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ONE WILD LIFE: SOUL

© 2015 
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1   LION OF ROCK
I climbed up a lion of rock
There overlooking the swirls of the world
All the shifting of sands that I saw
Conflicting energy giving and taking,
The fluid grace of it all
Billowing shadows of clouds in the sand
While the waves lay down all stretched and taught
Folding and wrinkling back to the source of it all

Every breath is give and take

I love you oh gentlest of ways
Who ripens us as we wrestle with you
The great homesickness we cannot shake
You, the great forest surrounding us now
In silence it's you that we sing
Billowing shadows of Heaven on earth
As we lay down our lives stretched and taught
Folding and wrinkling back to the source of it all

Every breath is give and take

I see it all like a hymn
The constant refrain of the echo and change
And all is beautiful

All is beautiful
Everything everyone building and breaking
Oh I see the grace of it all
There is no giving without any taking

There's no love without any loss

All is beautiful
And suddenly everything came into focus
As I saw her taking a walk
The tiniest speck, just a grain in the wind
But oh how much great in the small
The tiniest body containing the glory of heaven and angels and God
I climbed down the rock and
I ran to the sand and my love
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2   MOON SONG
You are the sun
You are the sun
You shine your light on everyone

I am the moon
I am the moon
I come alive because of you

Love will swim the oceans deep and blue
Sail across the sky ‘til the sky is through
Reach between the space of solitude
Span all other worlds just to get to you

You are the heart
I am the soul
The separate two become the whole

Love will swim the oceans deep and blue
Sail across the sky ‘til the sky is through
Reach between the space of solitude
Span all other worlds just to get to you
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3   ONE WILD LIFE
Brave the rise and fall
Go on and feel it all
I wanna feel it all
Love the rise and fall
Go on feel it all
I wanna feel it all

See it as a wave, particle, sun
You could call it what you like
Could call it light
See it as a fight or as a gift
You could call it circumstance
Or call it magic
These are the days we've been given
What will you do with each of them
What will you do with your one wild life

Brave the rise and fall
Go on and feel it all
I wanna feel it all
Love the rise and fall
Go on and feel it all
I wanna feel it all

See it as a loss or as a chance
Is it random chemistry
Or is it poetry
These are the days we've been given
What will you do with each of them
What will you do with your one wild life

Brave the rise and fall
Go on and feel it all
I wanna feel it all
Love the rise and fall
Go on feel it all
I wanna feel it all

Brave the rise and fall
Go on and feel it all
I wanna feel it all
Love the rise and fall
Go on feel it all
I wanna feel it all

Brave the rise and fall
Go on and feel it all
I wanna feel it all
Love the rise and fall
Go on feel it all
I wanna feel it all
oh oh I wanna feel it all
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4   WE ARE STRONGER
Give and take
Snow or sand, it's all the same from far away
You and me
We're the stuff of stars and dirt
With eyes to see

I can't meet you eye to eye
But I can take your hand in mine

We are better together
We are the ocean tide
Freedom and the anchor
When we're together

We are better together
We are the day and night
Together we are stronger
We are stronger

A starry sky
Solitary sparks that find a greater light
Desert land
Sprawling miles and miles
With only grains of sand

Oceans from drops of rain
Everybody made the same

We are better together
We are the ocean tide
Freedom and the anchor
When we're together

We are better together
We are the day and night
Together we are stronger
We are stronger

We are better together
There is no real divide
The winter and the summer
We are stronger
All together

Every black life matters
Every woman matters
Every soldier matters
All the unborn matter

Every gay life matters
Fundamentalists matter
Here's to life and all its branches

All together we are stronger
We belong together

We are better together
We are the ocean tide
The freedom and the anchor
When we're together

We are better together
We are the day and night
Together we are stronger
We are stronger

We are better together
There is no real divide
The winter and the summer
We are stronger
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5   LIGHT
Your eyes, they opened
And love was spoken
The tears came tumbling down

Your heart was broken
The words were spoken
The tears came tumbling down

And the blind gained sight
As we met our light
Oh the joy and fight
The gift of life

Your hands, the creases
Your feet, your breathing
You’re mine, you’re perfect light

And the blind gained sight
As we met our light
Oh the joy and fight
The gift of life

I can’t take my eyes off of you oh my Light
I can’t take my eyes off of you
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6   AT SEA
I followed the signs
I followed the stars
I followed anything to get where you are

But you were asleep
Far out at sea
You couldn't hear
Oh you couldn't see me

And waves crashed around
Swallowed you whole
Swallowed the moon and it drowned out your soul

You said "I love her"
You said we'd last
So I'll walk on water hold steady hold fast

She was a rage
Something so fierce
Grasping my feet as I came near

I held out my arms
To gather you up
I fought off the demons shed tears
And shed blood

And waves crashed around
Swallowed me whole
Swallowed the moon and it drowned out my soul

I said "I love him"
I said we'd last
So I'll walk on water hold steady hold fast

Her fury subsides
We wake with the dawn
Taking account of what damage was done

To our surprise
We did not meet death
Love stood up strong
Oh love haloed our head

And we walked the waves
Far out at sea
Wrapped in his arms oh my lover and me

Raging or calm
Little we care
Cause love is a force that will carry us home

And waves dance around
We learn to let go
To sing to the moon and awaken the soul

We said "I love you"
We said we'd last
So we'll walk on water, hold steady hold fast

We'll walk on water, hold steady hold fast
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7   LAND OF THE LIVING
Into the land of the living
Black bleeds orange into blue
I am coming to life,
Light is breaking through
I can hear the bells in the city
Across the ancient shore
I am ready to fight
Let down the scarlet cord
It's time to shed this masquerade

You cannot love in moderation
You're dancing with a dead man's bones
Lay your soul
On the threshing floor

Between the walls of the river,
Shoulders bare the sacred stones
We made it alive
We are not alone
Kiss the ground
And change your name

You cannot love in moderation
You're dancing with a dead man's bones
Lay your soul
On the threshing floor

I heard the distant battle drum
The mockingbird spoke in tongues
Longing for the day to come
I set my face, forsook my fears
I saw the city through my tears
The darkness soon will disappear
And be swallowed by the sun
I am coming home
I am coming home
I am coming home
I am coming home
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8   US FOR THEM
When the lines are drawn
When you’re in or out
When it’s us or them
And we shame the doubt

It is all a lie
All we ever really need is love
There’s no need to shed more blood
Look upon the cross
Look upon the cross

See the face of Christ
See the mercy in His eyes
Every valley shall be lifted high
Now our enemies are blessed
The heavy laden rest
For His judgement is love
His judgement is love

There is no more guilt
There is no more shame
All our darkest sin
All our deepest pain

Blessed are the poor
All the lonely broken lost and torn
See a kingdom comes to us
A war that’s fought with love
Our only war is love

Prepare the way of the Lord
Wielding mercy like a sword
Every mountaintop will be made low
Know, He holds the earth like dust
And His judgement comes to us
And His judgement is love
His judgement is love

We will not fight their wars
We will not fall in line
Cause if it’s us or them
It’s us for them
It’s us for them

We reject the either or
They can’t define us anymore
Cause if it’s us or them
It’s us for them
It’s us for them

Cause if it’s us or them
It’s us for them
It’s us for them

Prepare the way of the Lord
Wielding mercy like a sword
Every mountaintop will be made low
Know, He holds the earth like dust
And His judgement comes to us
And His judgement is love
May our judgement be love
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9   AM I
Am I a ghost
Am I an animal
Am I an angel
Am I God
Am I meaningless
Am I anything at all
Am I
Am I a spirit
Am I the chaos
Am I the light
Am I alright
Am I loved
Am I an alien
Am I a sight
Am I alright
Am I a dream
Am I a memory
Am I a wave
Am I okay
Am I the stars
And am I infinite
Am I a mist
Will I be missed
Am I
Are you there
Are you listening
Are you anything at all
And are you good
Are you infinite
Are you awake
Am I okay
I am
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10   YOU
When I was born you were my breath
You warmed my skin against your breast
You were my food you were my light
You were my morning and my night
It's always only ever been
It's always only ever been you

And then I met you on the wall
You were seventeen inches tall
A painted smile across your face
I prayed for heaven, prayed for grace
I gave my life when I was ten
I prayed in tongues was born again
It's always only ever been you

You were there
As the world unfolded harsher fare
As the spiral pared the seams
And the brand new colors gleamed
I could only think of you
You were there
Every broken heart and tangled care
Jesus, Savior, Lord, and King
Oh my friend and everything
It was always only you

I saw the writing on the wall
You were a man and that was all
There was no God in heaven above
There was no perfect saving love
It was always only ever me
It was always only me

And then my world was torn apart
I felt a ground, I felt a heart
And all the universe was one
Just like a Father, Spirit, Son
My heart is open once again
A distant love, a forlorn friend
Maybe it's always ever been
You

If you are there
As the world unfolds its harsher fare
As the spiral pairs the seams
As the holy haunts my dreams
I will stay right here with you

You were there
Every broken heart and tangled care
Jesus, Teacher, Brahman Light
Son of God and Source of Life
And it's always only you
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11   VAPOR
Oh the vapor of it all
It’s a chasing of the wind
The substance of the form
So pale and thin
Let the veil of earth
Be stretched again

Holy
All behold the holy
Trees clap their hands for you
Oceans, they dance for you

Heaven taunts the hearts of men
We can feel it from within
The beauty of it all
The mystery
The swelling of a voice
A rising sea

Holy
All behold the holy
Trees clap their hands for you
Oceans, they dance for you

You are holy
Infinite and holy

A billion suns rise for you
Clouds paint the skies for you
Mountains stand tall for you
Valleys bow down to you
Everything rising to
Sing all our songs to you

Holy
The impossible and holy
Kings become fools for you
Kingdoms to ruins for you
Vapor finds ground in you
Music finds sound in you
Everything rising
Everything rising
Everything rising
Everything rising
Everything rising

Come like dawn
Like grace
Like sunlight
Bring this world to life

Come like rain
Like breath
Like springtime
Bring this world to life

I AM MOUNTAIN

© 2014 
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1   I AM MOUNTAIN
I am mountain, I am dust
Constellations made of us
There’s glory in the dirt
A universe within the sand
Eternity within a man

We are ocean, we are mist
Brilliant fools who wound and kiss
There’s beauty in the dirt
Wandering in skin and soul
Searching, longing for a home

As the light, light
Lights up the skies, up the skies
We will fight, fight
Fight for our lives, for our lives

I am mountain, I am dust
Constellations made of us
There’s mystery in the dirt
The metaphors are breaking down
We taste the wind and sight is sound

As the light, light
Lights up the skies, up the skies
We will fight, fight
Fight for our lives, for our lives
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Momentary carbon stories
From the ashes
Filled with holy ghost

Life is here now
Breathe it all in
Let it all go
You are earth and wind
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2   BEAT OF HER HEART
She was a tempest
Her beauty a storm
Oh her eyes they were filled with the sun
She would dance while I played her my songs
The earth stood while she danced alone

He was a tempest
His craving a storm
He lusted her body from deep in the grove
Enraptured or captured
Betrayed or betrothed
She would be his
She’d be his alone

So she ran, oh she ran from the satyr’s chase
She ran for her love and her life
She tred on a snake
Venom replaced both the beat of her heart and the song in mine
The beat of her heart and the song in mine

The music was morning
A requiem cry
I wept with my songs for the love of my life
It broke all the hearts of the gods in the skies
I played my guitar and the earth opened wide

How I played, oh I played in the underworld
Oh, I played for my love and her life
Oh, I pled with the gods
Give her back
Give a beat to her heart and a song to mine
The beat of her heart and the song in mine

Hades responded, a glint in his eye
I grant you your plea
You may leave with your wife
With one small request
I suggest you obey
You musn’t look back as you walk away

So we ran oh we ran to the dawning light
Oh we ran for our love and our lives
Once again I would hear the sweet sound of the beat of her heart
And the song in mine
The beat of her heart and the song in mine

My mind was a tempest
My doubt was a storm
I turned back to see
She really had come
Just as our eyes met
She faded from sight
That’s when I knew I would never find
The beat of her heart or the song in mine
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3   LONG WAY OFF
The smartest men, they built a rocket
Aimed it at a target far, far, far away
But by the time they knew they lost it
It was a long way, was a long way, was a long way

We’re a long way, we’re a long way, we’re a long way off

The smartest men, they saw a world with
Corners and endings far, far, far away
But when they drew it out and searched it
They were a long way, were a long way, were a long way
We’re a long way, we’re a long way, we’re a long way

The erudite composed a thesis
Everything we see is all, all, all there is
But as an apophatic mystic
We’re a long way, we’re a long way, we’re a long way
We’re a long way, we’re a long way, we’re a long way off

When the waves of time
Wash the shores stark clean
Of the memories, the last of me
With my castles gone to the constant sea
Will you stay with me
Stay with me
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4   WANDERING
I’ve been wandering through this world
Looking for an anchor to hold me
I’ve been stumbling through this world
Searching for the thread that might free me

I am looking to you
I am holding on to you

I’ve been wandering through this world
Looking for an anchor to hold me
I’ve been stumbling through this world
Searching for the thread that might free me

I am looking to you
I am holding on to you
I am looking to you
I’ve been holding on to you

I’ve been wandering through this world
Looking for a love that might free me
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5   LET IT GO
You’ve been waiting there
Waiting for the right time
Looking for a perfect rhyme
Never comes around

It is all here
It is all now
Open up your eyes and look around
It’ll go
It’ll go

If there’s anything that holds you down, just forget it
Keeping your feet on the ground, don’t you let it

Let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go

It is all here
It is all now
Open up your eyes and look around
Let it go
Let it go

If there’s anything that holds you down, just forget it
Keeping your feet on the ground, don’t you let it

Let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go
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6   WAYWARD AND TORN
You walked this road a thousand times
You know exactly where it ends
Where it slopes and where it bends
All the camps have locked their gates
All the lines are drawn and clear
All who are worn
Wayward and torn
You’re welcome here

We live in falling more than ground
We are the listening more than sound
We have no home
You’re not alone
You’re welcome here

We’ve walked this road a thousand times
We know exactly where it ends
Where it slopes and where it bends
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7   GOD AND COUNTRY
I was just a young girl when they sent him off to war
Barely even knew what in hell he’s fighting for
Told me all the stories of a world beyond the world
Scaled the tallest mountains
They braved a ragged sea
Lost a lot of souls just to set the captives free
May have lost a father but they found a lot of oil

Gathered up our gods oh we gathered up our guns
For the love of country
For our fathers and our sons

He was just a young man when they sent him off to war
Barely even knew what in hell he’s fighting for
The battle for the land with the strangers from the east
Descending from the mountains and rising from the sea
Monsters came with vengeance and took my son from me
You can take my money, take my land, but not my son

Gathered up our God oh we gathered up our guns
For the love of country
For our fathers and our sons
Lost a lot of souls
Stained the killing ground with blood
Lord knows we won’t stop the fight until the battle’s won

God we love our God
Oh God we love our guns
For the love of country
For our fathers and our sons
Lost a lot of souls
Stained the killing ground with blood
Lord knows we won’t stop the fight until the battle’s won

Those who live by the gun, live by the gun
Die by the gun
Those who live by the gun, live by the gun
Die by the gun
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8   HITHER AND YON
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9   YESTERNITE
Yesterday the gods were smiling down on me
Yesterday the angels graced the glassy sea
The world was bathed in black and mystery
Yesterday

Yesternite the gods they disappeared from sight
The angels flapped their wings and took their songs to flight
The shadows lift their hands and praise the light
Yesternite

Yesterday your hands were home in mine
Yesterday my heart was yours to find
Yesternite I found some peace of mind
Yesternite

And so the morning finally shed its light
The mourning of the loss
The sacred fight
Sunbeams lift their hands and praise the night
Praise the night
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10   THE BEST PART
I have seen it all
Oh, I have seen it all
I’ve felt it all
Life is running swift now
Like a raging river, how it runs out
Please don’t go
Please don’t go

Cause this is the best part
Lying awake in the dark
This is the best part
Hearing the beat of a heart

I have seen it all
Oh, I have seen it all
Have I felt it all
Time is old and young
Oh, glitter moments fleeting on my skin
Pause in the glow
Pause in the glow

Cause this is the best part
Lying awake in the dark
This is the best part
Here in the beat of a heart
This is the best part
Lying awake in the dark
This is the best part
Here in the beat of a heart
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11   FINALLY
Call me back into the silence
Into the sunlight
Every breath a standing defiance
Of death and of clamor
Let darkness be scattered now

Be
Here in the free
We could just be
Finally
We’ll chase the sun
Naked we’ll run
We could be free
Finally

I’ll be here waiting in silence
Waiting for sunlight
To make all the world shine bright

All the stars fall in line
And the seas bow their heads
We remember our dead and we sing another day
As the silence it grows and the worlds fade away
All the sons empty their graves
We will sing another day
We’ll sing another day

Be
Here in the free
We could just be
Finally
We’ll chase the sun
Naked we’ll run
We could be free
Finally
We’ll chase the sun
Naked we’ll run
We could just be
Finally
We could be free
Finally
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12   UPSIDE DOWN
Upside down
Upside down
This world is upside down

Do you see
Do you see us
Do you hear us

Make it right
Make it right
Let the sun rise

BEAUTIFUL THINGS

© 2010
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1   BEAUTIFUL THINGS
All this pain
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way
I wonder if my life could really change at all
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found
Could a garden come up from this ground at all

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found in You

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

You make me new, You are making me new
You make me new, You are making me new

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us