This is Why I Left You

by Church Refugees

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This is Why I Left You by Tim Coons I bow my head By running through the red tape I took it slow On the edge of crime My ears have burned Because someone got caught talking Those empty chairs Around the bread and wine This is why I left you This is why I left It’s not because I don’t care It’s more than that My tongue is tied, a fool without the answers A creed for Christ, a platitude for why My heart was hurt, poured out for the healing A letter sent ,was kept locked up inside This is why I left you This is why I left It’s not because I don’t care It’s more than that I hope you find your dreams there I hope your dreams are met And no one else is hurting, because of it
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Twice As Deep E How small my hands A E How small my labor E How small my feet A E And the distance that I can walk E How small the stones A E That I can barely move E If only, oh, if only A E I had someone to labor with too E A E You, you divine bride who’s good work it is to open your doors wide E A E let me share in your tears and sweat for the lost and the unfortunate E F#m E Though we may not see eye to eye, together we’ll go twice as deep and twice as wide C#m A E A C#m But the church’s grand plan is a grand parking lot which is bought with our offerings C#m A E A E And she puts all the stones in her fences and walls and trusts in the philosophy E A E A That the best way to show the world our Father’s love is to show them how different C#m they are C#m A E A Oh, the salt of the earth is the salt in the wound for our Father surely didn’t build C#m A E those walls, no our Father truly didn’t build those walls E – A – C#m – C#m – A - E E A C#m For our Father’s a searcher and finder of souls C#m A E Like an old prospector digging for gold E A C#m He’ll head to the hills and won’t go home C#m A E ‘Til He’s found everybody, ‘til they’re safe with their own E A C#m Their own, oh, He’ll find every hole C#m A E Where they lay hiding afraid of the unknown E A C#m He’ll call out their names and uncover their caves C#m A E And wake up all the sleeping ones and dig up all their graves E – C#m – A – E – C#m – A – C#m – A – E – EaddF# - E – EaddF# - E E How small my hands A E How small my labor E How small the stones A E That I can barely move E But I labor with the father A E So I labor not in vain E Come, come and join us A E For He’s calling out your name
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We drove half an hour in the van Past suburban fences made of sand They all spoke in tongues, all except Dad Wasn’t elder potential so we left. Fire and brimstone you had no proof Your sons guilty faces just behind you With the women you knew just what to do Did our capability threaten you I wanted a family not a feud Two brilliant minds, a chasm through You drove them away does that bother you Yes man. Efficiency. Nothing new. All the weight is sunk down So carry me, without a crown I was strong, I’m tired now So carry me, without a crown
4.
Of Anchors and Arrows By: Stacey Steger and Ryan Davis Verse I F#m A We envisioned her an anchor F#m Bm All strong and sure and lead F#m A She came in like an arrow Em F#m All sharp ready to embed Verse II F#m A We looked to her for comfort F#m Bm A home to hold our faith F#m A We listened as she spoke the words Em F#m Rituals given to obey Chorus Bm G Do as you’re told Bm G Em Think as she thinks Bm G Speak as she speaks Bm Em F#m Bm Em F#m Or she’ll throw, throw, throw you to the sea Verse III F#m A We hoped for a harbor F#m Bm All safety and iron F#m A Her walls were all poison Em F#m The air made us blind Verse IIII F#m A Forgive me for my efforts F#m Bm Forgive where we offend F#m A Service of the loyal Em F#m That fails the call you give Instrumental Chorus X 2
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The Machine Greg Ronning (Capo 2) Bm (Am) A (G) Bm (Am) A (G) I don’t want to be a part of the machine anymore I don’t want to be a part of the machine anymore G (F) A (G) I’m the one asking questions D (C) F#m7 (Em7) Bm (Am) The one shuffled out the door G (F) A (G) I don’t want the company line F# (E) I need something more (Chorus) I felt completely empty After years of service and sacrifice Always working against the grain ‘Till my tears opened up my eyes (Chorus) I want to hear a different voice Allow more people to believe If we can’t talk anymore It’s time for me to leave (Chorus)
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The Powers That Be by Lucas Land Capo 2 C G C G I met a man who had no home C G D His hands were rugged and kind His words were sharp, carved with a knife The truth was death but only brought life He changed me and saved me and gave me a home He loved me and never left me alone Scales fell from my eyes And I saw the world for the first time Chorus: C G Em C But the Powers that be come between you and me Am7 D7 G And all of the things that bear his name So I joined Trademark Ministries with a CEO pastor I worshipped at the altar of corporate structure Bowed down at the feet of efficiency When the Spirit said move I stood in my place Chains on my ankles and lost without grace Struggling hard against the ties that bind Desperately searching for a path I could find Chorus Bridge: Dsus Just keep the thing goin', keep this train rollin' G G/F# Em C Doesn’t matter who lies on the tracks Keep climbin' the ladder, watch the budget get fatter Don't look down as you step on their backs Am Em C D All of this for the kingdom come All of this has left me undone All of this for the kingdom come All of this for one moment in the sun Verse: After so many years serving the machine I finally had nothing left to give So I walked out the door, I turned my back Something must die so I can live But just outside the door the man with no home Was waiting for me with empty arms New scales had grown in place of the old Now mud and spit help me see Last Chorus: The Powers that be can never come between You and me and the things that bear his name.

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"This is Why I Left You: Songs for the Dones" is the soundtrack to the book Church Refugees: Sociologists reveal why people are DONE with church but not their faith.

Each artist drew inspiration for their lyrics from quotes in Church Refugees about people who have walked away from organized religion, but not from God.

It is our hope that these songs serve as a source of comfort and inspiration to those who have left and those who are thinking of leaving the church.

We will be hosting lyrics and chord sheets over at www.dechurched.net.

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released June 19, 2015

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"This is Why I Left You: Songs for the Dones" is the soundtrack to the book Church Refugees. Each artist drew inspiration for their lyrics from quotes in Church Refugees about people who have walked away from organized religion, but not from God. It is our hope that these songs serve as a source of comfort and inspiration to those who have left and those who are thinking of leaving the church. ... more

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