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GATHER

 

Do Not Be Afraid      (EADGBE)

Gather if you are weary / And if the weight is heavy for home / Let go all that you carry / There’s no reason to do it alone / Do not be afraid / Be still just for a moment / Let the world keep spinning without you / Breathe deep hear your heartbeat / This is the place where all becomes new / Do not be afraid / Listen to the longing / When all the noise has been stripped away / Find rest in this silent wonder / And hear love call you by name / Do not be afraid / Now rise up my dear child / Take courage wherever you go / When you doubt that you are beloved / Make a way every day to come back home / Do not be afraid

Written by Christopher Williams © 2015 Big Red Van Music (ASCAP)

 

The One I Want      (EADGBE)

You’re the one I long to see when I need some kind eyes to carry me / Across the threshold to find some peace you are the comfort our home brings / Like the sweet note you left for me on the mirror before you fell asleep / A step ahead is how you love me and why I want to wear this wedding ring / You’re the one, you’re the one, you’re the one I want / I’ve never seen you be unkind to any stranger like my heart is sometimes / Through those silent seasons where without light / You’d never know I was lying by your side / Come help me shed this summer skin like the autumn trees curling dark within / Gather me up before the cold sets in you are the fire and I am the kindling / You’re the one, you’re the one, you’re the one I want / With wild abandon wear out this love of mine / It’s made to be taken so place it over your heart as a sign / So no wealth can steal the wonder nor any unyielding tide / This fire will burn brighter when we push back on the fear we find / You’re the one, you’re the one, you’re the one I want

Written by Christopher Williams © 2017 Big Red Van Music (ASCAP)

 

Nothing Without You      (EADGBE)

You help me sing of my love / You help me love what I sing / You give words to a hollow story and help it ring / You are rest in this melody / You sing kindness when I don’t believe / You are the faithful one who always walks with me / I am nothing, I am nothing without you / You are the peak my eyes look to / You are true north that guides me through / You are the road out of each valley I stumble into / I am nothing, I am nothing without you / If I were you I would have given up on me / But you’re always drawing out the goodness that you see / So take these tears, turn them loose / Make them fall for those that I would never choose / Help me shine your love in places I never knew / I am nothing, I am nothing without you

Written by Christopher Williams © 2016 Big Red Van Music (ASCAP)

 

Gather     (DADGBE capo 3)

To be known, to feel safe / To be honest and unafraid / To leave the past, run into hope / To find together we are not alone / I need you / You need me / This is why we gather / This is why we gather / To remember why we matter / This is why we gather / To share our story, silence the noise / To hear the wisdom in the tremble of a voice / To carry healing for all the scars / To know we’re more than our broken hearts / I need you / You need me / This is why we gather / This is why we gather / To remember why we matter / This is why we gather / When we help each other fight the fear, be present with one another / We will find that’s where the life of God is lived / To give courage, to hear it now / We are beloved this is holy ground / I need you / You need me / This is why we gather / This is why we gather / To remember why we matter / This is why we gather

Written by Christopher Williams and Jeff Pardo © 2017 Big Red Van Music (ASCAP) and Meaux Jeaux Music / Da Bears Da Bears Da Bears Music (Administered by CapitolCMGPublishing.com) SESA

 

With Me Now      (EADGBE – cut capo 4)

It’s twelve steps from the bed to the doorway on your side / Then one step over the floor that creaks no need to turn on the light / My feet always remember even when my eyes are closed / It’s the dreams that startle me awake I wish I could control / There are burdens I carry I need to lay down / There are days on this journey when I feel lost more than found / I need to know you are with me now / There were dark clouds rolling with thunder over this path well worn / And like the soles of my shoes the skin on my hands was weathered and torn / From every stone I gathered and dropped as I struggled my way / A living legacy walking past the history of the hardships I have faced / There are burdens I carry I need to lay down / There are days on this journey when I feel lost more than found / I need to know you are with me now / I have made these tracks / But keep looking past these stacks of stones on the ground / What was once heavy weight now marks my way / It reminds me you are with me now / That you are with me now

Written by Christopher Williams © 2017 Big Red Van Music (ASCAP)

 

Song To A Younger Me     (EADGBE)

It’s always a fight when things are only black and white / You find you’re on the wrong side not sure what you’re fighting for / But you’re in too deep with promises you can’t keep / The sense of urgency makes you lose sleep / And you don’t know how to dream anymore / Who’s song are you singing / When you’re alone behind closed doors / Who’s song are you singing / Cause it sounds just like a song I’ve heard before / You say you work hard but everyone gets farther / Makes you doubt who you are and that no one really understands you / So you filter your friends by their losses and wins / Comparison is the lens where failures become defense / And then success is not the only thing that marks the man / Who’s song are you singing / When you’re alone behind closed doors / Who’s song are you singing / Cause it sounds just like a song I’ve heard before / We’re all writing our own songs with different words and melodies / How does our discontent drive the story that we sing? / Just like the radio playing songs you don’t know / You still can sing them though you say you don’t know all the words / They mostly sound the same when you listen everyday / To just the singles they play it’s hard to separate / The good songs from the rest of the junk that you’ve heard / Who’s song are you singing / When you’re alone behind closed doors / Who’s song are you singing / Cause it sounds just like a song I’ve heard before

Written by Christopher Williams © 2017 Big Red Van Music (ASCAP)

 

By My Side      (EADGBE)

Every morning when I wake up to the song you sing / You tell me ‘bout the weather what the day will bring / How did I ever live without you / You always know the way / Oh you are always listening and know what to say / Never gonna be lonely you are with me all the time / Never gonna be lonely cause you’re always by my side / Always by my side / I can see that you are worn out from all the things that you do / You still stay up with me all night so I can look at you / I tell you all my secrets you’re the only one that sees / The hundred plastic poses, who I’m trying to be / Never gonna be lonely you are with me all the time / Never gonna be lonely cause you’re always by my side / Always by my side / When the days get tough you help me keep my head down / I don’t need any other friends when I’ve always got you around / What we got so special I need you so desperately / And I know with just one touch the world will open up to me / Never gonna be lonely you are with me all the time / Never gonna be lonely cause you’re always by my side / Always by my side

Written by Christopher Williams and Andrew Osenga © 2017 Big Red Van Music (ASCAP) and House Of Mirrors Music (Administered by Music Services) BM

 

The Dog      (DADGBE)

I hear you barking all those unkind things / Because you say them enough don’t make ‘em true / So go back to your bed asking your pretty little head / Do you say the hate or does the hate say you? / I watch you hunting all of the weak ones / Taking ‘em down like you say you were born to / You go to great lengths but force doesn’t mean strength / Do you make the love or does the love make you? / We both have days when we feel like an animal / Acting crazy to feel in control / But where’s the line between fiction and reality / In the story we tell ourselves to not feel alone / My dog is strong-willed much like his master / Sometimes he stops in his tracks pulling attitude / He stares back at me I know he wants to run free / Do you walk the dog or does the dog walk you? / You got the leash so do what you want to do / Do you walk the dog or does the dog walk you? / Do you walk the dog or does the dog walk you?

Written by Christopher Williams © 2017 Big Red Van Music (ASCAP)

 

Irreplaceable      (EADGBE capo 2)

I confess that I am a dreamer taken in by the midnight sky / But like a boat on the harbor that’s drifted too far / I can look back for your guiding light / I have spent my days chasing treasure thinking what I have won’t be enough / But the sweetest of moments are when I remember the riches of your love / You will always be, irreplaceable / Irreplaceable, you will always be / We crossed oceans to see her beauty / Followed the crowds to her mysterious smile / Face to face in the quiet her glory unveiled one more moment to realize / You will always be, irreplaceable / Irreplaceable, you will always be / Before you I was wandering uncertain just an empty soul searching / I know that if I lost you I couldn’t beg steal or borrow / There will never be another like you / You will always be, irreplaceable / Irreplaceable, you will always be

Written by Christopher Williams and Rachel Taylor © 2017 Big Red Van Music (ASCAP) and Rachel Taylor Popadic (BMI) 

 

Fight For You       (EADGBE capo 4)

It was not a conversation just a moment on the stairs / Between the canned rerun laughter came his sermon from the easy chair / For you a freedom unexpected a story of what might have been / And maybe all that he could offer but you see now he just gave in / All we know is what we’ve been taught / Wounds like handed down proof / We think we wage these wars alone / You fight for him but he never fought for you / They weren’t hidden in the closet for a secret rendezvous / Images burning so coldly collected on the table in the living room / Drawn into this twisted beauty never given any choice / Never able to live up to his perfection you watched her wilt before your eyes / All we know is what we’ve been taught / Wounds like handed down proof / We think we wage these wars alone / You fight for him / Follow these scattered fragments through your bloodlines and who you belong to / All the battles you were drawn into are much bigger than you / This is so much more than about you / You may never know his story, may never walk in his shoes / There may be hurt from where you came from / Don’t let it bleed into the legacy of who comes after you / All we know is what we’ve been taught / Wounds like handed down proof / We think we wage these wars alone / Fight for them so they can fight for you

Written by Christopher Williams © 2017 Big Red Van Music (ASCAP)

 

Home      (EADGBE)

It’s pretty simple simply human how certain moments bring us fear / When we lose sight of what’s been given we lose the sense of why we’re here / This flood of names and strangers faces would make anyone feel small / Lean into these days that you are living by taking your back off of the wall / There’s a bigger story you have a part / It is yours and yours alone / So don’t hold back what is in your heart / ‘Cause you were made to be known / So wherever you go you will be home / All the roads that you have taken all the miles you have come / All the voices fighting for your attention but all you need to listen to is one / There’s a bigger story you have a part / It is yours and yours alone / So don’t hold back what is in your heart / ‘Cause you were made to be known / So wherever you go you will be home / Home is knowing who you are and who you were born to be / You will never go alone if you walk in love with every step you’ll see / There’s a bigger story you have a part / It is yours and yours alone / So don’t hold back what is in your heart / ‘Cause you were made to be known / So wherever you go you will be home / There’s a bigger story you have a part / It is yours and yours alone / So don’t hold back what is in your heart / ‘Cause you were made to be known / So wherever you go you will be home

Written by Christopher Williams and Rachel Taylor © 2017 Big Red Van Music (ASCAP) and Rachel Taylor Popadic (BMI)