No Lasting City

by Fr. Joseph Gill

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We were not made for this world - our true home is eternity. Fr. Joseph Gill's third full-length album seeks to put into poetry and music our deep longing for Heaven. From the Eastern-tinged "Yesterday and Today" to the hard rocker "No Lasting City," from the fun pop of "I Need Love" to the melancholy sweetness of "Between Two Worlds", this album is even more advanced, technically and musically, than his previous two. Working with some of the best musicians in the business, this acoustic rock/pop album is sure to delight - and pleasantly surprise - any lover of Christian music.


released April 20, 2014

Fr. Joseph Gill - guitars, keyboards, vocals, percussion

Karen Mattera - recording engineer, vocals

Michael Wolfe - lead guitar

Fr. Sam Kachuba - violin

Erik Siclari - drums

Jim Buzak - album design

Bill Kuroski - photography



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Fr. Joseph Gill Bethel, Connecticut

Born in 1984, Joseph Gill grew up in a musical family. His father taught him piano from a young age, and his mother often sang in the church choir. He began writing songs very young, honing his skill further when he received his first guitar. After his conversion, he dedicated his life and his songwriting to the Lord. Fr. Joseph Gill was ordained a Catholic priest in May, 2013. ... more

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Track Name: Yesterday and Today
track 01 – yesterday & today (Hebrews 13:8)

it seems like all is change
like rivers flowing by
nothing that stays the same
all truth is mystified

yesterday and today, now and always and forever
Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday and today
Yesterday and today, and forever.

i seek for something sure,
when all is shifting sand
I long for something more
A rock on which to stand.

And time is rolling on
And we are swept away
But time shall soon be gone
one thing is left on that day
Track Name: Rivers of Babylon
track 02 – the rivers of Babylon (Psalm 137)

by the rivers of Babylon there we sat and wept
remembering Zion, remembering Zion
on the poplars that grew there, we hung up our harps
remembering Zion, remembering Zion
by the rivers of Babylon, by the rivers of Babylon

if I forget you, Jerusalem, let my right hand wither
o let my tongue cling to my mouth if I forget you. (2x)

our captors asked us to sing for them a song of Zion’s joy
they want to hear the treasures of our God
but how could we in foreign lands sing a song of joy,
remembering Zion, remembering Zion
by the rivers of Babylon, by the rivers of Babylon
Track Name: Wood So Dear
track 03 – on wood so dear (1 Corinthians 1:18)

a tree so dear stands swaying in the breeze
fullness of life in bloom with brilliant leaves
a sign of hope, a sign of glorious youth
it stands eternal witness to the truth

then the woodsman came, bearing axe and saw
forty well-placed strokes, watched the giant fall

oh wood so dear, so roughly cut and hewn
to make a beam, the fate of all but few
a shadow now, a former tow’r of strength
fit only for the carpenter’s bench

then the Son of Man came, without form or grace,
branch of Jesse’s stem, God in human face

upon the back of Him who would be slain
was laid the wood, a throne from which to reign
the wood received the nails that set us free
the King of Kings, Who died upon that tree
Track Name: No Lasting City
track 04 – no lasting city (Hebrews 13:14)

well here I go again, I let my heart cling to things that have an end
grasped what wasn’t mine, and kept on grasping through the slipping of time
well I fear the truth, though time and time again I’ve seen the proof
that I have no city here, along this muddy road and through this valley of tears

I have no lasting city, I seek the one which is to come
from alabaster to dust, I wander, waiting to go home

when darkness sheds its cloak, I leave the womb to live in cities so remote
a stranger in unsettled lands, a wayward man hoping Jerusalem will rise amidst the sand

o death now lacking your sting, through you we come to the King
a palace built for the poor, if we could just reach the door

well here I go again, all I gained burst into flame ‘till only ashes remain
in the ash of city streets I’m finding nothing but this crushing weight of empty dreams
Track Name: Weakest of All Men
track 05 – weakest of all men (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

I am nothing, how can You ever find in me something to love, to make beautiful
I am the weakest of all men, ever one step away from death and yet You have called,
calling me for what I’m not worthy of.

I am dust and ashes, I be falling to the winds and tides, my whims, emotions, can’t hide
frailty I embody, thus far scraping by on grace alone and yet You have called
calling me for what I’m not worthy of

I am the weakest of all men with nothing as my own
without a place to call home
but You have taken hold of me and filled me with Your peace
and I’m forever Yours, I’m forever Yours.

You are the one who removed all of my filthy rags but for a pauper like me,
I don’t deserve it, to be treated like the son of a King and yet You have called,
calling me for what I’m not worthy of.

they say the weakness of God is stronger than the strength of men,
and that His foolishness is wise
that’s why I trust You, when You call me, the weakest of all men, and so You have called
calling me for what I’m not worthy of.
Track Name: Between Two Worlds
track 06 – between two worlds (2 Peter 3:13)

one foot in heaven, one foot on the earth
I have the best pearl, yet I still search
God is my beloved, yet I find much to my shame
that I am still unfinished for a peace I cannot name.

‘cause I’m between two worlds but a citizen of none
I long for heaven but love this dust and sand,
I stand divided now, praying let Your will be done
but then I do my own, Lord reconcile this man.

I want to stay here, yet I want to leave
the joy that You promised is so hard to believe
all that I possess is nothing more than straw
yet my human frailty makes it hard to leave it all

to live in this world, but not to be a worldly man
to traverse across my country as in a strange and foreign land
to love but not to cling, to use but not to own
to dwell amongst my people but to never find my home
Track Name: What You Want
track 07 – what you want (Philippians 1:9-11)

I do not wish for you the riches of the sea,
the power or the fame, the robes of majesty
I do not wish for you the world and all its wealth – what you want
I do not wish for you eternal years of youth,
a life that’s free of pain, a life that’s free of truth
I do not wish for you that you would always get what you want.

but what I want for you is this: to lead a life of holiness
seek the Lord and know what’s true – this is what I want for you.

I do not wish for you the things that leave you bored,
the petty tricks of earth when joy is in the Lord
your plans all go your way, but deep inside it’s not what you want

I want you to know that you’re loved, I want you to know that there’s hope,
I want you to know that everything you want is nothing compared to grace

I do not wish for you the subtle snares of sin,
for there is so much more when pleasure’s wearing thin
these evils keep you bound when every day you seek what you want
Track Name: Nazareth
track 08 – Nazareth (Matthew 2:23)

deep within a simple peasant’s home
a father has his wife and son to call his own
life obscures the grandeur of the truth
that saintly souls do dwell, secure beneath their roof

Nazareth, Nazareth, they will come
you can find the road to life in Nazareth (2x)

holiness between the lathe and plane
salvation being proved in daily joys and pain
nothing are the threesome to the great
yet in their simple house, tranquility their fate

and the man takes his child in his arms,
casts a love-look at his wife
through the dirt-stained streaks of sweat
thanks his God for such a life
every aching day of work
every chair crafted with tears
every mundane trial or joy
a source of grace throughout the years
Track Name: I Need Love
track 09 – I need love (1 Corinthians 13:4)

walking all around as I’m staring at the ground
my eyes are cast down as this shame is overwhelming
the world is shades of grey as my soul’s too weak to pray
no one can save the day as this pain is overwhelming
but I need love

love is patient, love is kind, love come overwhelm my mind
let me seek and let me find this love
I’m looking for an unchanging rock, my life’s a storm and I’m being tossed
You’ve come to seek and save the lost, my Love…I need love.

all I feel is emptiness, peering through the looking glass
nothing there is staring back, I’m hollow and I’m empty
but there’s a hunger deep within for something that would fill me in
I want what I don’t comprehend but love is so fulfilling
and I need love

this existential mess which is causing my distress
is trying to impress the part of me that’s basest
but I have heard a call and I’m gonna risk it all
for your love that’s sure to fall and take me up to higher places
and I need love
Track Name: Not As Mere Bread
track 10 – not as mere bread (1 Cor 11:23-26)

our vision and taste cannot see Your face
but only faith can see the Lord of majesty
Your presence is true, and grace makes us sure
that tasting Your love, we hunger for more

not as mere bread, not as mere wine,
but as You truly are, Body and Blood
in thanksgiving we bow, humbled by Your gift
of Eucharistic love, the Presence of our God

on that holy night, when You laid down Your life,
You left us a gift of ineffable price:
“This is My Body, This is My Blood
of the New Covenant, a sign of My love.”

in faith we receive the Lamb Who was slain,
Who died for our sins and is risen again
and we wait for the day when all is made new
in Your house we’ll remain, forever with You
Track Name: Give Me Souls
track 11 – give me souls (Matthew 28:19-20)

Lord, I’ve heard Your voice, calling amidst the noise
when I was wrapped up in myself, in the world and all its joys
but You have set me free, put a fire in my blood,
oh enraptured me in the beauty of Your love

give me souls and nothing more
I will take them, present them to my Lord
give me souls, you can keep the rest
I will lead them on the way to Heaven

all I once desired I now hold in contempt
You, my heavenly prize; You, my one intent
all this world is vain, a bitter exile for me
‘till I see You, Lord; behold Your majesty

Lord, how You put my old self to death
tried by fire and purified by love
You send me forth to a world in mourning
preaching the Cross to a people in pain