The original had a blasé, excessively Catholic tone that I had to somehow undercut. No lyrics provided by Laas -- it was remarkable to discover how well his phrasing matches Christ's sermon on the mount. I feel confident those were the words intended for this setting, albeit without my doubting Thomas lines.
-Gv

Shall not by bread alone 
But by the word of God 
Live true and righteously 
Live everlastingly 

Blessèd are the poor in sprit 
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven 
Blessèd are the hungering for 
Righteousness, their reward 

Shall not by bread alone 
But by the word of God 
Live true and righteously 
Live everlastingly 

Blessèd are the merciful ones 
For they shall obtain their due mercy 
Blessèd are the pure-hearted ones 
Clear to them, mystery 

Shall not by bread alone 
But by the word of God 
Live true and righteously 
Live everlastingly 

Blessèd are laborers at peace 
Children of God known through the ages 
Blessèd are they mourning the lost 
They shall have reunion 

Why can I not believe? 
Why can I not believe? 
Why can I not believe? 
Why can I not believe? 

Blesséd are the poor in spirit 
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven 
That He raises up the meekest 

I would like to believe.

 

 

Written by Haden Laas (1899-1918). Arranged and recorded by Grant Valdes. Recorded October 2014.
Guitar, voice & percussion - Grant Valdes. Trombone - Karl Lyden.
Painting: "The Hudson River from Hoboken" by Robert Walter Weir.