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Sojourner

by JOAL KAMPS

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1.
Amsterdamned (free) 02:54
LYRICS Waiting for a train; don't remember where I'm from I'm cold and I'm ashamed of the man that I've become I do not look the same when I look into the mirror The lonely face looking back at me is the very thing I fear It's raining in the streets and I'm in Amsterdam All the people that I meet tell me I might be Amsterdamned I do not look the same when I look into the mirror The lonely face looking back at me is the very thing I fear Now I'm waiting for a plane; I can't forget how far I've come 'Cause life it ain't no game - no it's cold and hard and rough And I've seen my share of pain and I've caused my share of tears But the hurt that hides behind these eyes is the very thing I fear No, I do not look the same; I cannot recognize Behind the mask of shame and pain Are my greenish-downcast cloudy-bloodshot eyes
2.
LYRICS I think that I'm the one who's got it all together But I don't - and I won't make it through this storm I think that I'm the one who knows so much better But I don't - and I won't until I count on you Show me what it's like to walk by faith and not by sight Take my world apart Hold my hand; change my heart You're so skilled in the art Of dismantling me I can admit now that I don't have all of the answers But I know the One who does and I'm covered by His blood I can see now that I don't have the right direction So please show me where to go and I will follow you Show me what it's like to walk by faith and not by sight Take my world apart Hold my hand; change my heart You're so skilled in the art Of dismantling me Guide me in your grace Teach me all your ways Hold me in a lover's embrace 'Til this day is done Won't you take my world apart Hold my hand; change my heart You're so skilled in the art Of dismantling me You are potter; I am clay Teach me to obey Hold me in a lover's embrace 'Til this day is done; the race is run I can't live without you
3.
LYRICS We started out just fine Had a basement suite down on the eastside I worked a nine to five Came home smiling almost every night Life was great; our hopes were high We spent all of our afternoons outside Life was good until that night - when I lost my way And it went all downhill from there So won't you hold me in your arms Though they're marked with all the scars From the times that I have let you down before Well, this time I have changed I swear it on my mother's grave I just wish there was a way I could keep my word Well, soon we lost the place And I started betting money at the races And if I ever won I was gonna buy us a brand new start But now we stand in a line Hoping for a meal and place to stay tonight I just can't believe these drugs could ruin a life So won't you hold me in your arms Though they're marked with all the scars From the times that I have let you down before This time I have changed I swear it on my mother's grave I just wish there was a way I could keep my word Now if you'll take a second chance I believe we could make a stand We'll leave all of this poison behind I swear I'll never let you down Yeah we'll blow this one-horse town We'll hitchhike until we reach the ocean We'll start out again Without all of the booze and heroin We'll be like settlers on a foreign shore
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Embers 03:39
LYRICS NOTE: this song is written from several perspectives; these have been defined as: M (male), F (female), and B (both) - the shared perspective. M: Whatever happened to the little girl I once knew? Is she falling apart? dying of a broken heart? Is she out there on her own searching for truth? F: Is he holding to himself or giving away to someone else? I guess I wish that I knew M: Was I wrong? F: Was he right? B: I think I know and now it's time to fight for The one I love is out there I know M: I hope she's thinking of me As I walk these streets alone M: She's everything I wanted She's everything I need She's everything I wanted B: But I'm afraid to let you in Yeah I'm afraid to let you in M: It's raining out tonight - I hope you're doing all right (Honestly the first thought that's entered my mind) F: Do you remember that day in December? Or a flatbed truck in the fields beneath the moonlight? M: I shut my eyes B: There might be embers in the ashes M: I dream of you and me B: Don't clean the fireplace out yet M: I think there's a way to repair B: There might be embers in the ashes M: We just need to start again M: You're everything I wanted You're everything I need You're everything I wanted B: But I'm afraid to let you in Yeah I'm afraid to let you in M: Can't you see what you're doing to me? Don't you know what you're doing to me now? Can't you see that I'm crying? Can't you feel that I'm dying?
5.
Dry Bones 05:54
LYRICS Tell me where you are; feels like a million miles away Don't you know I'm hiding beneath the corner of the shade? And I need you now; I need your love; I need your power Please touch me I've no defenses; no defenses So please breathe life into these dry bones I'm rendered defenseless; I'm defenseless Before the advances of your love Now that I have tasted; now that I've become The very things I hate - woe is me I am undone! And I need you now; I need your love; I need your power Please touch me I've no defenses; no defenses So please breathe life into these dry bones I'm rendered defenseless; I'm defenseless Before the advances of your love Come on in and take away my fears show me more Come oh breath, come from the four winds Breathe on these slain - that they may live!
6.
LYRICS Hey God, I'm learning to pray But it's hard and I'm just not sure what to say Hey God, I'm down on my knees Begging you please for one more day I was never faithful - but you were faithful 'til the end Once your enemy, you now call me your very friend I believe I need your grace To get me through today Hey God, I'm learning to die To pick up my cross, to live for you, to sacrifice And now God, I'm beginning to realize Despite the things I've done, you just see Christ I was never faithful - but you were faithful 'til the end Once your enemy, you now call me your very friend I believe I need your grace To get me through today I was never faithful - but you were faithful 'til the end Once your enemy, you now call me your very friend I believe I need your grace
7.
Old Soul 03:43
LYRICS When I walk alone I think I am the better man 'Cause when I come back home my past catches up again So I've spent endless days on dusty gravel roads My feet have bled and my tears have been shed And I still got nothing to show I'm a young man - with an old man's soul Well, I've sought escape in the darkest parts of life I've done things I wish I could cut from the back of my mind But no matter what kind of comforts I seek to find I can never get enough; I'm a factory of lust No, I'm never satisfied I'm a young man - with an old man's soul I've lost friends along the way to entry drugs And I've lost friends along the way in the name of some so-called 'love' We're always claiming to know something from beyond Using the truth as a word to justify the hurt We'll soon get what we deserve I'm a young man with an old man's soul
8.
P.O.W. 03:21
LYRICS Down by the dugout is when I first laid my eyes on you Your smile was innocent your lips tasted like honey dew And I won't forget you, no matter what these years might do I still smell you in the falling rains of June They may try all they want But I ain't ever giving up The sweet memory of our love They may try all they want But I ain't ever giving up our love Well, that call came in late one Sunday afternoon It was family dinner; we didn't expect to hear so soon He said, "pack your bags boy, you gotta catch the midnight train" When I come back home I'll never know They may try all they want But I ain't ever giving up The sweet memory of our love They may try all they want But I ain't ever giving up our love I've seen a child die in his father's arms In the middle of these city streets And I wish all these people were disarmed So we could go home to our families It's a shot in the dark; a heart that's holding on; it's an undying love 'Cause maybe I'll see you again They may try all they want But I ain't ever giving up The sweet memory of our love They may try all they want But I ain't ever giving up Our love
9.
Lighthouse 04:34
LYRICS We've been out on the waves drinking for days We lost sight of land a week ago How we'll ever get home I guess we'll never know 'Cause we ain't got no radio Some men say we'll never see our homes again So we're sending out prayers to the skies The Lighthouse calls our names Out in the middle of night Now we are safe Though the storms have come On these raging seas The waves they toss us around We are found So we set our bearings North and head toward the shore We've got a flame glowing in our eyes From a tower on the hills - piercing through the night Our hearts are lifted in the midst of its sight Some men say the stars have watched over us But the skies are blacker than coal The Lighthouse calls our names Out in the middle of night Now we are safe Though the storms have come On these raging seas The waves they toss us around We are found Now we laugh out loud as we think of how Scoundrels like us were saved The Lighthouse called our names Out in the middle of night When we were saved Though the storms they came On the raging seas The waves they tossed us around We've been found
10.
LYRICS Hey there heart of stone, why are you oh so cold and all alone? I've a story for you About a servant king who loves you From a wooden throne He gave up His life for His kingdom And said with a simple voice, "Father, please forgive them" And as the tears ran flowing from His eyes Mingled with the blood and water pouring from His side You thought men don't cry Hey there heart of stone, what are you oh so cold and all alone? You've heard of [other] tales and stories told But none have ever satisfied your soul Don't you know? From a wooden throne He gave up His life for His kingdom And said with a simple voice, "Father, please forgive them" And as the tears ran flowing from His eyes Mingled with the blood and water flowing from His side You still thought men don't cry Well, you beat Him down - this man of sorrows And you slapped His face - no hope for tomorrow And you said, "how can someone so weak save a wretch like me!?" 'Cause the truth is real men cry
11.
Wasting 07:08
LYRICS I've spent oh so much time chasing after things that hurt me Though alive, I'm dead inside - and I'm starting to define This dual nature in me The taste of your lips was like cinnamon - it just tasted so right But it was like a poison kiss on the tip of my lips Now I slowly die I've been wasting all my time, wasting away my mind, on worries I need to see a change I have thought of all I've done - but it all amounts to nothing 'Cause every idol I put up takes another place in my heart It's always the same 'Cause the taste of your lips was like cinnamon - it just tasted so right But it was like a poison kiss on the tip of my lips Now I slowly die I've been wasting all my time, wasting away my mind, on worries I need to make a change Spending all of my time before a screen Watching my heart bleed out before me; so empty I've been wasting, wasting Poison religion, relationships gone wrong, addictions We've been wasting, wasting

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released January 1, 2011

All music & lyrics written by Joal Kamps
Engineered & Mixed by Mark Troyer at Mark Troyer Music (Muzik Haus)
Produced by Joal Kamps & Mark Troyer
Mastered by Joao Carvalho at Joao Carvalho Mastering
Design & Photography by Stephanie Jager

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JOAL KAMPS Calgary, Alberta

JOAL KAMPS is an award-winning folk/roots solo artist recently turned husband/wife duo who are passionate about connecting with people through music and laughter. Based between Canada and the Netherlands, Joal and Lauren Kamps blend storytelling with songwriting to create “Rocky Mountain Folk-Pop” songs inspired by Canadian history, rocky mountain folklore, and their own personal journey. ... more

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