From Jerusalem to Rome

by Ali McLachlan

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about

In 2001, Ali approached me with 13 songs he had written, and we recorded the vocals in my bedroom to click tracks and minimal backing. Time was tight as he moved to the middle east shortly after. Fortunately, Ali is an excellent singer with an incredible vocal range and a great ear for harmonies, and we got plenty of good takes down in just a few evenings recording.

My task was then to attempt to arrange and record some backing instrumentation, in an attempt to do justice to his songwriting and vocal skills. My limited abilities and experience as a multi-instrumentalist, producer and mixer mean that the recordings you find here are rough around the edges. It has taken me far too long to get them all into a releasable state, and in many ways I'd like to go back to each one and make improvements. But its about time that I drew a line in the sand and published them. I hope you find as much enjoyment from listening to them as I did recording them.

The unifying concept of the album is the life of the apostle Paul, a remarkable man, driven by a passion to spread the message of Jesus to everyone he could, regardless of the suffering that entailed. His courage and determination resulted in the gospel spreading at a rapid pace across the Roman empire, all the way from Jerusalem to Rome.

credits

released 16 February 2013

Songs composed and sung by Ali McLachlan
Instruments, production & mixing by Mark Heath
Cello on Demas Blues by Jenni Carter
Jerusalem Sunset photo by James Emery

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Track Name: Opposition and Joy
They say that I’ve turned traitor.
They said I’d be dead within a year.
They said I’d never succeed in my quest,
And they tried to intimidate me with fear.

We proclaim him, Christ crucified.
We proclaim him, Christ given for sin.
We proclaim him, Christ risen in glory.
Peace with the Father found only in him.

It’s true that I’ve been beaten,
And worked till my strength is all gone.
But I realise now as I sit in these chains,
They can take the man down but the gospel goes on.

We’re pressured, but we are not crushed.
Persecuted, but never alone.
We’re frustrated, but never despairing.
We’re jars of clay for Christ’s treasure to show.

This gospel’s bearing fruit in all the earth.
This gospel’s turned the world upside down.
Empires fall, their rulers shaken;
The earth is rocked to its foundation;
Cause this mighty Christ has taken our sins away.

They’ve resisted my gospel all over.
They’ve dogged my every step.
They’ve tried to ruin the work of God,
And they come to me like a thorn in the flesh.

They’ve shouted me down in the courtyards.
They’ve stoned me and left me for dead.
They’ve tried to poison the converts I’ve had
And they’ve criticised all that I ever said

He’s returning, the conquering King.
He’s returning to redeem all he made.
When Christ leads his triumphal procession,
I’m overjoyed I’ll be in the parade.
Track Name: Brighter than the Sun
I was breathing out murder,
I was seething with rage,
I was plotting disaster,
For the ones in the Way
I was stunned by the brightness
And by what I'd become
I was cornered by greatness,
With nowhere to run
But I saw your glory,
And it's brighter than the sun

I encountered a man
Who had rose from the dead
He left my religion
All tattered in shreds
My world was destroyed
A new life had begun
And I put my faith
In Christ Jesus the Son,
Because I saw his glory
And it's brighter than the sun

Seen your glory,
Seen your glory

I waited to hear you
And the visions they came
Of suffering glory
And preaching his name
I will follow you Jesus
Till your will be done
I will trust in your stength
Until my race is run
Cause I see your glory
And its brighter than the sun
Track Name: Teach Me To Fall
It's all all I've got
It's all you need
Teach me to fall into the ground and die like a planted seed
Falling down,
Falling down

You're so great
I'm so small
Teach me about not giving up or giving in until I've given all
Falling down,
Falling down

You faced the shame
You faced the stones
First the crown of thorns
And then the royal throne
Falling down
Falling down

I bear the cross,
To follow you
You're not asking me to do anything you didn't do
Falling down,
Falling down

So when you picked your dreams from the desert dust,
When your religious zeal has been found corrupt,
When God's not who you thought he was
Cry "teach me"

When you blink your eyes and you cannot see
When you're led by the hand to a strange city
And your only friends are your enemies
Cry "teach me"

You were dead,
So I could live,
You gave your life for mine
And its a life I want to give
Falling down,
Falling down

Pour me out
Burn me up,
Teach me to live my life
A living sacrifice of love
Falling down,
Falling down

When you find yourself falling down,
Cry "teach me"

I run the race,
To win the crown
Against the tide
Cause the only way up
Is by falling down
Falling down
Falling down

You came to serve,
You came to save,
Teach me to follow you
And the example that you gave
Falling down,
Falling down

When you kick yourself for the life you live
When your only righteousness is his
When you're scared what God's expecting you to give
Pray, "teach me"

When the scales have fallen from before your eyes
And you've burned your bridges and you've cut your ties
And its God's way for the rest of life
Cry, "teach me"
Track Name: I Want to Know Your Voice
I want to know your voice.
Want to know the moving of your Spirit in my life.
I want to shine for you.
Let the light of Jesus be seen in everything I do.

I want to be close to you; I want to walk with you.
I want to be close to you Lord Jesus.
I want to walk with you every minute, of every day
Let the thoughts of each moment be centred on you.
Let the thoughts of each moment be centred on you.
Let my life revolve around you.
Track Name: See my Face no More
I’ll be gone on the rising tide with the gale at my back
Compelled by the will of God to walk a certain track.
Solemn prayers in the salted air, then part from the shore.
Tears shed and a farewell said, “You’ll see my face no more”.

Don’t break my heart,
Though it may be hard.
Let me play my part.
Don’t keep me from the will of God.

Come loosen your chords of love that bind me here with you.
There’s time to run and a time to hide, a time to follow through.
Rough or smooth, I never get to choose, I’m happy just to serve.
That he leads me in his will is far more than I deserve.

There are times of opposition
Hardships down the road I tread
But doubts and fears leave me no options
God’s way is the way ahead

I’m back in the old town now with the music to be faced.
If my vow is sealed anywhere, I’m sure this will be the place.
Wreck the peace with a chance to preach the gospel to the Jews.
Inner pain and a Roman chain, but with a life still left to lose.
Track Name: My Life for Your Glory
Been many years, on the road from hell
There's times that I think, I'm not doing so well
It's only your grace, keeps me from falling
Lord take my life, my life for your glory

Precious people, precious time,
How the darkness needs the light to shine
An ebony world must hear your story
Lord take my voice, my life for your glory

And if I should wear the martyr's crown,
May I never, never, let you down,
You've been so gracious to me, yet so holy,
A worthy exchange, my life for your glory
Track Name: Suffering Servant
He grew up in front of us, but he wasn't beautiful,
Nothing about him, to make him desirable
Shunned and rejected, familiar with suffering
Despised and avoided, and given no praise

He took all our griefs, and all our infirmities
Shouldered the weight that was ours for eternity
It must have been God who poured out his wrath on him
Pierced and crushed for the sins of the world

How far have we gone, in walking away from God?
Deliberately choosing the evil path we trod
God laid on him the punishment due to us
The pain that he bore brought healing and peace

The Lord made his life, a perfect guilt offering
The will of the Lord in his hand is prospering
Messiah rejoices, the fruit of his sacrifice
Christ is alive, and he's coming again
Track Name: To Question God
You're not beholden, can't see anything that's greater than yourself,
But you're a blamer, cause if anything goes wrong it's always someone else
And you're a fighter, it's on your terms or its not a deal
But you're a chancer, playing games with what is real

Like a child, reaching out to slap his father's face
Unaware that he is resting on his father's knee
You point your finger and you say you don't believe that God exists
And if he does you say, I don't believe he cares that much for me

If you can lay the earth's foundation
If you can make the darkness light
If you can shape the seas and nations
If you can halt the stream of moments
If you can guide the ocean breeze
If you can enter into judgment
Without crawling on your knees
Then its okay, for you to question God
Track Name: Give me the Wings
Give me the wings of a bird, and I'd fly to your throne
I'd lay down the fight of my life, and I'd get myself home,
The glory is yours, the victory is yours alone
So give me the wings of a bird, and I'd fly to your throne

I've got enemies for preaching the truth in every land
I set forth the truth of the gospel of God as plain as I can
They can put me in chains but the good news is free
Well I may be dying, but Christ lives in me

It's only by grace, this work should be mine
To lift a dark veil from their eyes, and let the light shine
The power of God, is on me each day
Preaching hope for the lost, from a vessel of clay

False men say, I'm out for myself and the devil holds sway
On my way, I keep my head down and I work for the day
When we'll see what the Lord has to say
Give me the wings of a bird

Outside in my flesh, I'm wasting away,
But here on the inside, I'm stronger each day,
And all of my pain, won't make me fall,
Because the glory that's coming, outweighs them all
Track Name: Demas Blues
Hello old friend, how’s life treating you?
I shudder when I think of all the crazy ways you risked your life to get your message through
Strange how things end the way they do
Well I often think of what life would have been like if I’d have spent these years
Preaching the word with you

You turned the world upside down
But I turned I ran
You’d throw everything in
While I’d grab all I can
You’d preach the truth
And you’d enlighten all men
But I, ... I won’t be heard of again

Through deep persecution, exhaustion and pain
Hunger and thirst and desertion by friends
You’ve conquered the globe, you’ve finished your race
For all of my money, for all of my wealth
For all of my comfort, and my excellent health
What will I say, when I look in God’s face, when I look in God’s face?

I am not a bad man
I gave God two good years of my life
And it nearly killed me
And then I figured, come on, everyone else I know seemed to be comfortable
You know, I still love God and all that,
It’s just there are other things in my life right now
I just want to be a bit more normal
Can’t be anything wrong with that can there?
Track Name: Don't Ditch the Gospel
I’m not ashamed of the gospel,
Because it is the power of God
For the salvation of all who believe

You know you can have a bad line and still catch a fish,
You can be bad to your woman and still end up being kissed,
You can take your eye off the ball and still score a goal,
But don’t ditch the gospel if you want to save souls

You don’t have to be a monkey if you want to climb trees,
You don’t have to do a jailbreak if you want to break free,
You can do without a guitar if you want to play rock and roll,
But don’t ditch the gospel if you want to save souls

You can be the biggest loser and be on the winning team,
You don’t have to hit the headlines to end up being seen,
You can lean behind your shovel and still dig a hole,
But don’t ditch the gospel if you want to save souls

Well you can lie in bed all morning and find you’re getting paid,
You can fail in all your subjects, and finally make the grade,
You can wrap yourself in cotton and wind up catching cold
But don’t ditch the gospel if you want to save souls

Don’t tell me you got something better
Don’t tell me you got something clever
Its a stumbling block baby!

To preach the cross is crazy
If you’re dying in your sins
But to us who are being saved
It is the power of God

Well you can lose in every battle to find you’ve won the war,
You can try to find a planet, and still be wanting more,
You can be ever so unlucky and end up striking gold,
But don’t ditch the gospel if you want to save souls

If you want to save souls
Don’t ditch the gospel
Don’t throw it away
There’s nothing better
If you want to save souls
Track Name: I am Persuaded
I am persuaded,
That neither life nor death
Nor angels, principalities, nor powers
Nor things present,
Nor things in the age to come,
Nor height nor depth,
Nor anything at all
Shall separate us from the love of God
Shall separate us from the love of God
Through Jesus Christ our Lord
Track Name: Teach me to fall (reprise)
You're all all I've got
But you're all I need
Taught me me to fall into the ground and die like a planted seed
You've been so great
I'm still so small
Teach me the art of giving up or giving in until I've given all

You've faced the shame
You've faced the stones
First the crown of thorns
And then the royal throne
I bear the cross,
Gladly follow you
You're not asking me to do anything
That you first didn't do

So when you picked your dreams from the desert dust,
When your religious zeal has been found corrupt,
When God's not who you thought he was

When you blink your eyes and you cannot see
You're led by the hand into a strange city
When your only friends were your enemies

When you've kicked yourself for the life you've lived
When you know your only righteousness is his
When you're scared what God's expecting you to give

When the scales have fallen from before your eyes
And you've burned your bridges and you've cut your ties
When its God's way for the rest of life
Still cry "teach me"

Lord keep teaching me
I want you to teach me
Please teach me
Lord please keep teaching me
Keep teaching me Lord