Waiting Songs

by Rain for Roots

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Waiting Songs is an album of Advent. These songs are about making time for waiting. The King is coming and He is already here. So we practice listening, quieting ourselves, celebrating, whispering good news, and yelling shouts of joy. In the Rain for Roots family, we practice most of all by singing to ourselves, to each other, and to our children about true things. He is coming -- the Joy of Every Longing Heart. Our longing hearts. Grown ups and children; we are the same in this. Through these songs, may God call us closer into conversation with Himself while we wait and hope with expectation. He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found.

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released November 10, 2015

Executive Producer: Sandra McCracken

Produced and Engineered by Stephen Gause at Invertigo Productions
Mixed by Shane D. Wilson at St. Izzy's of the East Nashville, TN
Assisted by Aaron Chafin
Mix Coordination by Lani Crump for Showdown Productions
Mastered by Alex McCollough at Yes Master
Cover Artwork by A. Micah Smith
Project Management by Alice Mary Smith

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Track Name: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
O Come, O come, Emmanuel
O Come, O come, Emmanuel
O Come, O come, Emmanuel
O Come, O come, Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

O Come, O come, Emmanuel
O Come, O come, Emmanuel
O Come, O come, Emmanuel
Track Name: Come Light Our Hearts
For you, O Lord, our souls in stillness wait
For you, O Lord, our souls in stillness wait
Truly our hope is in You
Truly our hope is in You

O Lord of life, our only hope
Your radiance shines
On all who look -- to You in the dark
Emmanuel come, come light our hearts

For you, O Lord, our souls in stillness wait
For you, O Lord, our souls in stillness wait
Truly our hope is in You
Truly our hope is in You

O Joy above all other loves
In you we find more than enough
We come as we are, O heal and restore
Come light our hearts
Track Name: Isaiah 11
A green shoot will sprout up from Jesse
The roots will grow a budding branch
A wolf will dwell with a gentle lamb
They'll leap and play in the green, green grass

A little child will lead them
A little child will lead them
The lion and the lamb lie down together
A little child will lead them

A green shoot will sprout up from Jesse
The roots will grow a budding branch
A wolf will dwell with a gentle lamb
They’ll leap and play in the green, green grass

A little child will lead them
A little child will lead them
The lion and the lamb lie down together
A little child will lead them

[Read] On that day, Jesse's Root will be raised high,
Posted as a rallying banner for the peoples
The nations will all come to Him
His headquarters will be glorious! [Isaiah 11:10 from The Message]

A green shoot will sprout up from Jesse
A banner of love like a melody
Singing "Come back children, come back, hurry”
Singing over you, singing over me

The good, good King will lead them
The good, good King will lead them
The spirit of the Lord will rest upon Him
The good, good King will lead us
The good, good King will lead us

The lion and the lamb lie down together
The good, good King will lead us
Track Name: Every Valley (It's Hard To Wait)
When you write a letter to a friend
And you don't when
You'll hear back again
Well, it's hard to wait
It's hard to wait
So hard to wait

When the one you love
Leaves on a plane
And you know that she'll
Come back someday
It's hard to wait
It's hard to wait
So hard to wait

There is gonna be a day
Every low valley He will raise
There is gonna be a day
Hills and mountains gonna be made plain
There is gonna be a day
Winding roads gonna be made straight
Comfort, comfort, comfort, comfort
It's hard to wait
So hard to wait

When you plant a seed
In the garden bed
But you don't see green
Growing up just yet
Oh, it's hard to wait
It's hard to wait

Comfort, comfort, comfort, comfort
It's hard to wait
So hard to wait
There’s gonna be a day
But it's hard to wait

Tag: There is gonna be a day
Every low valley He will raise
There is gonna be a day
Hills and mountains gonna be made plain
There is gonna be a day…
Track Name: The Weight of the World
My shoulders are narrow
My body is weak
I haven’t got any good words to speak
My heart often falters
My footing’s unsure
Under the weight of the world

The weight of the world
The weight of the world
Under the weight of the world

This is no load for one person to bear
Just one is able, just one anywhere
I’ll take it all to King Jesus in prayer
He’s strong for the weight of the world

The weight of the world
The weight of the world
He’s strong for the weight of the world

I am not able for all of my cares
Even my winnings are more than I’ll bear
I’ll take it all to King Jesus in prayer
He’s strong for the weight of the world

The weight of the world
The weight of the world
He’s strong for the weight of the world

The fabric of faith is too strong to tear
Woven by Christ, the saints daily will wear
A surety that Jesus, so strong and so fair
Has carried the weight of the world

The weight of the world
The weight of the world
He’s carried the weight of the world
He’s carried the weight of the world
Track Name: Mary Consoles Eve
Eve, my sister
The one who took the fall
Eve, my sister
Mother of us all
Lift up your head
Don’t hide your blushing face
The promised One
Is finally on His way

Almost, not yet, already
Almost, not yet, already

Eve, it’s Mary
Now I’m a mother too
The child I carry
A promise coming true
This baby comes to save us from our sin
A servant King, His kingdom without end

Almost, not yet, already
Almost, not yet, already

He comes to make his blessings flow
As far and wide as the curse is found
He comes to make His blessings flow

Almost, not yet, already,
Almost, not yet, already...soon

Eve, my sister
The one who took the fall
Eve, my sister
Mother of us all
The promised One
Is finally on His way
Track Name: Zechariah
Zechariah went into the temple
And an angel of the Lord was waiting there
He said, "You've waited your whole life
Good news, you and your wife
will have a son named John,
the Lord has heard your prayer."

Zechariah was afraid and started talking
He said, "How can this be? How will I know?"
Gabriel said, "God gave this special task to me,
and since you ask, here's a sign for you
until he’s born to show..."

And Zechariah said,“...”
Then he couldn’t say…
But his heart went…{‘cause he couldn’t speak}
Then he tried to say…
But he couldn’t say…
But his heart went boom, boom, boom!

Zechariah walked out of the temple
And they knew something had happened there inside
He tried to tell the story, but it wouldn't come out right
Stayed inside his heart, but couldn't be denied

And Zechariah said “... , ...grrr…”
But his heart went…{‘cause he couldn’t talk anymore}
And he tried to say “mmm...ah…”
But his heart went pitter-patter, pitter-patter, boom!

The time came and Jesus had a cousin
This baby boy that Gabriel foretold
Everyone was glad, they thought they'd name him like his dad
but Zechariah knew better and he wrote:
"His name is John!"

And he said, "Blessed be the Lord our God of Israel
My son John will get our ears ready to hear
That our Father will forgive us;
His Son's come to live with us
The redeemer that we've waited for is here."
The redeemer that we’ve waited for is here
Track Name: Magnificat
My soul magnifies the Lord
My spirit rejoices in God
My soul magnifies the Lord
My spirit rejoices in God

For He who is mighty
Has done great things for me
Holy holy
Holy holy
Holy holy
Is His name

[Read]
His mercy flows in wave after wave
On those who are in awe before Him
He embraced his chosen child, Israel
He remembered and piled on the mercies, He piled them high!
It’s exactly what He promised
Beginning with Abraham and right up to now. (Luke 1:50, 54-55 from The Message)

My soul magnifies the Lord
My spirit rejoices in God
My soul magnifies the Lord
My spirit rejoices in God

For He who is mighty
Has done great things for me
Holy holy
Holy holy
Holy holy
Is His name
Track Name: Great Rejoicing
There's gonna be a great rejoicing
There's gonna be a great rejoicing

The troubles of this world
Will wither up and die
That river of tears made by the lonely
Someday will be dry
There's gonna be a great rejoicing

There's gonna be a great joy river
There's gonna be a great joy river

Questions of this world
Someday will be known
Who's robbing you of peace
And who's the giver
There's gonna be a great joy river

Someday you will find me
Guarded in His fortress
Open heart and wings
That never touch the ground
Someday we will gather
In a grand reunion
Debts of this old world
Are nowhere to be found
Nowhere to be found

There's gonna be a great rejoicing
There's gonna be a great rejoicing
There’s gonna be a great joy river
There's gonna be a great rejoicing
There’s gonna be a great rejoicing
Track Name: Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus
Come, thou long expected Jesus
Born to set thy people free
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find our rest in Thee

Israel's strength and consolation
Hope of all the earth thou art
Dear desire of every nation
Joy of every longing heart

Born Thy people to deliver
Born a child and yet a King
Born to reign in us forever
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring

By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone
By Thine all sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne

We are waiting
We are waiting
We are waiting for You.
(Hallelujah, what a Savior!)

By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone
By Thine all sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne

We are waiting
We are waiting
We are waiting for You.