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Frogs

By The Spark & Echo Band Matthew 6:19–21, 1 John 2:25
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The love song Frogs muses about treasures that never decay, lies, eternal love, and tiny spring peepers in Wisconsin.

Frogs

What if I told you this was all there was?
What if I told you there was something more?
What if I told you you’ve been lied to?

That the pull from the moon and the stars
to the heavens is something that is real
That it’s our destiny,
That this earth will pass away and where your treasure is,
There your heart will be.

What if I told you this was all there was?
What if I told you there was something more?
I know you

And all the stars in the sky are all shining for me and you
And all we need to touch them is to die to ourselves and open up our souls
What if I said I loved you and we could last forever?

Where your treasure is there your heart will be, yeah yeah yeah
Where your treasure is there your heart will be

I’m telling you you’ve been stolen from
And I know where your heart truly is

That the angels are not only singing only up above
They’re all around and in the ground and up and down, yeah
That the tiny frogs in the pond are all singing a prelude to our eternity
And all we need to hear them is to die to ourselves and open up our souls

What if I said I love you and we could last forever?
What if I said I love you and we could last forever?
I know how our love could last forever.


Details
Year
2010
Music and Lyrics
Jonathon Roberts
Musicians
Jonathon Roberts (piano, vocal), Emily Clare Zempel (vocal), Jay Foote, Mason Neely (drums), Matt Holman (flugelhorn), Alex Foote (percussion)
Mixing
Alex Foote
Mastering
Matt Shane (Masterdisk, NYC)
Artist Location
New York City

Scripture

Matthew 6:19–21

19 ¶ Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

1 John 2:25

25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

Artist
The Spark & Echo Band

The Spark & Echo Band

From the Artist

“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be.” This love song is inspired by the Bible’s writings on eternal life, true lasting love, and the beautiful night time sounds of spring peeper frogs near the house I grew up in in Wisconsin.

The Bible passage that appears directly in the song is Matthew 6:19-21, and the concept of dying to ourselves from Paul (1 Corinthians 15:31) is also prominent. Other biblical concepts include the influence of nature and spiritual forces on our lives, the lies we believe, and the hope of eternal life (see Psalm 136:1, 1 John 2:25, Jude 1:21).

This song was written at my childhood home after a break-up with a long-time girlfriend, Emily Clare Zempel. Year later, Emily and I reunited in NYC and got married. I sang this song at our wedding reception, and later, we recorded it as the Spark+Echo Band and toured it around the country. It used to be a sad song for me, but now it's a love song between us.

-Jonathon Roberts

Biography

The Spark & Echo Band is a family outfit of songwriting-storytellers led by husband and wife duo Jonathon Roberts and Emily Clare Zempel. Their music brings forgotten poetry and wild stories from the Bible to life: visions of sparkling wheels in the sky, hunger and thirst, and legends of love as strong as death weave with memorable melodies and captivating rhythms. Drawing from a classical background, influenced by the pianism of Rufus Wainwright and Ben Folds, and emulating Paul Simon’s narratival techniques, Spark & Echo sings epic tales of love and adventure.

The duo has collaborated on three full lengths albums (Spark&Echo, Inheritance, Cities Project), one video album (In the Clocktower), in addition to many theatrical collaborations, this very nonprofit, and two children. They live in beautiful Beacon, New York, with all of the above.

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