I Wish I Could See Your Face (live songs from sunday mornings)

by Seth Woods and Ben Lance

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about

for a few years in a row, sometime between 2007 (or so) till 2010 (or so), i would wake up around 6 on certain sunday mornings, eat breakfast (sometimes), grab my guitar, and drive over to ben lance's apartment. he would load his gear into my truck, and we would drive up to waco to lead the music at university baptist church. our friend ben dudley was one of the pastors there, and when their regular music pastor was out of town, he would give us a call and we would hit the road.

i met ben lance in houston, texas, sometime in 2002 (probably). i had planned to move austin that summer to serve at the as-yet-unnamed mosaic (at that point known only as "a church in austin") as music pastor. as bill callahan says, things didn't pan out as planned. i ended up moving into an old converted church in the montrose neighborhood with five other dudes and two ladies. ben lance was one of these dudes.

i came home from work one day to hear this incredibly angelic and other-worldy sound floating through the old chapel. ben was home alone, pedals fired up and amp out in the high ceilinged room. i knew, absolutely, at that moment, that i had to have him.

the move to austin eventually happened. ben was considering going back to school to study art at the university of north texas. i talked him right out of that (i apologize, ben - you're a phenomenal painter). in december we all got evicted from the building by a city inspector (construction permits? what construction permits?), and we scattered, mostly to our friend lacy, tania, and trenda's couches. i started driving up every weekend to play music at mosaic. ben moved up and slept on our friend jay beck's couch and worked at a smoothie king. we eventually got an apartment off of guadalupe and 51st, and settled down to bang out the hits, eventually forming our band, sad accordions, and playing together weekly at mosaic, along with a growing cast of characters.

the point is - ben lance has been central and essential to my life, musically and otherwise, for twelve years now. that means that i'm old (and he's even older). it also means that i can't imagine what i would be doing if he hadn't abandoned his thoughts of higher education and moved to austin with me to start a band. i would not have grown musically or personally as near as much as i have. i wouldn't have been pushed and inspired to look for songs and sounds and experiences that were not to be found in the center aisle, but off around the sides of the building, in the alley, on the roof, in the gutter, out in the distance, on the wind...

so, sunday mornings. waco. a few weeks each year. it was a good time to talk, to exchange ideas and thoughts, to share our hearts or to be silent and stare out the window. it was a great time of collaboration - taking us out of our normal elements and players and sound systems (ubc had a great one. that they purchased. with money). we had the pleasure of having jon davis run sound for us. we were lucky to get to play with some of waco's hidden talents - ben dudley, griffin kelp, britt duke, jordan bellamy. we got to build this strange, tiny community of a handful of people that lived in a different town, whose lives looked different than ours in many respects. it was wonderful.

these recordings were captured by the aforementioned jon davis. some of them are board recordings, some of them are room mics. there may even be an iphone involved here or there. they range from sonically full to scratchy and fuzzy. these are all songs that we sang at mosaic for years as well. it is, for me, a tribute to a time and season of life that was filled up to the brim with music and people. and it is also a thank you to my best musical hero, collaborator, and friend. thanks ben.


seth woods
albuquerque, nm
august 2014

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released August 4, 2014

Seth Woods - vocals, acoustic guitar, rhodes
Ben Lance - electric guitar

with: Griffin Kelp, Britt Duke, Jordan Bellamy, Ben Dudley on guitars, banjos, bass, drums, keys, and other musical making instruments

recorded by jon davis

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seth woods Albuquerque, New Mexico

seth got his start in houston, tx, playing on his own, as well as in the robbie seay band for four years, before moving to austin in 2003. there he served as the music pastor at a small community church called mosaic, as well as playing in his own band sad accordions, chris simpson's zookeeper, and alex dupree's trapdoor band. he lives in albuquerque now, and makes music as the whiskey priest. ... more

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Track Name: Pass Me Not
pass me not, O gentle savior
hear my humble cry
while on others thou art calling
do not pass me by

savior, savior
hear my humble cry
while on others thou art calling
do not pass me by

trusting only in thy merit
would i seek thy face
heal my wounded, broken spirit
save me by thy grace

savior, savior
hear my humble cry
while on others thou art calling
do not pass me by

thou the spring of all my comfort
more than life to me
who have I on earth beside you
who in heaven but thee

savior, savior
hear my humble cry
while on others thou art calling
do not pass me by
Track Name: Untitled Song About Going Crazy
we're lost inside your maze
you've fixed us in your gaze
you're going to lead us to the center and devour us
you're going to chew us up
you're going to spit us out
you're going to fill us up with love and hope and faith and doubt

we're going to go crazy

your spirit is a woman made all of light
she's hidden herself in blankets of night
she wanders the world weeping and crying
and looking for the pieces of you trapped inside
the world that you have made with your hands
the world you gave to woman and man
and you're calling to the children of abraham
and every tribe and nation from the back of your van
to drive us crazy

i wish i knew your name
i wish i knew your name
i wish i could see your face

we're trying to express this with our tongues
pretty much failing 'cos they're thick and dumb
but you gave us these sweet opposable thumbs
and arms and legs and a kingdom to come
so lead us on with your drum and fife
march us out into the night
God help us to lose our minds!
once we were blind but now we're just plain crazy!

we want to know your name
we want to know your name
we want to see your face
even if we have to go insane
Track Name: Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down
satan, your kingdom must come down
satan, your kingdom must come down
i heard the voice of Jesus say
satan, your kindgom must come down

we're gonna pray until we pray your kingdom down
we're gonna pray until we pray your kingdom down
i heard the voice of Jesus say
satan, your kingdom must come down
Track Name: Jesus Calls Us
Jesus calls us o'er the tumult
of our life's wild restless sea
day by day his sweet voice soundeth
saying "christian follow me"

Jesus calls us from the worship
of the vain world's golden store
from each idol that would keep us
saying "christian love me more"

in our joy and in our sorrows
days of toil and hours of ease
still he calls in cares and pleasures
"christian love me more than these"

Jesus calls us, and by thy mercies
savior may we hear thy call
give our lives to thine obedience
serve and love thee best of all
Track Name: If Only...
if i only had one leg
if i had no hair on my head
if all my friends and family left
if i was at the steps of death

if i never found a mate
if i lived out in the street
if i never caught a break
if they burn me at the stake

if my nights are always cold
if i don't get to grow old
if i lost my only child
if i am always out of style

if the money never comes
if i lose both of my thumbs
if my lover dies at sea
if no one will remember me

if i am nothing much at all
if i were only four feet tall
if i am hated and despised
by the learned and the wise

if this song is not a hit
still i would count it excrement
next to knowing you and to have seen
the way your eyes have looked at me
Track Name: God Of The Dead
God of the dead
God of the dead
God of the breathing again
God of the earth
God of the grave
God of the rising and the raised

open your mouth
open your mouth
open your mouth
and breathe our new name

God of the fallen
God of the flood
God of the bleeding and the blood
hold up the wretched
lower the proud
lead us with your fire and your cloud
Track Name: Go To Dark Gethsemene
Go to dark Gethsemane,
ye that feel the tempter’s power;
Your Redeemer’s conflict see,
watch with Him one bitter hour,
Turn not from His griefs away;
learn of Jesus Christ to pray.

See Him at the judgment hall,
beaten, bound, reviled, arraigned;
the wormwood and the gall!
O the pangs His soul sustained!
Shun not suffering, shame, or loss;
learn of Christ to bear the cross.

Calvary’s mournful mountain climb;
there, adoring at His feet,
Mark that miracle of time,
God’s own sacrifice complete.
“It is finished!” hear Him cry;
learn of Jesus Christ to die.

Early hasten to the tomb
where they laid his breathless clay;
All is solitude and gloom.
Who has taken Him away?

Christ is risen! He meets our eyes;
Savior, teach us so to rise.
Track Name: The Revolution Choir
there is an empire
sitting where we sit
there is a barbed wire
scratching our cheek in
there is a factory
made out of cement
there is a small flame
escapes from the top of it
there is a thick wall
built out of blue coal
there is an army
one thousand years old
there is a land and
it is full of giants
but do not lose step and
do not be frightened
cause there is a great fire
and it comes from the mountain
we wait in the watchtower
trying to keep it lit

it cannot be too much longer

we wake up slow we come like a ghost town
our bandages weave into our wedding gown
o sleeping city! o you stealer of souls!
do you see us coming? do you see us coming?
Track Name: O The Deaths We Would Have Known! (If You Had Not Been With Us)
If you had not been with us
If you had not been with us
they would have swallowed us alive

The waters tried to engulf us
their fury broke against us
we were overwhelmed
and we surely would have drowned

If you had not been with us
If you had not been with us
they would have swallowed us alive

Blessed be the Lord
who did not leave us to be torn by their fangs

If you had not been with us
If you had not been with us
they would have swallowed us alive

The waters tried to engulf us
their fury broke against us
we were overwhelmed
and we surely would have drowned

Blessed be the Lord
who did not leave us to be torn by their fangs

We escaped with our lives
like a bird from the fowler’s snare
the snare was broken
and we escaped with our lives

Blessed be the Lord
who did not leave us to be torn by their fangs

We escaped with our lives
like a bird from the fowler’s snare
the snare was broken
and we escaped with our lives

Our help is the name of the Lord
The Maker of heaven and earth
Our help is the name of the Lord