Thoughtful songs about things that matter.




On a winter's night in 2000, while walking down a quiet street, a whirlwind blew towards me. As it approached, God told me that music was coming back into my life. I'll let you reach your own conclusions, but 15 CD's worth of music later and I know that it was a genuine word from the Lord.

Oddly enough, I suppose, (given that incident and that I'm a Christian) few of these tracks are 'worship' tunes in the usual sense of that word. What they represent is the outpouring of a life that is offered to God in worship. The songs on this page reflect every different frame of mind and mood of heart through which I've passed since that night. Some of them are just silly, fun songs because I love music; I love people and I love life. Many are more serious; some are quite dark. They are reflections about life, death, love, God, humanity, inhumanity, faith, weakness, joy, hope, frustration, vision, confusion, depression and even desperation. In fact, just about every frame; of heart and mind a person can feel is expressed somewhere on this page, I think. For, no doubt, music is part of life and all of life has a place in music.

Let me ask you a question.

How does one explain creativity? The answer to that question, believe it or not, was instrumental in bringing me to faith in God. Through rigorous self-examination, I discovered that 'inspiration', the Spirit breathing in to the heart, was real. That powerful realization blew apart my materialistic assumptions and was a fissure large enough for God's Spirit to whisk His way into my heart.

It's been quite a journey, my life with Christ. For years the Lord led me in paths that didn't involve much writing of music, although it has always involved singing and music. I'm thankful that the journey has led me, in these recent years, to create music once again!




So...I Love the Lord Jesus and sing for him...


...but you are welcome to listen in as well.






The ... Artist of the Year brings [an] ethos and attitude to this little world of ours and proveably makes a difference Please note the italics. It should come as no surprise whatsoever that my Artist Of The Year 2006 is...

Cam's Even Song (Cam Bastedo)

Believe me when I say that I have struggled and struggled against Cam getting this award because we are close, and I would hate for this to be seen somehow as a reward for being a friend. The devil of it is, Cam has made it quite impossible for me NOT to grant him this singular (but slightly used) honour and again the facts bear me out. With no less than SEVEN tracks on my hard drive the music machine that powers Cam's Even Song, Cam Bastedo, Retrograde Pop and Sonic Salad should have won the award on that basis alone. Not just good tracks, mind. KILLER. The two I picked as Tracks Of The Year are but two of a veritable flood of great tracks from this artist this year. IMHO Cam has picked up some considerable speed and recognition factor this year, all so richly deserved, and I expect that his increasing lyrical maturity will only get more powerful and more imaginative. Which is quite a bold statement to make considering the deluge of Cam quality we have experienced this year in every respect. I believe the man is just getting started, as it happens, and I look forward to the coming year with intense interest on behalf of all Cam watchers everywhere. A singular artist, a pillar of the Soundclick community since the year dot and a concise and instructive reviewer into the bargain. Cam does it all with infinite charm and grace and is a worthy AOTY for all those qualities.

-Steve Gilmore

One of the things I respect most about you is that you're so real and honest and open about your beliefs and intertwine them with your creation so fluidly. There's not a cheese factor, [something] which I'm usually very in tune with. Your music is just plain beautiful; your lyrics are clever.... It is crystal clear that you're making music because you love to make music.... I could drift for hours listening to music like this.

(Here commenting on Seeing Darkness)

Where to start when you love something?...It's superb, and instantly accessible. The cyclical guitar riff is just super, and I love the relationship that's built between that and keys - makes this an instant favorite for me... Production sounds fantastic as well, but that's to be expected from you these days. However, this IS something special...I would buy this! The lyrics...hmmm...how to best relate this.....it's actually so cool it reminds me of Kublai Khan without the opiate derived nonsense.

-Jon Partelow (Kulimafi)

I find myself clicking on his songs trying to peel away the onion skins to get at the heart. Then I find the onion is gone and the table is piled with onion skins. No, I am not saying there is no heart to Cam. It is just the opposite. Each one of these skins is the stuff of heart and soul. It is deceptive ... the songs are light and dark ... they are snippets of daily life. Maybe you are used to reading the journals of writers, but maybe you did not recognize that here you have a true musical journal.

-Larry Ludwick

The acoustic guitar sounds ...timeless... to me.... a thing that seems more important than style. I'm always on the lookout for notes that can stand stable through the passage of time. So many tunes will erode in just a few years, and never be played or thought of again.... but I'd wager that if you put your songs on CD in a time capsule (with a CD-player and instructions :-) ) ...for future peoples to find.... They'll be just as important then as now! Just being honest.
-Powerful vivid lyricism.
-Love your work.
-Thielus Grenon

Face The Music is a song based on a Biblical story ...He's always been - in my eyes - a talented and prolific songwriter but when he marries a style like this with a truly great lyric, it's nothing short of breathtaking.
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His blend of superior songwriting skills with look-how-easy-this-sounds music has singled him out as one of the very best (ie well rounded) musicians on Soundclick, and by far one of the most respected.
-Steve Gilmore


Coming Home ...the music - breezy, timeless, it emits a strong aura of nostalgia. If I didn...t know who this was, I probably would have thought it was a classic from the late 60...s / early 70...s that I somehow missed hearing. Cam...s voice is full of character, modesty, and wisdom. Its real; there...s no pizzazz, no fluff. This is your ideal voice for folk music. The voice is perfect for the music.
-Chad Yochum

Cam Bastedo takes a subject that is loaded with stigma in music, and makes it accessible to anyone with ears. And most will like it even if they don't care for the lyrics, just because of how real it sounds.
- Jonathan Saunders

Your influences?
Lennon, Dylan, Townsend, Heather Clark, Len, Cohen
Anything else...?

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I'm frequently asked what songs I'd recommend for first time listeners, as there are a LOT of songs on my page - over 200 as I update this. So, here are two lists. The first orders the top ten by how often others have streamed them. The second are 10 of my favourites, even though that changes frequently:

1. Angel Song (2,956)
2. Seeing Darkness (2,370)
3. Alone (2,352)
4. Just the Truth - on Christmas (1,951)
5. Coming Home (1,527)
6. Crossroads (1,444)
7. Rainbow (Old Version) (1,432)
8. Sad City (1,375)
9. Gonna Sell Something to the Telephone Salesman (1,354)
10. Halo (1,199)





My own favourites, taking both the songs and recording into account:

1. Jesus (372)
2. The Home of the Lord (192)
3. Coming Soon to a Sky Near You (874)
4. Brother Eli (305)
5. What do ya' Got Within? (275)
6. Rainbow (New Version) (957)
7. My Castle by the Sea(670)
8. Little Black Horses (681)
9.Albert Ball (826)
10.Every Day in You (185)


Check out my other musical endeavors

Camsevensong
(Main page of original music - mostly songs, some instrumentals.)
Sonic Salad
(Electronic instrumentals)
Retrograde Pop
(Songs I wrote during my teens)
Beatz Me!
(Hip hop and techno beats)
Gotcha Covered
(Cover songs of public domain music I've enjoyed)
The Blue Gerbils
(My pet gerbil's page.)
SingtotheLORD
(Acoustic praise to the Lord)

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When I saw how much Naomi Watts looked like Faye Rae (the original Ann Darrow from King Kong, I said, 'Wow, so Faye Rae.' This is turn made me think of the tonic sol-fa. The rest is musical history.
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A song about summer. We have had a long succession of blue, blue skies in Kamloops this year. I find them exhilarating!
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Songs are like dreams: strange and inexplicable visitations.
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I think this verse contains the secret to a successful walk with God and a joyful lifel
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A song about my desire to get back to the One who really matters.
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A song about God. What is everyone else singing about? Oh yeah: things God made. Got it.
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Based on the passage in Ephesians concerning the full armour of God
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I guess I really like spring, because this is at least the sixth track I've done about the subject.
A SoundClick Top 20 song
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Uh, well, I thought the girl playing Anne Darrow in the 2005 King Kong was pretty much a ringer for Fay Wray. I thought, "She's so Fay Wray..." The song just went from there.
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I really love the change of seasons and was very much looking forward to spring this year. This song is about spring.
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Uh, well, I was thinking about how screwed up our world is and this sort of popped out.
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I was trying to fit between people in a very crowded room when this metaphor occurred to me. It sort of grew from there.
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A song I wrote for Christmas
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For a long time I've felt that doubt is the shadow of faith, for faith has real substance and therefore casts a shadow.
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A song about being sad in parting with someone you love.
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The Adam's River has one of the largest sockeye salmon runs in the world, maybe the largest, in fact. When the fish are running thick, as they will be this year, the sight is a remarkable.
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The infamous detention center which, as it contravenes the Geneva convention, is a disgrace to the USA. At the same time Canada's abandonment of Omar Kadr to this hideous institution is every bit as disgraceful.
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Title Song for my new Album.
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It's very tedious to describe a song. Listen...if a pictures worth a 1,000 words, music creates a 1,000 pictures, so how to describe?
A SoundClick Top 100 song
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I was thinking about the fact that no matter how screwed up life gets God can still help us
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The judgment of Christ from Pilate's perspective; he obviously was a weak man who didn't quite get it, but he knew Christ was innocent.
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I wrote this song for my Grade 12's, whom I took to Africa and have taught for 5 years - really nice kids, but a bit...you know, young and crazy! :-)
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A song about the difficulty in understanding our social and spiritual circumstances.
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This song just sort of emerged from my keyboard. It has a Gene Autry feel to the chorus. I liked it enough to record it.
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A song I wrote about how much I love snow. I know it's not really reggae, but it sounded African and I couldn't think of a better category. If someone has an inspiration, let me know.
A SoundClick Top 100 song
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The song is metaphorical, but it has a great groove, I think.
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A song about Cain and Abel
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Song was written for a contest at Soundclick and was inspired by one of the strangest novels I've ever read: All Hallows Eve by Charles Williams. It's a brilliant book.
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Our grey cat has been very sad in recent weeks since my wife got a new job. She used to baby him and hold him almost 24/7. Now, well, the poor guy's sort of lost!
A SoundClick Top 50 song
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I was thinking about the comuter, the TV our electronic mirrors - our vanity. There's more see the 'story behind the song.'
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A song about desire and fulfillment
A SoundClick Top 100 song
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A song about song writing, more or less...
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Thinking about my character defects.
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Just a song. I wrote it because I wanted to make music and didn't really have anything in mind at all.
A SoundClick Top 100 song
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It's about my wild-eyed grand daughter
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This is the first of my Grade 11 memory verses, but the 13th one I've recorded.
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This is the second of my class's 24 memory verses, the 14 of them I've recorded.
A SoundClick Top 100 song
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This is the third memory verse the kids need to learn. This one is verbatim 1 John 2:15-16 with some - er - commentary!
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This is a very profound verse and the fourth in my selection of Grade 11 memory verses.
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This is the fifth memory verse in my Grade 11 collection. It is NIV verbatim 1 Corinthians 15:58, with added commentary.
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This is the sixth of my Grade 11 memory verses. As usual, it is verbatim from the NIV, taken from Hebrews 12:3. The additional words are a paraphrase of verses 4-6
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This is the seventh of the 24 memory verses my Grade 11's memorize each year. As usual, it is taken word for word from the NIV, in this case from Mark 10:45.
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Song number 8 from my memory verse collection. This one is II Corinthians 4:5, from the NIV with added words by way of adornment.
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The ninth memory verse. As usual, from the NIV; this one is II Corinthians 9:6-7, with added comments.
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This is the 10th of 24 memory verses my Grade 11's study. This one is Proverb 3:9-10.
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This is the 11th memory verse on the Grade 11 course of study. This one is Matthew 28:19-20.
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This is the 12th memory verse in the list of 24, but the last one I recorded. It is Acts 1:8 and is taken word for word from the NIV. The middle eight is my added commentary.
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The 13th memory verse on the course, but the first I recorded. The chorus is a word for word version of John 13:34 as it is translated in the NIV. The verse is just my thoughts about it.
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This is 14th memory verse, but the second I put to music for my class. It's the NIV version of John 3:18. The middle eight is my own thought.
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Memory verse 15 of the set I put to music for my Grade 11 Bible class. This one is Philippians 2:3-4, word for word as it appears in the NIV. The verse is my own thought.
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Once again, this is a memory verse from my Grade 11 Bible class, the 16th in number, and in this case 1 Peter 5:5-6. It's a word for word rendition based on the NIV, with commentary in the refrain. Actually, it amounts to 2 refrains, I guess...
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Memory verse 17; this is a word for word of Ephesians 5:3 and it was VERY tough to put to music, frankly. I think it works, however.
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Once again, a memory verse, number 18 of 24. This one is 1 Peter 2:11.
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This is, yet again, a memory verse song. In this case two at once (19 & 20 on the list): Proverbs 12:22 & Leviticus 19:11.
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This is another one of my Grade 11's memory verses, the 21rst of 24, taken from the NIV Bible, Hebrews 11:6.
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This is another in my series of memory verse recordings for my Grade 11 Bible class, 22nd of 24 in the series. This one is Romans 4:20-21 from the NIV.
A SoundClick Top 100 song
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This is memory verse song 23, but the 11th in the order in which they were created. There will be only one more!
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This is the final memory verse in my Grade 11 course - the 24 - although it was the 13th one recorded.
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This song grew out of the bass-line and out of a desire to get back to singing about what really matters. It seemed like a good flagship song for my memory verse album, even though it is not a memory verse itself.
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I did a re-mix of Dave G's track. Here's Dave's link: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=726276
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A song about the past, the present and vision
A SoundClick Top 10 song
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A song about how hard hearted we are; we rely on cleverness rather than character. Kind of like cats...
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This was the title song for a Christmas play I wrote and produced with my high school drama class at Kamloops Christian School. The video version of the song is posted elsewhere on this page.
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Me being weird!
A SoundClick Top 100 song
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Another very odd track, sort of a mix between folk and spiritual...sort of.
A SoundClick Top 50 song
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Mother Theresa said, 'If you will kill your own children, what is left for your enemies to do?'
A SoundClick Top 50 song
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This is a song about trying to record this song. My computer kept freezing in the middle of the song. It was very sad...
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It's possible that my wife and I will have to live separately for half a year, depending on job situations. I was thinking about that.
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A song I wrote about depression when not depressed, since when depressed I can't write.
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A really unusual number. I don't know quite how to classify it, actually.
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A song about my song writing/recording style
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I found the movie to be hilarious and philosophical. I watched it repeatedly, which was - in essence - to share the experience.
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This was written about two friends who are having trouble keeping their marriage together.
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As the title implies, as song about the notion of political correctness, the growth of which I consider a crippling trend.
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MY RIPPED OUT PAGES - In the midst of all the confusion of the world, there's a quiet place to touch God. This song is about that fact.
A SoundClick Top 50 song
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MY RIPPED OUT PAGES - A tender ballad :D
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MY RIPPED OUT PAGES - Well, it's about the show, but about our value system actually.
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...a song about, one thing...and then another.
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MY RIPPED OUT PAGES - You know that it's very tedious trying to describe songs. Take a listen!
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MY RIPPED OUT PAGES - A song about life, or maybe the end of life.
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MY RIPPED OUT PAGES - A sort of odd pop number about arguing with myself.
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MY RIPPED OUT PAGES - I've been reading Ephesians chapter one recently. This song is based on one verse from that chapter.
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MY RIPPED OUT PAGES - I wrote this song for Christmas 2007
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MY RIPPED OUT PAGES - A song about pain
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MY RIPPED OUT PAGES - I was writing about writing and then the music kind of took over...
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MY RIPPED OUT PAGES - Some things are without limit and that is good; other things we think have no limit...that can be bad.
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MY RIPPED OUT PAGES - A song about changes of season, inside and out.
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MY RIPPED OUT PAGES - A song about looking back on what I and others used to be like
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MY RIPPED OUT PAGES - Well @ the current rate, we won't know what Israel.
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THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN - A song about heaven, from this side.
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THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN - A song about deception and beauty
A SoundClick Top 100 song
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THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN - A song about our human darkness
A SoundClick Top 50 song
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THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN - In the gospel of Mark, chapter 1, you can read of what Christ did when the sun was setting: he healed many.
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THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN - The news is the prophecy of madmen.
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THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN- A dumb but catchy song about waiting for the weekend
A SoundClick Top 100 song
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THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN - Joy
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THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN - A song of spiritual enquiry
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THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN - A song about a lost friendship
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