Road to Calvary

by Charles Lee

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1.
“Please just end this pain,” her screams were merely echoes I barely heard. “What have you to gain seeing the face of my child before his time of birth?” But I tell myself that this is just my work. For the sake of science and stability I kept my heart cold and buried my conscience deep. I will do all that it takes and be whoever I must be I've done nothing wrong. I did what I believed. Oh God, have I done something wrong? Can we be saved after all the choices we've made? Who would take our blame with such a heavy price to pay? Will we end our days with red hands and blood upon our graves? For the sake of knowledge and security we believed in only what we can see. We fashion morals and truth that selfishly tell us how we should be. I've done nothing wrong. I've done all I need. Is there something more? Please, please tell me. Can we be saved after all the choices we've made? Who would take our blame with such a heavy price to pay? Will we end our days with red hands and blood upon our graves?
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We held in our hands all that we'd need Took all we'd want, we were free Careless and greedy we gave in to doubt Left all that we had for a glimpse at the clouds Built with our hands with pride in our hearts Gathered up plans to aim for the stars Spread out these wings and took to the skies Flew up so high Before we realized we're out of fuel to fly Hold tight, get ready to hit the ground At this height there's no chance of surviving My life unravels before me now Ten feet away the ground is calling We gathered up trees, metal, and wires All that we need as we conspired To use up our rights and dry up this land And run to the moon with spoils in our hands We blindly believed that we had the means Of living like kings, of reaching our dreams Leap off this cliff with eyes to the sky Lie to ourselves that we are gaining height Can we reach the sky riding on our pride? Hold tight, get ready to hit the ground At this height there's no chance of surviving My life unravels before me now Ten feet away the ground is calling We thought that we'd be dead by now Thought we threw our lives away How do we stand now? Our feet have safely touched the ground Can't believe that we were saved How do we stand now since we thought That we'd be dead by now Can't let this go to waste now that There's a Way
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Are we waiting for moonlight before we start our advance? Have we lost, to this dark night, a grip on all of our plans? We know we've entered a losing fight, the light is gone from our eyes Place all our hopes on failing legs to carry us 'til we die. Are we waiting for sunrise to signal the time of our end? The time for us to pay the price and be burned to ashes right where we stand And as light covers the skies, my surrounding's revealed, I opened my eyes And a man bearing my weight turns to me to say We have already won This war has come and gone What are you still running from? We can lay down our load Leave the burden we hold Brother, let's go back home. “If it's over please tell me why there's still gunshot and mourning. There's no sign of victory, no cheer for us to hear. Is what you're telling me a lie?” But then we made our way through the noise, saw the truth of a world with unspeakable joy. And I just can't help but say to all who would hear my voice: We have already won This war has come and gone What are you still running from? We can lay down our load Leave the burden we hold Brother, let's go back home.
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They say it's a long way down They say it's a long way down from the side of the road Where he wanted to know just how near the edge he could go. Tonight the air breathes cold, the wind carries news from the ground below. This game the dark plays with me, teasing and sly, I won't believe That figure cannot possibly be... This is a trick my eyes have played on me Another angle and then I'll see At the foot of this cliff, unmistakably They say it's a long way down They say it's a long way down from the side of the road Where he wanted to know just how near the edge he could go. Son, brush off the dirt, get off the ground I know you're just playing a fool with me Now come back to the road, it's hard to go down I don't think I can climb down so deep Why won't you talk to me? Is there something I failed to see? Here I am, please just breathe. My bold child, please don't leave. They say it's a long way down They say it's a long way down from the side of the road Where he wanted to know just how near the edge he could go. Right now, I'd give anything right now. Please, I'd give anything...
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High waves slowly lift me higher And I fade into liquid hands My eyes can't see what's in front of me anymore. When will my feet finally touch the ground? My feet have been treading water for so long My feet have been treading water for too long A red sea covers all that lies below What is this that we don't want to know? Can't my eyes see what's in front of me anymore? When will my feet finally touch the ground? My feet have been treading water for so long My feet have been treading water for too long Can you hear me now? I am calling out into this raging storm, Into this raging storm. When will my feet finally touch the ground? My feet have been treading water for so long My feet have been treading water for too long When will my feet finally touch the ground?
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My body's frozen from what I've done No will to turn and run And here comes judgement, men with loaded guns Shot bullets that should've been meant for me I stood amongst the crowd Hearing the voices shout “Take him away, away to be crucified” Couldn't bear to stand my ground Let innocence suffer now And everyday it hurts to believe that he walked down that road alone The face of our father turned from his beloved son As judgement came for nothing he had done And at this moment all I could ever want Is for all to know you're innocent I stood amongst the crowd Hearing the voices shout “Take him away, away to be crucified” Couldn't bear to stand my ground Let innocence suffer now And everyday it hurts to believe that he walked down that road Break from this crowd I'll shout it out loud His innocence His love in accepting the crucifix You can drag me out Label me a heretic now Because I know no matter the road I will never have to walk alone

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released May 4, 2010

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all songs written and performed by CHARLES LEE

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