Higher Ground

by Daniel Portis-Cathers

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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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...
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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)
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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?
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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)
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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
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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

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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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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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