He’s Alive! An Easter Ballad

Easter morning!  Resurrection morning!  GOOD morning!  He’s alive!

Merriam Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary defines a  ballad as a narrative composition in rhythmic verse suitable for singing.

Don Fransisco wrote an Easter ballad called “He’s Alive!” I first heard this song when I was a teenager and since then I wake up on Easter morning every year and this song just automatically replays in my heart and mind.  Don Fransisco is a master storyteller in song.  The lyrics and You Tube are below.

Have a blessed Easter.

HE’S ALIVE!

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 breakin’ through
To drag us all away

And 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
Looked down into the street
Expecting swords and torches
And the sound of soldiers’ feet

But there was no one there but Mary
So I went down to let her in
John stood there beside me
As she told me where she’d been
She said they might have 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 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

Oh something strange had happened there
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
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 at last it came to choices
I denied I knew His name
And 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 the shadows from the room
And Jesus stood before me
With his arms held open wide
And I fell down on my knees
And I just clung to Him and cried

Then He raised me to my feet
And as I looked into His eyes
The love was shining out from Him
Like sunlight from the skies
Guilt in my confusion
Dissappeared in sweet release
And every fear I’d ever had
Just melted into peace

He’s alive yes He’s alive
Yes He’s alive and I’m forgiven
Heaven’s gates are open wide
He’s alive yes He’s alive
Oh He’s alive and I’m forgiven
Heaven’s gates are open wide
He’s alive yes He’s alive
Hallelujah 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

Watch/listen to the You Tube here!

 

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About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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4 Responses to He’s Alive! An Easter Ballad

  1. Larry Who says:

    One of my favorite songs.

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  2. David says:

    This is also one of my favorites. I remember when it first came out. It, Adam, Where Are You?, and I’ve Got to Tell Somebody are all outstanding ballads. There are few that I’ve heard that can match them for the impact they can have on the listener.

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  3. Did Don Fransisco write/sing both of those ballads as well, David? I vaguely remember “Adam Where Are You?”

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