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11:57

Words and music by Brian McLaren
Publishing, Revolution of Hope Music Group 2007, all rights reserved. Registered with CCLI


We made a suicidal system, and we said it was predestined, we said devil made us do it, we told a lot of lies. It was a system of injustice, built on arrogance and greed, it was an empire for the powerful, and a hell for those in need. A suicidal system. A suicidal system.

We made a suicidal system, and we turned a handsome profit, and we made a billion guns, and made more wars to utilize them. And we keep the poor in slums, to ignore them or despise them, and we broadcast shows and movies, to amuse and tranquilize them … in the suicidal system, the suicidal system.

God help us, for we are trapped
Stuck in this grim machine
Please free us, teach us to live
In joy and peace and justice

We made a suicidal system, and we pumped it full of toxin, and we killed off lots of species, and we made the world an oven. And we built a lot of churches, and we saved a lot of souls, but we destroyed a lot of good things, and our way of life was full of holes. A suicidal system. It’s a suicidal system.

We made a suicidal system that cannot be sustained. It must be redirected and we must be retrained … to reclaim our true identity in harmony and care with saving love for everyone to free all creatures everywhere from the suicidal system. The suicidal system.

God help us, for we are trapped
Stuck in this grim machine
Please free us, teach us to live
In joy and peace and justice

We made a suicidal system, and we pray it’s not too late, but it’s 11:57, so we’d best not hesitate. It’s time for a defection, to choose a new direction, to seek for reconnection, pass through death to resurrection from the suicidal system … The suicidal system.

There is another system, another way to go, it’s nearer than the air you breathe, it’s better than you know. It’s a sacred ecosystem, it’s invisible but there, it’s a gentle revolution, it’s the answer to our prayer. An answer to our prayers.

God help us, for we are trapped
Stuck in this grim machine
Please free us, teach us to live
In joy and peace and justice

Dark valley, shadows of death
Please be our shepherd Lord
Still waters, green pastures
There we will be restored

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from Songs For a Revolution of Hope, released October 1, 2007

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