The Journey

by John Mark Thomas

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The Journey is a roughly chronological presentation of my life over the last 12 years, reflecting on change, longing, depression, love, loss, family, and God's hand in it all.

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released June 29, 2018

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John Mark Thomas is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer specializing in indie-folk and acoustic instrumental music. His work pairs masterful instrumentals with inspiring lyrics focused on real-life struggles, love, loss, family, and God's hand in it all. ... more

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Track Name: This Long Mile
I walk out the door and take a look around me
And I don't recognize it -- not a thing that I see
From the sky above me to the ground 'neath my feet
It's all so different from what I thought it would be

But I'm alright
As long as You're by my side
Everything's fine
Yeah, I'm alright
'Cause life's an adventure
And I'll see in time
The end of this mile
This long mile

I just found my feet and they're moving without me
Steady now 'cause tomorrow brings things I can't see
Waking up to the cold from a comfortable dream
Why didn't somebody tell me just how harsh life could be

But I'm alright
As long as You're by my side
Everything's fine
Yeah, I'm alright
'Cause life's an adventure
And I'll see in time
The end of this mile
This long mile

All I want is just a little hint
Just a candle to help light the way
'Cause I'm so scared of flying blind
Just as scared as of what You might say

But I'm alright
As long as You're by my side
Everything's fine
Yeah, I'm alright
'Cause life's an adventure
And I'll see in time
The end of this mile
This long mile

It's all so different from what I thought it would be
Track Name: Flyin' a Kite
Well I'm just a kid flyin' a kite
Yeah, I've got You strung up on top of this line
Then I tug You into the wind
And expect You to duck and dive at my every whim

But that's not the way it works
No, that's not the way it works

'Cause I'm pleasantly surprised
To find You walking by my side
Every day of my life
And I know I've felt You dry
All these guilty tears I've cried

Well I'm just a leaf blown in the wind
I'm carried along from sin to sin
But is my failing will to blame
Or am I just stubbornly deaf, dumb, and lame

But You dare to take me back
Oh, You dare to take me back

So I'm pleasantly surprised
To find You walking by my side
Every day of my life
And I know I've felt You dry
All these guilty tears I've cried

So bolster the will of my heart
As it battles these fleshly desires
Hold fast and tear me apart
Leaving sin to the funeral pyre
Track Name: Hope
Well I'm movin' again
For the thirtieth time
Oh, you'd think I might be used to this by now
But I'm cryin' my eyes out
And don't even know why
It just feels like something's dyin' deep inside

Oh, but up ahead
There's a glimmer of hope
And oh, she's standin' there
With a smile in her eyes and a flower in her hair

But it's all in my head
You're just make-believe
Oh, I knew you once but let you slip away
But tell me my friend
Is it such a crime
To think that love is something I could find

Oh, but up ahead
There's a glimmer of hope
And oh, she's standin' there
With a smile in her eyes and a flower in her hair

Oh, yeah, up ahead
You're such a glimmer of hope
And oh, you're standin' there
With a smile in your eyes and a flower in your hair
Track Name: Want You to Be
I look out the window
At the rain coming down
It's falling pretty softly
But it's still the only sound
I'm feeling kinda lonely
As the sunset fades to gray
But every time the wind blows
I'm reminded what You say

That You, oh, You're always there
For me, oh, and
You, oh, You're always there
If I want You to be
If I want You to be

I'm driving through the valley
But the moon is shining bright
A glorious companion
To guide me through the night
Walk into the canyon
As the sunrise fades to day
Remember that You love me
And I know I can't complain

'Cause You, oh, You're always there
For me, oh, and
You, oh, You're always there
If I want You to be
If I want You to be

Yeah, You, oh, You're always there
For me, oh, and
You, oh, You're always there
If I want You to be
And I want You to be
Track Name: I'm Just Killing Time
Sunset into moonlight, and the
Stars are shining bright tonight
The wind blows, and the trees cry out
Then everything is still again
Again, again

It's warm here in the fire's glow
But I can see my breath tonight
The frost will come, and the leaves will go
'Til everything begins again
Again, again

The season's changing once again
Another year has passed me by
The second hand's unyielding spin
Reminds me I'm just killing time

Sunrise into daylight just like
Every morning gone before
I hear the call, wake up, but I
Waste the day and want for more
And more, and more

The season's changing once again
Another year has passed me by
The second hand's unyielding spin
Reminds me I'm just killing time

The season's changing once again
Another year has passed me by
The second hand's unyielding spin
Reminds me I'm just killing time
Track Name: Picasso
I've got this feeling of gasping for air
A sense of abandon, of looming despair
The tears choke so strong, I can hardly breathe
Like acid they burn as they roll down my cheeks

Somewhere in the distance
I hear Your voice rolling over the hills
Like a fresh morning breeze
You touch my face with compassion until
I know that You love me still
Oh, I know that You love me still

Here stands my Picasso -- do you recognize
This face that I've painted, this bundle of lies
But You are the Master, the artist I crave
With long, flowing brushstrokes, paint me back from the grave

Somewhere in the distance
I hear Your voice rolling over the hills
Like a fresh morning breeze
You touch my face with compassion until
I know that You love me still
Oh, I know that You love me still

With long, flowing brushstrokes, paint me back from the grave
Track Name: Never Be Alone
Can I rise to the challenge
Or will I fall underneath
All the pressure
That's weighing down on top of me

Can I cling to the shoreline
Or will I drift out to sea
From all the breakers
Crashing down on top of me

Can I soar like an eagle
Or will I sink like a stone
Falling deeper
Into darkness all alone

Oh, I fall time to time, Lord
And I've wandered far from home
But You're my Savior
And I will never be alone

'Cause You are hope in the midst of the storm
Reminding me You are fact, and You are form
And these wind and waves, they won't tear us apart
'Cause You're ingrained oh so deep within my heart

So I fall here and now, Lord
To my knees before Your throne
'Cause You're my Savior
And I will never be alone
Track Name: Something to Believe In
When I was young, you were just too old
To understand how I broke the mold
So bursting forth on wings of gold
I tried to prove how much I know

Oh, but life has a way of getting even
Don't you know
Don't you know
And through it all, you gave me something to believe in
Don't you know
I want you to know
I want you to know
I want you to know

When I was young, just a few years old
You were the keeper of wonders untold
But mem'ry fades as life unfolds
Still, love endures -- that much I know

And we've had tears and joy in every season
Don't you know
Don't you know
But through it all, you gave me something to believe in
Don't you know
I want you to know
I want you to know
I want you to know

Now experience says provenance has got a lot to tell
And late at night, my restless sighs sound the warning bell
With common sense, the perfect lens, helping me to see
I gaze inside by mirror light, and you're staring back at me

Somehow life had a way of getting even
Don't you know
Don't you know
And through it all, you gave me something to believe in
Don't you know
I want you to know
I want you to know
I want you to know
Track Name: Be the Best
Well, I've always been pretty good at everything I try
But if I said I was the best at anything, it'd be a lie
And heaven knows I like to dream of makin' history
But someday I'll give in to gravity

Oh, I'll never be the best at anything
Like writin' songs or playin' these ol' strings
But maybe I could be the best if you want me to
I could be the best when it comes to lovin' you

So I'll prob'ly never host or even play on SNL
'Cause no one knows my name, and my records barely sell
And fame, you know, was never really meant for me
But I'm content to kiss reality

Oh, I'll never be the best at anything
Like writin' songs or playin' these ol' strings
But maybe I could be the best if you want me to
I could be the best when it comes to lovin' you

No, I'll never be the best at anything
Like writin' songs or playin' these ol' strings
But maybe I could be the best if you want me to
I could be the best when it comes to lovin' you
I could be the best when it comes to lovin' you
Let me be the best when it comes to lovin' you
Track Name: You Take the Words
There's a hole in my head
Where the words used to live
So I'll just pretend
That I've something left to give
To draw you in
To draw you in

'Cause you take the words away
And leave me with nothing to say
The tune is all I can sing
'Cause you take the words away

There's a song in your sigh
Hear it calling out to me
With a power I can't fight
Oh, you barely have to breathe
To draw me in
To draw me in

'Cause you take the words away
And leave me with nothing to say
The tune is all I can sing
'Cause you take the words away

There's a hole in my head
Where the words used to live
So I'll, in their stead
Offer all I have to give
To draw you in
To draw you in
Track Name: The Last Dance
In a jungle village on a rainy day
We'd make up games to play
And dance the tango 'round that bamboo floor
I'd laugh and beg for more
A tiny boy in such a great big world
Just watchin' life unfurl
But never worried 'bout the darkest night
With your arms to hold me tight

So the years flew by
'Til my wedding day
When I felt you cry
As we stepped and swayed

But I didn't know
It would be our last dance
Though the tears in your eyes
Tell me maybe you knew all along
Still, I didn't know
It would be my last chance
This side of heaven's doors
To have the last dance

No, I didn't know
It would be our last dance
Though the tears in your eyes
Tell me maybe you knew all along
Still, I didn't know
It would be my last chance
This side of heaven's doors
To have the last dance
Track Name: Sweet Bride of Mine
Sweet bride of mine
When you call my heart it sings
For I love you more than anything
I have ever known
And though I fail
To tell you near enough
That I love you still when times are rough
Please know it's true

I love you
More than words can say
And I love you
More and more each day
Always and forever you will be
My bride

Sweet bride of mine
You are lovelier each day
Your enchantment still takes my breath away
You are gold to me
And though you fail
To see this as I do
The only beauty to my eye is you
Please know it's true

I love you
More than words can say
And I love you
More and more each day
Always and forever you will be
My bride