Sound Theology

by Jonathan Rundman

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Perspectives on faith and rock & roll from a Finnish-American Midwestern Generation X Lutheran at the turn of the millennium.

Sound Theology is best experienced in its entirety, in double-CD format, with liner notes, enclosed discussion questions, and detailed credits.

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released October 31, 2000

ALL 52 SONGS AVAILABLE ON PHYSICAL 2-CD SET:

DISC ONE

Church Directory
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Workin' my Committee
Four Candles
Out Behind the Old Hotel
Cold, But I Don't Mind
Let Me Be Yours
Local Road
The Prophetstown Tornado
The Loneliness of Happiness
In Thee is Gladness
Find Your Way to Prague
Ashes
Cautious Springtime Blues
We're Creating Monsters
My Apology
Tired Tired Tired
Ah, Holy Jesus
A Farm in Minnesota
Forgiveness Waltz
Chopin's Heart
Xian Bookstore
A Little More Than Me
My Broken Heart is Miss (sic)You
Lord, Keep Us Steadfast In Your Word

DISC TWO

I Love You With All of My Mind
Carol of the Bells
I Don't Want To Go To Hell
Failing Rockstar Attempt
Arise, My Soul, Arise!
Wide Awake
A Better Place
Easier
Dumb Summer
Minneapolis
If I Ever Get There
Waiting for the Rain
No Time To Breathe
Deadly Life
Oswiecim
I Want Jesus to Walk With Me
Closed Out...
You Don't Speak For Me
Are You Speaking Through the Radio?
The Glasses Song
The Stars Start to Take On That Same Old Shine
Row Out the Boat
Dance of the Confirmands
Bright Funeral
Godforsaken
Texas Kyrie
What Wondrous Love is This

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Track Name: Cold, But I Don't Mind
you got something you think you need
you look at me like i cannot afford this
but every morning and every evening
i got something right outside my door

i'm cold, but i don't mind
yeah i'm cold, but i'll be fine
cold, but it's alright
i'm cold, but i don't mind

you send me postcards of sunny weather
you tend your flowers on new year's day
i leave my gloves on the radiator
thank you for asking, but i'm gonna stay cold

i don't mind
yeah i'm cold, but i'll be fine
cold, but it's alright
i'm cold, but i don't mind
Track Name: Local Road
never driven it myself
but i've seen it many times
driving fast alone to see my girl
across the borderline
up ahead i see the sign

local road exits to the side
i don't need to drive it
i just need to pass it by
local road turns off from the eastbound lane
and tells me i will soon be holding her
in my arms again

all the yellow fields look the same
dirty trucks in single file
then i see the sign with basic name
and it's only fifty miles
until i see her smile

local road exits to the side
i don't need to drive it
i just need to pass it by
local road turns off from the eastbound lane
and tells me i will soon be holding her
in my arms again

it's good to have a landmark on your way
to watch for as you go
everybody needs some ritual
this i know
i watch for local road

local road exits to the side
i don't need to drive it
i just need to pass it by
local road turns off from the eastbound lane
and tells me i will soon be holding her
in my arms again
Track Name: The Prophetstown Tornado
just me and God inside the car
beneath the tollway overpass
out in nowhere illinois
sheets of rain on window glass

and when it all passed before me
it looked so good
it was the prophetstown tornado

the newsman on the FM dial
signed off and ran for cover
my car received the final broadcast
as the twister crossed above her

and when it all passed before me
it looked so good
it was the prophetstown tornado

there was pure electric heat
when the lightning struck the land
i wondered 'bout that tall blonde girl
who put the ring upon my hand

and when my lifetime passed before me
it looked so good
it was the prophetstown tornado

88's my favorite number
Track Name: The Loneliness Of Happiness
people love to hear you sing the blues
they want to be there for you when you lose
they understand it when you pay your dues
but when the world goes right your way
no, they don't want to hear about your day
they're quickly running out of things to say

you get the loneliness of happiness
yeah it's the loneliness of happiness
i'm so lonely 'cause i'm happy
i'm so happy but i'm so lonely

you're feeling low and they get in deep
'cause the Bible says to weep
with those who weep
well yeah, that's a promise anyone could keep
didn't it also tell us to rejoice
with those who do and with one voice?
well, people rarely ever make that choice

you get the loneliness of happiness
yeah it's the loneliness of happiness
i'm so lonely 'cause i'm happy
i'm so happy but i'm so lonely

people love to hear you sing the blues
Track Name: Find Your Way To Prague
so you're getting old just standing in your field
with many acres left behind the plow
you're feeling like you've said all this before
and you need to sort it out once and for all

there's a place for you
it's what you gotta do
you gotta find your way to prague

so you wanna get yourself out of the dust
and you're needing some perspective on it all
when you're standing in the eastern bloc
the whole wide world starts looking small

there's a place for you
it's what you gotta do
you gotta find your way to prague

set out on the 50th parallel
feel the change with every step down the track
Czechoslavakia hello
never be the same when you get back

there's a place for you
it's what you gotta do
you gotta find your way to prague
Track Name: Cautious Springtime Blues
someday all my money will be guaranteed
someday all my money will be sure
someday all my money will come back to me
and there will be no more of these
cautious springtime blues

someday my sweet baby will be guaranteed
someday my sweet baby will be sure
someday my sweet baby will come back to me
and there will be no more of these
cautious springtime blues

someday all my daydreams will be guaranteed
someday all my daydreams will be sure
someday all my daydreams
will come back to me
and there will be no more of these
cautious springtime blues
Track Name: We're Creating Monsters
they want an overhead projector
and a las vegas chorus
video collage and a bad guitarist
there is nothing here
you would need that hymnal for
children leave your brains
at the sanctuary door

so we dumb this down
dumb this down
we're creating monsters

creed and kyrie
they don't know how to say
take it over sixty minutes
you can't make 'em stay
we have an opportunity
to rise to the occasion
but we'd rather have capacity
than a congregation

so we dumb this down
dumb this down
we're creating monsters
Track Name: My Apology
well, it looks like the time is upon me
to take an account of my acts
i appreciate your attention
yeah, you can sit back and relax
yeah, i got a hundred sorrys
and a hundred thank yous too
and i'm needing a new beginning
and some peace (that depends on you)

so this is my confession
Lord, have mercy on me
so this is my confession
accept my apology
yeah

i'm sorry for being so cynical
but i'm surrounded by bigots and fools
who say your love is a heavenly paycheck
and faith is all about rules
but i'm guilty of going the opposite way
in the things i do and i say
when i carelessly discount my freedom
and i sit here cheapening grace

so this is my confession
Lord, have mercy on me
so this is my confession
accept my apology
yeah

i'm sorry for not being patient
i'm sorry for falling apart
and i thank you for your understanding
i'm so sorry for breaking your heart
and i'm sorry for being so stupid
i'm just not using my head
yeah the heart can get you in trouble
but i'm a good few hours from dead

so this is my confession
Lord, have mercy on me
so this is my confession
accept my apology
yeah
Track Name: Tired, Tired, Tired
i'm so tired of songs about drinking
i don't care to ever hear it again
i'm so bored by your self-pity
call me when you got something new to sing

'cause i'm tired tired tired
and i've had it up to here
tired tired tired
you got me covering my ears
i'm tired tired tired
i've had just about enough of you

i'm so tired of teenaged smokers
standing on the corner
going nowhere slow
passing 'round a lighter
cussing and complaining
i don't wanna hear it
i don't wanna know

'cause i'm tired tired tired
and i've had it up to here
tired tired tired
you got me covering my ears
i'm tired tired tired
i've had just about enough of you

i'm so tired of idiot parents
tearing their children down every day
it's no wonder they grow up smoking
and singing about drinking their lives away

i'm tired tired tired
and i've had it up to here
tired tired tired
you got me covering my ears
i'm tired tired tired
i've had just about enough of you
Track Name: Xian Bookstore
at the xian bookstore
there is product to be sold
so over there in China
there's some little 8-year-old
working in a factory and rarely going home
she's assembling plastic pencil cases
with the words to that "Footprints" poem

well, i wonder if the kids
who buy those Bible action playsets
ever stage a "cleansing of the temple"
re-enactment?
now no one knows for sure
but i think it's safe to say
if Jesus hadn't risen
he'd be rolling in his grave
Track Name: I Love You With All Of My Mind
old heart and soul, they're so overrated
they only do two-thirds of the work that needs done
i wanna love you and love you completely
and use all my senses and beautiful reason

i love you with all of my mind
i love you with all of my mind
i've wondered and studied and i've come to find
i love you with all of my mind

some people say i'm too calculating
that i bury my feelings and my heart's gone cold
but i've seen emotions, they change like the weather
so i don't just want to feel, i want to know

i love you with all of my mind
i love you with all of my mind
i've wondered and studied and i've come to find
i love you with all of my mind
Track Name: I Don't Want To Go To Hell
i don't want to go to hell

ain't no singin' in hell

i don't want to go to hell

ain't no preachin' in hell

i don't want to go to hell
Track Name: Wide Awake
i'm wide awake
i feel the cold i see the star i see the child
i'm wide awake
i see the men who traveled far across the miles
i see the gifts they bring
i hear the songs they sing
and i open up my eyes
and i'm wide awake

i'm wide awake
i see the weak i see the sad i see the lame
i'm wide awake
i see the broken people crying out his name
and now the sick are clean
and now the blind can see
and i can't believe my eyes
and i'm wide awake

i'm wide awake
i see the nails i see the blood i see the thorns
i'm wide awake
i cry the tears i feel the pain i hear the scorn
but i wipe my tears away
when Sunday morning came
and i saw the empty grave
i'm wide awake
Track Name: Easier
some people strongly believe
that they should not have strong beliefs
some people have formed a group
of people who refuse to form groups

yeah, it would be so much easier
to leave this faith behind
but easy's often stupid and rarely wise
yeah, it would be so much easier
to go out on my own
but easy ain't no good when you're alone

i've heard opposing arguments
and as far as i can tell
some people go gay to heaven
and some go straight to hell

yeah, it would be so much easier
to leave this faith behind
but easy's often stupid and rarely wise
yeah, it would be so much easier
to go out on my own
but easy ain't no good when you're alone

i've never been bad at badness
so the good king came down from the castle
yeah grace is free but it ain't cheap
and it proves that faith is worth the hassle
it feels like a hassle but it's worth it

yeah, it would be so much easier
to leave this faith behind
but easy's often stupid and rarely wise
yeah, it would be so much easier
to go out on my own
but easy ain't no good when you're alone
Track Name: Minneapolis
yeah it's fine
we all got friends there
the men are polite
the women have blonde hair
but when people move there
they never leave there
minneapolis
Track Name: If I Ever Get There
i got a long way to go, i'm on a narrow road
but i ain't looking for some fountain of youth
no i ain't scared of growing old
no i ain't afraid of the divine truth

and if i ever get there i'll let you know
send you my address from my new home
and if i ever get there i'm gonna settle in
and watch the rest of my life begin
if i ever get there

yeah, they ask me if i'm ready for the long long ride
yeah, i got all i'm gonna need
i got a beautiful girl here at my side
i got the love of God and a book to read

and if i ever get there i'll let you know
send you my address from my new home
and if i ever get there i'm gonna settle in
and watch the rest of my life begin
if i ever get there

now, way way way up in the sky
or deep down under the ocean
wherever i am when i walk towards the light
i guess i'll have what i need to cross the Jordan
if i ever get there

i'm gonna climb up into that noisy old bus
they'll shut the door and away we'll go
yeah, they got enough seats for all of us
me and CS Lewis and EA Poe

and if i ever get there i'll let you know
send you my address from my new home
and if i ever get there i'm gonna settle in
and watch the rest of my life begin
if i ever get there
Track Name: Waiting For The Rain
some call it vast
others a waste
hide your face when the winds begin to blow
see what you want
keep your eye on the sky
turn the dirt and call it home
but don't you question why we're not alone?

you got silos up above, silos down below, silos
caught between heaven and hell
when is the harvest? no one can tell
we're still waiting for the rain

what you build or grow
is what you call your own
but you're not looking deep beneath your yield
we all see behind
that "do not enter" sign
and there you sit pretending it's not real
but we cannot till what's planted in that field

you got silos up above, silos down below, silos
caught between heaven and hell
when is the harvest? no one can tell
we're still waiting for the rain

we tend the land, tend the land
and it changes hands
we tend the land

you got silos up above, silos down below, silos
caught between heaven and hell
when is the harvest? no one can tell
we're still waiting for the rain
we're still waiting
Track Name: Deadly Life
there's a holy miracle
every single night
when we lie down in our beds
and turn out all the lights
we breathed ourselves another day
we beat all the odds
we survived this deadly life
and gave it back to God

we didn't starve or thirst to death
or fall to some disease
we weren't lost or all alone
or left outside to freeze
there was no freeway accident
or collapse of the sun
we didn't die the victim
of some punk kid with a gun
there was no right-wing terrorist
or killer flash flood
we weren't sent to fight no war
we got no tainted blood
we weren't in the path of
some drunk man at the wheel
the day was rough but we got through
so every night we kneel
because

there's a holy miracle
every single night
when we lie down in our beds
and turn out all the lights
we breathed ourselves another day
we beat all the odds
we survived this deadly life
and gave it back to God

i was at that city church
where they circle around to pray
an old man with an african face
had a simple prayer to say
he said "thank you lord
for giving me every breath i take
and thank you lord
for giving me this new day"

there's a holy miracle
every single night
when we lie down in our beds
and turn out the lights
we breathed ourselves another day
we beat all the odds
we survived this deadly life
and gave it back to God
Track Name: Oswiecim
when you're drowning in the water
you long to breathe the air
you know the truth of goodness
when you're deep down in despair
you only see injustice
when you know what's right and fair
the more of something you can't have
the more you're sure it's there

every day, every day i remember
every day i remember oswiecim

you're only sure of hatred
for it's contrast to true love
you only know you're down below
in relation to above
you only fear the vulture
because you've seen the dove
whatever is beyond your reach
that's what you're certain of

every day, every day i remember
every day i remember oswiecim

they say "how can you believe in anything
when there's so much evil in the world?"
ah, but did they not just answer their own question?
they know of goodness and it's definition

every day, every day i remember
every day i remember oswiecim
every day, every day i remember
every day i remember oswiecim
Track Name: Closed Out...
Sunday morning Indiana
at the church where i was a guest
they had hymnals and a steeple
and the letters LCMS
yeah I guess i saw it coming
you could call me a pessimist
but i walked up to the altar
for to share in the eucharist

and the pastor passed me by
he would not let me take the bread and wine
and my heart froze and tears came to my eyes
closed out of close communion

people stepped down in the quiet
i was shaking i was out of breath
he said "may this body and this blood
bless you and keep you in the one true faith"
so i sat there like a stranger with nothing
it was all i had
yeah, i knew that we were different
but i didn't know it would hurt so bad

and the pastor passed me by
he would not let me take the bread and wine
and my heart froze and tears came to my eyes
closed out of close communion
closed out of close communion
Track Name: You Don't Speak For Me
yeah, when you speak for me
you don't speak for me
yeah, when you speak for me
you don't speak for me

my faith is not erotic
my faith is not narcotic
not at all psychotic
nor is it robotic

i've been given a brain
and so i'm gonna use it
i've been given my freedom
i don't wanna abuse it
i've been given a gift
and i won't refuse it
Track Name: Are You Speaking Through The Radio?
out on the edge where the sky hits the land
there's a field of transmitter towers
broadcasting signals for hundreds of miles
50000 watts of power
i never draw the blinds at night
i need to see those flashing lights

are you speaking thru the radio?
was that message for me?
i don't wanna miss the information
i don't wanna lose the frequency

we got antenaes underneath our skin
we're tuning in every day
we got satellite cars and transistor houses
keeping the quiet away
each and every night's the same
i wait here listening for my name

are you speaking thru the radio?
was that message for me?
i don't wanna miss the information
i don't wanna lose the frequency
Track Name: The Glasses Song
i got bad vision so i gotta wear glasses
and it seems like forever since i've seen with my eyes
i sleep with my glasses in reach of my bed
and there's something so sad about waking up blind

a drunk needs whiskey and a sinner needs Jesus
and i need my glasses on just to get by
and i drank some whiskey and i pray to Jesus
but nothing's gonna bring the sight back to my eyes

i got bad vision so i gotta wear glasses
and it seems like forever since i've seen with my eyes
i sleep with my glasses in reach of my bed
and there's something so sad about waking up blind

sometimes when i'm wearing my glasses
i see things clearly that i wish i couldn't see
like the faces of all of those pretty young girls
who say "a man who wears glasses is no man for me"

i got bad vision so i gotta wear glasses
and it seems like forever since i've seen with my eyes
i sleep with my glasses in reach of my bed
and there's something so sad about waking up blind
Track Name: Godforsaken
i was young
i held the world in my hands
i walked the narrow way for all to see
when the rain crashed down
and washed away my dreams
i overlooked the love you have for me

godforsaken
why do i feel this way
your promise is right before my eyes
godforsaken
it's all very plain to see
that i will never be godforsaken

i'm still young
but i'm not the boy i used to be
no no no no the world no longer turns
for me alone
but it's for freedom
that i have been set free
and in your love
i know i've found a home

godforsaken
why do i feel this way
your promise is right before my eyes
godforsaken
it's all very plain to see
that i will never be godforsaken