Charlottesville — music by Jerry and Petie Hebenstreit

Jerry Hebenstreit of Virginia has sent on this powerful song reflecting on the experiences of violence and racism in Charlottesville.He sent on to me but I failed to be able to post the sheet music and a mp3 which gives a whole sense of the music. I’ve got the guitar lead sheet below. Email him directly or send me a comment with your email and I will let him know that you would like it.

Charlottesville
Jerry and Petie Hebenstreit

1. Marching with their torches, swinging clubs and chanting rage,
Just like a rabid witch hunt mob from some barbaric age
We stare in pain and sorrow at their ignorance and fear.
We wonder in our innocence how this could happen here.

Our souls rise up in fury at their prejudice and hate,
As they assault the very things that make our people great.
But in our deep revulsion, our desire to condemn,

Refrain: So don’t let your anger douse the fires of God’s love. Don’t
Don’t think that you’re an instrument of judgment from above.
Don’t let the dark avenging hawk replace the peaceful dove.
Don’t let your rage and anger douse the fires of God’s love.

2. We followers of Jesus cannot stand aloof, apart.
But meeting hate with hatred just inflames an angry heart.
We must not take as weapon the bitter chastening rod; in-
instead take up as armor the relentless love of God.

We know we’re called to love them all, not just the ones we like
To offer them God’s healing touch even if they strike
We heap the coals of love up high until we wear them down,
And pray God’s tender mercy can turn their hearts around.

Refrain twice

                            

                    Charlottesville – 2017
(Lead sheet)
Jerry and Petie Hebenstreit

Am / F / G / / / Am / F / G / / /

Am F C G
1. Marching with their torches, swinging clubs and chanting rage, just
Am F G C
like a rabid witch hunt mob from some barbaric age, we
Am F C G
stare in pain and sorrow at their ignorance and fear. We
Am F G C
wonder in our innocence how this could happen here.
Am / F / G / / /
Our

Am F C G
souls rise up in fury at their prejudice and hate, as
Am F G C
they assault the very things that make our people great. But
Am F C G
in our deep revulsion, our desire to condemn, we
Am F G C
must step back and realize we cannot act like them.
Am / F / G / / /
So

F C G C
Refrain: don’t let your anger douse the fires of God’s love. Don’t
F C G C
think that you’re an instrument of judgment from above. Don’t
Am F C G
let the dark avenging hawk replace the peaceful dove. Don’t
Am F G C
let your rage and anger douse the fires of God’s love.
Am / F / G / / /
We

Am F C G
2. followers of Jesus cannot stand aloof, apart. But
Am F G C
meeting hate with hatred just inflames an angry heart. We
Am F C G
must not take as weapon the bitter chastening rod; in-
Am F G C
stead take up as armor the relentless love of God.
Am / F / G / / /
We

Am F C G
know we’re called to love them all, not just the ones we like, to
Am F G C
offer them God’s healing touch even if they strike. We’ll
Am F C G
heap the coals of love up high until we wear them down, and
Am F G C
pray God’s tender mercy can turn their hearts around.
Am / F / G / / /
Just

F C G C
Refrain: don’t let your anger douse the fires of God’s love. Don’t
F C G C
think that you’re an instrument of judgment from above. Don’t
Am F C G
let the dark avenging hawk replace the peaceful dove. Don’t
Am F G C
let your rage and anger douse the fires of God’s love. Please F C G C
don’t let your anger douse the fires of God’s love. Don’t
F C G C
think that you’re an instrument of judgment from above. Don’t
Am F C G
let the dark avenging hawk replace the peaceful dove. Don’t
Am F G C
let your rage and anger douse the fires of God’s love.
Am / F / G / / /
Am / F / G / / / Am (V position)

 

Feel free to use this song as you will, subject to two conditions: 1) do NOT remove the composer attribution or the copyright notice, and 2) do NOT use this song for profit without our approval. We are not giving up our rights to the song, but are making it freely available for most uses. If you do use the song, we’d love to know about it. Send us an email at hebens4ucp@comcast.net.

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