Breathe Down

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about

I wrote this song on a break while working a nightshift at Onsite, a drug recovery/treatment center in Vancouver. I often played guitar there while on break, in the dead of night as people slept and I fought my own weariness. At these times I not only saw and felt the desperation of the people trying to free themselves from addiction to drugs, I faced my own sense of needing new life. Anyone who has ever worked nightshifts can probably speak to the feeling one gets midpoint in a quiet night, when the world (and all your loved ones sleep) and you keep watch. This song came is plea of all people—myself included—to live in the new life of Christ, to be washed by God’s grace, and to be filled with the wild hope of the Gospel.

lyrics

G
Breathe down breath of God
Em
I can’t feel my body I have lost myself
C
I need your help
G
I need your help

Breathe down breath of God
Breathe into these streets and bodies half asleep
Breathe into our hearts
Breathe into our hearts

Em C G F#/D
Rise up people of God
Em C G F#/D
Into the morning light
Em C G F#/D C
With the hope of love and the promise of new life

Rain down heaven above
Flood the gutters of this town with your grace
Rain on all of us
Rain on all of us

Lord, hear the cries of your people
Lord, hear the cries
Lord, hear the cries of your people
And descend to us again
Lord, hear the cries of your people
Lord, hear the cries
Lord, hear the cries of your people
And descend to us again

Rise, O sun, arise
Bring the wild hope again to fill our souls
Help us to believe
To see and believe

“Breathe Down” words and music by Peter La Grand
2013 Ordinary Time Music
CCLI# 6418296

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from Joy Brand New, released October 29, 2013
“Breathe Down” words and music by Peter La Grand
2013 Ordinary Time Music
CCLI# 6418296

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Ordinary Time

They met in a “History of Christian Worship” class in seminary, where they discovered a shared love for old songs in danger of being forgotten. The band’s oeuvre seamlessly weaves the hymns of generations past with their own new songs—often indistinguishably—producing a
sound that ranges from bluegrass-tinged Americana to sacred harp hymn arrangements.
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