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This Side (of the Jordan)

from Anthology II by Incidental Music

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From "Archives, B​-​Sides & Oddments" seanosongs 2016
Written/recorded February 2016, Kitchener, ON
Remastered 2020, The Cave, Vancouver, BC
Cover art: "Rhinoceros," Albrecht Dürer (German) 1515
1 Kings 18:41-19:8

Dedicated with love to Elijah Jacob David


This side of the Jordan
My heart is becalmed
It’s the best of times
Even in the worst of times

This side of the Jordan
The tribes are in mourning
The pain keeps on gaining
And shows no sign of waning

On this side of the Jordan
A little cloud is formin’
The size of a man’s hand
Few will see it, but some can
It’s a harbinger of things unseen
Portending what soon shall be
On this side of the Jordan

This side of the Jordan
The Ruse is finally over
The Truth so blinding
Reveals all disguises

On this side of the Jordan
The guy behind the curtain
Pride has paralyzed him
Though it weren’t for want of tryin’
If he could just surrender, humble his head
But he won’t: so it’s scorched earth for us instead
On this side

This side of His Passion
The darkness is passing
The True Light now shining
The long night in decline

On this side of the Jordan
This ancient war endures
This battlefield we’re all plunged in
Not one of us who ain’t been singed

On this side of the Jordan
Despite all appearing
Lift your heads, the Day is nearing
For the justice, we are yearning
While the wise keep on learning
Their lamps trimmed and burning
So come eat, come drink at the Table of the King
Come laugh, come cry, come rant, come sing
On this side of the Jordan

“It’s enough, O Lord, just take my life
I’m on my own, there’s nothing left.”
But the Lord said, “You are not alone
I am with everywhere you are
I’ll not abandon you, dear one
Just fix your eyes on Me
My friend, My child
This side of the Jordan.”


from Anthology II, released July 7, 2020


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