Arms Open Wide

by Dean Spiller

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Arms Open Wide is a journey of faith.
It is an expression of a deep longing to know God.

It is the realization that we are more than just the sum of our parts.
That we are more with him by our side than we could ever have become on our own.
That though the world can be corrupt, it need not be a place of sorrow and conflict.
That diversity and difference and seeming contradiction can produce an offering, through Jesus Christ, that is all the more beautiful and complete for the adversity it has overcome.
The world can sing praise to the God of all the ages and sing in harmony, crying “How great is our God, praise the Lord and Hosanna in the highest” to a God who created infinity and who can still be found in our most intimate thought, and in the silence of our hearts.

It is the willing offering of our lives as a mirror to reflect Jesus’ light to the world.
It is our rallying battle-cry of praise and worship.
It is openness and trust in a king who showed us how to love and live…
Arms Open Wide.

credits

released October 2, 2010

Firstly and most obviously I must offer this up to, and honour, Jesus Christ. You are my source, inspiration, enabler and teacher and never has that been more so than it has over this period. Many thanks to Duncan Todd who has been so envolved and accommodating in this project on so many levels: producer, musician, advisor, recording technichian and friend. I cannot find the words to express my gratitude to you in helping make this dream a reality. Thanks to Byron John for all the vocal and guitar work on the album and, at the end of the day, for being the reason I showed up at band practice (some 6 years ago) with a guitar I couldn’t play ready to join in. If not for you guys in the Victory Park music ministry and Soulsummit my life may have followed a very different path. …So thanks to the old school music ministry as well as Darryl White, Julie Brenner, Anthony Davies and Jeremy Craig for being part of that. Thanks to Jeremy for all the hard work on Light form Light: it is greatly appreciated. Thanks Julie for the keys and vocals on the album and for all the musical direction and help you’ve given over the years. Thanks to Rajwin Chandy for all the hard work you put into the CD artwork and photography for this project, it has really made the album complete in the best possible way. Thanks Jakub Szuman for enduring great pains to send me the guitar that helped me to write almost half these songs. Thanks Thanyani Mariba for working with me on the Zulu and Sotho lyrics. Thanks to Justin Gent for all the help through live drum recordings and to Hugh Hunt for your fresh perspective and authority on all things rock-related. And thanks for percussion to the Sherwinator! For backing vocals thanks to Brad Page, Mila Szchechina, Sherwin Prim, Rajwin Chandy, Thalia Ferreira, Catherine Zoghby, Stacey Williams and Nicole Rodregues for the commitment and enthusiasm with which you all pulled together. Thanks to Singles for Christ (Andrew, Branden, Andy, Chris, Noel, Dave, Mark…) for all the support and help in inspiring songs like “Back for Help”, “How Great” and “Stand Up!”
Finally I would like to honour everyone mentioned above. I am blessed not only to have been influenced by your musical ability but I am blessed to know you all as friends. Thank you all for this self-sacraficing love that you have shown and continue to show me each day.

Thanks to my family: John, Sharon and Shan for being behind me all the way in this calling of mine. For all the support, love and tolerance you have shown through it all. You really are the reason I have been able to persist and improve in my musical ability. You are the reason this is all possible. Thanks to Nan for telling me to believe in myself and to Bob for teaching me my very first song (“and when I die and when I die, don’t bury me at all…” :-).
And finally to Shirley Marchant to whom this album is dedicated in memory of. It is most likely that I got my musicality from you gran. Thank you for your selfless love and the constant encouragement. I know you would have enjoyed each of these songs. But I guess that’s cheating because you liked whatever I sang.

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Track Name: How Great
How Great
Verse 1:
G C2 Em D G C2 D
How great, how great, how great you are
G C2 Em D G
Above all praise, in every way,
C2 D
you knew me from the start
C2 D
Each time I run to you, you know I don’t get far
Each time I pray Lord, that’s you in my heart
Each time I call to you, I only need to whisper
Each time I sing, oh my soul sings

Chorus:
G D Em
How great is our God, breather of stars,
D
of each intimate thought: the infinite
G D Em
How great is his name, who’s hands held no blame,
D
but they took hold of my shame
G C2 Em D G C2 D
He said just be who you are

Verse 2:
G C2 Em D G C2 D
How great, how great, how great you are
G C2 Em D G
Above every name, love meant to stay,
C2 D
given free, sacred heart
C2 D
Each time I run to you, it doesn’t matter that I’m so slow
Each time I pray Lord, I see how little I know
Each time I call to you, a whisper seems too loud
Each time I sing, its like I see how

<Chorus>

Bridge:
G Em C2
If we could just be who we are, who we are
D
We could set this world alight
G Em
If we could just be who we are,
C2
really who we were made to be
D
We could set this world on fire

G Em C2 D
Halleluia, halleluia, halleluia, these souls cry out
G Em C2 D
Halleluia, halleluia, halleluia, these souls cry out to you
Track Name: Arms Open Wide
Arms Open Wide

Verse 1:
G
You have shown us the strength
G C2
You have shown us how to love
G C2
You have shown us the way to walk
G C2
To reach the heavens above

G
You have shown us the way
G C2
You have shown us how to stand
G C2
You have shown us how to fall
G C2
And how to get up again

Prechorus:
G Am
After all you’ve done u gave us
G Am
The freedom you have won
G Am
After all you’ve done you’ve saved us
G Am
You sent your only son

Chorus:
G C
Our hearts are on fire
G C G
We are burning for you
C
We are arms open wide

G C
We are on fire
G C G
We are living your truth
C D
We are all you made us Lord
G
And your love burns on
Verse 2:
G
You have held my hand
G C2
You have never let me go
G C2
When I fell down on my knees
G C2
You carried me all on your own

G
You have shown me myself
G C2
You have given me all that’s true
G C2
You have given me a new song
G C2
That I may worship you


<Prechorus>
<Chorus>
Track Name: Light from Light
Light from Light


Verse 1:
D G A D
You came from heaven to earth
D G A D
It was written before your birth
D G A D
They nailed you to a cross
D G A D
Where you died… for all of us
Yes you died for all of us

Prechorus:
D G A D
By the power of your love my sins are washed away
D G A D
Now I won’t keep from singing another day
D G A D
For the blood you gave to save me
D G A
I offer my life to you

Chorus:
D G
Light from light
A D
and truth from truth
D G
All that we can hope to bring
A D
is this offering to you
D G
a reflection of your glory
A D
and your endless love
D G
bringing light from light
A D G A D x2
Again... into your world.

Verse 2:
D G A D
On the third day you rose again
D G A D
Reunited with all your friends
D G A D
They saw and they believed
D G A D
But I’m blind… and somehow I see
Yes we’re blind… can we believe?

D G A D
By the power of your love my sins are washed away
D G A D
Now I won’t keep from singing another day
D G A D
For the blood you gave to save me
D G A
I offer my life to you, you showed me

<Chorus>

Bridge:
D G A D
hey now, now, now you come in to your world
D G A
Morena now we sing your praise
D G A D
And now, now, now we see your matchless worth
D G A
Morena now we seek your face

<Chorus>
Track Name: Back for Help
Verse1:
G
Was there really an age
F
When we saw the face for the smile?
Am
Was there ever a time,
F
Or is this just denial?

Am
Was there ever a day
F
When we cared less for what we wore
Am
And more for what we gave
F
Not we held in store

Verse2:
G
Was there really a day
F
When we respected life before birth?
Am
Where was I then?
F
Was I even on this earth?

Am
Or am I lucky
F
Just to be alive
Am
Was I so close
F G
To this life being denied

Chorus:
G
We lifted our hands,
Am
with our prayers to the sky
F
Arms open wide
C G
with praise to you

And I never saw so many,
Am
I never saw so few
F
Change the world
C G
the way you showed them to
Am G
They exalt you
Am
It’s all they do

Verse3:
G
Was there ever a time
F
When no one cared where we were born
Am
Was there ever a day
F
When we would all just get along
Am
With no worries
F
Of where we walked at night
Am
And all that mattered
F G
Was that you walked by our side

G
We lifted our hands,
Am
with our prayers to the sky
F
Arms open wide
C G
with praise to you

And I never saw so many,
Am
I never saw so few
F
Change the world
C G
the way you showed them to Am G
They exalt you
There lives speak of you
Its all they do

Bridge:
Am
Lord and with your help,
G Am
we’ll get out of this alive
G Am
Lord and with your love,
G Am
we’ll be better on the other side

G Am
Lord and with a miracle,
G Am
they’ll be no need to hide
G Am
With you as our shepherd,
G Am
with you as our guide

Last Chorus:
G
So we lift our hands,
Am
with our prayers to the sky
F
Arms open wide
C G
With praise to you

G
And we’ve never been so many,
Am
though now we are so few
F
We‘ll change this world
C G
with help from you
Am G
We exalt you
We believe you
We give our lives to you, let it be
All we want to do
Track Name: Hosanna
Hosanna
Intro: C F C F
Verse 1:
C F
Hosanna in the highest shout the people
C F
And they declare your unending love
C Am
No one sees now the hate they found
C G C
Dividing them out for so long
<C F>
C F
Hosanna in the highest shout the masses
C F
All praise and honour to your son
C F
Who brought the world from darkness into light
C F G C
Ended the night, and forgave us all for what we’d done

Chorus 1:
C Am F G C
And I will be, a messenger of hope for thee
And I will give, every moment in which I live
To you God, you know what is in my heart
And I will stand: a reed in the wind I bow to your plan
Intro: C F C F
Verse 2:
C F
Holy holy God of power sing the angels
C F
They declare you are king of kings
C Am
And we join in their unending song
C G Am
With all that we can bring
<no break>
C F
Holy holy Lord, sing the people
C F
God of might and of power
C F
Heaven and earth are full of your glory
C F G C
blessed is he who, comes In the name of the Lord



Chorus 2:
C Am F G C
And I will be, a messenger of hope for thee
And I will give, every moment in which I live
To you God, you know what is in my heart
And I will stand, a reed in the wind I bow to your plan

Bridge:
F
Hosanna Jesu
C F
Hosana mvana
C F
Hosanna ukuZwakala
C F
Hosana mvana

Ending chorus:
C Am F G C
And I will be, a messenger of hope for thee
And I will give, every moment in which I live
To you God, you know what is in my heart
And I will stand: a reed in the wind I bow to your plan

Intro: C F C F

C Am F G C
So here I stand, a messenger, and a mortal man
Track Name: Adoration
Adoration
Intro:
E B2 A D2
E B2 A2

E B2 A D2
I don’t know what you think but, I could get to like this
E B2 A2
Spend time just thinking about your love
E B2 A D2
Cause I’m not sure where I stand when, I stand before you
E B2 A2
But somehow kneeling is safe enough

E B2 A D B2
Here for the world to see, aint it funny how seeing doesn’t mean you believe
E B2 A D B2 [intro]
Here, just staring at me, and now my hearts’ believing, my eyes can see … you

E B2 A2
Mvana ka tixo
E B2 A
Esusa izono
E B2 A2 D2
Mvana wa Nkulunkulu
E B2 A2
Izono Zelizwe

E B2 A D2
Sometimes, I’m not sure what you’re saying cause I’m, too bust talking
E B2 A2
Deafened by the thought I give myself
E B2 A D2
When the world roars in your ears it’s hard, to be silent
E B2 A2
But your whisper’s always loud enough

E B2 A D B2
Here, where this silence speaks, your voice creeps in where my thoughts should be
E B2 A D B2 [intro]
Yeah here, talking to me. And now my heart is still, so your voice can lead

<Chorus>

Ngwana wa morena
Tseya dibi
Ngwana wa morena
Tsali fatse
<Intro>

E B2 A D2
I don’t know what you think but, I could get to like this
E B2 A2
Spend time just thinking about your love
Track Name: Painted Wings
Painted Wings

Verse 1:
To one so strong, sings one so weak
What can I say to thee?
Could I thank you for your time, thank you for your love
Or is a smile enough?
I see you smiling now

Verse2:
Of one so humble, sings one so proud
I know God’s very hand picked you out
I could sing of the pain you felt, all that you endured
But it’s hard to write a single word

It’s over now
The light has pushed the darkness out

Chorus:
Let him paint the wings, on your back
He’ll set you up, to fly
And as you soar there, don’t look back
You’ve left this world of pain behind

Of one so humble, sings one so proud
And God’s very hand holds you now
Gracious heart that knew only love
Selfless care from a daughter and from above

That’s not over now
Her love will find you somehow

<Chorus>

You wear these painted wings,
on your back
He’s set you up, to fly
And now you soar there,
you don’t look back
You’ve left all of your pain behind


To one so strong, sings one so weak
What can I say to thee? Goodbye
Track Name: Stunned Silent
A E F#m
I am over come
A E F#m
I am blessed with your love
A E F#m
I am more with you by my side
A E F#m
Than I could ever have become

A E F#m
A E F#m

A E F#m
I will be your friend
A E F#m
I will be your strength
A E F#m
When others have deserted you
A E F#m
I’ll stand till the end
Track Name: Redeemed
Redeemed

C2 Em
Arms Open Wide
C2 Em
As if trying to grasp something too big to hold
C2 Em
For my sin you died
C2 Em
Trying to keep me off the ground

G C G
One act of kindness, I am free
C G
One act of favour, I’m redeemed
C Em
My saviour, came for me
C Em
One act of love, and a blind world can see

G Em C2 G
We are redeemed, our souls made clean, we want them to know
G Em C2 D G
We are alive, to lift him high, this king who died for me



C2 Em
Arms Open Wide
C2 Em
As a child would show the reach of your love
C2 Em
For my sin you died
C2 D
Trying to help me understand

G C G
One act of kindness, set me free
C G
One act of favour, and I was redeemed
C G
He’s my saviour, and he came for me
C G Em C
One act of love, and a blind world can see, yeah
Em
And blind world could see

<Chorus>

Bridge:
G Em C D
We are, we are, we are redeemed
G Em C D
We are, we are, we are set free
Track Name: Stand Up!
Stand up
Intro: C Em G D
Verse 1:
A C#m E B
Maybe this is the day, when all our voices rise
A C#m E B
Maybe they shout Jesus name, and maybe the darkness dies
A C#m E B
What if this was the day, when all the battle scars faded away
A C#m E B
And our war cries gathered in one refrain, to lift his name on high

Chorus:
G Em
Stand up. Don’t be divided.
C D
This is our call to arms
G Em
Stand up. We’ll be the sign
C D
Of his love in this life…we gotta stand up
<Intro> C Em G D
Verse 2:
C Em G D
Maybe this is the day when our sword is his word
C Em G D
Maybe this is the time when our faith, our shield holds firm
C Em G D
What if this was the day, girded in truth we threw sin away
C Em G D
The armor of God in our hearts and his spirit in our midst
<Chorus>
<Intro> C Em G D x2
C D x2
C D
We give him the glory x3
C D G
We give him the glory in this life
<Chorus>
Final chorus:
A F#m
We stand up. We stand united.
D E
Warriors who sing his praise
A F#m
We stand up. We are the line
D E A
This far and no further…his people stood up
Track Name: Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord

Intro: A D A E
A D A D E

A D A D E
Much deeper than the oceans
A D A E
Much greater to behold
A D
Creation shouts a song of worship
A D E
And now all the Earth sings along


D A E
And I can see the glory of my king
D A E
Treasured in every heart
D A E
And I can hear the song of all the Earth
D A E
Crying out through the dark
A E D E
Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from heaven and earth to the king
A E D E
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted
A
Praise the Lord
<intro>


A D A D E
Much higher than the heavens
A D A E
Much harder to contain
A D
The night time sky testifies your glory
A D E
The stars join our refrain

D A E
And I can see the splendor of my king
D A E
Treasured by every heart
D A E
And I can hear all the universe
D A E
Crying out through the dark

<Chorus>
Track Name: The End Will Never Come
The End Will Never Come
[Intro riff x2]
G Em
If I walk in a valley, or on a mountain
C D
Let my prayer be the same
G Em
Weather I’m blinded by the darkness, or the light
C D
Let this prayer remain

E D C B C-B

Chorus: [power chords]
G
Glory be to the father
Em
Glory be to his Son
C D
Glory be to the love they share, the holy one

G
As it was at the start
Em
As it is right now
C D G Em C D
And will be forever one, because the end will never come

[Intro riff x1]

G Em
If I walk all alone, or in a crowded place
C D
Let this prayer be in my heart
G Em
Weather I’m taken by the beauty, or the sadness
C D
Let this cry be a part

G Em
And if I stand on rock or sand
C D
May it still show who you are

<Chorus> x2

Bridge:
Em C G D [power chords]
For a man bled and died to rescue us
Em C G D
For a king stepped down, to show us how to love


<Chorus> soft, acoustic open chords

<Chorus> hard, powerchords

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