Song of the Day: Andy Gullahorn


From the record Reinventing the Wheel.  This one’s called “Holy Ground”.  Enjoy.


Andrew Peterson is a singer-songwriter and author. Andrew has released more than ten records over the past twenty years, earning him a reputation for songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. As an author, Andrew’s books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga, released in collectible hardcover editions through Random House in 2020, and his creative memoir, Adorning the Dark, released in 2019 through B&H Publishing.


  1. Jim A

    Andy G was gracious enough to play a house concert at my place this past Friday (Andrew P your up next on my venue if you ever make it to Houston!) It was simply a fantastic event that everyone should have the opportunity to experience. Andy is so humble and down to earth, he just melted into the crowd before the music started and talked individually with just about everyone that was there.
    I was joking with Andy before the concert started that I was hoping he’d play all my favorites but was concerned that would be about 30 tunes. Then he put me on the spot and asked me which ones and in my haste I said “If I Were” and “That Guy” and totally forgot about this one which is likely my favorite off this album.

  2. Nate

    Yeah, this is my favorite off the album, too. It just says something about community thats touching and cutting at the same time. It rebukes reproves and exhorts. And that is hard to do. As a guy who is in community with people I really appreciate the way this song makes me consider my relationships, not just from my standpoint, but from theirs also.

  3. Jason Gray


    Gullahorn is a master – he makes this kind of songwriting sound so easy and effortless. He’s so good I can’t tell if I want to punch him or kiss his feet.

  4. Aaron Roughton

    Jason, you could combine the two and punch his feet, but the chances are really good that you would just provide him with fodder for another masterpiece in the same vein as Roast Beef.

  5. Jonathan

    We need to ensure to put the lyrics up here. Would take about 30 seconds to copy and paste it from somewhere else and would dramatically enhance the “song of the day” segment.


  6. Jonathan

    Holy Ground by Andy Gullahorn

    A good half-inch of dust had built up on the pews
    There were pieces missing from the stained glass dove
    There was a broken lock on one of the basement doors
    You could open if you pushed it hard enough
    It was wintertime
    The streets were cold as hell
    They laid their sleeping bags
    Along the alter rail

    It was holy ground
    It was holy ground
    It was holy ground

    As the word got out the sanctuary filled
    With folks who had no other place to call their home
    At night they’d share a meal and pass a bottle around
    Something they were all accustomed to alone
    The piano’s out of tune
    Some keys don’t even work
    But one guy could play a song
    Out of the hymnal book

    It was holy ground
    It was holy ground
    It was holy ground

    The local priest soon got word
    of the vagrants in the empty church
    He was told to go to the house of God
    And clear them out because after all

    It was holy ground

    He was met at the door by a man with open arms
    Saying “welcome to the one place we belong”
    He saw the shiny floors beneath the sleeping bags
    He could hear the sound of laughter down the hall
    Later on that night
    As they broke the bread
    He asked them if there’s room
    for an extra bed

    It was holy ground
    It was holy ground
    It was holy ground

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