The Stretch

by James Hersch

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This is an evolving collection of special project songs that aren't published on CD, cassette or vinyl.

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released August 23, 2014

Sketch by Jesse Crock

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James Hersch Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hersch, a native Minnesotan, has fifteen album credits and is known for his story song style. He has been a finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival and recognized for his original soundtrack for the PBS documentary, "Paving the Way". His reachwithme program has been honored with the Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity by the National Association for Campus Activities. ... more

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Track Name: Dave and Ruth (Where the Heart Is)
We can stand on any mountain top
Or walk along a silver stream
Behold a peaceful valley
And still not know what it means
We learn from each other, from someone like you
Where the heart is
We're Learning where the heart is
You show us how, Dave and Ruth

Forty summers gone now
Maybe a thousand days
You've given from your servant hearts
For your love of this place
The circle is unbroken
And never been more true
It's where the heart is
You found where the heart is
You show us now, Dave and Ruth

To this place, you bring your love
More clearly than the stars
More than any rainbow does
In every grandpa and grandma hug
You show us how to live

So we stand here on the mountain side
And walk along the silver stream
Behold a peaceful valley
And try to fathom what it means
Trying to live out this love, the way you do
Where the heart is
Learning where the heart is
You show us where the heart is
Dave and Ruth
Track Name: Elsa
A single rose for Elsa
Stands along the rail
A new red rose that tells us
Her life is such a lovely tale

A second rose for Elsa
Decked with baby’s breath
Reminds us that there really is
A life that comes with death

Two red roses stand apart
Meshed around a man
Full of love and a song
Worn guitar in his hand
Baby’s breath, a man, a rose
A life that was so full
Elsa stands among us now
Smiling heart and soul

A single rose for Elsa
Stands along the rail
A new red rose that tells us
Her life is such a lovely tale
Track Name: Rejoice
Rejoice, I say rejoice
All you people
Rejoice in the Lord
Rejoice, I say rejoice
All you people
Rejoice in the Lord
Always

Verse 1:
We are earthen vessels filled with treasure
We are claimed by the savior’s love without measure

Refrain

Verse 2:
We abide in him who was rejected
The Lamb of God who came to die and now is resurrected

Refrain
Track Name: What She Will Miss
She won't miss
The paperwork
Or learning some new software
She won't miss
Searching for the right words
To ease some parents nightmare
She won't miss
The winter mornings
Parking out in egypt again
She won't miss evals
In sketchy locales
Or trying to catch a busy mom at 7:00 a.m.

But what she will miss is the little things
Learning something new
About herself, especially about you
The stories and the laughter bring a tear or two
When she feels close to someone
She will miss the little things that matter
Each and every one

She won't miss
The miles and miles
On roads that seem to never end
Or the wishing
There was more she could do
In a world where she's doing all she can
She won't miss
The sad apartments
With no yard and no place to run
Or hauling toys
Through the hurry and the noise
Trying to bring a hopeful word to someone
Track Name: The Music In This World
I've learned where to find the music in this world
I've learned where to find the music in this world

It's in our hands
It's on our lips
It's in our laughter
I've learned this
From Mrs. Gutzman

She says music lasts forever
Feels so good to sing together
And maybe years from now
Wherever we may be
We'll be singing Salamarka Market
In our memory

I've learned where to find the music in this world
I've learned where to find the music in this world

More than music notes
More than do-re-mi
When we sing
The music's plain to see
In Mrs. Gutzman
Track Name: Two Bells
One church in the country
One church in the town
Each bell is singing
A Sunday morning song

Singing oh…praise the Lord
All you people
Praise the Lord
With a joyful sound

Little church in the country
Little church in the town
By and by, they find themselves
Singing the same song

Singing oh…praise the Lord
All you people
Praise the Lord
With a joyful sound

In time this wood and stone will crumble
But we believe in the Rock we built upon
And this house of God’s everlasting love
Is the Rock we’re still building on

One church come together
With hearts and hands and voice
Two bells singing in the tower
All in the Lord, rejoice

Singing oh…praise the Lord
All you people
Praise the Lord
With a joyful sound
Track Name: Olivia
There's a bird that sings
And it flies so high
Outside the window where you lay
And the song it sings
Is a lullaby
A Christmas song for you
And the angels around you flew
And in your heart… you were singing too

Under a summer sky
Is a butterfly
And dandelions where you play
And your brother rides
His shiny new bike
Under that sky so blue
He's laughing, so are you
And in your heart… you're pedaling too

Now the world has many
Gifts to share
A Christmas tree for me and you
And there's a gift for everyone there
Olivia, it's true
The bird and the butterfly and the sky so blue
And in your heart…there's love for you