Blues & Mercy
Blues & Mercy
Sketches of You by Riro Maniscalco
Gently

[Words + music: Riro Maniscalco
Played + arranged: Jonathan Fields + Riro Maniscalco
Vocals: Riro Maniscalco
Produced + engineered by Jonathan Fields]

Time passes gently,
and gently takes my hand.
Love touches gently,
the soul that stays content.

Tears dropping gently - and you gently wipe them all
Kissing you gently - breaks all walls

Life, hold me gently,
and gently lead my way,
days go by gently.
and gently June follows May

Hold my hand gently - and guide me through that door
Bear with me gently - a little more

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Weep in His Arms (Veras + Maniscalco)

Your father’s love for you once fueled your brother’s hate
Like lions crouched in hiding, their hatred lay in wait
They sold you into slavery into a foreign land
But now the face of Israel is your homeland again

Weep in his arms Joseph
Weep in his arms
Fall into your Father
And weep in his arms

Your wisdom and your loyalty once built your master’s trust
But what was built was torn down by his woman’s chastened lust
Her evil lies sent you to jail, obscured your liberty
But now that face of Israel reminds you that you’re free

Weep in his arms Joseph…

The Pharaoh’s admiration could never heal your wound
Success and adulation are tied to time and doomed
All the power in the world and all the wealth and fame
Are nothing to your father’s voice crying out your name

Weep in his arms Joseph…

Your brother’s humbled faces, made your father’s live again
What you saw and loved in Him, you could see and love in them
And though they did not know you, your love would make you known
Now let your father make you know you’ve always been his son

Weep in his arms Joseph…

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Stretchin' My Heart (Veras + Maniscalco)

I got my self, I got my tummy
I got my mommy right here a feedin’ me
and then comes along my daddy, a whole new person to love me
He’s stretchin’ my heart (paternally)
Found a part of my heart I didn’t see
turns out that two’s not too many
they fit in my heart so cozily

I got my mommy, I got my daddy
Two people in love and lovin’ me
and then come brothers and sisters, a few more people lovin’ me
They’re stretchin’ my heart (fraternally)
Found a part of my heart I didn’t see
I find that five’s not too many
they fit in my heart so comfortably

I got my mommy, my daddy, my family
just lovin’ and livin’ happily
and new days bring new faces, new faces bring new friends to me
They’re stretchin’ my heart (fraternally)
Found a part of my heart I didn’t see
Friend-filled and still not too many
they fit in my heart so bountifully

I got my friends, I got my family
All of ‘em sharin’ life with me
But this song won’t stop singin’ until I tell of Somebody…
Whose stretchin’ my heart (eternally)
how great can he make my heart to be?
He’ll make it fit everybody
Gonna stretch my heart to eternity

He’s stretchin’ my heart (eternally)
He created my heart so it could be
For Him and for everybody, my heart is made for Eternity
My heart is made for Fraternity, my heart is made for Paternity

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Joseph's Lullaby (Veras + Maniscalco)

Rest ye now my lady, God rest ye blessed son
Sleep my holy family till the dawn

I cannot give you riches, No treasure do I own
I offer my protection and love

No palace to dwell in
No temple built of stone
His father has chosen
A carpenter’s home

You’re now a son of David, But kings have come and gone
Show us what a king is, little one

May meekness be your glory, Humility your throne
May weakness implore thee “thy kingdom come!”

With hands skilled in mercy, You’ll build the world a home
Your tears and sweat and blood, the cornerstone

A body to dwell in
A truly human heart
God and his people
Nevermore apart

You’re now a son of Adam, But men have come and gone
Show us what a man is, little one

Rest ye now sweet Mary, Jesus sleep thee well
Welcome to our family, Emanuel.
Welcome to our family, Emanuel.

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Abraham's Angel (Veras + Maniscalco)

In God’s time he comes
Abraham’s Angel with a wing and a prayer,
he bears peace to precious sons.

The father’s heart pounding,
he came to the mountain
With his beloved son
“I have the wood abba,
You have the knife abba
Where will the lamb come from?”
“God will provide”

In God’s time he comes
Abraham’s Angel with a wing and a prayer,
he bears peace to precious sons.

Disciples are sleeping
The master is weeping
The Father’s Beloved Son
“To carry the wood abba,
To give up my life abba
Where will my strength come from?”
“Your Father will provide”

In God’s time he comes
Abraham’s Angel with a wing and a prayer,
he bears peace to precious sons
Abraham’s Angel with a wing and a prayer,
declares death shall be undone

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Raw Cuts
Recorded at Jonathan Fields' studio

  1. I Wish
    demo 1

    demo 2

  2. Gently | lyrics
  3. Yes | lyrics & chords
  4. Lord, I Tried
  5. Weep in His Arms | lyrics | cords
  6. You | lyrics & chords
  7. Stretchin' My Heart | lyrics
  8. Salvation Is | lyrics & chords
  9. Peter & Matthew | lyrics & chords
  10. Joseph's Lullaby | lyrics
  11. Abraham's Angel | lyrics
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