Of Prophets And Prodigals

by Rand Swift

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Of Prophets And Prodigals is a fun album. These are songs that come out of my own life experiences as both a Prophet and a Prodigal and amazing fresh experiences that gave powerful lift to my life, thus the album name.

The songs are written to drop some deep ideas into your own life and ultimately, we hope, bring you to new kinds of freedom.

This is a work of great love, inspired and produced by some great love.

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released August 18, 2019

Rand Swift - Songwriter, acoustic guitar, vocals
Terry Burn - Guitar, vocals
Micah Swift - Guitar on 'Take Your Harps Down'
Sean Swift - Drums
Jay Battle - Keyboard
Ian Hernandez - Bass
Seth Swift - Producer and everything else imaginable
Jay Battle - Battleground Studios, the master of mastering

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Rand Swift And The Wayward Band Seattle, Washington

I've been a songwriter forever writing a number of choruses over the years. But then things changed and I found myself out of that world. In retrospect, by some gracious act of love for me.

I continued over the years to write, mostly singing and playing for small crowds - me, the cat, the dog.

It was my middle son, also a songwriter and recording artist, deciding these must be produced. Thanks.
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Track Name: Haunted
Every picture of you haunts me
You’re in my sleep you’re in my dreams
I could go way up to heaven
I could go to hell it seems

You’re in my dreams
The’s is no running
You’re in my dreams
There’s no escaping

No matter where I run you follow
I hear your voice in every wind
I see your face on every corner
I’m smart enough to spot a trend

You’re in my dreams
The’s is no running
You’re in my dreams
There’s no escaping

Every bit of you is special
You’re a wonder to behold
Let my soul wash in your loving
I’m not running anymore

You’re in my dreams
The’s is no running
You’re in my dreams
There’s no escaping
Track Name: Chess Match
I woke up this morning
It caught me by surprise
I know what you want now
You can’t have though, it’s mine

I might choose to give it
I might keep it to myself
You’ll get it ‘cause I gave it
You can’t take it though, it’s mine

You’re slick you’re skilled
You’re heartless, cruel
You’re methods are sublime
Saw the picture just today
You can’t have it though it’s mine

One’s like you they come and go
But you’re the best one I’ve seen yet
There’s better ones I’ve heard about
Who’ll pull out all the stops

You’re slick you’re skilled
You’re heartless, cruel
You’re methods are sublime
Saw the picture just today
You can’t have it though it’s mine

You think you’re getting what you want
But now your secret’s known
I understand your game my friend
I understand your moves

You’re slick you’re skilled
You’re heartless, cruel
You’re methods are sublime
Saw the picture just today
You can’t have it though it’s mine

You’re slick you’re skilled
You’re heartless, cruel
You’re methods are sublime
Saw the picture just today
You can’t have it though it’s mine
Track Name: Ruby
Ruby won't you help me?
Help me find my way.
'Cause I'm a sad and lonely boy
And I need a place to stay
So Ruby, hold me tight
Tonight could be the night
Our dreams start coming true
Oh yeah, Ruby me and you

Ruby, can you help me?
Help me get it right
I need someone to love me
And get me through the night
So Ruby, hold me tight
Tonight could be the night
Our dreams start coming true
Oh yeah, Ruby me and you.

Ruby could you take me in?
Maybe just this time
I've been down on the highway
And there ain't no one down there giving rides
It just might be a sign
Tonight could be the night
Our dreams start coming true
Oh yea, Ruby me and you

It just might be a sign
Tonight could be the night
Our dreams start coming true
Oh yeah, Ruby me and you

Oh yeah...
Track Name: At The Corner Of Romans And Seventh Street
Well all of this time I've been
Waiting for one clear reason
To turn around and go
In another way

And as I sat here thinking
After forty long days of drinking
Suddenly everything
Became clear as day

I'm like a fish out of water
Can't seem to do what I oughta
Somewhere inside there's a Voice
I'm trying to hear

So I just think that I will
Quit this old gig that I have
And find a quiet place
Where I can rest awhile

I get so tore down broke up
I gotta fight just to keep my chin up
But what kind of good does it do
When you don't belong?

When you're a fish out of water
Can't seem to do what you oughta
Somewhere inside there's a Voice
That you're trying to hear.
Track Name: Backstage Pass
I'd love you forever
If you weren't so damn bad
Want you always and forever
If you weren't so damn bad
I'd love you all around the world
If you weren't so damn bad
I'd give up every other girl
If you weren't so damn bad

We all like you hanging 'round the group
You've got no standards and at times that's cool
When I needed someone just to use
Well it's you, it's you

When I said I'm not a marrying man
I didn't tell you I'm engaged to Pam
When I said I couldn't take you home
'Cause you'd freak out My dad and mom
When I said have another drink
It's because I wanted something stop and think
When you brought along your friend Nancy
I was afraid I might get a disease

We all like you hanging 'round the group
You've got no standards and at times that's cool
When I needed someone just to use
Well it's you, it's you, it's you

I'd take you with me on a private cruise
If you weren't so damn bad
Give you feelings and I'd give you moves
If you weren't so damn bad
I'd take you on a trip to the moon
If you weren't so damn bad
I'd do it all and I would do it soon
If you weren't so damn bad

We all like you hanging 'round the group
You've got no standards and at times that's cool
When I needed someone just to use
It's you, it's you, it's you

It's you

It's you
Track Name: Jumpback Cadillac
Well, jump back! You're the Cadillac
I gotta get back, you know it's true
Ever since I was a little child
I've been thinking about you

The first time I heard you speak
I was six years old
Well your Voice came out of heaven
And it warmed my soul

Well, jump back! You're the Cadillac
I gotta get back, you know it's true
Ever since I was a little child
I've been thinking about you

When I was still in school
You came back again
You started talking to me
Like we were long lost friends
Long lost friends

Well, jump back! You're the Cadillac
I gotta get back, you know it's true
Ever since I was a little child
I've been thinking about you

When you came to me
You really stole my heart
I knew you were the One
Could not deny what you'd done
What you'd done

Well, jump back! You're the Cadillac
I gotta get back, you know it's true
Ever since I was a little child
I've been thinking about you

Never should have happened
But I took a spin
Fell hard on my face and could't get myself
Up again

Well, jump back! You're the Cadillac
I gotta get back, you know it's true
Ever since I was a little child
I've been thinking about you

For a long, long time
I kept looking for you
And for a long, long time

Now we're back together
Like long lost friends
Still got work to do so let's
Kick it up again

Oh,jump back! You're the Cadillac
I gotta get back, you know it's true
Ever since I was a little child
I've been thinking, thinking about you

You were looking for me too
For me too

Well, jump back! You're the Cadillac
I gotta get back, you know it's true
Ever since I was a little child
I've been thinking about you
Track Name: You Are My Holiday
You are my holiday
Ooh, such a holiday
You are my hiding place
From a life of heartache
You are my celebrate
Ooh, such a celebrate
You are my place of rest
From a world that's gone mad
At it's very best

Everything I'll ever need
Is wrapped in your face I see
I seek to be where it is you are
'Cause that's the place of perfect peace
That's the place of perfect peace

You said, "Come here to me
All of you who are heavy lade"
You said, "Come here to me
And I will give you rest"

And now I stand before you
With the care of all the earth
And I try to tell the people
Everything you've given them
I try to tell the people
Everything you've given them

Everything I'll ever need
Is wrapped up in your face I see
I seek to be where it is you are
'Cause that's the place of perfect peace
Track Name: Pretty Baby
Pretty baby with your pretty curls
Pretty baby won't you be my girl?
I've been dreaming of you all my life
Pretty baby won't you be my wife?

I'll take you down by the riverside
Our passionate love will make
Even the dogs hide their eyes

Pretty baby with your pretty lips
Pretty baby give me just one kiss
Pretty baby with your pretty hands
Would you touch me and remind me I'm a man?

Meet me down by the riverside
Our passionate love will make
Even the dogs hide their eyes

Pretty baby life can be so tough
Pretty baby life can be so hard
Pretty baby I want a girl like you
To be right here by my side

Meet me down by the riverside
Our passionate love will make
Even the dogs will hide their eyes

Pretty baby I'll be your boy
Pretty baby you'll be my girl
We'll have adventures, we'll have thrills
We'll give lessons to the whole wide world

I'll take you down by the riverside
We'll make so much love
The dogs will hide their eyes
Track Name: Take Your Harps Down
Take your harps down
From their weeping willows
Don't look back, yesterday's gone
Don't look back

Yesterday's gone
Got to let it go now
You can't step into the future
While your trapped inside a rearview mirror

Take your harps down
From their weeping willows
Time for you to sing your song
Time for you to sing your song

The day has dawned
The night is gone
We made it through the darkness
Now the light has come

Take your harps down
Take your harps down
And sing a song
You've got to sing your song

When the Lord turned again
The captivity of Zion
We were just like a people
Caught up in a dream

Your day has dawned
The night is gone
You've traveled through the darkness
Now you light has come

Take your harps down
From their weeping willows
You can't step into the future
Can't step into the future
Can't step into the future
While your trapped inside a rearview mirror
Track Name: New Day Dawning
I can see a new day dawning
I can see it oh so clearly
I can see it in my minds eye
Like the dawn against a new sky
Like the dawn against a new sky

I can feel the fresh winds blowing
A new reality is growing
I can feel it deep in my emotion
Like crashing waves out on the ocean
Like crashing waves out on the ocean

For every new thing comes my way
Some other thing must surely fade
Before a new day can be born
It must be dark before the dawn
It must be dark before the dawn

Why is it that I'm so afraid
For something old to fade away
Something old to something new
Leading towards a clearer truth
Leading towards a clearer truth

Senses heightened on alert
Shedding pants, removing shirt
Standing naked towards the dawn
I now embrace what is to come
I now embrace what is to come

Every new thing comes my way
Some other thing must surely fade
Before a new day can be born
It's always dark before the dawn
It must be dark before the dawn

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