There's a Chair

by Rick Paul

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Al Lowry and Rick Paul played in the worship band at The Gate in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. One Sunday morning in early 2010, the pastor, David Habib Bardowell, was preaching a sermon and used a graphic example of three chairs. There was a small chair for a child, a middle-sized one for a teen, and a full-sized one for an adult. Pastor Bardowell indicated the empty chairs were meant to be filled -- i.e. God wouldn't provide the church with extra chairs. During the second service that morning, Al handed Rick a quick draft lyric he'd written, inspired by this sermon, saying, "you write the music." A few weeks later, Rick took Al's lyric as a starting point and began writing what eventually became this song.

The song unfolds as a sequence of scenes. The first two scenes depict common scenarios that lead non-churchgoers to seek out a church, such as being disillusioned with the ways of the modern world or feeling alone in the world. The third scene continues with feeling at home in a local church, be it singing songs of worship or praying silently. The final scene progresses to evangelism in the form of leading others who may have similar needs to a church home.

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There's a Chair
words and music by Al Lowry and Rick Paul

When the ways of the world weigh on your soul
And this life seems hard to bear
There's a place that's set aside for you
There's a chair

When you feel like you're all alone in this world
And it seems like no one cares
When you want to reach out to find a friend
There's a chair

There's a place for you and a hug or two
Come in and claim your seat
There are no strangers in this house
Just friends you've yet to meet

When you want to sing out and praise God's name
Or say a silent prayer
You can join us and be in God's presence
There's a chair

There's a place for you and a hug or two
Come in and claim your seat
There are no strangers in this house
Just friends you've yet to meet

When you see someone who needs reaching out to
It might be most anywhere
Will you be the one to point to where
There's a chair

Will you join us and be in God's presence
There's a chair

© 2010 Alan J. Lowry (BMI)/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved

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released August 1, 2010
Words and music by Al Lowry and Rick Paul.

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Rick Paul Laguna Hills, California

Rick Paul's songs combine memorable pop/rock and country melodies with mature, often thought provoking, lyrics on life and love. His singing has drawn comparisons to Dan Hill, Randy Newman, and Neil Young, while his piano playing is most frequently compared to Rick’s biggest musical influence, Elton John. Rick performs frequently in Orange County, California. ... more

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