He was and is and is to come

by Stef Liston

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released March 31, 2017

Spoken word written by Stef Liston
Music composed by Andy Kyte

The Dulcinea Quartet:
Violin I - Minn Majoe
Violin II - Haru Moriya
Viola - Martin Wray
Cello - Kirsten Jenson

Harp - Olivia Jageurs
French Horn - Laurie Truluck

Audio production and editing by Joe Jackson
Audio editing by Andy Kyte
Mixed by Jeremy Miller
Mastered by Max Gilkes


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Track Name: Verse 1
Before air or light or spinning spheres,
Before laughter, shouting, joy or tears
Before everything we’ve ever touched
Or held or stroked or tried to reach
Or thought to say or tried to teach
Before oceans and creatures and soaring heights
before depths and mysteries and first winged flights
Before anything that we now see
and love or long for or want to be
Before all the dreaming and inventions
Before all the scheming and conventions
Before all the cultures and the nations
Before all life’s great and strange sensations
Before everything we’ve seen and done
He was and is and is to come
Track Name: Verse 2
Before the thought of you were here
Before the first and great idea
Before all empires, grand with glory
Before the first line of any story
Before the rising of our sun
and setting when its work is done
Before the ancient works were started
Before the sea and land was parted
Before the buzzing of the creatures
Before the points the compass reaches
Before the skies were filled with waters
Before the joy of sons and daughters
Before the kisses of true lovers
Before the nurture of good mothers
Before all these were ever done
He was, and is, and is to come
Track Name: Verse 3
Before all things this one and three
with heart of love and will so free
With sovereign power and tender passion
Stood alone and wisely fashioned
Earth’s foundation in perfection
Mighty wisdom, keen selection
Perfect words, perfectly spoken
He smashed it as the dawn was broken
Birds and beasts and swimming creatures
Valleys, forests, stunning features
creation started, it was done
He was and is and is to come
Track Name: Verse 4
Before your first and gasping breath
Your tiny little life and death
Your triumphs and your dearest treasures
Your cosiest and nearest pleasures
Your failings and your awkward stumblings
Your mighty speeches and shameful mumblings
Your choices made in foolish error
The moments of your purest terror
The things in life that mean so much
Those things that seem so dear to touch
The things that mean so much I said
So much to you in heart and head
Before your tiny life and death
This time of yours this whips breath
All of your years and what they sum
He was and is and is to come
Track Name: Verse 5
It’s time for deep reflection
Before the night of your conception
when seed and egg combined to make you
when bodies entwined did create you
whether it was love or lust
violence or tender trust
whether it was kind and caring
or innocence destroyed not fair
in anyway, you were conceived
the eyes of Him who always sees
the heart of Him who always knows
the love of Him that always flows
the plan of Him who has all sight
the life of Him who’s always right
the stamp of Him who has all glory
was pressed on you so that your story
could be written with pure gold
could be brought in from the cold
this and this was surely done
by Him who was and is and is to come

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