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Led By The Shepherd is a Toronto-based Christian band, spearheaded by Vaughn Shideler, the composer of the band's music. Lyrically, we attempt to present many of the teachings and imagery of the Bible into song form. Musically, we wish to create compelling melodies and deep grooves that hook the listener from the get-go. We believe that the apostle Paul said it best: "...be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ." (Ephesians 5:18-21, ESV)

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released June 9, 2015

Vaughn Shideler - guitars, bass
Lilly Mason - vocals
Jeff Vidov - keyboards
Sean Brock - drums
Luis Orbegoso - percussion

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Track Name: Only So Much Time In The World
Verse

Oh have you ever
Stood on the shoreline
And looked on as waves roll back to the sea?

And are your years like
Those lonely waters?
Rolling back into a faint history

It's not too late to
Divert the waters
'cause there's only so much time in the world


Bridge

So yet, what is your life?
You are like a mist that's here and gone
You can make a difference, and so now go forth
with the grace of God


Verse

Don't let your life be
So sadly wasted
'cause there's only so much time in the world

You won't be treasured
By your possessions
And there's only so much time in the world

There's only one life
To make things matter
Yet there's only so much time in the world

Open the window
See that you're needed
And there's only so much time in the world


Break


Verse

The world is hurting
So make it better
But there's only so much time in the world

So set your eyes on
The road to heaven
'cause there's only so much time in the world

Earthly belongings
Will one day perish
'cause there's only so much time in the world

Look to the God who
Brings peace eternal
'cause there's only so much time in the world
Track Name: Fall Down Jericho
Verse 1

Oh Joshua,
Look at the city of might
For its walls
Reach to the sky
And its bricks
Are thick for miles
Son of Nun,
The Lord
Will help to see you through

This Jericho
stands before the people of God
But you're led
By the Captain
of the armies
of Mighty God
Trust in Him
Be strong
And see the walls fall down

Bridge

Let not your heart grow faint
He will lead you to His land
Stretch out your hands to Him
He will quench your thirsty soul

Chorus

March 'round the city
Shout to the heavens
Fall down Jericho
You're going to fall down Jericho

Verse 2

Now Israel
The land of promise is yours
Not because
Of your own might
Or the strength
Within your hearts
But the pow'r
Of God
(To) make walls come tumbling down

Break

Bring it down
Bring it down
Bring it down
(repeat)

Jericho was a fortified city, and stood as an obstacle in Israel's way to the promised land. In like manner, every believer has a fortified city of sin in their hearts, that stands in the way of their sanctification. But yet neither Jericho nor sin are obstacles to the power of God

God had promised Joshua that the mighty city would be rent asunder by his army. So too does the Lord promise to demolish the dwellings of sin in our lives, for He says that "those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires"

So many times, and with so many of the battles one may face, the odds will seem impossible. But as it was with Israel, so shall it be with every believer, that those things that are impossible for man, are possible with God.

The Lord was with Josua - so shall He be with you.

Verse 3

Believing one,
Faced with a fortress of sin
Do its walls
Reach to the sky?
Are its bricks
So thick for miles?
Child of God
The Lord
Will help to see you through

This dark city
Stands in the way of your path
If you hold
To His promise
And proceed
By way of faith
Rest assured
The Lamb
Will bring you victory

Bridge

Let not your heart grow faint
He will lead you to His land
Stretch out your hands to Him
He will quench your thirsty soul

Chorus

March 'round the city
Shout to the heavens
Fall down Jericho
You're going to fall down Jericho

Bridge

Deliver me from my sin
Leading me to your refuge
Walking through the midst of strife
Deliver me by your hand

Chorus

March 'round the city
Shout to the heavens
Fall down Jericho
You're going to fall down Jericho
Track Name: Betrayed By A Friend
You said

You said

You would follow him until
no one was left
and all he had was

His friend

His friend

Who sought

To betray him that night with

A kiss

A kiss

Not the greeting of a friend
but yet a trap
pulling him towards

His death

His death

much like

young Joseph, sold by (his) brothers

INTERLUDE

Sold him

Sold him

Handed him over to the
Men of the law
Yet for a scrap of

Silver

Silver

Though you

Held onto our money

Daily

Daily

With your brethren and he, you
Healed the sick
And drove out the

Devils

Devils

(But) you let

The Devil draw you
That night

============================================

It is not
My enemy, who shames me
But a friend, brother

(You) raised your hands
Against those who
Trusted you

Lifting up
Your heel

(Your speech was smoother than) Rich butter
(But) your heart was war

And your words
Although soft
(Were) drawn swords
Track Name: The Return
Verse

When will the day arrive
when the trumpets blare
and the seals are poured
and you return

when will the night descend
and the moon turn red
when the cries are heard
through long dark nights

CHORUS

I have heard the legends about you
Freeing your own
Saving your kin

I have heard the rumours of the wars
Nations in strife
Famine all about

Will you crush the serpent underfoot
Lion of Jude
Star of the dawn

Now I feel the days are drawing near
Are these strange words
The truth?

Verse

When will the beast arise
from the ocean's depths
dominating all
throughout the earth

will he impose his mark
and rule all the saints
will his false prophet
deceive the world

CHORUS

I have heard the legends about you
Freeing your own
Saving your kin

I have heard the rumours of the wars
Nations in strife
Famine about

Will you crush the serpent underfoot
Lion of Jude
Star of the dawn

Now I feel the days are drawing near
Are these strange words
The truth?

INTERLUDE

verse

And I awoke this day
with a violent start
for the walls they shook
to sounds of war

lifting my eyes upward
I see angels fly
holding seven plagues
through smoke-filled skies

all through the earth beneath
I feel mighty quakes
and the sun burns hot
while cities fall

the anointed one is near
seated on a horse
will he accept me
now that he's returned?

CHORUS

I have heard the legends about you
Freeing your own
Saving your kin

I have heard the rumours of the wars
Nations in strife
Famine all about

Will you crush the serpent underfoot
Lion of Jude
Star of the dawn

Now I feel the days are drawing near
Are these strange words
The truth?
Track Name: City Of Eternal Light
For a long time I have waited for the sun to shine
And for years on end my eyes would not behold the dawn
But now my eyes have raised
And left the dark behind
The horizon beckons with a gleam
I see the city
of eternal
light

In the days that followed, my feet fled for home
The clouds of darkness gave way to rays of sun
And now the light of God
Illuminates my path
I will see the glory of the Lamb
In the city
of eternal
light

It's been said the streets are paved with shining gold
And the walls are built on the most flawless gems
But the greatest rewards
Will have no earthly price
A new life that's been blessed with lasting peace
In the city
of eternal
light


The path is narrow and restricted
With a temptation to turn and walk back
Your every footstep may be lonely
Such are the trials of faith

The world will offer its distractions
Its endless ways to divert attention
Don't lose your way throughout the darkness
Then eternally lost

The Law will try to offer comfort
It will yet magnify all your good deeds
Just like the yeast inside the leaven
Oh, how pride makes a fall

But the reward goes to the runner
in such a way as not without an aim
May you persist toward the city
Reach the city of light


Now the gates have opened and the path departs
And the congregation raises their voice in joy
For an age of love
Has come upon us now
Yes, the days of weeping are no more
In the city
of eternal
light
Track Name: Buried Underwater
Verse 1:

Oh I look to Him who was raised
Dead and buried and for my sake
Also dying to my old sin
Buried underwater with Him

So I die
To all my sins
They fall away
And the law
Will no longer shame me

Chorus:

Dyin'
Buried
Buried underwater with Him

Livin'
Risin'
Walking in the newness of life

Verse 2:

Resurrected one with the Son
Brought up by the Father's glory
Looking to the helping Spirit
Walking in the newness of life

So I walk
In newer life
Not for myself
And so, Lord
Lift and sanctify me

Chorus:

Dyin'
Buried
Buried underwater with Him

Livin'
Risin'
Walking in the newness of life

Verse 3:

Have you taken up your own cross?
Are you walking by the Spirit?
Like ancient words said to Philip
What stops me from being baptized?

So I walk
In newer life
Not for myself
And so, Lord
Lift and sanctify me


Chorus:

Dyin'
Buried
Buried underwater with Him

Livin'
Risin'
Walking in the newness of life

Dyin'
Buried
Buried underwater with Him

Livin'
Risin'
Walking in the newness of life
Track Name: Fear Not
When despair takes over me
My heart sinks just like a weight
All my steps feel miles apart
What does His Word say to me?

Fear
Not
I will come and bolster you
Stand
Up
Let your fear be cast out
Put your trust in
(the) Rock of Ages
And
Yet
Courage will fill your heart

When my feet march off to war
Will an arrow pierce my heart?
If I march the field alone,
Will my legs give up their strength?

Fear
Not
I will come and bolster you
Stand
Up
Let your fear be cast out
Put your trust in
(the) Rock of Ages
And
Yet
Courage will fill your heart

(Guitar solo)

Now my days are spent in peace
Spreading word to all who fear
Raising up their hearts and minds
With these words from Holy Writ


Fear
Not
I will come and bolster you
Stand
Up
Let your fear be cast out
Put your trust in
(the) Rock of Ages
And
Yet
Courage will fill your heart
Track Name: Your Stuff Will Not Save You
Verse

Now this world is full of people who chase wealth
Putting faith in things that are bought
And soon forgotten

Many people fill their lives with worldly goods
Yet their souls feel ever empty
And unfulfilled


Chorus

Do your things fulfill your life?
Do your valuables bring worth?
All the stuff that's in the world
Will never be able to save
You from the void


Verse

Have you seen them spending themselves into debt?
Hoarding things that cannot love them or
Bring true peace

There's a better kind of treasure within reach
There are riches that will never fade
Or see rust


Chorus

Do your things fulfill your life?
Do your valuables bring worth?
All the stuff that's in the world
Will never be able to save
You from the void


Bridge

Na, na, na na na na
Truth will set you free
Na, na, na na na na
You cannot buy true peace

Verse

In the kingdom of the Saviour, you'll be rich
Not with gems or money, but love
And mercy divine


Chorus

Only God can set you free
From the hunger for new things
Earthly treasures cannot match
The height and depth and breadth of love
That's found in Him
Track Name: Only The Spirit
Verse

So many souls in darkness
So lonely and unhappy
All thinking
Life has no point
And no truth

But think just for a moment
That maybe you have purpose
And that the
Giver of life
Calls to you


Chorus

Only the Spirit
Liberates your chained heart
Drives out the darkness
Sets you free

Lost child
Will you

Turn to
Jesus

In all things
Lies a purpose so
Call out to the
Spirit of Mercy

Then will you see the
Universe with new eyes
See the creation, (that)
It is good

Only the Spirit
Demonstrates true kindness
Goes to the desert
(to) Quench your soul

Read from
God's Word

In it,
True life

So don't yet
Give up hope
For all of your burdens (can) be
Lifted


Verse

You look upon the world
Unhappy with the picture
Asking your
Self if there's
Justice to be had

But ask yourself this question
Where does this justice come from?
Can you create it on a whim?
How about sin?


Chorus

Only the Spirit
Liberates your chained heart
Drives out the darkness
Sets you free

Lost child
Will you

Turn to
Jesus

In all things
Lies a purpose so
Call out to the
Spirit of Mercy

Then will you see the
Universe with new eyes
See the creation, (that)
It is good

Only the Spirit
Demonstrates true kindness
Goes to the desert
(to) Quench your soul

Read from
God's Word

In it,
True life

So don't yet
Give up hope
For all of your burdens (can) be
Lifted


Verse

It's true the world is poisoned
But only one can cleanse it
The One who
Has life-giving water
From His heart

The darkness has no power
To the bright star of the morning
Think you this day
Who you'll serve
On this earth
Track Name: Dissolve
Life's
Tears
Seem to be so distant now
They've dissolved in the sea
Of time

Now
In
New Jerusalem we live
And our doubts
Dissolved away
By love

We sometimes cried alone in the dark,
Why must we suffer so?
So long the bleakness seemed overwhelming
But
Yet
Light shone so brightly at His return
No shadows could remain

We
Need
Not the light of sun or moon
For His glory makes
The dark
Dissolve

We've
Been
Fashioned like unto the Son
Our corruption
Ever gone
Dissolved