盖碗工作室gaiwan studio

CONGREGATION

an ep by lent

lyrics

i'd like to say a few words
before we begin
turn to someone you haven't seen before
and bow to them
cuz we're all friends here, all friends here
cuz we're all friends here, all friends here
cuz we're all friends here, all friends here
cuz we're all friends here, all friends here

let me ask you a question
do you think you're healthy?
tell me when would you last say
that you ate your five a day, five a day?
don't be shy
cuz we're all friends here, all friends here
cuz we're all friends here, all friends here
cuz we're all friends here, all friends here
cuz we're all friends here, all friends here

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i want to draw your attention
to the funeral this coming thursday
you should join us, it'll be nice
your face has been missing lately
cuz we're all friends here, all friends here
cuz we're all friends here, all friends here
cuz we're all friends here, all friends here
cuz we're all friends here, all friends here

lost in the valley of death like a shadow
i can't even see my own mind
i don't understand what's so special about me
they tell me i'm one of a kind

i know that someone loves me
i know that someone cares
someone cares

and now we stand in worship

you want the light of the world to come and light up your life
then you should tell everyone that you wear his name with pride

i bet you think that you're special i guarantee that you're not
remember that when you die you're gonna have to face god

and as we suck on this bread that is our saviour's flesh
recall the words from the mount that if you're meek you are blessed

i want to fill you with fear do as i say or you'll burn
maybe that's too on the nose feel free to slander my words
i'm only doing my bit to grant you eternal life
and if you choose to ignore me it's not my soul on the line
now maybe you understand the angle i'm coming from
please give me all of your money to keep your conscience strong
don't want to prey on the weak that's just the way that if goes
you're in poverty for a reason all that you've got is your hope

all that you've got is your hope and your faith
in a loving god's grace
in a man above the clouds who understands your heartache
so when you can't affort to feed your kids and want to let the devil in
just pray for help so you'll resist temptation in your feebless
god will provide if you believe so don't rely on charity
community is for the weak your strength in god will carry thee

stand with me now as we read a passage of the divine
he was a man of the people but he was not of his time

and as we swallow this blood think back to how it was then
i trust you're not of the faithless so let me hear your amen.

you know there are certain things you do when you're four or five that you don't do when you're six or seven or twenty seven because those are the kind of things that would get you frowned upon. take running around with no trousers on as a random example off the top of my head, if i did that now i'd probably lose my job and worse than that i would lose my dignity. so when jesus said let the children come to me what he actually was meaning was gather them like sheep and sit them at the back of the church with nursery rhymes and colouring sheets so we can feed them a simplified view of a few of the lord's teaching whilst completely ignoring the nuance and the fact those tales were deliberately veiled in complexity so as to ensure that only the righteous few would understand the doctrine that he preached, and in this way we can shepherd those blessed children into our particular centrist view of morality.

are you following me? good. let me tell you a story, when i was at school i wasn't the model man that i am today standing at the pulpit and teaching you how to be like me, no i was a sinner too and all the rest of it and one particular kid and i we didn't quite see eye to eye on something, thinking back now probably nothing but you know how it is one thing led to another and i slapped that motherfucker and i relished his flinch. well he didn't do anything back he just looked at me with my handprint on his face and he said you're going to regret that so i laughed at him. let's think now what he could have done differently. revenge isn't something jesus recommends for one thing and for another he didn't turn the other cheek. he had the opportunity to show me an act of faith in the lord and he consciously rejected it to instil some sort of fear in me.

now though the simplest thing to do in that situation would be to say actually, don't hurt me the way i hurt you. that's not what we did instead we cried. instead we cried. instead we cried. instead we cried and as the sweet salt water danced down our cheeks and formed into pools of brine in the deep deep cavities of our teeth we didn't stop for just one minute to ask if this was what we wanted if this was what we longed for if this was another apoetic conclusion to a broken past in a postmodern future because we'd tried. because we'd tried. because we'd tried. because we'd tried. because we'd tried

this, then, is how you should pray:

step one: stand on the desert let the sand attack your features leave you broken bleeding hopeless leave you begging for forgiveness---when you think perhaps it's over just remember that it isn't and stay standing in the desert til your will and body give in

step two humour the devil though you know they want you dead. take the bread the devil gives dont eat it piss on it instead and when the devil tells you jump then you should find the highest cliff and you should push push push push push push push (+amazing grace/to god be the glory)

step three look at your neighbour they're the girl you had a crush on back in high school you were young and thought your body was worth nothing---the crush is over but she's looking with that look that's saying come on but you know she has a husband guess your 'body's still worth nothing.

then shut your eyes! count to ten. you know nobody can see you when you can't see them. turn around, put your forehead to the ground prepare to beg for your life, and then beg, like so:

am i my brothers keeper am i my brothers keeper am i my brothers keeper am i my brothers keeper am i my brothers keeper am i my brothers keeper am i my brothers keeper am i my brothers keeper am i my brothers keeper am i my brothers keeper am i my brothers keeper... ad nauseum

i burn my tongue
it's harm nobody can see
but it lets me know that i can feel pain
the flesh is raw. forever tasting that blood
it's the kind of act that they advised against in high school

still i'm here holding in the tears pretending i don't care and it's okay
i can take the pain i hear them say are you sure that we should leave them there
leave them in the rain, can't you see they're suffering
what?
jesus though i know your name i haven't ever seen your face
tell me that it's true you're full of mercy and you're full of grace
do i give a shit you're being blasphemous i should but the hate is blank

i'm going to damascus chasing christ
see the light, see the la la la la
like i'm gonna be the one
to carry on his legacy, before he da da died

and i'm lost in the valley of the shadow of the one we call death
once they were strong, but i have nothing to fear because this kingdom is a pathway to the next

so i stumble forth with outstretched arms and stomach empthy throat is parched and i can't see except the light that's holding me and loving me and look at all the things i've done so much i wish i hadn't done it doesn't take a lot to be ashamed of me can i redeem my life i'll write a letter wander further worship harder grovel longer is it all for nothing is that thought alone enough to banish me

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i'm going to damascus chasing christ
see the light, see the la la la la
like i'm gonna be the one
to carry on his legacy, before he da da
damascus chasing christ
see the light, see the la la la la
like i'm gonna be the one
to carry on his legacy, before he da da died

when you feel broken, where do you turn?
i don't want to burden
my family or my friends or anyone else
keep them safe, keep them happy
it's the wrong kind of love
it's some one sided love