Raye”

— Lisa Gallant Seal

The Story Behind the Song

It didn't take long to write the song Raye. It was one of those times the Holy Spirit was looking over my shoulder, directing each thought and lyric that came to my mind as I penned the words to the paper. During this process my emotions were high, I felt in a surreal atmosphere. Below is the story behind this cool little song.

 

 

 

 

 

Raye Trott thought Christianity was ridiculous, stupid, bigoted and shallow. He would ramble on with these opinions’ night after night at the pub where I worked.   You heard right, almost every night Raye would come in, I can still hear his old Harley Davidson roaring into the parking lot, the “biker guy”. Raye was well known in the community, a "fixture" some would say.

Raye came in early one afternoon and told me he’d heard I was a Christian and asked me to tell him my story, a Christian's dream, right? There was nobody else in the place at the time, so I did. He was interested all the way through my testimony and even threatened to kick my butt if he happened to get saved, laughing his laugh which was more like a cackle. I gave him one of my CD's and Raye promised he would listen to it and left the building.

But after that encounter I felt that giving my testimony was a bad idea and soon regretted it. It was like he was on a quest to make my life miserable! He hated that I was a Christian and wanted to let me and all my other customers know. I was so mad! Finally, on a busy Saturday night, Raye pushed his face over the bar and in his overt cynicism asked why I was even there. Like because I was a “Christian” I shouldn’t be in a bar serving drinks to a bunch of “sinners”, sort of thing. I remember Raye had told me that his mother was a “fanatic” and made him read the Bible and go to church, so he knew about Jesus. I felt even more irritated with him that night because I was so tired of his verbal abuse and heckling. I snapped back at him saying, “I am a sinner too Raye, but my sins are washed clean because of Jesus Christ did for me on the cross. Get back in the Bible, your answers are there, and you know it!”

 Then the song came! It came on to me like wild fire with every lyric line blowing me away! I shared it at my next gig which happened to be at a youth correctional center, telling them the story behind the song. The Chaplin was over whelmed by the Holy Spirit's timing, telling me that a lot of the kids were talking about guys like Raye and identifying with guys like Raye.

But I felt a gnawing in my heart that I should tell Raye that I was talking about him ... to Christians! I felt convicted, but SCARED. I didn't want to share the song with him because I was worried he would lambast me some more and criticize the song to no end. But as crazy as it is, I was wrong. When I finally told Raye that I was talking about him at my concerts and sang him the song A cappella ... he LOVED IT. I was shocked! After that, oddly enough, Raye and I became friends. He still heckled me, but it was more like a friendly teasing and I knew he respected my faith ... as much as he could.

But then the unthinkable happened. On August 11th, 2007 Terry Raye Trott died in a freak boating accident on Long Lake in Naples, Maine. They couldn’t find the bodies right away. Raye’s boat got pummeled and could not be identified, but we all knew it was Raye and his girl that were killed. After dragging the lake for several days, they found their bodies. The community was hit hard. It was all over the news. Raye was in a new relationship and this woman was with him, it was tragic.

Interestingly, three days before Raye died, he came into the bar to see me. I hadn’t seen much of him and his drinking was affecting his moods, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be naughty or nice. But he looked me in the eye and said "honey, I listened to your CD today ... and it gave me chills." I said, "That’s good Raye," surprised he was being nice.

I witness the Lord relentlessly chasing after Raye over the three years I knew him. He had many opportunities to accept Jesus' love and turn his head towards God instead of turning away. God does not force us to love Him, what kind of love would it be if we were forced to love God? So did Raye go to heaven? Many thought so. I tried to hide my grief which was more about where he was going than that he had died. People just don't understand hell unless they know Jesus.

How are you feeling after reading this story? Do you think it is foolish and selfish of me to think that it is very possible that Raye is in Hell? I struggle with that too. I want to think that Raye, at some point in the three years God was pursuing him, received Jesus. But I didn't see any evidence of that in Raye.

Please send me a line, let me know how you feel about this story. If you know a person like Raye, pass this story and song to them. You never know, you may offend someone or save their life, but hey isn't it worth the risk? L

RAYE   by lgs
 
Just a sinner in a sinner’s body, in a sinner’s world,

in a sinner’s mind
I don’t expect you to understand

you got the television tuned on all the time.
Take a chance, read a page,

the book of John might start your cravin’
I don’t know what to say, you wouldn’t believe me anyway
 
Raye you could be a ray of light
If were to ch ch ch ch change your appetite
Raye you  could be a ray of light
If you were only willin’ to stand up right
 
Hey joy seeker could you get any weaker,

laying your coat down for your enemy?
You can’t change my mind, it’s closed tight this time,

nobody, nobody gonna get me.
Won’t you tell me, tell me your story, tell me your life?
Won’t you tell me so I can keep it wrapped in my anger

and add to my strife.
 
Raye you could be a ray of light
If were to ch ch ch ch change your appetite
Raye you  could be a ray of light
If you were only willin’ to stand up right
Raye, you could be a ray of light just let go,

don’t try to fight it
Raye you could be a ray of light just let go

and let God ignite it
 

Don’t look back, don’t worry about the next day
What’s that crack, Raye what did you say, what did you say?
What did you say? What did you say?
 

Raye you could be a ray of light
If were to ch ch ch ch change your appetite
Raye you  could be a ray of light
If you were only willin’ to stand up right
Raye, you could be a ray of light just let go,

don’t try to fight it
Raye you could be a ray of light just let go

and let God ignite it
 
 
Just a sinner in a sinner’s body,

in a sinner’s world, in a sinner’s mind

 

 
   


 
 

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