No Return (ACT II)

from by Brian Doerksen

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THE YOUNGER SON I want to journey back / Before I turned away / From sweet todays of innocence and youth / I long to travel back / To life within these walls / Back to the simplicity of a father’s love / And a brother’s company / THE ELDER SON There is no return / The past is blown away / I am too far gone / Your tears are much too late / THE YOUNGER SON & THE ELDER SON There is no return / I’m spent and none remains / The vine is withered brown / The walls have given way / THE ELDER SON Nothing could undo what you’ve done to me / THE YOUNGER SON What I’ve done to you / THE YOUNGER SON & THE ELDER SON Life is nothing more than a tally of debt / What if death is the only answer left? / (The Elder Son makes his way to his father’s bedside, stick in hand. The Father is awake but lies motionless.) / THE ELDER SON I stagger on the edge / I stumble in the dark / I can’t control my thoughts / I cannot change my heart / Still I remember what you taught me / Vengeance is not ours but God’s / But who will pay the price for what’s been taken from me / And what I could take from you? / God in heaven, stop me now / THE YOUNGER SON Save us now / THE ELDER SON Before I desecrate the earth / THE YOUNGER SON What have I done? / THE ELDER SON God in heaven, free me now / From this bitterness and hate / THE ELDER SON & THE YOUNGER SON Change me now / THE ELDER SON I will find my way back into your heart / I am better than this / Give me another chance to become more like you


from Prodigal God, released December 19, 2014
Drums: Calum Rees
Bass: Peter Davyduck
J45 Acoustic, JF1 & Tele Electric: Brian Thiessen
Drum, Angklung, Singing Bowl, Ram’s Horn: Boris Sichon
Keyboards, “IH Khuur” programming, : Philip Janz
“The Younger Son” vocal: Colin Janz
“The Elder Son” vocal: Brian Doerksen


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Brian Doerksen Vancouver, British Columbia

Brian Doerksen is a songwriter, recording artist, author, conference speaker and pastor. Born and raised on the west coast of Canada in Abbotsford B.C., he now lives with his family (wife of 25 years Joyce and their 4 youngest children) in the same home that he spent his childhood in. ... more

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