAY - Brittany Alvis
I’ve got hell to pay, now won’t you come along? • It only hurts for a minute • He slithered through his teeth • She smiled and took a bite • It tasted good for a minute • She calls her lover and says, “take a bite my dear” • And this begins it all • This is how they fall • I’ve got hell to pay, now won’t you come along? • Its only hot for a minute • He whispered to the boy, who smiles and lays her down • It feels good for a minute • She cries out at night he’s no where to be found • And this continues on • This is how they fall • There’s always apples to take • It’s running through our veins • To make us love what we hate We’ve got hell to pay.

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Track Name: ABEL - Aaron Spiro
I am willing • I am able • To strike the back and make it fatal • No one will notice • No one’s around • Out in the fields just brother and ground • Someone’s watching me •A tiger’s in the weeds • I’m the older • He’s the young • He’s always been the favored son • I’m the bad one • He’s the good • I’m the sad one, who never could • I hate him more • More and more each day • This is the price I’ve chosen to pay • Then from the shadows • Came the attack • That’s when the tiger jumped on my back • I should have known it • I fed him well • Now I’m returning to where I fell • I fed you when you where young • I knew this day would come • Look in the mirror • Look back at me • You’re the brother I could never be • I am Cain • You are Abel • Strike your back and make it fatal.

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Track Name: JEALOUSY - Holly Campbell
Tell me Cain, what have I done? • Feel your gaze, unbroken, wait for dawn • Shadows dampen morning’s light – No appetite • O Jealousy, why are you haunting me? • Through my brother’s blue eyes, veiled • I feel you watching me – O jealousy • We take a walk through fields of wheat • Bending, breaking, crushed beneath our feet • Painful silence stretches long, its mournful song • O Jealousy, why are you haunting me? • Through my brother’s blue eyes, veiled • I feel you watching me – O jealousy • Flint of green and stone collide • Sharpening, this hatred cannot hide • Searing pain meets flesh and bone • Even blood of brothers cannot hold or stem the tide of jealousy • O jealousy, what have you done to me? • Through my brother’s heart unveiled • You stole my life from me - O jealousy.

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Track Name: NOAH - Aaron Spiro
It’s been forty days since I felt the sun • In the belly of the ship I felt every last one • When it started raining they came two by two • People called me crazy and I felt like it too • Why me and the others let be • Why choose me and let the other ones be • The cancer had spread through the roots of our trees • Passed down to my father and now my father to me • I saw the sadness in God’s eyes • Did they run out of chances and one more last tries? Why me and the others let be • Why choose me and let the other ones be • Later on in the garden sweat poured like a flood • 40 drops of death and fear and blood • Can anyone of give him just a flicker of light? • It’s so hard to see rainbows in the dead of night • Why, why not me • And let your only son be • How can it be • And let the other ones go free?

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Track Name: SHINE ON - Aaron Spiro
You were formed • With a spark • Given shape • Given art • You were born • From a line • Given love • Given shine • Shine on • You’ve been set • Upon a hill • With all your colors • The earth you fill • Share the light • Sing the song • Let it go • Pass it on • Shine on • Send the bird • Into flight • She’ll come back • With leaf and light • Peace and love • Will descend • From heaven’s chambers • To hearts of men • Shine on.

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Track Name: INTO THE FOREST - Trevor Davis
What lies ahead there in the forest? • It all seems so blind • I thought ‘this ain’t my kind of thing’ • I went anyway into the forest • and there lied a glimpse • I haven’t been the same, ever since • At first it seemed crazy • Like the coldest of winter • It’s here I became, alive • Changing my form like a butterfly • From rest we come resounding • and now I play heavenly • At first it seemed crazy • Like the coldest of winter • It’s here I became, alive.

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Track Name: STAY GOD - Brittany Alvis
This cycle keeps going round and round • The same problem that put the snake on the ground • I just keep on walking off this ledge • You keep on saving me from death • You stay God and I stay man • You give love, though I give less • And I have been the most and the least of these • But You’re the same to me • You stay God, and I stay man • For 22 years I’ve followed suit • Another daughter of Eve forgot the truth • Oh this sin of mine keeps beating in my chest • am I damned to fail just like all the rest? • You stay God and I stay man • You give love, though I give less • And I have been the most and the least of these, • But You’re the same to me • You stay God, and I stay man.

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Track Name: ARMY of ANGELS - Aaron Spiro
They took you out • Stripped off your clothes • Spit on your face • While the raven crows • They beat you down • Like a criminal • And raised you up like a king • So, so cynical • They dressed you up • Mocked you like a fool • “Hail to the King of the Jews” • Why not call • An army of angels to fall • Why not curse • The ends of the earth • Why not save yourself • Let blame fall on someone else • Why did you have to die? • They led you outside • The city walls • Like a lamb to the slaughter • No resistance at all • They nailed you up • To a dead man’s tree • They bled you out • For all the world to see • The sun burnt out • The sky turned black • One last breathe • The father turned his back • Why not call • An army of angels to fall • Why not curse • The ends of the earth • Was there any other way? • To make it all go away • Why did you have to die?

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Track Name: BEAUTIFUL MORNING - Aaron Spiro
Morning, beautiful morning • Radiant sunbeams overtaken my dark dreams • Daylight has broken through dark night • Stepped on the snakebite of my curse • And my heart will rise up with You • And my bones will rise up in You • Open, pull back the curtain • All of the hurtin’ is washed away • And my heart will rise up with You • And my bones will rise up in You • No grave or dirt will hold you down • No pain or hurt will keep you underground • No darkness, death, principality • No fallen angel’s jealousy • The sin of me • Jesus has risen from the dead • Jesus has risen from the dead • Salvation has risen for the dead • Redemption has risen from the dead • Story, such a beautiful story • All the glory is for You.

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Track Name: ISAIAH 60 - Aaron Spiro
Wake up Jerusalem • Put your face in the sunlight • God’s Glory is breaking over you • Nations they’re all coming • And exiles return home • The great reunion is at hand • Praises...from the City of the Living God • Look out in the distance • Like doves on the darkened sky • Great ships from the distant land • Filled up with gold and silver • All the children they are coming back • God’s glory is sailing to the shore • Praises...from the City of the living God • Strong is your name • Free is your new name • Peace is your name • Love is your new name • Faithful is your name • Gracious is your new name • Honest is your name • Wisdom is your new name • Overcoming one • Hidden in life of the chosen son • All because of Christ.

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Track Name: THE PLOW - Trevor Davis
My hand is on the plow
now there is no looking back, no looking back
no need to say goodbye
to all that's left behind, leave it there behind

Why do we wait if he's already here?

While today is still today
let us walk his way

Time to renew my mind
an let the old one resign
they can't intertwine
My body is your habitat
I got a bad habit of forgetting that

Why do we wait if he's already here?

While today is still today
let us walk his way

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