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Many of the songs in River of Love came through meditation when I was deep in the experience of oneness. At other times I would be working on a project and a prayerful song would burst through in the midst. Although no one can find God for us, River of Love may carry you to a new revelation of the vast inclusion of this borderless energy.” -Kathryn Lafond

A collection of original, powerful, and spirit-driven songs, with lyrics from a broad spiritual perspective, includes inspirational, meditative, gospel, chanting, pop, rock music, and more. Accompanied by shamanic guitarist and percussionist – Gil Yslas; flute, strings, sax, and piano player – Martin Lund; and keyboard artist and strings player – Daryl Spadaccini.

Lyrics

All God’s children got a place in this world
All God’s children got a place in this world
Don’t be fooled, don’t be fooled,
By where you are
Cause that’s the place you’re believin
From the view you’re perceivin
That’s the place you’re believin, you belong.

All God’s children got a place in this world
All God’s children got a place in this world
You can worry, you can fret
As you hold to your mind set
Cause that’s the place you’re believin
From the view you’re perceivin
That’s the place you’re believin, you belong.

Chorus:
Bring it on home, all God’s Children,
Bring it on home, all God’s Children…

All God’s children got a place in this world
All God’s children got a place in this world
It you take the time to see
With new eyes, you’ll find you’re free
Cause that’s the place you’re believin
From the view you’re perceivin
That’s the place you’re believin, you belong.

Chorus:
All God’s children got a place in this world
All God’s children got a place in this world
When you look inside you’ll find
That the view is quite divine
Cause that’s the place you’re believin
From the view you’re perceivin
That’s the place you’re believin, you belong
Chorus:
All God’s Children got a place in this world…

There is a Sacred One inside. Open the door and look within
There you will find the sacred One you’ve always known
There you will find a friend

The lost and lonely know not Her. The fearful miss His warm embrace.
Release the stone that blocks your entry to His grace
Remove the veil that hides Her face

Chorus:

Lay in that Stillness
Play in that stillness
Stay in the stillness of the Sacred One (repeat chorus)

I do not fear when shadows grow. Your Love is here of this I know
In every breath I breathe You, radiant and strong
In every sound I hear Your song.

I open up in sweet delight. Your luminesk creates invite
Take all my senses, leave me senseless in Your Love
Safe to be seen for who I am

Chorus:

How can such madness be
Whirling in dance with me
How can mere mortals ever hold the key (repeat chorus)

Interlude…
Rising like incense I emerge. From the cocoon of life I surge
Spreading my wings I fly across Your holy ground
Seeking my soul’s exquisite sound

I walk the maze of this romance. Finding Your eyes in every phase
Hands of Your mercy, feet that walk Your holy trail
Life is but wonderment and praise.

Chorus:

Lay in that stillness
Play in that stillness
Stay in the Stillness of the Sacred one (repeat chorus)

Ooo, I Thank you Lord
Thank you Lord, thank you Lord
Ooo, I thank you Lord, for this new day.
Ooo, You make me Lord
Mold me, and bake me Lord
Ooo, You make me Lord, take me I’m Yours
Ooo, I am round and ripe
Now break me, Lord, break me Lord
Ooo, Open me, to nourish the world

Chorus:
Broken, I become like One
Sustaining life for everyone
Opened to life itself
Seeding the holy ground
(repeat verse 2nd ending: “Seeding the ground”)

Chorus:
Broken, I become like One
Changing both old and young
Weaving ancient ever new
From winter to spring (repeat verse)

Ooo, I thank you Lord
Thank you Lord, Thank you Lord
Ooo, I thank you Lord, for this new day
Ooo, You make me lord
Mold me, and bake me Lord
Ooo, you make me Lord, take me I’m Yours

Narration:
All those who have gone before us
Mothers, Fathers, Grandfathers, Grandmothers
Sisters, Brothers, friends, lovers,
They are – Holy, Holy Messengers
Reminding us of life’s eternal nature,
For all that once was – will come again…

Song:
Holy, Holy Messengers
Holy, Holy, Holy Messengers
Holy, Holy, Holy Messengers…

Narration:
All those Masters, Teachers, Angels,
and Loved Ones in the unseen world
In gratitude we pray…

Song:
Holy, Holy Messengers,
Holy, Holy, Holy Messengers
Holy, Holy, Holy Messengers…

Peace is coming. Peace is coming
Peace is coming. Peace is here
Love is coming. Joy is coming
Peace is coming. Peace is here

Walkin’, talkin’ peace, seeing, being peace
Growing, livin’ peace, Oh, peace is here
Peace is coming. Peace is coming
Peace is coming. Peace is here.

Chorus:
These are the names of the One
Who gives us life
These are the names of the
One True Friend
These are the names of the One
Who brings us light
These are the names of the
One With-in

Peace is coming. Peace is coming
Peace is coming. Peace is here
Love is coming. Joy is coming
Peace is coming. Peace is here

Interlude

Peace be with you. Peace be in you
Peace surrounds you, Oh, peace is here
Peace is coming. Peace is coming
Peace is coming. Peace is here

Chorus: These are the names…

Peace is coming. Peace is coming. Peace is coming. Peace is here
Love is coming. Joy is coming. Peace is coming. Peace is here
Peace is coming. Peace is Here…

God, You made me so wonderful
I’m so full, of surprise, like a bird about to fly
High above the notion, of right and of wrong
Do’s and don’ts, will’s and won’ts
Chorus:
I’m so full of freedom, Tether me my God
For I rise above the suffering, the falsehood of fear.
I, I am so wonderful
So full of beauty, full of grace, full of You.

God, You made me so wonderful
I’m so full of Your love, like a light from stars above
High above the notion, of right and of wrong
Good and bad, weak or strong
CHORUS …

Carry me over. Carry me through
Wade in the waters of You,
Resting in Your will, I am renewed.
Spirit runs through me. Spirit surrounds me, (I)
I offer You this prayer

God, You made me so wonderful
I can’t deny my Living Source,
You supply all that I am
High above the notion, of right and of wrong
Giver and gift, singer or song
CHORUS:

I’m so full of freedom, Tether me My God
For I rise above the suffering, the falsehood of fear.
I, I am so wonderful
So full of beauty, full of grace, full of You. (begin retard)…
God, You made me so wonderful
So full of beauty, full of grace, full of You…

Knocking on heavens door
Banging against heavens gate,
We clamor for entry, feeling pressed and late
Yet we are the masters, of our own fate
Bringing the Christ within, to a conscious state

Chorus:
This is the dance, dance, dance,
of our union with God
The human – union with God
is the road to take
This is the dance, dance, dance,
of our union with God
The human – union with God
is the path we make

Ours are the eyes to see the world blessed and holy
Ours are the ears to hear the Voice of God
Ours are the minds to join our thoughts together
Ours are the hearts to bear the truth of love..
Chorus…

Blind and bewildered we imagine the walls
Walls of confusion blocking our clear site
Yet deep in the stillness, of our darkest night
Comes the ecstatic note of our union with Christ…
Chorus…

Trying, Am I tryin too hard Lord
I am try, try, tryin
Trying, Am I tryin too hard Lord
Cause I really do know…
I’m worthy, Yes, I’m worthy and Loved
I’m worthy, Yes, I’m worthy and Loved

Trying, Am I tryin too hard Lord
I am try, try, tryin
Trying, Am I tryin too hard Lord
Cause I really do know
I’m enough now, I am more than enough
I’m enough now, I am more than enough.. Tryin…
Chorus:
Why, Why, Why do I try to hide,
who I am, to hide Your grace in me
do I refuse Your love, do I deny my peace.
Why, Why, Why do I try to hide
Who I am, to hide Your grace in me
do I resist this heaven, refuse my Eden
with the troubles I make… Tryin…

Show Me, Show me how I shut out, Lord?
Shut down and turn off
Show me, that my life can be easy
Why make it so hard
I’m worthy, Yes I’m worthy and Loved
I’m worthy, Yes I’m worthy and Loved

Show Me, Am I tryin too hard Lord?
I am try, try, tryin
Show me, Am I tryin too hard, Lord?
Cause I really do know
I’m enough now; I am more than enough
I’m enough now; I am more than enough… Show Me!
Chorus…, (Repeat 1st verse…, Repeat 1st & 2nd lines 3x and end “tryin”)

Spirit of the Living God
Are You present now?
Spirit of the Living God
Are You present now?
One with me, body, mind, and spirit
One with me, my peace and my protection

Response:
Blessed Child, Blessed Child
There is never a moment, I am not with you.
Blessed Child, Blessed Child
There is never a moment, I am not with you.
It’s only you who go away.
It’s only you who go away.

(Repeat call and response verses)
Call

Response:
Blessed child, Blessed Child
I am within you, always,
Blessed child, Blessed Child
I am within you, always,
You need only call my name.
And my presence will be known.

Spoken word: God, Allah, Om…
Goddess, Friend, Beloved One, Myster…y

Where is the pearl
Enclosed deep in this shell?
Where is the jewel, I’ve hidden as well?

When I refuse to be, the light God’s given me
I am blinded from seeing my wealth.
Oh, I can be more
Than the candle on the shelf

Here in God’s arms, I am unable to tell
Afloat in God’s ocean, as if cast in a spell
When I refuse to be, the light God’s given me
I am blinded from seeing my wealth
Oh, I can be more
Than the candle on the shelf

Chorus:
I am a candle on the altar
I am a candle on the shelf
I am a candle in my Friend’s life
I am a candle for myself (repeat chorus)

I choose to be, a light for all to see
A radiance pure and clear, I am remembering
The fruits I bear are truly my gifts to give
Why stay in this world and live
If I refuse to shine this love
Why stay in this world and live
If I refuse to shine this love …. of mine…

(Repeat chorus 2 times)
I choose to be…

I can focus on my crucifixion, I can focus on life being unfair
I can focus on my crucifixion, I can tell you they done me wrong. mmm
I can focus on my crucifixion, I can focus on my sorrow and pain
I can focus on my crucifixion, I can tell you I die in shame.

Chorus: Oh I can re-enact this useless journey
Deny my oneness with All
I can choose to live in the se par a tion
Stay in the hell of my fall.

Or Turn to You, Overcome the cross
I turn to You, Who knows it’s all a lie
I turn to You. Release my burdens to You
And take the staff of joy, To be my ship in the night
I turn to You

I can focus on my crucifixion, I can stand from my pulpit and blame
I can focus on my crucifixion, I can lay with my victim claim. Mmm
I can focus on my crucifixion, I can sicken myself with the lies
I can focus on my crucifixion, I can focus on my failure to thrive
Chorus…
Or Turn to You, And claim my resurrection
Turn to You, Who holds the key to all life
I turn to You, And find salvation a midst
The endless bounty of good, You give, sustaining my soul
I turn to You.

I can focus on my crucifixion, Forget the Blessed Holy Spirit within
I can focus on my crucifixion, Stay in the harbor of my past sins. Mmm
I can focus on my crucifixion, Shut my eyes to the secret of Light
I can focus on my crucifixion, Miss life’s beauty while I choose the fight.
Chorus…
Or Turn to You, Hidden deep down inside
I Turn to You, The light and Truth of the Way
In the blackest of nights or the brightest of days
I turn to You, I know I need your love, I turn to You
I believe in my good, I turn to You, I turn to You,
Lead me home again, I turn to You. I have no fear
I turn to You, You are by my side. I turn You, I turn to you
I turn to You, I turn to You, I turn to You
I turn to You, I turn to You
I turn to You I turn to You, I turn to You
I turn to You, I turn to You, I turn to You,
I turn to You, I turn to You
I turn to You, I turn to You…

I’m so blessed, I’m so blessed
I’m so blessed, I am so blessed
Forget sometimes, that I’m so blessed
Yet when I recognize the blessings grow
I’m so loved, I’m so loved
I’m so loved, I am so loved
Forget sometimes, that I am so loved
Yet when I recognize the love grows

Chorus:
Love has no surrender
When it’s inside your heart
You give it all you can render
I am so loved, I am so loved.

I’m so blessed, I’m so blessed.
I’m so blessed, I am so blessed.
Forget sometimes, that I’m so blessed
Yet when I recognize the blessings grow.
There is no place, quite like heaven on earth
Abundance grows and flows from our birth
We choose to live, from the Source of all things
We can choose the miracle these blessings bring

Chorus:
Love has no surrender,
When it’s inside your heart
You give it all you can render
I am so blessed, I am so blessed

Love has no surrender
When it’s inside your heart
You give it all you can render…
We are so loved, (2x) You are so loved, (2x)

I am so loved, we are so loved
You are so loved, I am so loved…

Beloved One, I come to You
I come to You each day
Beloved One, I come to You
I come to You each day.

Beloved One, I rise for You
I rise for You each day
Beloved One, I rise for You
I rise for You each day

Chorus:
Beloved One, Beloved One, Beloved One, I come
Beloved One, Beloved One, Beloved One, I rise

Beloved One, You quench my thirst
I drink You in, my Living Waters
Beloved One, You fill my heart
With hope and promise, my Living Breath

Chorus
Beloved One I come to You…

Something is waiting, inside of me waiting.
Waiting to know it is safe to come home.
Something is waiting, inside of me waiting.
Waiting to know it is safe to come home.
Chorus:
Set it down, Set it down, (background echo)
Fear must go. It doesn’t serve you.
Set it down, set it down,
Open the gates to your heaven
Set it down, set it down,
Fear must go. It doesn’t serve you.
Set it down, set it down, (echo: Let it Go)
Open the gates to your heart.

Something is waiting, afraid, it’s just waiting.
Something so big it’s about to burst through. (repeat 2x)

Chorus….
Something is waiting, in fear – imitating…
The idea that change will consume and devour
The life that I’ve built, secure in this illusion
Can it really be time, I release and let go.

Chorus…
Interlude…

Why do I stand in the way of such great love?
What could I possibly lose that’s worth more?
The light of my Good and my God lies before me…
Bravely I rise, to walk through that door.

Set it down, Set it down
Fear must go. It doesn’t serve you.
Set it down, Set it down
Open the gates to your heaven.
(2nd half ending – Open the gates to your heart).
Repeat full chorus…

Go to the river
To wash away your fears
Go to the river
Let it help to carry cares
Let it separate the chaff from the wheat
Let it be like Christ and wash your feet
Go to the river, the river of love

Go to the river
Take a breath of pure clean air
Go to the river
And let it out with all your tears
Let its grinding, pounding action
Release your secret shame
Go to the river, to find yourself again

Go to the river
Let it soothe your weary soul
Go to the river
To hear the wisdom that you know
Let its magic and its mystery
Open your hearts gate
And the song you’ll hear
Will be the truth you are to take

Go to the river
the river from above
Go to the river
the river of love…

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