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Fourth Watch

from John Palmer Tribute by Incidental Music

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Written by John Palmer, November 1982, Vancouver, BC
Recorded December 2015, Kitchener, ON
Remastered May 2020, The Cave, Vancouver, BC
Matthew 14:25


The fourth watch of the night
I saw You standing there
The loneliness of death in the moment of my despair
The blackness of the void
The darkness of the night
My hands shaking beyond control
My heart beating with fright
It was there I collapsed
No strength of my own
Never so broken, never so alone
Never so helpless, never so grieved
I fell into You arms, it was there I believed.

But to know the truth is the greatest of all gifts
In a world where everyone is at war, or just happy to drift
Their faces turned from God, and every step moves further away
Getting deeper into debt, with no currency of their own to pay
I’m no better than the worst of you but I know what’s in my heart
I’ve seen sin drive a man insane, I’ve seen it tear a family apart
I see the price that must be paid, and the only way to be free
Saw Him dying on the cross, it was there I believed.

O, Yonge Street, can’t you hear me now?
Don’t look back, you’ve got your hand to the plough
Whatever we sow, that is what we’ll reap
In hell there’ll be wailing, there’ll be gnashing of teeth
And there is no way to escape our inherited destiny
Unill we put our faith in the finished work of Calvary
Till we behold the Lamb, our burden will not leave
Till we put our name up there, and say, “I believe.”

The silence of the moment, the solitude of prayer
I can faintly hear Your whisper, Lord
I know Your presence is here
Lord, I am listening to whatever You have to say
You’ve given me a cloak of righteousness
Now don’t let my garment fray
Don’t let me harden, keep me cherishing
With tears that flow from my eyes for the lost and the perishing
The servants of sin are ingeniously deceived
Stepping out into eternity never having believed …


from John Palmer Tribute, released June 8, 2017
Sean O'Leary: vocals, 12 string, bass, drums
Glenn Mathewson: organ, vocals
Dan Robins: electric guitars, vocals


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