Hymns & Hootinannies

from by Grady Milligan

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A song about distractions

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From the bowels of cathedrals
Sacred bells toll out
A pedigree of productions
That we've built from the ground up...
But I wonder whose ego we're boosting?

On the stage with the touch screens
Progress can be found
Catering to the masses
With revolution turned up...
Deafening all the sheep that we're losing

The problem with the hymns and the hootinannies
Is the unfocused babble of misguided folks
That try to shove God in the nooks and the crannies
Of preconceived notions that cause us to choke

But one contrite heart
In a crowd of argumentative people
Could hold the untapped spark
Reconnecting the praise to the steeple

Toss a rock through the window
Stained glass on the ground
Clog the pipes of the organ
And let pretension fall down...
Will you sing with the whore and the leper?

Pull the plug on the light show
No one makes a sound
Cut the strings of the guitars
And have the mosh pit bow down...
Will you pray if the silence is better?

The problem with the hymns and the hootinannies
Is the unfocused babble of misguided folks
That try to shove God in the nooks and the crannies
Of preconceived notions that cause us to choke

But one contrite heart
In a crowd of argumentative people
Could hold the untapped spark
Reconnecting the praise to the steeple

Cause petitions do not always bloom to fruition when
Thrown up begrudgingly in obligation
So give to the lost what religion has stolen
And be the redemption for those not yet broken
Unspoken our hearts lie awaiting a shock
But the lightning has crashed and the thunder like clockwork is ticking

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from Dusty Stages, released August 14, 2015

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