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1.
00:12
2.
04:00
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
3.
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
4.
04:31
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
5.
(free) 05:54
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
6.
04:54
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
7.
05:32
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
8.
01:13
9.
04:29
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
10.
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
11.
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
12.
05:42
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
13.
04:37
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
14.
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
15.
04:35
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
16.
00:49

credits

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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