Higher Ground

by Daniel Portis-Cathers

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Traditional southern black gospel featuring solo vocals and chorus -esp. vocalist Abduel Hall

These compositions are owned solely by Firstcom Music and are offered here for personal use only. To license these recordings for public or commercial use, please contact Firstcom Music at www.firstcom.com.

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released April 9, 2011

Abduel Hall: lead vocal, bu vocals
Ericka Warren: lead vocal, bu vocals
Jason Mitchell: lead vocal, bu vocals
Kim Travis: bu vocals
Jerry Harris: keys, bass
Erick Hailstone: electric guitar
Clark Bondy: tenor sax
Dan Portis-Cathers: acoustic guitar
All songs by Dan Portis-Cathers except *We'll Carry On and **Interludes

*by Erick Hailstone and D. Portis-Cathers
**by Jerry Harris and D. Portis-Cathers

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Deep_Sea_Music Portland, Oregon

Composer/producer Daniel Portis-Cathers draws from world class talent to produce music for film, television and the web. He has operated Deep Sea Music, Inc. since 1984.

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Track Name: Life's Been Good
1. Have you taken the time to count your blessings?
Life's been good, life's been good.
Have you noticed how many times you've been rewarded?
Life's been good, oh, so good

You look up, look around
Why, there's no reason to be cast down
You work hard, to be sure
So now be happy while you stand secure
Have you taken the time to count your blessings?
Life's been good, oh, life's been good

2. (Instrumental)

You look up, look around
Why, there's no reason to be cast down
You work hard, to be sure
So now be happy while you stand secure
Have you taken the time to count your blessings?
Life's been good, oh, life's been good

Life's been good, oh, so good
Track Name: Don't Give Up
1. You can do anything that you're needing to do
Get your mind into motion and you follow it through
Don't you give up now, sister (sister, hold on)
You got to be tough now, brother (brother, be strong)
You've got to 1-2-3-4 stand up and be counted on

2. You can climb any mountain, you can face any quest
You can battle with the devil when he puts you to the test
Don't you give up now, sister (sister, hold on)
You got to be tough now, brother (brother, be strong)
You've got to 1-2-3-4 stand up and be counted on

Bridge
Hear my voice, hear me calling
I'll be there if you're falling

3. If your welfare is in question and your back's against the wall
If the road is paved with trouble and you don't know where to go
Don't you give up now, sister (sister, hold on)
You got to be tough now, brother (brother, be strong)
You've got to 1-2-3-4 stand up and be counted on

Don't you give up now, sister (sister, hold on)
You gotta be tough now, brother (brother, be strong) - repeat
Track Name: Higher Ground
Chorus
We're movin' up to higher ground
We're pressin' on, we're upward bound

Verse
There's a shaking in my bones
There's a shudder in my spirit
I can feel it all around
I can see and I can hear it
There's a stirring of the waters
And a parting of the sea
There's a roaring of a fire
And it's burning under me

Chorus (x2)

Bridge (Instrumental)

Chorus (ad lib and end)
Track Name: Nothing But Each Other
1. Sister and brother
Here we are again across from one another
Right or wrong
We got nothing much to lose but makin' it work together
We got nothing, oh Nothing But Each Other

2. Drop, drop your cover
Some of us are white and some of us have color
Stop, stop the struggle
We got nothing left to hide, nothing no whatsoever
We got nothing, oh Nothing But Each Other

Chorus
Many times we journey into battle just to find
Hope is not a notion that comes easily to mind
The walls rise up around us in most everything we do
But every day is a brand new struggle
So step by step we're gonna take the trouble
To find some way over and through

3. Father and mother
You taught us how to stand, stand beside each other
Oh child, if you dare
Then take a deep look inside yourself and maybe you might discover
We got nothing, oh Nothing But Each Other
We got nothing, oh Nothing But Each Other
Track Name: I Need A Miracle
1. Help me, Lord, all I need is a miracle
What I need is a miracle right now
Send it, please, won't you please send a miracle
Send it to me 'cause that's what I need

2. I have done my best to be ready
Done my best to be steady and strong
But in the end I still need your assistance
So send it to me 'cause that's what I need

Feel it, Lord, I feel the power
Feel it comin', comin' on strong
Ready to push, pushin' me higher
Higher and higher

3. Help me, Lord, all I need is a miracle
All I need is a miracle right now
Send it, please, won't you please send a miracle
Send it to me 'cause that's what I need

Feel it, Lord, I feel the power
Feel it comin', comin' on strong
Ready to push, pushin' me higher
Higher and higher

Instrumental

4. When I asked you, you sent me a miracle
What you sent was a miracle right now
When I needed, oh needed a miracle
You sent it to me in my hour of need
You sent it to me, oh you sent it to me
Track Name: Lift Me Up
Lift me up, I'm so tired
Worn and weak and uninspired
If I fall, I could break
Lift me up for heaven's sake

We've been told how we'd have tribulation
Trials and testing in every situation
But if you hold out there'll be compensation
You'll be blessed with a mighty celebration

Lift me up, lift me up
Lift me up, lift me up

If you're facing adversity and sorrow
Or simply feeling the burden of tomorrow
Rest your hope on a joyful expectation
And you'll be feeling a mighty celebration

Lift me up, lift me up
Lift me up, lift me up
Celebrate, celebrate
repeat...
Track Name: Lord I Just Wanna Thank You
Lord, I just wanna thank you
Lord, I just wanna thank you
Lord, I just wanna thank you
I wanna thank you for being my friend

1. When the shadows fall and the night moves in
When the tempest blows and the storm begins
And my way is closed I can turn again

Lord, I just wanna thank you
Lord, I just wanna thank you
Lord, I just wanna thank you
I wanna thank you for being my friend
(repeat)

2. When I'm tossed about you will comfort me
Like a soothing wind on an angry sea
When I turn to you you are there for me

Instrumental

Lord, I just wanna thank you
Lord, I just wanna thank you
Lord, I just wanna thank you
I wanna thank you for being my friend
(repeat)
Track Name: Are You Ready?
Get ready (be ready)
Get ready (uh huh)
Gettin' ready (don't you know)
I'm gettin' ready (oh yeah)
Gettin' ready (really ready)
Hold steady (be strong)
Are you ready?
Be ready!

1.Are you ready to make a move?
(Get ready, get ready)
Gear up, you gotta choose
(Get ready, be ready)

Will you hesitate?
(oh no)
Get ready
(be ready)
Will you hold back?
(oh oh)
Get ready
(Are you ready?)

Can you run hard and fight long?
(Get ready, get ready, oh yeah)
Will you back down or be strong?
(Get ready, hold steady!)

Get ready (be ready)
Get ready (uh huh)
Gettin' ready (don't you know)
I'm gettin' ready (oh yeah)
Are you ready (really ready)
Hold steady (be strong)
Are you ready?
Be ready!

Instrumental

2. Will you stand up or will you fall?
(uh huh)
You gonna turn away or stand tall?
(Are you ready? Be ready)
Will you hesitate?
(oh no)
Be ready
(Be ready, be ready)
Will you hold back?
(Oh no)
Be ready, be ready

Can you hear me now?
(Can you hear me now?)
Are you ready?
(Be ready)
I'll say it one more time...Are You Ready?

Get ready (be ready)
Get ready (uh huh)
Gettin' ready (don't you know)
I'm gettin' ready (oh yeah)
Are you ready (really ready)
Hold steady
Are You Ready?
Track Name: Movin' To Higher Ground
I'm movin' on, don't hold me down
I'm pressin' on, I'm upward bound
I'm gonna plant my feet on higher ground
I'm steppin' up, don't hold me back
I'm traveling' on, forget the past
I'm gonna plant my feet where they'll be steadfast

I can feel the Spirit moving
I'm movin' on, I'm movin' on
And I hear the voices say
Now don't delay, be on your way

I'm pressin' on the upward way
I'm reaching' higher every day
Oh lordy, get me to the end, that's what I pray
I'm movin' up, I'm travelin' on
With every step I take I'm feelin' strong
And I am sure nuff glad cause it won't be long

I can feel the Spirit moving
I'm movin' on, I'm movin' on
And I hear the voices say
Now don't delay, be on your way

I'm movin' on, I'm movin' on
I'm pressin' on, I'm pressin' on
(ad lib)
Track Name: You Were There
1. You were there when my darkest day was dawning
You were there in my hour of greatest need
Oh…like a gentle hand of mercy
You were there, You were there

2. You were there in the burning blaze of battle
In the smoke of smoldering, angry skies
Oh…like a cool, refreshing rainfall
You were there, You were there

Send out your spirit, send it once more
Send out your spirit, deep in the heart of my soul

3. You were there when my victory flag was flying
And you shared in the glory of that day
Oh…and my arms reached out to meet you
You were there, You were there
You were there, You were there
You were there, You were there
Track Name: We'll Carry On
Oh, we'll Carry On
And we'll be strong
As on and on we go to whatever may greet us ahead
We'll learn to shoulder the burden together whatever the cost
Let it be now and forever
On any road we travel, any path we seek
And though we'll surely find some heartache
In time those heart breaks
Will make us much stronger as onward we go
Carry On, Carry On

So, in the end, we'll look back at the trials and troubles
And see where we've been
And we'll find
Whatever comes our way
We shall be standing hand in hand together again
Come what may
Never shall we have to face it alone
As long as we
Carry on again together
Carry On