Sunday, January 2, 2011

No more sorrows

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.

And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away."

– Revelation 21:1-4

No more sorrows
© 2010 PublicVigil

Love, you don’t need to cry any more
No more sorrows, no more pain
Peace, falling down from Heav’n like rain
Now we’re free, from our chains

Jesus said to his disciples
When he saw the children
These are God’s angels
Bring them to me!

We were troubled by our burdens
Now we can sing with angels
Set me free!

Love, spring is here the winter’s gone
No more cold, and barren ground
Flowers, are everywhere and the robin’s song
Fills our hearts with joyous sounds

Love, sail with me into sunsets
On the evening breeze
Hold my hand,
And stay with me

Share, my cup of wine and bread
And sing with me forever
In Holy communion
Until our last days

Love, you don’t need to cry any more
No more sorrows, no more pain
Peace, falling down from Heav’n like rain
Now we’re free, from our chains


  1. I hope you enjoy this song. When I wrote it I wasn't quite sure what it was about. I then decided it was a song to be sung at a funeral. It wasn't until later that I discovered the verse from Revelation 21:1-4.

    I apologize for the quality of the audio. I tried re-recording it, but I could never capture the feel of this original. I recorded this immediately after finishing the lyrics; while the melody was still fresh in my mind.

    I think I had a cold at the time which is probably why my voice quivers on some notes. (There's also some noise from a fan in my laptop which I eventually replaced.) The only thing I added to the original recording is a second harmony vocal track.

    And now, I've actually come to cherish the little idiosyncrasies of this recording. I think it has a nice live and sincere feel to it. Regardless of the quality of the recording, I'm quite pleased with the melody and I especially love the lyrics.

    I think of my songs as my small contribution to the culture of life that Pope John Paul II asked us to create. I hope you agree.

  2. I just remembered what I was thinking about when I was writing this song. The "chains" I was referring to are the worldly pleasures that seduce us and try to capture us and keep us from attaining holiness. And conversely the "freedom" I was referring to is the joy of allowing Christ in our hearts.

    I remembered this after re-reading a quotation from Pope Benedict XVI:

    "Happiness is something we all want, but one of the great tragedies in this world is that so many people never find it, because they look for it in the wrong places. The key to it is very simple – true happiness is to be found in God."