Photo © 1996 Mary Saxton [Griffin].
"Lead Me To The Rock"
Words and Music by Dave Laborde and
Copyright © 2001 Dave Laborde and Larry Holder
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The mp3 recording (see link above) is an early release of the track from my second album still in progress. Enjoy!
This song was written with my friend a college roommate, Dave Laborde. Be sure also to hear the other songs we co-wrote, "The Cross and The Crown" (included on my album), and "We Come Today" (a choral opening). I think this song was written in early 1981, just shortly before our graduation from college. Dave began the song and I helped finish it.
For the MIDI file, I used Band-In-A-Box to generate drum and piano background tracks. I manually sequenced the melody and the bass guitar similar to my playing on the live recording.
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"Lead Me To The Rock" © 2001 Dave Laborde and Larry Holder With text from Psalm 61:2 (verse 1) When I go through the valley, And my heart's overwhelmed, Lead me to the Rock that is higher. And when I cross o'er the river, And it floods o'er my soul, Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. Why do you live your life in bondage and fear, Letting this world get you down? Put your trust in the Savior who will always be near, And He'll set your feet on higher ground. (chorus) Singin'... Lead me to the Rock, lead me to the Rock, Lead me to the Rock that is higher. Won't you... Lead me to the Rock, lead me to the Rock, Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. (verse 2) When the night seems forever and the darkness surrounds, Lead me to the Rock that is higher. And when my spirit is troubled, and my friends can't be found, Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. Once my life was built on nothing but sand, And I saw my life come tumbling down, Til I found that the Master had a better plan, And He set me on that higher ground. (repeat chorus) (repeat verse 1 and chorus)