Stubborn Clouds

by Brad Atkin

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a short story of pain and hope

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released 15 December 2012
produced, mixed, and mastered by Danny Rossi
all songs written by Brad Atkin

additional musicians:
Danny Rossi - drums, guitar, bass, synth, group vocals
Clay Carnill - guitar and group vocals
Cory Tramontelli - bass
Jim Rawlings - banjo on track 3
Steve Davis - vocals on tracks 2, 3, and 4
Megan Atkin - vocals on tracks 5, 6, and 7

portion of artwork provided by Corey Grunewald

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Track Name: the swing set
I knew on the day that we met
By your posture on the swing set
By your smile and the nod of your head
I knew that the search was over

I had made all these lists in my head
As if my god could be limited
Just when I gave up he did
Immeasurably more

and i will wait as long as it may take
baby, our someday is coming soon
and i will wait for you

i knew on the day that we wed
that the beauty wrapped in white dress
is a glimpse of that perfect plan for me

so lets go get that white picket fence
lets start building that wooden swing set
lets fill this backyard with kids
whose eyes shine as bright as yours do

and i will wait as long as it may take
baby, our someday is coming soon
and i will wait with you
Track Name: come alive
dreamer, where have you been lately
are your stitches too tight
i know that there's a fight
and its right behind those tires eyes

dancer, where you have you been lately
are your laces too tight
there's an anger in your tone
and a stiffness to your bones again

there is a love that you have forgotten
there is a hope not laced with poisons
there is a song of clear abandon
its knocking at your ribs
its time you let it in

come arise
awake be here be strong
there comes a time in all our lives
when we must once again be young

come awake
let go let love let Him
there comes a day when song birds fade
and we must carry on their tune
(So sing it out)

swallow your pride with sugar
pardon the bite my dear
these days are oh so evil
these vines are looking bare
once children of the winter
now filled with summer rays
illuminate this city
hymns flowing from our our veins
Track Name: a place broken men go
There is a place broken men go
When they are tired, when they feel cold
And if they sing some songs they have never heard
Then Suddenly they’re warm

There is a place where broke men go
When they have run fresh out of gold
And if they show up once or twice a month
they can name their reward

and if you believe it than surely the pieces will fit again
your sorrows will turn into songs

(I heard Jesus said) Go ye therefore unto the world
And find the most comfortable seats
Make sure that you are entertained
And claim prosperity

There is a place where young men go
To escape their broken homes
And if they meet in groups of 8 to 12
The world turns into love

and if you believe it than surely the pieces will fit again
your sorrows will turn into songs

(I heard Jesus said) Go ye therefore unto the world
And find the most comfortable seats
Make sure that you are entertained
And claim prosperity

And some time down the road
When you wake up broken, broke or cold
Not because your belief is smaller than a seed
But because you breathe at all

Go ye therefore unto the world
And find the most comfortable seats
Make sure that you are entertained
And claim prosperity

And some time down the road
When you wake up broken, broke or cold
Not because your belief is smaller than a seed....
But because you breathe at all

Luckily wages aren't all we receive
There would be no hope for us
Track Name: these bitter bones
These thieves that live inside my skin
Have weighed my down with lies and bricks
They stole my joy or questioned it
But I can’t give up, I won’t give in

All I seem to know for sure
Is that I know nothing anymore
I need your arms, I need your eyes
To wake me up, bring me to life

Sometimes I find
That I am fine
The walking dead
Brought back to life
My legs are numb
But know that i
Am going home
And yet I find
That I'm not fine
These bitter bones
Are growing tired
My legs are numb
They know that I
Am far from home
I need your arms, I need your eyes

These demons deep inside my chest
They do their dance. They stab and twist
Bury hope with more regret
A counterfeit paralysis

you set my feet to dance
breathe life into this calloused chest
i am the dead alive
the dead are brought to life in you
Track Name: stubborn clouds
Once again in the waiting room
The smell of fear fighting the perfume
And the Holy Ghost and the devil take their turns
One speaks of all that I deserve
The other speaks in simpler terms of a fierce love that cannot be contained

I say I know the man who gives and takes
I’ve done him some favors so maybe he’ll save the day
Maybe not
I know the man who can raise the dead
I haven’t been faithful but maybe he’ll be instead
I sure hope so

Oh, I can see it now
Through the dark skies and stubborn clouds
Somehow you will break out and cover us all in a song
Somehow all of this chaos makes sense now
The fiercest of storms bring out the best sailors

Once again waiting for the call
Trembling yet strong for her
The deceiver finds an opening
He speaks of all you haven’t done
He denies that the war was won
In the graveyard, through the veins of a King

And I say I know the man who gives and takes
And it’s not about favors, it’s more about His story
He is love
I know the man who can raise the dead
He has done it before and he’ll do it again in us
He is love

Oh, I can see it now
Through the dark skies and stubborn clouds
Somehow you will break out and cover us all in a song
Somehow all of this chaos makes sense now
The fiercest of storms bring out the best sailors

may your story
flow through my veins
let me sing again
may your glory
fill my lungs
oh let me sing again
Track Name: search for shores
how beautiful how beautiful
the wisdom and knowledge of our loving god
creating paths that we cannot trace out

how beautiful how beautiful
the mysterious ways of our loving God
he may not make sense always
but he's always good

as the waves search for shores
so my soul is longing for more of you

how beautiful how magnificent
is the truth that's bigger than my common sense
it turns my floors of sand
to dry cement

how beautiful how magnificent
is the love that is bigger than my worst offense
is the blood that turns red stains to white again

as the waves search for shores
so my soul is longing for more
oh you are my one desire
and i long to be face down at your feet

i will cling cling cling to the King who
Came back with keys and a promise to
save a seat for me someday
i will sing sing sing of a King who can't
be explained or figured out
He is on our side
Track Name: you were known
i hope that you know the weight
lifted by your tiny frame
blessings can never come too late

know that you are evidence
some things that make so much sense
are casualties of perfect plans for us.

Know that you are loved
Know that you have been lifted up
Long before the space between our thumbs
And fingers had their turns

i hope that you live your days
catching fire and throwing grace
a satellite reflecting rays for us

Know that you are loved
Know that you have been lifted up
Long before the space between our thumbs
And fingers had their turns
Know you're the image of
A man who had a hard time giving up
Took his time sending you down south
He waits for your return.
You were known
You were known
Just not by us