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Memorials

Digging deeper than your average kids’ album, the songs of Memorials by Jamie Soles follow the theme of memorials in the Bible, showing God’s covenants with His people at work.

This is a kids’ album of the strange and the beautiful.

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Memorials


© Jamie Soles Sept 6 2005

Sample

Signs set in the skies
Set in the garments of the priest and between his eyes
Memorials, piles of stone,
Trumpets of silver, a day to atone
Memorials rising in smoke
Blood on the doorpost, that angel’s no joke
Nor these signs…

Memorials, there to remind You
Of the things You’ve done before, keeping us in mind
Signs tell You again
Tell of Your covenant with us, and that we are in
Memorials, calling on You to come
Come and pass judgment
Come and renew this covenant

Memorials, memorials open the door
That’s what these memorials are for

Signs, simple and strong
Water on forehead, now you belong
Signs, bread and wine
Set on a table; come and dine
Memorials, calling on You to come
Come and pass judgment
Come and renew this covenant

Memorials, memorials open the door
That’s what these memorials are for
Memorials, memorials open the door
That’s what these memorials are for

I Will Remember

(Gen 8:20–22)
© Jamie Soles Sept 17 2004

Sample

I have smelled that pleasing scent again
Of your offering; I’ll hold back the rain
Go out Noah, fill the earth once more
I will not do as I did before
When the flood came
And the creatures of the earth were washed away
But not again…

I establish my covenant with you
With your offspring and all creatures too
I will never end all flesh again
With a flood to destroy all things
And this is the sign
That I make between Me and you
And every generation to come
I have set My bow in the cloud
And when I bring a cloud upon the earth
I will see My bow
And when My bow is seen

I will remember (My covenant with you)
I will remember (My covenant with you)
I will remember
And you can remember too

Plain of Shinar

(Gen 11)
© Jamie Soles Oct 27 2004

Sample

La la la la la, la la la la la la la la la la,
La la la la la la la la la la la la la la

Here we are on the plain of Shinar
Let us settle down
Let us never leave again, we’re here with friends
We’re tired of moving around
Bricks and mortar, made to order
Let us build our town
All I would give if I could but live
On a permanent piece of ground

La la la la la....

Let us build ourselves a city
And a tower with its top in the heavens
Let us make ourselves a name
Lest we be scattered
Over the face of all the earth, oh no, no, no, no,…

La la la la la....

God, come down
Come and see this city which our hands have made
Does it make You swell with pride
We’re unified, our work is here on parade
Just beginning our lust for sinning
We glory in our shame
Nothing to do that we cannot do
When all of us say the same

Machpelah

(Gen 23)
© Jamie Soles Nov 15 2004

Sample

Machpelah, Machpelah, take what I lack, will ya?
Purchase and pack up this part of my life
Machpelah, Machpelah, I will come back to ya
Now I must bury my Sarah, my wife

Full price I paid for you, how I have prayed for you
They would have given you, debt would be mine
I would not go for this, silver I show for this
You are fulfilling a promise divine

Machpelah, Machpelah, take what I lack, will ya?
Purchase and pack up this part of my life
Machpelah, Machpelah, I will come back to ya
Now I must bury my Sarah, my wife

She did provide for tomorrow
I would provide for today
Machpelah, you are my joy and my sorrow
Machpelah, I think God has made it this way

Machpelah, Machpelah, fill what I lack, will ya?
Here you’ll remain for the end of my life
Machpelah, Machpelah, I will come back to ya
Now I must bury my Sarah, my wife
Now I must bury my Sarah, my wife

Deliverance

(Ex 2:1–10)
© Jamie Soles Feb 25 2005

Sample

A man from the house of Levi took a wife
The woman conceived, bore a son
And she saw he was a fine child
She hid him three months from the law of the Pharaoh
Three months, until she could no longer hide
There by the Nile

So she built him an ark made of rushes
and daubed it with pitch
A cover to hide him and sister beside him to snitch
Then down to the river to set him in the reeds
For Israel, for Israel she pleads

We wait for Your deliverance, O Lord
We wait for Your deliverance, O Lord

The daughter of Pharaoh came down to the river to bathe
To cleanse her skin in the Hebrew boys' watery grave
She saw a basket out in the reeds
And heard a sound that made her heart bleed
This is a Hebrew baby indeed, what shall I do?

His sister came running and asked if she needed a nurse
“Yes I do!” said the daughter, “I’ll pay her from out of my purse.”
So he went home to his mother
And in time to Pharaoh’s house
I think his mother could see this one coming…

We wait for Your deliverance, O Lord We wait for Your deliverance, O Lord

Take a Lamb


© Jamie Soles Feb 21 2005

Sample

Take a lamb, lead a spotless lamb to the slaughter
For the sake of yourselves, your sons and your daughters
Put the blood on the doorposts and the lintel of your house
When the angel comes he will see and pass over

Take a lamb, lead a spotless lamb to the slaughter
For the sake of yourselves, your sons and your daughters
Put the blood on the doorposts and the lintel of your house
When the angel comes he will see and pass over

The blood will be to Me a sign
That all within the house are Mine
Those who eat the lamb are delivered from My Hand
I will take them to the land that I have promised

Take a lamb, lead a spotless lamb to the slaughter
For the sake of yourselves, your sons and your daughters
Put the blood on the doorposts and the lintel of your house
When the angel comes he will see and pass over

You shall remember this day
As an evermore memorial to Me
You shall keep the feast, from the greatest to the least
You shall take and eat, remember and believe

Take a lamb, lead a spotless lamb to the slaughter
For the sake of yourselves, your sons and your daughters
Put the blood on the doorposts and the lintel of your house
When the angel comes he will see and pass over you

Up in Smoke


© Jamie Soles Sept 9 2005

Sample

Up in smoke
Goes the offering I offer today
Some grain with frankincense
And if it makes no sense to you
I’ll offer anyway

Up in smoke
For the Lord to smell a pleasing aroma
A memorial of sins covered over
A memorial of me

I’m so glad the Lord remembers
I’m so glad the Lord remembers
I’m so glad the Lord remembers me

Glory and Beauty


© Jamie Soles Sept 9 2005

Sample

Glory and beauty
For Aaron and his sons, they are my holy ones
So give them glory and beauty
In the garments of the priests of Israel

So make a breastpiece, an ephod and a robe,
A coat of checkered work,
A turban and a sash
Made of gold, blue, purple, and of scarlet yarn
And of fine twisted linen
So shall they come near to Me in…

Glory and beauty....

And take two onyx stones
Engraven with the names of Israel’s children
Six on one and six on two
And so arrange them in the order of their birth
And put them on his shoulders, right where I can see them

Glory and beauty....

Now set in twelve stones
Twelve precious glory stones
In the breastplate of judgment
Right there on the front
And you shall name them with the names of Israel
So shall they be carried right into My presence

Glory and beauty....

With Israel on his shoulders
Israel on his breastplate
Israel on his forehead
So shall I remember them

Glory and beauty....

Sin Offering


© Jamie Soles Nov 22 2004

Sample

What shall I bring as a sin offering
When I come to the presence of the Lord?
Can I bring a rock or a dirty sock
Will my talk be acceptable to the Lord?
No way ( No way)
No way ( No way)
You must bring what the Lord commanded you
No way ( No way)
No way ( No way)
You must bring what the Lord commanded you

If you are a priest, and you sin, bring a bull
And this son of the herd will be acceptable
If you are a leader and you sin, bring a goat
Bring a male without blemish, he will wear your coat
God’s way (God’s way)
God’s way (God’s way)
You must bring what the Lord commanded you
God’s way (God’s way)
God’s way (God’s way)
You must bring what the Lord commanded you

Any other person brings a sheep or a goat
Of the female persuasion, and it will atone
If you are too poor, bring two turtledoves or pigeons
Or even a loaf of bread and that will do
God’s way (God’s way)
God’s way (God’s way)
You must bring what the Lord commanded you
God’s way (God’s way)
God’s way (God’s way)
You must bring what the Lord commanded you

Jealousy Test


© Jamie Soles Sept 9 2005

Sample

Will she swell or will she not?
Is she free or is she caught?
Nothing from the Lord’s eyes can be hid
His jealousy, it burns like fire
Strong toward His heart’s desire
Drinking this will show Him what she did

Bitter water brings a curse
On those who are unfaithful
They’ll be drinking judgment on themselves
Will she swell or will she not?
Is she free or is she caught?
Nothing from the Lord’s eyes can be hid

Daughters


© Jamie Soles Dec 6 2004

Sample

Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, Tirzah,
What would you like today?
Something that your father had,
Daughters of Zelophehad?
So sorry he died on the way.

We would like our inheritance among our father’s brothers
If a man has no sons his land is given unto others
And his name will be gone from his clan
Is that a very good plan?

Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, Tirzah,
You’re in the right today.
All that your father had,
Daughters of Zelophehad,
Is going to be coming your way

You must do the faithful thing
And marry in the Lord
And the Lord will continue the clan
And we think it’s a very good plan

Twelve Stones


© Jamie Soles Sept 17 2004

Sample

Twelve tribes, twelve men
Twelve stones from Jordan
Taken from where the priests were standing
To the bank to be set up
For the people to see (set them up)
For your own memory
And when your children ask
“What does this mean? (what does this mean?)

You say “The Lord your God
Dried up the waters of the Jordan
Until you passed through
Just like He did at the sea
When He set us all free
So that all the people of the earth
May know that the hand of Yahweh is strong
And so that you may fear the Lord your God forever

Twelve tribes, twelve men
Twelve stones from Jordan
Taken to where the priests were standing
In the stream to be set up
For the Lord God to see (set them up)
For the Lord’s memory
And when your children ask
“What does this mean? (what does this mean?)

Marching


© Jamie Soles Jan 10 2005

Sample

They are marching, marching, marching round the city
They are silent, silent, they do not make a sound
Only trumpets, trumpets, trumpets sound continually
And pounding, pounding feet upon the ground
They are marching, marching, marching round the city
They are silent, silent, they do not make a sound
Only trumpets, trumpets, trumpets sound continually
And pounding, pounding feet upon the ground

Hear the knocking, knocking, knocking of our knees together
Shaking, shaking, shaking like a leaf
For this marching, pounding doom is drawing near us
And we fear He’s bringing Jericho to grief

For this God has parted the waters of the sea
And He has brought His people through
No fording Jordan, there He did the same
And now they’ve all come into view…

They are marching, marching, marching round the city
They are silent, silent, they do not make a sound
Only trumpets, trumpets, trumpets sound continually
And pounding, pounding feet upon the ground

Hear the knocking, knocking, knocking of our knees together
Shaking, shaking, shaking like a leaf
For this marching, pounding doom is drawing near us
And we fear He’s bringing Jericho to grief

For this God has parted the waters of the sea
And He has brought His people through
No fording Jordan, there He did the same
And now they’ve all come into view…
But I heard He promised, you would be saved!
Rahab, is it true? I’m glad I’m with you.

Everyone’s Mad


© Jamie Soles Oct 18 2004

Sample

Moses is mad at Reuben and Gad
And the half tribe of Manasseh
They want to stay out east away
Before the Jordan crossing
Why would you do this?
What are you thinking?
Have you learned nothing from history?
If you discourage these people they will turn
And the wilderness wandering
we thought was complete will return!
Aargh!

Please don’t misunderstand
We’re on your side, we’re in the plan
We have to provide for the future of our children too
We are coming with you

Everyone’s mad at Reuben and Gad
And the half tribe of Manasseh
Hard to believe such apostasy…
To build another altar!
Why would you do this?
What are you thinking?
Have you learned nothing from history?
If you break faith with the Lord His wrath will burn
And the whole congregation will feel it if you don’t return!

Please don’t misunderstand
We’re on your side, we’re in the plan
We have to provide for the future of our children, o-oh
Please don’t misunderstand
We’re on your side, we’re in the plan
We have to provide for the future of our children too
To protect them from you

Choose, You Lose


© Jamie Soles Mar 14 2005

Sample

If you obey, you’re OK
If you choose you lose
It’s time to serve the Lord
If you obey it’s OK
If you choose you lose
As for me and my house
We will serve the Lord

If you obey, you’re OK
If you choose you lose
It’s time to serve the Lord
If you obey it’s OK
If you choose you lose
As for me and my house
We will serve the Lord

Now fear the Lord in sincerity and truth
Put away those gods you served
In the country of your youth
If it does not seem too good
To obey Christ as you should
Then choose now as you would
Between gods of stone and gods of wood…

If you obey, you’re OK
If you choose you lose
It’s time to serve the Lord
If you obey it’s OK
If you choose you lose
As for me and my house
We will serve the Lord
As for me and my house
We will serve the Lord

Last Supper at Endor


© Jamie Soles Jun 30 2005

Sample

Kill the fatted calf, make the bread unleavened
Put it before you and your servants
Please, take and eat, lest your strength should fail
As you go on your way from my presence
For I took my life in my hands
To follow your commands,
You came to me deceiving…
Take this morsel from my hand
Last supper of the damned
How right that I am serving.

La la, la la la la la, la, la la la la la-a

For you say “As the Lord lives!”
Then you fight against Him,
His Spirit you are grieving
Take this morsel now and eat
Your darkness is complete
It’s time that you were leaving
Take this morsel now and eat
Your darkness is complete
It’s time that you were leaving

Song of the Bow


© Jamie Soles Mar 28 2005

Sample

Your glory, O Israel, is slain on your high places!
How the mighty have fallen!
How the mighty have fallen!

Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon,
Lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice,
Lest the daughters of the uncircumcised exult.

You mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew nor rain on you,
Nor fields of offerings,
For there the shield of the mighty was defiled,
The shield of Saul not anointed with oil.
How the mighty have fallen!

From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty;
The bow of Jonathan turned not back,
And the sword of Saul returned not empty.
Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely!
In life and in death they were not divided;
They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.

You daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
Who clothed you luxuriously in scarlet,
Who put ornaments of gold upon your clothes.
How the mighty have fallen
In the midst of the battle,
How the mighty have fallen!

Jonathan lies slain on your high places.
I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan.
Very pleasant have you been to me,
Your love to me extraordinary,
Surpassing the love of women.
How the mighty have fallen
and the weapons of war have perished
How the mighty have fallen,
How the mighty have fallen!

Unto My Memorial

(1 Cor 11:17–34)
© Jamie Soles Feb 21 2005

Sample

Now, now when I hear of your coming together
I hear your coming is not for the better
I hear your coming is now for the worse
Now I hear that there are divisions among you
I hear you keeping up factions among you
I hear you turning this peace to a curse

For some of you are going ahead
And some of you are going hungry
And some of you are getting drunk
And despising those with nothing
By this you despise the Church of God

For I received from the Lord
What I also delivered to you
That the Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed
Took bread, gave thanks, broke it and said

This is My body which is for you
Do this (do this) unto My memorial
This is My body which is for you
Do this (do this) unto My memorial
In the same way He took the cup and said
Do this (do this) unto My memorial
This cup is the new covenant in My blood
Do this (do this) unto My memorial

Let there be no divisions among you
Put away your factions
No more turning this peace into a curse
This is My Body

This is My body which is for you
Do this (do this) unto My memorial
This is My body which is for you
Do this (do this) unto My memorial
This is My body which is for you
Do this (do this) unto My memorial
This is My body which is for you
Do this (do this) unto My memorial
Unto My memorial, unto My memorial

Memorials album cover

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