Ray Crawford

Ray Crawford

BandCountryGospel

I no longer perform with a band, I am a stand alone artist, Although I love country music and it is in my soul, as an ordained minister, my first love is singing about the love of my Savior Jesus Christ.

Biography

I have a deep desire to create and perform music that sends a message to the listener. I do not perform for my own enjoyment, I do it to uplift others.

Lyrics

Butterfly Wings

Written By: raymond E. Crawford

Words and music by
Raymond E. Crawford
Copyright January 30, 2007

Verse 1
You gave the butterfly wings
Then you taught her to fly
Now you’re working on me
To myself I must die

Every part of my life
Into the depths of my soul
Your spirit is purging me
From things I can’t control

Chorus:
You must be born again
Like the little butterfly
From a worm she began
Now she rises in the sky

I thank you for your son
And I love to hear you say
My work in you is done,
You are born again this day

Verse 2
A caterpillar’s cocoon
Hides her uncomely form
But when the work is done
With beauty she is adorned

Lord you now have begun
Transformation within
Cleansing me from all sin
Causing new life to begin

Repeat chorus

I thank you for your son
And I love to hear you say
My work in you is done,
You are born again this day

Tag: You are born again this day

The Day He Returns

Written By: Raymnd E. Crawford

also see you
Music and Lyrics by Raymond E. Crawford
Copyright April 25, 2007

We’ll be caught up together to meet them in the air
Our Lord will return as God’s trumpets blare
He will appear in the heavens announced with a shout
Jesus is coming and there will be no doubt

Chorus:
On the day He returns, my Savior I will see
And with Him in the clouds will be my family
There’ll be my mother and father, many friends that I once knew
And I pray by God’s grace I shall also see you

Have you made Him your Savior? Have you drank from His cup?
Stumbled and fallen? Jesus can raise you up
Lift up your voice, and call on His name
Give Jesus your heart, your soul He will claim

Chorus:
On the day He returns, my Savior I will see
And with Him in the clouds will be my family
There’ll be my mother and father, many friends that I once knew
And I pray by God’s grace I shall also see you

When He then returns your Savior He will be
Your sins all forgiven you will be set free
You’ll be with your family with no debts to pay
You will all be singing on that glorious day

Chorus:
On the day He returns, my Savior I will see
And with Him in the clouds will be my family
There’ll be my mother and father, many friends that I once knew
And I pray by God’s grace I shall also see you

Tag:
And I pray by God’s grace I shall

Lord Here I Stand

Written By: Raymond E. Crawford

By Raymond Crawford
Copyright June 22, 2006

LORD HERE I STAND, HANDS LIFTED UP
SINGING PRAISES TO YOUR NAME
DEAR SON OF GOD, YOU’VE TOUCHED MY SOUL
YOUR PRESENCE FLOWS O’ER ME LIKE RAIN

SPIRIT OF GOD, PLEASE LIFT ME UP
INTO THE PLACE WHERE I BELONG
MAKE MY HEART PURE SO ALL WILL SEE
YOUR LIFE WITHIN MY SPEECH AND SONG.

CHORUS
LORD HERE I STAND I GIVE MY ALL TO YOU
I DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU WILL HAVE ME DO
YET HERE I STAND NO MATTER WHAT MAY COME
I’LL TRUST YOUR WORD UNTIL MY DAYS ARE DONE

I GIVE MY LIFE, MY HEART AND SOUL
I PLACE MY ALL WITHIN YOUR CARE
AND I SHALL WAIT TO HEAR YOUR VOICE
I YIELD MY WILL IN SILENT PRAYER

WHEN ALL IS STILL, YOU SPEAK TO ME
AND EVERY CARE JUST MELTS AWAY
THAT’S HOW I KNOW THAT YOU ARE REAL
THROUGH HUMBLE PRAYER YOU SHOW THE WAY
Repeat chorus

Tag:
I’LL TRUST YOUR WORD UNTIL MY DAYS ARE DONE

Mary's Little Lamb

Written By: Mary June Elizabeth and Raymond E. Crawford

Mary June Elizabeth
Sept 2006

Mary had a little Lamb, His fleece was white as snow

1st Verse
She carried Him beneath her heart; Mary bore Him in a stable.
Then she cared for this special child; it was her God who made her able.
This tiny boy, a gift from God, formed within Mary’s womb
Became a man, God’s only Son, too soon to rest within a tomb.

Chorus
Worthy is. (Yes worthy is) the Lamb that was slain,
Strength and honor, glory and praise to His name.
That little Lamb (Mary’s little Lamb) became our King,
Let all Creation, His praises sing.
Yes Worthy is, (Yes worthy is) the Lamb that was slain
He claimed His throne, now with God He reigns.
That little lamb (Mary’s little lamb) is now our King,
Let all creation His praises sing.

Jesus died upon a cross as His dear mother cried

2nd Verse
He looked up with trusting eyes, before the altar the lamb now stands
In response to his master’s voice, he had obeyed this last command
Just like the Lamb, Jesus had heard His Father’s voice it was His plan
To give His life upon the cross; the sacrifice for sinful man


Repeat Chorus

Tag:
Mary had a little Lamb, the perfect sacrifice

Just This Side Of Heaven

Written By: Raymond E. Crawford

Lyrics and Music by Raymond E. Crawford
Copyright March 18, 2006

Just this side of heaven there’s a place I sometimes go
There’s a guide who comes to take me and when it’s time, I never know
It seems I might be dreaming for I know it is late at night
He takes my hand and says it’s time lifts me up and we take flight

This time it’s very different & there are no words to describe
When the doors to heaven open and I’m allowed to look inside
Through the door, dare I venture I am humbled by the view
There are angels all around me and more peace than I ever knew

First Chorus:
God’s glory fills all of heaven by this sight I am overcome
I fall on my knees before Him; He is god’s first begotten son
His eyes search through my memories all I’ve done is written there
He paused at that blessed day I placed my soul in his care

I’ve gone through his judgment every thought and deed revealed
By my works I’ve not been sentenced by his blood my fate repealed
I thank god for his mercy and I praise him for his grace
The son of god has saved me without fear, I behold his face

Last Chorus:
God’s glory filled all of heaven by that sight I was overcome
I fell on my knees before Him; He is God’s first begotten son
His eyes searched through my memories all I’d done was written there
He paused at that blessed day I placed my soul in his care

Tag: Yes, I was blessed on that day
I placed my soul in His care.

He Didn't PUll His Hand Away

Written By: Mary June Elizabeth and Raymond E. Crawford

by Mary June Elizabeth and Raymond Crawford
Copyright February 25, 2006

Phil. 2: 8. And being found in appearance as a man,
He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death,
even the death of the cross.

HE LOVED, HE TAUGHT, HE HEALED, HE FED THE MULTITUDES AT HAND,
BUT THEY TURNED ON HIM AS THE SCRIPTURES SAID, IN AN ANGRY HOSTILE BAND
THEY HEARD HIM CRY FORGIVE THEM ALL “THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO”
AND THE BLOOD THAT TRICKLED DOWN THE CROSS
CLEANSED OUR SIN AND SOULS RENEWED

BEFORE THEY STOOD THE CROSS UPRIGHT, IT LAID UPON THE GROUND,
HIS BODY PLACED WITH ARMS OUTSTRETCHED AND ON HIS HEAD A SHAMEFUL CROWN
THEY HELD HIS HAND AGAINST THE WOOD, THE HEAVY HAMMER LIFTED HIGH
THE RUSTY NAIL HELD IN PLACE, YET FROM HIS LIPS THERE CAME NO CRY

CHORUS
HE DIDN’T PULL HIS HAND AWAY WHEN THEY NAILED IT TO THE CROSS
HE LAID HIS TORTURED BODY DOWN AND COUNTED IT ALL LOSS
THEN THE HEAVENS DARKENED, THE THUNDER ROLLED
AND THE EARTH SHOOK WHERE THEY STOOD
AND THE LORD HUNG IN THE DARKNESS THERE
ON A COMMON CROSS OF WOOD

SUSPENDED IN THE LATE OF DAY HIS LIFELESS BODY HUNG
AND FEW COULD COMPREHEND THE FACT THAT THE GATES OF HELL WERE SPRUNG
WE NOW CAN LIVE ETERNALLY IT COST THAT MAN HIS LIFE
THE SON OF GOD HAD DIED THAT DAY DELIVERING US FROM STRIFE

Repeat chorus

TAG: AND THE LORD HUNG IN THE DARKNESS THERE
ON A COMMON CROSS OF WOOD

HE DIDN’T PULL HIS HAND AWAY

Discography

samples of my two albums that are self produced are available on raycrawford.net. I have one gospel and one country album on display.

Set List

Most of my performances are given to Care facilities for the eldery. Each set is approx. 45 minutes long I have 10 country, 10 pop, 10 gospel sets and one set for each major holiday, all created in karaoke style to encourage audience participation