Spring Rain

by Ben David Trigg

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A huge thanks to everyone who supported this project on Kickstarter, without whom it literally could not have happened. Special mention goes to those who opted to support the project with a ‘Good Friend Pledge’: James, Jyothi, Maya, Luke and Nell Chapman, Julie & David Mahany, Ruth & Amarh Amartey, and Jason Fisher. Thanks also to the many other generous backers who gave over and above the pledge amounts but chose not to be credited in this way. You know who you are! Big love. Thanks also to Clare Herriot (clareherriot.co.uk) for shooting the original Kickstarter promo video for me, and making it look great.
Thanks to all those who have inspired me and walked with me over the years on my songwriting and musical journey including Jon Darby, Henry George, Chris Orange, Graham Kendrick, Joel Payne, Chris Juby, Mark Pierce, Dan Lank, Roger & Faith Forster, plus all the family at Ichthus Christian Fellowship.
Thanks to everyone credited overleaf for playing and singing on the album! Thanks to John Merriman at Crown Lane for making me feel really at home while I was tracking drums. Thanks also to Adrian and Barbara Todd who put me up for the night so I could easily get to Morden over the two days I spent there. Thanks to Andrew Boyle for lending me a snare drum and a couple of other things over that time too. Thanks also to Dan Moyler and Ian Mizen at JAX for the use of Dan’s studio for mixing.
A great deal more than can be rendered by a simple ‘thank you’ is owed to my wonderful wife, partner, other-half and team-member Laura who has always given way when I’ve needed time to work on these songs and recordings, champi- oning me along the way; being my chief sounding-board and at times, administrative assistant on the project; allowing our flat to become a recording studio at times, and for taking herself off to her parents’ house with our two-year-old so I could have the physical and mental space to mix the album; and apart from all that of course, for being an amazing wife and mum (and during this whole project, being pregnant with #2), who loves companionably, who understands considerately, who believes consistently.
What words are left that can be given in praise and thanks to God, from whom are all things and to whom are all things? I write songs because, as I once heard bishop Graham Cray put it, in songs we are attempting to say something that is ‘just beyond words’. The marriage of music and words enables us to more deeply encounter and reflect upon the truths stated in the words themselves, transcending mere logic by being lifted with the music into another realm. ‘Music is the language of the spirit’, others have said, in which case it is unsurprising that songs have become such a core part of the worshipping lifeofthechurch.Theymarrythe‘word’andthe‘spirit’,justasmanyChristiansbelievewithIrenaeusthatthe‘twohandsof God’ – God’s means of activity in the world – are the ‘Word’ (logos) and the Spirit, and that in some sense the two must be encountered together to enable us to touch God. Songs help us do so if indeed they are true in word and genuine in their musical spirit. That is what I have attempted in writing songs that both glorify God and are intended to help others worship, understand and know him more. The very act of writing songs of worship is itself an act of worship. If I were to give thanks it could only be by the means he has given me – and thus I can only point to the songs I have penned as the most adequate attempt at rendering thanks to God for all he’s done in my life: ‘All praise to the Father / All praise to the Son / And glory to the Spirit / God the three-in-one!’


released December 1, 2018

All songs written by Ben Trigg, except ‘To God Be The Glory’ written by Fanny J. Crosby & William Howard Doane, and ‘Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus’, written by Robert Lowry, arranged by Ben Trigg.
Recorded, edited and mixed by Ben Trigg at Beat ’n Track Studios and Daniel Moyler’s studio courtesy of JAX Management. Drums recorded at Crown Lane Studio, Morden (crownlanestudio.co.uk). Mastered by Nigel Palmer at Lowland Masters (lowlandmasters.com).
Drums, guitars, bass and keyboards plus vocals by Ben Trigg.
Accordion played by Sam Hawksley on ‘To God Be The Glory’ and ‘Dance Of Love’. Violin played by Louise Gibbens and Viola played by Amy Jane Hosken on ‘When Healing Hands Were Wounded’. Cello
played by James Douglas on ‘When Healing Hands Were Wounded’ and ‘Still Small Voice’. Additional backing group vocals (and a couple of ad libs) by Amy Jane Hosken, Becky Ackermann, Libby Wade and Louise Gibbens on ‘To God Be The Glory’, ‘When Healing Hands Were Wounded’, ‘Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus’ and ‘Spring Rain’. Artwork by Dan Lovell (danlovell.com).
For sheet music, song stories and more: bendavidtrigg.com


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Track Name: Rejoice My Soul
Rejoice, my soul, in the Lord your God
Again I say, rejoice
Now and always and evermore

Let your gentleness be known
Shining all around
Let your life show that God is near
To us!

And the peace of God
Beyond understanding
Will guard your heart and mind
And the God of peace
Himself will be with you
The Lord Jesus Christ

Don’t be anxious, don’t be afraid
Just pray in everything
With thanksgiving for all he’s done
For us!

And the peace . . .

Whatever is true, whatever is lovely
Whatever is pure, whatever is good
If it’s excellent and worthy of praise
Let it fill your mind

For Jesus is true, and Jesus is lovely
Jesus is pure, Jesus is good
Yes he’s excellent and worthy of praise
Come on and lift him high
Track Name: To God Be The Glory
To God be the glory, great things he has done
So loved he the world that he gave us his son
Who yielded his life an atonement for sin
And opened the life-gate that all may go in

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord!
Let the earth hear his voice
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord!
Let the people rejoice
O come to the Father through Jesus the Son
And give him the glory, great things he has done

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood
To every believer, the promise of God
The vilest offender who truly believes
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives

Great things he has taught us, great things he has done
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son
But purer and higher and greater will be
Our wonder, our worship, when Jesus we see
Track Name: Dance Of Love
Father, Spirit, Son
God the three-in-one
Love that flows full and free
Gracefully he comes
Fills our hearts with songs
Drawing us into eternity

In the dance of love
In the rhythms of grace
To the beat of his heart
He’s drawing us into the dance of love
In the rhythms of grace
To the beat of his heart
Come join the dance

Holy church of God
May this perfect love
In our lives be displayed
Gracefully to live
Joyfully to give
Come and beautify his holy name

In the dance of love . . .

All praise to the Father
All praise to the Son
And glory to the Spirit
God the three-in-one
Track Name: Still Small Voice
Waiting on this mountaintop
Waiting here to meet you, God
Where I’ve run in my own strength
Come undone and reached the end
Now I wait

Through the fire that rages on
Through the shaking and the storm
Where the air is burnt with fear
Lord of mercy, are you near?
Here I wait

Still small voice, speak to me
Breath of God, breathe on me
Living word, live in me

Though the trials of life press in
Strife without and fears within
Still my soul finds rest in God
In the quiet of his love
I will wait
Here I wait

Still small voice… (x2)

Here I wait for you
Open wide to you
I believe in you

[repeat bridge with chorus underneath]

Still small voice…
Track Name: A Child Is Born
The night is clear, the light of stars sings in the air
They have drawn us here tonight
To a home, a humble place, where cattle hide
To a gentle candle-light

Come inside, all are welcome in this place
Shepherds, travellers and kings
See the child cradled in his mother’s arms
Hear the ancient words she sings

A child is born
And his name is Prince of Peace
A son is given
And his reign shall never cease

Hear his name, this is Jesus, God-with-us
He will take away our fears
This is he whom the prophets long foretold
And the hope of all the years

So come and bow, bring an offering to him
Who became so weak and small
For this child, by the promises of God
Is the Saviour of us all

A child is born . . .

So tell the world, bring the tidings of great joy
Peace to all who live on earth
Sing his praise, glory be to God on high
Celebrate our Saviour’s birth
Track Name: When Healing Hands Were Wounded
When healing hands were wounded
A faithful man betrayed
When arms of love stretched wide, we turned away
A carpenter was nailed
Upon a wooden cross
And on a hill was high and lifted up
High and lifted up

A window on the bloodshed
That soaks our history
Our hatred vented on humanity
Our sin against the holy
Displayed for all to see
We left him cursed and hanging on a tree

High and lifted up, high and lifted up
See our God, high and lifted up

When healing hands were wounded
All our wounds were healed
For he himself has carried every ill
Has entered all our suffering
And borne away the pain
His life laid down that we may live again

Forgiven for our bloodshed
Delivered from the curse
Behold what grace so free, so undeserved
A window on a new world
Where love and mercy reign
And all our grief and sin is washed away

High and lifted up, high and lifted up
See our God, high and lifted up
Enthroned upon a cross, mercy there for us
See our God, high and lifted up
High and lifted up, high and lifted up
Track Name: Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus
What can wash away my sin?
(Nothing but the blood of Jesus)
What can make me whole again
(Nothing but the blood of Jesus)

Oh, precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

For my pardon this I see
For my cleansing, this I plea

Oh, precious is the flow . . .

This is all my hope and peace
This is all my righteousness

Oh, precious is the flow . . .

Nothing but the blood of Jesus (x3)
Washed me white as snow
Track Name: Spring Rain
Oh God, you are my God, and I will seek you
I will seek you my God
In a dry and weary land where there’s no water
I will seek you my God

My soul cries out for you
My soul cries out for you

Only you can satisfy my deep desire
I will seek you my God
Pouring out the living water of revival
I will seek you my God

My soul cries out for you . . .

Let the spring rain fall from the sky
Let the heavens open wide
Track Name: Behold The Lion Of Judah
Behold the Lion of Judah
Jesus Christ has overcome
For he left an empty grave behind
The work of death undone

Lift your eyes and see him standing
Wounded Lamb who once was slain
Who through suffering won the victory
The Lion of our faith

You are worthy of all honour
You are worthy of all praise
Overcoming King, forever you shall reign

Behold the gathering of nations
To the Lamb upon the throne
Many tongues confessing with one voice
Jesus Christ alone

You are worthy . . .
Track Name: With All My Heart
At the centre of my life
At the core that’s deep inside
May my heart be yours forever, Lord
With a passion that remains
Though the times and seasons change
May my heart be yours forever, Lord

With all my heart, with all my soul
With all my strength, I love you Lord
With all my heart, with all my soul
With all my strength, I love you

As I think of all you are
Gracious Father, my desire
Is to do your perfect will, my God
Overwhelmed that you first loved
I am glad to count the cost
Just to do your perfect will, my God

With all my heart . . .

So I’ll be your hands and feet
Serve the poor and help the weak
With my eyes on you, my great reward
Give me strength to run this race
Carry on and keep the faith
With my eyes on you, my great reward
With my eyes on you, my great reward

With all my heart . . .

When I come to the end
Let the sum of all I am
Be love for you my King
When all things have been made new
May my life be found in you
And forever I will sing

With all my heart . . .
Track Name: No Keeping Dry – bonus track
Build a roof above your head
When you see the clouds ahead
Keep the wind and rain outside where they belong
This could be your crowning glory
That you built another ‘storey’
When it’s holding up, they’re sure to think you’re strong

But there’s no keeping dry
Oh there’s no keeping dry
No there’s no keeping dry
When it’s raining on the inside

You can build yourself a fortress
Build it in the lines on your face
People like your stony weather-worn façade
But they won’t know there’s a problem
‘Cause the drawbridge never opens
Nothing’s getting in, and nothing’s coming out

But there’s no keeping dry . . .

Oh man, let it out
Oh man, open up your mouth
Oh man, just talk about it
No doubt about it, you need to try

Oh man, be strong
Oh man, carry on
Oh man, but it’s not wrong
You’ll still be strong if you need to cry

But there’s no keeping dry . . .

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