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The Lonely Saint

by Incidental Music

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From "Pilgrimage" 2002 seanosongs
1986, Toronto, ON
Recorded 2001, Toronto/Kitchener, ON
Remastered May 2020, The Cave, Vancouver, BC
Artwork: "Sorrowing Old Man (At Eternity's Gate)," Vincent van Gogh (Dutch) 1890

Inspired by A.W. Tozer


Late at night
A lonely saint has a vision
No one to share it with
No one to talk to
He bows in reverence

The break of day
A lowly servant
A new creation
Nobody sees him
As he prays in secret
In his closet

Father, I’m so alone here
And though You’ll always be near
I want to go home
(The saint must walk alone)

Alone in bed
He can’t shake the dreams of a woman
She didn’t love him as he supposed
He cries himself to sleep
(Sleep, my darling)

And in the days that follow
He makes a decision
To lay aside all bitterness
To still protect his sister
In praise the weight is lifted

Yet Father, I’m still alone here
And the pain won’t disappear
And I want to go home
I want to go home

Say he’s over-serious
Say he’s too intense
Say he’s oversensitive
Zealous fundamentalist
Jealous for his Jesus
Soon he’s going to leave us behind

He’s caught up in his work
Where the last shall be first
And soon he’s going to go home

Father, I’m so alone here
And the pain won’t disappear
And I want to go home
I want to go home
I want to go home

One day this lowly saint
Will see his Maker
He’ll hear a voice say,
“Well done, thou faithful servant
Enter into My rest
Rest your weary soul
And make yourself at home.”


released September 14, 2016
Matthew Parker: piano, keyboards, soprano sax
Dan Robins: electric guitars
Linda Zane: vocals

Incidental Music homepage banner artwork:
"The Frieze of the Prophets," John Singer Sargent (American) 1902
Left-to-right: Zephaniah, Joel, Obadiah, Hosea, Amos, Nahum, Ezekiel, Daniel, Elijah, Moses (with Ten Commandments), Joshua, Jeremiah, Jonah, Isaiah, Habakkuk, Micah, Haggai, Malachi, Zechariah.


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