The Classic City Collective

The Classic City Collective

 Athens, Georgia, USA
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Based out of Classic City Community Church in Athens, GA, they are redefining congregational worship music in a church ministering to one of the most competent music cities in the country. They brazenly counter the conventional wisdom that congregational music must be simplified and predictable.

Biography

It’s 11:30pm, hour 3 of a 6 ½ hour drive. Through the slow rhythmic march of the passing street lights my mind wonders into the arms of my Heavenly Father. In that ocean of ultimate contemplative peace plays a sound track – The Classic City Collective’s “Leave Your Guns with the Usher.” This record is an invitation to set aside our human tools of security and significance to sit empty-handed at the Father’s feet as He sings His love over us.

TCCC’s sound is difficult to classify – it sounds like Glen Hansard, Modest Mouse, and Hillsong recorded a record in Michael Gungor’s basement studio.

In 2008, Paul Reeves came to Athens, GA (the classic city) to become the music pastor for Classic City Community Church. At the time, it consisted of about 20 people in the pastor's basement for Sunday night bible studies. Shortly after, they began weekly services at a local elementary school cafeteria. Before long, over eight hundred of community folk and students were attending weekly services, and they quickly outgrew the cafeteria. Local musicians began to approach Paul about joining the worship team, and one by one, The Classic City Collective began. TCCC is a true “collective” –very different artists brought together by a common desire - to praise their God in new and creative ways.

They are best friends - together most everyday either listening to records, playing cards, cooking, playing with Paul's kids, or writing, recording, and playing music. This album is a compilation of what has happened while doing life together over the last few years.

They are one of the few Christian bands in Athens able to draw a secular crowd proving that innovation and excellence are universally embraced.

Lyrics

Darkness Turns Around

Written By: Thomas Paul Reeves (BMI)

Darkness Turns Around
The Classic City Collective
© 2011 SongsandCrowns
www.songsandcrowns.com

v. 1
Like a snake, like a liar, like a thief
Eyes burning like a midnight ember
Lick your lips as you wait for me
But I don’t come alone remember

Chorus
My God is a God of power - my God will not back down
My God is the God of light
Darkness comes, then darkness turns around

v. 2
You can wait ‘til my strength is gone
Even then my God will save me
Watch the night break into dawn
You disappear as I rest here safely

Chorus
My God is a God of power - my God will not back down
My God is the God of light
Darkness comes, then darkness turns around

Interlude

Bridge
Look at you lookin’ up at me
Like a dog you whimper – tail tucked
Fell in your own trap now you’re stuck
Let the buzzards eat good ‘til they’re stuffed

Chorus
My God is a God of power - my God will not back down
My God is the God of light
Darkness comes, then darkness turns around
My God is a God of power - my God will not back down
My God is the God of light
Darkness comes, then darkness turns around

Tag
(you can wait ‘til my strength is gone)
(watch the night break)
(you disappear as I rest here)

God On High

Written By: Thomas Paul Reeves (BMI)

God On High
The Classic City Collective
© 2011 SongsandCrowns
www.songsandcrowns.com

v. 1
Let my heart be tender
Let my ears be tuned to hear Your voice
Let my eyes behold You
In Your glory may my soul rejoice

Chorus
You are God on high
You’re my hope forevermore
You have overcome
You’re my King my heart is Yours

v. 2
I was made to know You
You have made me for Yourself alone
And Your heart beats for me
With a love that only Fathers know

Chorus 2x
You are God on high
You’re my hope forevermore
You have overcome
You’re my King my heart is Yours
You are God on high
You’re my hope forevermore
You have overcome
You’re my King my heart is Yours

v. 3
Come and dwell among us
May our hearts be ever cloaked in grace
Shine Your light upon us
That You love be seen upon our face

Chorus 2x
You are God on high
You’re my hope forevermore
You have overcome
You’re my King my heart is Yours
You are God on high
You’re my hope forevermore
You have overcome
You’re my King my heart is Yours
You’re my King my heart is Yours

Love's Left Standing

Written By: Thomas Paul Reeves (BMI)

Love’s Left Standing
The Classic City Collective
© 2011 SongsandCrowns

v. 1
It was there before the sun
And it will be when all is done
When your faith is on the run
And you heart is hardly holding on
It’s the whisper in your ear, it’s the peace that calms the fear
It’s the ice that cools the heat - the flame you feel but you can’t see

Chorus
And we fall (we fall)
We all fall down and love’s left standing tall
And I am on my knees again
And then You call (you call)
We hear Your voice and suddenly I‘m new again - covered in Your love
And love’s left standing

v. 2
It’s the light you can’t turn off
It’s the ear that hears the knock
It’s the wedge that breaks the lock
I’m just the match but You’re the spark
The old’s been stripped away – love stepped up and took its place
Gave me a reason to kneel before the Throne of Grace

Chorus
So we fall (we fall)
We all fall down and love’s left standing tall
And I am on my knees again
And then You call (You call)
We hear Your voice and suddenly I‘m new again - covered in Your love
And love’s left standing

Bridge
Castles in the sand – watch them fade away
Try as best they can – fall victim to waves
But once those walls come down
I won’t feel the weight

Chorus #2
So let ‘em fall (they all fall)
They all fall down and love’s left standing tall
And I am on my knees again
Oh, they fall (they fall)
They all fall down and love’s left standing tall
And I am on my knees again
And then you call (you call)
We hear your voice and suddenly I‘m new again - covered in Your love
Oh I’m new again - covered in Your love
Oh I’m new again - covered in Your love

Tag
And love’s left standing
In the end, in the end love’s left
Oh, in the end, in the end love’s left

No Greater Love

Written By: Thomas Paul Reeves (BMI)

No Greater Love
The Classic City Collective
© 2011 SongsandCrowns

v. 1
I had no hope
No way to get back to You
My sin was fatal
You felt the weight
So You stepped down, removed Your crown and put my sin on You
So I could stand before you clean, anew

Chorus
No greater love has anyone been given
No greater love than this
You took our place
Jesus, You love us
And now Your grace is lavished upon us
There’s no greater love

v. 2
You look on me
As one restored to glory
No longer broken
I’m made complete
And now I stand with empty hands that once held my shame
You have taken every sin away

Chorus
No greater love has anyone been given
No greater love than this
You took our place
Jesus, You love us
And now Your grace is lavished upon us
There’s no greater love

Bridge
Your Son gave up his life
Your wrath was satisfied
Darkness was turned to light
Once dead now I’m alive
Oh, I’m alive

Chorus
No greater love has anyone been given
No greater love than this
No greater love has anyone been given
No greater love than this
You took our place
Jesus, You love us
And now Your grace is lavished upon us
You took our place
Jesus you love us
There’s no greater love
No greater love

Set My Mind On Truth

Written By: Thomas Paul Reeves (BMI)

Set My Mind On Truth
The Classic City Collective
© 2011 SongsandCrowns

v. 1
Whatever is pure, whatever is right
Whatever is noble whatever brings light
Whatever grows love that’s what I’ll seek
Whatever is excellent on this let me think

Chorus
As for the rest, push them far from me
Replace them all with you – set my mind on truth

v. 2
Whatever brings hope whatever brings peace
Whatever is lovely is covering me
Whatever is perfect whatever is true
If anything’s good it must come from You

Chorus
As for the rest push them far from me
Replace them all with you – set my mind on truth

Bridge
Oh Lord guard my heart guard my mind make me new
Let not a thought pass on by unless it comes from You

Interlude

Chorus #2
As for the rest push them far from me
Replace them all with You – set my mind on truth
Push it all away - pull me close to You
Set my mind on truth
Set my mind on truth
Set my mind on truth

You've Had What You Need

Written By: Thomas Paul Reeves (BMI)

You’ve Had What You Need
The Classic City Collective
© 2011 SongsandCrowns

v. 1
I see who you are
I see through your scars
Through the pain and the night
Through darkness and light I see you

v. 2
You’ve turned a blind eye
You’ve shaded your sight
Lost and afraid
You can’t see the way I see you

Chorus
Have you heard the songs I sing over you?
Have you seen the dance I dance for you?
Sit and wait for My joy has made you strong
You’ve had what you need all along.

v. 3
You soul is yearning
Your heart returning
For refuge and peace
When you down on your knees I see you

Chorus
Have you heard the songs I sing over you?
Have you seen My dance I dance for you?
Sit and wait for My joy has made you strong
You’ve had what you need all along.
You’ve had what you need all along.

Interlude

Tag
Can you hear Me calling, calling?
Can you hear Me calling, calling?
Can you hear Me calling, calling you?
Can you hear Me calling, calling you?

In The Arms Of God

Written By: Thomas Paul Reeves (BMI)

In the Arms of God
The Classic City Collective
© 2011 SongsandCrowns

Verse 1:
My God will not forsake me, this I know is true
He’s my strength and my salvation, my heart has been renewed
Surely as the setting sun, the battle’s fought and He has won, now I’m free

Verse 2: (Kick/tambo)
My God will not forsake me, I will rest in peace
In the shelter of His wings, He will comfort me
Surely as the sun will rise, a father hears a child’s cry, He hears me

Chorus:
He’s my shade and He’s my light
I will not run and I will not hide, I’m in the arms of God

Verse 3:
My God will not forsake me, He’s my sword and shield
And If my God is right beside me, whom then shall I fear
Surely as I’m standing here, I know God is ever near, He’s here with me

Chorus:
He’s my shade, He’s my light
I will not run, I will not hide, I’m in the arms of God

Verse 4:
My God will not forsake me, I will not be afraid
I will not fear the price of sin, I know my debt is paid
Just as sure as all men die, in the cross I’m made alive, He saved me

Chorus:
He’s my shade, He’s my light
I will not run, I will not hide, I’m in the arms of God

Bridge:
At the name of Jesus Christ evil runs and hides (3x)

Chorus 3x:
He’s my shade, He’s my light
I will not run, I will not hide, I’m in the arms of God

My Offering

Written By: Thomas Paul Reeves (BMI)

My Offering
The Classic City Collective
© 2011 SongsandCrowns

Verse 1:
These are your hands, these are your feet
These are your eyes, teach them to see
This is your heart, it's been set free
By the blood that was spilled, I've been washed clean

Chorus:
Fill me with You til I'm empty of me
Then let me be You to those in need
Pour out your grace, let all who thirst drink
This is Your life, it’s my offering

Verse 2:
These are your hands, these are your feet
I am Your child, You are my King
This is your mouth, help me to speak
Words that bring truth, words that bring peace

Chorus:

Bridge:
I have nothing good
I have nothing good apart from You
I have nothing good

Chorus 2x:

A Mind at Perfect Peace

Written By: Thomas Paul Reeves (BMI)

A Mind at Perfect Peace with God
The Classic City Collective
© 2011 SongsandCrowns

Verse 1:
A mind at perfect peace with God?
O what a word is this
A sinner reconciled through blood
This indeed is peace

Verse 2:
So nigh, so very nigh to God
I can not nearer be
For in the person of His Son?
I am as near as He
I am as near as He

Chorus:
Nothing can separate us
There’s nothing to be afraid of
Nothing can separate us
There’s nothing to be ashamed of

Verse 3:
So dear, so very dear to God, More dear I cannot be
The love wherewith He loves the Son
Such is His love for me, such is His love for me

Chorus 2x:

Bridge:
Let me rest in You alone (3x)

Chorus 2x:

Bridge:

At Your Feet

Written By: Thomas Paul Reeves (BMI)

At Your Feet
The Classic City Collective
© 2011 SongsandCrowns

Verse 1:
You are my hope
You are my strength
In You I find rest
You are my peace

Chorus:
So I will sit still, sit and your feet
Now my will, is given up gladly
For I know that I’m Yours, I know that I’m Yours
In Your presence, I’ll sit at Your feet

Verse 2:
You are my shield
You walk by my side
You rescued my heart
In You I’ve found life

Chorus:

Bridge:
I find Your heart in the secret place, and in Your beauty I will stay
Stress and fear are stripped away, but You remain (repeat)

Chorus:

Outro (All Rejoice):
All rejoice now
All rejoice now
All rejoice

Discography

Leave Your Guns With The Usher
-In The Arms Of God
-No Greater Love
-God On High
-A Mind At Perfect Peace
-Darkness Turns Around
-Set My Mind On Truth
-At Your Feet
-All Rejoice
-My Offering
-Love's Left Standing
-Great Is Thy Faithfulness
-You've Had What You Need

Set List

30 originals, Christian and secular covers