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released July 1, 2004

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We believe artists and peacemakers organizing and acting in the rubric of liberating spiritualities will create a beautiful and just world. We support creators and art that promotes beauty and justice in the world. We host artist-activist for retreats and residencies and produce liturgy and music to support peace building movements. ... more

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Track Name: Sobering
Sobering

To think I almost lost you sobered me
So sobering
Like it woke me up from a lucid dream
And I should have stayed asleep
So Sobering

I’m wide awake, I’m wide awake
So tell me right now
Do you still love me?

What I thought, it wasn’t enough
What I did never woke me up
But life and death and the blood on my hands
Sobered me
So sobering, so sobering, I could have fallen to
We stood here to long, we waited to long
And I almost lost you

What I want is to tell you
I love you too, I love you too
Track Name: Dirty Game
Dirty Game
Where do all the flowers go in the winter time
Where does my heart go when they’re in the room
How can all the leaves dance when there is no wind
How can my mind believe when you’ve got me pinned

It’s a dirty game dirty game dirty game that they
That they teach you
When you’re young when you’re young when you’re young
And full of life
It’s a tired life tired life tired life that they
That they give you
When you’re young when you’re young when you’re young
And your eyes are bright

Imagine you’ve come home after a hard day’s work
And your family’s been robbed of a life that was less than they’d hoped for
Stuck in a dance that just spins against your mind
Stuck in the frenzy of wanting a peace you can’t find

It’s a dirty game dirty game dirty game that they
That they teach you
When you’re young when you’re young when you’re young
And full of life
It’s a tired life tired life tired life that they
That they give you
When you’re young when you’re young when you’re young
And your eyes are bright

Life that’s all I wanted was a life that I could live

When I was a sprout I could feel the sun
Now I’m old and filled with doubt and have come undone
From my eyes a river has been washing as of late
And I’ve seen that I haven’t learned to love or at least to hate

It’s a dirty game dirty game dirty game that they
That they teach you
When you’re young when you’re young when you’re young
And full of life
It’s a tired life tired life tired life that they
That they give you
When you’re young when you’re young when you’re young
And your eyes are bright

Life that’s all I wanted was a life that I could live
Track Name: Unspeakable Words
Unspeakable Words

You are almost gone, just a tingle in my fingertips
A shadow quickly fading from my path
If my mind were not so strong I wouldn’t feel you in my blood
The effects of you are fading like a drug

I am alone because my heart is much too heavy
To drag around everywhere I go
But through it all I have a sense that someone’s singing
From a place higher than I have ever been

There is a song of unspeakable words
Sung in the doorway of Heaven
The choirs of pilgrims and the sound of tear drops drying
Are enough to sober my heart and mind

To try to hear the song I know is ever sung
Is to try and be near to you
After all the sleepless nights and the days I’ve spent dreaming
To listen is the best I can do

There is a song of unspeakable words
Sung in the doorway of Heaven
The choirs of pilgrims and the sound of tear drops drying
Are enough to sober my heart and mind

The truth has dawned to light their way
Singing songs they know are more than they themselves
Could ever be

Is strong enough to lift my soul
And strong enough to reach a girl
Who waits inside her dreams
Track Name: Worse and Worse
Worse and Worse

It just gets worse and worse, until it’s done
It’s like a curse, you can’t outrun
It just gets worse and worse, until it’s done
It’s like a curse, a web that’s spun
Around my heart, mmm, so tight

I’ve only begun to forget
I’ve only begun to regret
I’ve only begun to think that I should feel again
Track Name: Wife
Wife

You pulled the apples from the air
You stuffed them in your pockets
And you said that you didn’t care
That you would run away that you would hide away from me

You left me standing in the dust
You left me standing and wanting so much
To show for the adoration I held for you
And for all you meant to me

Oh, I called you my wife
Oh, I gave you my life
Oh, I just wanted to see you smile

You took the robe off I’d given you
You threw the ring back I’d given for you
To cherish the day we spoke the words
And our hearts were still together

I just want to wrap you in my walls
With the strength of a thousand mighty men
I just want to hold you close and protect you from all
Who might call you forsaken
Track Name: She Carried On
She Carried On

She carried on, she carried on
She carried herself so far along
On her own

You never would know what she hid inside
And you never would know she learned to fly away
You never would know what she hid inside
And you never would know she learned to fly away

Everyone comes, everyone comes down
Everyone comes, everyone comes down this road
Everyone comes, not everyone stands
Not everyone knows how to move ahead

She carried on, she carried on
She carried herself so far along
On her own

You never would know she came from dust
You never would know she began to fade away
You never would know she came from dust
You never would know she began to fade away

Everyone comes, everyone comes down
Everyone comes, everyone comes down this road
Everyone comes, not everyone stands
Not everyone knows how to move ahead from here

You’ve been worn down and pushed aside
But His countenance still it shines on you
So what you gonna do with that pile of ash
‘Cause it’s not beautiful yet
Track Name: Jerusalem
Jerusalem

Isis was a girl who liked to float on the clouds in the middle of a rainy day
One time she had flown just a bit too high, was caught in a storm and thought she’d die
She sits on the floor behind a cold locked door and wishes that she could go back
To the days, to the days, mmm, to the days, to the days of old

I’m gonna move to Jerusalem
I’m gonna move to Jerusalem

And when I finally get there
I’m gonna come and I’m gonna find you
And we’re gonna laugh, we’re gonna sing, we’re gonna dance
Just like tonight, just like tonight, just like tonight
In Jerusalem

Daniella was a girl who gave her beauty to the world and her smile to the dirt at her feet
She’d never known that there was more, but never settled for less, pushed down, but still she was blessed.
She’d had a dream from a God who loved her so much and promised to come to her again
In the days, in the days, mmm, in the days, in the days to come

Louis was a boy who saw his parents killed in a place where they could hardly breathe
His six brothers and sisters sat nearby but could do nothing but watch and cry
He sleeps on the streets and shines shoes to eat and waits for a love that is strong
For the days, for the days, mmm, for the days, for the days to come
Track Name: Grace
Grace

I am not so far away from the worst man I’ve ever been
Take away my money, leave me standing naked
With nothing to be better than
I would quickly fall away
What is it in you that let’s me stay?

Grace is a lover strong enough to hold on
Whenever I slip and I fall or I turn and run away
I kiss and I cruse the same face that will bless me
But love, but love will endure it

Show me something more that me
Show me something greater than I could ever be
I would anchor in to the stronger tree
And finally grow instead of float
Inside this fantasy- baby

Grace is a lover strong enough to hold on
Whenever I slip and I fall or I turn and run away
I kiss and I cruse the same face that will bless me
But love, but love will endure it
Track Name: No More
No More

You been robbin’ and taking from me
And I’m sick of your lies and you can’t stay for free
And I have loved you
No more

You been laughin’ at my tears
Behind a mask of compassion and your own fears
And I have served you
No more

Peace be with you
And peace be with me
It’s a piece of work
To finally realize you’re free
Beyond understanding
When understanding is gone
I can’t even think (decide)
Except to decide to move on

The ones that know you best
Are the ones you’ve hidden from me and this mess
And I have trusted you
No more

Your friends have given me second best
They’re the ones that have hurt me and given me no rest
And I have listened to you
No more

Chorus

When your turn came to hope
I saw you slip from the last and only rope
And I have known you
No more

When your face came to mind
I remembered why I hadn’t stopped to cry
Cause I have known you
No more

Chorus

Nine years of bruises and of blood
And I am finally free of
Nine years of bruises and blood

Chorus
Track Name: Wanderer
Wanderer

My father was a refugee running from the battles
Making strangers of the places he had been
My mother was a pilgrim wandering trails that covered continents
Looking for a Mecca to settle in

I am the unwanted child holding on to the aftermath
Of all they left behind
But not all abandoned, no not all forsaken
No not all who wander here are lost

My father was a refugee believing he’d been wronged
Pushed from his house having nightmares of destruction
My mother was a pilgrim never stopping to believe
Always searching for another way to be

I am the unwanted child holding on to the aftermath
Of all they left behind
But not all abandoned, no not all forsaken
No not all who wander here are lost

You find me on the battle lines of all I do believe
And the blood spills on either side of me
You find me on the battle lines of all I do believe
And the blood spills on both sides of me

Can you make in me a quiet place where I can feel at home?
Can you make in me a gentle place where I can feel at home?
Can you make in me a quiet place where I can feel at home?
Can you make in me a gentle place where I can feel at home?
Track Name: Love Has Won
Love Has Won

It’s so, so hard to be gone
Not sure where I belong on the days between my home and your love
If I were a little stronger I’d carry joy instead of wonder
Where I’m going and where I’ve gone
A memory sustains me while I dream of things to wonderful for me

But Love has won 2X

I know someone has gone before
I’m following roads already carved in the ground
I know others will come, I know I am not alone
But I can’t help but cry out
As if fear was a sound

But Love has won 2X

I am ransomed from my captor
I can’t believe the colors I have seen
I was beaten down and held back, pushed away by what
I simply could not give up
Call it vanity, call it shame, call it jealousy, call it pain
I am free

I am free, I am

Love has won 4X
Track Name: Arise
Arise

Arise, arise
Your light, your light has come
Nations shall come
All shall come
All shall come (2X)

For your love has turned me around
For your love has turned me around
You whisper in my ear
And you speak to me in tongues
Nations shall come
All shall come
All shall come
Track Name: Work It Out
Work It Out

You make me quiver like an untouched person
You give me pleasure in places I’ve never known
You make me shiver like an expecting lover
You promise to never leave me alone
You plant your seeds in places I’ve never sown

Work it out work it out work your magic out in me
Give it up give it up give your love up for me to see
Cause you’re the lover and the savior
You’re the one who’s dirtied their hands
In my grave yard
So give it up for me

You make my mind spin / like an addict
You give me rest in places I’ve never known
You make my thoughts fly like a bird of habit
You let my wings go where I’ve never flown

You feed me colors like I’m a starving artist
You give me vistas of spaces I’ve never known
You feed me phrases like I’m a starving writer
You make me wiser than I could’ve grown