Posters

by Strahan

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My feet on the ground, my heart in heaven

The Psalmist’s vocation is a strange thing. He’s charged with defining that invisible line between earth and sky. His eyes to the horizon and a pen that traces the lines of the road beyond it, giving voice to that which is and which is not yet.

He lives in a strange state of disrepose. His songs are hallelujahs born from wartime, they’re lamentations of violence and beauty. And all the time, they’re these temporal views through a shaded glass, an ersatz alter.

Posters channels the vein of the old folk sage, the spirit-man who looks to the ancient roads for a map of the human heart. We lean on the people who write these songs, for they have found a way to peddle proper truth. There is brokenness in these verses, rusted tracks of imperfection, but as with the old psalms, there is always hope at the end, like the prodigal’s dawn.

Let them speak of man who lives to die
And in my bones beat the pleasure of your fire
My heart still breaks but the rivers running wilder every day
That’s how I know
I am home

The Psalmist always understands. His songs are always meant to mirror the tension of nature. The push and pull of the tides and the cycle of the seasons. So it is with us, broken vessels all, struggling between the earth and the sky, and salvation and deception. The Psalmist knows we are the both link and the great divide. God’s great inheritance sewn in flesh and bone.

We are all posters here. Makeshift images of perfection. Hope’s advertisements, worn with frayed edges and waning shades of red.

It is the Psalmist who reminds us that we are still works of art.

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released January 25, 2013

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Track Name: You're The Dawn
Asleep lay a heart of stone
But never alone
You can make a tender one
Your sound wakes my mind for
Your morning song
Many rushing waters come
Breaking like the morning sun

My heart is yours
Every dawn
This light is yours

You whisper in horizons arms
Your colour is warm
This heat is like a healing balm
From the evenings wars
You pierce me with the dreamers sword
Breaking like the morning sun

My heart is yours
Every dawn
This light is yours
Track Name: Deliverance
Your love is a flood and I drink deep when the tide is up
Oh would you flood me too?
Saltwater in my blood has made me taste sweet to the world
Oh and you taste sweet too

This is my deliverance hands held high as you deliver it
Oh you have made me a child of God
My feet on the ground and my heart in heaven
I am bread made without the leaven
Oh you have made me a child of God

I lay in the sand with sweet forgiveness in my hand
Oh as a gift from you
Your water floods my brain this grey cranium wont be the same
No where I’ve been won’t do

This is my deliverance hands held high as you deliver it
Oh you have made me a child of God
My feet on the ground and my heart in heaven
I am bread made without the leaven
Oh you have made me a child of God

And I won’t go
Until I know
That you have sown
All you have in me
Track Name: Vineyard
I will wait to see the day
Of your vine
Of your vine
Will you take to the hands of thine
This heart of mine
This heart of mine

There is a vineyard of the Lord
There is a vineyard for us all
With all our troubles left behind the door
We drink first light until the dawn

There is love
There is love
In the Lord

There is a forest built without the thorns
There is a vineyard of the Lord
We are all pillars in the store rooms of
His love and his mercy

There is love
There is love
In the Lord

Oh my soul oh my soul
Will drink you in will drink you in
So tell me Lord tell me Lord

Will you let me drink you in?

There is a vineyard of the Lord
There is a vineyard for us all
Well he's burning up the clouds without remorse
Yeh they burn with his coming
Track Name: Hey New Wine!
You took my heart away
And gave me another one
My bodies in the grave
But I have another one
With open hands you gave
Gave me another wine
To drink through all my days
And no one can steal mine

Hey new wine!

When I lay down my head
My dreams are so colourful
I can almost see your face
Before i tremble
My shoes are old and worn
Cause I've been runnin'
But now they're on the stool
Cause I've stopped runnin'

Hey new wine!
Track Name: Home
I see revelation standing at the door
I have held your hand for so long I don’t remember anymore
I have searched 10 miles wide and far more than that deep
And I'm so glad a decade on your fire still burns in me

Let them speak of man who lives to die
And in my bones beat the pleasure of your fire
My heart still breaks but the rivers running wilder every day
That’s how I know
I am home

I used to think my energy would carry me on through
But poetry kissed reality the moment I met you
All my years and all my friends never told me what you do
But now I know it’s so obvious that through that I grew

Let them speak of man who lives to die
And in my bones beat the pleasure of your fire
My heart still breaks but the rivers running wilder every day
That’s how I know
I am home
Track Name: Posters
Heaven is closer
Heaven is near
We are all posters here
The dam it is building
The trees they are growing
We are all posters here

My son, will it all be there?
When you go, when you go
My Son, will it all be near?
Will you know, will you know?

The Father has spoken
The Son he was broken
We are all pictures here
The family is growing
A rose in the field sings
We are all pictures here

My son, will it all be there?
When you go, when you go
My Son, will it all be near?
Will you know, will you know?

When he comes?
Track Name: Wells
Well I have bought fire and I've bought ice
I've sold myself and I've sold lies
And I've walked these streets I know these roads
I know the beat they'd tell you so
And I know
I need grace more than I ever have before

I've done one thing and separately
have done the other I don't mean
I've knelt to pray and walked away
And not listened and not forgave
So I say
I need your love now and I need it now to change

I've seen the wells with dirt be filled
Stood in the dessert left to melt
And I've felt the rain through my veins
To see the wells open again
My heart now changed
You give your Spirit when I give my life away
Track Name: Not Alone
I've been watching
I've been watching for a while
Wearing down my shoes
Wearing down the glue
I've been hoping
Hoping you'd open your eyes
Cause things are soon to change
Through all the years of wind and rain

You are not alone

I've been waiting
I've been waiting for a while
For the covered night to fade
And the chill to warm away
Oh Lord because I know
I know you've been blind for a while
But let the water wash away
All those years and all those muddy scales

You are not alone

Child you'll never see your face
Poured out like the winter rain
No you are not alone
You are not alone
And in moments you will feel the pace
Caught up in the human race
No you are not alone
You are not alone
Track Name: Daily Bread
I wanna know where the fortress of hope does rest
To lay beside the banks of joy not loneliness
I wanna feel the weight of eternal rest
To build the walls of freedom higher than the rest

Take everything I have
Let it be multiplied as it’s broken in your hands

You are my daily
you are my daily
you are my daily bread

There has been a harbour where the tide sets in
Built upon each other are the bricks my friend
I wanna feel the sun rise on my innocence
To know it’s warm glow on my skin again

Take everything I have
Let it be multiplied as it’s broken in your hands

You are my daily
you are my daily
you are my daily bread

I wanna feel love like the rain
Soak me to the bone so I can give again
Track Name: Time For A Change Again
Lord make a path where the old legs have walked in vain
Brush of the sticks and the stones I have thrown at your name
Make it look white like a lamp that can show me the way
Oh it’s time for a change again
Oh it's time for a change again

Pour out a drink let it overflow in my cup
Cause it’s been so dry now I remember why we fell in love in the first place
Let all the flowers bud cause every colour to reign
Oh it’s time for a change again
Oh it's time for a change again

Take off the bandage expose what I am to the air
I know it’s painful but darkness I no longer fear
It’s the salt on the wound that brings healing right after the pain
Oh it’s time for a change again
Oh it's time for a change again
Track Name: Your Kingdom Come
I don’t wanna eat my fill
And never taste a word from you
I don’t wanna please the world
If it means that I won’t please you
And I don’t wanna have everything
Gain it all but lose your truth
And I don’t wanna say a thing
If it aint what you’ve told me to say

Your kingdom come
Your will be done

Well I don’t wanna build a house
On the sand of the world
And I don’t wanna see the storm
Destroy all the things that I thought that I loved
And I don’t wanna seek all pleasures
Then be starved on the side of your road
And I don’t only want to love those who’ve loved me first to find
I was never merciful

Your kingdom come
Your will be done