Sojourner

by JOAL KAMPS

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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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Track Name: Amsterdamned
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
Track Name: Take My World Apart (Radio Edit)
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
Track Name: Strung Out Heartstrings
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
Track Name: Embers
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?
Track Name: Dry Bones
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!
Track Name: Learning To Pray (Radio Edit)
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
Track Name: Old Soul
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
Track Name: P.O.W.
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
Track Name: Lighthouse
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
Track Name: Heart Of Stone
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
Track Name: Wasting
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