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released May 26, 2010

CREDITS: Matt Skaggs-drums, maracas, water gong, goat toes, Ron Tudor-bass, backing vocals, Kevin Raybuck-organ, Aaron Austin-vocals, guitars, harmonica, banjo * Additional backing vocals: Melissa Austin, Melissa Skaggs, Stephanie Reams, Jana Dean, Jim Austin * Rise and Shine choir: Rick Reams, Chuck Ham, Tom Pace, Melissa Skaggs, Stephanie Reams, Pat Ham, Tay Snider, Maria Snider, Melissa Austin, Jana Dean ** All songs by Aaron Austin except Prelude, Offertory, and Postlude by Kevin Raybuck * Recorded by Aaron Austin and the Bootleg Preachers at Speculator Studios and Crooked Tree Recording Company * Mixed at Lake Fever Productions by Jason Bullock * Mastered at Lake Fever Productions by John Baldwin * &copy 2010 by Aaron Austin * Art/Design by Aaron Austin * Photography by Melissa Austin ( www.melissaaustin.com ) * Crooked Tree Recording Company ( www.crookedtreerecording.com )**

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Track Name: Lines
There's an old crooked tree that writhed out its days
A solitary tower in the middle of that field by the
Rugged river that runs its way through the rock down to where
The green grass glistens between your toes
Just down from the hill where everybody goes
To watch the sky at night and bask in the light of the moon
And I never saw a straight line till I arrived

At the chiseled towers that tread the sky
Streamlined to prosper and venture better than
The brooding brick that lies about in boxes near where
The tractors trod the rows of wheat
Just down from the grid of the city streets where the
Times and lines and letters on signs
Remind us to keep up the rush
And I'm keeping up the rush
I'm keeping up the rush

So I took my life a winding path
Put it in the tub and gave it a bath
But muddied it up and tried to iron out the wrinkles
So I put in a box straight and narrow
Covered it in paper and a pretty blue bow
Just don't look inside cause there you'll find a mess
That does not coincide with the image I'd like to express

The old crooked tree writhed its last
As we topped down the tower to make room for some stores
Just down from the lake the used to be the river we dammed up
And the pavement burns your ten tiny toes
Just up from the hill where everybody knows
The scientists watch the stars from a telescope
They're watching stars from a telescope
Don't hear me say that I don't think that we've got hope

So I'll take my life a winding path
Forget the tub and bypass the bath
Don't even try to iron out the wrinkles
Burn that old box straight and narrow
Tear off the papter and lose the bow
Maybe it's time to admit I'm a mess
After all a little honesty is what I'd like to express
Track Name: A Glorious Mess
A Glorious Mess

A beautiful scene, mass produced
Blue and green, cut and reduced
We boxed it up, shipped it out
Jumbled up and turned around

We laid it out on the table
Studied the picture on the box
A beautiful reflection
Of an artists touch
But the pieces were jumbled
A gorgeous mess
Now we're praying to God
Make some sense

Of this glorious mess in front of me
These mixed up pieces blue and green
The wonder of these tangled trees
Bathing in a deep blue sea

This fractured earth, broken down
Beautiful birth, selling out
There's still hope, there's still ways
Deeper than oceans, stronger than faith
We laid it out on the table
Studied the picture on the box
A beautiful reflection
Of an artists touch
But the pieces were jumbled
A gorgeous mess
Now we're praying to God
Make some sense

Of this glorious mess in front of me
These mixed up pieces blue and green
The wonder of these tangled trees
Bathing in a deep blue sea

I'm puzzled by the notion
Waking from my dreams
There's love just like an ocean
But it seems out of reach
There's faith like a fire
All these burning dreams
The ashes are flying
Spelling out peace

We laid it out on the table
Studied the picture on the box
A beautiful reflection
Of an artists touch
But the pieces were jumbled
A gorgeous mess
Now we're praying to God
Make some sense

Of this glorious mess in front of me
These mixed up pieces blue and green
The wonder of these tangled trees
Bathing in a deep blue sea
Track Name: The Crux
The Crux

Somewhere deep inside
The truth of love exists
A transcendental union
'Tween the boundless and the fixed
Covered up in layers
Of ambiguity
Misspelled in the translation
Making sense of mystery

The crux of my argument
The axis of my arc
The point of my rambling
The center of my heart
You are

Somewhere deep inside
Time melts with divine
Past all sense and reason
That's where the truth we find

The crux of my argument
The axis of my arc
The point of my rambling
The center of my heart
You are

Somewhere deep inside
The cooing of a child
Crying out to know
The purest love the dearest hope

The crux of my argument
The axis of my arc
The point of my rambling
The center of my heart
You are

Somewhere deep inside
Past pretense and fear
Of being known and not being known
Is the crux of life

The crux of my argument
The axis of my arc
The point of my rambling
The center of my heart
You are

Somewhere deep inside
The truth of love exists
A transcendental union
'Tween the boundless and the fixed
Track Name: Compass
Let's go drive cross this country
In my old beat up Chevrolet
I know that I can make it
If you go with me all the way

You are my compass
My true north and my sanity
You are my directions
Oh you are home to me

We'll go down to the ocean
Feel the power of the sea
Cross over to the gulf of Mexico
Find that spot where I lost my wedding ring

You are my compass
My true north and my sanity
You are my directions
Oh you are home to me

Let's go through the corn rows of Kansas
Up to the biggest sky we've seen
Back down to that old canyon
We'll see what perseverance brings

You are my compass
My true north and my sanity
You are my directions
Oh you are home to me

The farther I go, the more I see
The more I know, we were meant to be

We'll go hit the west coast
Get tattoos down by the beach
Back home to Appalachia
To that park where I said marry me

You are my compass
My true north and my sanity
You are my directions
Oh you are home to me
Track Name: Hold On
Take my hand and roll with me baby
Though I'm scared out of my mind
I know that it's a long way baby
In the middle of the night
And this road is a turning and twistin’
Like we never did expect
So squeeze my hand a little bit tighter
And well make it back home yet

Hold on baby
Hold on give me a kiss
Don't close your eyes baby
'Cause the ride of your life is a ride
That you don't wanna miss

Take my hand and roll with me baby
Though the rain is coming down
The road is slick and the wipers are humming
And the gas is running out
Don't you start to worry and frettin'
Cause this ain't where we end
It's dark and wet and the lightening is flashing
But we ain't giving up yet

Hold on baby
Hold on give me a kiss
Don't close your eyes baby
'Cause the ride of your life is a ride
That you don't wanna miss

I can almost see the sun
Coming out and breaking up
The darkness that has clouded our way
If we're gonna live this life
I'll wager faith and doubt my eyes
And ride with with you to impossible days

Take my hand and roll with me baby
Though I'm scared out of my mind
I know that it's a long way baby
In the middle of the night
And this road is a turning and twistin’
Like we never did expect
So squeeze my hand a little bit tighter
And well make it back home yet

Hold on baby
Hold on give me a kiss
Don't close your eyes baby
'Cause the ride of your life is a ride
That you don't wanna miss
Track Name: Edges
I'm lost in these pages, I don't know where I am
These lines are blurring between us and them
And if I forsake my inheritance
Will I find harmony sufficient recompense

This world is bigger than I knew
Sitting there in Sunday School
There are so many colors, so many hues
The edges are fading
The edges are fading
Between me and you

I'm finding a language broader than my own
It's power is trust, it's freedom is love
And if I lose my dowry
Will I find deeper reward
By loving my neighbor than picking up my sword

What is this way that we both seek
That goes beyond this river
Is it the path or the way you walk
That makes the difference

Things are getting clearer as definition fades
Labels fall shorter than our faith
And if I lose my certainty
In God's gracious light
Will I find humility better than being right
Track Name: Love Lights
In the end there is beginnng
In the dark there is a dawn
At the bottom there's a rising
At the finish there's a start
Though exhausted there's provision
Though extinguished there's a spark
Though the edge approaches quickly
There's a path beyond the dark

In the end there is beginning
Past the dirge there is a dance
Though deserted there's a rally
Though undone there is a chance
Though laid down, there is a lifting
Torn apart there is a mend
Though the way of love may break you
There is wholeness past the bend

Love summed up the story
Love stepped off the page
Love rewrote the ending
Love lights up the way

when it's much too late to make it
And they carry you away
though the darkness overtakes you
And though silence shrouds your way
Suddenly a higher movement
Breaks just like the dawn
then the light of love ignites you
Eternally reborn

Love summed up the story
Love stepped off the page
Love rewrote the ending
Love lights up the way

Light of lights extinguished
Falling into nothingness
Love of loves eternal
Breathing life in emptiness
Miracle of miracles
New beginnings in the end

Love summed up the story
Love stepped off the page
Love rewrote the ending
Love lights up the way
Track Name: You Are the Light
When the waters rise
When the fire dies
When my heart is weak
When my faith falls asleep

You are the light of the world
You are the light
You are the light of the world
You are the light

When the flood rolls in
When the daylight dims
When my heart it breaks
When my faith will not wake

You are the light of the world
You are the light
You are the light of the world
You are the light

There is no room for fear
There is no room
'Cause love is here
There is no room for fear
There is no space
'Cause grace is near

You are the light of the world
You are the light
You are the light of the world
You are the light
Track Name: Keep the Light On
It’s darker than its ever been
I’m afraid the darkness just might win
I need your help cause I can’t see
Won't you please shine your light for me

Keep the light on for me
It’s dark and I can’t see
As I drive these roads far from home
Keep the light on for me
Keep the light on for me

My light is growing dim
It looks like the darkness just might win
Cause I can’t see around the bend
Won't you please shine your light again

Keep the light on for me
It’s dark and I can’t see
As I drive these roads far from home
Keep the light on for me
Keep the light on for me

I can see your light was on all along
It’s burning clear, burning strong
The trees the mist had blocked my view
I know I’ve got a way to go
But I’m on my way to you

Keep the light on for me
It’s dark and I can’t see
As I drive these roads far from home
Keep the light on for me
Keep the light on for me
Track Name: 139
God you've searched me and know me
You know when I rest and when I rise
Before I speak you've heard it
You hem me in before and behind

Where can I go, where can I flee
Wherever I go you're there with me

If the darkness should hide me
And the day turn to night
Even then you'll find me
'Cause to you darkess is just like light

Where can I go, where can I flee
Wherever I go you're there with me
If I ride the wings of dawn, if I sleep in the sea
If I make my bed in death, You're there with me

Search me O God and know my heart
Test me and know my thoughts
See if there is wrong in me
And lead me in your ways
Track Name: Glory
Give your clothes to the threadbare
Give the homeless a warm bed
Then your light will shine in darkness
And your gloom will burn like a mist
Spend your money on the hungry
Unlock the chains of the oppressed
Then your light will rise in darkness
And your night will be daylight drenched

The light of God is breaking like the dawn
As mercy smiles on every act of love
'Till we don't need the sun or moon to shine
The glory of the Lord will be our light

Stop the pointing of your fingers
Use your lips to speak of peace
Let the love of God surround you
Let violence and hatred cease

The light of God is breaking like the dawn
As mercy smiles on every act of love
'Till we don't need the sun or moon to shine
The glory of the Lord will be our light

And God will wipe every tear away
And make a home right here with us
There won't be room for death or pain
In the fullness of God's love

The light of God is breaking like the dawn
As mercy smiles on every act of love
'Till we don't need the sun or moon to shine
The glory of the Lord will be our light
Track Name: Rise and Shine
Rise and shine for the light has come
Rise and shine oh it's time for the dawn

Though the night is long
The dawn will come
It's rising up, rising up
O lift up your eyes
The sun will rise
It's coming up, coming up

Rise and shine for the light has come
Rise and shine oh it's time for the dawn

Soon the world will see
The majesty
Of our King, of our King
Hearts will swell with joy
When love restored
Rules the world, rules the world

Rise and shine for the light has come
Rise and shine oh it's time for the dawn

Every country everyone
Will come to see the glory of the dawn

Rise and shine for the light has come
Rise and shine oh it's time for the dawn
Track Name: Long Road
You ain't put your feet on the ground yet
You ain't smelled the summer air
You ain't layed down in wet grass yet
Or felt the wind in your hair

There's a long road ahead of you a long way to go
This life is sweeter than you can know
Take your time, enjoy the ride
These days are glorious and they're lined
In love

You ain't kissed your momma's face yet
You ain't danced in winter snow
You ain't wondered at the sunset
And felt it burnin' in your soul

There's a long road ahead of you a long way to go
This life is sweeter than you can know
Take your time, enjoy the ride
These days are treacherous even though they're lined
In love

I'm sure you already feel your momma's love
I saw you dancing in black and white
Your daddy's enchanted at the beat of your heart
And there's nothing you can do to break this love

You ain't seen your dreams ablaze yet
You ain't heard the break of your heart
You ain't been so happy and so sad yet
That you can't tell your crying and laughin apart

There's a long road ahead of you a long way to go
This life is sweeter than you can know
Take your time, enjoy the ride
These days are glorious and they're lined
In love