These lyrics are deeply personal, every take I took trying to record this brought tears. This week I told my parents and siblings (in person) about my decision to step away from their church and join another one. These lyrics are taken from things my dad did (and didn't) say. A man of few words, he told me "Go be apostate. Work out your salvation in your liberal church. Just don't lie to me."
Copyright time and date: July 15, 2017
1. You've went and gone apostate.
I've known a year or two.
I've made my own mistakes--
More than quite a few.
Gotta work out my own grace
Before my life is through;
You've gone and pulled up stakes
For a "better" view.
Please remember that I love you
When the tears come to my eyes
Trust me with your good and bad news
Don't leave me with quiet lies.
2. I don't want to turn to gossip
To hear about you leaving.
It hurts for me to accept
My role right now of grieving.
Write your mother. Call your sisters.
Please don't be a stranger.
Hear the love in my words' blisters
Calling your soul from danger
3. Can't pretend to understand.
Not sure I could even try.
Heaven is not a "promised land"
Without you by my side.
So if this life is all we get
And God splits us at the gate,
We don't have time to let
Our differences turn to hate.
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