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Ain't No Grave
traditional, pre-1865
I am on a battlefield - I am on a battlefield for my Lord - I am on a battlefield - I am on a battlefield for my Lord - One day promised Jesus that I'd - Serve Him 'til the day that I die - I am on the battlefield - The battlefield for my Lord
I'm enlisted in God's army - And I'm fighting for my King - No I'm not a drafted soldier - Fighting for these worthless things - Well, He said He'd be my sword and shield - If I would stay on the battlefield - Well I'm on the battlefield - The battlefield for the Lord
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Ain't no grave gonna hold my body down - Ain't no grave gonna hold my body down - When I hear that trumpet sound - Gonna get up out of the ground - Ain't no grave gonna hold my body down
The Lord Himself from heaven - Descending with a shout - O glory Hallelujah - From the grave He'll call me out - Meet me Jesus meet me - Meet me in the middle of the air - When I go I'll sing and shout - For I'll be welcome there
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I'll Fly Away
traditional, ca. 1900
Some glad morning when this life is over - I'll fly away - To a home on God's celestial shore - I'll fly away
I'll fly away - O glory - I'll fly away - In the morning - When I die - Hallelujah by and by - I'll fly away
When the shadows of this life have grown - I'll fly away - Like a bird from prison bars have flown - I'll fly away
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Just a few more weary days and then - I'll fly away - To a land where joys shall never end - I'll fly away
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I'm on a Battlefield
traditional, ca.1900
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I'll See You There
lori arthur, 2005, BMI
Children I'm going up home to glory - I'll see you there - Children I'm going up home to glory - I'll see you there
Don't you fret now, don't you cry - Children dry your weeping eyes - 'Cause I'm just going up home to glory - I'll see you there
I'll see you there - I'll see you there - Children I'm going up home to glory I'll see you there
Don't you fret now ...
Children just follow Jesus home - I'll see you there - Children just follow Jesus home - I'll see you there
When we meet in paradise - Won't say no more sad goodbyes - Children just follow Jesus home - I'll see you there
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When we meet in ...
Don't you worry about me children - I'll see you there - Don't you worry about me children - I'll see you there
Old man death can't hold me down - Hallelujah I'm glory bound - Don't you worry about me children I'll see you there
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Old man death ...
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Revive Us Again
p.d., william mackey, 1863
We praise Thee O God - For the Son of thy love - For Jesus who died - And is now gone above
Hallelujah! Thine the glory - Hallelujah! Amen - Hallelujah! Thine the glory - Revive us again
We praise Thee O God - For Thy Spirit of light - Who hath shown us our Savior - And scattered our night
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All glory and praise - To the Lamb that was slain - Who hath borne all our sins - And hath cleansed every stain - chorus -
Revive us again - Fill each heart with Thy love - May each soul be rekindled - With the fire from above - chorus -
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Cool Down Here
traditional, ca.1900
We'll, it's cool down here On the banks of Jordan - It's cool down here - On the banks of Jordan - It's cool down here - On the banks of Jordan - My Lord says come one in - I'll meet you there
Teach me Jesus teach me - Teach me just how to pray - If my voice then should fail me - Lord God teach me just what to say
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When I get to heaven - When I get there I'll sing and shout - I'll be welcome there in heaven - No one's going to porter me out
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I'll go up with the Father - I'll go up and talk with the Son - I'll tell Him about this mean world - No more sorrow my victory's won
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Hallelujah I'm Ready
traditional, ca.1900
Hallelujah I'm ready - I'm ready Hallelujah - I can hear the voices singing soft and low - Hallelujah I'm ready - I'm ready Hallelujah - Hallelujah I'm ready to go
In the darkness of night - Not a star was in sight - On a highway that leads down below - But Jesus came in - And saved this soul from sin - Hallelujah I'm ready to go
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Sinner don't wait - Before it's too late - He's a wonderful Savior you know - Well I fell on my knees - And he answered my pleas - Hallelujah I'm ready to go
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Beyond the Blue
charles york, 1958
Beyond the blue there lies a new tomorrow - Where the lover of each lonesome weary soul - Waits to heal the wonded heart from all sorrow - Just up ahead around the bend - Beyond the blue
No skies of gray beyond the blue horizon - Where the bright morning star is ever shining - And when we gather there in joy by the river - Remember this I'll look for you - Beyond the blue
Beyond the blue the blessed Savior is calling - Who bled and died to bring the lost and wander-ing home - Just look to Him though darkest night may be falling - He'll lead you through beyond the blue - Just wait and see
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We Shall Walk
traditional, pre-1865
We shall walk through the valley of the shadow of death - We shall walk through the valley in peace - With Jesus Himself as our leader - We shall walk through the valley in peace
Heard it from Heaven
traditional, pre-1865
Travel on my weary soul - I heard it from heaven today - Travel on my weary soul - I heard it from heaven today - Hurry on my weary soul - I heard it from heaven today - Hurry on my weary soul - I heard it from heaven today
The Savoir was born a helpless child - I heard it from heaven today - Came for the fearful and beguiled I heard it from heaven today - Fear not my children it is I - I heard it from heaven today - Take heart my Kingdom has come nigh - I heard it from heaven today
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His blood ran down upon my soul - I heard it from heaven today - He makes me clean and makes me whole - I heard it from heaven today - Tumpet sounds in the far bright land - I heard it from heaven today - Soon I'll hold my Savior's hand - I heard it from heaven today
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Remarks
RADM paul k. arthur, ret
"I will tell you one thing.  Those of you on this side of the equation suffer the most.  I have been on both sides.  In World War II, I bid my brother goodbye along with all of my cousins and my brother's friends who I knew well.  It was agonizing day after day, censored letters, V-mail, or no letters for months at a time, fear of a phone call or a telegram, not knowing what danger they were in and when it would all end.  Four years later I went into the service and a year after that the Korean War began, and I said goodbye to my parents and siblings at a brief shoreleave as I went off to war.  It is easier to do that, that is to go off to war, than to stay home and see a loved off to the conflicts.  Hence I say, 'Hats off to you, Blue Star Mothers, and bless you for your sacrifices and good deeds.'"

RADM Paul K Arthur joined the Navy 56 years ago.  He was an enlisted sailor for 13 and an officer for 25 more.  He retired after 38 years of Navy and Naval Reserves service.  He also retired last year from White Sands Missile Range working for the Army, for a total service time of 55 years.
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deb saunders, BSM
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See Your Way
l.arthur / m.butler, 2005
Sorrow all araound - Lay your troubles down in the joyful underground
Sometimes I can't believe my eyes - I see the seasons rushing by - Colors flood the sky - And though you tell me it's beside the point - I still would say - There's light enough to see your way
Some may smirk and stare - And try to glorify despair - Come and leave them there
'Cause' now the sun spins up to shine - Moon comes up right behind - Chase each other down - Round and round and round - Child don't you think - There may be light enough to see you way
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Better Now
l.arthur / m.butler, 2005
I'm going to take my little son - We'll go out where the river runs - We'll rest our hearts just him and me - Where God made everthying there is to see
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I used to try and act so smart - And that's what finally broke my heart - I used to try and be so cool - And that's when Satan played me for a fool
You picked me up and turned me around - It's so much better now - You put my feet on solid ground - It's so much better now
I used to think I'd write a song - As groovy as the day is long - The world would go "how cool is that" - And come to all my shows and want me back
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But now the stars and sun and rain - The field and birds and bushes say - "Do you begin to understand - Look closer child, there's grace on every hand"
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I Will Wait for You
l.arthur / m.butler,2005
World outside will think we're crazy - Simple foolish rosy hazy - Still what they all take for granted - Seems to leave them empty handed
So I will wait for you - I will wait for you
Just the standard first night over - No big deal just one day older - Still so often days that follow - Empty cool indifferent hollow
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Paradise
l.arthur / m.butler, 2005
Dark summer town - Driving around - Till all your friends have gone home - Then lie on your car - And stare at the stars - And leave the radio on
Still don't know what's wrong ... But after all, it's no surprise - You were created for Paradise
Sleep half the day -  Carried away - By some sweet trash in your head - Sometimes it's so close - The thing you want most - You can almost see what it is
Just don't know how to live - In this old world ... But after all, it's no surprise - You were created for Paradise
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Shoutin' on the Hills
p.d., eugene bartlett, 1920
Threre'll be shouting on the hills of glory - Shouting on the hills - Shouting on the hills - There'll be shouting on the hills of glory - There'll be shouting on the hills of God
No more sorrow in that city - No more n the banks of Jordan - It's cool down here - On the banks of Jordan - It's cool down here - On the banks of Jordan - My Lord says come one in - I'll meet you there
Teach me Jesus teach me - Teach me just how to pray - If my voice then should fail me - Lord God teach me just what to say
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When I get to heaven - When I get there I'll sing and shout - I'll be welcome there in heaven - No one's going to porter me out
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I'll go up with the Father - I'll go up and talk with the Son - I'll tell Him about this mean world - No more sorrow my victory's won
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Down Where
h.allen / p.roberts, 1965
Hard to keep the tear out of my eyes - For this might be our last goodbye - Your country calls you to defend a great land - So do your part just like a man
Down where the river bends - With God's help we'll meet again - Under the same old sycamore tree
Proud of each other in the land of the free

I'll go down to the ocean blue - Just as close as I can to you - This old ocean might keep us apart - But it won't keep you dear from out of my heart
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Proud of each other in the land of the free

If the worst should happen and the flag should wave - Over your far distant lonely grave - All the rest of my life I'll spend in prayer - I'll meet you in heaven there'll be no wars there
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Proud of each other in the land of the free
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Closing Prayer
.john bruce, creekside
RADM Paul K. Arthur, USN ret.
e-mail
paul.k.arthur@comcast.net
Deb Saunders, Chairperson, Blue Star Moms
e-mail
deb@bluestarmoms.com
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This CD is of a benefit concert that our church hosted for the Blue Star Moms.  We hope that we were able to honor and encourage the Blue Star Moms, as is right to do, not only by fund raising but especially by filling the church auditorium with well-wishers who support them and their cause in prayer and with gratitude.  The speakers were retired RADM Paul K. Arthur, who flew out from New Mexico, and Deb Saunders, president of the Blue Star Moms.  Our music was an acoustic old-time gospel set and a change-of-pace electrified alt-rock set.  We hope it is clear that from the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, we are among the many who whole-heartedly support our country's military personnel and their noble cause to secure us from our enemies by bringing freedom to the people of the Middle East..
Electrified Set
e-mail 
thearthurs@mindspring.com
Participants
Lori Arthur
- guitar, electric guitar, lead vocal
Rachel Butler
- vocal
Reed Sutton
- bass, electric bass
Rich Ferguson
- dobro, banjo, vocal
Craig Turner
- drums, tambourine
Brian Smith
- banjo
Max Butler
- lead guitar, electric guitar, vocal
Greg Arthur
- mandolin, vocal
Guy Grimstead
- trumpet, sound and recording
John Bruce
- prayer, Creekside
RADM Paul K Arthur
- speaker, USN retired
Deb Saunders
- speaker, Blue Star Moms
Mike & Karen Swenson and family
- decorations
Sean Coleman - mixing and mastering
CDMan - production
Acoustic Set
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Fret Not
mailing address

P.O. Box 19020
Oakland, CA  94619
Attn:  Greg V. Arthur
telephone
(510) 532-1211
(510) 967-8411
e-mail
info@fretnotgospel.com
"Be worthy.  That's what I ask of all of you.  That's what our sons and our daughters asked of us. ... Our cause is this, that you all remember:  You remember service because it counts; You remember what it's like to live in the country free and who gave it to you. ... I can't tell you what a simple word of thanks means to us, to have you all come out and show your support for us and the job our sons and daughters are doing.  They want your support for the cause and the job they're trying to do.  We hope that each of you will give that. ...  They go and they serve, and they serve proudly.  Thank you all.  Never underestimate what a thank you means to us."
"Father, thank you that You are our rock, our protector, our fortress, and we pray for all the sons and daughters who are serving in the Armed Forces, and whose lives are in danger tonight.  We pray that You'll blunt the weapons of their enemies.  We pray that your mercy and grace and courage and strength will be theirs.  And we pray for their parents that you'll give them great peace and great comfort.  And Father, I pray especially for the parents who have lost children through this, that you will draw near to them and be close to them, and give them great hope of eternal life. ...We pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen.
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In 2006, we recorded many of these songs in studios on our latest CD entitled, Gloryland - American Funeral Songs available on PasteMusic.
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American Funeral Songs