Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

An Illustrated Song: Russ Lee's "Live What I Believe" with George W. Bush (VANITY)
me

Posted on 12/07/2002 10:17:22 AM PST by lawgirl

Welcome to (as far as I know) Free Republic’s first “Illustrated Song”. Some songs just naturally bring certain images to your mind, and as I listened to this song, the following images came to the forefront of my mind and reminded me that you can see President Bush’s words and beliefs coming to life in his face. Hopefully you will agree with me that the photos illustrate the song well.

This song was recorded by Christian artist Russ Lee, and this version came out right after President Bush’s inauguration. Russ Lee took W’s words and interspersed them into his own song. When I first heard this song, I was moved to tears. This song is about taking a stand as a Christian, which our President has done. This song kicks off with President Bush’s reply at the Iowa Republican primary when asked to name the philosopher that had the greatest influence on his life: “Christ, because he changed my heart”, and uses words from, mostly, President Bush’s first major speech as President-Elect from the Texas House of Representatives in December 2000. He was talking about unity and his vision for our country, and I think a lot of it is still very relevant in our post 9/11/01 world.

I put this together as a tribute to our President. It’s no mystery around here how I feel about President Bush. What a blessing he has been to this country, and to me. His leadership, devotion to faith, and his willingness to allow us to glimpse his heart and see Christ shining through are an inspiration to me. He has reminded me that, no matter who you are, Christians have no excuse for hiding their faith. He has taken heat for his faith, and has remained faithful. I pray God blesses his example.

Below, President Bush’s words are in blue, and the song lyrics are italicized. The song is copywrited by Sparrow Records and was written by Russ Lee and Doug McKelvey. It can be found on Russ Lee’s album “Words in Time” and the original is a little bit different than this version. I encourage all of you that have this song, to pull it out and listen to it as you look at the pictures and read the thread—that makes it best experience IMO.

I hope you all enjoy this illustrated song. May God bless our wonderful President George W. Bush and may God Bless America!

"Live What I Believe" – Russ Lee with President George W. Bush
by Russ Lee and Doug McKelvey

Voiceover: When George W Bush was asked to name the philosopher that had the greatest influence on his life, this was his answer:

Christ, because he changed my heart

These are the days
For the children of faith
To stand up and be counted

I believe things happen for a reason

Now is the time
For the light in us to shine
On whoever's around it

I ask for you to pray for this great nation

One life can be the proof
Of the hope that is You

I'm gonna live what I believe
I'm gonna walk that line
If it costs me everything
I'm gonna stand for what is right

I will swear to not only uphold the laws of our land, I will swear to uphold the honor and dignity of the office to which I have been elected, so help me God

The world will see God's grace
When we work and we pray
And then love like we mean it

Now it is time to find common ground
And to build consensus
To make America a beacon of opportunity in the 21st century

Well, I think we're in it
One life can be the proof
Of the hope that is You

I'm gonna live what I believe
I'm gonna walk that line
If it costs me everything
I'm gonna stand for what is right

So that everyone can see
It's Jesus that they need
I'm gonna live what I believe

I know America wants reconciliation and unity

There's a passion deep inside
(I’m gonna live what I believe)

I know Americans want progress

For my life to testify

And we must seize this moment and deliver

Lord, let me be used
As a witness for You
With faith and conviction

Together guided by a spirit of common sense, common courtesy, and common goals
We can unite and inspire the American citizens

(Live a life)
Gonna walk that line
(Live what I believe)
(Live a life)
I'm gonna stand for what is right
(Live what I believe)

I ask for your prayers for leaders from both parties
Hey, it's Jesus that they need

I'm gonna live what I believe
I'm gonna walk that line
If it costs me everything
I'm gonna stand for what is right

So that everyone can see
It's Jesus that they need

I'm gonna live what I believe

I thank you for your prayers for me and my family

I ask for you to pray for this great nation

And if it costs me everything
(Live what I believe)

I will swear to uphold the honor and dignity of the office to which I have been elected, so help me God

I’m gonna live what I believe
(Live a life)
(I’m gonna live what I believe)
(Live a life)

Christ.

I want everyone to see

(Live what I believe)

Because he changed my heart
(So everyone can see)
I’m gonna live what I believe

It is more than an office
It is a charge to keep
And I will give it my all



TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: illustratedsong; livewhatibelieve; presidentbush; russ
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200 next last

1 posted on 12/07/2002 10:17:22 AM PST by lawgirl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
Oh, my, Lawgirl! This is a beautiful tribute to a wonderful Christian man who is our President as this time of our great need by God's grace! Thanks for the effort. Tremendous!
2 posted on 12/07/2002 10:21:03 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Freedom'sWorthIt
Can you see all the pictures? I didn't want to ping anyone until I knew if you can see them all.
3 posted on 12/07/2002 10:22:16 AM PST by lawgirl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl; JohnHuang2
Yes, I can see all of them! You have done a wonderful thing, here. Please do ping all you can - and let's get the King of Ping here to do his thing! JH2, can you help?
4 posted on 12/07/2002 10:25:34 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: mtngrl@vrwc; ohioWfan; Wphile; homeschool mama; GretchenEE; Republic; kitkat; ladyinred; ...
Pinging all my Dose friends--this is a special project I put together as a tribute to our President. I would love it if you would check it out!
5 posted on 12/07/2002 10:27:32 AM PST by lawgirl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
Oh, lawgirl, this is just beautiful and inspiring! I can tell it was a work of love for you and I thank you so much! Everyone should see this! It's just wonderful!
6 posted on 12/07/2002 10:32:49 AM PST by Wait4Truth
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
What a wonderful thread this is! I can only imagine the amount of work that went into this project. You put your whole heart and soul into it and it certainly shows! ;-)
7 posted on 12/07/2002 10:36:18 AM PST by mtngrl@vrwc
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
Oh WOW ... BRAVO!!!!


Thanks for the ping Lawgirl ..
8 posted on 12/07/2002 10:38:44 AM PST by Mo1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
Beautiful. When I saw the picture of him with the fireman I was overwhelmed. That man is so sincere that it just pulls at your heart.
9 posted on 12/07/2002 10:40:42 AM PST by McGavin999
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
That was just very nice, Lawgirl.
10 posted on 12/07/2002 10:42:35 AM PST by jla
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
Absolutely Fabulous~ So beautifully done~
11 posted on 12/07/2002 10:42:41 AM PST by Soaring Feather
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: McGavin999
Thanks everyone!

McG--it's amazing how just watching his face you can see how much he cares about people.
12 posted on 12/07/2002 10:44:10 AM PST by lawgirl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
Wow !!

Pings should include a Kleenex Alert
for those of us who "cry at the drop of a hat"

13 posted on 12/07/2002 10:44:14 AM PST by twyn1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
One word: Awesome!
14 posted on 12/07/2002 10:46:35 AM PST by texasbluebell
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
Thanks for the ping, Lawgirl. This is BEAUTIFUL!
15 posted on 12/07/2002 10:48:30 AM PST by hillsborofox
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
I just put "Live What I Believe" on while I looked at this thread and it's amazing! Looking at pictures that correspond to this song, looking and listening at the same time....what fun! It certainly adds to both the song and the thread to do them both at the same time.

I love this song...and I love your thread!
16 posted on 12/07/2002 10:49:08 AM PST by mtngrl@vrwc
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: bentfeather; twyn1; jla; mtngrl@vrwc; Mo1
Thanks all! This took a lot of time, and I was nervous about it. I am glad you like it!
17 posted on 12/07/2002 10:50:08 AM PST by lawgirl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
Woooo Hoooo!

O2
18 posted on 12/07/2002 10:50:14 AM PST by omegatoo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
Lawgirl this is truly beautiful. For those who don't have the music.

http://www.russlee.com/html/enter.html
19 posted on 12/07/2002 10:56:01 AM PST by swheats
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
Well done! That is beautiful...
20 posted on 12/07/2002 10:56:02 AM PST by Allegra
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mtngrl@vrwc; texasbluebell; omegatoo; hillsborofox
Thanks all! Mountaingirl---I really think it works best listening to the song. Plus you get to hear W saying the words-always a bonus! LOL!
21 posted on 12/07/2002 10:57:01 AM PST by lawgirl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: swheats; Allegra
THANK YOU!!! OH MY GOSH how did I forget to post a link to the song! LOL thanks so much!! You guys
>this song is VERY MUCH worth the download. It will bless you!

Allegra thanks!
22 posted on 12/07/2002 10:57:54 AM PST by lawgirl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
Absolutely beautiful. I'm teary-eyed here. You chose the perfect pictures. Bravo, and well done!
23 posted on 12/07/2002 10:58:59 AM PST by Nea Wood
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
You did a FABULOUS job in the posting .. and this is one of my favorite pictures ... This President truly loves our country and our children

JUST LOOK AT THAT HUG!!!

24 posted on 12/07/2002 11:00:13 AM PST by Mo1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
Wonderful effort, I am so proud of this man for being true to his beliefs. He may not please all of us, all of the time, however, he is honestly doing what he believes is best for us all.

Those that cannot see that, too bad for you. Honesty and dignity were what he promised us.

GRRRRRollin' and Merry Christmas!

25 posted on 12/07/2002 11:00:40 AM PST by GRRRRR
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
You did such a wonderful job with this tribute! It brings tears to my eyes and erases the negative things and name calling that I have seen on other sites. What an outstanding man. I felt that we were on the brink of something horrendous before he came into office. Now we are blessed. Summed up perfectly by One life can be the proof of the hope that is You.

Thanks for the ping, and now I will laugh even harder when someone inserts words like "Isn't that Lawgirl over there?" under a photo of President Bush pointing. *grin*

26 posted on 12/07/2002 11:01:02 AM PST by okimhere
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nea Wood
Thanks Nea Wood. I bawled my eyes out the first time I heard this song. Russ Lee did such a great job with it!
27 posted on 12/07/2002 11:01:16 AM PST by lawgirl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: swheats
Thanks for the music swheats .. I've got it CRANKED UP!!!
28 posted on 12/07/2002 11:02:27 AM PST by Mo1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Mo1; okimhere; GRRRRR
Mo1--know what else strikes me?? The look on the CHILDREN's faces---like look at the little girl here:

Look at her face---it says it all.

GRRRRR--I am so glad you liked it!! You said it GRRRR--he might not please us ALL The time---but that is OK with me, because I TRUST HIM. I trust GWB is going to do his best for US not for himself. He has gone beyond my wildest dreams in showing our country his faith and his geniune love for us all.

Okimhere---FR is such a great place-- mostly positive. Like I said--President Bush isn't perfect, but he is doing his best and consulting god in his decisions. That is all we can ask for!

29 posted on 12/07/2002 11:06:49 AM PST by lawgirl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Mo1; swheats
Isn't it GREAT!!!!!!!!!

Thanks again swheats!!!
30 posted on 12/07/2002 11:08:26 AM PST by lawgirl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
This is incredible! What a beautiful tribute to President Bush. Thank you for this great post!
31 posted on 12/07/2002 11:08:54 AM PST by happymom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
Well Done!
It's Beautiful!
32 posted on 12/07/2002 11:10:20 AM PST by Fiddlstix
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
Look at her face---it says it all.

YES IT DOES!!! ... they feel safe with his arms around them

Oh Geeez .. now I'm tearing up .. how did we get so lucky to be blessed with such a fine man as our President

33 posted on 12/07/2002 11:10:59 AM PST by Mo1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Mo1; lawgirl
You're welcome, you did all the work. This president makes me glad to be living in these times. Even though there's war and evil all around, we still can find hope.

34 posted on 12/07/2002 11:13:58 AM PST by swheats
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
That picture of GWB and the little league player (the little girl) touched me deeply. He's no phony, our president. He's the real thing. What you see is what you get with this man. He wasn't posing for a photo op. He genuinely cares about people.

I love this man. We are so fortunate to have him as our president.
35 posted on 12/07/2002 11:15:11 AM PST by mtngrl@vrwc
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: happymom; Fiddlstix; Mo1
Glad you all like it!

mo1--i think it's impossible to listen to the song without crying the first time.

God has blessed us beyond my WILDEST with this president!
36 posted on 12/07/2002 11:16:41 AM PST by lawgirl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
Lawgirl, this is absolutely wonderful!!
37 posted on 12/07/2002 11:18:14 AM PST by TejasRose
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
...he might not please us ALL The time---but that is OK with me, because I TRUST HIM. I trust GWB is going to do his best for US not for himself. He has gone beyond my wildest dreams in showing our country his faith and his geniune love for us all.

You said it! That's exactly the way I feel too. I trust him to do what's best for this country. When he was elected, I actually slept better at night for the first time in a loooong time.

And what a wonderful tribute you've put together for this fine man. Thanks so much for doing this. You ought to send the link to the White House!

38 posted on 12/07/2002 11:23:40 AM PST by texasbluebell
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Mo1
...blessed with such a fine man as our President

Many of us fought~whether it was on our knees, on the streets or in the courtroom for 37 days. A fight it appears more and more we had to win.

Would we do it all over again? In a heartbeat I'm sure. Looking for another win in Louisiana~For Victory and Freedom!

39 posted on 12/07/2002 11:24:16 AM PST by swheats
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: texasbluebell; swheats
And what a wonderful tribute you've put together for this fine man. Thanks so much for doing this. You ought to send the link to the White House!

That's a great idea!! I wonder where I could send it that he'd actually GET it?

Swheats---i think that is another reason a lot of us hold him very close--we have spent so much time praying for him. Sometimes I really feel that he's our president because we prayed him into office! LOL!

40 posted on 12/07/2002 11:29:00 AM PST by lawgirl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
Thank you, lawgirl. What a treat. Thanks for including me in the ping.
41 posted on 12/07/2002 11:30:54 AM PST by Barset
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: swheats
Would we do it all over again? In a heartbeat I'm sure

YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!!!

42 posted on 12/07/2002 11:32:55 AM PST by Mo1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
Great job! God bless George W Bush and the United States of America!
43 posted on 12/07/2002 11:33:50 AM PST by irish_lad
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Barset; TejasRose; irish_lad
Thanks everyone! I am so glad you liked it!
44 posted on 12/07/2002 11:34:42 AM PST by lawgirl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
Like it .. I LOVE IT!!

Going have to send this one off to my friends!!
45 posted on 12/07/2002 11:36:14 AM PST by Mo1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: swheats; lawgirl
Would we do it all over again? In a heartbeat

You've got THAT right!! And now we have had a couple of years of continually unfolding confirmation of what we sensed and believed back then.

Wow! Just listened to the song - it packs a punch, doesn't it? We saw each of these pictured events as they happened but, to string them together as Lawgirl has done, shows such a sincere, effective pattern to his presidency. And Laura's constant reassuring smile in the midst of world turmoil is amazing and comforting.

Lawgirl, ya done GOOD!

46 posted on 12/07/2002 11:37:23 AM PST by okimhere
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
Thanks, lawgirl! This is beautiful, and perfectly matched with the music. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this!
47 posted on 12/07/2002 11:41:25 AM PST by Miss Marple
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
Absolutely fabulous lawgirl! You truly captured the depth of this great man's faith. Thanks for your efforts!
48 posted on 12/07/2002 11:42:32 AM PST by dutchess
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: okimhere; lawgirl
I sent feedback on the site for the song and gave lawgirl's link. It would be great to see this in video form. I know we always want more, more, more.
49 posted on 12/07/2002 11:43:16 AM PST by swheats
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: lawgirl
It's outstanding. Thanks for taking all the time I'm sure it took to put this together.

Fabulous.

50 posted on 12/07/2002 11:44:13 AM PST by Howlin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson