Never Seen the Righteous Forsaken – Storytellers

While the “Overcome” CD is officially released, I wanted to continue to share some of the stories behind the songs.

“Never Seen the Righteous Forsaken” was literally a last minute song to add to the project.  During the mix, we decided to remove one song from the lineup which provided a musical vacuum towards the end of the project.  Written as an entire piece of music, it was missing something in particular between “Unite Us Together” and “Worship You.”

In addition to that musical break, the only regret I had with all the other songs is that I had not used Psalm 37 in one of the songs.  While it is a great lyrical framework, one particular verse that I wanted to use was Ps. 37:25: “I have been young and now am old, but I have never seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.”

With that gap in the album, I feverishly worked on this song, pitched it to Anthony, then the band, and recorded the whole thing one afternoon.  Written as a call and response song, it is one of my favorites due to the sheer ease of a congregation jumping in and singing along on first listen.

Hearing so many sing it out Sunday evening was huge for us!  Here is a snippet of it below and if you want your copy on iTunes, you can get that here.

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