Two Sons (ACT I)

from by Brian Doerksen

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lyrics

THE RABBI There once was a man who had two sons / Two sons that differed greatly / The first born son was there on time / The latter rather lately / THE RABBI & TOWNSFOLK The former son, our northern star / Consistent, cold, and boring / The latter warms and charms and schemes / Eyes dreamy and adoring / There once was a man who had two sons / Quite different in their natures / One of them we call the Rule / The other the Rule-Breaker / Two sons, the north and south / Our lives exist between them / One house of honest wealth / That gives our town its name / THE SERVANT’S DAUGHTER & THE SERVANT There once was a mother pale as the moon / Eclipsed at the birth of her son / THE TOWNSFOLK And so we mothered him in her place / We showered our affection on him / Maybe we spoiled him a bit, a bit! / There once was a man who had two sons / He loved beyond all measure / Each of them we’re bound to serve / They are Provision’s treasure / Two sons, the north and south / Our lives exist between them / One house of honest wealth / That gives our town its name / Two sons, the north and south / Our lives exist between them / One house of honest wealth / That gives our town its name/ THE SERVANT & THE SERVANT’S DAUGHTER There once was a clan of faith and love that gave two outcasts shelter / They gave us both a brand new life / And we serve them with pleasure / THE SERVANT The father didn’t blame me even though I was their midwife / Instead he blessed us with a home, defending us with his life / THE SERVANT & THE SERVANT’S DAUGHTER There once was a clan of faith and love / The house of God’s provision / That is why we spend our lives devoted to their mission / Two sons, the north and south / Our lives exist between them / One house of honest wealth / That gives our town its name / THE TOWNSFOLK There once was a man for whom east meets west / An author of beginnings / Designer of the means and ends / Good steward of the winnings / An architect of civic life, stage center of our story / Collector of respect, resentment, envy, awe and glory / There once was a source of extravagance / Won’t find any one quite like it / Magnetic a force of ambivalence / We love them but don’t like it / Two sons, the north and south / Our lives exist between them / One house of honest wealth / That gives our town its name / That gives our town its name / That gives our town its name / Provision, provision / Don’t like it / But love it / Provision!

credits

from Prodigal God, released December 19, 2014
Drums: CalumRees Bass, Trumpet & Trombone:Matt Weeks
Rhythm Stick, Banjo, Duncan & Martin Acoustic, Nylon, Tele/Les Paul/Strat Electric Guitars: Brian Thiessen
Mandolin, Violin, Bouzouki: Spencer Capier
Whistle, percussive toys, Zylophone, Trombone :Boris Sichon
Keyboards, Tamborine, BGV’s: Philip Janz
“The Rabbi” vocal: Christopher Greco
“The Servant’s Daughter” vocal: LoraleeThiessen
“The Servant” vocal: Crystal Hicks
“The Townsfolk”:Rebecca Lam, Renee Geronimo, Monique Tute, Melanie Leggett, Spencer Welch, Christopher Greco, Tim Dyck, Brian Thiessen

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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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