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Many many years ago
In a land very far away
People were turning away from the Lord
And were going their wicked way
It wasn’t too long before their hearts
Had turned to hearts of stone
Their spirits grew weak and their souls grew rotten
And their flesh turned to dry bone
In such a time when hope was lost
And there was only despair
God raised a man with a heart after his
And this is what he said:

Refrain 1
Preacher, talk to the heartless people,
Preacher, preach to the fleshless bones,
Preacher, say to the faithless wanderers,
You should return to the ways  of the Lord,
And if they heed the word that I tell them,
I will cover them with new skin,
I will put my breath upon them,
And I will send my Spirit Wind.

Now we’re living in another age,
But things are the same again,
Folks have turned away from the Lord,
And are living lives full of shame,
Just like the people of years gone by
Their hearts are just like stone,
They have no love for God or men,
And they’re just like dead bones.
God is saying to the men that he’s chosen,
Who he’s sending out into the cold,
He says: Set forth, don’t be afraid,
Just go and speak my word.

© 2017 Aneel Aranha



author's note

I first met Joel when he was 14 years old. His sister Jovita was 12 at the time​. They wanted to sing and play for the prayer meetings that I had going then, and even at that age they were good enough for me to agree. Today, about nine years later, their talent is prodigious, and while Jovita can play just about anything, her brother can sing just about anything. That, as much as the fact that he is still very close to my heart made me want to include a track sung by him. I asked him if he would sing a song for me, and he promptly said he would. The only problem was that I didn't have anything for him to sing; all the songs I had written had already been sung (or were being worked upon). It took three weeks for inspiration to strike but the moment I had the words down I knew Joel would do a great job with it. As you will surely agree, he did.