Elijah (Go Up, You Baldhead​!​)

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This is the "Prophets" portion. Elisha was a bald headed man who shared some crazy adventures alongside fellow prophet, Elijah, and I highly recommend you read about them. This is my take on what it might sound like if Elisha were to pick up a mandolin and write a song about his experiences.

This one was 5 years in the making. I wrote this song back in 2007, but had trouble with deciding what feel I wanted it to take on. So yes, it's all just a matter of time. In the end, it became sort of a mix of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", "I'll Fly Away", "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", and the Sherwood Forest jamboree scene in Disney's "Robin Hood".

Kudos to Michael and Rich for learning the crazy harmonies. Oh yeah, and our resident Texan bassist, Jonathan, shows off his jaw harp skills in verse 3 (an impressive feat which took no more than one recorded take, mind you!) Oo-de-lally, oo-de-lally!

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Did I dream I saw Elijah, floating like a feather?
Light as a feather, he was carried in the air
He was taken by the whirlwind, flying like the ravens
And I'll ask him all about it when I'm there

I may go up like Elijah in a chariot
I may go out like a martyr but it's all just a matter of time

He had taken off his cloak when we reached the River Jordan
And he struck it in the river and he struck with all his might
And we strolled along the dry ground as the waters rolled around us
They parted to the left and to the right

I may go up like Elijah in a chariot
I may go out like a martyr but it's all just a matter of time
Call me crazy but I think I hear the angels
that are singing up in Heaven And I know I'll be
Singing with them and It's all just a matter of time

Tell old Naaman not to worry and we'll take him to that river
Down in the water he'll go under seven times
Though that leper be contagious, I'll implore the Rock of Ages
and his skin will be just like a little child's

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from Prodigals and Prophets, released November 23, 2012

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Clive Wilmington, Delaware

Genre-wise, Clive lands somewhere between 90s pop rock, gospel, sea shanties, and campfire folk songs. Catchy melodies sung over a backdrop of folk instruments craft musical vignettes ranging from British pubs to ghost town saloons, seafaring vessels and southern sanctuaries. Lead singer, Brad Almond has also had the honor of winning the WSTW "Homey Award" for best local songwriter in 2008. ... more

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