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Jesus Commands Us to Go! (1984)

Updated: Jan 19


Jesus Commands Us to Go! is the second and final posthumous album of Christian singer - songwriter Keith Green, released on July 20, 1984 by Pretty Good Records. The album is produced by Bill Maxwell with widow Melody Green compiling more unreleased material, just like on the first posthumous album The Prodigal Son.


One of the songs titled "Run to the End of the Highway" was the first song that Keith and Melody Green wrote together back in 1974. Melody wrote in the liner notes about the song: "It was for a friend who was going to leave town in search of true happiness. But peace lies not on a change of location. You have to take yourself with you wherever you go, and without an inner peace, even the very best of outward circumstances fall short of what you know you so desperately need inside." The song would later be included in the first volume of a two-volume posthumous compilation album series The Ministry Years (1987) and released as a Christian radio single. American singer/songwriter/producer Bobby Hart co-wrote the track "Where There's Love" with the Greens.


The album added some instrumentation such as synthesizers (a first for a Green album, although he plays the piano on every track), in addition to studio musicians. Orchestrations were arranged by Harlan Rogers and Scott Smith. Jesus Commands Us to Go! climbed up to number 11 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. The album was reissued in 1986 on Sparrow Records on LP and cassette and on CD in 1990.


NOTE: BeBe Winans was one of the back up singers on the album, singing backing vocals on "When There's Love," "Thank You Jesus," "Jesus Commands Us to Go!" and "Create In Me a Clean Heart." He was credited as "B.B. Winans."


Track listing

All songs were written by Keith and Melody Green, except where noted.


1. Dust to Dust (Melody Green) -4:04

2. A Billion Starving People -3:51

3. When There's Love (Keith and Melody Green, Bobby Hart) -2:54

4. When I First Trusted You -3:56

5. Thank You Jesus (Keith Green) -2:55

6. On the Road to Jericho (Keith Green) -3:23

7. Jesus Commands Us to Go!/Comments from Keith... (live) -5:12

8. Run to the End of the Highway -3:15

9. Don't You Wish You Had the Answers (Melody Green) -3:21

10. Keith's Piano Prelude (instrumental) (Keith Green) -4:17

11. Create In Me a Clean Heart (based on Psalm 51) (arranged by Keith Green)

-4:21


Radio singles

1984 "Dust to Dust" -#33 Christian AC/CHR

1988 "Run to the End of the Highway" -#25 Christian AC



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