The Way We Should Have Been

by Families

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

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released 10 January 2015

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by David Mantel.

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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: David's Anointing
That’s where we were out on the farm
I got a bright ruddy face and a sheep in my arms
Into the field sling in my hand
And I’ll kill all the bears that are threatening my lambs

That’s when you came oil in hand
And you asked “Is this it?”
He said “No, there’s one left. He’s in the field minding the sheep
But he’s younger than young and he ain’t all that big.”

Then to the field sling at my side
I got a bright ruddy face and that look in my eye
Then I look up, up to the sky
But I ain’t looking at him, no I’m looking to God

Jonathan my best friend
Your dad is trying to kill me, what will he do next?
Then I snuck up next to him in the cave
But no, I will not kill him the anointed must live

I’m a little one
Track Name: Elisha's Bones
I was old my body was failing
I gave you arrows and said “Hit the ground”
You hit three times I said “Hope will be found”

About that time my body stopped working
About that time I was into my grave
They rolled in the stone and walked away

It was spring and people were hungry
It was spring and there was no food
Bandits came to see what they could do

Your funeral was a sad affair
The bandits came and your family got scared
They rolled away my stone and threw you in

As soon as we touched your body started working
As soon as we touch you're up on your feet
Jumping, dancing, saying “God is great”

If I had lungs you know I’d be singing
If I had muscles left in my legs
I’d get up and dance with you today

Cuz I can’t see, can’t smell, I can’t run
I can’t walk or talk, feel the sun
My body’s waiting for resurrection

I know why you’re singing all the time
I can’t and I won’t tell you where to die
It’s not my bones, it’s not my life
I can’t and I won’t tell you how
Track Name: Rizpah
My sons, they have taken you as an offering for the land
And now your bodies are laid out on the hill

My sons, I will stay with you ‘til the harvest is through
On this rock I will make my home

My sons, when will David see all my sorrow is here?
You deserve to be laid down in the earth

And three long years of famine over us
And all that I have has been taken away from me

But I won’t let the birds take your bones
I won’t let the birds take your bones
I won’t let the birds take your bones away from me (x2)

This is all I have that’s left
All that I have left of you
No animal will take my love away (x2)

My sons, when will David see all my sorrow is here?
You deserve to be laid down in the earth
Track Name: Twelve
Is there a doctor here? Is there a doctor here?
I’ve spent all my money, looking for one
I have been bleeding for 12 long years
I know it’s unhealthy, but am I really unclean?

I just want somebody, somebody to touch me
I just want somebody, who really cares

There’s a doctor here. There’s a doctor here
I reached out and touched him, just the edge of his clothes

“I felt somebody, somebody touch me
She thought she was dirty, but she’s pure after all”

There’s a doctor here. There’s a doctor here
Just reach out and touch him, just the edge of his clothes.
Track Name: Legion
When you came to the graveyard I was butt naked
I was so strong that chains couldn’t hold me down
You asked me my name
I said “we are a legion”
For there are many, many, many, many, many of us in here

I begged you "please, please do not send us out
Send us to the pigs grazing over on that hill
Don’t send us away, away from this country
For there are many, many, many, many, many more souls to steal”

When the people came, I was sitting there
I was fully clothed in the clothes they wear
I was sitting still, I was looking up
I was listening to the Son of God
I had a clever mind, I could form real thoughts
Could control my tongue, Lay down all my faults
And I begged you “please, can I come with you?”
But you said go home and tell what God can do
Track Name: Simon
I've always liked you Simon of Cyrene
You carried the cross and said nothing
They picked you from the crowd
Well you probably stuck out
But you bit your tongue and said nothing

Sometimes I feel like nobody's there
Why do I struggle all alone?
But then you draw near and you show me that you care
And carry my burdens with me

I've always liked you Simon of Cyrene
You carried the cross and said nothing
But you felt his pain and you helped him to his grave
But you bit your tongue and said nothing
You said nothing
Track Name: We're All On The Blanket
I was on the roof when a vision came to me,
A blanket filled with food came down and you said “Kill and eat”.
But I said I won’t eat any of those things because they are unclean
And I am way too clean for all of those things.

I went to my door and some servants came to me
They said come to our master’s house and tell us everything
About your Lord and all the things he did
And now I can see that Christ makes all men clean
Even me

I love you more than ever before
And I’ll trust you more than ever
Track Name: Jacob's Ladder
Jacob’s ladder, down from heaven
Angels coming up and down
Showing this is holy ground

God stood next to him and answered
“This land will be yours, for your kids
Just like Abraham’s”

Jacob you’re home

I know better than to climb a ladder without a spotter
On the ground making sure I don’t fall down

The Tower of Babel is just a man-made ladder
But God knew better
Jesus the bridge between heaven and earth beneath

Jacob you’re home
Track Name: Jael
My husband went to fight
That’s when you came to my side
You asked me for a drink, I gave you a glass of milk
Offered you my bed, said it was warm in there
My body is a weapon
But the best part was I had a hammer in my hand

Deborah told them about me
Said that they’d get no glory
Then she wrote a song about me
How I took a tent peg and drove it through his head
Into the dirty ground
How the blood poured out
But the best part was I’ll never have to see that face again
Track Name: Sister Miriam
Brother when you come ‘twill be a tryin’ time ‘round here
And I can’t entirely compose a story built on lies and twigs and bones
Lies and twigs and bones

We will hide you away for as long as we can
Holdin’ on to forbidden love until your time has come to float away
‘Til your time has come

So I will hide among the reeds and wait for you to come
I will watch you grow up into the man that you’ll become
Not like one of us but with our blood
With our blood runnin’ through your bones

Our mother she is waiting in the fields, workin’ in the yard
And I have heard it been said that her back is broad and strong but I
I don’t know for how long

So I will hide among the reeds and wait for you to come
I will watch you grow up into the man that you’ll become
Not like one of us but with our blood
With our blood runnin’ through your bones

So don’t forget the tie that binds us
Our people live as one
Can’t you see for far too long we’ve slaved the days away?
Animals who keep us in the cage
Come unlock the door, set us free
Track Name: The Transfiguration
I cannot start to understand
Why you would come down to this earth
Just to be with me and befriend me

You took us up on the hill
Moses and Elijah came
Just to be with you
I don't know what to do

Help me God I feel so low
But keep me there for a humble soul
Is teachable and moldable

Then your clothes shown heaven-white
I looked around but can't believe my eyes
We should build a house for you to dwell here

Help me God I feel so low
But keep me there for a humble soul
Is teachable and moldable
Track Name: Mt. Carmel
Ahab you’ve forgotten who you are
Take all the people up to the mountain so that God
Can show you he’s still there, in the midst of this
The four hundred fifty prophets of Baal should come with

Have them take a bull
And present it as an offering to their lord
See if he’ll send fire from the sky
But he can’t, maybe he’s asleep

What happened to Baal, not to mention your Asherahs?
Maybe he’s just sleeping
Or maybe he’s in the bathroom crying

So I rebuilt the altar that you tore down
Twelve stones with a bull on top of it
Then a dug a trench circling all around
Poured twelve jars of water soaking it through

Then fire fell down,
The people bowed down all around
But not Baal he wasn’t near
He couldn’t hear, or perhaps

He’s in a coma
The Lord indeed in God
Track Name: You Know I Love You
I have loved you ever since that day
When I found out that you’d be my bride
I was only a kid, you were only a child
But I’ll love you until the end

I was faithful, I always will be
And I’ll never love another girl
Cuz I follow the Law, yes I follow the Lord
And I’ll love you until the end

You know I love you and I always will
Ever since I found out that you’d be my bride
I’ll love you until the end

Then I found out that you were with child
And there was no way that it could be mine
But I’ll always be kind, I’ll divorce you real quiet
And I’ll love you until the end

Then an angel came to me in a dream
And he told me not to be scared
Cuz you were still pure and the child was the Lord’s
The Holy, Anointed One

You know I love Him and I always will
Ever since I found out that I’d be his dad
I’ll love Him until the end

You know I love you and I always will
Ever since I found out that you’d be my bride
I’ll love you until the end