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You Don't Hear Me Though (Single)

by Inside Joke

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On the track "You Don't Hear Me Though," several of Inside Joke’s worlds collide as he releases his least joketified song to date.  When not rocking stages across the globe, Inside Joke spends much of his time challenging others to follow Jesus and to experience “church” outside the traditional walls and inside simple church communities. Recently, while having a conversation with Wheeler Fortune (Perhaps you remember him from the last album on the track Rockin' That Robe?) about the book Pagan Christianity by Frank Viola, Joke and Fortune shared their thoughts on the book and the challenges and frustrations that one experiences when seeking to find real church in the middle of the Bible Belt.  This song was born out of that conversation and serves as an anthem for all who are able to "hear." Dana Vogel, who is a part of Inside Joke's simple church community, lends her super smooth vocals in her first ever appearance alongside Inside...


I’m having a hard time, help me understand
Jesus said He would build His church, not man
But we turned His body into an organization
Am I the only one who fears our focus is misplacing?

In His the word, the church is always the people
But we keep talking like it's meetings and buildings with steeples
We just follow the person in front of us like sheepal
Getting real comfortable, and sometimes downright evil

But His freedom is peaceful, we rest in His grace
We’re basing church on the fact that it’s not a place
Just His people gathered together in any space
And we prefer the harvest fields as the birthplace

No buildings, budgets, pros, or programs needed
Just the the faith to believe Jesus can still do the leading
To the hurting folk it looks a lot like family
Church folk be like “it don’t meet my needs”
But you don’t hear me though

I don’t think that you hear me
I don’t think that you hear me
I don’t think that you hear me though

We got The Author of The Book living inside
And we trust Him to teach us and lead our time
Just His people together doing acts 2:42
No IRS number needed dog and that’s the truth

Just look in the Word at our roots
From house to house went Jesus and His crew
And that’s how they rolled for like 300 years
Then Constantine came along and switched up the gears

From underground into them pagan temples
But unfortunately we kept a bunch of pagan rituals
But God used it like He always does
Don’t mean we can’t benefit from looking at how the church originally was

Martin Luther set The Word free (reformation)
And now His spirit setting the church free (emancipation)
21st Century the church’s liberation
Coming to America like in other nations
But you don’t hear me though

I’m talking out loud but you’re not listening
Speaking clearly but you don’t hear me though
I’m talking out loud but you’re not listening
Speaking clearly but you don’t hear me though

Jesus help us break our addiction to our services
All of our events and our Jesus circuses
Help us to return to Your simple purposes
Even if that means peeling off our shiny surfaces

Help us start next door today and make a disciple
Help us gather our friends and start to read the Bible
Help us be fully devoted to You and they things You say to do...
(simplechurchalliance.com if we can help you
But you don’t hear me though)

I don’t think that you hear me
I don’t think that you hear me
I don’t think that you hear me though


released April 11, 2017
Recorded in Lexington, KY at Jokesta Records
Lyrics by Inside Joke
Additional Vocal by Dana Vogel
Music Production by Dar'rel Banks aka ALL4BEATZ
Mixing by Inside Joke


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Inside Joke Lexington, Kentucky

What started out as an "inside joke" has turned into a world-wide movement... sort of. From Lexington, KY, Inside Joke takes rap music back to the days when it was fun, made you dance, and actually rhymed! At the same time, Inside Joke brings a new school vibe, spirituality at times, and a little country grammar to boot! ... more

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