Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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Location: Pennsylvania, United States

I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Room of Tears

When a new pope is elected, he steps into a small room to change into his new vestments before his makes his first appearance to the crowds. It is during this time that the enormity of the moment and the responsiblity of what has just happened dawns on them and they begin to weep. Hence the room is called The Room of Tears. These are the lyrics of a song on my last album describing the election of Pope Benedict. It can be heard by going to the CD

Room of Tears

A plume of smoke, rises in the air
Was it white or black, it’s a bit unclear
But there’s thunder outside
As your heart pounds in your ears

The weight of the world, has fallen on you
It’s like a dream, but a little too true
It wasn’t in your plans
You’d have this job to do

You gaze up at the ceiling at the moment of truth
500 years have gone by and the sky is still blue
You see the hand of God
Is now pointing right at you

You’re in a room of tears
And they’ve closed the door
But there’s a litany of saints
Who’ve gone this way before (repeat)

They give you three pair of shoes, you try each one
One’s too big, the other’s just a bit snug
And only one pair
Fits just like a glove

A quiet retirement with some time to read
A little bit of Mozart was all you’d need
You never thought
You’d wear the Fisherman’s ring

You have a flock to feed, about a billion souls,
That’s a little bit of pressure from what you’ve been told
But there’ll be a bit more grace
When you sit on Peter’s throne

You’re in a room of tears
And they’ve closed the door
But there’s a litany of saints
Who’ve gone this way before (repeat)

A plume of smoke………


Blogger Prodigal Daughter said...

I love that song!!

November 28, 2006 10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice! You're very talented, and I love all the acoustic strings! I got hooked on the mandolin from Nickel Creek and Chris Thile, I don't know what it is exactly, I just love that sound. There so much electronic and techno "music" out there nowadays, that it's just nice to hear musicians who just have a natural sound, you know?

November 29, 2006 11:30 AM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Thanks so much!
I loved Nickel Creek too, earlier stuff better than later stuff.
In December I am flying to LA to record a DVD with John Gorka, Michael Manring and Susan Werner. I am thankful for the opportunity to play with the likes of such.
Thanks for visiting my blog!

November 29, 2006 9:55 PM  
Anonymous You know who :-) said...

When you get together with
John, don't forget to suggest some light percussion--you know--like conga drums.

December 06, 2006 12:27 PM  

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