"More Power to Ya" is a song by Petra. It was written and composed by the band's guitarist and vocalist Bob Hartman. The song was released in 1982 as part of the band's fifth album which bears the same title.
Song analysis and interpretationEdit
"More Power to Ya" is based on Isaiah 40:31, part of which reads "those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength." The verses emphasize the strength that we can receive from God when we believe in His word, regardless of how weak we can feel at the moment.
Words and music by Bob Hartman
You say you've been feeling weaker, weaker by the day
You say you can't make the joy of your salvation stay
But good things come to them that wait
Not to those who hesitate
So hurry up and wait upon the Lord
More power to ya
When you're standing on His word
When you're trusting with your whole heart in the message you have heard
More power to ya
When we're all in one accord
They that wait upon the Lord, they shall renew, they shall renew their strength
Jesus promised His disciples He'd give strength to them
Jesus told them all to tarry in Jerusalem
When they were all in one accord
The power of His Spirit poured
And they began to turn the world around
So be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might
Put on all His armor and fight the good fight
In all of our weakness, He becomes so strong
When He gives us the power and the strength to carry on
- Greg X. Volz – Lead vocals
- Bob Hartman – Guitars
- Mark Kelly – Bass, vocals
- Louie Weaver – Drums
- John Slick – Keyboards, vocals, synthesizer
"More Power to Ya" was part of "The Mellow Medley" featured in the 1986 live album Captured in Time and Space. It is the last song performed in the medley, after "The Coloring Song" and "Road to Zion". In 2005, the song was part of another live acoustic medley featured in the album Petra Farewell. In this medley, Greg X. Volz was invited as a guest vocalist. This performance also features bassist Greg Bailey and drummer Paul Simmons.
In 2011, the song was featured live in the Classic Petra album Back to the Rock Live.