This song was written and recorded by Chris Rice… the title song on his album of the same name.
Chris Rice is an American singer and songwriter who, while a youth minister, also worked in the contemporary Christian music, contemporary folk and adult contemporary genres. He became a recording artist as well in 1996 after signing a contract with Rocketown Records.
Having taken only 3 years of piano lessons as a child, Rice did not aspire to a career in either music or student work. But frequent invitations to speak and lead music at his church’s youth group events led to more such invitations throughout his college years at the University of Maryland, Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, and Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communication. While leading music and coaching high school soccer teams, he began writing songs. What began as weekend and summer work with youth and college students soon turned into a full-time career during his twenties and thirties, and prompted Rice to write and perform mainly on the guitar.
For those two decades, Rice spent his time as an itinerant speaker and songwriter/musician, playing for high school and college conferences and camps nationwide. This schedule prepared Chris for his career as a signed recording artist, touring the country with a full band.
I first heard Chris Rice on a compilation CD, and have really liked everything he’s written and recorded.
This song describes that feeling many of us have experienced… that moment between being awake and being almost asleep. In this case, though, thoughts turn to Heaven and God. But, isn’t that where our thoughts should turn to most often?
Bible Reference… Philippians 4:8; Colossians 3:2
Lazy summer afternoon; screened in porch and nothin’ to do…
I just kicked off my tennis shoes.
Slouchin’ in a plastic chair; rakin’ my fingers through my hair;
I close my eyes and I leave them there and I yawn, and sigh, and slowly fade away.
Deep enough to dream in brilliant colors I have never seen.
Deep enough to join a billion people for a wedding feast.
Deep enough to reach out and touch the face of the One who made me.
And oh, the love I feel, and oh the peace; do I ever have to wake up?
Awakened by a familiar sound; a clumsy fly is buzzin’ around…
he bumps the screen and he tumbles down.
He gathers about his wits and pride and tries again for the hundredth time
’cause freedom calls from the other side. And I smile and nod, and slowly drift away…
‘Cause peace is pouring over my soul. See the lambs and the lions playin’.
I join in and I drink the music; holiness is the air I’m breathin’.
My faithful heroes break the bread and answer all of my questions.
Not to mention what the streets are made of. My heart’s held hostage by this love.(CHORUS)