Why Am I Leaving

from by Brian Doerksen

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THE YOUNGER SON Why am I leaving? / Why do I ask so much? / THE SERVANT Have you become a man? / THE YOUNGER SON Where will leaving lead? / THE SERVANT You don’t know the way / THE YOUNGER SON & THE SERVANT Will I/you ever return? / THE SERVANT Why are you leaving? / Because you want it all / THE YOUNGER SON That’s how I’ve always been / THE SERVANT One day you’ll return / THE YOUNGER SON That’s all I know to do / THE YOUNGER SON & THE SERVANT But will you/I ever learn? / THE SERVANT’S DAUGHTER Ooh, ahh / THE FATHER You may never understand / Why a man will do what he will do / He can’t see the price he’ll pay / His pride will keep his pain at bay / THE ELDER SON Yesterday I had the whole world / A father, brother, wife and a future / Now I’ve lost it all in a single day / So why am I staying? / THE ELDER SON & THE SERVANT’S DAUGHTER Why am I staying? / THE YOUNGER SON There are moments I can’t bear to be alive / It’s too powerful, it’s too terrible / Hear the howling in my brain, feel the growling in my heart / It’s so powerful, it’s so wonderful / THE FATHER God in heaven, hear my prayer / THE YOUNGER SON I’m scared to say what we both know / THE FATHER Is now the time to let them go? / THE YOUNGER SON No good can come from what I’ve done / THE FATHER My voice upraised could stop them cold / THE YOUNGER SON But I’m too crazed to turn back now / THE FATHER And freeze the blood of love’s free flow / THE YOUNGER SON Why can’t I stop myself? Why can’t I stop myself? / THE TOWNSFOLK What a tragedy, what a terrible scene / The house of Provision is now called the house of grief / The irrational father has given as if he were dead / Because of his foolishness / We’re left with nothing but dread / THE YOUNGER SON Why am I leaving? / THE ELDER SON Why am I staying?


from Prodigal God, released December 19, 2014
Drums: Calum Rees
Bass:Peter Davyduck
Olson & J45 Acoustic, Les Paul Electric: Brian Thiessen
Mandolin: Spencer Capier
Chekeré: Boris Sichon
Keyboards:Philip Janz
“The Younger Son” vocal and narration: Colin Janz
“The Servant” vocal: Crystal Hicks
“The Servant’s Daughter” vocal: Loralee Thiessen
“The Father” vocal: Ron Kenoly
“The Elder Son” vocal:Brian Doerksen
“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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