Following my post “Folk/Indie/Bluegrass Holy Week Playlist” from last year, here are some of the songs that have been buzzing around my brain this Holy Week. They’re not all direct reflections of the gospel, but for me have evoked the emotions of what this week is about. I hope they might bring similar reflection for you:
“The Passover Song” by Sean Carter and Caroline Cobb
“In the morning we will rise,
Taste the freedom we thought we’d never find.
We will dance now in the streets.
Once held captive now we will live as Kings.”
In the Garden
“The Once and Future Carpenter” by the Avett Brothers
“Forever I will move like the world that turns beneath me
And when I lose my direction I’ll look up to the sky
And when the black cloak drags upon the ground
I’ll be ready to surrender, and remember
We’re all in this together
If I live the life I’m given, I won’t be scared to die”
“Be Still” by Holly Kluge
“Oh weary soul,
Come and sit for a while.
Stop runnin’ ’round,
Come and rest for a while.
Oh hurting heart,
Come and sit in my arms.
Stop tryin’ to hide, Come let me
heal you inside.”
“I Gave You All” by Mumford & Sons
“Close my eyes for a while
And force from the world a patient smile
But I gave you all
I gave you all
I gave you all”
“Death or So You Think,” by Von Strantz
“The days are short,
running out of time…
gather round your loved ones,
kiss them goodbye…
love release our souls.”
In the Tomb
“Here Lies Love” by David Byrne & Fatboy Slim
“Is it a sin to love too much?
Is it a sin to care?
I do it all for you
How can it be unfair?
I know that when my number’s up
When I am called by God above
Don’t have my name inscribed into the stone
Here lies love…here lies love…here lies love—
Here lies love…here lies love…here lies love—”
“Night Must End” by Sleeping at Last
“There’s something about sadness
that leaves us wanting more
A sickness that breathes…
From holding on to letting go,
The change is like dying.”