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Dead Hope and the Tree of Life

The Songs and Lyrics

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Craving You

Binary runs through the cyberspace dream;
I'm introducing myself like the running stream.
Witness to the stand - was that my chance?
Say the line, drop the mic, it's time for romance!

Oh, it's curtains up - take your place;
No more lines - read it on my face!

I don't want your best fake smile, I didn't come for the make believe you.
I don't want to hear your best fake line; I've shed blood for a love that's true.
'Cause I'm craving... craving the real live you.
Yes I'm craving... craving the real live you.

Forty-eight hours to change my pace;
Three AM talks become common place.
Living off of coffee just to make the day;
Waiting for the hour when you come my way.

Oh, it's curtains up - take the stage.
Black dress, coat and tie - it's all the rage!

I don't want your best fake smile, I didn't come for the make believe you.
I don't want to hear your best fake line; I've shed blood for a love that's true.
'Cause I'm craving... craving the real live you.
Yes I'm craving... craving the real live you.

 

time to Kill

Oh, days are passing fast by me.
Oh, what is the proper time to lay down the dreams of what I always hoped to be?
Oh, I'm just trying to make right by you.
Oh, why does the silence scream all the chances that my heart and hands let slip right on through?

Time is up it seems.
I'm not asleep but a I hear a voice: put off the dreams.

Give me all your time to waste but I just haven't got a clue.
Is there some food we have to taste, is there some thing we have to do?
Living lonely isn't fun but I've been trying to move ahead;
Is there something that can done, is there some word that can be said?
'Cause I've been dancing on the clock,
Break the face and make it stop.
There's no more time to kill.
Be still...

Oh, preacher in the woods, please tell me: is there a heart reserved for me?
Go and slow down this carousel, 'cause the world is spinning 'round and I wanted the chance to see.
Oh, despite my white flag why is there all this war within my chest?
'Cause I find I'm torn between a love that's real and what I've gone and convinced myself is best.

Time's not on my side.
I'm wide awake, take the chance, come on - just decide.

Give me all your time to waste but I just haven't got a clue.
Is there some food we have to taste, is there some thing we have to do?
Living lonely isn't fun but I've been trying to move ahead;
Is there something that can done, is there some word that can be said?
'Cause I've been dancing on the clock,
Break the face and make it stop.
There's no more time to kill.
Be still... 
 

 

stop my heart

Let the sun come and go, let it rise and fall.
You can die, go to hell, you can never call;
That ain't about to change what I do for you.
You can ride on the dawn, take it down to the night;
You can hide your face and stay out of the light - 
That's ain't about to change my love that's true.

Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart.
Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart.
Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart from loving you.

Let the gods of all the ages,
Let the kings of all the earth,
Cut your heart like a physician and deny you what you're worth.
Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart.
Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart from loving you.
Let the devil on your shoulder,
Let the lies inside your head,
Cut your heart with dark suspicion that you're better off as dead.
Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart.
Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart from loving you.

You can burn all my letters,
You can turn and run,
Pull the stop, this is over, we're as good as gone - 
That ain't about to change what I do for you.
You can spit on my face,
Nail me to a tree,
Put a knife in my side, I'll still set you free.
That ain't about to change my love that's true.

Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart.
Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart.
Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart from loving you.

Let the gods of all the ages,
Let the kings of all the earth,
Cut your heart like a physician and deny you what you're worth.
Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart.
Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart from loving you.
Let the devil on your shoulder,
Let the lies inside your head,
Cut your heart with dark suspicion that you're better off as dead.
Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart.
Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart from loving you.

Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart.
Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart.
Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart from loving you.
Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart.
Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart.
Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart from loving you.

Let the gods of all the ages,
Let the kings of all the earth,
Cut your heart like a physician and deny you what you're worth.
Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart.
Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart from loving you.
Let the devil on your shoulder,
Let the lies inside your head,
Cut your heart with dark suspicion that you're better off as dead.
Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart.
Ain't nothing gonna stop my heart from loving you.

 

Freshwater Love

Saltwater deck to my breakneck shipwreck;
Storms have been breathing down the back of my neck.
Marooning with the high tide, we cried on by the seaside:
Water, water drown me! With nothing that can quench my...

Dried tongue...

Lonely is the soul that sings to no one.
And I come down on my knees,
You've got me beggin' - oh please.
All I need's a little drink of that -

Freshwater love!
Freshwater love.
'Cause I've floatin' in the ocean soakin' words I disposed of.
All I need's a little drink of that -
Freshwater love.

Sun beating hot, take a shot, survival, why not?
Pressing on to hope is the one companion I've got.
Silent is the sky, make your cry, don't ever miss why,
Alexander searches for the water that can quench my...

Dried tongue...

Lonely is the soul that sings to no one.
And I come down on my knees,
You've got me beggin' - oh please.
All I need's a little drink of that -

Freshwater love!
Freshwater love.
'Cause I've floatin' in the ocean soakin' words I disposed of.
All I need's a little drink of that -
Freshwater love.

 

Hurricane

Clear blue water crashing on black sand.
Dusk is calling all the sailing hearts to land.
Anxious in the morning at the blood red sky;
Oil to the lamp, don't let the lighthouse die.

Oh, I shiver, I shake in the tide.
Oh, I pray for the mercy to die.
Why, my God, am I even still alive?

Your love is the hurricane!
Your love is the hurricane!
Your love is the hurricane!
And I've been boarding up my doors trying to weather the storm,
But Your eyes see through my pain.
Your love is the hurricane.

Waves crash on, I hear the breaking sea;
Echoing the strength of Your passion for me.
Shattering the sky, You answer my prayer.
Beneath the roaring waves, You pull me up to the air.

Oh, I shiver, I shake in my fear.
Oh, I pray for the tempest to clear.
Why, my God, was I even born down here?

Your love is the hurricane!
Your love is the hurricane!
Your love is the hurricane!
And I've been boarding up my doors trying to weather the storm,
But Your eyes see through my pain.
Your love is the hurricane.
 
Oh, I shiver, I shake in my fear.
I shiver, shake in my fear.
I shiver and shake in my tears.
Love is the hope at the turning of the years.

Your love is the hurricane!
Your love is the hurricane!
Your love is the hurricane!
And I've been boarding up my doors trying to weather the storm,
But Your eyes see through my pain.
Your love is the hurricane.

 

Hope is Here

August in the night, you were an unwelcome guest.
I couldn't seem to fight the fear, or the beating in my chest.
Wrap me in Your arms, please just hold me tight.
This dark before the dawn... I'm not convinced I'll see the light.

Everybody's going around making all their plans...
But doesn't anybody notice the shaking in my hands?
Four months out she said: the nightmares, they're all gone.
Now, four years later, I can say I just moved on.

No matter where I go, I carry all these scars.
But no matter where I run, I am safe within Your arms.

Hope is here.
Hope is here.
We may not be out of the woods, or in the clear...
But I still know; I still know:
Hope is here.

Regret on the table, oh now what do I do with this?
Try as I may I'm just one half of a hit and miss.
Standing at the door, and I just happened to glance around;
Nobody said a word, but these were echoing through the ground.

No matter where I go, I carry all my scars.
But no matter where I run, I am safe within Your arms.

Hope is here.
Hope is here.
We may not be out of the woods, or in the clear...
But I still know; I still know:
Hope is here.

It is my prayer for all of you that the God of hope will fill you with all joy and peace as you evermore trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ.

His name is Hope.

His name is Jesus.

 

Recall

I don't recall any interview or references;
But I've had a job since the day I was born.
I don't recall ever clocking in or punching out;
I just remember always feeling so worn...

And what do you suppose I get for my work, that I can't seem to shirk?
Nothing but a flatline scream in the dark.

I don't recall negotiating salary or wage;
But my check is coming on me fast.
I don't recall cashing in or depositing;
But my number has been called up at last.

And what do you suppose I see when I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take?
Nothing but a blank page, oh so stark.

Wake up from the dream, the story's not ending as it seems.
There is a loving God whose name is hope.
He's got a river that runs on down by the tree of life.
And you can eat and be made whole.
Eternal is the love that makes this wretch His wife.
Wake up oh sleeper, quench your thirsty soul.

I wish I would've known the number to call to pull me out of it all.
But silence kept me in my trade.
I wish I would've known He tasted death to fill my lungs with breath.
But on the factory floor I laid.

Wake up from the dream, the story's not ending as it seems.
There is a loving God whose name is hope.
He's got a river that runs on down by the tree of life.
And you can eat and be made whole.
Eternal is the love that makes this wretch His wife.
Wake up oh sleeper, quench your thirsty soul.

 

Heartbreak Limousine

I like the floors of white and the walls of red.
I like your memory rattling inside my head.
I like your pretty little smile and the laugh you make.
Oh, but baby I - I love the heartbreak.

I like the way you are a mirror, just reflecting the spark.
I like the way you come alive and you shatter the dark.
I like the way you keep me up, and you're all that I dream of.
Oh, but baby I'll tell you what I love.

I'll tell you what I love.
Tell you what I love.

I love the heartbreak.

Here I go and tell myself that hope isn't vain.
Here I go and think that I can take the pain.
Here I go and echo all my past mistakes.
Here I go and give half as much as I take.

I'd be lying if I said that I can't tailor,
A suit to my liking out of all my failure.
Hope becomes a trick that I'd like to shove.
Oh, 'cause baby I'll tell you what I love.

I'll tell you what I love.
Tell you what I love.

I love the heartbreak.

Lover boys always go and make such a scene;
So, come on take a ride in my heartbreak limousine.

I'll tell you what I love.
Tell you what I love.
I'll tell you what I love.
Tell you what I love.

I love the heartbreak!

 

Public Domain

The lights come on every morning at the break of dawn.
Everybody comes in playing the sweet tooth like a violin.
So let the party begin!

Come in one and all.
Can't make it? Then, just give us a call.
Give it to me plain, or with a caramel-y stain.
Get what you want.
It's public domain.

The goods are bought without a worry or a second thought.
Comfort in food. Sweets and chocolate to suit your mood.
Oh, baby - mm mm good!

Come in one and all.
Can't make it? Then, just give us a call.
Give it to me plain, or with a caramel-y stain.
Get what you want.
It's public domain.

We could go on for days about nothing,
But for the sake of love let's say:

Hey! Hey!

Come in one and all.
Can't make it? Then, just give us a call.
Give it to me plain, or with a caramel-y stain.
Get what you want.
It's public domain.

 

Slow Moving Lover

Slow movin’ lover - how many hints is it gonna take?

For it to dawn on you: I’m crazy it’s true, ‘cause there’s a chance that we could make;

Something beautiful, maybe magical,

If we could find a place to start.

 

Slow movin’ lover - come on and read it in my eyes.

‘Cause it’s all I can do, save for shoutin’ at you; to make you realize;

This could be beautiful, maybe magical,

If we just open up our hearts.

 

Do I take your hand and tell you the truth;

I’m going crazy day and night.

Take a chance on me and you could set us free,

To write the love songs of our life.

‘Cause I’ve been waiting on the moment to arrive.

So baby, now you're here and I'm ready for love to be alive.

 

Slow movin’ lover - there’s no denying this feels right.

Through the kiss and touch, the words that mean so much; even when we pick a fight.

It’s something beautiful, even magical,

Every day to have your heart.

 

Do I take your hand and tell you the truth;

I’m going crazy day and night.

Take a chance on me and you could set us free,

To write the love songs of our life.

‘Cause I’ve been waiting on the moment to arrive.

So baby, now you're here and I'm ready for love to be alive.

 

Don't you know that I've been waiting most my life?

I've been waiting for the moment to arrive.

So baby, now you're here and I'm ready for love.

 

Love to be alive.

 

Build me a castle

Build me a castle in the sand.
Watch as the waves come in and pull the moment right through our hands.
Are we all vagabonds lost at sea?
Nothing but shipwrecked souls dreaming of some company.

Build me a castle in the trees.
Climb up away from the noise and watch the stars with me.
Are we all birds without a nest?
Nothing but wings on the wind dreaming of a place to rest.

Time is a mockingbird it seems.
Run through the hours and drop upside down inside your dreams.
Come along and watch the sunset pass.
You and me...
In our castle named hourglass.

Build me a castle in the sky.
Remind me there was a time I wasn't so afraid to fly.
Are we all stars with a wish to give?
Nothing but shooting sparks reminding each other how to live.

Time is a mockingbird it seems.
Run through the hours and drop upside down inside your dreams.
Come along and watch the sunset pass.
You and me...
In our castle named hourglass.

 

The Miracle

Inheritance of mud,
Kingdom of tears;
I've been burning down the life that kept me free from fear.

Fools' gold in hand,
Dirt for my bread;
I've been feasting on the fact that I'm better off as dead.

I plead for the mercy of a nail through my ear.
But you put a ring on my hand and pull me near.

You say...

My child - welcome home.
I've been waiting at the door and crying for your soul.
My child - welcome home.
The miracle is now, let your heart be made whole.
The miracle is now...

Let your heart be made whole.
I drank the bitter cup,
Poured love out on the ground;
I ran away from home and never meant to be found.

You drank the bitter cup,
Poured love out on the ground;
Blood and water buy my death - forgiveness is found.

I plead for the mercy of a nail through my ear.
But you put a ring on my hand and pull me near.

My child - welcome home.
I've been waiting at the door and crying for your soul.
My child - welcome home.
The miracle is now, let your heart be made whole.
The miracle is now...
Let your heart be made whole.

Oh, how can it be?
I can't stand up to this love - this holy mystery.

Oh, how can it be?
Cursed on my behalf, the blood of God is shed for me.


My child - welcome home.
I've been waiting at the door and crying for your soul.
My child - welcome home.
The miracle is now, let your heart be made whole.
The miracle is now...
Let your heart be made whole.

 

Tear Apart the Sky

Is there a veil that's still between us?
Is there a vow we have yet to take?
You feel so far, but Your faithfulness I trust.
You've made a vow You will not break.

But my imagination has me fighting with the wind,
And if you know what it is I fear then you'll know why I have sinned.

Tear apart the sky and shout You love me!
Write Your name upon my heart.
Tear apart the sky and shout You love me!
Dress me in white, let the wedding start.
Set the pretty horses free to run wild in newborn reality.
Tear apart the sky and shout You love me!

Is there a harbor in this tempest?
Is there a place I can call my home?
I feel so far, and I'm pleading for forgiveness.
Your love is strong and it is my own.

'Cause all my life I've been searching for Your shore.
And the sea strikes fear, but I don't care - I love You more!

Tear apart the sky and shout You love me!
Write Your name upon my heart.
Tear apart the sky and shout You love me!
Dress me in white, let the wedding start.
Set the pretty horses free to run wild in newborn reality.
Tear apart the sky and shout You love me!

Set the pretty horses free to run wild in newborn reality.
Tear apart the sky...
Tear apart the sky!

Tear apart the sky and shout You love me!
Write Your name upon my heart.
Tear apart the sky and shout You love me!
Dress me in white, let the wedding start.
Set the pretty horses free to run wild in newborn reality.
Tear apart the sky and shout You love me!

 

Out to sea

Oh, my heart it races,
When you and I walk in quiet places.
I hope that you'll be mine forever.
Lets' elope and see the world together.

'Cause I know a little place down by the shore,
Where we can get lost and not be seen anymore!

We're gonna take this boat and sail it out to sea.
We're gonna float to Ireland: live in emerald green.
We're gonna just be mad in love and make a scene.
'Cause you can be the guiding star when there's no other light.
You can dance, dance, dance on through the night.

Oh, this music is good.
So, make a wish - and I hope that it would,
Be a prayer of love alive forever.
Baby, let's go and see the world together!

We're gonna take this boat and sail it out to sea.
We're gonna float to Ireland: live in emerald green.
We're gonna just be mad in love and make a scene.
'Cause you can be the guiding star when there's no other light.
You can dance, dance, dance on through the night.

Don't you worry 'bout the storms on the sea;
'Cause quiet is my heart when you are close to me.
And all along I don't mind a little squall;
'Cause rain or shine, you're here, so it don't matter at all!

We're gonna take this boat and sail it out to sea.
We're gonna float to Ireland: live in emerald green.
We're gonna just be mad in love and make a scene.
'Cause you can be the guiding star when there's no other light.
You can dance, dance, dance on through the night.

 

Let Gravity Keep You

Don't remind me;
You played your sad song.
You shed your tears, you bared your soul,
But nobody sang along.
Mountains calling,
The wind is racing.
Walk alone, the ground ain't home;
You don't care what anybody's chasing.

Songs weren't made to never be sung,
And souls weren't made, oh they weren't made...
You weren't made to die while young!

If you were born with the power to fly, would you let gravity keep you from the sky?
We were born on the edge of a knife, and when push comes to shove -
I'm gonna lay down my guns and choose life.

Sin is gravity.
Hope is the sky.
Blood on the tree, write Your love as wings,
And won't You teach me how to fly?
Bare your soul!
Face down the gun!
Transfuse the blood, transcend the sky,
And run on to the sun.

Songs weren't made to never be sung,
And souls weren't made, oh they weren't made...
You weren't made to die while young!

If you were born with the power to fly, would you let gravity keep you from the sky?
We were born on the edge of a knife, and when push comes to shove -
I'm gonna lay down my guns and choose life.

So, let the world fall apart.
Let the mountains break down.
Send my beating heart up away from the ground.

If you were born with the power to fly, would you let gravity keep you from the sky?
We were born on the edge of a knife, and when push comes to shove -
I'm gonna lay down my guns and choose life.

It's time to choose life and transfuse the blood of the Almighty into our very veins.

He is no longer ashamed to call us brothers!

Brothers and sisters, my friends, we shall soon meet the Lord in the air where we shall we be with him forever and ever. This is not a vain hope, this is not a dead hope; this is the very tree of life - the tree upon which the Christ, the God-man, was hung and became a curse that He who knew no sin might become sin for us so that we might have: eternal life!