The Music and Ministry of Lance Appleton

Sept. 22, 1952 - Feb. 18, 2015

In memory of …

By |February 26th, 2015|

Lance C. Appleton

Sept. 22, 1952 – Feb. 18, 2015

Lance Appleton

 

Freelancemusic.net is now a celebration of the life, music, and ministry of Lance Appleton.   Lance passed away at home with his family by his side Feb. 18, 2015 after a long battle with cancer.

He recorded 8 albums, “One God Apostolic” 1974, “Harp Warming” 1975, “So Happy” 1977 , “Run On” 1981,  “Live in San Francisco”1985, “Songs of Deliverance”1995, “Unto You and To Your Children” 1997, and “Hopes are High” 2002.  In addition he made two quality home recordings of his original songs “Lance Appleton Unplugged” in 2006 and a 5 disc compilation dubbed “In the Living Room with Lance” in 2008 and 2009.  Lance wrote more than 250 songs, and many were never recorded in studio quality.  This site is dedicated to bringing you his complete body of work some only left behind on cassette tapes, handwritten notes, or perhaps just in the memory of those who heard him playing, and singing his songs around the house.  Feel free to contribute your own recollections of his unique style of ministry though the comment section of this blog.

” … even death can never change, this flesh may fade, but this song remains”  – Lance Appleton  This Song Remains

 

Lance Appleton’s Recordings

By |February 23rd, 2015|

lance-appleton-so-happy-vinylIf you are looking for Lance Appleton’s recordings you can find them here.   They have now been made available for purchase and immediate download!

Are You With Me

By |August 28th, 2015|

Are You With Me
words and music by: Lance Appleton
(Matthew 12:30-31)


Are you with me … are you with me
are you with me … are you with me
are you with me … are you with me
he that is not with me … is against me
he that gathereth not with me … scattereth abroad

wherefore I say unto you all manner of sin
and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men
but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost
shall not be forgiven unto men

are you with me … are you with me
are you with me … are you with me
are you with me … are you with me
are you with me … then don’t argue with me

hear O Israel the Lord our God is One Lord
hear O Israel the Lord our God is One
and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all of thy heart
and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all of thy soul
and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all of thy mind
and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all of thy strength

are you with me … are you with me
are you with me … are you with me
are you with me … are you with me
are you with me … then don’t argue with me

With Joy

By |August 27th, 2015|

With Joy
words and music by: Lance Appleton
(Isaiah 12:2-3)


Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation
therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells
therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation
therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells

the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song
he has become my salvation
the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song
he has become my salvation

Rejoice in the Lord Always

By |August 26th, 2015|

 

Rejoice in the Lord Always
Words and music by: Lance Appleton
(Philippians 4:4-6)


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Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say
rejoice in the Lord always and again and again and again and again
rejoice in the Lord always and again I say
rejoice in the Lord always and again and again and again and again

be careful for nothing but in everything by prayer
and supplications with thanksgiving
let your request be made known unto God
and the peace of God which passes all understanding
shall keep your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus

Playing in the Shadows by Jeff Miller, Dancing in the Sky

By |August 26th, 2015|

A special thank you to our good friends Jeff & Wendy Miller for putting this YouTube tribute together for dad.  The harmonica sounds just like him! Love you guys … The Appletons

Never Thirst Again

By |August 25th, 2015|

Never Thirst Again
Words and music by: Lance Appleton


Now from somewhere down deep inside I start to cry
tears of joy falling from my eyes
I can hear the sweetest anthem ever sung
no purer tones on mortal tongue

I’ll never thirst again
I’ll never thirst again

nothing else in all the years I’ve lived
ever has affected me like this
not one of the places I have been
not one of my acquaintances or friends
ever washed away my sins

nothing written in the books I’ve read
not what some philosopher has said
nowhere in the drugs or the alcohol
was there any love like this at all

you have raised … you have raised me
you have raised me from the dead

I’m coming just as you commanded
to the fountain of forgiveness
now I’m plunging under covered by your name
rivers of living water flow from my innermost being
you are the only one who know what it is
you are the only one who know

Now from somewhere down deep inside i start to cry
tears of joy falling from my eyes
I can hear the sweetest anthem ever sung
no purer tones on mortal tongue

I’ll never thirst again
I’ll never thirst again

Spring up o well of joy and gladness
spring up O well of sweet salvation
Holy Ghost make intercession

Rivers of water flow from my innermost being
You are the only one who knows what it is …
You are the only one who knows what it is I’m needing
life’s eternal mysteries heavens revelations
like a flower opening filled with holy
filled with holy , filled with holy fragrance.

Now from somewhere down deep inside i start to cry
tears of joy falling from my eyes
I can hear the sweetest anthem ever sung
no purer tones on mortal tongue

I’ll never thirst again
I’ll never thirst again … I’ll never thirst again

All Power

By |August 22nd, 2015|

All Power
words and music by: Lance Appleton
Matthew 28:18-20


all-powerBuried with Him in the only name
given among men whereby we must be saved
buried with Him in the only name under heaven

all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth
all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth

go ye therefore and teach all nation
baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost
teaching them to observe all things
whatsoever I have commanded you
and lo I am with you always
even unto the end of the world amen

buried in the name of the Father
buried in the name of the Son
buried in the name of the Holy Ghost

Jesus is the one
He’s the only one
Jesus is the one with all power

all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth
all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth

so I got buried with Him in the only name
given among men whereby we must be saved
buried with him in the only name under heaven
under heaven … under heaven

Calm Down

By |August 21st, 2015|

Calm Down

Words and Music by: Lance Appleton


calm down
way down
calm way down

lift your vision higher
lift your vision higher
lift your vision higher
calm way down


Recorded at Lance Appleton’s home
June, 2008
– part of the 77 song compilation “In the living room with Lance”

My Offering

By |August 20th, 2015|

My Offering

Words and music by: Lance Appleton


Let my prayer be set before you as incense
and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice
Let my prayer be set before you as incense
and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice

I’m on my way to heaven
I’ve got a ways to go
when I’m underneath a burden and the weight of it is so heavy

Lord I cry unto thee harken thou unto me
and give ear unto my prayer
when I cry unto Thee
Let my pray fill the air
with a fragrance of praise
and Lord please receive my offering

This is my offering by faith a gift of love my spirit makes
this is my song to thee oh King
it is my offering

Let my prayer be set before you as incense
and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice

Come with me my love

By |August 3rd, 2015|

 

 

 

Come with me my love
words and music by: Lance Appleton


Come with me to eternity
my spirit will not away strive with man
my spirit will not away strive
I can’t let it go, I can’t let it go on
I can’t let it go, I can’t let it go on
forever, forever

So come with me to eternity …

The world will never live in peace
till all the wars in heaven cease
I can’t let it go, I can’t let it go on
I can’t let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go on
I can’t let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go on forever

So come with me to eternity …
follow me my love …
follow me to eternity …
come and see my love …
come and see my love …

This is no temporary plan
I promised when we first began
I said life will go … life will go on
life will go … life will go on forever
forever

but time will be no more
time will be no more
time will be … no more time
no more time will be
so come with me to eternity
follow me my love
follow me to eternity …
come and see my love …
my love … come and see

I Believe

By |July 31st, 2015|

I Believe
words and music by Lance Appleton


Dear Jesus
I believe in God and I believe in you
the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth
and I will not let me heart be troubled
I will hear what you say
You are the Shepherd and I am your little lamb
Lord Jesus lead the way

dear Jesus
let me not forget this gospel I’ve received
your death and your burial
how you came out of that grave
and how your coming back for me
if I continue in your word
then your disciple I will be
and I will know the truth and the truth will make me free

and I will follow you forever
and you will never let me go alone
through the valley of the shadow
to my souls eternal home
and we will always be together
because thats what heavens all about
your my every hope of tomorrow
you are my only comfort now

I Bless You Lord

By |June 30th, 2015|

I Bless You Lord
Words and music by: Lance Appleton


I am standing in an even place in the congregation
and I bless you Lord
I declare you name to my brethren in the congregation
and I bless you Lord

examine me oh Lord try the reigns of my heart
redeem me and be merciful
that I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving
and declare thy wondrous words
and I bless you Lord

I have loved the habitation of thy house
and the place thy honor dwells
and I bless you Lord
for your loving kindness is before my eyes
and I am walking in your truth as well

Spider’s Web

By |June 23rd, 2015|

Spider’s Web

Words and music by: Lance Appleton


Don’t willing walk into a spider’s web
cause it will get you every time
just when you think that your doing well
Its the end of the line
laying your head  in Dalilah’s lap
will get chopped up mighty fine
so don’t willing walk into a spider’s web

things of this world will entice you
things that the Devil would like you to believe in
don’t believe him
all though it might look inviting
it won’t be long until he’s biting
the life right out of your soul … trying to get control


A big “thank you” to Joe Sucher for sending me this gem along with some other stuff he had recorded during a visit with Dad back in 1990.

Happy Father’s Day

By |June 21st, 2015|

Father's DayHappy Father’s Day

Words and Music by: Lance Appleton

Not my will Lord thy will be done
keep teaching me
peace be still wait until You call
I want to be tried and true
faithful to listen and do as You command

Your my heavenly father
and I bring
loving praise to this alter of prayer
Your my heavenly father
and I come
with the faith that You’ll always be there

You have given me eyes to see
ears to be obedient and lips to say
happy father’s day

On a white stone

By |June 19th, 2015|

On A White Stone

Words and Music by: Lance Appleton

 

He that hath an ear let him hear
what the Spirit’s saying to the churches
He that hath an ear let him hear
what the Spirit’s saying to the churches
to him that overcomes and keeps my works unto the end
to him will I give power over the nations
I will give him the morning star
I will give him the morning star

You will be feasting on the tree of life
In the paradise of God
safe where the second death can not hurt you
where the manna is hidden I’ll give you a name
I shall be yours alone
and it shall be written on a white stone
on a white stone, on a white stone
and I will give you the morning star

Covered with Mercy (in the holy of holies)

By |June 17th, 2015|

 

Covered in Mercy (in the holy of holies)

Words and music by: Lance Appleton


 

                                E
Thank you for the laver

                               B
thank you for the alter

                                   A
thank you for the incense the candle stick

                E                      B
and the table of your presence

                                C#m     Ab                       A   C
thank you for the mercy seat upon the ark of safety

  E                      B               A
covering your covenant forever

                            E                                           B
Lord I love to wash up when its time to worship

                     A
offer up a sacrifice of praise

                          E                                       B
you shine the light and you guide the way

                                             C#m         Ab
and you feed me on the bread of heaven

         A                                      C
you hide me in your secret place

                           E        B                     A
covered with mercy in the holy of holies

                                  E         B                     A
I’m covered with mercy in the holy of holies

F                     G                          C              C/B          F
This world a wilderness and my poor soul will be wandering

             C                          G
never finding heavens door

  Eb                    F                                       Bb
your love laid down a blood stained pathway

Bb/A                     Eb               Bb                               D        B/Eb
straight into the joy that my soul was searching for

                              E
Thank you for the laver

                               B
thank you for the alter

                                   A
thank you for the incense the candle stick

                E                      B
and the table of your presence

                                C#m     Ab                       A   C
thank you for the mercy seat upon the ark of safety

  E                      B               A
covering your covenant forever

                            E                                           B
Lord I love to wash up when its time to worship

                     A
offer up a sacrifice of praise

                          E                                       B
you shine the light and you guide the way

                                             C#m         Ab
and you feed me on the bread of heaven

         A                                      C
you hide me in your secret place

                           E        B                     A
covered with mercy in the holy of holies

                                  E         B                     A
I’m covered with mercy in the holy of holies

Thirty Three Years – words and music by Lance Appleton

By |April 9th, 2015|

I Make The Praise – words and music by Lance Appleton

By |March 29th, 2015|

I Make The Praise

words and music by: Lance Appleton


I make the noise, I make it with my voice

I make it with my hands and my feet

it may not be music to anyone but You

He that dwelleth in the secret place – words and music by: Lance Appleton

By |March 26th, 2015|

One of the first songs I learned to play on the guitar.  I love this version because my (then one year old) son Ian can be heard walking in on our recording session.  Such great memories here!

He that dwelleth in the secret place

words and music by: Lance Appleton


confusion won’t find me here 

as long as I can stay here

confusion won’t find me here 

as long as I can stay here

In Juda – words and music by Lance Appleton

By |March 23rd, 2015|

In Juda
words and music by Lance Appleton


 

In Juda is God known

His name is great in Israel

Salem also is his tabernacle

His name is in Zion

Mercy to the max – words and music by Lance Appleton

By |March 18th, 2015|

Mercy to the Max

words and music by: Lance Appleton


I can still hear the devil say 99 years and 1 dark day

but You can take it all away with

mercy to the max … maximum mercy

Happy Hobby – words and music by Lance Appleton

By |March 16th, 2015|

Bonus points if you can find the acronyms hidden in the lyrics of this song!

Happy Hobby

words and music by: Lance Appleton


First thing every morning

I feel my knees start to bend

soon I’m giving You glory 

and I’m entering in

Leaving it all in His hands – words and music by: Lance Appleton

By |March 14th, 2015|

This is an early recording from my dads  Gateway College days 1969 or 1970.   I can picture him in one of those great marble stairways making this recording (one of my favorite spots to sit and play when I was there).  This is a great snapshot of his early music and the type of songwriting that influenced him.
Special thanks to Jeff Miller for taking a box of my dads old cassette tapes and and preserving these gems!

Leaving it all in His hands

words and music by: Lance Appleton


I met a stranger in the park today

he was carving crosses on the trees

I must have watched him for an hour or so

working up the nerve to speak

Such Sweet Communion – words and music by: Lance Appleton

By |March 13th, 2015|

Such Sweet Communion

words and music by: Lance Appleton


Now you are clean by the word I have spoken

alive and new by the word I have spoken

your spirits refreshed the bread has been broken

Holding On

By |March 12th, 2015|

words and music by: Lance Appleton

recorded on “Lance Appleton Unplugged” 2006

 


 

Chorus

                 D                          G                            D

I’m holding on … I’m holding on … I’m holding on

                       G                               Bm

Yes I’m holding on … I’m holding on to

                   G                               Em       Fmaj7

I’m holding on to … I’m holding on to You

Is there anybody here? – Lance Appleton and the Lord’s Band (Live)

By |March 11th, 2015|

Dedicated to a dear friend Lance Appleton, a mighty warrior for Jesus who fought the good fight. He made it his life to worship Jesus, and this is a song he played with friends in the Lord, not intending this to be published, but the song is a great one deserving to be shared, glory be to the God on high!

Don’t Want to Grieve Your Spirit – words and music by: Lance Appleton

By |March 11th, 2015|

From “Lance Appleton – Unplugged” Recorded 2006

Don’t Want to Grieve Your Spirit

words and music by: Lance Appleton

Don’t want to grieve Your Spirit again

after all of the time You’ve taken me in

so tired of faking and making pretend

Music For My Lord – words and music by: Lance Appleton

By |March 10th, 2015|

This is one of my all time top 10 favorite songs written by my Dad.  Hearing it now gives me a sense of wonder to think that he is now truly making “Music For My Lord”

Music For my Lord

words and music by: Lance Appleton


                    G                                              C

When the moon and stars fall from the sky

                  G                                C

when the sun turns dark and cold

             Em          D                  C2

Ill will just be opening up my eyes 

        G       F       C

In a city of pure gold

                   G                                           C

When the final end of time and space

G                    C

eternally unfolds

A few moments with Dad fall of 2014

By |March 7th, 2015|

Singing for Dad.

His Positive Attitude.

Wait on the Lord – words and music by: Lance Appleton

By |March 5th, 2015|

words and music by: Lance Appleton


Wait on the Lord

be of good courage and He will strengthen thine heart

wait I say on the Lord …  wait I say on the Lord

Lead me in Thy truth …  Lord and teach me

for Thou art the God of my salvation

on Thee do I wait … all the day … all the day

NAYC Cortt Chavis – One God Apostolic

By |March 4th, 2015|

The story is that Dad originally wrote One God Apostolic on the way to a 1972 youth convention, because he had been given a 15 min time slot to speak and he wasn’t sure what he was going to say to fill all that time. Here are the same lyrics being sung 37 years later at the 2009 National Youth Convention … Guess it still works to fill in those small gaps :)