Archives for June 2016

“Let’s Call It Even”

During a Sunday morning service at a church in Georgia we sang our song about my experience of holding my Dad when he passed from this life into eternity (I Held A Great Warrior When He Died). After dismissal a very nice lady named, Jonell Barber, expressed her appreciation for the song then told about an exchange she had with her father, Calvin, during his last hours. What she said was deeply touching, incredibly profound and full of mercy. She has graciously permitted us to share her story in music and we are hopeful it will help others to also know the joy of reconciliation…may it be sooner rather than later. S&A

“Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13
Let’s Call It Even (Lyrics)

 

He came down to his final day,

With something on his heart he had to say

To his daughter, from the heart of a father

He took her hand, couldn’t stop the tears,

He said, “I’ve let you down thru the years

Wish I could do it over, I’d do it better

Lord knows I’d do it better.”

 

She stood by his bed, they both cried,

She wiped the tears from his eyes

And said, “I understand, you’ve done the best you can

But would it help if I reminded you

About the teenage hell I put you through

O Daddy, here’s what we ought to do…”

 

“Let’s call it even

We both had a bad run

Let’s talk about the good times

We can say we both won

On the other side of heaven’s door

You won’t find love keeping score

We’re forgiven

Let’s call it even.”

 

He said, “I guess its true what they say, a little child will lead the way

My sweet baby, what a gift you just gave me

Now I can leave this world feeling free, nothing between you and me

No regrets, its God’s mercy…”

 

Cho…

 

 

 

S&A Chapman/Times & Seasons Music/BMI/2015

“He’s Not There” New Song by Steve & Annie

Forest Lawn Graveside gathering

Graveside service for Dad

I went to Point Pleasant, WV to visit my Mother, Lillian Chapman, who has been a widow since my Dad’s passing in late 2015. She had not yet returned to Logan County to the gravesite and I brought up the idea of going. Her response was, “I’ll go…but he’s not there.” Her unexpected, yet confident reaction was not only deeply encouraging, it inspired Annie and me to write, “He’s Not There.” If you have buried a loved one, we hope this musical tribute to Dad’s life and Mom’s uplifting words will comfort you.