How Does a Lover Sing?

Next to the Last Song, Side B
NO COMPROMISE LP, by Keith Green

The next to the last song on the album is the only song not written by Keith or Melody Green. It is actually a cover of a song by Jamie Owens-Collins from the Jesus Movement era. But in Keith’s hands and heart, it captures a joy in the resurrection that few have equaled. Keith loved Jesus. He was an evangelist, yes. He was a musician, yes. He was passionate, yes. But most of all, Keith was a young man who had fallen in love with Jesus. He was a Jesus-lover and everything he did flowed from the intensity of his love for his Savior. The Victor, and the way Keith sung it, captures that love. 

The liner notes include one or two Scriptures that Keith wanted to introduce to the listeners heart. The verses serve as a kind of microscope to examine what was at the center of each song. For The Victor Keith included two verses;

“And God raise Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death,
since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.”         (Acts 2:24)
“And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written,
‘KING OF KINGS, LORD OF LORDS.'”               (Revelation 19:16)

The Victor

[Verse 1]
Swallowed into earth’s dark womb
And death has triumphed, that’s what they say
But tried to hold Him in the tomb
The Son of Life rose on the third day

[Pre-Chorus 1]
Just look
The gates of hell, they’re falling
Crumbling from the inside out
He’s bursting through the walls with laughter, ha!
Listen to the angels shout, listen

[Chorus]
It is finished
He has done it
Life conquered death
Jesus Christ
Has won it

[Verse 2]
His plan of battle, you know it
He fooled them all
They led Him off to prison to die
But as He entered Hades Hall
He broke those hellish chains with a cry

[Pre-Chorus 2]
Just listen to those demons screaming
See Him bruise the serpent’s head
The prisoners of Hell He’s redeeming, oh!
All the power of death is dead

[Chorus]
It is finished
He has done it
Life conquered death
Jesus Christ
Has won it

[Interlude]

[Pre-Chorus 1]
Just look
The gates of hell, they’re falling
Crumbling from the inside out
He’s bursting through the walls with laughter, ha!
Listen to the angels shout, listen

[Chorus]
It is finished
He has done it
Life conquered death
Jesus Christ
Has won it
It is finished
He has done it
Life conquered death
Jesus Christ
Has won it


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