The Greater Cause

by John Schlitt

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THE GREATER CAUSE --- JOHN SCHLITT

Classic rock, album-oriented rock, back to the roots rock – whatever name it goes by, legendary vocalist John Schlitt was performing his music to record-breaking crowds in arenas and stadiums when “classic” was current. Today he’s carrying his past into the future with The Greater Cause.

John’s fourth solo release, The Greater Cause, combines elements of classic rock infiltrated with blues rock, rock anthems and heavy rock ballads overlaid with John’s signature vocal style, resulting in a sonic explosion packed with intensity and drive. In other words, there is no doubt that The Greater Cause is a genuine rock album.

credits

released 08 May 2012
Produced by Dan Needham
Engineered by Billy Whittington and Dan Needham
* Mixed by F. Reid Shippen at Robot Lemon; assisted by Erik ‘Keller’ Jahner
** Mixed by Dan Needham at Brownstone Recording
Recorded at Brownstone Recording, Brentwood, TN
Mastered by Andrew Mendleson at Georgetown Mastering
Photography by Rachel Schlitt Photography, Hannah Lavoie and Sue Dempster
Graphic Design by JBL Custom Designs


* Live It Loud
Written by Chris Rodriguez, Dan Needham, Scott Faircloff, John Schlitt
©2012 Cello Its Me Music - BMI, Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC, Scotfair Music - ASCAP (Music Services), DBabe Music - SESAC
Guitars: Chris Rodriguez
Bass: Matt Campbell
Hammond B3 Organ: Tim Acres
Keys, Percussion, Drums, Add’l BGVs, Rap Vocals: Dan Needham


* Take Me Home
Written by Andrew Ramsey, Dan Needham, John Schlitt
©2012 VooDrew/Bug Music Pub - BMI, Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC, DBabe Music - SESAC
Guitars: Andrew Ramsey
Bass: Matt Pierson
Keys, Programming, Drums, Add’l BGVs: Dan Needham
Intro Guitar Solo: Jerry McPherson


* Love Won't Leave Me Alone
Written by Ed Cash, Dan Needham
©2012 Alletrop Music - BMI (Music Services), Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC
Guitars: Jerry McPherson
Bass: Tony Lucido
Hammond B3 Organ: Tim Acres
Synths & Mellotron: Peter King
Vox Box Intro: Andrew Ramsey
Guitar Intro: Ed Cash
Drums, Programming, Background & Vocoder Vocals: Dan Needham



* One Of These Days
Written by Dan Needham
©2012 Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC
Guitars: Jerry McPherson
Bass: Tony Lucido
Synths, Keys: Peter King
Drums, Add’l Keys, Add’l BGVs: Dan Needham


** Faith & Freedom
Written by Ian Eskelin, Dan Needham
©2012 Wordspring Music, LLC - SESAC, Early Service Music - SESAC, Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC
Guitars: Jerry McPherson
Bass: Joeie Canaday
Keys: Peter King
Keys, Drums: Dan Needham


** End of Fear
Written by Ian Eskelin, Dan Needham
©2012 Wordspring Music, LLC - SESAC, Early Service Music - SESAC, Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC
Guitars: Jerry McPherson
Bass: Joeie Canaday
Keys: Peter King
Keys, Percussion, Drums, BGVs: Dan Needham


** Where I Wanna Be
Written by Scott Faircloff, Dan Needham, John Schlitt
©2012 Scotfair Music - ASCAP (Music Services), Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC, DBabe Music - SESAC
Guitars: Jerry McPherson
Bass: Joeie Canaday
Drums, Percussion, Keys, Acoustic Guitars: Dan Needham


* Hope That Saves The World
Written by Dan Needham, John Schlitt
©2012 Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC, DBabe Music - SESAC
Guitars: Jerry McPherson
Bass: Tony Lucido
Keys, Programming: Peter King
Keys, Percussion, Drums, BGVs: Dan Needham


**Run
Written by Gene Miller, Dan Needham, John Schlitt
©2012 Higene Music - ASCAP, Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC, DBabe Music - SESAC
Guitars: Gary Burnette
Drums, Keys, Percussion: Dan Needham
B3: Tim Acres
Bass: Matt Campbell


** The Gift (Dorla’s Song)
Written by Andrew Ramsey, Dan Needham, John Schlitt
©2012 VooDrew/Bug Music Pub - BMI, Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC, DBabe Music - SESAC
Acoustic Guitar: Andrew Ramsey
Cello: Matt Butler
Keys: Dan Needham


** The Cross Remains
Written by Dan Needham, John Schlitt
©2012 Sugar Blossom Music - SESAC, DBabe Music - SESAC
Bass: Gary Lunn
Guitars: Jerry McPherson
Keys, Drums: Dan Needham
Cello: John Catchings

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Track Name: Live It Loud
LIVE IT LOUD

Welcome to the planet, son
It’s your life, it’s just begun
On this road you must decide
Walk in faith but compromise

(chorus)
Watch the world, spinning round
What's your legacy?
Live it loud
Like a fire, deep inside
That won't be contained
Live it loud
Live it loud

(rap)
Life's bigger when you come unbound
Say good-bye to all the hesitation
Live it loud
Lost yesterday but now you’re found
Now the only thing you have to do is
Live it loud
This world's spinning round and round
Think about your legacy don’t you want to
Live it loud

Check your line of latitude
Don't forget the Golden Rule
Words may come to steal your joy
Love speaks louder than the noise

(repeat chorus, rap)

(bridge)
One light leads you
His word guides you
Guides you on
This world needs you
Let love lead you
Lead you on
When you’re standing at the doorway
What will you choose?
Listen to her wisdom – she will not let you lose

(repeat chorus, rap)

More than words, screaming out
On your megaphone
Track Name: Take Me Home
TAKE ME HOME

He thought he'd make it
He was ready now to take control
Took his Daddy's money
Took his freedom
And he walked out the door
Who can say what life will bring
End up as a pawn or a mighty king
Now you find the things you wanted
Are the things that cost you your soul

Your life ain't over when the money runs out
Just say the words, let your spirit cry out

(chorus)
Take me home – I’ve been away so long
Take me home – I can see I was wrong

To keep on living like this life I live
Won't cost me at all
I wish I knew then what I know now
‘Cause it caused me to fall
There's a time when you realize
There must be something better than this hollow life
Sometimes the grass it isn't greener on the other side

My life ain't over – I'm just turning around
I heard the word and my spirit cried out

(repeat chorus)
(chorus 2)
Take me home (I was wrong)
It's no one's fault but my own
Take me home
I want to go back home
Go back home

(bridge)
I want to thank you, thank you for the second chances
‘Cause every time I turn away you understand
And if it wasn't for your love I'd never make it
'Cause now I stand here as a healed but broken man

Your life ain't over when the money runs out
Just say the words, let your spirit cry out

(repeat chorus/chorus 2)
Track Name: Love Won't Leave Me Alone
LOVE WON'T LEAVE ME ALONE

You got what I need
Real love – how can it be
Deep down or up high
Every day and every night
Wherever I go, whatever I see
You were there surrounding me
From my first breath to my last

(chorus)
Love won’t leave me alone
Leave me alone, I say leave me alone
Love won’t leave me alone
Leave me alone here
Way deep down in the soul
All that I know, I know
All that I know is that
Love won’t leave me alone

I follow, You lead
To the mountain from the valley
Don’t leave me where I am
Got my eyes on the Promised Land
Wherever I go, whatever I see
I need You there surrounding me
From the cradle to the grave

(repeat chorus)

From the cradle to the grave

(repeat chorus)
Track Name: One Of These Days
ONE OF THESE DAYS

Outside it is getting warm
People finding truth, something worth fighting for
One word and a flame ignites
Burning down the walls, lighting up the night
Who knew, it’d come
One of these days

Sometimes you can wait too long
And the life you live makes you vulnerable
How long ‘til we stand and fight?
‘Til the hunger grows and the pain is right?
It all will change
One of these days
It all will change

(chorus)
When will truth be the truth again?
When will hope not fade away?
When will change ever come to an end?
I wonder if today
Is one of these days?

Long ways from paradise
Even longer still when you realize
How much did it slip away
When we turned our heads
Looked the other way
But now we have to take it back
And now we don't have to wonder

(repeat chorus)

One of these days with my eyes wide open
One of these days gonna take a stand

How long ‘til we stand and fight?
‘Til the hunger grows and the pain is right?

(repeat chorus x 2)
Track Name: Faith & Freedom
FAITH & FREEDOM

I'm an American
Red, White & Blue
And I'm a citizen
Of this world and of heaven
Some things were meant to be together

(chorus)
I believe in faith & freedom
God & country too
I believe with faith & freedom
We're gonna make it through

They try to knock us down
But we will stand and fight
It’s time to show them how
Truth can never be divided
We have strength when we're united

(repeat chorus)

(bridge)
We gotta rise up
We gotta stay strong
‘Cause everything’s on the line
We gotta rise up
We gotta stay strong
To save our way of life

(repeat)
(repeat chorus x 2)
(repeat bridge)

Don’t lose your freedom
Let’s talk about faith
Track Name: End of Fear
END OF FEAR

Don’t be afraid…

When I turn on my TV
The whole world's falling apart
I’m reading today's headlines
It’s like taking a walk in the dark
No matter how it all may seem
I won't let it get to me

(chorus)
This is the end of fear
This the end of my fear
I'm learning how to let it go
I’m giving You control
This is the end of fear
This the end of my fear

But now I walk in freedom
Trusting who You are
You make the biggest of the biggest problems
Suddenly seem small
I don't have to be afraid
I hear You when You say

(repeat chorus)

This is the end of fear
He said ‘don’t be afraid’

With every end there's a beginning
And this is where I start . . . . .

(repeat chorus)

I’m giving all of my control
I’m learning how to let it go
You’ve given me more than I know
End of my fear
(repeat)

Say good-bye to your fear…
Track Name: Where I Wanna Be
WHERE I WANNA BE

Behind this old white picket fence
Are some things we need to mend
With something more than clever words and alibis

While some have tried with all their might
To take the wrongs and make them right
Without Love it can never change
And every time we try will only be in vain

(chorus)
If love could set the world on fire
What would it burn away
What would remain
Would it build a bridge between us?
If love would rain for 40 days
Would it wash away the pain
Of bitter days and all the lies that came between us?
And conquer all the fears in me
That’s where I wanna be

And now we're here at river’s edge
We knew we'd be back here again
Face to face with all the demons in our past
And if we lay down all our pride
We can reach the other side
And watch the future come alive
And light a flame to all our hopes and dreams inside

(repeat chorus)

(bridge)
‘Cause Love can do no wrong
And Love will find a way
Just when you think your world is falling down
Love is the one thing that remains

(repeat chorus)
Track Name: Hope That Saves The World
HOPE THAT SAVES THE WORLD

Raised on Hollywood
Fast life, looking good
Left right, ri¬ght wrong
Don't you see what’s going on?
Good man, bad man
What’s the difference in the end?

(bridge 1)
We're incomplete
Blinded with our eyes wide open

(chorus)
Why can't we see
You're the hope
That we need
You lit the stars
You spun the earth
You gave us life
So tell me why can't we see?
You're the hope that saves the world

Put our faith in presidents
Powerball and weathermen
Legislate a lottery
Then promise all a sunny day
Now the clouds are in the sky
And once again we're asking why

(bridge 2)
We're incomplete
Always searching for the greater cause

(repeat chorus)
(repeat bridge 2)
(repeat chorus)
Track Name: Run
RUN

No use crying, leave your tears at the door
You keep buying what they sold you before
You won't change it
But you can't take it no more… no more

Look out – maybe you're beginning to see
Deep down you know ‘bout the way it should be
I don't need to tell ya
Fear can be so captivating

You are fine
Just let go
By this time
You should know

(chorus)
Run, you can run
To the light at the end of the way
Run, will you run
Run from the things that remind you
Things that will bind you
You’ve got to leave it behind

No use dying – you've got living to do
You keep trying but it’s not up to you
A voice is calling
A hand to pull you through… a hand to pull you through

All the pain
That you've known
No more shame
Let it go

(repeat chorus)

Life – is the choices we make
And God knows where they'll take us to
So right now I will follow the light
And I trust it will lead me on… lead me on

All the pain
That you've known
No more shame
Let it go

(chorus 2)
Run, you can run
To the light at the end of the way
Run, when you run
Run from the things that remind you again

(repeat chorus 1)
Track Name: The Gift (Dorla's Song)
THE GIFT
(Dorla’s Song)


We were kids, we were young
She was pretty, I was dumb – new love
Through the years, good and bad
Never knew just what I had – true love
Busy chasing all my selfish dreams
She saw something else I couldn't see

(chorus)
She picks me up when I fall apart
She's the only fire that warms my heart
It’s a blessing every day I get to see her face
I could never ever ask for more than this
She is such a gift
Thank You for the gift

Facing fears every day
She always knows just what to say – with love
Finding faith, hand and hand
She makes me a better man – through love
In a world where trust is hard to find
Can't believe I get to call her mine

(repeat chorus)

I could thank You for so many things
The life I've lived, the things I've seen
But if I had to choose I'd throw it all away
‘Cause the greatest gift You’ve given me
Is standing right in front of me
She's the answer to every prayer I've ever prayed

(repeat chorus)

She is such a gift
Lord, thank you for the gift
Track Name: The Cross Remains
THE CROSS REMAINS


Though the hardest heart of men
Try to lead us to an end
We may fall, still our hope remains
When the darkness turns to light
When the flames begin to die
Through the smoke the cross remains

(chorus)
It is time to act beyond our good intentions
Pushing back no matter what the cost
We won't let them build an altar on our sorrow
There'll be no laughing at our scars
They're now a part of who we are

Though there's tension in the air
Sometimes more than we can bear
Still we find our hope remains
Yet the story stays the same
With different chapters, different names
Through it all the cross remains

(repeat chorus)

(bridge)
We're beginning now to see
The sacrifice of being free
Remember, it's not what they say
Just watch what they do
The evidence has fallen down
Right in front of you
It's right in front of you

(repeat vs. 1)

Through it all the cross remains (x 2)

Through the smoke
Through the tears
Through so many years
The cross remains
When the darkness turns to light
When the flames begin to die
The cross remains, the cross remains

Though there’s tension in the air
Sometimes more than we can bear
Through it all the cross remains