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More about Jeff Combe:
Originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho; currently live in Southern California. Studied composition with Dave Sargent and Murray Boren at BYU; jazz arranging and electronic music at Cal State Los Angeles.
Song background:

When I was serving a mission in Canada in the 1970's, my mission president asked me to set an anonymous poem, written by an anonymous missionary who had served in Canada, to music.  This song was the result.

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Lyrics: To some there comes a call to love a people,
A nation, land, or race that's not their own.
The pages of two calendars will measure
The lives they've touched, and if they've really grown.

If you've been called, you'd better know the reason.
If you don't, your time is useless there.
The Master knows the answers and the questions.
He'll help you, but the cross is yours to bear.

And more than one has come and gone unnoticed.
They find it hard to love a stranger's land.
They somehow lose the vision they arrived with.
While others build on rock, they build on sand.

But those who learn to give just keep on giving.
They take their worst and make it into best;
They're those who learn that life's most sacred treasures
Are won by those who learn to serve the rest.

If you've been called, you'd better know the reason.
If you don't, your time is use-less there.
The Master knows the answers and the questions.
He'll help you, but the cross is yours to bear.

To some there comes a call to love a people,
A nation, land, or race that's not their own.
And when it's done, with eyes in tears they'll tell you
This country's mine, this land's become my home.

If you've been called, you'd better know the reason.
If you don't, your time is use-less there.
The Master knows the answers and the questions.
He'll help you, but the cross is yours to bear.
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