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House of Bread
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Lynn Maudlin
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Sun Apr 25, 2010
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Elimelech opens "House of Bread" with this song and provides the setting: Bethlehem is in famine and he must take his wife and two sons to Moab in order to survive. More information on House of Bread and the short four chapter book of Ruth.
Lyrics
This is the house of bread, but we’re starving now.
A wife and two hungry kids, will you tell me how am I to provide?
In this famine – with nothing to plow but rocks

I’ve got this piece of land here in Bethlehem
I’d leave it to my sons but they must grow to men to inherit –
They’ve got to survive – and there’s nothing to plow but rocks.

Big rocks, small rocks
Great huge stones
Hot wind, dry wind
Call this home – we gotta go

This is the house of bread, but it ain’t no more
God has withheld the rain and we’ve consumed the storehouse of seed –
There’s nothing to eat and nothing to plant and nothing to plow – but

Big rocks, small rocks
Great huge stones
Big rocks, small rocks
Great huge stones
Pack up, ship out
Leave your home – leave your home