R. David Cash | From Babylon to the Promised Land

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From Babylon to the Promised Land

by R. David Cash

A double Cd of 27 songs featuring original honky-tonk blues and songs of understanding in the Spirit of Hope.
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sacramento
4:06 album only
2. A Cryin' Shame
2:51 album only
3. Veil of Tears
3:03 album only
4. Long Gone Lonesome Blue
3:33 album only
5. It Will Never Be the Same
3:13 album only
6. Old Tears
2:51 album only
7. My Mind's in My Heart
3:54 album only
8. Ever Lonely
3:40 album only
9. Mistakes That I've Made
4:31 album only
10. Memphis (that Old River Town)
4:10 album only
11. Green Eyes
3:48 album only
12. From Heaven
2:21 album only
13. Oklahoma Border
4:17 album only
14. Will You Believe? (jesus Saves)
5:29 album only
15. Through the Eyes of Sin
3:12 album only
16. Jesus the Christ
3:12 album only
17. If He Wasn't God (he'd Never Understand)
4:43 album only
18. Mourning of Broken Glass
4:08 album only
19. Jesus Cried
3:38 album only
20. From Babylon to the Promised Land
5:16 album only
21. Someday
4:26 album only
22. In the Land of God
6:41 album only
23. I Wanna Be Ready
3:47 album only
24. 23rd Psalms/throughout My Life
3:17 album only
25. I'll See You Again
3:23 album only
26. When He Returns For His Own (waltz of Hope)
4:25 album only
27. Forever
3:04 album only


Album Notes
The blues are a real part of this life and as such they demand attention and exact a price all along the way. Hope in God, through Jesus Christ, is the only thing that transcends the hurt & sorrow and ultimately what draws man out of his blues to the optimism of his destiny. In essence, the blues don't come from hope, rather, hope comes from the blues! That is precisely what I understood after listening to this wonderful double Cd by R. David Cash and his band, Spirit of Hope.

And R David paints the picture with great lyrical imagery, brushing in the colors of irony, humor and insight that tell us something about ourselves while living in Babylon passing through to the Promised Land.

Standouts on the country-blues, honky tonk side, Babylon, have to include, “It Will Never be the Same.” This song should be blaring from a mountain speaker! It is just gorgeous in its simplicity.

“Search your life for the man you hope for
Search him out and give him all you have
Make his life a treasure to envy
Then pray to God that he’ll never set you free.”

Or the heartbreaking realization of, “Veil of Tears,”

“You could live ten thousand days
Rise each morning to the sun
Making plans and realize each one
Then ten thousand one day come
Take your breath away what’s gone
Standing here behind a veil of tears

I have walked on streets of gold
Innocence in faith you owned
Without question embracing lies you told
But when time turns inside out
What is real is without doubt
Standing here behind a veil of tears"

And probably one of the most astute songs regarding 9/11 I’ve heard is, “Mourning of Broken Glass,” on the Promised Land side. Comparing the evil of Nazi Germany to the horrific event at the Twin Towers, it states with remarkable clarity that evil is evil throughout history and the only difference in its manifestations are relative to the times.

"September 11, 2001
Calculated anger exploding in shock in the sun
The ideology and policy of America overseas
Unleashing moments of terror the world has never seen
Televised images
Planes and lives disapear
Into the echo of another generations horror and fear
Innocence brutalized vaporized gone in a flash
As screams of disbelief would blast
Into the mourning of broken glass."

But, don’t be dismayed, there is a better place in front of us. Take the example of, “In the Land of God.”

“Imagine a place somewhere
There’s no worry or despair
Where troubles are forgotten cares, in the Land of God.”

Also, note the delightful irony of, “If He Wasn’t God, He’d Never Understand.”

“Fast trains and airplanes take us where we go
Take us where we go, yeah, we’re always on the go
Careful plans and fast lanes take us where we go
Never glancing back our lives like wind are blown

Electronic mail and cell phones
Everything is change, everything is change
From the cradle to the grave
Nasdaq stocks and terror everything is change
As we live our lives tradition bound and chained.”

I’ve listened to this album over and over again and I gain more appreciation every time. To the point that I would encourage anyone and everyone that is a fan of country-blues and/or authentic spiritual music to start at the front of this double Cd and, while enjoying the musicianship, listen to what’s being said all along the way. You won't be disapointed.

“I climbed up a mountain to leave my worries below
I climbed up a mountain to leave my worries below
But every step up the mountain my cell phone rang trouble below”

“Everybody serves somebody in their heart what matters
Spending lives in spending time in trusting they hope Matters
When their lives have gone their way with no more time That matters
In that moment then they’ll know if who they served still Matters”

“There is no God, but the Lord, God
His glory is forever!”

Bob Mahr



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After purchasing David's last Cd,"Suitcase in My Hand/I Feel Like Traveling On," which I loved, I couldn't wait to hear this one. I was not disapointed! This Cd is littered with excellent music/lyrics that should be pulsating from the radio! "Sacramento" & "It Will Never be the Same," simply great songs!!! Keep 'em coming.