Deceitful Children

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Stories of people in the Bible who chose to do the wrong thing.

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released 20 August 2011
Erica Johnson: Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Accordion, Vocals
Justin Rose: Guitar, Banjo, Vocals
David Shay: Guitar, Accordion, Flute, Vocals

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Families Chicago, Illinois

Families is a group of folk story tellers, with souls of grass and minds made out of the mountains, weaving personal tales from the Bible. Families is about community, folklore, and the Kingdom. They released a split with The Singing Company in April 2011 (Holy Week) and a full length LP (Deceitful Children) in August 2011. ... more

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Track Name: Lot's Daughters
Oh, daughters of mine
Don't turn back your momma's gone
She looked back and now she's done
She turned, she turned into a pillar of salt
Don't know why, I don't know how
Judgment comes from God above
How long, how long, our Lord?

Oh, valley of mine
How could you do such a thing,
Take my gifts away from me?
Please know, please know
I've got two daughters to give
We didn't know what Abram did
He prayed hard and God listened
How long, how long, our Lord?

Oh, daughters of mine
How could you do such a thing
Get me drunk and lay with me?
Oh God, oh God, who's in heaven up above
Please forgive me for this sin
We made our own enemies
How long, how long, our Lord?

Oh, daughters of mine
Don't turn back your momma's gone
She looked back and now she's done
She turned, she turned into a pillar of salt
Don't know why, I don't know how
Judgment comes from God above
How long, how long, our Lord?
Track Name: The Nazirite
Oh my God, oh my God I talk a lot
My name is Delilah and I've got problems
Recently I've been selling all kinds of things
Trying to make some money, including my lover
Oh to tell, everything I don't know so well
How to take his strength away
How to kill him, I don't know
Even though I told them I did
I guess I'll just ask him, how could he lie to me?

I took all his hair and tied it into a braid and
Then the guards came in and he made a fool of me
So I cut all his hair off and put it into a pile
And then they came in and took him away from me

Oh my God, oh my God I fail a lot
Yes, you know I'm Samson
I long to please you
Recently I've doin' all kinds of things
That you told me not to, now please return to me
As you know, I killed some men with a donkey bone
And I ate some honey from a lion's rib
And now I fell in love with a Gentile
Who then went and sold me to my enemies

And then the Lord left me, oh, you know I'm sorry
Let the nations see that you are the strength in me
They gouged both my eyes out, but Lord I know that somehow
Underneath these pillars you will bring peace to me

Oh our Lord, oh our Lord you love a lot
Yes, we are your children
We long to please you
Recently, we've been sellin' all kinds of things
Tryin' to make some money, we've forgotten our lover
Track Name: Absalom
Absalom, my fairest child
You can ride that horse all night long
You're gonna ride it into your grave
The earth is God's and his trees grow tall
Their arms are reachin' for your soul
They're gonna catch you by your braids
Absalom, oh Absalom, dearest child, wrathful son
Anger can not save you now

What can a young man do?
What can a young man do?

Absalom, my bravest child,
You can raise that sword to your father's eyes
But my servant's spear's gonna find your side
The earth is God's and his trees grow tall
The forest will consume you all
You can't run from the wrath of God
Absalom, oh Absalom
Dearest child, wanderin' son,
Ride and meet your fate

And you should have known
You can not fight the Lord

And I will call, and I will weep
Please save my son, bring him to me

Absalom, my fairest child,
You can ride that horse all night long
You will ride to meet your fate
And I should have known that my son so bold
He'd bear my sword, he'd take my sword
He'd take my sword to his grave
Track Name: Passover Pass Over
Can't help but blame myself for what happened to you
Can't help but blame myself for not telling you
I can't help but blame myself for not stopping you

The word of God was found in the temple
Let's take it out and read it out into the crowd
But do what it says, make sure that you don't just listen
But act it out
Let us have a party

Passover
Pass over me

And that's when I went out to fight you
You said go home, it was my God who had sent you
But how could that be when you look nothing like me?
How could that be? You're not from my country

Passover
Pass over me

Then you shot me dead

Can't help but blame myself for what happened to you
Can't help but blame myself for not telling you
Can't help but blame myself for not stopping you
Track Name: Rebekah
I overheard him talkin' about a blessing
He'll never know it, but I got a plan
I'll send my son out to kill some goats
Cook up a stew and send it in

Your older brother has got it comin'
It's been foretold that this would pass
And if your father don't think it's him
Let all the curses fall on me

Don't you worry, son, it's gonna be alright
Don't you worry, son, you'll have your time

I'm getting older, my eyes may fail me
But I can still see the hand of the Lord
I got two children, only one blessing
The older foolish, the other young

Don't you worry, son, it's gonna be alright
Don't you worry, son, you'll have your time
Track Name: Hagar
My mistress gave me to her husband
Because she couldn't have kids
Said, "The Lord has kept me from having any,
Maybe he can still use this."

But when I found I was pregnant
I started to hate her so bad
She made me sleep with her man
Puttin' shame upon my head

Oh my God, oh my God
Oh my God, do you even see me?

And then, Sara got jealous and told me that I had to leave
I was pregnant and out on my own,
Even though this was Abram's kid

But then, an angel found me and asked me,
"Dear, where will you go?
You must return, for the Lord is your God
He'll increase your sons also."

Oh my God, oh my God
Oh my God, you're the God who sees me
Oh my God, oh my God
Oh my God, you're the God who sees me
Track Name: Cain
That bird on the branch sings to God, it sings to God
Dead leaves of the branch
They have fallen, where've they gone?
Where've they gone, where've they gone?

I had a brother who served the Lord
And he served him well with the fruit he bore
And with his offering our God was pleased
So what about me, what about me?

So I took my brother out to the field
Where I struck him down, and I struck him well
Now that he's fallen, I ask myself
Where's he gone, where's he gone?

Dead leaves of the branch
They have fallen, where've they gone?
Track Name: Oh Nebuchadnezzar
Goin' to the country with all the other animals
'Cause you are just like them
And it'll always be your home
You will be like the rest
You'll eat the grass just like the oxen do
'Cause it'll be the only food around you

You'll be like the eagles with your long matted hair
It'll look just like their feathers
And then all your fingernails
Are gonna be like the claws
That sink into the prey
They're gonna be the only friends you got left
And it'll be just like that

Oh, Nebuchadnezzar
And your foolish fathers
They never did figure
What my God was all about
They thought they had power
But it's powerless power
Now you need me to figure
Out this writing on the wall
You're tryin' to recall
But you don't know where to go
Track Name: The Queen
How many men does it take to bring my baby back to me?
They planned to leave him all alone
Dying on the battlefield
I get so lonesome, how I loved him desperately
But now I'm married to another man

I did nothin' wrong, only took a bath or two
You know I get so dirty
Keepin' the house clean for Uriah's return
It's not my fault David built that portico
But now I'm married to another man
Track Name: Moses and Jonah
Tell me where to go, and what to say
You said turn right, I went the other way
And the storm came, the lot fell right on me
They threw me overboard and suddenly
Was the chance I'd find a whale passing by and I know

You put me down into the cracks
Said you'd pass by, let me see your back
'Cause your face is much more than my eyes can take
It's not quite time for me to pass away
I'm in awe to find the Lord pass me by and I know

You'll take care of brothers
Like you take care of my shame
You know that I'll take care of you
And the wild ones who wanna die
Look at all these pictures
And I'll take away your pain
You know that I'll take care of you
If you tell me to come inside
It's a real good time