Not Holy Just Yet #12 3:52
words and music by Mitch McVicker
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Well, he'd always been a traveler and a seeker of something better. 
Still nothing ever happened to push his hopes up that high. 
But still his heart kept looking for the love he knew was missing. 
And after years on end of searching he assumed he must be blind. 

His steps were getting harder and the air was growing dusty. 
And the clouds were movin' farther and farther the other way. 
But he kept staring into the sky and asking for a blessing. 
And he would pray whenever it came to mind and he could muster up some faith. 

And the folks he knew would talk about just how the spirit moved. 
So he figured he was standing out somewhere beyond the truth. 
But they could never have given him nothin' he hadn't always had deep inside. 
And a lot that now seems darkened will one day come into sight. 

Just a little glimpse of heaven is the one thing he hoped he'd get. 
And he'd be patient, he wasn't holy just yet. 

It was said that he was stumbling and barely hanging on by a thread. 
And they were sure the day was coming when he would finally fall. 
But he was no longer afraid of slippin'. He was sure he'd already tumbled. 
He was just looking for some forgiveness and a place among them all. 

They told him one day he too could hope to stand among the wise. 
He forced a smile but he knew he was growing tired of tryin'. 
But they could never have given him nothin' he hadn't always had deep inside. 
And a lot that now seems darkened will one day come into sight. 

Just a little glimpse of heaven is the one thing he hoped he'd get. 
So he'd keep waiting, he wasn't holy just yet. 

Just a little glimpse of heaven is the one thing he hoped he'd get. 
And he'd be faithful, he was not holy just yet. 

Mitch: Not Holy Just Yet  was a real similar character I had written about before.  It actually was the first time I had stumbled onto that character.  That was prior to The Lemonade Song and way prior to Stargazer.  I wrote that in Ireland when I was over there with Rich doing some concerts in the summer of 96.  That song was the first song of mine that Rich ever let me play in concerts.  I finished it over there, and he goes wow you should play that tonight. Actually I don't even know if he said it like that, I think it just ended up on the set list.  So when I saw it there I went wow, ok I'll do it.  It was at a festival over there, and they really liked it.

So I've always been hanging onto the song, knowing it was going to be recorded at some point and just wondering when that was going to be.  I do have a lot of attachment to it simply because it's the first song of mine Rich let me do.  It's just about a guy who was pressing on, though he didn't have a lot of outward motivation to do so.  Even though life got hard, he was hanging onto something he didn't quite understand but something that he knew was there and was hanging onto, love.  The love of Jesus is basically beyond our understanding anyway.  Trusting to be pulled through this life.  Not through his own gumption or doing, but because of grace.  That was my first attempt at that whole idea.

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