For The Dark Night

by Andrew Nelson

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released December 16, 2016

All Songs Written, Performed, Recorded & Mixed by Andrew Nelson
Mastered by Karl Fleck
Artwork by Hope Olson Art

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Track Name: At The Foot Of The Mountain
at the foot of the mountain
we're still there to this day
where the prophets preach what prospers us
and love is a currency
that circulates
among the rich that just richer
while the poor just get forgotten
by the gods we've built to satiate
our thirst for something real
with this homespun theology
that's tired and cliche
there's nothing new about it
just makes salvation a game
where the players are the most and the found
and the lost and the least are left out
in the cold
wondering why
they god of the mountain doesn't come down
wondering why the god we're selling
looks a lot like you and i

and at the foot of the mountain
we've perfected buy and sell
everything you could ever want
this side of hell
these cardboard cutout christs
perfectly complement
these cardboard cutout hearts
full of love that you gotta earn
but you can't embrace
or you'll get burned
with this homespun theology
that's tired and cliche
there's nothing new about
just the wrapping and the name
that we've dressed in fancy things
to hide the ugliness inside
can't you hear the god on the mountain
tears streaming down
as he cries
as we just keep building gods
that look a lot like you and i
yea this homespun theology
that's tired and cliche
there's nothing new about it
just makes salvation a game
where the players are the most and the found
and the lost and the least are left out
in the cold
wondering why
they god of the mountain doesn't come down
wondering why the god we're selling
looks a lot like you and i
Track Name: RE: Grace
i'm sorry for just giving you
the remains
anything left untouched
at the end of the day

still even so
when i am gone
i return just to find
an embrace like i've been gone for good
when minutes turn to hours
and days turn to weeks
you're loving me just the same
and when i'm broke on my knees
so spent from the races
you're waiting with a grand parade
what did i do to deserve you
what did i do to deserve you

i know that i'm careful
to keep you an arms length away
but i'm out of excuses
i've got nothing left to say

still even so
when i am gone
i return just to find
an embrace like i've been gone for good
when minutes turn to hours
and days turn to weeks
you're loving me just the same
and when i'm broke on my knees
so spent from the races
you're waiting with a grand parade
what did i do to deserve you
what did i do to deserve you

but you always say
that it's not what i do for you
it's what you do for me
it's not what i did for you
it's what you did for me
it's what you did for me
Track Name: Dogs
well the dogs they are a fightin'
there behind my eyes
they're fighting me for myself
some tell me to hide
others say to "stand your ground"
and their claws gripping deep
burn like hell
and they say that the bark
is worse than the bite
but i'm still bleeding
from the fire on their tongues
and they say everything
everything will be alright
but i can't breathe
so won't you come
and fill my lungs
tonight
Track Name: Too Much
every single notion
has crashed into the ocean
off the edge of me
the final precipice

and every single reason
every hope that i believed in
every fucking part
has been a casualty of this

has the silence that i've pled with
has the blood that i bled with
has it been to much
for the hands that hold this heart
have the doubts that i've held closely
like a lover in the dark
have they been too much
for the breath that was the start
or were you ever even there
or were you ever even there

and every single regret
every punch that i've let
get the best of me
with no chance of release

is it just illusion
every guilty conclusion
i've let tear me apart
piece by piece

has the silence that i've pled with
has the blood that i bled with
has it been to much
for the hands that hold this heart
have the doubts that i've held closely
like a lover in the dark
have they been too much
for the breath that was the start
or were you ever even there
or were you ever even there
are you even there
Track Name: For The Dark Night
here in the dark
colored in nothing
find me here
bring solace to fall
and as the dawn
lay in waiting
i'll be here longing
longing for you to

break all the threads, God
cripple my soul
find me in the chasm
wound me make me whole
you bring the life
and i'll bring my death
oh let the morning light
find nothing left

and ever elusive
giving chase
chase to your whisper
i've down to an art
but in the quiet
in the good night
the chase is over
God, you have my heart

break all the threads, God
cripple my soul
find me in the chasm
wound me make me whole
you bring the life
and i'll bring my death
oh let the morning light
find nothing left
break all the threads, God
cripple my soul
find me in the chasm
wound me make me whole
you bring the life
and i'll bring my death
oh let the morning light
find nothing left
Track Name: Ruach
in the dirt and the clay
from the earth that you made
you laid the foundations of my soul
you gave me a name
called me forth from the clay
and on that day you made me whole

cause in the wake of your breath
dust came to life
and every breath since then just longs for you
and i know that it's not much
but with what's left in my lungs
i'll sing to you my songs
and let my life be the tune

and in the aftermath
when the smoke had cleared
and the settling dust scattered the floor
you called me by name
out of my grave
and like Lazarus i was dead no more

cause in the wake of your breath
dust came to life
and every breath since then just longs for you
and i know that it's not much
but with what's left in my lungs
i'll sing to you my songs
and let my life be the tune
Track Name: Author Of Me
as the pages turn
the pieces of my heart
mend together at the seams
where they were broken from the start
and sometimes it burns
the love you wrote there in the words
but i know it's for my good
even though it hurts

cause you've written out my days
every word on every page
every joy and every pain
you have crafted them in grace
cause you're the author me
this broken masterpiece
for you have called me good
and said that in me you are pleased

and since chapter one
i've been trying to unlearn
the depravity i've learned
since the story has begun
but this book it's not a tragedy
God, you've written out a remedy
there's a wedding day to come
in the end all things are new

cause you've written out my days
every word on every page
every joy and every pain
you have crafted them in grace
cause you're the author me
this broken masterpiece
for you have called me good
and said that in me you are pleased
Track Name: Enough
there in the pages
somewhere in time
you breathed forth my days to unfold
and echoing still
coursing through my bones
the verdict you spoke to my soul

you said it was good
good
very good
and that is enough for me
yes you said it was good
good
very good
and that is enough for me

and there in the chaos
the crippling death
you found me and called me your own
you said "be still and know,
you're hidden with me
and i won't leave you all alone"

cause you said you are good
good
very good
and that is enough for me
yes you said you are good
good very good
and that is enough for me
Track Name: Satisfied
oh my soul
where have you gone again
or maybe it's just me
prone to play the prodigal
every now and then
and oh my love
as the clock ticks by you're loving me still
like you have
and you always will

and all my hope
is in you God
cause your love is sweeter than life
you are my portion
and my prize
and your love is sweeter than life

and oh my heart
prone to play the bastard son
blowing my inheritance
on pleasures under the sun
but oh my love
you beckon me back home and then
with a robe and a ring
you bring me back to life again
Track Name: Known & Loved
you adopted
these orphan bones
at the moment of my death
you're the lover
I've been longing for
long before I drew a breath

you're the father
I found waiting
there at driveway's end
you're the justice
for the corruption
wrought at my two hands

and you know me
and you love me
yea you've redeemed all that has died
yes you love me
and you know me
you say that I don't need to hide
beneath the fig leaves
in the shadows
for you've searched my heart
you know what's inside
and you love me

you're the wellspring
for my thirsty soul
only you can satisfy
you're the ocean
I wanna drown in
cause the deeper that I dive

I know you love me
and you know me
yes you've redeemed all that has died
yea you love me
and you know me
you say that I don't need to hide
beneath the fig leaves
in the shadows
for you've searched my heart
you know what's inside
and you love me