4​-​track Songs 2008

by Jonni Greth

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released January 1, 2008

Music, lyrics, album art, vocals, etc. by Jonni Greth, except lyrics to "The Water Is Wide" (public domain) and the first two verses of "Motherless Child" (also public domain).

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Jonni Greth Nashville, Tennessee

Singer/ Songwriter Jonni Greth spent years traveling the Eastern United States-playing music in every town he visited- before arriving in Nashville. His style, which runs the gamut from spooky alt-country to lush, string-heavy Americana, revolves around his earthy fingerpicking style and warm, philanthropic melody lines. ... more

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Track Name: Lay My Burdens Down
I don't want no
No home of my own
I don't want no
No home of my own

All I want
Is to lay my burdens down
All I want
Is to lay my burdens down

No, I don't
I don't want no gold
No, I don't
I don't want no gold

All I want
Is nothing
Nothing to hold

I don't want no
Don't want no home
I don't want no
Don't want no home

All I want
Is to lay my burdens down
All I want
Is to lay my burdens down
Track Name: Motherless Child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child (3x)
A long way from home (2x)

Sometimes I feel like I shouldn't been born (3x)
A long way from home (2x)

True believer
A long way from home
A long way from home

Sometimes I feel somethin' growin' in me (2x)
Sometimes I feel a Christ child growin' in me
And soon He will be born
And soon He will be born

True believer
A long way from home
A long way from home

Sometimes I feel nothin' growin' in me (2x)
Sometimes I feel it's a ghost pregnancy
Oh, Holy Ghost!
Oh, Holy Ghost!

True believer
A long way from home
A long way from home

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a fatherless son
Sometimes I feel like the childless one
A long way from home
A long way from home

I said I'm a true believer
I'm a true believer
I'm a true believer
A long way from home
A long way from home

I'm a true believer
A long way from home
A long way from home
Track Name: Take Off All My Sin
You know I'd love to hold you
Forever and ever, amen
I'd stand knockin' on your doorstep
And you'd let me in
And I'd finally take off all my sin

If I was a different way
If you were a different way
If the sun shone different rays
Then it might work out one day

In you I would be growing
Your light would shine from my face
I'd show you how to calm down
You'd teach me to work all day
I'd come weary and heavy laden
And we'd both find rest in grace

If I was a different way
If you were a different way
If the sun shone different rays
Then it might work out one day

Yes, I would love some children
And they'd love God their father
And they'd always listen
To their Holy Mother
If our son were grief-stricken
He'd die on this side and come out the other

If I were a different way
If you were a different way
If home was a safer place
Then it might work out one day

But if I was a different way
If you were a different way
If the world was a different place
It just wouldn't be the same
Track Name: So Many Souls
Well I just got my guitar back from the dead
Singing like an angel, but she looks like hell
She was upstairs when St. Peter called the roll
Said, "We lost so many souls.
We lost so many souls."

I watched my love swim 'cross the Lake of Fire
Saw God burn away the things He didn't like
She said, "It's kinda warm, but you should come out fine.
You'll just have to leave your left hand behind
You'll just have to leave your left hand behind."

I said, "I can't let my body burn alive,
But if I eyes offend you, I'll pluck 'em out.
But if I amputated every limb causin' me to sin
Lord knows what I'd have cut off by now
Lord knows what I'd have cut off by now

My love said, "I watched lightning blitz the dark
Just like it had 2000 years before,
But war is hate, and love and hate are still at war,
And we've lost so many souls.
We've lost so many souls.
We've lost sooooo many souls."
Track Name: All of Creation Groans
Babe, dream of me
I'll think of you when I'm wide awake
While I'm still half-concerned
'Bout what happened to all the day
My mother said I was born with itchy legs
Like my dead grandfather was
And baby, they've been killing me today

And sleep is a hard feeling to fake
Yeah, sleep is a hard feeling to fake

My busted heart seems to be healing up quite fast
Nurses tell me if I get some rest
It might be fit for you to have
But just so you know, when it starts running from my past
I fear that if I let it go
It could bust right out of my chest

And I don't wanna get any blood on your hands
No, I don't wanna get any blood on your dress

My, can't you hear the nighttime moan?
All of creation groans,
Waiting to be reborn

My mother said I was born with itchy legs
Just like her whole family had
And half the northern European states

Say that love is a hard baby to make
Yeah, love is a hard baby to make
Love is a hard baby to make