This is Why I Left You

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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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Track Name: Tim Coons - This is Why I Left You-Tim Coons
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
Track Name: Twice as Deep-Matt Davis
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
Track Name: Without a Crown-Charla Bultman
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
Track Name: Of Anchors and Arrows-Stacey Steger and Ryan Davis
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
Track Name: The Machine-Greg Ronning
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)
Track Name: The Powers That Be-Lucas Land
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.