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Never Say Die - 1981

Track List

  1. The Coloring Song - Audio
  2. Chameleon - Audio
  3. Angel of Light - Audio
  4. Killing My Old Man
  5. Without Him We Can Do Nothing
  6. Never Say Die
  7. I Can Be Friends With You
  8. For Annie
  9. Father of Lights
  10. Praise Ye the Lord

Album Synopsis

Petra brought back the rock for Never Say Die. It's a good mixture of harder and softer songs. New producer Jonathan David Brown crafted the patented "Petra sound" on this and the next three albums. Petra started to get heavy airplay with songs like "The Coloring Song." This is one of my favorite older Petra albums.

Lyrics

The Coloring Song
Words and music by Dave Eden

Red is the color of the blood that flowed
Down the face of Someone Who loved us so
He's the perfect man, He's the Lord's own son,
He's the Lamb of God, He's the only one
That can give us life, that can make us grow,
That can make the love between us flow.

Blue is the color of a heart so cold
It will not bend when the story's told
Of the love of God for a sinful race
Of the blood that flowed down Jesus face
That can give us life, that can make us grow
That can keep our hearts from growing cold.

Gold is the color of the morning sun
That shines so freely an every one
It's the sun above that keeps us warm
It's the Son of love that calms the storm
That can give us life that can make us grow,
That can turn our mornings into gold.

Brown is the color of the autumn leaves
When the winter comes to the barren trees
There is birth, there is death, there is a plan
And there's just one God, and there's just one man
That can give us life, that can make us grow
That can make our sins as white as snow

That can give us life, that can make us grow
That can turn our mornings into gold.
That can give us life, that can make us grow
That can keep our hearts from growing cold.
That can give us life, that can make us grow
That can make the love between us flow.

Chameleon
Words and music by Bob Hartman

You want the best of both worlds
You're not getting either
You seem content to ride the fence
When you know which side is greener

Some run hot, some run cold
Some run from their maker
Some run the risk of losing out
With lukewarm friends and fakers

Chameleon
You blend with your surroundings
Chameleon
Noone knows where you come from
Chameleon
You change with every situation
Compromising dedication

You compromise each word you say so innoffensively
You only want to hide behind your anonymity
You struggle for acceptance
And it takes you to extremes
The smile you hide your face behind
Is not all that it seems

Come out, come out
Come out from among them
Come out, come out
Come out and be free

There is no gray, no neutral ground
There's only black and white
And nothing in between the two
To turn a wrong into right
There is no time for your charade
You've got to make your stand
When salt has lost its savor
The world becomes so bland

Angel of Light
Words and music by Bob Hartman

City lights are flashing, they call you to the streets
Hearts are filled with passion in everyone you meet
The Boulevard is waiting, it wants to get you high
Neon signs are waiting to sell you anything you want to buy
But I know your devices, it shouldn't seem so odd
You lied from the beginning, I see through your facade

(Chorus)
Angel of light, I see you glow in the night
But you only bring darkness to my soul
Angel of light, You're telling me wrong is right
I won't let you're evil take control

They follow in your footsteps not knowing that you fell
Bumper to bumper on the freeway to hell
You lead them into wrong and you make it look so right
You lead them into darkness and make them think you lead them into light
But I know where you're going, too bad you're not alone
If it wasn't for the real light I might have never known

You got the clergy working overtime to widen the narrow way
You've got politicians everywhere listening to what you say
You've got false apostles teaching lies perverting the only way
You've got principalities and powers waiting to obey
You've got philosophies and vain deceipts lying to deceive
You've got hate, and greed, ungodly lusts in the deadly web you weave
Somehow you've got so many thinking you're not even there
One look is all it takes to get them blinded by your glare

Killing My Old Man
Words and music by Bob Hartman

I think its gone far enough
I can't take it anymore
I've got to even up the score
Before he sweeps me off the floor

I've really got to find a way
Of taking care of him for good
I know he'd kill me if he could
So I'll nail him to the wood

(Chorus)
Killing my old man
You may not understand
He's a terrible man
Got to make a stand
And kill the old man

(Bridge)
Every time that I think he's gone and I've finally won
He just keeps coming back, puts me on the run

I think I'd better do it now
Get my hammer and a nail
Pray to God I that I won't fail
Lest he'll keep me in the jail
And I don't wanna stay in jail!

Without Him We Can Do Nothing
Words and music by Greg X. Volz

How can, how can we who are dead to sin
Live any longer therein?
We've been, we have been called and loved and forgiven
Our old life is forgotten

(Chorus)
Do you remember what he's called you out of?
Do you remember where you were?
Let us not take advantage of his love
That we forget that we have been forgiven
Without Him we can do nothing

I know, I know where I was when He found me
With so much confusion around me
He's been, He has been all that we would let Him
Without Him we can do nothing

Never Say Die
Words and music by Bob Hartman

You've been tossing in your sleep
All the promises you made that you couldn't keep
And you're feeling sorry for yourself
Think He's done with you, had Him on the shelf
And you're tired of running the race
Straying to and fro, falling on your face
Oh, you want to throw your towel on in
Brother before you do, you better think again

Never say die, no
You've come too far to turn back now
Give it one more try and He'll help you through
Never say die, no
We are weak but He is strong
and strength He will supply
When you ask Him to

You went wrong, you remember when
Instead of pressing toward the mark you missed it once again
And you think that you're the only one
Who's ever come your way and done what you have done
So you try to tuck your tail and run
But then you realize you're back where you've begun
Oh can't you see Him waiting there for you?
With arms wide open now, wanting to see you through

Press on, press on
Keep your hand upon that plow
Press on, press on
And he will lead you through somehow

I Can Be Friends With You
Words and music by Bob Hartman

I can be friends with you
There's no better friend that a man can know
I can be friends with you
And I feel so special
'Cause it's you I know

I don't know the governor
Even though I'm a resident
I don't rub shoulders with the dignities
Or shake hands with the President

And I know I can be with you
And I don't have to wait in line
You're the author and creator of all the world
And a personal friend of mine

When I have a problem
I can always come to You
Regardless of the situation
I know You know what to do
You put Your arm around and speak so tenderly
And I feel better just to know You care
And you took the time for me

Greater love has no man than this
That a man lay his life down for his friend
But You laid down for all the world to see
And You proved Your love for me

I'm no special person
I've got nothing to offer You
But You treat me like I'm the only one
With whom you have to do
You're closer than a brother
And You're with me every day
I love You 'cause You first loved me
And I'm glad that I can say

For Annie
Words and music by Bob Hartman

No one ever noticed Annie weeping
People all around, but she was all alone
Mama's got her meetings, Daddy's got his job
and no one's got the time so Annie's on her own

No one ever knew her desperation
People couldn't hear her cry out silently
Locked inside the bathroom she grabs a jar of pills
The medicine that cures becomes the poison that kills

(Chorus)
And it's too late for Annie, she's gone away for good
There's so much we could tell her and now we wish we could
But it's too late, it's too late for Annie

Sadness fills the hearts of Annie's family
Daddy tries to comfort Mama uselessly
They hoped she knew they loved her, but they really didn't know
They just want to know why did their baby go

(2nd Chorus)
And it's too late for Annie, she's gone away for good
There's so much we could tell her and now we wish we could
We would tell her Jesus loves her, tell her Jesus cares
Tell her He can free her and her burdens bear
But it's too late, it's too late for Annie

If only we had known her situation,
We'd have tried to stop this useless tragedy
Annie's lost forever, never to be found
But there are lots of others like her all around

(3rd Chorus)
And it's not too late for Annie, she could be next to you
Don't miss the chance to tell her before her life is through
We gotta tell her Jesus loves her, tell her Jesus cares
Tell her He can free her and her burdens bear
Tell her Jesus loves her, tell her Jesus cares
Tell her He can free her and her burdens bear
You've got to tell her Jesus loves her, tell her Jesus cares
Tell her He can free her and her burdens bear
It's not too late

Father of Lights
Words and music by Bob Hartman

You made the sun to light the day
You made the moon to light the night
You made me your son to light the world
But I still need more of Your light

Father of lights shine down on me
In all the dark places I'll never see
Only your light can take the night from me

There is no shadow under You
There is no place darkness has to hide
So search me and show me where You've never been
Help me let Your light inside

So let it shine, shine, shine
And it will chase away the darkness
Let it shine, shine, shine
And it will chase away the night

Just when I think there is no more darkness
Just when I think I've seen all Your light
You show me a corner I've kept from You
My fear and pride keeps it out of sight

Praise Ye the Lord
Words and music by Greg X. Volz

Praise ye the Lord all ye nations
The Lord is reigning, you people rejoice
The Word of the Lord is a two-edged sword
He's placed it in our hands

Praise ye the Lord
Praise ye the Lord
Praise ye the Lord forever

The word of the Lord shall endure forever and ever
His merciful kindness is great toward us
Is with us to the end

Now let us go on to perfection
Leaving behind the old carnal mind
Press toward the mark of the high call of God
Which is the fullness of Christ

Praise the Lord for His mercy
Praise the Lord for His love
His everlasting love
Praise the Lord for His kindness
Praise the Lord for His Son

Jesus is Lord
Jesus is Lord
Jesus is Lord forever