Just Speak a Word

by Chords of a Man

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Americana style album of original songs covering the cases of life meeting every man's need in the Gospel of John.

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released November 9, 2018

Music and Lyrics by Matthew David Fritz
Vocals and Instruments: Matthew David Fritz
Vocals: Leslie Fritz
Producer, mix and mastering engineer: Matthew David Fritz
Co-producers: Robbie Dickinson and Eugenia Grant

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Chords of a Man Centerville, Ohio

Chords of a Man is a husband and wife duo comprised of Leslie Fritz and Matthew David Fritz. Focusing on Biblical themes, they write and produce illustrative original songs that draw upon deep scripture passages.
Their complimentary voices and pristine 2-part harmonies form the hallmark of their enchanting sound and diverse, Americana style musical arrangements.
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Track Name: Twelve Baskets
Come away to a place far across the sea
To a mountain transcendent and trouble-free
Let the crowd try and follow
Hunger shows how we’re hollow
If the flock needs life’s feeding
To the mountain He’s leading
See the boy with five loaves and two fish on hand
Let the people recline on this grassy land
Here we treasure His smallness
And the fragments exhaustless
For the blessings partaking
Let His hands do the breaking

Daylight declines and now fades to black
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not lack
We followed this far without turning back
And we can testify
With a rich supply
Gone is hunger’s pain
And twelve baskets remain

On our boat tossed about by the wind and waves
All our fears and our doubts cease when Jesus saves
Though the demons we’re dreading
Over waves He is treading
We enjoy His peace-giving
For this journey called living

Daylight declines and now fades to black
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not lack
We followed this far without turning back
And we can testify
Of a rich supply
Gone is hunger’s pain
And twelve baskets remain
Track Name: Jesus Wept
Jesus wept, Lazarus’ soul was sleeping
So bereft, Mary fell on You just weeping
Faith resigned, sealed in the cave that he laid in
She opined, “If You were here, You could save him”

You appeared, giving life abundantly
Moved to tears as they cried, “Come and see”

Jesus wept, Martha was so demanding
As she kept doctrinal understanding
Four days passed, time is a veil from seeing
Glories vast, promised to those believing

And You’ll endure all who claim You came too late
To ensure life out of death, You would wait

Jesus wept, though He is resurrection
Some expect magical intervention
Blind men see, hungry are satisfied
Could it be Lazarus shouldn’t have died?

And You’ll forbear those who love with doubting breath
Since You care more for raising men from death
Track Name: The Healer's Psalm
Each fleeting year, a dollar spent
Until there’s nothing left to give and nothing left
The scroll of time, a scene unwinds
Revealing healing needed for all of mankind

A child born, a life will grow
Aside from mother’s joyful hope, in truth we know
Yet pain to see the tragedy
The more we live, the more we die increasingly

A prophet came, made water wine
With no honor from His own, save only signs
A land of reeds, among the weak
A second sign had come for fragile souls who seek

A noble man in Cana found
Despite his child's buoyant youth, to death was bound
Of life he heard, so undeterred
In desperation came and sought His healing word

Let the signs and wonders meet their own demise
Sir, come down before my little child dies
All the moribund are healed by life You give
Just speak a word and I believe my son will live

Within the mind, emotion, will
There is a dire need to heal which life can fill
Our spirit, soul, and body-whole
When filled with life, will swallow up all death’s control

A tender scar, a contrite heart
Wherever life would enter in, it heals that part
We muse upon the Healer’s psalm
Conveying words of life that hold the healing balm

Let the signs and wonders meet their own demise
Sir, come down before my little child dies
All the moribund are healed by life You give
Just speak a word and I believe my son will live
Track Name: Woman at the Well
Thirst journeyed and hid at Jacob's well
Warmth of the midday sun will tell
Tell sinners I shade from your shame provide

Give something to drink life asks of you
Say what you think but if you knew
Knew who it was, bringing the gift of God

There's a well so deep only emptiness is found
But the fullness of living water’s springs abound

Nevermore you'll thirst if you’d only drink from this life-giving fount
All your sins I can forgive
If you drink, then you will live
If for living water you ask, I'll freely give

Sir, You are a prophet, I perceive
Woman, in spirit you'll believe
All you have tried, nothing else satisfies

Such hour is near and it is now
Worship in spirit I endow
Setting you free unto reality

Let the ancients come and scale this mountain peak
But the worshippers in truthfulness He seeks

Gushing waters burst whenever you take from this life-giving spring
All your sins I will forgive
When you drink, then you will live
Since the living water you ask I freely give
Track Name: Water Changed to Wine
After the wine had all run out
After the joy it brought about
After the wedding feast was spent
Lending reprieve from discontent

Surely You knew ahead of time
Just when the feast ran out of wine
Then in the end You would reveal
Only Your life our death can heal

When joys of life have come to pass
It’s then You save the best for last
And we find water changed to wine

We were just reeds so weak and frail
From a despised land we hail
Six earthen vessels filled with death
Formed by the Spirit's living breath

But in the wind the reeds will bend
And vessels’ earthly joy will end
Till we find water changed to wine

Though all our waterpots be filled
Life of the grapes would never spill
Even our rites with death are rife
Until we pass from death to life

So when life’s earthly wells run dry
The better life He will supply
When we find water changed to wine

After the wine had all run out
After the joy it brought about
After the wedding feast was spent
Lending reprieve from discontent

When joys of life have come to pass
It’s then You save the best for last
And we find water changed to wine
Oh, we find water changed to wine
Track Name: Many Rivers
On the last day Jesus stood and cried out
Come to Me and drink; if anyone thirsts
From his being shall flow many rivers
Welling up and changing death into life

Hear life's cry
Your thirst will be satisfied
And rivers shall flow

Splendor echoes from her English gala
As she throws away her red dancing shoes
Crying out, she says, “How can these things help me?
If there is a God, please satisfy”

Come to Me
If only you will believe
Then rivers shall flow

Pitching tents, we live as wandering pilgrims
Drinking water from a rock on our path
Hallowed memories of our seeking fathers
Steer us toward the promised rivers of rest

Come to Me
The Spirit you will receive
And rivers shall flow
Track Name: Born Anew
O humble teacher, only a seeker
Would ever come this way by night
You came because of signs, I came to give you life
Though your concern was kingdom teachings to learn
Well, the words I say are true
You cannot see it unless you’re born anew

And just like the wind
Which comes and goes again
So is everyone of the Spirit born

A man was sent, proclaiming men should repent
What he spoke from God was right
He came to testify concerning the light
A voice professed, cried from the wilderness
How water terminates
And by believing how life will germinate

There is another life
Another nature holds
Another realm where life divine unfolds

A serpent wrought for poisoned people distraught
Was lifted on a pole
So when the dying gazed they were then made whole
And God so loved the bitten world from above
That His only Son he gave
In Him believing the world might be saved

And just like the wind
Which comes and goes again
So is everyone of the Spirit born
Track Name: Blind
While it’s day, soon comes the night
In this world there stands a light
Seeking answers, we only find
We are sinners, we are blind

I was born into blindness, I was born a man of clay
I went down in the water, and my clay was washed away
I don't know if a sinner could have done this thing for me
But this one thing I do know, I was blind, now I see

Are we blind? the prideful claim
In sin’s darkness they will remain
Ever humble, true sight we find
Say, “We see,” He leaves us blind

I was born into blindness, I was born a man of clay
I went down in the water, and my clay was washed away
I don't know if a sinner could have done this thing for me
But this one thing I do know, I was blind...

And we were born into blindness, we were born just men of clay
When we go down in the water, our old clay is washed away
I don't know if a sinner could have done this thing for me
But this one thing I do know, I was blind, now I see
Track Name: Free
They set you in the midst with your guilty verdict all intact
Your sin sealed your fate when they caught you in the very act
They used you so they could accuse Him, but Jesus stooping down
The One who could save you, is silent, writing on ground, reservedly

Let the sinless among you
Be the first to throw a stone
One by one did they leave you all alone?
Has no one condemned you?
Did the pious leave you be?
You're forgiven in Me, if the Son sets you free
You shall be free, oh, free indeed

When you’re chained as a slave under bondage longing to be free
You’ll try all you can to be reckoned with no reality
He came in the form of a serpent—the lifted Son of Man
And freed you from sin with its poison as the great I Am, eternally

Did sin’s fetters enslave you?
Did its darkness so deceive?
Did it bring you to do what you can’t conceive?
Will the pious forgive you?
Will they grant you a reprieve?
If in Me you believe, when the Son sets you free
You shall be free, oh, free indeed

And your freedom will take time,
May the light within you shine to set you free, gradually

Let the questions go unanswered
From the good and evil tree
Know that life’s the only answer that you need
Let the shining within you
Be the person that you see
All the heavens agree, if Son sets you free
You shall be free, oh, free indeed

If the Son sets you free, indeed you shall be, you shall be free, you shall be free
If the truth sets you free, indeed you shall be, you shall be free, you shall be free
Track Name: While We Were yet Weak
While, while we were yet weak
Our outlook bleak and lying by the waters
Healing angels playing hide and seek

Here, near the gate called Sheep
Where sheltered people lay in dying multitudes
Far too impotent for law to keep

By house of mercy’s pool
Elusive jewel of healing by impossible
Keeping of demanding pious rules

There a certain man was found
Who laid there bound for years until One asked of him
Would you like to be made wholly sound

While we were yet weak, He came to enliven us
The dying are quickened by His voice
Jesus came to speak, and hearing in simple trust
The blind, lame, and withered now rejoice
While we were yet weak

Rise, take your mat and walk
Forget the talk of joyless, hopeless, helplessness
All flesh is too weak to keep the law
Pass out of death to life
My words supply the joy that life eternal brings
Peace to those who suffer mortal strife

While we were yet weak, He came to enliven us
The dying are quickened by His voice
Jesus came to speak, and hearing in simple trust
The blind, lame, and withered now rejoice
While we were yet weak
Track Name: Zeal for His House
Just at the time when the feast was near
Jesus went up to the house of prayer
Merchants and traders just sitting there
A whip out of cords came and drove them out

Sometimes He uses the common things
Sometimes our loved ones--the scourges’ strings
Sometimes His coming confusion brings
Purging the ones who would seek Him out

Life’s own purpose is to build
Cleansing earthly things that fill
Saying, take these out of My Father’s house

If My anger should burn, and the tables overturn
Know My zeal for His house does consume
If Earth's armies deploy and this temple destroy
In three days I will raise it from its grave

Death lays its claim to the damage done
Life comes proclaiming the victory won
Touring its house was God's only Son
None of death’s forces could hold Him down

Life's own purpose is to build
Spreading, all the Earth to fill
Making many sons for His Father's house

If My anger should burn, and the tables overturn
Know My zeal for His house does consume
If Earth's armies deploy and this temple destroy
In three days I will raise it from its grave
Track Name: By All Means and Forever
To the uttermost loving
Lord, You have loved me so much
Still there's a distance
Wash me in Your utter love
Cleansing my earthly touch

Though we’re not of this world yet
In it we're living in such
A dusty condition
Wash me in Your utter love
Cleansing my earthly touch

Never sought to do anything that would hinder the love that we share,
No love ever compared
So I'll stay in Your presence now till the water would flow through my soul
Oh Lord, flow till I'm whole

With humility girded, You
Served as a slave and as such
A loving example
Wash me in Your utter love
Cleansing my earthly touch

All the while I’ve been occupied by the glorious and beautiful deeds
Of a living child, while a dying soul bleeds
But I’d rather be emptied now, lay the garments of virtue aside
So dethrone, strip all my pride

So it goes without saying
That maybe, I’m saying too much
By all means and forever
Wash me in Your utter love
Cleansing my earthly touch

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