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

E B/Eb C#m
We covered over your colorful earth with grey cement
E B/Eb C#m
We cut own trees and stripped the soil wherever we went
We scarred the hills for gold and coal
Blind with greed inside our soul
Our goal to have complete control
E B/Eb
Lord we repent

A B E C#m A B E
Lord, have mercy. Can we be restored?
A B E C#m A B
Lord, have mercy.

We have children we don’t love so we shove them away
Make sex a drug, the more we take the more we crave
From tender kiss to slamming doors
From sacred vows to lawyer wars
Break ours down to mine and your
With no remorse

Lord, have mercy. Can we be restored?
Lord, have mercy.

What of the lands of tribes and nations who lived here first?
Who took the best with broken treaties and left the worst?
By whom were slaves bought, used and sold?
Who valued people less than gold?
Who told us racist lies until our hearts went cold?

The noise of traffic is drowning out the songbird’s song.
Your voice within us telling us that we’ve gone wrong.
You call us from our selfishness,
To be blessed and to bless.
To turn to you, begin anew.
Lord we say yes.

Lord, have mercy. Can we be restored?
Lord, have mercy.


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




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