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“igbok” – The Song

“igbok” – the song

In 2010, renowned songwriter, Tom Douglas, was touched by igbok in a way that made him immediately put pen to paper and express the word through song.

Tom Douglas and David Arms

Tom Douglas and David Arms

I started seeing “igbok” everywhere – bumper stickers, t-shirts – was it a conspiracy? Some cult? Some new alt/country/new age jazz/rap band?

Then I met David Arms and saw his amazing creation of the painting “igbok“. The smoke cleared. The Red Sea parted. The code was broken: “it’s gonna be o.k.”…wow, Romans 8:28(a) – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.” It was an acronym for one of my favorite verses and one of the greatest truths in Scripture.

Hey man it sounds like a song…can I write a song? Voilà!

Listen and (hopefully) enjoy “igbok” – the musical interpretation.

Turn it up. It’s gonna be o.k.

Tom is one of the finest when it comes to the craft of writing a song. He takes ordinary thoughts and experiences of the common man and weaves them into something extraordinary.

Tom won CMA’s 2010 “Song of the Year” for co-writing “The House That Built Me”. The song also received three nominations at the 53rd Grammy Awards including “Best Country Song” and overall, all-genre “Song of the Year”. It won the Grammy for “Best Female Country Vocal Performance”, giving Miranda Lambert her first Grammy win. Tom was also nominated for an Oscar at the 2011 Academy Awards in the Best Original Song category with “Coming Home” from the movie “Country Strong”, performed by Gwyneth Paltrow.

The Song
You can listen to the song on igbok.com or download it for $0.99.

The Lyrics

“igbok”
Tom Douglas

Tell the addict up in Hackensack,
The politician whose feet of clay have started to crack,
The shattered woman who’s man ain’t comin’ back.
It’s gonna be o.k. It’s gonna be o.k.

When you’re staring down the end of a stethoscope
And you get bad news from a starched, white coat;
You got a hole in your soul and a leaky boat,
It’s gonna be o.k. It’s gonna be o.k.

Just when all hope is gone
Love rides in to save the day.
Between the darkness and the dawn
There is a whisper, just remember,
It’s gonna be o.k. It’s gonna be o.k.
igbok baby, igbok baby.

When you need someone to talk you down,
When you’re out there on the ledge;
And you need someone to push you out,
Scared to death on the high dive, stuck on the edge.

So you spin the dial and you change the station,
It’s the time of your life you feel you’re wastin’,
You hear an echo from Genesis to Revelation
igbok baby, igbok baby.

Just when all hope is gone
Love rides in to save the day.
Between the darkness and the dawn
There is a whisper, just remember,
It’s gonna be o.k. It’s gonna be o.k.
igbok baby, igbok baby.

The baby’s up all night and won’t stop cryin’,
And what you’re selling they ain’t buyin’.
You sit alone in a rocker and your memory’s frayed,
Heaven is a dream of finer days,
It’s gonna be o.k. It’s gonna be o.k.
igbok baby, igbok baby.

© 2010 Sony/ATV Publishing

  • Martha

    Just discovering IGBOK. Wow. I’m sure wishing it would spread further, faster! These lyrics are powerful. The reminder is powerful. I am downloading the song to my phone, tablet, etc. And, in a minute I will order a t-shirt.

    I also wish “someone” with musical talent would come up with a version of these lyrics in a pop style beat. That way, it would appeal to multiple audiences who need –NEED– to her this message. The soulful tone is wonderful; I love it. But on those days when I’m close to having it soak in and can say with more confidence: It’s Gonna Be OK!, I want to swing that message high! Please, someone do a version with an up beat to complement this one. (I’d also like to have such a version really soon, please!) 🙂

  • ish

    Saw this sticker the other day whole I was on the phone with my sister ..yes while driving down the road. I had been praying about something that has weighed heavy on my heart fervently and almost desperately that day. Well…The Lord spoke to me to pay attention to that sticker. I too thought was is that is it evil. I told my sister to Google it and wow….Thank you Jesus. Just when you knew I really need an affirmation AGAIN….Thank you. And He used this sticker as a reminder…it’s gonna be ok. It brought back to memory two years ago I was given this same message by a stranger…..same exact words and at that time I thought as I heard those words…that it was an odd reply to my conversation then…but little did I now that two years later how powerful those words would be. Yes our God IS in control.

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