Crowns

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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.

lyrics

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

credits

from Crowns, released March 19, 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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