The Journey

by John Mark Thomas

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
04:41
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
4.
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
5.
03:30
6.
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
7.
04:23
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
8.
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
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10.
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
11.
02:33
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
12.
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
13.
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
14.
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

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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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