The harvest has begun

by Joe King

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Released in 1997, this album continued to bring Joe’s music to a wider audience both in the UK and overseas.

Reviews
CROSS RHYTHMS MAGAZINE:
Joe is such a great writer … There is so much good music here … These songs are a dose of reality which act as a healing balm a powerful recording from one of Britain’s great underrated songwriting talents. Courtesy of Mike Rimmer

NEW CHRISTIAN HERALD:
…this man’s writing talents shouldn’t be underrated. …a fine batch of gentle, tender ballads and elsewhere there are full-blown rock treatments … and the boys from ‘Iona’ certainly make for some great backing. Ultimately though it’s the songs that count. Courtesy of Peter Dilley

JOY MAGAZINE:
Joe King … a singer/songwriter of considerable talent. His songs are mostly quite intense and deeply personal but always positive … of excellent quality … excellent recording and arranging … an album you’ll find helpful during difficult times in particular.

KINGSWAY’S WORSHIP CONNECTION:
There is no doubt Joe’s ministry in song will continue to change many lives … contemporary praise and worship from the powerful ‘When Jesus Comes Again’ to the intimate ‘Father’.

When you receive an album produced by UK’s Chris Eaton you know you’re handling something special. As well as writing and recording several solo albums, Chris has penned songs for the likes of Amy Grant and Cliff Richard, as well as masterfully producing five out of six of Ian White’s gorgeous Psalms offerings plus a host of other ventures besides. Joe King is a singer/songsmith from North England with a previous solo album, ‘Next to You’ to his name. Here he offers a collection of his own tunes, most fitting into the pop/inspirational category, though there are some wonderful hints of rock-guitar here and there, courtesy of one Morph! Joe’s warm and passionate voice works well as he encourages the listener in his/her Christian walk with songs like the Celtic-inspired ‘Stand your ground’ and ‘Thief in the night’. More intimate moments surface again and again with the likes of ‘Until our hearts beat as one’ and the delicate ‘I still believe in You’. Indeed these reflective occasions see Joe at his best; open, sensitive and full of encouragement. Other notable musicians appearing include the ubiquitous(!) Teryl Bryant on drums and Mike Horton with his sax touch (hear his gorgeous accompaniment to ‘Don’t give up the fight’). As well as this we have Rob Maxwell’s fine violin strokes providing opening elegance to the flowing story-in-song ‘Justin Brown’.

The album closes with a fitting upbeat song of praise ‘Jesus, You are Mighty’ containing an infectious country feel. “The Harvest Has Begun” is a worthy follow-up to Joe’s previous output and indeed an album to be proud of.

Review by Tom Lennie
You know when Joe King writes a song, that it’s something very personal that he wants to share. After the success of his previous release “Next To You”, and the theme of God putting strength into all through difficulties, this one is long awaited. With Chris Eaton at the helm of the controls, the result is a more polished affair yet with nothing taken away from Joe’s intimate gifts. Beginning with the catchy “When Jesus Comes Again” and continuing with the title track, you hear the professional touch of Mr Eaton adding a certain something to what could have been ordinary songs. The acoustic “Until Our Heart Beats…” is a poignant number of great value and “Father”‘s lucidity is just sheer honesty. Pipes, whistles, and more, get you jigging to “Stand Your Ground”, and the effective drums on “Let My Power” give Joe’s writing yet another angle. Overall, it’s a good album, but I’ve a deep feeling that the next will be even better. 9/10.
(March 1998)

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released December 1, 1998

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Joe King Leeds, UK

Joe is an experienced singer-songwriter, musician, worship leader and speaker. Having begun his music career in the 1980s, he has produced five studio albums which have been sold all around the world. In 2012, Joe is writing and recording material for a new album. Visit his website and sign up for his newsletter for all the latest information on his exciting new projects. www.joekinguk.com ... more

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Track Name: When Jesus comes again
WHEN JESUS COMES AGAIN

Long as the rivers run free and the grass grows green
You’ve time to turn ‘til the sun comes to reign
Tears will flow, there’ll be both joy and sorrow
On that day when Jesus comes again

Now is the time for tomorrow is but a promise
Now is the time, who knows how long remains
You’re gonna find there’ll be no more tomorrows
On that day when Jesus comes again

When Jesus comes again
When Jesus comes again
When Jesus comes again

Time’s running out for the days they are growing shorter
Time’s running out and weak burns the flame
You best look out there’ll be no more tomorrows
On that day when Jesus comes again

When Jesus comes again …

One of these days he will come and he‘ll take us away
One of these days he will come and he‘ll take us away
One of these days he will come and he‘ll take us away
One of these days he will come and he‘ll take us away

When Jesus comes again …
Track Name: The harvest has begun
THE HARVEST HAS BEGUN

Standing at the drugstore in the darkness of the sun
Old Mr. Moses told me that my chance would soon be gone
The harvest has begun
The harvest has begun

Going nowhere quickly, my mind was growing numb
Pointed in the wrong direction ‘til I turned and faced the sun
The harvest has begun
The harvest has begun

Then heaven opened wide
And I thought I saw inside
Stars that ceased to shine
Seasons falling out of line
Then I stood beside
Three black crosses on a hillside
Soon the lights grew dim
And the sky came crashing in

Then the vision quickly faded and afraid I turned to run
But I know that deep inside me this was the face of things to come
The harvest has begun
The harvest has begun

Then heaven opened wide …

Then the vision quickly faded and afraid I turned to run …
Track Name: Until our hearts beat as one
UNTIL OUR HEARTS BEAT AS ONE

Until our hearts beat as one
How can we go on?
Like distant relations
We’re destined soon to become

Sometimes the air feels so empty
Where our speech has been
It’s then I think to myself
Can sleepers cling to their dreams?

It’s only when the rains come
That you miss the sun
Like so, when you’re troubled
Into my arms you will run

Must you take me for granted?
It’s easily done
And this will just carry on
Until our hearts beat as one

You’ve searched for peace
With all of your skill
I’ll give it to you
If you’d only stand still

Don’t ever think I love you
Because you’re a saint
I know all about you
So let me peel back the paint

Filled with sad, secret longing
Your soul has become
And it will never be gone
Until our hearts beat as one

Watch the years as they hurry impatiently on
Take the time to face up to what you might become
Less one day in the mirror a stranger looks back
That’s the risk that you run
Until our hearts beat as one
Track Name: Father
FATHER

Father, time and time again
I have called your name
Wondering if you’re listening
Father, I feel like I’ve been
Trapped in a revolving dream

Father, once I felt so sure
My small hand in yours
Now there seems a distance
Father, I can barely see
Won’t you come and lift me free

I know that you are there
And yes, I know you care
But that’s just not enough
I need to feel your love
What I am needing most
Is you to hold me close
‘Cause things can get so bleak
That words can seem so cheap

Father, when the night draws in
When my hopes grow dim
When my torch is flickering
Father, help me keep my nerve
Help me trust without reserve

I know that you are there …

Father, I’ll keep holding on
Please don’t let it be too long
Track Name: Don't give up the fight
DON’T GIVE UP THE FIGHT

What you’ve been through will all have been worthwhile
When you have come to the other side
Hold your course, ride the storm out
For the end is in sight

If you get scared to look at what’s ahead
Or maybe hurt when you look back instead
Don’t despair, look beside you
You will find me right there

Don’t give up the fight
In the darkest night
I’ll be there, so hold your head up
Don’t give up the fight
Things will turn out right
You will see, so hold your head up high

I’ve seen you when you’re so weighed down by care
That you just wished tomorrow wasn’t there
Don‘t get caught in dark moments
They might not let you go

Don’t give up the fight …

What you’ve been through will all have been worthwhile
When you have come to the other side

What you’ve been through will all have been worthwhile
When you have come to the other side
Track Name: Stand your ground
STAND YOUR GROUND

When the clouds are all a gathering on every side around
And you start to feel as if you are by magic bound
Don’t be bending and a bowing like the barley in the wind
Summon up the spirit of the warrior within

Stand your ground, stand your ground
Every time trouble comes around
Don’t you allow him to bring you down (x2)

Let it never be in question that I love you as you are
But I love you far you much to leave you as you are
I’ve been fashioning resilience and deepening resolve
So that when the day of testing comes you don’t dissolve

Stand your ground, stand your ground …

Paint me heartless; call me cruel, that’s how I appear to be
Every time I lead to the crucifixion tree
For to be the overcomer that I want you to become
Means I’m gonna have to give you things to overcome

Stand your ground, stand your ground …

We all cry, “No surrender!”
We all cry, “No retreat!”
We all cry, “No surrender!”
No, no, we’ll not be beat, hey!

It was I who kept you going when you’d almost given in
I who gave you courage when your head began to swim
It was I who stood beside you though you wondered where I was
I who whispered to you as you fought against the odds

Stand your ground, stand your ground …

Stand your ground, stand your ground …
Track Name: I still believe in you
I STILL BELIEVE IN YOU

If there is no one who
Will walk with you
Then know that I will walk with you
Your troubles are not born to last
Some day they’ll pass
And you’ll look back and laugh

With all my heart
I still believe in you
With all that you’ve been through
You’ve wondered if I do
With all my heart
I know how brave you’ve been
You’ve come through thick and thin
And nearly given in
With all my heart
I still believe in you
I still believe in you

I know how hard these years have been
You’ve stood between
Tomorrow’s fears and yesterday’s tears
But you won’t cry a tear in vain
I’ll turn your pain
To strength by which you’ll climb again

With all my heart
I still believe in you
With all that you’ve been through
You’ve wondered if I do
With all my heart
I know how brave you’ve been
You’ve come through thick and thin
And nearly given in

With all my heart
I still believe in you
I still believe in you
With all my heart
Track Name: Thief in the night
THIEF IN THE NIGHT

Soon the final whistle
Will interrupt our lives
And he who blew breathe into you
Will look you straight in the eyes
Thief in the night, thief in the night
Thief in the night, thief in the night

A lonely confrontation
Awaits us one and all
It’s when you least expect him to
That he’ll creep up on you
Thief in the night, thief in the night
Thief in the night, thief in the night

From self-dissatisfaction
There is no hiding place
Well, you can run ‘till kingdom come
But some time you’re gonna face
Thief in the night, thief in the night
Thief in the night, thief in the night

He will come and every eye will see him
He will come and every knee will bow
Stop this hiding in your holes
Takes refuge in your roles
The end’s in sight
So I’m telling you, get ready!
Are you ready?

He’ll catch you with your pants down
And put you all to flight
Until at last you run so fast
Your legs are catching alight
Thief in the night, thief in the night
Thief in the night, thief in the night

He will come and every eye will see him …

Thief in the night, thief in the night …
Track Name: Justin Brown
JUSTIN BROWN

Justin Brown rolled into town
Defying definition
Justin Brown cleaned up the town
And he didn’t carry a gun
But he with love’s artillery
Got mighty trigger-happy

Justin, he said trust in me
Give ear to what I’m saying
Don’t leave freedom to the free
Or heaven to the saints
The sun, it shines on everyone
It has no favourites, no not one

Justin brown, Justin brown
He defied definition
Turned my world upside down
Or let’s say the right way round

When the Fitzroy boys rolled into town
With mad intent they told him
“We’ve had our bellyful of you
And soon the worms will too
So git! Pick up your feet and git
And don’t you give us no more lip!”

Well, blow me down he stood his ground
Defying definition
He showed up for the showdown
But he didn’t carry a gun
He knew although his time was through
He’d done what he had come to do

Justin brown, Justin brown …

No angels like the cavalry
Came riding out of heaven
As with venom and vulgarity
They hung him from a tree
You see, the holy mystery
Is that all this was meant to be

Dead men, they don’t walk around
They’re silent six feet under
But you can’t keep a good man down
Especially Justin brown
Yes sir, that tricky customer
Is more alive than ever
Track Name: Together
TOGETHER

Together we’ve been through so much
We’ve soared the heights
We’ve plumbed the depths
And not without regrets
But I’ll make new the old
I will turn your straw to gold

The God who washes all the sand
On all the shores
Of all the world
Will wash away your pain
And when the crying ends
I’ll have turned your tears to gems

Together, we belong together
There’s no mountain that we can’t climb
When you put your hand in mine
Your darkest clouds
I’ll turn them inside out

You never left room for your dreams
You had such dreams
Then it went dark
Because you closed your eyes
But there’s still yet time
To see your water turned to wine

Together, we belong together …

Together, together
We belong together, together
Track Name: Let my power come down
LET MY POWER COME DOWN

Everyone is ill at ease
It’s the western world’s disease
People running too and fro
Altar fires burning low

Let my power come down
Let my power come down

Everyone is making haste
Living at a frantic pace
Every day the same old drill
Got to run to just stand still

Let my power come down …

You’re running out of years
You’ve got to just slow down
How long can you go on
Just running round and round?

People lead such busy lives
Need to stop to realize
They’ve become set in their ways
And their grooves have turned to graves

Let my power come down …

See the sun come shining through
Let it shine its light on you
Feel the restless rising tide
People got nowhere to hide

You’re running out of years …

Let my power come down …
Track Name: Jesus, You are so mighty
JESUS, YOU ARE SO MIGHTY

Jesus, you are so mighty
You are so glorious
And we will love you for ever
Jesus, you are so mighty
You are so glorious
And we will love you for ever

In Jesus’ name we sound the battle cry
In Jesus’ name we lift the standard high
In Jesus’ name we let the banner fly
We lift our voices
We lift our voices high

Jesus, you are so mighty …

In Jesus’ name we gird our armour on
In Jesus’ name stand firm everyone
In Jesus’ name we slay the evil one
We lift our voices
We lift them up as one

Jesus, you are so mighty …

In Jesus’ name we’re strong to meet the foe
In Jesus’ name we’ve power to overthrow
In Jesus’ name we let the trumpet blow
We lift our voices
As marching on we go

Jesus, you are so mighty …