Don Francisco: He's Alive

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Lyrics

He's Alive won Don Francisco the 1980 Dove Award for Song of the Year and for Songwriter of the Year.
The gates and doors were barred, and all the windows fastened down
I spent the night in sleeplessness and rose at every sound
Half in hopeless sorrow and half in fear the day
Would find the soldiers breaking through to drag us all away

Then just before the sunrise I heard something at the wall
The gate began to rattle and a voice began to call
I hurried to the window and looked down into the street
Expecting swords and torches and the sound of soldiers' feet

There was no one there but Mary, so I went down to let her in
John stood there beside me as she told us were she'd been
She said they've moved Him in the night and none of us knows where
The stone's been rolled away, and now His body isn't there

We both ran toward the garden, then John ran on ahead
We found the stone and the empty tomb just the way that Mary said
But the winding sheet they wrapped Him in was just an empty shell
And how or where they'd taken Him was more than I could tell

Well, something strange had happened there, but just what, I did not know
John believed a miracle, but I just turned to go
Circumstance and speculation couldn't lift me very high
'Cause I'd seen them crucify Him, and then I saw Him die

Back inside the house again, the guilt and anguish came
Everything I'd promised Him just added to my shame
When last it came to choices, I denied I knew His name
Even If He was alive, it wouldn't be the same

But suddenly the air was filled with a strange and sweet perfume
Light that came from everywhere drove shadows from the room
Jesus stood before me with His arms held open wide
And I fell down on my knees and just clung to Him and cried

He raised me to my feet and as I looked into His eyes
Love was shining out from Him like sunlight from the skies
Guilt and my confusion disappeared in sweet release
And every fear I'd ever had just melted into peace

He's alive
He's alive
He's alive and I'm forgiven
Heaven's gates are open wide

He's alive
He's alive
He's alive and I'm forgiven
Heaven's gates are open wide

He's alive
He's alive
He's alive and I'm forgiven
Heaven's gates are open wide

He's alive
He's alive
He's alive!

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