SLAVE SONGS, the debut release of the emerging group Psallos, is a concept album based on the biblical metaphor of spiritual slavery; that is, the imagery of a Christian's identity as a former slave of sin and current slave of Christ. Consisting of newly composed congregational hymns and Christian art songs, the album directs listeners to worship God by recognizing the cruel condition of enslavement to sin and the rich blessings being enslaved to God. Incorporating both existing and newly composed texts, these slave songs incorporate a wide variety of musical styles, from piano rags to sweeping orchestral suites to simple folk songs.
released 12 November 2012
Engineered and produced by Cody Curtis
Mixed by Dewey Boyd at Forty-one Fifteen
Mastered by Taylor Bray
Album artwork by Cody Curtis and Micah Brown
We rejoice, we rejoice
In the work that God has done;
He has saved, He has saved
Sinners through His risen Son!
Christ redeems His chosen people;
What a Lord! What a gracious Master!
For our sin, He made atonement
By His blood; what a loving Savior!
He has bought, He has bought
Slaves from their harsh chains to sin.
With His blood, with his blood
He has paid our ransom!
We recall, we recall
Who we were before new birth:
Slaves to sin – But now to Him,
And He has made us children!
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Track Name: Hymn to No One Else
Sin claimed my will, my choices:
Captive not in part but all;
Till You captured me, and now I’m free
To worship no one else.
O how my heart was bent to
Answer not Your loving call;
Till You enthralled me, lest I would sing
A song to someone else.
Guilt stained my finest garments,
Tainted by an unkept law;
Till You washed me white with the blood of Christ,
Now I’ll cling to no one else.
Unless You act on my behalf,
There’s no hope for me.
Borne dead by my transgressions,
Death enacted at the Fall;
Till You gave me life by Your Spirit’s might,
And I’ll live for no one else.
Track Name: Be Thou My Vision
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,
Naught be all else to me, save that thou art;
Thou my best thought by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.
Be thou my wisdom, thou my true word,
I ever with thee and thou with me Lord;
Thou my great Father, and I thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.
Be my Vision, O Lord;
Be my Wisdom and my Light!
Be My Vision, O be my Sight;
God of Wisdom, Lord of Life!
Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise:
Thou mine inheritance now and always;
Thou and thou only first in my heart;
High King of Heaven, my treasure thou art.
High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven's joys, O Bright Heaven's sun!;
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.
Track Name: The Life of Christ
When You were in a manger born,
You showed us God in human form;
The Son of God became like the men He would save,
When You were in a manger born.
When You were on a boat, on a sea,
You talked about soils and seed,
Of human hearts prepared–will good fruit grow there?
When You were on a boat, on a sea.
When You were at the mountain’s height,
You taught about the Kingdom life,
Of old laws fulfilled, of new ones instilled,
When You were at the mountain’s height.
When You were in the garden’s keep,
You prayed at your Father’s feet
That He would be pleased Your weight to relieve,
When You were in the garden’s keep.
When You were hung on Calv’ry’s cross,
You gave your life – redemption’s cost –
To ransom from sin Your people, Your kin!
When You were hung on Calv’ry’s cross.
When You arose from death’s vain hold,
Your body bore the future told:
Since we have been saved, like You, we’ll be raised,
When You arose from death’s vain hold.
Track Name: Untamed
Careful where you take a bow;
Beware not of monsters,
Nor evil ones unseen
Who scare all the monsters.
Fear the Lion Who is King:
He’s there – and stronger!
To Him devotion vow,
Who bears all the honor.
He’s not safe!
Track Name: Captive Children
Captive children, slaves in Egypt,
Israel waits for God’s redemption:
“Yahweh, turn your face upon us,
Come release us from our chains.”
Though the hardened hearts opposed Him,
They were only tools in His hand;
Though the sea did stand before them,
Yahweh’s children crossed dry land.
With His right hand, God did proffer
Freedom for the chosen nation;
Made them wise to heed His offer,
Brought them to His promised land.
“Sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously!
Our enemies defeated by His hand,
He’s led His people whom He has redeemed
In the steadfast love of the Lord!”
Even though God’s hand had saved them,
Lo! The Jews returned to slav’ry:
Carried far to foreign nations,
Made the slaves of foreign men.
Yet the Lord, by His volition,
Brought forth justice for His people;
Thus fulfilled the prophets’ vision:
Israel would return home!
Much like Israel were slaves to foreign men,
Everyone’s born a slave to sin.
By the one man sin enslaved us,
Helpless to resist its full sway;
O, but by the God-Man Jesus,
Grace has captivated me!
Free from further condemnation
Unto God we ever give thanks,
Grateful for emancipation
From the law of sin and death!
To a law that brings forth rest!
Track Name: The Lord is a Mighty King
The Lord is a mighty King: the King of all nations,
The Maker of everything, let His handiwork say,
“I am His, I am His! Creator owns creation.”
See what power there is in the Sovereign who reigns.
The Lord is a holy King: the Judge rules from heaven;
His wrath He will surely bring on the man who rebels.
O my sin, O my sin! How can I be forgiven?
There is justice in Him; is there mercy as well?
The Lord is a gracious King: for those who believe Him,
His Son is an offering for their sins to atone;
I’m redeemed, I’m redeemed! By grace I have received Him,
By His death on the tree I have peace at His throne.
The Lord is a faithful King: He never will leave us;
His children will ever sing of His glorious love.
O my soul, O my soul is safely bound in Jesus;
All His virtues extol, for the Lord reigns above.
Track Name: And Can it Be
And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou my God, shouldst die for me?
‘Tis mystery all! th’Immortal dies!
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine!
‘Tis mercy all! let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.
He left His Father’s throne above
(So free, so infinite His grace!)
Humbled Himself because of love,
And bled for all His chosen race:
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free;
For, O my God, it found out me.
Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine.
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Track Name: Alas! By Nature
Alas! By nature how depraved,
How prone to every ill!
Our lives, to Satan, how enslaved,
How obstinate our will!
And can such sinners be restored?
Such rebels reconciled?
Can grace itself the means afford
To make a foe a child?
Yes, grace has found the wondrous means
Which shall effectual prove;
To cleanse us from our countless sins,
And teach our hearts to love.
Jesus for sinners undertakes,
And died that we may live;
His blood a full atonement makes,
And cries aloud, “Forgive.”
Yet one thing more must grace provide,
To bring us home to God;
Or we shall slight the Lord, who died,
And trample on His blood.
The Holy Spirit must reveal
The Savior’s work and worth;
Then the hard heart begins to feel
A new and heav’nly birth.
Thus bought with blood, and born again,
Redeemed, and saved by grace,
Rebels in God’s own house obtain
A son’s and daughter’s place.
Track Name: O the Depth!
O the depth of the riches,
Both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are His judgments
And how inscrutable His ways!
“For who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or, who has been His counselor?”
“Or who has given a gift to Him
That He might be paid again?”
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.