Unfit for Swine

by John Schlitt

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A very diverse album musically, "SWINE" showcases John’s versatility as a vocalist, with elements of alternative and modern rock in a surprising blend that rages with intensity and drive.

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released August 16, 1996

John Schlitt - Lead vocals; backing vocals on all songs except "Helping Hand", "There Is Someone" and "Don't Have To Take It"

The band
Mark Heimermann - Keyboards
Dann Huff - Electric & acoustic guitars
David Huff - Drums & percussion
Jackie Street - Bass guitar
George Cocchini - Electric & acoustic guitars

Additional musicians
Dann Huff - Guitar solo on "Save Me", "Can't Get Away", "I Killed A Man" and "Don't Have To Take It"
Terry McMillan - Percussion on "God Is Too Big", "Can't Get Away", "We Worship You", "Need I Remind You", "Take You On" and "I Killed A Man"
George Cocchini - Guitar solo on "Take You On"
Paul Franklin - Steel guitar on "Helping Hand" and "There Is Someone"
David Huff - Synth guitar & synth bass on "Helping Hand"
Larry Hall - Keyboard pad on "There Is Someone"
David Lichens - Additional guitars on "Don't Have To Take It"

Backing vocals
Mark Heimermann on "God Is Too Big", "Can't Get Away", "We Worship You", "Need I Remind You", "Take You On" and "I Killed A Man"
Dann Huff on "God Is Too Big", "Need I Remind You" and "Don't Have To Take It"
David Huff on "Helping Hand" and "Don't Have To Take It"
Micha Wilshire on "Helping Hand" and "There Is Someone"

Production details
Produced by Mark Heimermann for Fun Attic Productions and Dann Huff
* produced by Dann Huff and David Huff
A&R direction: Bubba Smith and Lynn Keesecker
Tracks engineered by Joe Baldridge at Dark Horse Studio, Franklin, TN
Assistant tracking engineers: Eric Elwell, Mike Wrucke
Overdubs recorded at Fun Attic Studio, Franklin, TN; Dobb's Palace, Franklin, TN; The B Valley, Brentwood, TN
Overdub engineers: David Huff, Dan Huff, Eric Elwell, Todd Robbins, The Dobbs
Production manager: PJ Heimermann
Mixed by Joe Baldridge at Sixteenth Avenue Sound, Nashville, TN
Mix assistant: Pete Martinez
Mastered by Hank Williams at MasterMix, Nashville, TN

Artwork details
Art direction: Christy Coxe
Design: Astrid Herbold
Photography: Matthew Barnes

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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: Save Me
Words: John Schlitt
Music: Dann Huff and David Huff
(Matthew 14:22-23; John 15:5)

Fisherman scared in the dark of night
Can't believe what's in his sight
Teacher walking towards him on a sea of blue
Fisherman asks, "Can I come to You?"
When he's water walking
Faith begins to leave him
As he falls you hear him say

[Chorus]
Save me
So many times a rebel's cry
Save me
Lift me up and guide me
Show me what I can be

Another day of living and another battle on
We want to do right but we end up wrong
We keep on trying but it does no good
We're just not being like we know we should
No matter how we try
There's no way to deny
We can't do it on our own

[Chorus]
Save me
So many times a rebel's cry
Save me
Hear me now from deep inside
Save me
Let me know You're by my side
Take my hand and guide me
Show me what I can be
Track Name: God Is Too Big
Words: John Schlitt & Mark Heimermann
Music: Ronnie Cates
(Matthew 8:26; Ephesians 3:20-21; Isaiah 55:8-9

I'm talking to you
How you dealing with the pressure?
And what do you do
When you boat's in stormy weather?
Do you cry out Lord, "Why me?"
Or do you trust in Him to calm the wind and sea?
Is that too much to believe?

[Chorus]
No way can we understand
The meaning of His plan
Because God is too big
What box could we ever build
That could hold His will?
Because God is too big, Yeah!

I'm talking to you
don't you know that times are changing
And all of your rules
You know they might need rearranging
When you think you know it all
Could it be that you are thinking way too small?
Is it so wrong to move on?

[Chorus]
No one can truly conceive
The wonders of the God of all
Who still cares so much for you and me

[Chorus]
Track Name: Can't Get Away
Words: Mark Heimermann
Music: Mark Heimermann and Toby McKeehan
(Romans 8:35-39; I Timothy 1:15-16)

In the closets of my mind
I have thoughts unfit for swine
Secrets that I dare not tell
You know them well
'Neath a veil of innocence
I disguise my decadence
But somehow You see through it all
And love me still, You love me still
Even in my darkest hour
You display Your mercy's power
Since I met You, I've discovered

[Chorus]
Can't get away, can't get away
From Your love
Can't get away, can't get away
From Your love
I may run and I may hide
But You will seek and You will find
I can't get away, can't get away
From Your love

Knowing I deserve to burn
Eternal life I try to earn
Motivated by my guilt
I slave away
Imprisoned by the laws of man
I sink deeper in the sand
Will I ever realize
I'm in Your grace, I'm in Your grace?
Covered by the blood of Christ
I don't have to pay the price
There's no escaping paradise

[Chorus]
Even in my darkest hour
You display Your mercy's power
Since I met You, I've discovered

[Chorus]
Track Name: We Worship You
Words: John Schlitt & M. Heimerman
Music: M. Heimermann & Dann Huff
(Psalms 95:6)

Thank you, my Lord for loving us
We know it's not deserved
Guiding us through our daily walk
You teach us with Your Word
Even with our failings
You are so forgiving
This is why we give our thanks to You

[Chorus]
We lift up our hands
We lift up Your name
We lift up our voices
"You are Lord!" we proclaim
We give You our hearts
We give You our praise
We give You the glory
Forever You'll reign
We worship You, Oh, Lord
We worship You

Father, we know that by ourselves
Our lives would be a loss
But through Your Son our lives were won
With His death upon the Cross
We don't understand it
Why He chose to face it
But we know He made the sacrifice

[Chorus]
Track Name: Need I Remind You
Words: John Schlitt, mark Heimermann
Music: Mark Heimermann
(II Timothy 2:14a, Rev. 3:16, John 16:33)

Taking on the burden of a Godly walk
You face a challenge every time you talk
Everyday you have to go against the flow
Criticism follows everywhere you go
Can you take it? Is it worth it anymore?
Anymore...
Salvation, frustration
The wolves are knocking at the door
It's hard to stand for the creed
Persistent, resistance
They'll start to wear you to the core
They'll make you doubt your belief
But don't you ever let it go

[Chorus]
Need I remind you
Of the life that He taught
Through the words that He gave you
Need I remind you
Of the pain and the shame
And the bondage He broke through
Need I remind you
Of the love of the One
Who did all that He had to
Need I remind you
That He's coming back again someday

Standing in the middle doesn't get you far
It's hard to tell exactly where you are
With both sides seeing that you have no view
Neither are impressed with what you do
They're not buying
They don't like your style at all
Not at all...
No passion, no action
No sense of what you're gifted for
No thought of what you've received
Don't tell me that it's not for you

[Chorus]

It's said that sometimes it's so hard to know
If strong conviction is the way to go
How can we ever think of compromise
When we're reminded of the One above
And the price of His life?
He lived to be a sacrifice

[Chorus]
One day
Track Name: Take You On
Words: John Schlitt
Music: Ronnie Cates
(John 14:16; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:2)

So many years I lived a lie
What I wanted I could buy
Everything but peace of mind
And I kept on running
You stood there smiling wide
Your plan for me was right on time
My destination - suicide
But God was there waiting
I was once defenseless
But today we're standing strong

[Chorus]
I don't have to take you on alone anymore
So good to know for sure
I don't have to be afraid 'cause I know the score
You can't scare me like before
My strength is here from inside out
A Holy fire that leaves no doubt
I don't have to take you on alone anymore

Don't play with me, I'm not alone
Give it up, you've lost control
What you had you couldn't hold
And I'm getting stronger
I don't have to stand in fear
I know my strength is always near
His voice is what I choose to hear
I'm not yours any longer
If you keep on pressing
This is what I say to you

[Chorus]

Holy Spirit now I see
That by Your power I've been set free

[Chorus]

I don't have to take you on alone anymore
I don't have to take you on alone anymore
Track Name: Helping Hand
Words: John Schlitt
Music: Dann Huff, David Huff
(Gal. 6:2, John 14:16)

I know looking at life
You don't understand it
I know looking at life
It can be demanding
But, whoa, help is on the way
I know it can be tough
Choices and decisions
I know it can be tough
Friendships and divisions
but, whoa, help is on the way.

[Chorus]
Don't run away, don't turn away
From someone who's there for you
Don't close the door
You can't ignore
This someone who cares
Don't turn away a helping hand
Don't turn away a helping hand

I know it can be hard
Temptation all around you
I know there can be times
You don't know where to turn to
But, whoa, help is on the way
I know what you've been told
Don't believe believers
But I know you got to be bold
And take on the deceiver
I know help is on the way

[Chorus]
Don't run from what is meant for you
A friend who knows your fear
And is ready to stand with you
Ready to help you through

Don't turn away a helping hand
Don't turn away a helping hand
Track Name: There Is Someone
Words and Music: John Schlitt, Rich Gootee
(Jer. 31:3, Romans 5:8)

As you walk the path you chose
It leaves you nowhere else to go
Your bridges burned
You think you've gone too far
You feel the life that you've been living
But there is someone who loves you
Just the way you are

[Chorus]
There is someone
Who loves you just the way you are
There is someone
Who holds you deep within His heart
With the Father's love, He's waiting
So rush into His open arms
There is someone
Who loves you just the way you are

If you could only see yourself
Through the eyes of someone else
You'd know the love that's there
Right from the start
All your fears and doubts would melt
From the tenderness you felt
From this someone who loves you
Just the way you are

[Chorus}
Never a shadow of turning at all
Always so faithful and true
Ready to catch you whenever you fall
He's calling out to you

[Chorus]
There is someone
Who loves you just the way you are.
Track Name: I Killed a Man
Words: John Schlitt & Mark Heimermann
Music: Mark Heimermann & Dann Huff
(Acts 3:13-15; Romans 14:9)

[Chorus]
I killed a man
Who did nothing to deserve it
Put the nails in His hands
Like my fathers did before me
Yes, I killed a man

Crucify, let Him die
Don't give Him mercy
(Shouting with the Pharisees)
Don't set Him free
We don't need His kind of teaching
(He's messing with our scheme of things)
How dare He go against tradition
He is causing too much tension
We demand His termination
Let Him die!

I killed a man
Who did nothing to deserve it
Put the nails in His hands
Like my fathers did before me
Yes, I killed a man
But He rose again!

Here I am, I'm your man
I can't deny it
(I'm the one you're looking for)
Given up, had enough
It's time to face it
(Can't take this guilt no more)
The sins of my unrighteous walk
Are washed away upon the Cross
My weakness has brought quite a loss
A King is dead

[Chorus]
I killed a man
Who did nothing to deserve it
Put the nails in His hands
Like my fathers did before me
Yes, I killed a man
But He rose again
Yes, I killed a man



Don't Have To Take It top
Words: John Schlitt and David Huff
Music: David Lichens and Jim Cooper
(Isaiah 43:4a/Psalms 139:13-17/Luke 12:71)

Joey is a boy like some
Who thinks that risk is fun
But blinded eyes can never
See the price to come
The sacrifice he's paying
Can't slow down
This race he's running
To stay around
He must keep moving
So controlled by the pace of his surroundings
He's got no chance of his own

[Chorus]
Hey! Hey! Hey!
It's time that we face it
Hey! Hey! Hey!
We don't have to take it

Julie is a perfect child
To all there is no doubt
But few can clearly see from
Inside looking out
The fear she's really feeling
How do I look? Am I ok?
Do I fit in? What are they saying?
So concerned over how the others see her
She's lost all sight of herself

[Chorus]
Your worth does not depend on man
It's more than he could understand
Don't set your price
Through other's eyes
There's so much more

[Chorus]
Track Name: Don't Have to Take It
Words: John Schlitt and David Huff
Music: David Lichens and Jim Cooper
(Isaiah 43:4a/Psalms 139:13-17/Luke 12:71)

Joey is a boy like some
Who thinks that risk is fun
But blinded eyes can never
See the price to come
The sacrifice he's paying
Can't slow down
This race he's running
To stay around
He must keep moving
So controlled by the pace of his surroundings
He's got no chance of his own

[Chorus]
Hey! Hey! Hey!
It's time that we face it
Hey! Hey! Hey!
We don't have to take it

Julie is a perfect child
To all there is no doubt
But few can clearly see from
Inside looking out
The fear she's really feeling
How do I look? Am I ok?
Do I fit in? What are they saying?
So concerned over how the others see her
She's lost all sight of herself

[Chorus]
Your worth does not depend on man
It's more than he could understand
Don't set your price
Through other's eyes
There's so much more

[Chorus]