Black Sheep

Since the beginning of this band, I've wanted to write a song that fired me up like AC/DC's live album with Bon Scott, the old AC/DC that just jammed! I love the bass at the beginning just grinding away while everyone else is playing the power chords. This song was meant to be cranked! It's super fun to play live and surprisingly, I pulled off a real high, Paul Stanley-ish line in the 1st verse as my range has increased. For fans who get the CD, this will be their introduction to our two AMAZING guitarists, Dave Nichols and Steve Langdon. These guys really tear it up! The content is about turning your life around and achieving the impossible with Jesus in your life and then bringing others in to the fold. We are all black sheep, unworthy of a relationship with God. That's why we need his Son to be our representative. When you are a believer, God doesn't see you or your deeds, He sees the work His Son did on the cross and you are accepted in to His family!

Word on the street says that the time has come

I got a new strategy now and I can't go wrong

Word on the street says I lost my mind

The wise man tells us never return to the scene of the crime

But you haven't seen the likes of me for a long, long time

I'm gonna shrink your thick skull right back down to size

I've seen the light!

Now I'm gathering the Black Sheep

I'm calling all the prodigal sons to me

​Recruiting for the day that he will have an army full of Black Sheep!

You were so unwilling to paint your face for war

The prophecy fulfilling, the season to settle the score

You forgot what you always thought was a waste of time

I'm gonna shrink your thick skull right back down to size

I've seen the Light!

Now I'm gathering the Black Sheep

I'm calling all the prodigal sons to me

Recruiting for the day that we will be an army full of Black Sheep!

Campbell 2016

Bible verses to come


Never Letting Go

After the 1st CD was done, I was afraid I'd get serious writers' block but all these songs came bursting out of me and this was the first. I had promised my wife I would write her a song so the lyrics were initially about us. I then realized that her helping me come to Christ was just part of the story here. She knew about all my past discretions and loved me anyway. Jesus knew about ALL of our past sins and future sins and sacrificed himself for us in the greatest show of love EVER! So the verses are our love story, and she shares the choruses with Jesus, just like her forgiveness! I think the beginning sounds a bit like AC/DC, the verses like G'n'R and the choruses are pure radio rock like Cheap Trick. As my sister listened to a rough cut before we added solos, she said it sounded like the Beach Boys...??? I'll take that as a compliment! I think she was focusing on the backup vocals supplied by Jeff and Brad once again. They did a great job as well as did Dave Nichols on lead guitar who gave the solos a Neal Schon type feel.

You were always there but I was unaware

Too busy chasing down my dream
I was blinded by a lie, but when I opened my eyes
There was an angel waiting for me
You forgave me & you saved me from a life of sin that enslaved me
You're the only one ever loved me down to my soul
So rise and shine, I know you can be a light
You opened my eyes now I'm never letting go... Let's go!
That day at the bay, I decided then
When you showed me the Way to start again
You forgave me & you saved me from a life of sin that enslaved me
You're the only one ever loved me down to my soul
So rise and shine, I know you can be a light
You opened my eyes now I'm never letting go
You forgave me & you saved me from a life of sin that enslaved me
You're the only one ever loved me down to my soul
So rise and shine, I know you can be a light
You opened my eyes now I'm never letting go
You opened my eyes now I'm never letting go!

Campbell 2016

Bible verses to come


Break The Chains

The first song we recorded for this project was called "Deal with the Devil" and it was about 6 1/2 minutes long with the chorus coming in really late at around 3 minutes in. Since we wanted the songs to be radio friendly, we edited "Deal" and "Break the Chains" is what we got. The bridge in "Deal" is what we used for our reprise "All You Need". The inspiration for this song is my experience in forgiving myself as I learned about what God wants for us and how I completely messed up previously, hurting so many people along the way. Our sins are already forgiven through Christ. We are commanded to acknowledge/name them and get on with our lives, glorifying Him. Mark Arrington and Jim Mills came in and added some really nice vocals on the Choruses with Jeff and Brad.

You make a deal with the devil & you’re gonna pay
He’ll haunt you and taunt you & lie to your face
He’ll reel you in nice and slow,
Let you feel like you’re stealing the show,
A standing O while he’s a-chipping away at your soul!
Your life is spinning like a whirlwind
You claim it’s out of your control
You learn to love that wicked tail-spin
Despite the pain you can’t let go
Break the chains and wash your sins away
In Jesus’ name you are forever saved
Break the chains and wash your sins away
Since Jesus paid, you are forever saved
Make a deal with the devil & you’re gonna pay
He’ll haunt you and taunt you & lie to your face
He never wants to let you go
When your soul is in his control
But the slate is clean, John 3:16!
Break the chains and wash your sins away
In Jesus’ name you are forever saved
Break the chains and wash your sins away
Since Jesus paid, you are forever saved
Break the chains and wash your sins away
In Jesus’ name you are forever saved
Break the chains and wash your sins away
Since Jesus paid, we're all forever saved

N. Campbell 2016 

Corresponding Bible verses: John 8:44   1Peter 2:24 & 3:18    John 3:16-19   Titus 3:4-5

                                                         

Ruthless

Our The Cult influence is pretty strong on this one and that's on purpose! This was the last song we finished for this CD and we did some different things with our background vocals that turned out pretty cool. The lyrics describe someone who is trying to impress others instead of concentrating on his spiritual growth.

You carry around all your insecurities
The past is the past, it's got nothing to do with me
Your tales and your braggadocio ring empty
Sounds more like a guilt trip from the guilty
You're tellin' everyone that you're ruthless
Sounds like your hearts' in the Devils hands
You're trying to impress all the faithless
Supplying all the lying to meet their demands
It's so important that you show your rage
and wake up on the right side of the stage
Just how many bridges will you burn?
How many lessons will you fail to learn?
You're tellin' everyone that you're ruthless
Sounds like your hearts' in the Devils hands
You're trying to impress all the faithless
Supplying all the lying to meet their demands
You're tellin' everyone that you're ruthless
Sounds like your hearts' in the Devils hands
You're trying to impress all the faithless
Supplying all the lying to meet their demands
You say you're ruthless, you say you're ruthless
I say you're chasing down a tragedy
Only God's truth will set you free
N. Campbell 2016

Corresponding Bible verses: John 8: 32-34   Proverbs 1:7,10, 29-33  Proverbs 10:31-32

2Peter 2:18-19   Psalms 37:1-4   Psalms 119:165


Two Wolves

We're all familiar with this American Indian proverb about feeding the correct wolf inside you to strengthen it and overpower the other. The good news is that the Holy Spirit is there to help us starve the old sin nature as we make our decisions. The music for this one is inspired by KISS, The Cult, Foo Fighters, and Irelands' The Answer. The guitar solo is a direct nod to Ace Frehley. Jeff also gets a chance to shine on drums there in the middle section.

Indian man said to his son,
You got two wolves inside you. Better feed the right one
The first one is Sin. That one's, he's built in, but...
The new wolf inside you is a gift to guide you
The new Spirit inside you is a gift to guide you
The new wolf helps you control yourself
The new wolf helps you love everyone else
Love everyone else, love everyone else
The new wolf inside you is a gift to guide you
The new wolf inside you is a gift to guide you
The new Spirit inside you is a gift to guide you
The Holy Spirit inside you is a gift
It's never too late to change your ways, to make the best of the rest of your days
It's never too late to get some grace, embrace the new wolf!
embrace the new wolf!
The new wolf inside you is a gift to guide you
The new Spirit inside you is a gift to guide you
The new Spirit inside you is a gift to guide you
The Holy Spirit inside you is a gift to guide you
The Holy Spirit inside you is a gift to guide you
The Holy Spirit inside you is a gift to guide you

N. Campbell 2016

Corresponding Bible verses: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20


Cut You Loose

This song was written for a previous musical endeavor as I was researching Christianity, obviously making the choice to accept Christ's great gift of salvation. In the process,

I trimmed back my circle of influence and chose to concentrate on this project instead. The beginning is very mellow but what kicks in sounds a bit like a revved up Journey song with the break inspired by Black Label Society. This song is tuned to drop D. Cut You Loose is my favorite vocally because of the choruses and extended choruses at the end. You can't help but sing along!

I long for a time, remember the innocence of youth
Before the lines between black & white distorted the lies & the cold, hard truth
I wake to a world in chaos. Everyday it’s the same
Surrounded by voices who feed my bad choices but never wanna share in the blame
Gonna cut you loose cuz ya bring me down
Spinnin’ my wheels with the same old crowd
The only way I found to turn it around
Gotta cut you loose cuz you bring me down
Our past is not a prison. The bail is already paid
The Word is laid before me and my new life cannot be delayed
Gonna cut you loose cuz ya bring me down
Spinnin’ my wheels with the same old crowd
The only way I found to turn it around
Is to cut you loose cuz you bring me down
Gonna cut you loose cuz ya bring me down
Spinnin’ my wheels with the same old crowd
The only way I found to turn it around
Is to cut you loose cuz you bring me down
Gonna turn it around
I won’t let you drag me down
Gonna cut you loose cuz ya bring me down
Spinnin’ my wheels with the same old crowd
The only way I found to turn it around
Is to cut you loose cuz you bring me down
Gonna turn it around
(round and round and round and round)
I won’t let you drag me down
Gonna turn it around
(I once was lost, but now I'm found!)
I won’t let you drag me down

N. Campbell 2016

Corresponding Bible verses: 1Corinthians 15:33   Philippians 3:13-14   Proverbs 13:20 

Psalms 119:97-104


Venom

Musically this song is inspired by Kamelot, Iron Maiden and Michael Schenker and includes my favorite guitar solo (inspired by Randy Rhoads). It was very important to me to have a good month or so to practice these vocals and nail down that melodic, Metal style. The lyrics are two parts; the verses are the history of Satan, his choice to challenge his maker and his fall. The chorus is a prayer, asking protection from his evil snares and for direction under duress.  

A choice made out of madness, an avalanche of sin.
The Guardian of Angels set the mutiny begin
So discontent and arrogant, blinded by the mirrors curse
The bright star of the morning comes crashing down to earth
Protect me from the venom of our enemy
Direct me to walk in Your will
Wake me when they try to re-write history
They won't take the truth from me
Lead me to strike or be still
So many ways to betray, in each man is a place
A weakness to exploit, a doorway out of Grace
We're innocent and ignorant and blind to Angelic games
While the bright star of the morning trades our victory for shame
One layer of faith at a time!
Protect me from the venom of our enemy
Direct me to walk in Your will
Wake me when they try to re-write history
They won't take the truth from me
Lead me to strike or be still
So Hell bent and arrogant, a dream that the fallen rise
The bright star of the morning will be burning in eternal lies
Protect me from the venom of our enemy
Direct me to walk in Your will
Wake me when they try to re-write history
They won't take the truth from me
Lead me to strike or be still

N. Campbell 2016

Corresponding Bible verses: Psalms 1:1-6  Isaiah 14:12-15   Ezekiel 28:16   John 8:44

1Corinthians 10:13   2Corinthians 11:3


Deaf Revolution

This song is actually about 12 years old, a really Metal style, apocalyptic, sci-fi number where evil overlords use sound frequencies to control the masses. It was one of the first of my old songs I altered to a Christian theme. I worried that writing Christian Hard Rock songs was going to be difficult until I started reading the book of Revelation... very Metal! The Bible is full of some very ugly stuff, man's sin at the heart of most of it and also some of God's judgments can get pretty brutal as well. Our friend Fernando Ramirez came in and added his insane vocals to the center section which sounds like a war chant as it picks up and gets going. The song takes place after the rapture, during the tribulation. The music is inspired by Randy Rhoads.

Children of the short tomorrow rise!
Take hold the truth
Ignore the sound of twisted lies!
Witness the proof
Revolution, Revelation, Submission, Salvation 
 Children of the short tomorrow rise!
The hourglass turns
Ignore the sound of threats and lies!
As our world burns
Revolution, Revelation, Submission, Salvation 
 The Devil and his wicked tricks have ruled this world so long
The tools he uses mesmerize. Our eyes adjust to "wrong"
“Obey and behave or the tone will change
The sound in your brain will be in pain”
Revolution, Revelation, Submission, Salvation
 Rev. 14: 9-11 "And then another angel, a third one followed them, saying with a loud voice, if anyone worships the beast and his image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he will also drink of the wine of the wrath of God which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger and he will be tormented with fire and with brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb and the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever..."
Revolution, Revelation, Submission, Salvation

N. Campbell 2016
Corresponding Bible Verses: 1Peter 5:8   1John 5:19   Psalms 119:9   Revelation 14:9-11


Weight of the World

We wanted to compliment the lyrical content with the heaviest riffs we could write in the vein of Led Zeppelin's Kashmir or Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio. This song is about trying to find happiness in accomplishing things or in doing good works, but realizing you're running in circles and unsatisfied with life. You need Christ. Period. The riff under the lead is borrowed from my old band and I really loved what my former band mate, Lead guitarist Tony Jenkins did with it originally so I asked him to come in and keep some of the same phrasing while adding some new, tasty licks all the way to the end of the song. He's my webmaster too! Jim Mills' son Adam kept on saying I sound like OZZY so I added a line from "Over the Mountain" at the end where I sing "I'm free" in my best OZZY impersonation.

I’ve been carrying the weight of the world
And it’s heavier than Hell
I’ve been running around in circles
For as long as I can tell
I’ve been burning the candle
and I'm so burned out
It's more than I can handle
Carrying the weight of the world!
And I keep on pushing
I can see the profound all around
I can see it crystal clear
I've been watching the end unfolding
I see the hate & fear
I wanna get it all together
I need a reason to grow
But I can't let go
I'm carrying the weight of the world!
And I keep on pushing
And I keep on pushing and it's always up hill
I keep on pushing. It's a battle of wills
I’ve been carrying the weight of the Word
Like a bird on a summers day
Like a gust of wind when your ship comes in
And your troubles wash away
No more pushing, I'm carrying the weight of the world
No more pushing for me, I'm free!
N. Campbell 2016
Corresponding Bible verses: James1:2-4   1Peter 5:6-7   Acts 4:12   Psalms 119:165
Psalms 37:1-3


Trashman

This is a song I wrote (the music) for a previous band but they said it sounded too much like The Scorpions... Yeah, who would want to be THAT successful!?!? So along with more musical inspiration from Cheap Trick and Billy Idol, a nice, tight Rock and Roll song about  letting God help you clean up your act.

I can't clean up your act
I’m not a trash man or a heart attack
I got no voodoo or emergency room
To fix all the trouble that you get into
But GOD can, GOD can, GOD can
Understand your misguided plans
I can’t cover up your crime
I’m not a prisoner to do your time
I got no hidden file for inside of your cake
To fix your bad decisions or help you escape
But GOD can, GOD can, GOD can
Understand the nature of man
He'll never give you nothin' you can't get through together
All things are possible!
When everything is riding on a horse called Heaven
Let your life be a miracle!
You know I can't clean up your act
I’m not a trash man or a heart attack
I got no voodoo or emergency room
To fix all the trouble that you get into
But GOD can, GOD can, GOD can
Understand when your hearts' in the Devils hands
All things are possible!
Let your life be a miracle!
GOD can, GOD can
Understand the nature of man
N. Campbell 2016

Corresponding Bible verses: Luke 1:37   Isaiah 40:26-31   Psalms 34:19-22   1Peter 3:18
1Corinthians 10:13  2Corinthians 5:10


Glorify You

You may hear this in your church someday! It's our friendly little Beatles style church song with a break in the middle where I finally get to sing low like Johnny Cash! The lyrics are a vow to glorify Jesus in all we do. Things work out really well when you try.

I will Glorify You in everything I do
Through my thoughts and words and deeds
For I know Your love is true
I will put you Christ at the center of my life
I will put my faith in your living grace
You're the Way, the Truth, the Life
I will put my faith in your living grace
To get me through my darkest times
I accept you as my Lord and Savior
The Son of God, the overflow
I accept you as the One, Messiah
To whom all hearts will come to know
I will Glorify You in everything I do
Through my thoughts and words and deeds
For I know Your love is true
Breathe in the Gospel
Breathe out the guilt of sin
Breathe in Forgiveness
Let the Spirit in, Let the Spirit in, Let the Spirit in!
I will Glorify You in everything I do
Through my thoughts, my words and deeds
For I know Your love is true
I will put you Christ at the center of my life
I will put my faith in your living grace
You're the Way, the Truth, the Life
I will put my faith in your living grace
To get me through my darkest times
N. Campbell 2016

Corresponding Bible verses: Galatians 2:20-21   John 14:6    Acts 13:38-39    John 4:42


The Crimson Bridge

I think this was the first full Christian song I wrote... in my head... at work. It was intended to have the background sounds of an Irish pub and folks singing along but in this simple form, we decided that it was really nice as is. The lyrics are about making the choice to follow/believe/accept Jesus as your savior and provider.

When your path divides
And life makes you decide
The light of the day is not bright as the Way
That the Crimson Bridge provides
He looked to the sky and cried
Jesus sacrificed and died
From the Father above to the ones that He loves
A Bridge for all mankind
Follow the bridge to the other side; to the God of love, arms open wide
Follow the bridge to the other side; the way, the truth, the life
When you’re hurting so bad inside
From all of this worlds’ empty lies
The light of the day is not bright as the Way
That the Crimson Bridge provides
Follow the bridge to the other side; to the One true God, arms open wide
Follow the bridge to the other side; the way, the truth, the life
Follow the bridge to the other side; to the God of love, arms open wide
The light of the day is not bright as the Way that the Crimson Bridge provides
N. Campbell 2016
Corresponding Bible verses: John 3:16-21   Acts 17:29-31   John 14:6

 

All You Need (reprise)

As mentioned before, this reprise is the bridge from the original "Deal with the Devil" song we recorded first. We also took the lead from in between the 1st & 2nd verses and used it here. The lyrics are again about filling your life with other "stuff" instead of God. Don't get me started about those little dogs people gotta carry around! The breakdown at the end really highlights how well Jeff, Brad Pogue, Mark Arrington and our friend Jim Mills sing together... like bloody angels man (in my best OZZY impression)!

All you need is a friend to help pretend in all the games you play
All you need is a pet to get you through the endless day
All you need is a sign to help you make up your mind
All you need is a kick! A kick from behind
Break the chains and wash your sins away
In Jesus’ name you are forever saved
Break the chains and wash your sins away
Since Jesus paid, you are forever saved
N. Campbell 2016

Corresponding Bible verses: Hebrews 10:10-14   Proverbs1:29-31   Acts 4:10-12


  ENJOY!

    Norm Campbell






























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