The Plagues of Egypt

by Aaron Leatherdale

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(free) 07:22
We journey back in time, to ancient days gone by To the days of Egypt, the days of Pharaohs In a distant land, in a distant land To the days of Pharaohs This desert oasis, braced for any impact, war, or change that could rearrange dates, times, seasons, and faces, shining like a pyre in the nighttime, this city makes everything in a 2 to 9 mile radius look old, decrepit, and ancient. The city of a great king. The advancement of this race was a sight to behold. You could see it shining from the highest mountaintop or below. Nestled in the crescent of a valley, filigree gold inlay in every nook and cranny. From the tombs that consume to the palaces and streets, what was made could never be made again for eyes to see. This is the story of a kingdom, so vast that it could not be compared. The height of human enlightenment, all its inhabitants studied arithmetic, geometry, art, and others gifts within. Language that transformed more than a nation, but transcended alphabetical simplicity, ever increasing greatness. Thutmose I, the Pharaoh that started all of this, acknowledged as a god, wisdom deeper than Solomon. His chamber was a temple, his priests dwelt close to tell, the greatness of his fury and the power of his yell. Let’s take a closer look, to the heart of Egypt, and see that there’s more to this story than we’ve seen. Let’s take a closer look. It’s a hot day, Pharaoh in his castle steady lampin’, chillin’ like a villain while so many whips are cracking. I truly have designed such an amazing system, 600,000 Israelites and not one of them missing. Continuing to build upon the glory of my mind, even keeping them alive makes me kind. These peons, they couldn’t stand against me, I don’t know why I was so afraid they would rise up and get me. They know the drill, they’ve been beaten and if they try and misbehave, I guess God really needs his slaves. I guess a god really does need his slaves.
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(free) 06:28
We're slaves Your cities are built on our backs You're slaves So carry those bricks in your sacks We're slaves 7 days a week, no relaxing You’re slaves You better not slack, whips cracking We're slaves We carry heavy loads, arms shakin' You're slaves Get back to work, quit fakin' We're slaves Our human rights have been taken Back-breaking, forced to work, brick makin' Building, back- breaking, digging, masonry Making these bricks from straw, working hastily Egypt's economy continues to boom On the backs of slaves, while Pharaoh looms Shovels and trowels, we can't throw in the towel Foul-mouthed, abusive Egyptians scowl They whip us, they beat us, they harshly treat us Prisoners for 400 years, they defeat us They meet us at the end of each shift asking, "Did you meet your daily quota, bricks in your baskets?" They're taskmasters, we have to satisfy their checklist Shackled hand and foot, iron necklace Steel yoke, we feel broke, cause we are, we're penniless No wages, no benefits, through jail bars I'm pennin' this We want to escape and bury our bonds But pharaoh — he’s got these chariots of bronze! They're merciless, they're not sorry They flogged my father down in the quarry, it was gory He was just too slow, the work load was just too much They broke 3 of his fingers, and now it hurts to touch His pick, but he must, grind this dirt into dust, and clutch those boulders That crush his shoulders, and march like soldiers He’s parched, under harsh supervision Taking orders, making mortar Egypt's egregious oppression makes me question God, because they told me that Jacob had a blessing So where's the god of Israel? Does he see this injustice? What does he say? He's a million miles away We're slaves Your cities are built on our backs You're slaves So carry those bricks in your sacks We're slaves 7 days a week, no relaxing You’re slaves You better not slack, whips cracking We're slaves We carry heavy loads, arms shakin' You're slaves Get back to work, quit fakin' We're slaves Our human rights have been taken Back-breaking, forced to work, brick makin' All day long I work and toil All day long I slave in the hot sun (x6)
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(free) 07:24
I hear, I hear the decree of Pharaoh, the mighty. Your son shall not live. The decree of death is released, the death decree. Pharaoh's death decree He told the midwives to take the baby boy’s lives Deliver them, but if they're a male, then abort them And give them to their mothers post-mortem I hear the sound of soldiers scurrying feet running through the streets Taking every Jewish newborn ripping them outta the sheets Ripping them outta their homes, outta their cribs, outta their beds It's not a nursery rhyme, this is the worst of times Malicious, they throw the babies to the fishes In the River Nile with the vicious crocodile Alligator, reptile, sharp teeth, menacing smile Baby bodies mount up by the pile Where is our defender? They separate the babies by their gender, Women and the men aside, systematic genocide Women scream, horrified, sickened, pulse quickened Their hearts beat and pant inside, it's infanticide! Where is the God of Israel? I know He chose us I need to hide my baby Moses Hide him in a basket, hide him in the reeds Gotta trust God, ‘cause that's where the crocodile feeds Where is the God of Israel? I know He chose us I need to hide my baby Moses I put him in a basket, push him off the river banks Give thanks, push him off the sands, into Gods’ hands I have to trust, I have to believe there’s a plan As I watch my baby float away What is this that’s coming towards me? Servant, go and fetch this basket. Bring it to me, that I may see What is this, do my eyes deceive? A little one floating freely, What is this, do my eyes deceive? It’s a Hebrew, it’s a Hebrew baby
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(free) 07:42
In the courts of Pharaoh, God raised up one Moses grew to be a fine young man Knowledge in the ways of the Egyptians Moses grew to be a fine young man The prince of Egypt Prince of Egypt in a palace God’s deliverer, God has a plan Moses, I'm a prince of Egypt in the palace Not a care, golden silverware, gold chalice Drinking fine wine, disconnected from the malice Just outside the castle where my relatives are vassals I haven't heard much, so I gotta see whats up I gotta take a stroll, I know that hard work can take a toll On my Hebrew brothers, they're my flesh and bone It's so crazy that I'm up in this villa, while they groan And suffer in Pharaoh’s work force, they’re hands are course They built all these pyramids, these monuments, and a stable for his horse So unfair. So unfair So unfair, I look over there An Egyptian beating a Hebrew, he's grabbing him by his hair! My angry was flared. Hey, stop it! I struck him Dropped him to the ground, he's dead I didn't mean to kill him, I just wanted to stop him instead I buried him in the sand, then I fled I’m fleeing, fleeing to the desert land Fleeing, fleeing away from the Pharaoh’s hand God King Pharaoh, I have news you’ll not appreciate. Moses killed a soldier, hid the body, now he’s fleeing the state. We’ve sent a party after him, but we know not where he’s gone. What should we do, my god? Truly, he showed his colors perfectly. Send more soldiers to find him, and bring him to me, so I can execute him myself, this is no defeat, go and get that Hebrew boy and bring him to my feet. He thinks he can live in my house, the same palace that me and my spouse dwell within, and get away with murder and still live? What are you standing around for? Find him! Moses, if I ever see you again, you’re dying I’m fleeing, fleeing to the desert land Fleeing, fleeing away from the Pharaoh’s hand
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(free) 03:23
I heard a voice speaking to me, calling me out by my name Saying, I am the God of your fathers He’s calling me and sending me out Go speak to Pharaoh I heard a voice, telling me to deliver Saying, I have raised you up He’s calling me out, calling me to Pharaoh’s house To confront and set things straight The Angel of the Lord appeared in the burning bush Moses turned aside, I can’t look at this sight God said, Moses, I’m the great I AM I know about the oppressed people in the land I want you to go to Pharaoh, bring my children of Israel Out of Egypt, and tell them that my love is needed Moses said, who am I to do something like that My speech is slow, I’m not worthy to go God said, don’t be afraid ‘cause I’m with you Tell them, tell them, I’m the One who sent you I’ll be right with you, I’ll never forget you You know my light will come through, and shine like crystals I’ll never leave that’s what a good father do Moses, you making up all these excuses Thinking that your voice is so useless But I’m in charge of your usage I’m the God of War, take up your sword You can do this, I believe in you, Moses I’m the God of War, take up your sword You can do this, I believe in you, Moses Moses, you will not go alone I am with you, I am with you
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(free) 06:59
I'm heading back to Egypt with nothing but my rod But I got my God, it's been awhile since I trod this road It's time to save my peers It's been 40 yrs time to face my fears So I march up to the palace that I used to know King Pharaoh, if my people choose to go You need to let them, you need to set them free So they can sacrifice, worship in the desert, let them be Well, well, well, if it isn't the prince. Wait, who is this guy? He killed who? When? With? Whoever let this person in my house, kill him, and drag his body through the slave camp, show it to the civilians. See it's obvious I'll never let your people go. You can't even speak to me, voice shaking like you've seen a ghost. Stuttering like a bumbling idiot, no wonder why your brother talks, look at what a wimp he is. Simply this, anything you do, I can do best, my sorcerers and warlocks have defeated the true test. Who's blessed? Me! Can't you see? Get this Hebrew out of my sight, who's next? Let me demonstrate don't laugh I'll make a snake from my staff that will bite your snakes in half You think you're a god with your pyramids and your sphinxes? Jannes & Jambre, your sorcerers with their jinxes? The Nile River will be blood, it will stink Blood in your bathtub and your kitchen sink You won't be able to drink, just think Your link to life will be turned into blood-colored pink Our water supply is blood, now I'm sipping on some metal. You think this parlor trick will change my mind, you're mental. I told you, you worthless Hebrews will never be free, send me one of his kin so they can wash my feet. Will you let my people go? Don't say no You must acquiesce. Your answer, it must be yes Will you let my people go? No! Will you? No! I’ll kill you! Will you let my people go? Don't say no You must acquiesce. Your answer, it must be yes Will you set my people free? No! The slaves belong to me! The plague of frogs is upon you, they're hopping in your kitchens Houses and your bedrooms, there's nothing your magicians Can do with their religious chants, they bring up more frogs? Various species? That's hilarious! Please be kidding, their power can't match that of Yahweh With divination, magic & slight of hand Your dealing with the great I Am that I Am He's the one who made the land of Egypt with every single grain of sand Next you got insects, lice, lices, louse No one is protected, even inside the nicest house Even Pharaoh on your throne, on your pedestal, your head is full Of these critters, your kids scratching, itchy, this is plague #3 I'm sick of this filthy Hebrew and all his wizardry, can't see, hear, or breathe, this I can't believe. What was once an annoyance, is now breeding in me malice. Snakes and scorpions invading every inch of this palace. I've resorted to bluffing but maybe now I think I should take a stand, he's killing my livestock, our food supply is scant. Can't this magician fix this? Who is this? Moses, you and your people are dead, you’re finished Will you let my people go? Don't say no You must acquiesce. Your answer, it must be yes Will you let my people go? No! Will you? No! I’ll kill you! Will you let my people go? Don't say no You must acquiesce. Your answer, it must be yes Will you set my people free? No! The slaves belong to me! Spread the ashes from the furnace and turn this dust Into boils with pus-filled moles, grotesque, recoil At the sight of every royal and every commoner With pimples, let the people go, it's simple Or everyone will be sick plague #6 Contagious virus, on the pages of papyrus You can write this, ‘cause it's set in stone from God's mouth it's certain When the 7th plague hits, hailstones with fire mixed Animals will be struck, beat to a bloody mass Plants are doomed wheat, barley, yams, and grass All the cattle, all the rams and ewes, and all the crops yield Everything will die in your fields The floors, the walls, the ceilings, the halls, everything in sight, filled with locusts as they crawl. Kill them all, kill them all, don't stop until they're dead, and someone come and bring me Moses’ head! A darkness so thick it's impossible to move, the same bricks on their backs are ours now, we're subdued. That's it! I'm through, he wants his way? Fine, with his head on a plate, this will end plagues 8 and 9 Will you let my people go? Don't say no You must acquiesce. Your answer, it must be yes Will you let my people go? No! Will you? No! I’ll kill you! Will you let my people go? Don't say no You must acquiesce. Your answer, it must be yes Will you set my people free? No! The slaves belong to me! Over Egypt you rule, but your stubborn as a mule And your pigheaded obstinance these judgments has fueled You fool! The Angel of Death will take the breath of all your firstborn Pharaoh, you have been warned
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(free) 05:19
You fool, the Angel of Death will take the breath Of all your firstborn, Pharaoh, you've been warned In Egypt there was a lot going on False gods close their eyes, thinking they’re wise To their surprise, death, Angel of the Lord He’s coming with the sword ‘Bout to turn your city to a morgue He’s coming for your firstborn Israelites, you’ve been warned Told to sacrifice animals, put the blood On the top and the sides of your door Make bread with no yeast No leftovers, death passed over, let’s feast We serve the God of Peace Death can’t touch us, God still love us And we’re still here with my brothers Let’s feast, we’re going to stay together We’re protected It’s midnight. What’s happening? Moses depicted death and it’s happened so tragically. I believed it was just a fallacy. Not a star shines in this moment in our galaxy. My son, whom I could’ve saved, was reduced to nothing from the words of a slave. You were so brave, you were going to be the greatest god of all. They would speak about you for thousands of years, now not at all. History was written so that you, my son, could win, but now you’re laying in my arms. What have I done? I’ve committed this murder with my own hands, his soul stands with Amenhotep and Akenhaten, please deliver him to his home. Accounts of Fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, even the livestock have been slaughtered. I must not falter, I must set these Israelites free, and give them honor. My servant, I’m sorry to disturb you, but gather Moses and Aaron that they may gather all their people, and gather their herds, too. They must go, we cannot keep them here, lest we all come under this curse of God, and be filled with fear. You must gather them. You must tell them that they must go. They must go.
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(free) 04:49
The Passover, the Angel of Death passed over us ‘Cause lambs blood was brushed On the door posts, we trust the Lord of Hosts is for us He hasn't ignored us, this is the greatest exodus Exodus, in spite of Pharaoh's oppressive fist A new day dawns, our freedom is on the precipice Flight by night, Egypt paralyzed by fright And wonder, plundered, Rameses torn asunder Lamb’s blood protected us, from that angel's cryptic clutch On the lintel, threshold, now we got our chests full Of clothes, silver and gold, we've taken all their wealth 600,000 men leaving with stealth Families in tow, wives and kids, let's go! Kneading bowls on our shoulders filled with unleavened dough With our flocks and herds, and the bones of Joseph Every Israelite is leaving, Egypt is grieving Pillar of cloud by day Fire by night This is the exodus The great Israelite flight Pillar of cloud by day Fire by night This is the exodus Exodus, exodus You have been faithful, You’ve set us free And now we are running, now we believe again
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(free) 05:50
You took my son from me, Moses You think you’ve defeated me, you think you have won Well, I will avenge his blood with yours You will pay Anger has beset me on all sides, adept at all kinds of death, made from weapons that stretch raw hide and dissect until lungs dry. I’m vexed, can’t you tell? I’ve been up all night, haven’t slept, trying to understand, of all, why was my son, taken from where he was kept? Debts must be paid, rendered in blood, red from a slave. It’s simply the grave that will pay him his wage. Ready my chariots, we are off, and I won’t stop until his head rests on my glaive. This dead Hebrew slave. You took my son from me, Moses You think you’ve defeated me, you think you’ve won? Well, I will avenge his blood with yours You will pay in the worst way Israelites, prepare for your end. No message to your relatives, but a few bodies I’ll send. I’ve rounded up all my horses and men, so vast that the sea couldn’t hold us within. Where have they gone? This pillar stands tall. I can’t see or hear their marching, let’s continue to draw on. I will not stop until their blood paints my doors. I am God, and you’re about to hear me roar! There they are! Catch them! God of War I am, I am so matchless. Ride strong men, they have laid for themselves a trap set for fools. Watch the pools of blood spill, every Israelite must be killed I saw Moses extending his staff, God created a path Flight from Goshen, through the middle of the ocean Seas divide, this is our last call We see the water on either side like glass walls On the dry land we tread, Red Sea sea bed All the armies of Egypt will be dead When the mighty partitions of water crash in In holy fashion, judged, wheels caught in the sludge Their chariots malfunction, this is the final junction Where Jacob and Pharaoh part ways in the sea spray The slaves are saved through the walls of waves While the captains charge to their watery graves Here I am, lost in my thoughts. Tires from my chariot are stuck in the dross. 3 million men, all gasping for breath with water on all sides, crashed from the depths. The tireless pain, the endless shame when I wept, and this is to be my last step? Clutching my neck from this torrid asphyxiation, God of Moses, you decimated a great nation. God vindicates, in the seas He buries them But we’re the chosen people, passing through aquariums Tidewaters frozen, return to the ocean floor Asphyxiation decimates a nation Horses neigh, the chariots weigh them down This is the final showdown, shatters Pharaoh's crown, people drown Flailing limbs, armor makes it hard for them to swim Every chain link makes them sink, take a last drink Cramps from treading water Swimming with the sharks But they don't have gills, so the H2O kills There’s water in their lungs, but this song will be sung Great and marvelous are all the works that Yahweh has done! I stood by the Seashore and I could see more Bodies washing up on the beach, 3 or 4 Then 5 or 10, it was a sight to see Goodbye, my master, we're finally free I stood by the seashore and I could see more Bodies washing up on the beach, 3 or 4 Then 5 or 10, it was a sight to see Goodbye, my friend, this is the end Pillar of cloud by day Fire by night This is the exodus The great Israelite flight Pillar of cloud by day Fire by night This is the exodus Exodus, exodus
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(free) 06:35
There’s another day coming when Pharaoh will rise again Reprobate, the antichrist, oppressing the saints Judgments will be released, and this man of lawlessness, this man of sin Will be destroyed, and the saints will be victorious 21 judgments, God’s wrath completed Saints have the victory, the beast they defeated I saw the sign in heaven, angels with bring linen This is light and dark collision, good VS evil Colliding with this antichrist, the worst of the worst, sadistic A master of manipulation, misfit, perverse and twisted Erasing every moral codes, amalgamation, Of all the world religions, worship me, abomination This man of lawlessness, this man of sin The saints will be non-conforming wearing everlasting gold crowns 7 bowls poured out, the last show down Standing on the sea of glass like an ocean They sing the son of Moses, flashback to Red Sea, flight from Goshen Devotion unparalleled, spotless bride With the Ancient of Days and the Lamb, they side The great tribulation, wipe away all the tears Depicted in this story is a lot for us to hold, but behold, God, the King of Glory, comes to let us know. A kingdom from the sky is coming down to set on the ground, capture the sound of death and destroy every cloud. Strip every evil from the face of the planet, and in a moment, every lover He’ll inhabit. No longer snares laid as a trap or evil magic, but the Messiah will show us more powerful than we could imagine. So many things will happen. Our government will change, agriculture will flourish as decay goes down the drain. Every animal and child, all together dwelling in unity, truly peace will reign as our God rides to do these things. Indubitably, in truth, we will see, what eye has not known, and hearts have not received. Who can stop the Lord Almighty? Not a one, under, over, behind, or in front of the Son. Catch it? This is simply a foretaste, more’s at stake, when war breaks our homes. Safe in His zone, under the shelter of His wings, we will sing and dance and shout, holy, holy is our King! Every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess, Jesus Christ, the slain risen Lamb is forever blessed. He shall receive glory and honor and power alone, those with weapons will beat them into tools to help Him sow this kingdom into the very fabric of existence. Princes and princesses, turned kings and queens with quickness. Enter in the Holy Lord to His temple, God will manifest Himself, are we ready? Let’s get there. The saints are singing with palm branches in their hands Salvation! Be to our God and to the Lamb! Great and marvelous are the works Great and marvelous are all the works that Yahweh has done Jesus cracked the sky and the bride screamed, glory Hallelujah, all praises go to Yeshua We gon’ live the rest of our days, we should throw a parade Have the whole crowd screaming His name, Jehovah! The greatest of all time, He’s in it, the end-times We’re drinking the new wine We gon’ have a toast to the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost For His love, and just look at His glow Just like the Father wiping all tears The devil locked down for 1000 years I got a smile on my face knowing we are His Different races, all from different places We come to together as one We gon’ have fun with the Son And I know we got work to do I’m just happy to get to work alongside You Salvation belongs to our God Who sits on the throne And unto the Lamb

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The Plagues of Egypt is a musical performance based on the Book of Exodus. The production was recorded live from the International House of Prayer in Kansas City.

The music for the album was spontaneously created on stage. The tracks were not mixed in a studio, and did not go through any post production.

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released June 5, 2017

Rappers: Aaron Leatherdale, Genesis Burkley, Ryeon McClenton

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