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Spiritual Songs

by The Wayside

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    We do still have copies of the 7" vinyl singles of "Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior" available if you are interested. Check the Merch Store or send us a message.
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    Additionally, a very limited "Special Edition Boxed Set" will be created for our most passionate fans, friends and supporters. The music is exactly the same as the standard edition, but ordering the Special Edition of the album will get you a hand-made boxed set that will include the full CD, a limited run 7" vinyl single of "Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior" with an un-released B-side work-tape of a song Michelle wrote since moving to Nashville (that may appear in a more fully produced form on a future recording.) You will never see this version of the song anywhere else. Also included in the box will be a stack of 12 photo cards (photos by Allen Clark) with essays about the songs, our history with them, and why we chose to record them on the back and a nifty, numbered, box.

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Chorus: Blessed is the name of the Lord forever Wisdom and might are His They are His Well He moves His face upon the water Sits up high on His throne Like Him there is no other He is God, all by Himself alone Chorus Now to the just he will be faithful When it rains fire and brimstone down Remember, He did not destroy Sodom and Gomorrha Until Lot was safely out of the town Chorus Way back in the days of Noah He found him faithful at the dock Remember not one drop of water fell Till Noah was safely on the ark...
Pass me not, O gentle Savior, Hear my humble cry; While on others Thou art calling, Do not pass me by. Refrain: Savior, Savior, Hear my humble cry, While on others Thou are calling, Do not pass me by. Let me at a throne of mercy Find a sweet relief; Kneeling there in deep contrition, Help my unbelief. Trusting only in Thy merit, Would I seek Thy face; Heal my wounded, broken spirit, Save me by Thy grace. Thou the spring of all my comfort, More than life to me, Whom have I on earth beside Thee, Whom in Heav’n but Thee.
Lord, we wander, we wander so far Then Lord, we wonder, we wonder where You are Now we raise our voices up to heaven Now we sing and praise Your Holy Name All our sins are washed away forever You took the blame Lord, we feel you We know that You're here Lord, we need you We want you to be near
O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down, now scornfully surrounded with thorns, thine only crown: how pale thou art with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn! How does that visage languish which once was bright as morn! What thou, my Lord, has suffered was all for sinners' gain; mine, mine was the transgression, but thine the deadly pain. Lo, here I fall, my Savior! 'Tis I deserve thy place; look on me with thy favor, vouchsafe to me thy grace. What language shall I borrow to thank thee, dearest friend, for this thy dying sorrow, thy pity without end? O make me thine forever; and should I fainting be, Lord, let me never, never outlive my love for thee.
These thousand hills roll ever on Footprints of a Mighty God They bring me to my knees in praise Amazing love, amazing grace 'Twas on a hill my savior died A broken heart and bleeding side Hill on the skull, Mount Calvary, The blood he shed, he shed for me, When Heaven's hills at last I roam Forever settled in my home I'll join the saints around your throne Your kingdom, Lord, goes ever on, These thousand hills rolls ever on Ripples of a coming storm The Morning Star precedes the dawn, These thousand hills roll ever on.
Why me Lord, what have I ever done To deserve even one Of the pleasures I've known Tell me Lord, what did I ever do That was worth love from you Or the kindness you've shown. Lord help me Jesus, I've wasted it so Help me Jesus I know what I am Now that I know that I've needed you so Help me Jesus, my soul's in your hand. Tell me Lord, if you think there's a way I can try to repay All I've taken from you Maybe Lord, I can show someone else What I've been through myself On my way back to you. Lord help me Jesus, I've wasted it so Help me Jesus I know what I am Now that I know that I've need you so Help me Jesus, my soul's in your hands.
What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus; What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Refrain: Oh! precious is the flow That makes me white as snow; No other fount I know, Nothing but the blood of Jesus. For my pardon, this I see, Nothing but the blood of Jesus; For my cleansing this my plea, Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Refrain This is all my hope and peace, Nothing but the blood of Jesus; This is all my righteousness, Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Refrain
Psalm 51 03:45
Have mercy on me, O God According to your unfailing love According to, your great compassion Blot out my transgressions And wash away all my iniquities And clense me from my sin For I know, my transgressions and my sins are always before me Against you and you only have I sinned And done what is evil in your sight So that you, you are proved right When you speak and justified when you judge When you speak and justified when you judge
I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord; No tender voice like Thine can peace afford. Refrain I need Thee, O I need Thee; Every hour I need Thee; O bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee. I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby; Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh. Refrain I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain; Come quickly and abide, or life is vain. Refrain I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will; And Thy rich promises in me fulfill. Refrain
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, and Thou my true Word; I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord; Thou my great Father, I Thy true son; Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one. 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.
God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus; He came to love, heal and forgive; He lived and died to buy my pardon, An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives! Chorus: Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, Because He lives, all fear is gone; Because I know He holds the future, And life is worth the living, Just because He lives! How sweet to hold a newborn baby, And feel the pride and joy he gives; But greater still the calm assurance: This child can face uncertain days because He Lives! Chorus And then one day, I'll cross the river, I'll fight life's final war with pain; And then, as death gives way to vict'ry, I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives! Chorus


We’ve been making music together for twenty years now, playing shows in bars, theaters, colleges, churches, festivals and living rooms. It seems, though, that gospel songs have been the common denominator all along. Thus it has been a true joy to collect these tunes, some new and many old, and record them with dear friends in our own “Americana” style. We hope you feel like you were in the room with us as the songs play, because if you’re one of the many friends who have been asking us for a record like this for a couple of decades, you were.

- John and Michelle Thompson (The Wayside)


released January 4, 2010

Produced By John J. Thompson, Stephen Leiweke, and Michelle Thompson. Recorded, Engineered and Mixed by Stephen Leiweke at Yackland Productions, East Nashville TN (www.stephenleiweke.com.) Mastered by Jim Falzone at Venus Mastering. Photography by Allen Clark (www.AllenClarkPhotography.com)

The Band:
Michelle Thompson (Vocals)
John J. Thompson (Vocals, Gut-String Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Tremolo)
Kenny Hutson (Pedal Steel, Lap Steel, Parlor Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Dobro)
Jake Bradley (Upright Bass, Bass Guitar)
Ken Lewis (Drums and Percussion)
with special thanks to Matt Slocum (Cello,) The Farewell Drifters (Pass Me Not,) Zach Bevil (bgvs on You Took The Blame,) Stephen Leiweke (Acoustic Guitar, Organ, Vibes,) Erin Lee (bgvs on Because He Lives) and The Traughber Chorale for gang vocals.


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The Wayside is John and Michelle Thompson and the various friends and collaborators who have come alongside them over the past 32 years of rootsy music making. Originally from the Chicago area, they now call East Nashville home and they love it.

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