Stephen wrote his song Jericho in 2002. In it a man is searching for a way to court a woman who has emotionally locked herself away from the world. He compares her to Jericho and vows to sing his song beside her wall in hopes that history will repeat itself, and her wall, too, will crumble. In 2007 a friend asked him to write a song from the perspective of the woman, which became known as Inside The Walls. In 2012 a new song was added to the story. The man says he will sing his song beside her wall. The woman asks why he sings his song for her. What was the song? Come With Me became the gentle invitation to the woman to let go of her past and have faith in the love God had intended for her. The story ends with a realization that she does not have to remain in her self-made prison, and yet old habits are difficult to break as we see in Knock It Down.
1) She is just like Jericho / Walls of stone so hard and cold. / Protecting her from all that might have been. / And all the things she won’t show, / Sights so wondrous to behold, / Are buried somewhere deep beneath her skin.
2) She has built her garden walls / A thousand miles wide and tall / And there is no way over or around. / So, I stand here, looking small / To sing my song beside her wall / And hope that she might somehow hear the sound.
chorus: How I long to find the song / To heal her hurts, to right the wrongs. / How I wish to free the love she’s bound. / I dream that I could make my voice / A trumpet blast, a heav’nly noise. / That I could make the walls come tumbling down.
3) I have tried to catch her eye / To see all that she would deny / Beyond the lies she says that she believes. / There are hints that would imply / The tears she’d never ever cry, / She’s too afraid of foreigners and thieves.
4) Someday I may find the key / To repeat ancient history / But until then I wander ‘round her town. / She may look, she may see, / That tiny voice belongs to me, / A hopeful man who stands here on the ground.
INSIDE THE WALLS (Tefft)
1) My walls are tall. I’ve built them strong / To keep out all who don’t belong. / It seems a lonely life but not so much. / For protection, safety’s sake, / I’ve built them so they cannot break. / You can’t be hurt if you cannot be touched.
2) Here in my heart alone I dwell / Within this mighty citadel. / A fortress keeping foreigners at bay. / I won’t expose my fragile heart / To those who might tear it apart. / My signs are posted, “Danger! Keep away!”
Chorus: Yet, strangely I can faintly hear / A quiet voice drift to my ear. / Singing, “Let me in,” persistently. / It troubles me to hear this song / That gently echoes on and on. / For why would anybody want to be / In here with me?
3) I like it here with only me. / Though I may hurt, no one can see. / My secrets safe from anybody else. / With solitude my only friend / My heart might have a chance to mend. / At least that’s what I try to tell myself.
4) Perhaps, someday I’ll drop my shield, / My fortress then an open field / Where one might dance and play beneath the sky. / But until then I’ll keep them strong, / Staying here where I belong, / Where none will ever see the tears I cry.
COME WITH ME (Nancy & Stephen Tefft)
1) Walk away from your past / Don’t let loneliness last / Just take a chance. / Take my hand. Come with me. / Leave your sorrows behind. / Who knows what you may find. / Open your mind. / Take my hand. Come with me.
2) I can see you’re afraid / Of the games you have played. / Just walk away. / Take my hand. Come with me. / I’ll be faithful and true / I will watch over you. / That’s what I’ll do. / Take my hand. Come with me.
Bridge 1: If you believe / Then your heart will be free. / Love holds the key. / Take my hand. Come with me.
Bridge 2: Don’t be deceived / By the doubts you perceive. / Love sets us free. / Take my hand. Come with me.
3) It could go either way. / We could leave. You could stay. / Again I say, / Take my hand. Come with me. / You can run. You can hide / Or stay close by my side. / I’ll be your guide. / Take my hand. Come with me.
Bridge 3: Don’t let your dreams / Remain just fantasies. / Look, you can see. / Take my hand. Come with me.
Bridge 4: Won’t you agree? / That you want to be free? / Love holds the key. / Take my hand. Come with me.
KNOCK IT DOWN (Tefft)
1) My heart has never been an open book. / Close it, put it way up high so that no one can ever look. / Though now-a-days confession’s all the rage / I do my very best so that no one sees a page. / And so you don’t think I don’t appreciate / All the extra effort you always seem to take.
Chorus: When my door is locked / And the key can not be found / When you come around… / Knock it down!
2) The soul is often seen through the eyes / That’s one of the reasons I am wearing this disguise. / And although some progress has been made / I am still more comfortable when I’m wearing mirrored shades. / And so you don’t think I don’t really care, / I really have to tell you, I’m totally aware
Bridge: I know that it’s been difficult and you’ve been doing it for years / With an elbow to the ribs or a whisper to the ears. / Slowly you’ve pulled down some of my barbed-wire fences / No matter consequences, you bring me to my senses.
3) And though I’ve never owned a welcome mat / And there’s never many visitors, I like it just like that. / And though I pull the shades and lock the doors / The invitation’s open and it is always yours. / Just so you don’t think I don’t appreciate / All the extra effort you always seem to take…