Sleeper, Rise

by Joe Zambon

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released April 13, 2012

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Track Name: The Giver
It’s a long way back to the Giver
He’s the one, the one I love
He is my all in all

And go a way
We’ve got a long way back to the Giver
And it could be a long while till you’ve won
Come be alive my Lord
And it could be a long while till you come, again

And when the sun goes down on the river
You see the lines you leave
They’re never coming back they never will return

And you hear the heart beat of the Giver
He’s the one you’ve always wanted
To lose your heartache and give it back to the one in love with you

And go a way
We’ve got a long way back to the Giver
You’ll need to give it all back in the end
Come be alive my Lord
It's going to be a long while till the morning sun
Long way back to the morning sun
The long way back to love with you
Track Name: Love Reaches Out
Love reaches out, from tender keeping
To seek me out, to redeem me
Tonight

God goes out, the world is sleeping
Sleeper, rise from the dark
The bridegroom is waiting

And when darkness comes you won’t forsake me
And when evening falls your love surrounds me
Cause nothing here can separate me from your love
Tonight

Love cries out, you are my dearest
Come closer now, come receive me

When the liar lies you will defend me
When I lose my way you run to save me
Cause nothing here can separate me from your love
From your love

You hold me, tonight
Track Name: Not That Different
Don’t tell me that you’re leaving
When I know you never came
Don’t tell me that you’ll need me
You never loved me anyways

And I know it is a long way down
From the top where you are
To me at the bottom
We’re not as different as you thought

What made you think you’re better
Is it that you hide the best
And you think that you are seamless
But you’re just as broken as the rest

And I know it is a long way down
From the top where you are
To me at the bottom, I know
You wouldn’t want to be me at all
You wouldn’t want to see me, I know
You wouldn’t want to touch me, I know I know
You wouldn’t want to be me at all

We’re not as different as you thought
Stop pretending like we are
Track Name: Trouble
Hmmmmm, you go

Trouble, well you ain’t no friend no more
I said Trouble, no you ain’t no friend no more
Yeah I don’t want you, you’re not welcome here no more
Yeah I don’t want you, don’t you come round here no more

Trouble, well I ain’t your fool no more
I said Trouble, no I ain’t your fool no more
Yeah you played me, but I’m stronger than before
Yeah you played me, but I won’t have it anymore

Trouble, you can drink your own poison
I said Trouble, go on and drink your own poison
Yeah I don’t want you, you’re not welcome here not more
Yeah I don’t you, I don’t want you here no more
Track Name: Not the Man
I’m not the man I want to be
I still do things that I should hate
I see it more as I grow old
That I will let you down

My father did what he thought best
Though he himself grew fatherless
Late have I loved the man in you
And I have let you down

You need to learn to forgive and let go

Don’t hold me up where it’s too high
I will fall down I’ll make you cry
I cannot love you perfectly
And I will let you down

Don’t hold too tight when I’m called home
One day I’ll leave you here alone
I cannot walk with you always
And I will let you go

I need to learn to forgive and let go
You need to learn to forgive and let go

I’m not the man I see in you
Though I try hard to be like you
I see it more as I grow old
That you won’t let me down
You won’t let me down
Track Name: What Happened to Us
And what happened to us
I don’t know

I remember when we were still friends
We were much younger back then
But somehow we’re now where we stand
Now with nothing

What happened to us
I don’t know

And life will always remind you
When everyday delights aren’t pure
And everyday I dream about you
And pray that each day love finds you
And pray that I’ll forgive my life too
From everything I did that hurt you
And everything I did that burned you
And I would burn my eyes to see you
And I would give my life to free you
But I know that I can’t turn back pages
And I cannot heal the pain you felt
And I cannot forget when you left
When you said we won’t ever be friends
But I hope you know I’ve always loved you
And I wish I’d done better to show you
And I hope one day we’ll be reconciled
And I hope one day to see you smiling
And I hope we will get there
To see a better end

Than what happened to us
I don’t know
Track Name: Your Love Is Gone
And you don’t want me no more
You want to be free and move on
But you told me you would never leave
But your love is gone

And something in you has changed
The one that I knew has gone away
And when did we stop giving,
And when did we stop forgiving
Only God can pick up what we’ve dropped
And we built a home and family
The table we knew is now empty
Cause your love is gone
And you’re moving on

For the years I had loved you
I bore you your own son and your daughter
Do they know you had left for another
Your own blood, they’re yours

But your love is gone
And you’re moving on
You’re not coming home
You left us alone
Track Name: Take Me To A New Place
Time is running out
My hope is drying up
I’ve planned my own defeat
This habit's killing me
Take me to a new place

Don’t give up on me
Please don’t give up on me just yet

Take me to a new place
Past the graves I lied in
Lead me to green meadows
Cause I can’t fight this alone

Give me something worth living for

Take me to a new place
Past the pain I relive
Lead me to green meadows
Cause I can’t fight this alone
No I can’t fight this alone
No I can’t fight this no more
Track Name: Across the Riverbed
Across the riverbed is where you found me
I’ve been giving up on me just barely living
And who will come, who will save me?
And who is left that won’t abuse me?
Love will overflow

You take me through the river, it’s where you clean me
My wounds are running deep, and I’m still bleeding
And where were you when I was cheated?
And why would you let me feel this?

Love will overflow
From the wounds you held in you
And love will overflow
From the wounds you held in you
They’re opening

When you called out to me I received it
And every tear that fell I did feel it
When they used you they stripped me naked
When they stole you they crucified me

I was there with you when the nail had pierced you
And I was there with you
I never had left you
And let love overflow
From the wounds that bleed for you
And let love overflow
From the wounds that bleed for you
They’re opening

And I was there with you
Though father had left you
And I was there with you
Though mother regretted you
And I was there with you
Though others had hurt you
I never had left you
Track Name: Why This Had to Be
You don’t know where I’m broken
You don’t know where I’m breaking
You don’t know my dear mother
You don’t know where I’ve been hiding
All alone

And these, why they had to be
And please, help me now to see,
Tell me why this had to be

I remember you said
“Blessed are they for who this life is not easy”
And I could die here, wrapped up in me
As if I was only bleeding

And these, why they had to be
And please, help me now to see
Tell me why this had to be

Only you know why this had to be

I guess this had to be
For me to wind up here
For me to be with you
Track Name: Welcome Back Summer
Welcome back summer
Old heart of mine
I thought I had lost you
When last summer died

And welcome back summer
There’s laughter again
I thought you had left me
When tears became bread

But you were locked underneath winter snow
I never thought I’d heal from months of cold
But welcome back summer

And welcome back summer
Forgiveness in me
We strip off the branches
That won’t let me breathe

And welcome back summer
I hope you can stay
There are reasons to look for
A new start again

When you were gone I wandered far from home
I didn’t want to face who I’d become
But you were locked underneath winter snow
I never thought that life would come from loss

Welcome home summer
Welcome home
Welcome back home
Track Name: Forgive and Let Go
I’m letting go, letting go

I forgive you, forgive you

I’ll let you go, let you go