Friendship Train

A Vacation Bible School Program

Music

The music for program include selections from Tom Hokanson's Friendship Train CD which was recorded in 2000. Tom and Brent Karley provide adult vocals on the CD while children's vocals were performed by Jill & Rachel Hokanson, Amber Karley, Emily Hohertz, and Kimberlee Sump. The album cover artwork was a created by Jill Hokanson.

The Friendship Train God Has Other Plans for Me
He is a Friend Rainbow in the Sky
Good News It's Up to Me and You
I Got Joy The Arms of the Fisherman
I Will Rely Zacchaeus and Jesus
Noah Give Back the Blessings
T-R-U-S-T click here for other selections

The Friendship Train
words and music by Tom Hokanson

©Copyright 1998 by Tom Hokanson

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Get on aboard the Friendship Train
It doesn’t matter who you are
You can be a big steam engine,
A caboose or a passenger car
Now God is the conductor and Jesus is the engineer
And the Holy Spirit is the energy
That takes us from here to there

Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey (hey, hey, hey, hey)
Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho (ho, ho, ho, ho)
The Friendship Train (the friendship train)
Is set to go (is set to go)
It’s set to go (it’s set to go)
So get on board (so get on board)
Together, we (together, we)
Can Praise the Lord! (can praise the Lord)

Get on aboard the Friendship Train
Come on now let’s have some fun
Nobody loves you the way God can
So get aboard everyone
This train carries the Bible, it’s the best book ever found
And when your aboard the Friendship Train
You know you’re Heaven-bound

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He Is A Friend
words and music by Tom Hokanson

©Copyright 1998 by Tom Hokanson

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He is a friend when I’m alone
Whether I’m small or whether I’m grown
Whether I’m famous or unknown
He is a friend to me

He is a friend when I am sad
When I am happy or when I am glad
He is the best friend I’ve ever had
He is a friend to me

Jesus, He’s my friend, He is a friend to me
He wants to take your hand
Hold it and then you will see what I mean

He is a friend when things go wrong
When I am praying or singing a song
He is my friend for all life long
He is a friend to me
 

The Good News Song
words and music by Tom Hokanson

©Copyright 1999 by Tom Hokanson

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It’s time to get excited, It’s time to take a look
It’s time to make a Good News friend found in the Holy Book!
So take a look at Jesus, He wants to be your Friend
Angels, kings and miracles, the wonders never end

Chorus:
Good News! Good News! it’s written in God’s Word
Good News! Good News! the greatest ever heard!
From Holy Moses to Abraham, Mary and Sarah, too
Good News! Good News! Jesus loves me and you!

A thousand Good News stories that God wants you to hear
God wants you to see His love and know He’s always near
So open up your Bible and bring a friend along
Read it with your family and sing the Good News Song!

Chorus:
Good News! Good News! it’s written in God’s Word
Good News! Good News! the greatest ever heard!
From Holy Moses to Abraham, Mary and Sarah, too
Good News! Good News! Jesus loves me and you!
Good News! Good News! Jesus loves me and you!

Noah
words and music by Tom Hokanson

©Copyright 1996 by Tom Hokanson

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Now Noah built boats and he built them good
He’d do wonderful things with a hammer and wood
Though he was a good man and a God-fearing soul
There’s some things about Noah that need to be told, need to be told

You see Noah never liked the growl of a bear
And he thought the baboon had too much hair
And he’d run away from a mean billy goat
‘Til God said to Noah, “Noah, build me a boat
Noah, build me a boat”

Rain, rain, rain is gonna start comin’ down
Gonna cover the mountains, gonna cover the ground
Gather my creatures, Noah, don’t let them drown
Rain, rain, rain is gonna start comin’ down, gonna start comin’ down

Now Noah had no plans for an ark of this size
But God told him just how high and how wide
His son’s cut the lumber, their wives gathered food
But Noah took to brooding ‘bout the upcoming flood
The upcoming flood

You see Noah couldn’t see how he’d ever hold
A couple of mosquitoes in the belly of his boat
But God, He had plans and Noah took heed
When God said to Noah, “Noah listen to me
Listen to me”

Rain, rain, rain is gonna start comin’ down
Gonna cover the mountains, gonna cover the ground
Gather my creatures, Noah, don’t let them drown
Rain, rain, rain is gonna start comin’ down gonna start comin’ down

But Noah was changed for he saw that day
How each of God’s creatures is special some way
When the rain stopped and the ark came to rest
A rainbow appeared, all the creatures were blest
The creatures were blest
 

I Got Joy
words and music by Tom and Jill Hokanson

©Copyright 1999 by Tom Hokanson

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I got joy!  I got joy!

My cabin burned down on my youth retreat
I got dirty clothes and smelly feet
It was so scary, I thought I’d die
But Jesus is with me and that is why
I Got Joy, yeah, I Got Joy

I got so much homework it’s killin’ me
I can’t eat, can’t sleep, can’t hardly breathe
Sometimes I just wanna sit down and cry
But Jesus is with and that is why
I Got Joy, yeah, I Got Joy

So no matter what bad things come my way
Jesus is beside me every day
I got joy joy joy joy in my heart
‘Cause nothin’ can keep me and God apart
I Got Joy, yeah, I Got Joy

I Got Joy, yeah, I Got Joy
I Got Joy, yeah, I Got Joy


I Will Rely On You
words and music by Tom Hokanson

©Copyright 2000 by Tom Hokanson

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When I am hurried, when I am worried
I will rely on You
Through every sorrow, today and tomorrow
I will rely on You

When I’m in danger, if I meet a stranger
I will rely on You
In my second chances and tough circumstances
I will rely on You

I will rely on You in troubles great and small
Perhaps one day I will die for You if You should ever call

If I need a shoulder, as I grow older
I will rely on You
When I hear those voices, when I make my choices
I will rely on You

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I will rely on You in troubles great and small
Perhaps one day I will die for You if You should ever call

When I am hurried, when I am worried
I will rely on You
Through every sorrow, today and tomorrow
I will rely on You
I will rely, I will rely
I will rely on You
 

T-R-U-S-T
words and music by Tom Hokanson

©Copyright 1999 by Tom Hokanson

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Today I cannot see
Really what will be
Unless I put my trust in God
Someday I hope to be
There’s room up there for me
And so I put my trust in God

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There’s room in heaven for you and me
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Because I put my trust in God

Today I cannot see
Really what will be
Unless I put my trust in God
Someday I hope to be
There’s room up there for me
And so I put my trust in God

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There’s room in heaven for you and me
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Because I put my trust in God

God Has Other Plans for Me
words and music by Tom Hokanson

©Copyright 1999 by Tom Hokanson

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When I was a boy I thought I’d grow up to be seen by the world on channel 3
A job with danger and intrigue I’d play in the National Football League
So I played on my High School Football team, a quarterback chasin’ down a dream
I’m proud to say that I never quit but one day I had to admit

Chorus:
God has other plans for me, God has other plans for me
What those are I’ll have to wait to see but He has other plans
If He wants me to fly I’ll ask God how high
If He wants me to crawl I won’t ask why
I’ll follow His dream until the day I die
‘Cause God has other plans..... for me

One day we should all sit in a circle round just tellin’ stories of the times we’ve found
That what we wanted to grow up to do was not in the plan for me or you
But every story has a second part, one that can reach out to touch another’s heart
We can tell each other what happened when we decide to follow God’s plan

Now if you’re young where your dreams all start Chase that dream with all your heart
If someday it comes true for you then praise God for what He can do
But if you find that your dream is gone remember God has another one
It can happen to you as it did for me, sing the words so you will see


Rainbow In the Sky
words and music by Tom Hokanson

©Copyright 2000 by Tom Hokanson

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Rainbow in the sky, painted by God’s hand
You can teach me a lot about Jesus
And some things I don’t understand

Rainbow in the sky, Shining from above
You can teach me a lot about Jesus
And all about Jesus love

Red is for the blood He gave
Green is for the grass He made
Yellow for the sun so bright
Orange is for the edge of night
Purple for the sorrow He had for our sins
Blue for the sky where He rose again

You can teach me a lot about Jesus
And all about Jesus love




It’s Up to Me and You
words and music by Tom Hokanson

©Copyright 2000 by Tom Hokanson

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It’s up to me and you to keep Christ living in this world
Every Christian mom and dad, each believing boy and girl
We’ll hold each other’s hand, side by side we’ll be
Together we will stand for love because it’s up to you and me

When Jesus walked this earth so many years ago
He taught the ones who followed Him
Everything that they should know
And the Word was handed down and it spread from town to town
So the love of Christ could grow

It’s up to me and you to keep Christ living in this world
Every Christian mom and dad, each believing boy and girl
We’ll hold each other’s hand, side by side we’ll be
Together we will stand for love because it’s up to you and me

And so it’s up to us to spread the love of Christ along
From the echoes of the past to the voices of this song
And everyone should do their part, hand in hand and heart to heart
So tomorrow’s child belongs

It’s up to me and you to keep Christ living in this world
Every Christian mom and dad, each believing boy and girl
We’ll hold each other’s hand, side by side we’ll be
Together we will stand for love because it’s up to you and me
Together we will stand for love because it’s up to you and me
 

The Arms of the Fisherman
words and music by Tom Hokanson

©Copyright 2004 by Tom Hokanson

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Let the waves wash over you, let the love rush over too
And you will be in the Arms of the Fisherman
Come and rest inside His boat when the storms rage you will float
So you put yourself in the Arms of the Fisherman

In our struggles there will be
On the shore and on the sea
Jesus waiting there for me and you
So run into the Arms of the Fisherman

When you read the Bible book there’s a Spirit and a hook
And you’ll be caught in the Arms of the Fisherman
Walk on water if you can if you can’t then take His hand
And you’ll be held in the Arms of the Fisherman

When the water is too deep
When the mountain is too steep
Jesus saves the day for me and you
So run into the Arms of the Fisherman

In our struggles there will be
On the shore and on the sea
Jesus waiting there for me and you
So run into the Arms of the Fisherman
 

Zacchaeus and Jesus
words and music by Tom Hokanson

©Copyright 2009 by Tom Hokanson

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A rich and little man named Zacchaeus
Heard what people said about Jesus
Now Jesus, HE was coming to this town
So all the people gathered from all ‘round
But Zacchaeus was too short to see
So he climbed to the top of a Sycamore tree
And he heard Jesus say

If you are poor, if you are small
If you have little or none at all
If you are blind, if you don’t talk
If you are weak, if you can’t walk
If you are sad, if you are blue
If you are lost don’t know what to do
Then Jesus loves you, and Jesus loves me, and Jesus loves you

Now this rich and little man named Zacchaeus
Sat up in the tree listening to Jesus
Jesus said Zacchaeus come on down
‘Cause I want to eat dinner at your house
And Zacchaeus was so moved that day
That he took half his money and he gave it away away
‘Cause he heard Jesus say

If you are poor, if you are small
If you have little or none at all
If you are blind, if you don’t talk
If you are weak, if you can’t walk
If you are sad, if you are blue
If you are lost don’t know what to do
Then Jesus loves you, and Jesus loves me, and Jesus loves you



Give Back the Blessings
words and music by Tom Hokanson

©Copyright 2009 by Tom Hokanson

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There’s a book on my shelf that I used to read
To my 3-year old child as she sat on my knee
Another child sits in her room all alone
And she just needs a book to read

There’s a coat in my closet that I used to wear
Doesn’t fit anymore but I still leave it there
There’s a man on the corner, it doesn’t seem fair
That he just needs a coat to wear

I need to Give Back, Give Back the Blessings
Oh Give Back, Give Back the Blessings
Oh Give Back, Give Back the Blessings you see
Because much has been given to me

There’s a few cans of food sitting high on my shelf
I’ve saved them for me and nobody else
There’s a family who comes here on Mondays each week
And they just need some good food to eat Repeat Chorus

In my wallet, a folded ten-dollar bill stays
I could keep it for me or give it away
There’s some desperate people in uncertain times
Who need help to make it through these days Repeat Chorus

I need to Give Back, Give Back the Blessings
Oh Give Back, Give Back the Blessings
Oh Give Back, Give Back the Blessings you see
Because much has been given to me