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    Go is a declaration of movement. Sometimes movement is a forward motion – and sometimes movement takes a momentary pause as we wait for direction. In either case, “go” does not mean to sit still in our comfort zone and do nothing. We’re either going forward or idling in expectation of God’s direction. And when the time comes to go – then we GO!

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GO - JOHN SCHLITT

Go is a declaration of movement. Sometimes movement is a forward motion – and sometimes movement takes a momentary pause as we wait for direction. In either case, “go” does not mean to sit still in our comfort zone and do nothing. We’re either going forward or idling in expectation of God’s direction. And when the time comes to go – then we GO!

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released December 23, 2019

Produced and Engineered by *Dan Needham, **John Lawry, and ***Mark Lee Townsend
Mixed by *Dan Needham, ** John Jaszcz, and ***Mark Lee Townsend
Recorded at *Brownstone Recording, **JLP Recording Studio and ***s-s-Studio Nashville
Mastered by Kent Hooper, LLC
Photography by Fred Nguyen
Graphic Design by Fred Nguyen with assistance from Jonathan Leslie
Art Direction by John & Kris Schlitt


***Go
Written by Mark Lee Townsend, John Schlitt
@2019 House of Rexford Music – BMI, DBabe Music – SESAC
Mixed by David A.Terry at The Underground
Bass, Gizmotron, Percussion, Guitars: Mark Lee Townsend
Drums, Doumbek: Chris Cooke
Organ; John Lawry
Violin: Ben Kaufman
Cello: Kara Fox
String arrangement by Mark Lee Townsend
BGVs: Marko Pangallo, Scott Kirkman, John Lawry, Chris Cooke, Mark Lee Townsend, Tim Skipper


*Feel It
Produced by Dan Needham
Written by Scott Bernard, Dan Needham, John Schlitt
@2019 Gabriella’s Dad – ASCAP, Sugar Blossom Music – SESAC, DBabe Music – SESAC
Guitars: Scott Bernard
Bass: Jacob Lowery
Drums, Percussion, Programming, BGVs: Dan Needham
Synth: Jeff Roach


*Takin’ It Higher
Written by Scott Bernard, Dan Needham, John Schlitt
@2019 Gabriella’s Dad – ASCAP, Sugar Blossom Music – SESAC, DBabe Music – SESAC
Guitars: Scott Bernard
Bass: Jacob Lowery
Drums, Percussion, Programming, Keys, BGVs: Dan Needham
Synth: Jeff Roach


**Fighting the Fight
Written by Ryan Horn, John Schlitt
@2019 DBabe Music – SESAC
Guitar: Paul Brannon
Drums: Cristian Borneo
Bass, Keys, Programming, BGVs: John Lawry


*Just Let Go
Written by Jeff King, Dan Needham, John Schlitt
@Dry Valley Music – SESAC, Sugar Blossom Music – SESAC, DBabe Music – SESAC
Guitars: Jeff King
Bass: Jacob Lowery
Drums, Percussion, Programming, Keys, BGVs: Dan Needham
Synth: Jeff Roach


***Time Keeps Rollin’
Written by Mark Lee Townsend, John Schlitt
@House of Rexford Music – BMI, DBabe Music, SESAC
Mixed by David A.Terry at The Underground
Bass, Gizmotron, Percussion, Guitars: Mark Lee Townsend
Drums, Doumbek: Chris Cooke
Organ; John Lawry
Violin: Ben Kaufman
Cello: Kara Fox
String arrangement by Mark Lee Townsend
BGVs: Marko Pangallo, Scott Kirkman, John Lawry, Chris Cooke, Mark Lee Townsend, John Schlitt


**Where Would I Be
Written by Chuck Anderson, John Schlitt
@2019 Sweet Irene Music – ASCAP, DBabe Music – SESAC
Guitar: Paul Brannon
Drums, Percussion: Garth Justice
Keys, Programming, BGVs: John Lawry
Bass: Gary Lunn
BGVs: Shelly Justice, John Lawry


*Find a Way
Written by Scott Faircloff, Dan Needham, John Schlitt
@2019 Scotfair Music – ASCAP, Sugar Blossom Music – SESAC, DBabe Music – SESAC
Electric Guitar: Jeff King
Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki, 6 & 12 String Acoustic Guitar: Dave Cleveland
Keys: Jeff Roach
Drums, Persussion, Acoustic Guitar, Programming, BGVs: Dan Needham
BGVs: Scott Faircloff


**Fake News
Written by John Lawry, John Schlitt
@2019 Stop Shaking Music – BMI, DBabe Music – SESAC
Guitar: Paul Brannon
Drums: Garth Justice
Keys, Programming, BGVs: John Lawry
Bass: Gary Lunn


*Let’s Go
Written by Dan Needham, Scott Faircloff, John Schlitt
@2019 Scotfair Music – ASCAP, Sugar Blossom Music – SESAC, DBabe Music – SESAC
Guitars: Jerry McPherson
Bass: Jacob Lowery
Drums, Percussion, Programming, Keys, Acoustic Guitar, BGVs: Dan Needham
Keys: Jeff Roach


*Not Dead Yet
Written by Dan Needham, Jerry McPherson, John Schlitt
@2019 Sugar Blossom Music – SESAC, Mo Miles Music (Administered by P.J. Heimermann) – ASCAP, DBabe Music – SESAC
Guitars: Jerry McPherson
Bass: Jacob Lowery
Drums, Percussion, Programming, Keys, BGVs: Dan Needham
Synth: Jeff Roach

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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: Go
GO

One step forward, two steps back
Some days it’s just a matter of fact – oh yeah
Sometimes hope feels a mile away
No matter what you do, no matter what you say – oh yeah
Then comes the question that I ask myself
What is the path for me?

(chorus 1)
Go… No time to stop
Just take your shot
Keep movin’ on

The path is harder when you’re on your own
It’s so much better when you’re not alone – oh yeah
So why accept it when the walls close in
You can break away from the place you’ve been – oh yeah

A three stranded cord is not easily broken
Faith, my God and me

(chorus 2)
Go…
(to the light that shines and leads you on)
No time to stop
(even when you think your strength is gone)
Just take your shot
(you will find a way to see beyond)
Keep movin’ on

(chorus 3)
Yeah… Go
(when they tell you, you can’t find your way)
No time for fear
(take courage in the face of what you say)
The path is clear
(it’s a road that’s hard but you’re going to stay)
So carry on

(bridge)
The battles come and the battles go
It can break you down or it can make you grow
And each one tries to take a piece of your heart
But you won’t give in, it won’t tear you apart
Yeah… yeah

Chorus 1
Chorus 3
Chorus 2
Track Name: Feel It
FEEL IT

Sometimes I feel like I’m losing control
Life can knock you down, it can rattle your soul
(I’m so) uptight, down right, feels like
I can’t take any more

Here it comes again and I’m right in the way
Ain’t layin’ down, I got something to say
Gotta hold fast, out last, take back, all that
Everything is takin’ from me

(chorus intro)
All ya gotta do when ya feel this way
Is have a little faith

(chorus)
Can you feel it – feel it
Won’t be long ‘till you believe it
Let it take you away
To a place that you’ve never been

So believe it
Believe it
It’s not so hard to see it
Standing right before you

Give me all ya got, I ain’t going nowhere
I found a better place and I’m already there
(Don’t you know I found) one way, no doubt, no fear
Turns out
The sun is shining down on me

(chorus intro)
(chorus)

(bridge)
Can you feel it… feel it… feel it… feel it every night and day…
(chorus x 2)
Track Name: Takin' It Higher
TAKIN' IT HIGHER

Way down, there you go
When you’re livin’ with the good enough
Step back, take a look
Is it everything you’re dreaming of?

Right now, time is right
Gonna find a better circumstance
Step up, roll the dice
Ain’t it better when you take a chance

And when the moment comes, don’t let ‘em take it away

Hold on with all you’ve got
Press on and never stop
You’re gonna find your way

(chorus)
Takin’ it higher
No matter what they say
Takin’ it higher
Every day

Whoa, oh, here ya go
You gotta whole lotta going on
Hey hey, found a way
Lookin’ up and movin’ on

No doubt, break out
You gotta go where you never been
Fall down, get on up
Just do it all over again

And when the moment comes, don’t let ‘em take it away
Hold on with what you’ve got
Press on and never stop
You’re gonna find your way

(chorus)
Takin’ it higher
No matter what they say
Takin’ it higher
Every day

(bridge x 2)
Let the moment take you away
Where truth is all that remains
Hide it deep inside your soul
Don’t let go

(repeat chorus x 2)
Track Name: Fighting the Fight
FIGHTING THE FIGHT

I’m not perfect
And I go through hurt and pain along the way
But You give my strength
So I’ll be strong
So I can do all things to live this life of love
The vision of Your heart is clear
You hold me close to You
And You settle all my fears

(chorus)
Looking forward I will run the race
Heading to the finish line
Where I see You face to face
With angels shouting cheers
I’ll run to the light
With all I got, I’ll never stop
I’ll never give in
I’ll keep fighting the fight

God, you know me from the inside out
You know the dreams I dream
And You know the doubts and doubt
So I pray that You give me eyes to see
A future that’s so bright
With the plans You have for me
The purpose of Your love is clear
You hold me close to You
And You wipe away my tears

(chorus x 2)
Track Name: Just Let Go
JUST LET GO

You seem so happy there; I hesitate to say
You think you’re strong but your strength is what gets in your way
Sometimes it’s harder to let go than hold on tight
Loosen your grip, a change of heart will do you right

(chorus)
Where do we go from here?
The answer is not so clear
Where do we go from
Just let … just let go

The life that you want isn’t always the one you have
Why let the fear make it too hard to take a chance?
Will you let go of what is – for what might be?
Grab hold of something new and be set free!

(chorus)

Where do we go from here? x3
(Say your hellos, say your good-byes¬)

(bridge)
Say your hellos, say your good-byes
Everyone lives, everyone dies
It’s not your life ‘till you can just let go!

(chorus)

Where do we go at the end of the day?
Where are the answers that went far away?
When you’re in doubt just remember to
Just let, just let, just let go
(Just let go… go… x2)
Go
Track Name: Time Keeps Rollin'
TIME KEEPS ROLLIN’

Days of summer stretch like they go forever
Thinking every hour that passes is better
Endless ways of wasted days in no hurry
Bless you child; you ain’t got any worries

In the moment stars reached out and you grabbed them
Details missed in the thick of it,
Where you been boy?
You’ll find when you’re there at last - it’s a bad show
Pin me down and I’ll tell you just what you don’t know
Don’t you know

(chorus 1)
The clock keeps tickin’ as the days go by
(Time keeps rollin’ …time moves on)
The older you get, the faster it glides
(Time keeps rollin’ …time moves on)

(chorus 2)
Press for the moment stolen away
You can’t go back at the end of the day
The here and now is your now here to stay
(Time keeps rollin’ …time moves on) x 4

Life flows through this cynic’s veins
And I wonder
Why the foolish undertow took me under
Planing wood against the grain is laborious
And yet in life a choice exists for each one of us
What’s your choice?

(chorus 1 & 2)

(bridge)
In the face of a crowd, oh I loved it too much
The punch of the drum was a punch in the gut
When I measured a man by the depth of his love
I found that one man stands above

(chorus 1 & 2)

(chorus 3)
The fool and his folly, the clash of a clown
Has cashed in his past for the sake of a crown
To know where you’re goin’ is worth it all now
(Time keeps rollin’ …time moves on) x 4
Track Name: Where Would I Be
WHERE WOULD I BE?

Living the life, but I went too far
Chasing a dream; livin’ like a rock star
Told me “I made it” whispered in my ear
One night like the next, year after year
Dreams got shattered; feels like a trap
Nothin’ satisfies; how can I go back?

(chorus)
Where would I be?
Where would I be?
If the Lord didn’t shine on me
One lost soul on a stormy sea
If the Lord didn’t shine on me

Startin’ at the bottom
It’s the end of the show
Six feet under seems the way to go
Then I found an answer in the strangest place
Nothin’ like forgiveness in His warm embrace
What seems impossible – so far away
It’s now the victory – It’s easy to say

(chorus)

(bridge)
Shine on me
(Shine, shine, shine, shine Your lovin’ light on me) x4
Light on me

Year after year walkin’ a rocky line
Really doesn’t matter how hard I tried
Even though I stumble almost every day
I know forgiveness is one step away
Time keeps passin’ and it’s easy to see
Amazing grace is setting me free

(chorus) x 2
One lost soul on a stormy sea
If the Lord didn’t shine on me
Track Name: Find A Way
FIND A WAY

Where are you goin’?
Take me with you, there to the other side
I wanna stay there with you always
Let’s find a way

All aboard, we’ll ride together and
We will make our great escape
Like a dream of love in Camelot
I’ll remember you this way

(chorus)
Find a way
Let’s find a way on outta here
Now is the day
We’ll find the road on outta here

How long have you been right there waiting
For me to realize?
How many tears have you been wasting
I was so blinded

Yesterday, I would not listen to
All the words my Father said
Now today, I finally see the truth
Standing here in front of me

(chorus)

(bridge)
It took me so long, ooooh, just to find you
Don’t wanna waste more time
So let’s take the road that leads to heaven
And walk in the warm sunshine

(chorus)

All aboard, we’ll ride together and
We will make our great escape
Like a dream of love in Camelot
I’ll remember you this way

(chorus)

Ain’t nobody gonna hold us back or hold us down
For what we know
Ain’t nobody gonna show us outta here
Track Name: Fake News
FAKE NEWS

What’s goin’ on?
Every day is one more headline
Telling tales to reach the goal
Talking heads giving their opinions
What a show!
Constant push of exaggeration
More schemes, there’s nothin’ new
Not news, it;s strangulation
Break this noose!

Where is the truth?
Where has it gone?
Where is the trust?
What’s goin’ on?

(chorus)
Phony experts sharing fake news
Holding us hostage to the fake news
I need a break from all this
Fake, fake, fake, fake news
Fake news

Our faith; a sacred treasure
A strength we must defend
Opposing all who dare to
Steal it away

Deception, a liar’s tomb
I see your plans
Don’t play the fool

(chorus 2)
Phony experts share in fake news
Holding us hostage to the fake news
God help me with this
Fake, fake, fake, fake news

(bridge)
You’re playing Russian roulette
A game that many regret
Yeah, the gun is loaded
See what you get

Where is the truth?
Where has it gone?
Where is the trust?
What’s goin’ on?

(chorus 1)
(chorus 2)
Track Name: Let's Go
LET’S GO

Whoa… whoa

Are you fighting for truth or illusion?
Is it gonna stand or come crashing down?
Well, I’m starting to make a conclusion
That the time to act is right now
Ready or not I don’t know
Somebody’s gotta go

(chorus)
It doesn’t matter what you say
I am a fighter on my way
There is no time to hesitate
Let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s go!

Whoa… whoa

All these pandering pirates among us
All the actors in parliament pose
Well, they show up in force to surround us
But the play ain’t nothin’ but show
It’s never really enough
I’m here to call your bluff

(chorus)

(bridge x 2)
Rising up, rising up, let’s go, let’s go
Rising up, rising up, let’s go

Rap Verse - Repeat Vs 1

Ready or not – I don’t know
Somebody’s got to go

(chorus)

It doesn’t matter what you say you got it so wrong
I am a fighter on my way; I’m livin’ so long
There is no time to hesitate so let me move on
Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go
Track Name: Not Dead Yet
NOT DEAD YET

When you see me, you can say what you want
Hard of hearing, you think that I’m outta touch
You may think that I’m washed up but I’m still in the game
Plus I don’t have time for this – and I don’t care what you say

I’m not dead yet
Not dead yet

You say age is something to be running from
But I say it takes a lot of years to be young
The longer that I live, the more amazing life becomes
Faith – Hope – Charity – I’m a witness to what it does

‘Cause I’m not dead yet
Not dead yet

(bridge)
Age is not a number or some sentimentality
It’s the measure of becoming who you were meant to be
Call me a Methuselah – if that’s all you can see
But I’m just getting started – call it destiny

As I look at you, I wonder just what I’ll find
Do you have a plan – or do you just criticize?
The hands of time will never stop, no matter what you do
Live each moment like it was meant for you!

You’re not dead yet
Not dead
No you’re not dead yet
Not dead

Not dead yet, not dead yet, not dead yet, not dead yet
I’m just getting started

(ad lib…)