Simple Words: The Music of Nathan Partain

by Wes Crawford

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paulthearkie Wes Crawford has skillfully interpreted for us some significant Nathan Partain songs. Along the way, Crawford is making two things abundantly clear ... 1) Nathan Partain's songs have a message that needs to be heard by a broader audience, and 2) the Savior who is center stage in these songs is, beyond a doubt, worthy of our praise. Listen with joy ... and come away with a fuller appreciation of the gospel of Jesus. Favorite track: The Lord Is King.
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Nathan Partain is one of my favorite songwriters. He composes prolifically for his congregation in Indianapolis, and his songs have a way of helping you see the grace of the Lord Jesus with new eyes. Since so many of Nathan's songs have meant so much to me over the years, I decided to make an album of them. Thanks to all my Kickstarter backers for helping me make this record!

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released June 21, 2017

All words and music by Nathan Partain, except where indicated
Produced by Wes Crawford
Executive Produced by Katie and Joe Hirleman
Recorded and mixed by Jared Logan at JTL Group Studio in Kansas City, MO
Additional recording by Britton Beisenherz at Ramble Creek Recording Studio in Austin, TX; Andy Melvin at AMstereophonic in Denton, TX; and Chris Howell at Café Solo Studios in Denton, TX
Mastered by Brian Calhoon
Album art by Bethany Foss
Montana photo by Archer Messenger Photography

Wes Crawford: acoustic guitar and vocals
Amanda Leggett: vocals
Josh Scott: electric guitar
John Brewer: organ and piano
Gregory Kolsto: bass
Mike Schroeder: drums
Blake Deibel: tenor saxophone

All compositions © Nathan Partain

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Track Name: The Lord Is My Joy
The Lord is my joy,
The Lord is my joy
When all that I have is lost,
The Lord is my joy.

The Lord is my strength,
The Lord is my strength
When I am too weak to go on,
The Lord is my strength.

My all in all is he,
My healing King
My master tends to me;
For him my soul shall sing

The Lord is my rock,
The Lord is my rock
When all I have faith in fails,
The Lord is my rock.

The Lord is my delight,
The Lord is my delight
Above all the joys of life,
The Lord is my delight.

My all in all is he,
My breath, my song
In him I have everything;
To him my soul belongs

I wait, and wait upon you
To come for me in rescue
Give strength, my heart is failing,
Yet still, my lips will praise you

And with his wings he covers me,
He keeps his watch when I’m asleep
I offer all my plans and dreams,
I give my Savior everything

You who gave your only Son,
I dare not doubt your steadfast love.
Come, I beg you, take my life,
If I am yours, then all is right

My all in all is he,
My closest friend
I put all my trust in him;
On him my soul depends
Track Name: The Lord Is King
The Lord is King! Lift up your voice,
O earth and all ye heavens, rejoice!
From world to world the joy shall ring:
“The Lord omnipotent is King!”

Sing his praise, sing his praise,
Lord of lords, Ancient of Days;
Sing his praise, sing his praise,
All your days, all your days.

The Lord is King! Who then shall dare
Resist his will, distrust his care,
Or murmur at his wise decrees,
Or doubt his royal promises?

Sing his praise, sing his praise,
Lord of lords, Ancient of Days;
Sing his praise, sing his praise,
All your days, all your days.

The Lord is King! Bow down you must;
The Judge of all the earth is just;
Holy and true are all his ways;
Let every creature sing his praise.

Sing his praise, sing his praise,
Lord of lords, Ancient of Days;
Sing his praise, sing his praise,
All your days, all your days.
Track Name: The Gospel Is All I Have
The gospel is all I have. The gospel is all I have.
No well-kept, presentable life to display;
The gospel is all I have.

The gospel is all I have. The gospel is all I have.
No courage, no virtuous, bold use of faith;
The gospel is all I have.

Well, the Lord God Almighty leapt down from the sky,
And he made himself nothing and served till he died,
So that I, just a beggar, at the Judgement might cry,
“The gospel is all I have!”

The gospel is all I have. The gospel is all I have.
No merit to offer. No excuses to make.
The gospel is all I have.

Well, the Lord God Almighty leapt down from the sky,
And he made himself nothing and served till he died,
So that I, just a beggar, at the Judgement might cry,
“The gospel is all I have!”

The gospel is all I have. The gospel is all I have.
No clever, persuasive words I could say.
No debt I could work off. No bribe I could pay.
No goodness. No promise of love that won’t fade.
The gospel is all I have. The gospel is all I have.
Track Name: I Will Believe the Lord
I will believe the Lord. His word fore'er endures;
Though nations change from king to king while ages shape the earth,
I will believe the Lord through trouble unforeseen,
His word sustains my very life, steadfast eternally.
 
Yes, I'll believe, Yes, I'll believe, Yes, I'll believe the Lord, 
His every word, His every word, His every word is true.
And when I hear, And when I hear, And when I hear his voice.
I will come close, I'll follow him and what he says, I will do.
I will come close, I'll follow him and what he says, I will do.
 
I will believe the Lord, whate'er the world may say,
Though people toss as winds of thought rush in and out like waves.
I will believe the Lord, foundation of all truth,
That through the storm, held by his grace, yeah, I shall not be moved. 

Yes, I'll believe, Yes, I'll believe, Yes, I'll believe the Lord, 
His every word, His every word, His every word is true.
And when I hear, And when I hear, And when I hear his voice.
I will come close, I'll follow him and what he says, I will do.
I will come close, I'll follow him and what he says, I will do.
 
Oh Lord I believe!  Help my unbelief!
 
I will believe the Lord and no exception make.
I will not hear the words I like while troubling words forsake.
I will believe the Lord though even friends may scorn,
The wisest of the world are dead, while fools are being reborn. 

Yes, I'll believe, Yes, I'll believe, Yes, I'll believe the Lord, 
His every word, His every word, His every word is true.
And when I hear, And when I hear, And when I hear his voice.
I will come close, I'll follow him and what he says, I will do.
I will come close, I'll follow him and what he says, I will do.
Track Name: Bring Your Sick
Bring your sick, your restless fevered,
Filled with anxious shaking moans,
Who would kill for some relief from
All the itching in their bones.
Who still search for some elixir
That could ease their gasping breath,
Some sweet drink to drive the poison
From the writhing in their head.

Bring your wounded, all your broken,
Who can’t stand up on their own.
Who are weak beyond dignity,
Who will never become strong.
They will only need more helping—
Each investment is a loss.
Yes, bring all those who could never return any of their cost

Jesus Christ, says “Gather to me,
all you lost, you poor, you dead!
I’m your sacrifice, your ransom,
I was given in your stead.
I have found you, freed you, healed you,
my compassion you can trust,
I redeem the undeserving,
I am generous with my love.

Bring your fearful, bring your cowards,
Bring your hiding, cornered strays.
Those who fly at every shadow,
Those who run without a chase.
Bring the cursed, abused, neglected,
Who have lived their lives in caves,
Who distrust the light as darkness,
While they long to be embraced.

Jesus Christ, says “Gather to me,
all you lost, you poor, you dead!
I’m your sacrifice, your ransom,
I was given in your stead.
I have found you, freed you, healed you,
my compassion you can trust,
I redeem the undeserving,
I am generous with my love.

Bring your bound, the souls imprisoned,
Bullied by the threat of pain,
Who have tried and tried for freedom,
But have always failed escape.
Those who live with their aggressor,
Whisp’ring doubts into their ear,
Who dare not hope on a savior,
Lest they be crushed by despair.

Jesus Christ, says “Gather to me,
all you lost, you poor, you dead!
I’m your sacrifice, your ransom,
I was given in your stead.
I have found you, freed you, healed you,
my compassion you can trust,
I redeem the undeserving,
I am generous with my love.
Track Name: I Need Jesus
Well, I was lost inside confusion and a nightmare of a dream,
I did not know which god to turn to, or if it were up to me,
Until some simple words were spoken that I gratefully received,
And just one prayer sprang up within me, and I started whispering,
I need Jesus. Oh, I need Jesus.

But soon I found that sweet salvation just uncovered all my need.
That sin and me, like blood and ink, were all mixed up inseparably,
And that it’s not my deeds or branches, but the roots of my whole tree, That are so rotten, full of hatred, that for me to merely breath,
I need Jesus. Oh, I need Jesus.

See, I had thought one day more holy or mature that I would be,
That I’d lead others on to righteousness and teach the blind to see. Instead, I’ve found each day I'm frightened just how evil I can be,
And now I feel the most at home with all the perverts and unclean 'cause
I need Jesus. Oh, I need Jesus.

I keep on looking for some reason I should raise my self-esteem,
'Cause all my gifts and all my efforts sure must add up to something,
But then again, again, with tears of joy, I’m brought down to my knees, Here at the foot of him who died for me I’m stripped of everything, and
I need Jesus. Oh, I need Jesus.

Now I say, "Glory! Hallelujah!" I'm so glad to be redeemed!
To be so desperate for Jesus and so gloriously weak,
I do not ever want to stray from the Community of Need,
O may I never leave dependence or forsake my Food and Drink, 'cause
I need Jesus. Oh, I need Jesus.
Track Name: A Son of God (featuring Brian Key)
I lie down and rest, because I work no longer
I breathe in, refreshed, no more soiled in disgrace
I look up at him to whom I am kneeling,
And I see delight there in my Father’s face.

I’m a son of God, and love is my freedom
I can ask anything of my Father, the King
I’m an heir, I’m adopted, and my brother is Jesus.
I’m a son of God, and my soul is at peace.

I am last and low, because I fight no longer
To be right or good, or to prove my own worth
I’m not driven or pushed or weighed down with duty
I am filled with release that Christ did all for me

I’m a son of God, and love is my freedom
I can ask anything of my Father, the King
I’m an heir, I’m adopted, and my brother is Jesus.
I’m a son of God, and my soul is at peace.

I stand up in faith, because I fear no longer,
And I pray and wait for God to provide
I lean all of my weight on him who is able
And I set aside every effort of mine

I’m a son of God, and love is my freedom
I can ask anything of my Father, the King
I’m an heir, I’m adopted, and my brother is Jesus.
I’m a son of God, and my soul is at peace.

I know now I’m safe, because nothing can harm me
Or break in and take what’s stored up for me
I need not to cling to dead helpless idols
They no longer can hold any comfort for me

I’m a son of God, and love is my freedom
I can ask anything of my Father, the King
I’m an heir, I’m adopted, and my brother is Jesus.
I’m a son of God, and my soul is at peace.
Track Name: Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now
Lord Jesus Christ, be present now,
Our hearts in true devotion bow;
Thy Spirit send with grace divine
And let thy truth within us shine.
Lord Jesus Christ, be present now.

Unseal our lips to sing thy praise,

Our souls to thee in worship raise;
Make strong our faith, increase our light
That we may know thy name aright.
Lord Jesus Christ, be present now.

Until we join the hosts that cry,
“Holy art thou, O Lord, Most High!”
And in the light of that blest place
Fore’er behold thee face to face.
Lord Jesus Christ, be present now.

Glory to God the Father, Son
And Holy Spirit, Three in One!

To thee, O blessed Trinity,

Be praise throughout eternity!
Lord Jesus Christ, be present now.
Track Name: I Am One of Those
I am one of those at the table not invited,
And to all here at the feast it's very plain,
I cannot hide in etiquette or conversation,
But Christ himself sent word to me, and so I came.

I am one of those who was dead and fully buried,
And I still bear every stigma of decay,
There is no way I can cover what I've been through,
Because when Jesus called I came out of the grave.

Though the world may number me among the foolish,
I think Jesus Christ is all I need to know;
Jesus suffered and paid blood to buy the lowest of the low,
Hallelujah! Amen! That's me! I am one of those!

I am one of those who was a leper and contagious,
The deformities and scars I have today,
Yet, while I was vile with sickness, Jesus loved me,
He healed, restored, and through and through remade.

I am one of those who was doomed to death in prison,
And I’ve done more evil things than I could say,
But Jesus broke inside and there unlocked my shackles,
And to set me free, he died and took my place.

Though the world may number me among the foolish,
I think Jesus Christ is all I need to know;
Jesus suffered and paid blood to buy the lowest of the low,
Hallelujah! Amen! That's me! I am one of those!

I am one of those who was hard to love and ugly,
Self-righteous, critical; religion was my stain,
Then I came to Christ to wash and be discovered,
Jesus came to me and covered up my shame.

Though the world may number me among the foolish,
I think Jesus Christ is all I need to know;
Jesus suffered and paid blood to buy the lowest of the low,
Hallelujah! Amen! That's me! I am one of those!
Track Name: For His Own Sake
I have seen the bright birth of the morning,
I have worked through the sweat of the day.
I have laughed as the summer rains poured down
From heaven, and I've harvested oceans of grain.

I have worked and I've worked and had nothing,
I have prayed and I’ve prayed but no rain,
I have lost to the fire, storm and locust,
And woke up to find all my land left in shame.

Still each morning and noon and in evening,
I will trust my Lord and bless his name.
Never seeking the gain but the Giver,
So I love him for nothing but for his own sake.

I have made the mistake that my blessing,
Means the favor of God on my ways,
And thought every hardship, his anger against me,
And cried out in darkness for grace.

Now I know that his kindness is steadfast,
He has anchored my soul in his peace,
So that suffering is now just the pangs of
My hunger, to know the embrace of my King.

Still each morning and noon and in evening,
I will trust my Lord and bless his name.
Never seeking the gain but the Giver,
So I love him for nothing but for his own sake.

I have learned that this world is not truest,
There’s a hope held securely beyond,
And since Jesus has suffered through my own
Destruction, I entrust my all to my God.

I have seen deepest loss bring rejoicing,
Seen a mother with her stillborn sing praise,
I have seen those abused and those ravaged by sickness,
Through tears and in anguish give thanks.

Still each morning and noon and in evening,
I will trust my Lord and bless his name.
Never seeking the gain but the Giver,
So I love him for nothing but for his own sake.
Track Name: Wonderful Grace of Jesus
The wonderful grace of Jesus,
Greater than all my sin;

How shall my tongue describe it,
Where shall its praise begin?

Taking away my burden,
Setting my spirit free;

The wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

The wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching a mighty host;

By it I have been pardoned,
Saved to the uttermost.

Chains have been torn asunder,
Giving me liberty;

The wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

More patient than my fight,
More faithful than my doubt,

Persistent though I run,
O how his grace abounds!

Broader than my sin,
Deeper than my shame,

Stronger than my evil,
O praise Jesus name!

The wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching the most defiled,

By its transforming power,
Making him God’s dear child,

Purchasing peace and heaven,
For all eternity;

The wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

More patient than my fight,
More faithful than my doubt,

Persistent though I run,
O how his grace abounds!

Broader than my sin,
Deeper than my shame,

Stronger than my evil,
O praise Jesus name