J​-​Walking: Songs For Justice Walkers

by Bryan Sirchio

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"Dream God's Dream" from "Artist's Hand" album "Dream God's Dream" (Chorus) Dream God's dream Holy Spirit, help us dream... Of a world where there is justice, and where everyone is free To build and grow and love And to simply have enough The world will change when we dream God's dream I'm dreaming of a world where the color of one's skin Will mean less than what's within the person's heart A world where water's clean, and where air is safe to breathe And every child born has enough to eat. (Chorus) I'm dreaming of the call God is offering to me How to use my energy and my best gifts To do the work of Christ -- to say, God please use my life To spread Your healing love -- and to live your Truth (Chorus) I'm dreaming of the way that I want my life to go I've got hopes and I've got goals I'd like to meet I'm reaching for the stars, but I won't forget the scars Of Christ who died to show that the Dream's for all... (Chorus) Credits: Words & Music By Bryan Sirchio Crosswind Music, 1991.
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"Follow Me (87 Times)" from "Justice And Love" I met this preacher from Australia He read the Bible searching for its dominant themes And he counted 87 times when Jesus said... "Follow me." Well you know that got me thinking Maybe that's the bottom line of what "Christian" means 'Cause "I follow Jesus" is deeper than "I believe" 'Cause it don't take much to mentally agree With a set of beliefs written down in some creed Now don't get me wrong, we need to know what we believe But lately I've been wondering... (Chorus) Am I following Jesus, or just believing in Christ 'Cause I can believe and not change a thing But following will change my whole life He never said, come, acknowledge my existence Or believe in me I'm the 2nd person of the Trinity But 87 time he said... Follow me But if I'm a follower of Jesus, Then why am I such a good life insurance risk? And why, when I do my giving, do I still keep so much when so much hunger exists? And if I follow Jesus, then why do I have so many friends among the affluent, and so few among the poor? And if I follow Jesus, why do missiles and guns make me feel more secure? And it don't take much to mentally assent To a statement of faith we can confirm and forget But following will change our lifestyle if we get it and more and more I'm wondering... (Chorus) (Bridge) Yes, we need to know what we believe, to follow the Jesus who's real God save us from the Christ's we create in our image (you know what I mean...) The Jesus who's as left wing or right wing as we The one who baptizes our cherished ideologies The one who always seems to favor our side against some enemy Now I don't mean to sound self-righteous God knows I've got more questions than answers to proclaim But its been over 20 years now since Jesus called my name So forgive me if I'm mistaken But there's something wrong with a lot of churches in America these days And I think the Spirit's trying to tell us There's a question that the churches need to raise... (Chorus) Are we following Jesus? Or just believing in Christ? 'Cause we can believe, and not change a thing But following will change our whole life He never said, come, acknowledge my existence Or believe in me, I'm your first class ticket to eternity... But 87 times he said... Follow me... Credits: Music & Lyrics By Bryan Sirchio Crosswind Music, 1999. All Rights Reserved.
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I See You 06:06
"I See You" from "J-Walking: Songs For Justice Walkers" album. On the last night of a trip I took to Haiti I was driving down this crowded city street I can still see the diesel fumes lingering in the headlights I can still see that little girl's bare feet She was wearing a tattered yellow dress She was 4 or 5 years old I would guess Another orphaned street kid, working hard to just survive To be honest, I was hoping to drive right by But the traffic was grid-locked to a standstill And when she noticed my white skin, she came real quick She leaned up against my window and then with one little hand She pointed back and forth from her belly to her lips At first she seemed a little bit too practiced At pulling strings of guilt and sympathy And then, I'm not sure why -- but I looked right into her eyes And as I did these words washed over me (Chorus) I see you. I see you. Hey little girl, I won't pretend that you're not there I see you. I see you. Little girl Christ, I see you. People tell me please, don't give these street kids money It just perpetuates their cruel dependency And to be honest, I didn't like the thought of pulling out my wallet You never know who else is working these crowded streets Compassion sure was feeling complicated Mother Teresa called these kids Christ in disguise But there was nothing that seemed right to try to do for her that night Except to try to tell her with my eyes... (Chorus) (Bridge) And how often I have quoted that familiar cold statistic 32,000 children starve to death each day A few more years, some high-heel shoes and lip stick And little girls will do what they must do just to still those hunger pains One more day I could see the traffic up ahead was moving But she and I kept looking eye to eye And when the moment finally came to take my foot off of the brake She shrugged her shoulders, and then she cracked this little smile And as I drove away I made a promise Little girl, I never will forget your face And I'll do what's mine to do to change the world for kids like you And when I hear 32,000, I'll remember you and say... (Chorus) Credits: Music & Lyrics By Bryan Sirchio Crosswind Music, 2004. All Rights Reserved.
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"Calling At The Crossroads" from "Artist's Hand" & "J-Walking" albums "Calling At The Crossroads" What 'cha gonna do when its time to choose? What 'cha gonna do with your life? How you gonna use what's been given to you? How you gonna know what is right? There are many voices that call to you And God's voice won't always be loud But if you want to do what Christ wants you to Here's a truth to think about (Chorus) Where your greatest source of joy Intersects with the needs of the world Go and find that place And hear the Spirit calling you (calling you) Where your greatest source of joy Intersects with the needs of the world Go and find that place And hear your calling at the Crossroads Some are gonna tell you that you must ask first Where's the biggest money to be made? But I will tell you there's no check that's worth Pushing what you love away And some are gonna tell you that growing up Means saying no to your dreams But I believe the Spirit wants to cross your dreams With a wounded person's needs (Chorus) (Bridge) You might be a wonderful artist Your gift flows from deep in your soul But someone has said there's no market For what you do, so let it go But I say give praise to the God who creates And ask God to show you how Your artistry can somehow be used To raise up in a world that puts down (Chorus) Note: The idea for this song came from a statement by author Frederick Buechner: "Your calling is where your own greatest joy intersects with the needs of the world." Credits: Music & Lyrics By Bryan Sirchio Crosswind Music, 1995. All Rights Reserved.
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"Something Beautiful For God" from "Justice And Love," "Something Beautiful For God," & "J-Walking" albums. "Something Beautiful For God" Know this one thing above all else We are loved, loved by God Let this be how we see ourselves As people loved, loved by God And once we know the love of Christ Feel God's healing in our lives Loving service is how we give our love back to God (Chorus) Today let us do something beautiful for God Do something small, but do it with great love Do what we can, where we are, with what we've got Today let us do something beautiful for God Everyone who we meet today Is God's child, God's own child May our lives help them hear God say You are my child, God's own child A smile can radiate God's love Let them see the Christ in us let our lives be the cheerfulness of God in this world (Chorus) Jesus will visit us today In disguise, in disguise Poor and weak, Christ will come our way Jesus Christ, in disguise The lonely, poor, the victimized Love for them is love for Christ Love is water to quench the thirst of Christ on the cross (Chorus) Credits: Words & Music By Bryan Sirchio Crosswind Music, 1999. All Rights Reserved.
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Green World 04:22
"Green World" from "J-Walking: Songs For Justice Walkers" album. "Green World" Sometimes the earth and its beauty Hits me so hard that it almost hurts God you are some kind of artist And I'm a big fan of your handiwork When I see a pastel sunset Its like God is signing God's name Another magnificent one of a kind worth more than this whole world could pay (Chorus) God made this green world green Air and water clean We come from the earth, and to earth we shall return Let's go back to Genesis 2 and relearn Humans are here in the garden to serve And service is the purpose of God-given power We are more the earth's than earth is ours We are more the earth's than earth is ours When God gave dominion to humans You know I don't think that God ever had in mind A license to take the earth prisoner And lock her in chains made of dollar signs The earth and its fullness is Yahweh's Stamp that verse on our property rights That means that the land is not ours to exploit -- Its just ours to take care of for a while (Chorus) There's a demon named 'corporate pollution' And its minions reach deep in the government And some folks just mimic Rush Limbaugh, Saying, "There's no crisis in the environment" But God knows we're wounding this planet One Styrofoam cup, one acid rain drop, one toxic waste dump, one oil tank spill, one SUV war, one trip to the store at a time… And maybe its time we disciples of Christ work harder to live greener lives… Credits: Music & Lyrics By Bryan Sirchio Crosswind Music, 2004. All Rights Reserved.
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"If You Eat Each Day" from "Justice And Love" & "J-Walking" albums. "If You Eat Each Day" Haiti is the poorest country in this hemisphere I go there now and then to get my vision clear Sometimes it gets so hazy in this land of I consume therefore I am I was working in this clinic for the dying & diseased Living skeletons with AIDS and TB Organized and run by Mother Teresa and her sisters of Charity I asked the nun in charge, Sister, what should I do? She smiled and said I've got a job for you Then she gave me a pair of scissors, and said, See that man right there He'd like for you to cut his hair I said, oh, Sister are you sure?... I mean its not like I have given many haircuts in my day But I was there to help, so I just smiled and said, OK So there I was, this natural born Vidal Sassoon just snipping that hair away We struck up conversation as best we could His English was broken, my Creole's not too good But we managed to communicate enough for him to say Something I never will forget You see I asked him, do you think I'm rich? And this was his response to me He said, well how many times a week do you eat? Well his question took my voice away And then he said, you mean you eat every day? And I said, yeah, and he just said this Well if you eat each day, you're rich Somehow that moment felt to me like Holy Ground I finished his haircut and when I turned around There was a whole line of customers who kinda like the way I cut that one man's hair! So I gave them haircuts but they gave me so much more They gave me the perspective of the poorest of the poor And I know I'll spend the rest of my life trying to somehow respond 'Cause if its true as we often say that wealth is relative It just might take the dying poor in a place like Port au Prince To help us see this relativity from God's point of view To cut through our first world denial with gospel Truth And as for me, I know I need to receive this paradigm shift That in a hungry world, if we eat each day... We're rich Haiti is the poorest country in this hemisphere I go there now and then to get my vision clear Sometimes it gets so hazy in this land of I consume therefore I am Credits: Music & Lyrics By Bryan Sirchio Crosswind Music, 1999. All Rights Reserved.
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"Staring At My Overflowing Plate" from "Wise As Serpents...Gentle As A Dove" album It's so easy not to see you Close you out like a shade in the window Your condition seems so foreign Are you lazy? Why are you poor? someone said you and I are connected That your hunger is linked to my fatness But how can that be--I never met you I don't know your name I've go problems of my own I'm so busy -- I do good things And I don't know if I can make room In my life for your misery Someone said that the whole world is changing For you no longer will stand to be used But talk like that--it makes me frightened Scared what I might lose (Chorus) Jesus is that you in the window With your nose pressed against the pane Staring at my overflowing plate? I've got question of my own I'm not sure who to trust or believe Politicians seem so sure you Pose a threat to my liberty I go to church and I listen to my pastor Speak of justice beyond charity Says the gospel is good news to poor folks (Luke 4:18-19) But where does that leave me? (Chorus) ...help me not to pull the window shade Credits: Music & Lyrics By Bryan Sirchio Crosswind Music, 1990. All Rights Reserved.
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"I'd Just Like To Know" from "Justice And Love" and "J-Walking" albums. "I'd Just Like To Know" I don't mind you trying to maximize your profits I'm not trying to take a dime from your pocket I don't want to see anyone lose a job And I've no intention to stage a boycott (Chorus) I'd just like to know where my money goes I'd just like to know if there's a sweat stain hidden in the clothes I buy Tell me why, if you've got nothing to hide, you don't Disclose the names of the factories that you use Open up their doors to an independent human rights group If there's a reason why you won't I'd just like to know Wal-Mart, Disney, Nike, Guess, and J.C. Penney I can't name them all-there's just too many And I know these markets are competitive by nature I am not saying you shouldn't use third-world labor (Chorus) (Bridge) Tell me please, what's with these off-shore factories With barbed wire fences and guns at the gates Tell us please, we need to know exactly How our clothes are made And what kind of wage those workers get paid Let's bring it all to the light of day (Repeat verse one and Chorus) (Tag) It's a small world after all, you can't do business in the shadows (repeat) What 'ya doing in Nicaragua, Indonesia and Saipan? Bangladesh and Guatemala, Malaysia and Viet Nam Maquillas in Honduras, in China and Salvador In Thailand and Burma - what's going on behind those factory doors In New York City, in Haiti and L.A. The Dominican Republic - let's bring it all into the light of day I'd like to know what you're doing in Mexico Liz Claiborne, and K-Mart and Reebok and J Crew I hear Victoria's got a secret Eddie Bauer and the Gap, Abercrombie and Fitch All I'd like are the facts; all I'm asking is this... Let's bring it all into the light of day Credits: Music & Lyrics By Bryan Sirchio Crosswind Music, 1999. All Rights Reserved.
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"Born Of Blood And Love" from "Wise As Serpents...Gentle As A Dove" album. A man once dared to touch the idols of this world He said, soldier, you don't have to shoot your gun And as he preached the Word, the doors flung open wide And the guns he tried to silence took his life And blood inside the cup was running on the ground Life had been proclaimed and life had been shot down Once there were four nuns who went to Salvador To find the face of Jesus in the poor But death squads on the right took those sacred lives And the government was duly horrified And blood inside the cup was running on the ground Life had been proclaimed, and life had been shot down (Chorus) But death can never stop what's been born of Blood and Love Give glory to the Son! And guns can never drop what's been born of Blood and Love Proclaim it ''''til he comes! (1 Cor. 11:26) The grave can never stop the rising up Born of Blood and Love Six more holy men, and tens of thousands more Have drunk the Savior's cup in Salvador (Matthew 20:22) To boldly speak the truth, and then to pay the price (John 15:18ff) The way of those who follow Jesus Christ And blood inside the cup is running on the ground Life has been proclaimed, and life has been shot down (Chorus) Credits: Music & Lyrics By Bryan Sirchio Crosswind Music, 1990. All Rights Reserved.
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"Yesterday I Saw Jesus" from "Wise As Serpents...Gentle As A Dove" album. Yesterday I saw Jesus And he was living in San Salvador I saw the one who frees us And he was homeless and landless and poor I almost did not recognize him You'd never know he was King of Kings His wife and his children beside him And he was begging for bread of all things Yesterday I saw Jesus And he was living in a shanty town I saw the one who frees us And in the streets they were shooting him down The government sent in the soldiers Declared a state of emergency They ripped through the town with their dozers And the press was forbidden to speak (Chorus) When did we take you in Lord? When did we give you a drink? When did we see you naked? When did we watch you bleed? When did we see you in prison? When did we give you something to eat? Well whatever you did to the least of these You did it unto me Yesterday I saw Jesus And she had nowhere she could lay her head (Matthew 8:20) I saw the one who frees us And she had fallen through the safety net The father of her children had left her The monthly check she received was too thin She knocked on the door of the shelter But there was no room left in the inn (Luke 2:7) (Chorus) (Bridge) Yesterday I saw Jesus Christ Child of war running for his life God of love give us hands to reach Out to Jesus Christ the refugee Credits: Music & Lyrics By Bryan Sirchio Crosswind Music, 1990. All Rights Reserved.
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"Strands In The Web" from "Wise As Serpents...Gentle As A Dove" album. Strands In The Web Praise the Creator for the sun in the sky Gift to all peoples and nations Praise for the cycles and seasons of life Brother and sister creation Praise for the trees and the sap and the seeds Praise for the good food we eat (Chorus) And the Mother will always provide For a people who treat her with care Every being and thing will survive When we're strands in the web of all life Praise for the waters which fill up our wells Praise for the balance of nature Praise for the person who loves more than self Praise for the gift of a neighbor Praise for the elders who teach us to share Praise for the will to be fair (Chorus) Praise for the truth which can set captives free From prisons of misunderstanding Praise for the people now able to see The embers of hate they were fanning Praise for the rights of all peoples on earth Praise for respect they deserve (Chorus) (Tag) The gift of creation will flourish and thrive When we're strands in the web of all life
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Sarah's Song 04:44
"Sarah's Song" from "J-Walking: Songs For Justice Walkers" album. "Sarah's Song" I took a bunch of teenage pilgrims A couple of worlds away To get their first-world adolescent hearts broken open By the so-called third-world's pain We played around and laughed a lot As the Spirit broke open our lives We ate wine soaked bread And became a little Body of Christ There was one young woman, her name was Sarah She was ready to hear the Spirit speak From the moment she walked through that orphanage door She had tears running down her cheeks They were tears that come from reaching the summit Of some personal mountain top Tears that come from being free to feel What must break the heart of God About 8 months later I was doing my wandering troubadour thing Another church teenage retreat This one was called a "Youth Happening" That same girl Sarah was one of the youth leaders And she was given the task to preach And in the course of her well crafted message She said, "I'd like to tell you what happened to me." She said, Last summer, I volunteered in a Haitian orphanage For the better part of a week And my heart got just stolen away By this little boy who wouldn't let go of me So I spent most of the week just holding him And on the last day when I had to leave, He called me 'mama.' He called me 'mama.' And… (Chorus) When that orphan called me mama It was like God was calling my name And ever since that day Everything's changed She said, You know I used to think I'd probably be a chemist I mean, I had my life all figured out But ever since I went to Haiti It's like God turned me upside down And I think I might do something different now Like maybe some kind of ministry Its kind of hard to explain to my parents 'Cause all I know is something happened to me… Chorus Credits: Music & Lyrics By Bryan Sirchio. Crosswind Music, 2004. All Rights Reserved.
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"The Wooden Bell" from "Bryan Sirchio Live!" and "J-Walking" albums. No one listens to the cry of the poor Or the sound of a wooden bell No one listens to the cry of the poor Or the sound of a wooden bell It's hard to hear two worlds away The sound is dull and quickly fades The wooden bell of City Soleil The open sewage and the flies The silent screams of hungry eyes The wooden bell of City Soleil Lord they don't need me taking guilt trips And they don't need me feeling sorry for them They need me praying for the strength of grace To be a person who will live my faith (Chorus) God of good news to the poor God of what's worth living for Help my ears to hear the wooden bell God of all that matters most God of cross and Easter hope Help our ears to hear the wooden bell There are no sound byte TV crews The wooden bell won't sell the news The story's old in City Soleil This is no isolated case It's two-thirds of the human race Reality is City Soleil But they don't need us feeling sad now They need us living in the joy of Jesus That's when we hear beyond a rich world's noise The wooden ringing of the Spirit's voice (Chorus) No one listens to the cry of the poor Or the sound of the wooden bell No one listens to the cry of the poor Or the sound of the wooden bell Credits: Music & Lyrics By Bryan Sirchio 1991, Crosswind Music. All Rights Reserved.
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"Things The Lord Requires" from "Wise As Serpents...Gentle As A Dove" & "J-Walking" albums. Wake up in the morning See what the anchorwoman's got to say A coup d'etat down south somewhere And bundle up it's cold outside today And there's meltdowns and machine guns Right in my living room These satellites have shrunk the world What am I supposed to do? (Chorus) I'll try to be a doer of justice I'll try to be a person who's kind I'll try to be somebody whose humble 'Cause these are the things the Lord requires I'm trying to change my coffee brand Some companies exploit the third world poor But I feel like I should laugh of cry I've tried to change so many things before But I gave up legalism 'Cause it only left me judged I'll do the best that I can do Though it never seems enough (Chorus) (Bridge) Justice, kindness, humbleness Let these be my desire Justice, kindness, humbleness Show that the Spirit's alive (Chorus) Credits: Music & Lyrics By Bryan Sirchio Crosswind Music, 1990. All Rights Reserved.
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"Westbound On Interstate 80 (The Sneaker Song)" from "Justice And Love" & "J-Walking" albums. Westbound on Interstate 80, driving with my family Little kids, little bladders, you know how it is "Dad, can we stop soon please?" Saw one of those blue signs, "Rest Area 2 Miles" We got there just in time While I was waiting for my children, I saw this homeless man Dirty hair, dirty clothes, you know how it is Looking like a street man can Something in my heart said, how can I help this man? And then these words popped right into my head that said... How does the love of God abide in you If you have this world's goods and yet refuse to help someone in need? How does the love of God abide in you If you have this world's goods and yet refuse to help someone in need? And then I saw his shoes You see, both of his shoes were worn out Most of his toes were bare And then I heard this voice, and I think it was the voice of God It said, "Give the man your extra pair." And I thought, oh God - that's a crazy thing to do Besides, how am I supposed to know If these thoughts are sent to me from you? And anyway, my only extra pair's my favorite New Balance running shoes And then that same voice said something like, "Those will do." How does the love of God abide in you If you have this world's goods and yet refuse to help someone in need? So as my kids got in the car I laughed and thought, "This is insane." So I turned the motor over and began to drive away I got almost to the highway when my heart stepped on the brakes I said, "There's something I forgot you guys - just wait." And so I found that man and said, "Excuse me sir, but you look down on your luck" And he said, "Yeah, I guess I am. You got an extra buck?" And I said, "Yeah, but try these shoes." And they fit just like a glove And he said, "God bless you." And I thought, "God sure does." West bound on Interstate 80, feeling kind of strange but free Could it be God's gift to me - a gift to me Just to see that homeless man "Dad!" - you guessed it..., "Can we stop soon please?" Credits: Music & Lyrics By Bryan Sirchio Crosswind Music, 1999. All Rights Reserved.
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"If My Soul Should Be Required Tonight" from "Wise As Serpents...Gentle As A Dove" & "J-Walking" albums. Once there was a farmer Whose land produced so well his barns could not contain the excess grain He built the barns up larger And then said to himself I've all I need for years now laid away But God said to him, Fool! This night your soul shall be required And all this wealth of yours Whose will it be? (Chorus) And if my soul should be required tonight What would Jesus say to me? If my soul should be required tonight Would my treasure stay with me? Would he find me rich in things Or find me rich in Christ If my soul should be required tonight There is always someone Who's urging me to buy Who's making luxury look like a need Investments in convenience In comfort and in style With all my satisfaction guaranteed And its bigger, better, newer, faster Buy now pay tomorrow Seduced with credit cards and toll free lines (Chorus) (Bridge) And its so easy to justify The way I live, and all these things I buy But this world's so hungry, Lord I've seen the need Can I truly love, and keep the piles for me? (1 John 3:17-18; James 2:15-17) (Chorus) Credits: Music & Lyrics By Bryan Sirchio Crosswind Music, 1990. All Rights Reserved.
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"Stand With You" from "J-Walking: Songs For Justice Walkers" & "Something Beautiful for God" albums "Stand With You" If you find that you're locked out just because of who you are Or because of how you look or who you're with Well I may not have the power to unlock the doors myself But I do believe God wants you to know this You won't have to stand there alone I know this because... (Chorus) I'll stand with you Whenever you're excluded I'll stand with you When you can't stand on your own I'll stand with you When you're put down or wounded 'Cause that's what I know that Jesus would do If you're told that who you are is offensive in God's sight If you're mocked or disregarded or disgraced If you're powerless or poor, if you're left out or despised If you're victimized by prejudice or hate I'll stand up for your dignity Until we're all free (Chorus) You won't have to stand there alone We know this because... We'll stand with you... Credits: Music & Lyrics By Bryan Sirchio. Crosswind Music, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

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