Softer Ground

by Guthrie

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released September 26, 2013

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Guthrie Deltona, Florida

Two thousand miles more behind me. For the next month I would give up the company of friends and family for that of God, nature, and the stories. Song by song I worked through my hardest and best times. These aren't stories of rehabilitation but of resurrection. I have not spent the last few months learning to cope with pain, I found peace. I want to share that with you. ... more

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Track Name: Seattle
We all swore we'd be gypsies
Living on the furthest edge
Now were stuck singing songs of the dream
And pushing a broom instead.

But last night I felt like Seattle
A city built over a corpse
Today as I fight my battle
I'll kill and feel no remorse

Here I thought I was different
Free from the people about
Now I see I'm disabled
I'm crippled and dying of doubt

But last night I felt like Seattle
A city built over a corpse
Today as I fight my battle
I'll kill and feel no remorse

Last night I felt like Seattle
A city built over a grave
You led us on like cattle
God rest my soul to save

And I can't rap the words to set me free
No spoken word no poetry
Can rescue me deliver me
Or find the winding way and keep reminding me
I'm falling up, and stepping down
I'm back in Oregon in my home town
This hurricane goes round and round
And I'm in the middle of the lost and found
I know you're right I hear you cry
Ill try to get to you before I die
But if I don't and you ask why
The entire city was built on lies
Cause underneath these golden streets
The truth is buried beneath our feet
I tried to rise and catch the beat
But they all told me to keep my seat
And I swore right then that I'd never sing for them again.

L`Éternel est mon berger: je ne manquerai de rien.
(The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.)
Il me fait reposer dans de verts pâturages, Il me dirige près des eaux paisibles
(He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:He leadeth me beside the still waters.)
Il restaur mon âme, Il me conduit dans les sentiers de la justice, A cause de son nom.
( He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.)
Quand je marche dans la vallée de l`ombre de la mort, Je ne crains aucun mal, car tu es avec moi
(Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.)

But last night I felt like Seattle
A city built over a corpse
Today as I fight my battle
I'll kill and feel no remorse

Last night I felt like Seattle
A city built over a grave
You led us on like cattle
God rest my soul to save
Track Name: Rising Up
I find you sitting on your own
I dont know why, but I'd rather you not be alone
So I tried to fight your way out of the cold
I dont know why, I can hear my own songs getting old

And I sold myself for some moldy bread
And today my body turned up dead

And I know
I finally see your ghost
Rising up to me
And I choke
I feel myself letting go
Rising up to see

You've heard every word that I've cried
Yet you leave this thorn sticking in my side
You said "My child why can't you see?"
But God your grace, it is always sufficient for me

And you hold my hand through the pain
And you my Lord will sustain

And I know
I finally see your ghost
Rising up to me
And I choke
I feel myself letting go
Rising up to see
Track Name: Running Blind
Can you see me here in the fire's light
Im growing dark as the night
Im losing you, and I dont know if I'll ever gain my sight

Can you see us here we're losing hope
Like burning hands grasping a rope
We're falling apart and I dont know if we'll ever learn to cope

But you will not fail us now
We will find our way somehow
But you will not fail us now
We will find our way somehow

And it's not to say that we can't get free
We cant beat the forest through the trees
We're running blind but there we'll find the one who truly sees

And it may just be me and it may just be you
But I feel like you're the one telling the truth
And out of my darkness your lighthouse can shine to those who still need proof

But you will not fail us now
We will find our way somehow
But you will not fail us now
We will find our way somehow

But you will not fail us now
We will find our way somehow
But you will not fail us now
We will find our way somehow
Track Name: Softer Ground
It seems like only yesterday that we were climbing trees
Swimming in our normal clothes and making memories
But life caught up and took from us what we forgot was sure
Now we're finding emptiness in our supposed cure

Oh

These stories show up sad and true, a new song everyday
I write them down in softer ground, not bedrock but the clay
I know my story's coming soon, I wait with bated breath
His way will come through faithfully, His life up from my death

Oh

My hope's a flower blooming tall
My hope's a door through any wall
My hope will grow up rain or shine
My hope's a branch, he is the vine
My hope's a lantern burning bright
A respite from the dark of night
My hope's a bridge o'er waters deep
My hope's a dream that needs no sleep
My hope endures through any pain
My hope can break through any chain
My hope is set in God above
My hope is here, My hope is love
Track Name: Provider
Im falling now
I dont know how
You can rescue me
This time around
Im fading fast
This cannot last
Can you pick me up
When Im down

Cause you are my savior
You are my provider
You will never let me go

My life so far
Hasn't been this hard
Can you find my way
Lead me out of the dark
I've covered up my pain
But it deepened the shame
Can you take the past
And heal the scars

Cause you are my savior
You are my provider
You will never let me go
Oh cause you are my savior
You are my provider
You will never let me go

And I know, I know that this is not my home
And I know, I know Im not alone
And I know, I know that this is not my home
And I know, I'm not alone

Cause you are my savior
You are my provider
You will never let me go
Oh cause you are my savior
You are my provider
You will never let me go
Track Name: Buried Here
I find you a little hard to believe
Harder even still to read
Do you know what I mean

You know, I'm spinning out of control
Buried my head in this hole
But I'll never be full

You said you would never place second best
I start to say I need to confess
But you pull my head to your chest

And you said "Your sins are buried here in my scars,"'
"And I have thrown them further than far,"
"Further than the east is from the west"
Track Name: All Of My Life
Sometimes it gets hard
When I dont know where you are
And I'm tired of waiting
But I've made it this far

I can't wait to see your face
Oh, how I long for the day

And I'm dying to fall asleep tonight
Just to see the love in your eyes
And my heart skips a beat
When I see you I need
To hold you all of my life

All of my Life
All of my Life

Just another passing day
And all I can do is pray
But when I think about you
I know Ill find a way

I can't wait to see your face
Oh, how I long for the day

And I'm dying to fall asleep tonight
Just to see the love in your eyes
And my heart skips a beat
When I see you I need
To hold you all of my life
Track Name: Everything And More
I'm falling out with the deepest part of me
I'm letting go of faces I thought I couldn't see
I'm letting go of all of those I thought I loved
but couldnt be there for

But you're here, I feel you
I'm never letting go
You're here, I see you
Just think of all we could've done before

I'm falling out of space and I cannot wait to hit the ground
I feel the waves hit me, and drag me under the endless sea they sound
I'm letting go of all of the control I thought we had
And at last

You're here, I feel you
I'm never letting go
You're here, I see you
And I want to be everything and more

You're here, I feel you
I'm never letting go
You're here, I see you
And I want to be everything and

You're here, I feel you
I'm never letting go
You're here, I see you
And I want to be everything and more
Track Name: The Red And Blue
Sit us down in this little wooden boat
And I don't believe I trust this thing to float
Set us out, all the waves are tinged with red
Just further proof that we may end up dead

And I wont lie it took some time
For me to finally come to light
But now you're here, your hand in mine
Our vessel gliding through the night

I start to glance back, the frothy glass in tow
How we're supposed to do this I don't know
Waves inside crash, my breaking heart lets go
Of any hope that we can find our home

But softly there, you steal my stare
The moonlight dancing in your eyes
And I can taste the salty air
As we lay down and say goodnight

I see you there inside the dream
In the corner of the room
Shadow's blue, lost in sleep
Reach my fingers out to you
Feel the cracks, broken glass
Crashing waves of red outside
Come rushing in, soak our skin
And plunge our ship into the night

Can you see the red and blue
Swirling together and covering you
So pure you'll be
A hand painted portrait of when His blood stained the sea

As the dawn breaks I feel a light on my cheek
A breeze and you're breathing next to me
You're astounding, A glow surrounding your frame
I lean in and whisper your name
And I'm alive, the shores in sight
Jesus you have brought us through the night
Our hands entwined, we'll take our time
And sail this vessel through your sea divine

Can you see the red and blue
Swirling together and covering you
So pure you'll be
A hand painted portrait of when His blood stained the sea

Sit us down in this little wooden boat
And I'm trusting you to keep this thing afloat
Track Name: Skyline
So I guess it's not what I wanted
What I want just shouldn't be gone
It can swing me around, toss my heart to the ground
But I know if it's here it's not wrong

See my mind is full of ideals
I know the things I must see
But with every step one more falls off my chest
And the emptiness makes me feel free

Can you see the skyline growing dim
Through the trees and city lights
Do you know that your hope just got hung by a rope
By the neck and it put up no fight
By the neck and it put up no fight

Guess you heard I'm thinking of leaving
Got my bags packed and counting the days
But these bridges aren't burned, just one more lesson learned
And I'm sure we will each find our way

And I guess this must disappoint you
It must feel like I'm running away
But I feel like I'll die if I dont learn to fly
And I'm sure that you'll see me someday

Can you see the skyline growing bright
With the future spread out like the sea
I can hear all the wrong in the siren's sweet song
And the emptiness makes me feel free
And the emptiness makes me feel free

Like a tree cut down for the fire
I know this life will be short
Though marked with the scars and these cracks in my heart
I hope that the fire burns warm
Yeah, let's hear the fireplace roar

Can you see the skyline open wide
Like a door in a pitch black room
And my Jesus is there and I leave all my cares
Like that stone rolled away from His tomb

Can you see the skyline open wide
Like a door in a pitch black room
And my Jesus is there and I leave all my cares
Like that stone rolled away from His tomb
Like that stone rolled away from His tomb
Track Name: Of All
High, lifted off the ground
The colors in the sky
Make a lovely sound
And you are most beautiful of all

Now spinning through the trees
Dancing with the breeze
What else could I ever want or need
And you are most beautiful of all

We are something you and me
Together we are free
What else could we ever want or need
And you are most beautiful of all