The Grafting

by John Schlitt

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about

Intimacy. Not a theme usually associated with rock ‘n’ roll—not even with Christian rock ‘n’ roll. But it is, nonetheless, the overriding theme of The Grafting, the latest solo release from legendary rock vocalist John Schlitt.

"The Grafting feels like an intimate project because that is exactly what it is,” John declares. “It is the album I’ve wanted to make for a long time. It is about intimacy with God and with family. It is about bravery and courage. It is, at times, bold and rebellious, and while the musical style may sound a little different than people might expect, it is still all about victory through Jesus."

credits

released June 8, 2008

All songs produced by Dan Needham
Tracking engineered by Danny Duncan & Dan Needham at Brownstone Recording.
Mixed by Dan Needham at Brownstone Recording.
Mastered By Dan Shike at Tone and Volume Mastering.


“Stand”
Written By Mark Heimermann, Dan Needham, John Schlitt, Kevan Cajka
Guitars: Gary Burnette
Bass: Mark Hill
Drums, Programming: Dan Needham


“Keep Your Light On”
Written By Dan Needham
BGVs: Kari Needham
Drums, Guitars, Programming, Additional BGVs: Dan Needham
Bass: Joey Canaday


“Only Men”
Written By Dan Needham
Drums, Acoustics, Bridge BGVs, Keys, Prog: Dan Needham
Guitars: Jerry McPherson
Bass: Joey Canaday


“Face Of God”
Written by Kevan Cajka, Dan Needham & Scott Faircloff
Bass: Mark Hill
Guitar: Gary Burnette
Drums, keys: Dan Needham


“The Grafting”
Written By Dan Needham
Bass: Matt Peirson
Drums, Perc, Acoustics, Hi-Strung: Dan Needham
Electric Guitar: Dave Cleveland
String Arrangement and Programming: Blair Masters


“First Song”
Written By Kevan Cajka, Dan Needham
Drums, Bass, Acoustics: Dan Needham
Guitars: Jerry McPherson


“Your Eyes”
Written By Mark Heimermann, Mark Martel, Dan Needham, Kevan Cyka
Guitars: Gary Burnette
Bass: Mark Hill
Drums, Piano, Programming: Dan Needham


“Lord Have Mercy”
Written by Steve Merkel
BGVs & Intro Vocals: Kari Needham
Electric Guitars: Jerry McPherson
Bass: Joey Canaday
Drums, Keys, Programming, Acoustics: Dan Needham


“Gravity”
Written by Dan Needham
All Instruments & Programming: Dan Needham


“Carry On”
Written by Dan Needham
Bass: Mark Hill
Guitars: Gary Burnette
Drums, Piano, Programming: Dan Needham

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John Schlitt Nashville, Tennessee

Multiple Gold Records, Multiple Grammys & Dove Awards; a Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee as lead singer of Petra... Singing is his passion, Music is his world... Jesus is his Life.

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Track Name: Stand
A promise from the start
We spoke it from our hearts
Isn’t that the way it all begins?
It’s when you look away
A lonely heart can stray
And then it all comes crashing in

It’s amazing where you’ll find yourself
On a mountain or the gates of hell
And many times you know it’s hard to tell

(chorus)
My heart’s been shaken
My life’s been twisted around
So many bad decisions, my whole world’s falling down
Even at my lowest I know there is hope to be found
And if His love will see no shame within me now
Then this is where I’m gonna stand

I find myself alone with nothing left to own
Except my broken heart and shame
To live with my mistakes I need Your endless grace
I know I’ll never be the same

It’s amazing when you find your way
Somehow God has made another day
And now it all comes back to

(repeat chorus)

This is where I’m gonna stand, stand

It’s amazing where you’ll find yourself
On a mountain or the gates of hell
And many times you know it’s hard to tell

(repeat chorus)

Gotta stand
Then this is where I’m gonna stand
Take a stand
This is where I’m gonna stand
Stand
Track Name: Keep Your Light On
What ya gonna do? This life is passing by you
Tomorrow has no promise has no certain guarantee
And what ya gonna say? Throw carpe diem away
The moment now is turned around and then it’s history

Step out of the dark and be the one to light the way
Right now is for real

(chorus)
Forget about the worries of tomorrow
Today is given so much living to be done
Play the moment now the rest will follow
‘Cause nothing’s better
Than living with your light on

You’re weaker in the knee
You’re givin’ in too easy
The worry that you bear is not the way it’s meant to be
There’s nothing like today
To give your burdens away
You’re waiting there, you’re unaware how better it could be

It’s when you find the light, you find you’re on your knees
That’s when it’s real

(repeat chorus)

A little hope a little love divine
Gonna make it to the end
Gonna be all right
In the dark, in the lonely night
You better leave your light on

(repeat chorus x 2)
Track Name: Only Men
How could a face in history
Put a flame inside of me?
A carpenter, the writer of eternity
Some prophets claimed to do the same
They offered hope another way
They died, we buried them
But did they rise again?
Ooh, from age to age You never change
Ooh, You’re the Name above all names

(chorus)
A hundred thousand years ago and now
You are standing by Yourself
You’re the Holy One
And all that were are dead and gone
Though many try to take Your throne away
They will do it all in vain
‘Cause the world will see
That You are God, and they are only men

A Father’s Son, a love divine
Would reach across the great divide
To pay the price, a broken man would set us free
No other name, no other way
Can ever claim to do the same
It all comes down to trusting
In what you cannot see
Ooh, from age to age You never change
Ooh, You’re the Name above all names

(repeat chorus)

That you are God and they are only
Men designed to love, adore you
They will bow right down before You
All created for Your pleasure
They will worship

A thousand more eternities from now
You will still be by Yourself
You’re the Only One
And all that were are dead and gone
Though many try to take Your throne away
They will do it all in vain
‘Cause the world will see
That You are God and they are only men
That You are God and they are only, they are only men
You are God and they are only men
Track Name: Face of God
You can close your eyes to hide your fears
Hold your ears to block the cries
You can turn your head to wipe your tears
But their hunger never dies

It’s beyond all understanding, but it’s left to you and me

(chorus)
Do you hear what heaven hears?
Do you know it in your heart?
Do you share the pain and cry the tears
But don’t know where to start?
When you give unto the least of these
You become the gift of love
When you look into their eyes
You see the face of God

There’s a hand that’s reaching out to you
With a spark of hope inside
To the child with nothing left to do
Would you keep the flame alive?

What all the world has pushed aside, is the greatest gift of all

(repeat chorus)

Time is slipping by us every day
We can act or let it get away
Now’s the time to define ourselves and say
“We are the hands that feed and live the love of God”

(repeat chorus x 2)
Track Name: The Grafting
She’s too young to be a mother
But sometimes life is cruel and makes a life decide another
Scared but sees beyond the moment
She gives her boy away and prays someday he’ll know her
Love goes on and on
When he finds that life comes in the grafting

They built their hope upon the future
Married young, they bought a house, a car, a crib to suit her
But years would pass without a baby
Until a miracle, a desperate girl reached out
And love went on and on
And they found that life came in the grafting

(chorus)
This life is a golden opportunity
To give and to love through all uncertainty
Just like the Father reaches down to us
And through His Son He grafts us to Himself
This is love

The parents did their best to raise him
They trusted God to build the roots the boy so greatly needed
But time had come for him to face her
The things he longed to say and dreamed for years could wait no longer

He slowly walked up to her door and rang the bell
The door came open wide
She stood there and cried

He said “mother, don’t be cryin’
I know you’ve wondered now if you were wrong for never trying
For everything you did, I thank you
I have the life you always dreamed for me because
Your love went on and on
I found my life was in the grafting.”

(repeat chorus)

In the grafting
Love comes in the grafting
Love comes in the grafting
Track Name: First Song
I miss the way it was
When joy came from above
And hope rang like a simple melody
We sang about that day
An innocence regained
Our eyes would open up and finally see

That’s then and this is now
And we’re older yet somehow
I long to know that music once again
So Jesus lead the way
And show me every day
All I have long forgotten

(chorus)
Just like the first song I remember
Every word was meant for me
And every verse and every line
Would set me free
To remember the first song I was singing
When my eyes were opened wide
When all the years of hurt were put aside
Bring back the first song

It’s a wide and open door
That you don’t use anymore
But you know the sun is waiting right outside
It takes a moment now and then
‘Till the words come back again
From a place you’ve long forgotten

(repeat chorus)

I want to hear again
I want to feel again
All I’ve forgotten
Oh, to be free again
Just like I was back then
When everything was so exciting
New to me, new to everything

(repeat chorus)

Oh, when my eyes were opened wide
When all the years of hurt were put aside
Bring back the first song
Track Name: Your Eyes
Say what you want, say it ain’t real
God only knows the pain you feel
Nobody lives in the shoes that you wear
Until they’ve walked a mile how could they care?
Oh, why would they care?

(chorus)
He’ll take you lost and lonely
He’ll move the clouds from your skies, your skies
He’ll save you from the moment
He’ll wipe the tears from your eyes, your eyes

Welcome home, stay for a while
How does it feel to be like a child?
No more alone, no more goodbyes
Only the stain of tears reminding you why
You’re finally alive

(chorus)

When you feel like you’re left alone and you’re on your own
How does it feel?
When you feel like you can’t go on and you can’t go on
How does it feel?
(repeat)

(repeat chorus)

He’ll take you lost and lonely
He’ll move the clouds from your skies, your skies, your eyes
He’ll save you from the moment
He’ll wipe the tears from your eyes
Track Name: Lord Have Mercy
(chorus)
Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy on me

Jesus, I’ve forgotten the words that You have spoken
Promises that burned within my heart have now grown dim
With a doubting heart I follow the paths of earthly wisdom
Forgive me for my unbelief
Renew the fire again

(repeat chorus x 2)

I have built an altar where I worship things of man
I have taken journeys that have drawn me far from You
Now I am returning to Your mercies ever flowing
Pardon my transgression
Renew the fire again

(repeat chorus x 2)

I have longed to know You and Your tender mercies
A river of forgiveness ever flowing without end
I bow my heart before You in the goodness of Your presence
Your grace forever shining like a beacon in the night

(repeat chorus x 4)
Track Name: Gravity
Somehow, somewhere along the way, I find myself in outer space
Without a line to bring me in
And when I’m lookin’ down below, the fear begins to grow
Seeing just how far I went
So I call Your name, I’m so far away
And then You’re there beside me

(chorus)
Your love pulls me to the ground
Brings me back around
When I want to fly away
Your love is big enough
Mercy’s strong enough
You are my gravity

Another day another night, drifting like a satellite
It’s a view that never ends
When it’s time to come back down, put my feet on solid ground
You’re the light that guides me in
Light of the world, shine bright on me
Make me what I need to be

(repeat chorus)

And the closer I get, the clearer I see
Your mercy’s unending
So pull me in close, would You whisper to me
“There’s no need to worry”
Light of the world, shine down on me

(repeat chorus x 2)

When I want to fly away
You are my gravity
Your love is big enough, strong enough
You are my gravity
Track Name: Carry On
Imagine yourself in this world without anything at all
No rhyme and no reason, no hope and no perfect love
Trying to live without living inside, no one could know ‘till you show them
Brother, my sister, and everyone that believes
Don’t give up
Why don’t we

(chorus)
Carry on, carry on, carry on ‘till the work has been done
Carry on, carry on, carry on ‘till we hear Him say,
“Welcome home, faithful one!”
Carry On!

Some never breathe past the moment they come alive
Why have a new life if all that you do is survive?
Jesus could come back so what would you do?
Would you just sit there waiting for someday? Maybe?
Brother, my sister and everyone that believes
While we’re here, why don’t we

(repeat chorus)

Someday we’ll see everything new, every deed counted
With love in His eyes, looking at you, hear Him say,
“Welcome home, welcome home, faithful one!”

(repeat chorus)