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written by sandy mackay

it's about religious tolerance. my dear friend Anton wondered why there weren't more reggae-tinged worship songs, so I wrote one.

trouble enters the church through the choir (or the worship band) and the long and short of it is, i can't go back there anymore either. the young people at the church liked this song, and i played it at melissa's 16th birthday and later at her wedding too!

i follow jesus in my own way; i think that there's a truckload... busload... world-load of reasonable prophets to follow. lots of us follow reasonable prophets in less reasonable ways- that may be me too. (Update: these days, i'm working on a song about being a weak agnostic; so the diet of worm turns...Update- even later, 2016, I'm going to the Society of Friends meetings, Quakers. the epitome of tolerance...)

but "joy" was written, all this background info working away, specifically while i drove home from a gig in eastern townships, in quebec, where i'd been playing with the charming and gifted rob atyeo... through the bush in northern maine (incidentally using highway 2, from another song) to new brunswick. during the long and exhausting drive, i kept myself awake by writing and memorizing this song, using it as a prayer to keep myself alert and it worked, since i'm still alive as far as i can tell, existentialism being all that et al...

my dear friend dbd said that i went too easy in the bridge, that i should have described the depths that 'down' can refer to. unfortunately, i don't know those depths yet, so i had to be happy with the depths i have currently reached and pray for release from these depths.

the groove was inspired by the gifted sudanese musician paul atanya with whom i played (along with peter ross) in a fun band called kulu al nugum in the 1980's. paul was a student at dal in halifax, and we joined forces to create this very fun band. i wonder if that african influence seeps through? what do you think?

the concept was also aided by my friend tony nadj who once said to me "there isn't enough reggae type worship music in our church", so although this isn't reggae at all, i was happy to write an african flavoured worship song
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JOYDROP © sandy mackay

Faith Peace Love walk beside me
Joy Joy deep in my heart
(And I will) wait walk and meditate if you’ll guide me
Every step on the path as I stumble on

I here below,
You hear above
I follow the path that you wrote
I follow Jesus the pattern of love

Faith Peace love walk beside me
Joy Joy deep in my heart
And I will wait, walk, and meditate if you’ll guide me
Every step on the path as I stumble on

Consider each neighbor,
A sister or brother
With all your heart, love you one God
As we should love one another

Lift me up When I’m Down
Lift me Up Down on my knees
Lift me up When I’m Down
Lift me Up Down on my knees


Faith Peace love walk beside me
Joy Joy deep in my heart
And I will wait, walk, and meditate if you’ll guide me
Every step on the path as I stumble on

And I stumble on And I stumble on

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from call of the wheel, released September 15, 2012
produced by sandy mackay and tim davidson at ripple effect music in saint john new brunswick

percussion: john morrison
autoharp and vox: steve sellors
vox: zara bokay
acoustic bass, guitar vox: sandy

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sandy mackay St John, New Brunswick

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sometimes lives on a little island in a big river in New Brunswick.
Plays strings keyboards and bagpipes.
We're writing new songs these days, it's fall coming into winter and enjoyable snow!
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