Crowns

by Leonard Jones

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about

"Crowns"
I began writing the chords and the music to "Crowns" on an old river boat going down the Amazon River to a city called Maues to do a crusade where hundreds of people got saved.
I was looking into the jungle playing my banjo and thinking about all the animals that were running through the jungle having to kill to survive, and how we should go after the Lord with the same fervor and abandonment.
A few weeks later, I wrote the melody while on a missions trip to Okinawa and mainland Japan. Right after that, I wrote the words in various countries in Europe. The song has flavors from each country. The words are meant to reflect the kingship and the Lordship of Jesus over all of the Earth. The last verse is my take on the old hymn "Crown him with many crowns" The song has a 7/8 time signature, seven being the number of the seven spirits of God and the seven candlesticks.

"Made for love"
A friend of mine; David Harwood, wrote a book on the love of God which highly impacted my life and I wrote this song while contemplating those words The song is in 5/4 five being the number of Grace.

"Kingdom come"
I was in a hotel room in Rogers Arkansas watching the news and practicing a Johann Sebastian Bach cello sonata on the guitar. As I was watching all the killing all the horrible things that were going on the earth I found myself crying out in intercession, "Lord I want your kingdom to come, Lord I want your kingdom to come!" and I started singing those words to Bach's melody and chords. Being trained in Classical music and Jazz in college, many of the songs on this CD (especially this song) have a very classical nature to them, and seem to be especially attractive to young musicians.

"Majesty"
I was meditating one day on how incredibly strong God is, but also how incredibly gentle he had to be, but strong enough to get the earth into its orbit around the sun as well as the other planets and to get it perfectly placed. If we were just a few miles closer to the sun or a few miles farther away from the sun we would all be dead. That's incredible strength but also incredible gentleness. The song is also about the meekness of Jesus; that the creator of the universe would kneel before a man and wash his feet! That's meekness and strength all mixed into one man, and that's why I think of him as "Your Majesty".

"Hale'LuJah"
I wrote Hale'LuJah after my first trip to Japan, I have been to Japan four times now and it is my desire to see dancing in the streets of Tokyo and Osaka. I've seen some of the wildest worshipers in Japan that I have witnessed in the whole earth and when I sing that song many times I am in intercession for Japan and for the release of worship and the dance on the streets there.

"Taberknuckle"
"Taberknuckle" is just a fun instrumental I wrote about the fist of God, it moves at the speed of light.

"Before my eyes"
I wrote this song about 10 years ago while I was still the worship director at MorningStar ministries. I think that we all have the same desire that Moses had when he asked the Lord "I want to see your face, I want your glory to pass before my eyes". It's a pryer for a deeper walk with God.

"Open up"
In Psalm 24 it talks about the gates and the doors "Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. I came to the conclusion that we are the gates that whenever God wants to do something in the earth he goes through us, (his gates) to do it.

"I will rejoice"
God always has to remind me that once I have confessed and repented of a sin, that he forgets it, even though I can remember it, he can't, and that is great cause for rejoicing.

"Burning Man"
When we recorded this song, Marilyn Hickey was having a fire tunnel at the church where we were worshiping, and I decided just to throw this instrumental thing up as all the people were being touched by the fire of God, I never did come up with a melody for it, or words so I thought I would put it on the CD as a bonus track for anyone that wants to come up with their own words and their own melody and sing it to the Lord.

credits

released 19 March 2014
Leo: acoustic guitar, violin, mandolin, pennywhistle, electric guitar, vocals, banji/guitar, keyboards
Luke Skaggs: lapsteel, baritone, electric guitar, five string violin
Azaryah Baggott: cello
Everett Hardin: cello
Scott Giddens: keyboards, Hammond B3
Daniel Rodriguez: drums
Gary Lunn: bass guitar, fretless bass
Dave Beagle: electric guitar, flamenco guitar
Kaitlyn Scott: background vocals

Mixed by Don Potter at Potterhaus Studio
Recorded live at Resurrection Fellowship, Loveland Colorado
Recorded by Dave Habegger, Watermark Communications

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Leonard Jones Fort Mill, South Carolina

Leonard Jones has been involved with worship ministry for 37 years and was professionally trained in the US and Europe.

His last 20 years have been spent leading worship at MorningStar Ministries and raising up hundreds of worship leaders and musicians at their school of worship.

He is working towards the opening of the Levite Praise Institute. Checkout leonardjones.org for more info.
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Track Name: Crowns
Crowns made to throw, ointment to waste
Temples not made of stone, in garments of praise
Praise the Lord Oh my soul
Children of the flame casting crowns before him

And I worship like a lion pursuing its prey
And I worship I won't let you get away
And I worship like it was the last day
To worship You

Sounds of Heaven and Earth ashes and dust
Angels rise up and swirl in their rite of love
And then the sky opens up
And the rain comes down on every crown on the ground

Then you come like a hurricane
like a wheel within a wheel
Higher there is no name
For worthy is the Lamb of God to break open every seal

Crown him with many crowns the Lamb upon his throne,
heavenly anthems drown
All music but their own.
Awake, my soul, and sing
Of him who died for thee,
Hail him thy matchless King
Track Name: Made for Love
Eye has not seen, ear has not heard
What God has prepared for those that love him
Where streets made of gold never grow old
Love is the road back to the garden

And all the kings horses and all the kings men
Could not separate us from the love of God in Christ
No height no depth no life no death
For (we are more than conquerers) 3X
Through him who loves us

Love never fails put to the test
Of faith, hope, and love, love is the greatest

And all the kings horses and all the kings men
Could not separate us from the love of God in Christ
No height no depth no life no death
For (we are more than conquerers) 3X
Through him who loves us

Your love is the color of the blood of innocence
Your love is my weapon, and Your love is my defense
Your love is a Psalm being sung upon a tree
My God, My God why hast thou forsaken me
Your love is for haters and your love is for lovers
Your love forgives trespass your love forgives others
Your love is a mountain that keeps me going higher
And I'm never coming down again, NO, NO, NO!

If love were the sky, I'd be an eagle,
Releasing a cry from street to steeple That God is Love
For ( we are more than conquerers) 3X
We are made for love
Track Name: Majesty
So amazing everything you do
So gently you touch
So sweetly you move
I spend my life chasing after you
I never get enough but still I pursue

Your Majesty the essence of
Your Majesty worshiping
Your Majesty the presence of
Your Majesty is where I want to be

You shed your royal robe
To wash my feet
Inheriting the earth
prepared for the meek
You can hide your face
But not your heart
It's easy to see that we only see a part of

Your Majesty the essence of
Your Majesty worshiping
Your Majesty the presence of
Your Majesty is where I want to be

And the angels cry holy holy holy
Worthy worthy is the lamb
To receive glory honor and praise
Forever more

You are the one that paints the night with light
You're always not wrong, and never not right
There's not enough words on earth to describe
Or to put into a song, or compare with the brightness of

Your Majesty the essence of
Your Majesty worshiping
Your Majesty the presence of
Your Majesty is where I want to be
Track Name: Hale'LuJah
From the raging of the sun
To the fire on the alter
We stoke the purity of love
To the rhythm of angels

And we'll be dancing in the street
we'll sing the melodies of heaven
We'll raise the song of the redeemed
As we fall down at your feet

Hale' Hale' Lu-Jah
Lift your voices all the earth
Hale' Hale' Lu-Jah
Joyful noise is breaking through

Through your death our death was slain
Through your life our life is glory
For the authority of love
Tells a whole different story

And we'll be dancing in the street
we'll sing the melodies of heaven
We'll raise the song of the redeemed
As we fall down at your feet

Hale' Hale' Lu-Jah
Lift your voices all the earth
Hale' Hale' Lu-Jah
Joyful noise is breaking through

Breaking through breaking through
Breaking through all of these things
Breaking through breaking through
Breaking through to you

Hale' Hale' Lu-Jah
Lift your voices all the earth
Hale' Hale' Lu-Jah
Joyful noise is breaking through
Track Name: Before My Eyes
Cover my face with your hand and hide me in the rock
Cover my shame where I stand declaring you are God
Let your glory pass before my eyes in the holy place
Let your glory pass before my eyes in the holy place

Cover the sound of the storm and whisper from the wind
Cover my soul hold me close and I will live again
Let your glory pass before my eyes in the holy place
Let your glory pass before my eyes in the holy place

I will seek your presence as the morning seeks the sun
I will seek your glory until your glory comes

Oh my God full of might full of power full of Grace
Highest worship highest honor highest praise
Let your glory pass before my eyes in the holy place
Let your glory pass before my eyes in the holy place
Track Name: I Will Rejoice
My sin got lost where East meets West
Under the sea of forgetfulness
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness

And I will rejoice
Mercy triumphs over judgment
I will rejoice
I turn to see the things I've done
And all I find is love 'cause it's all gone

It used to be an eye for eye
It used to be a tooth for tooth
'til love crashed through that jealous sky
When Grace ran away with truth

And I will rejoice
Mercy triumphs over judgment
I will rejoice
I turn to see the things I've done
And all I find is love 'cause it's all gone

On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground
All other ground is sinking sand

Your skin was broken openly
On your way to the mercy seat
It was love that gave you back your breath
And love that killed the life of death

And I will rejoice
Mercy triumphs over judgment
I will rejoice
I turn to see the things I've done
And all I find is love 'cause it's all gone

And I will rejoice
Track Name: Open Up
The love of the Lord is always patient
The love of the Lord is ever so kind
The love of the Lord is winning over hatred
The love of the Lord is invading my mind
I feel it in the rain touch it on the shore
I hear the love calling open up for more

Open up these gates open up these doors
Open up let the King of glory come in

The love of the Lord is riding on the waters
The love of the Lord is full of majesty
The love of the Lord is like a flame of fire
The love of the Lord is burning through the trees
It's as loud as thunder or a still small voice
Makes a tempest like the wind or speaks without a noise

Open up these gates open up these doors
Open up let the King of glory come in

Open up you everlasting doors
Lift your heads up oh you gates
Let the king of glory come inside
Over him we will declare this day

Our God is love and love never fails (4X)

The love of the Lord moves like the rhythm of the ocean
The love of the Lord Keeps all of it in motion
The love of the Lord is bigger than the sky
The love of the Lord is open to the cries of the

Orphan and the widow the captured and the bound
The deaf the dumb the lame the blind
The lost and the found

Open up these gates open up these doors
Open up let the King of glory come in
Track Name: Kingdom Come
The nations shake, foundations break
Like castles made of sand they get swallowed by the sea
But I rest deep in the land of God

Crossing heart and crossing sky
They run to rest they will not find anywhere but you
But I rest deep in the land of God

Still I search for the city not made by their hand
let the kingdom come making all things new
For the kingdom comes with you
let the kingdom stand prepare ye the way
For the kingdom is at hand

Man to man they plan their plan
The place they place their trust is not anyplace to stand
But I rest deep in the land of God
Still I search for the city not made by their hand

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done
On the earth as it is in Heaven