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Susan Clark: Inspirational Music

Stand As You Are Able (for Eric Larson)

(Susan Clark)
October 3, 2009
Lyrics & Music by Susan Clark

Before I got my job as music director at The Rio Grande Center for Spiritual Living, I was the guest vocalist at several churches in the Albuquerque area.  One day while I was at my friend Eric's church, I looked in the bulletin and saw the prompt "*Stand as you are Able" at the bottom of the page.  I turned to Eric and said "That would make a great song title..." And so, it did!  Eric had worked on a choral arrangement of this tune but sadly, I never heard or saw it before he passed away.  I actually wrote a lot of the song driving home from a dismal gig at Sky City Casino!  

STAND AS YOU ARE ABLE/Words and Music by Susan Clark

 

(Chorus)

STAND AS YOU ARE ABLE

RISE WHEN YOU ARE CALLED

THERE IS REST FOR THE FAITHFUL

REWARDS FOR US ALL

IF SOMEONE HAS FALLEN ALONG THE WAY

PICK THEM UP AND LET 'EM RIDE

'TIL THEY CAN STAND AS THEY ARE ABLE

WE'RE ALL TRAVELIN' TO THE OTHER SIDE

(Verse)

IF YOU SEE SOMEBODY WALKIN' WITH THEIR FACE IN A FROWN

TAKE THE TIME TO ASK THEM WHY THEIR HEAD'S BOWED DOWN

(ASK THEM WHY THEIR HEAD'S BOWED DOWN)

IF YOU HEAR SOMEBODY CRYIN' IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

THROW YOUR ARMS AROUND THEM AND TELL THEM

EVERYTHING'LLL BE ALRIGHT  IF THEY'LL JUST

STAND AS THEY ARE ABLE

WE'RE ALL TRAVELIN' TO THE OTHER SIDE

(Bridge)

DON'T LOOK BACK

DON'T FEEL SAD

LIFE IS FULL OF CHOICES

SOME YOU MAKE ARE GOOD AND

SOME YOU MAKE ARE BAD STILL YOU MUST

STAND AS YOU ARE ABLE

WE'RE ALL TRAVELIN' TO THE OTHER SIDE

 

(INSTRUMENTAL BREAK)

(Verse)

NO NEED TO CARRY SUCH A HEAVY LOAD

ONCE YOU'VE PUT YOUR FEET UPON A HIGHER ROAD

(PUT YOUR FEET ON A HIGHER ROAD)

THERE ARE JEWELS SCATTERED UPON THE GROUND

PICK 'EM UP AND PUT 'EM IN YOUR GOLDEN CROWN

FOR YOU MUST STAND AS YOU ARE ABLE

WE'RE ALL TRAVELIN' TO THE OTHER SIDE

 

(KEY CHANGE, UP ONE FULL STEP FOR LAST CHORUS)

(Chorus)

STAND AS YOU ARE ABLE

RISE WHEN YOU ARE CALLED

THERE IS REST FOR THE FAITHFUL

REWARDS FOR US ALL

IF SOMEONE HAS FALLEN ALONG THE WAY

PICK THEM UP AND LET 'EM RIDE

'TIL THEY CAN STAND AS THEY ARE ABLE

WE'RE ALL TRAVELIN' TO THE OTHER

TRAVELIN' TO THE OTHER

TRAVELIN' TO THE OTHER SIDE.......

(PAUSE, BACK IN ON CUE...WE'RE ALL TRAVELIN' TO THE OTHER SIDE)