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The Apology

The Apology
Words & Music by Michael Cusick & Steve Siler

I speak on behalf of all men who have wronged you
I’m your brother, your father, your uncle, your husband,
Your teacher, your pastor or anyone else who has hurt you
I’m so sorry for how you’ve been exploited
Abandoned, diminished, and despised
For all the ways that you’ve been disrespected
I apologize

I speak on behalf of all men who’ve abused you
Your grandfather, your cousin, your boyfriend, your neighbor,
Your coach or your counselor or anyone else who has used you
I’m so sorry that you’ve been violated
Dishonored, oppressed, objectified
For all the times that you have felt degraded
I apologize

I’m so sorry for how we’ve used your bodies
And ignored your intuition and your minds
For all the ways we’ve put you in your place
I apologize

May I kneel and wash your feet?
May I kneel and wash your feet?
May I kneel and wash your feet?

© Silerland Music / Ninety Forty Ten Music (Administered by the Copyright Company) ASCAP

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We may never hear it from our abusers, but just to have a man stand in the gap of all the abusers is so very powerful. Pray this song into your heart and allow God to heal you.

Julie Woodley, Founder & Director, Restoring The Heart

This is the most beautiful sentiment I’ve heard towards women. What a gift God has given you to understand our intrinsic worth and beauty. May this song make its way around the Globe!

Yvonne Williams , Co-Founder & President, Trafficking in America Task Force

In a world where the words “I’m sorry” and “I apologize” are infrequently heard, this song of apology will flow like streams of living water on the barren, wounded, and broken hearts and minds of women around the world. Your music is truly a gift to the Kingdom of God.

Lisa Thompson, Vice President, National Center on Sexual Exploitation, Washington DC

A beautiful song! Extremely powerful and so well done. It will be a great source of comfort and healing for women who would never otherwise hear anything like this, especially from a male in their past.

Tiffany Leeper, Founder & President, Girls against Porn and Human Trafficking

Wow! I’m so moved and felt tears pool when I heard the offer, “May I kneel and wash your feet?” This is such a powerful song! The lyrics are spot on.

Marnie Ferree, Director, Bethesda Workshops

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Craig Nelson

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Craig Nelson

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Bass

Albums / Songs Involved With:

THE APOLOGY DRINK DEEP No!, Don't Feel Much like Prayer Today, Drink Deep, After the Crowds are Gone, No Such Thing as Normal, Differently, Every Single Tear, Good, Ambush, As Good as Goodbye Gets, Today, Gone Ahead, Death Has Been Conquered MERCY GREAT ENOUGH Stain Upon My Heart, Hope Will Rise Again, We Forgive You WHOLE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD Whole in the Sight of God

Emily Bowland

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Emily Bowland

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Clarinet

Albums / Songs Involved With:

THE APOLOGY

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Jason Webb

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Jason Webb

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Piano

Albums / Songs Involved With:

BROKEN TO BLESS Not too Far from Here, Broken to Bless, Renee is Fourteen, Beatitudes, Listening, Wounded Angel, Nothing is in Vain, The Apology CELEBRATION TABLE Celebration Table, Come Meet Me Here, In Christ, I've Got This, Shame Died These Things, A Voiceless Cry, You are Not Alone DRINK DEEP No!, Don't Feel Much like Prayer Today, Drink Deep, After the Crowds are Gone, No Such Thing as Normal, Differently, Every Single Tear, Good, Ambush, As Good as Goodbye Gets, Today, Gone Ahead, Death Has Been Conquered MERCY GREAT ENOUGH Hidden Things, The Days Still Yet to Come, Hope Will Rise Again, You'll Never Call Me Daddy, Stain Upon My Heart, We Forgive You, Your Life Has Made a Difference

Kent Hooper

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Kent Hooper

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Co-Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Mastering, Arranging, and Keyboards

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AFTER THE STORM Engineer spoken pieces, Engineering, mixing, and mastering THE APOLOGY Engineering, mixing, and mastering BEFORE WE SAID HELLO Engineering, mixing, and mastering BROKEN TO BLESS Engineering, mixing, and mastering CELEBRATION TABLE Engineering, mixing, and mastering CHAOS OF THE HEART Programming - Chaos of the Heart / Piano - Interludes / Mixing & Mastering - Chaos of the Heart, Keep Breathing, & How Could You / Producer - Every Single Tear - used Courtesy of Spring Hill Music Group, Inc. CHILD OF GOD Engineering, mixing, and mastering CROOKED ROAD Engineering, mixing, and mastering DAYS OF HOPE Engineering, mixing, and mastering DIGNITY Co-Producer, engineering, mixing, and mastering - All tracks / Piano - Do You Know I Love You, Precious Lord Take My Hand DRINK DEEP Co-Producer, engineering, mixing, and mastering - All tracks FIFTY YEARS FROM NOW Programming, piano, & mixing - I Don't Know You Anymore / Love as I Have Been Loved - programming / Engineer for spoken pieces HEROES UNSUNG Engineer for spoken pieces IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR Engineering, mixing, and mastering MERCY GREAT ENOUGH Co-Producer, arranging, engineering, mixing, and mastering - All tracks MORE BEAUTIFUL Programming, Keyboards, Engineer, mixing - Wildest Ride on Earth, Keyboards & Engineer - Interlude for More Beautiful on Guitar, Engineer - Affirmation MORE THAN A SURVIVOR Co-Producer, engineering, mixing, and mastering ROCK BOTTOM SOON Vocal Engineer & Mix SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER Songwriter & programming - All of Me / Keyboards, mixing - Somebody's Daughter / Programming, mixing - Into the Light/ Keyboards, mixing - Every Man's Battle / Engineer & mixing - Is it Me? / I Commit My Eyes / Traitor TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE Engineered, mixed, and mastered all tracks / Also Wurlitzer - Swept Away / Keyboards - Tell Me What You See, To Be Free, In the Image of God / Guitar - Piece Me Together / Programming & Keyboards - You Love Me TWENTY THREE Producer UNDER MY SKIN Mix and mastering WHOLE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD Engineer & MIx

Ron Robinson

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Ron Robinson

Instrument / Role:

Guitar

Albums / Songs Involved With:

THE APOLOGY DIGNITY Returning the Favor, Precious Lord Take My Hand MERCY GREAT ENOUGH What Now, Hope Will Rise Again,You'll Never Call Me Daddy MORE BEAUTIFUL Wildest Ride on Earth TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE The Cost, Tell Me What You See, To Be Free, Just the Way that I Am SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER Traitor

Steve Siler

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Steve Siler

Instrument / Role:

Founder, Director, & Producer / Songwriter / Keys / Vocalist

Albums / Songs Involved With:

AFTER THE STORM Songwriter / Where is the Ground, Not too Far From Here, Twenty Three BEFORE WE SAID HELLO Songwriter BROKEN TO BLESS Songwriter & Vocals / Not too Far from Here, Innocent Child, Broken to Bless, Renee is Fourteen, Child of Mine, Beatitudes, Listening, Wounded Angel, Nothing is in Vain, Walking Each Other Home, The Apology CELEBRATION TABLE Songwriter & Vocals / Celebration Table, Come Meet Me Here, In Christ, I've Got This, No Power Over Me, Rock Bottom Soon, Say Anything, Shame Died These Things, A Voiceless Cry, You are Not Alone CHAOS OF THE HEART Songwriter / Chaos of the Heart, How Could You, Every Single Tear, Keep Breathing, Twenty Three CHILD OF GOD Songwriter CROOKED ROAD Songwriter DAYS OF HOPE Songwriter DIGNITY Songwriter / Dignity, We've Never Done This Dance Before, Returning the Favor, Love Will Have to Do It, In the Middle of the Mess, Twenty Three, You Should Hear Him Sing, Do You Know I Love You, Precious Lord Take My Hand, I'm Gonna Lose You DRINK DEEP No!, Don't Feel Much like Prayer Today, Drink Deep, After the Crowds are Gone, No Such Thing as Normal, Differently, Every Single Tear, Good, Twenty Three, Ambush, Today, Gone Ahead, Death Has Been Conquered FIFTY YEARS FROM NOW Songwriter / Fifty Years From Now, I Don't Know You Anymore, Love as I Have Been Loved, Before God, What God Has Joined Together GOD CAN USE A BROKEN HEART Songwriter HEROES UNSUNG Songwriter & Piano IN ALL THINGS Songwriter I PROMISE TO BE WITH YOU TODAY Songwriter IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR Songwriter LOOK INTO MY EYES Songwriter MERCY GREAT ENOUGH Songwriter / The Days Still Yet to Come, Hope Will Rise Again, I Lay it Down, I Wasn't There, Listen with Love, Stain Upon My Heart, We Forgive You, What Now?, You'll Never Call Me Daddy, Your Life Has Made a Difference MORE BEAUTIFUL Songwriter / More Beautiful, Wildest Ride on Earth MORE THAN A SURVIVOR Songwriter MUSIC FOR THE LITLE SOUL Songwriter THE NEXT RIGHT THING Songwriter NO POWER OVER ME Songwriter & Vocalist ROCK BOTTOM SOON Songwriter & Vocalist SET SAIL Songwriter SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER Songwriter / Traitor, Somebody's Daughter, All of Me, Into the Light, Is It Me?, I Commit My Eyes, Every Man's Battle /also / Keyboards - Is It Me? TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE Songwriter / The Cost, You Love Me, In the image of God, Just the Way that I Am, No One Can Love Me like You Do TWENTY THREE Songwriter UNDER MY SKIN Songwriter WHERE IS MY FAITH Songwriter WHOLE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD Songwriter / Whole in the Sight of God WRONG CONVERSATIONS Songwriter

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