Water & Fire

by Strahan

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Out in the fields of grace
I lay in the fields
Watching you arise the dead in me

Everyone’s looking for something.
Across the ground, scattered with the bones of past psalms and revolutions and the old, worn faith your father lent you.
Everyone is singing a song. And it’s always about the same thing. Love lost, love found, that great open space between heaven and earth.
Forget the proselytism, forget the harsh edges of the letter of the law. There’s someone up there, and He is like water and fire, deep with grace and mystery.

These are not songs of a preacher. They’re not ballads to lilting love. These are just alms to that old, worn faith. Skin for the skeleton. The sound of someone looking for a resurrection. From the opening throes of ‘Hallelujah’ to the closing refrain of ‘Resurrection Song’, Water and Fire is the sound of someone who travels with dust on his feet, connected to the earth, but eyeing heaven.

Everyone’s looking for something. Sometimes it is home. Sometimes it’s that long lost love. Sometimes it’s God.

Most times it is all of these.

This is my resurrection song,
Written in the only ink I own.

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released January 6, 2011

Thank you Dave Baxter/ Vivek Gabriel / David Love / Fraser & Naomi Browne / Bill Sim / Rob Byrne / Luke Oram / Mark Donovan / Katie Coleman / and everyone else who helped to make this album what it is.
©Jan 2011 Strahan Coleman

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Track Name: Heaven
I won’t stop and I won’t let go
I want you I need you
I need you to understand
That I will run and I will not fault
Until I have won you

I'm in heaven when I'm with you

I’m one man only have one soul
I fell but I’m living again
And nobody else can make me whole
I won't stop until I know
My life has been weaved into yours

I’m in heaven when I'm with you

My soul will endeavor forever to rest in you
This world steals attention but won’t satisfy like you
These trials I endure are waters that run me smooth
To find grace and pleasure
Run wild in you
Track Name: Hallelujah
I see a river coming to wash my skin
Of all the mud and dirt I'm in
I see you coming

I feel the rain is falling across my feet
To bring the healing that I need
I see you coming

Oh Lord don't spare the horses now
Oh Lord we sing

Hallelujah
Track Name: Water & Fire
I’ll stand by the river bed and watch the autumn leaves
Theres I wait there I’ll wait for you to speak
This stone walled fortress of a heart is dry and blue
But I believe and and trust you’l hear when I sing

Take my soul Lord

You are water you are fire
You are jealous you desire
You are everything this world could ever need
You are bread and you are blood
Open hands and open heart
You are everything this world could ever need

I step with a little faith like blood out of a stone
Each blind movement is teaching me to see
I know of nothing to come just what has been
So I believe everything you have taught me

Take my soul Lord

You are water you are fire
You are burdened you desire
You are everything this world could ever need
You are jealous you are son
Open hands enduring one
You are everything this world could ever need

Take my soul Lord

You are water you are fire
You are jelous you desire
You are everything this world could ever need
You are bread and you are blood
Open hands enduring one
You are everything this world could ever need
Track Name: I Had a Dream
I had a dream today
Yes I had a dream
You were there and oh you spoke to me
I had to pray you said
I have to pray and seek
To find the treasure you’ve hidden for me

Scatter the seed you said
I had to sow the seed
Night and day it grows whether I wake or I’m asleep
Out in the fields of grace
I lay in the fields
Watching you arise the dead In me

And oh my soul can wait
Only so long there’s only so much it can take
But I will wait
The horizon brings the clouds and you’re my rain

Yahweh

I had a dream today
Yes I had a dream
I called out a name to find you calling back to me
I will rebuild you said
I will build the streets
In a day to lead you back to me

And oh my soul can wait
Only so long there’s only so much it can take
But I will wait
The horizon brings the clouds and you’re my rain

Yahweh
Track Name: Resurrection Song
I have held my hands out way too long
To the obstination of my soul
I’ve fallen for the letter and the law
And chosen with my will the shorter straw

I’m the tree they call the hollow oak
Born a steady riser full of smoke
Through my indignation I am broke
But you can write with mercy every note

This is my resurrection song
Written in the only book I know
You can file it in a draw with all the wrongs I’ve done
This is my resurrection song

I can follow all the stars I want
Write my destiny in every font
But only you can see the needs I don’t
And wrestle with my heart at every joint

This is my resurrection song
Written in the only ink I own
You erase the blazing fire of all the things I’ve done
This is my resurrection song