Water & Fire

by Strahan

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1.
Heaven 04:11
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
2.
Hallelujah 04:01
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
3.
Water & Fire 04:41
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
4.
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
5.
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

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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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