This is another song off my second album ("The Sword And The Stone") from 1987. Every single word on this whole album is either a quote straight from the Bible or a Bible quote personalized. This song is from Matthew 12:34-37 and Luke 6:45.
The whole point of this song is to reinforce the fact that you have a choice of what words you say. I know that sounds ridiculously obvious, but I've heard so many Christians say they can't say something unless they believe it deeply enough. The truth is, you force yourself to say something BECAUSE you believe it! Otherwise, Jesus could not have said, "By your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned." Obviously you have to be in control of what you say if you're acquitted or condemned by your words. Your "heart" is your spirit: the real "you", and it is out of the belief in your heart that your mouth speaks.
Musically, this song is rather simple, and the main force behind it is created by the bass guitar riff being doubled by the bass drum. The guitar part is intentionally simple so the focus will be on the words as much as possible. The song was a bit repetitive in this earliest recording; a problem that was remedied by Xylem in the new arrangement of our 2009 recording of the song on the album Xylem 2. But this old version still has a certain hypnotic appeal in its rhythm.
Jim Seekamp: All Vocals, Guitars, Bass Guitar, Electronic Drums
The Mouth Speaks (Matthew 12:34-37) (Put to music on March 19, 1987)
Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him
By your words you will be acquitted; by your words you will be condemned
Recorded at Exodus Studio in Northbrook, IL in 1987
Engineer: Rick Simmons