by Daniel Deitrich

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released January 26, 2011



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Track Name: Leaving Everything
Leaving Everything

From the moment you step outside
And the sun makes you squint your eyes
And the cold takes away your breath
You know there’s no turning back
‘Cause you’ve set this machine in gear
No more putting it off for another year
You’re leaving everything you’re used to
That scares me, does it scare you

This is the day you get away
Doing what I couldn’t do
Leaving everything you’re used to
If you don’t go now you’ll never get out
Doing what I couldn’t do
Leaving everything you’re used to

All the things you couldn’t sell are packed
And you’ve cashed your last corporate pay check
Your friends are begging don’t go, please
I love that people question your sanity
What will we have to show in the end
We pay some bills, before long we’re dead
Let’s do some good while we can
Track Name: I Didn't Know
I Didn’t Know

He stumbles from the bed to warm a bottle
Breathes a silent curse, but doesn’t mean a word he says
With gentle words he soothes his raging child
Remarks from last nights argument rolling through his head

If I had known how low that I could feel
If I had known how hard the road would be
I would have turned and ran a long, long time ago
Thank God I didn’t know, thank God I didn’t know

It’s Thursday night the college kids are drinking
If only they would tip to match their thirst
It’s times like this she catches herself thinking
Gifts from God can sometimes be a curse

His hand finds hers
There’s no words
But looking down at their sleeping child
All is right again
Track Name: Alone

If I could write a song to make you see
If I could form the words and make them mean
Something real, you’d somehow feel

What I’ve got goin’ on
Is like what you’ve got goin’ on
Where your world starts sinking
We’re all out here alone
Afraid to say we need someone
Our pride will kill us

I can show you scars that have almost healed
I can show you love as it’s meant to be
It’s something real
Just meet me here

We’re all out here alone
(afraid to say we need someone)
There’s no need to be alone...
Track Name: Rational

I’m waiting for
The clouds to part
The voice of God
To pierce my heart

A hand to guide
A path to hold
With a clearly defined
Set of goals

But where is your voice
Where is your will
While I’m crashing forward
You’re standing still

A thought it comes
Unbidden to me
I’ve rationalized
My own apathy

Oh there it is
In the red and the white
Am I the one
Caught in the needle’s eye
Track Name: Matter

So she hits the street walking
Destination unknown
She just needs some air in her lungs
Not being breathed by people she knows
She says her life is this window
Crunching under her feet
Before it broke into twelve million pieces
She was invisible

And she screams, “I wanna matter!”

Maybe it’s all for a reason
Maybe it’s part of the plan
Maybe we’re given the tools and the will
We do the the best we can
She’s been neglected and broken
She’s been cut to the bone
While the world writes her off again
The fire in her gut it grows and it grows

And she screams, “I can love!”
And she screams, “and be loved!”
And she screams, “oh God I wanna matter!”
Track Name: Vision

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
naught be all else to me, save that thou art
Thou my best thought by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light

Be thou my wisdom, thou my true word
I ever with thee and thou with me Lord
Thou my great Father, I thy true son
Thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise
Thou mine inheritance now and always
Thou and thou only first in my heart
High King of Heaven, my treasure thou art

High King of heaven, my victory won
May I reach heaven's joys, O Bright Heaven's sun
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all