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Green, Keith - Song for Josiah

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Song for Josiah
Words and Music by Keith Green
on The Prodigal Son by Keith Green
Copyright 1982 Birdwing Music/Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co. Inc.

NC    Am F          Am                   F
Oh my son, you were born in a world that hates you
      Am                     F
And I swear I will never forsake you
     C          G      F
But there was a Father centuries ago
    C             G         F D      F G
Who watched his beloved Son die, oh, die

      Am F      Am           F
Oh my son, I am weak and I'm trembling
        Am                  F
For the Lord I am always remembering
   C             G              F
Oh what a strong Shepherd holds you in his arms
      C             G            F D                    F G
He'll break you and make you his own, and then take you home

    C                                   F             G
But if I could I would protect you from what you will see
     C                                      F          Fm
This world may promise love and beauty, but it lied to me
           C                     D
And I will show you, if you will listen
           F      G            C
And I will promise to listen, too

   F                                C
Oh yes, there are some who love the lies
They will kill you if they can
Though you speak the truth with love
They will hate you like the man Jesus
    Em                     F                       G
Although he was God, he allowed himself broken for you

(Break - Play above verse's chords, replacing last part with line below)
       F                       G
Oh, allowed himself broken for you

    C                                   F             G
And if I could I would protect you from what you will see
     C                                   F            Fm
This world just might seem so alive, but it's dead to me
           C                      D
And I will teach you, if you will hear me
           F                    C
And I will promise to hear you, too
       F   G
Yes, I do

      Am F Am             F           
Oh my son, I am only your brother
      Am                       F
For a sister, God gave me your mother
     C          G      F
But just like a mother so long ago
       C           G         F    D
Had to watch her beloved son die, die
                F              G  Am
Oh son, we will try to let you go


The Lord says he gave us his son
Why won't you give him your life in return?
All of it, why not?
He loves us

Transcribed by Joshua R. Martinez

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