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Over Oceans

by Josh Garrels

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We are one, every daughter and son With our forgotten names We left home on the open road To find the holy flame We are the children of a sun king Hold onto my hand this mysterious evening It’ll meet us like a dream Call all our names and we’ll be found Walking were we heard the sound, on down Tomorrow mountain we will climb Tonight the stars and fire shine In our eyes In the wood We’re alive Cloud by day, and the fire of night We will never look back Young and old with a sojourner soul Illuminate the path Follow were the moon does shine Through the leaves of trees above Wild life, holy night The ocean is singing of The earth trembles with his love
Over Oceans 06:02
I remember when all the trees knew your name Flames from fire flies would light our way Have I lost all that which I never knew I had found Searching for you on the wings On oceans to you All my time comes to you How long has it been Flying home again Will we be the same as we were once before Remember like children the stories of old Your hand was in mine be the firelight when we danced Mighty wind will carry me
Decision 03:53
Brother come on open up you eyes Quit believing all those lies That the devils been telling you Sister I know that it happened again But girl you that you’ve got a friend I’ve been there too Brother you can take of that mask you wear Quit acting like you don’t care About the things that are killing you Sister don’t go that way no more You’ve been down that road before I’m in love with you Everyone says that it’s alright Living in darkness every night But I think it’s time, Lord it’s time I’m ready to give up all my sin But I don’t know where to begin But I think it’s time to find out And make that change I’ve been lonely too Many days pass by, what’s done is done I give up my life I’ve been running through the night Towards the light, of the sun Now I’m free Bring a little love for me Sweet love of mine It’s the morning of a new day I thank you Lord for everything That you’ve done In me I will meet you there In the end of time Come together as one
SISU 05:55
By the word and command, mortal man can stand, son of man is the manna manifest In the flesh and the blood, and the bones and the rocks, in the valley of the dead The dry bones are gonna walk and talk To the rhythm of the saints y’all, to the rhythm of the saints And I paint it red to remember the dead, who layed down their lives for the truth And the seed that is buried takes root, and this ignorant world will have proof I remember the sins of my youth, the path and the madness of unrestrained pleasure The heavier trip it made the heavier debter In the deepest of dark without a wing or a feather, The spiral closed in like a cage, like a cage A maze that’s amazing for days turns to rage if the page it refuses to turn And the hopeless will hope the book burns When the lesson it returns, but the lesson is still unlearned See I yearn to discern if a life can be earned or is given as a gift to the dead I read and I bled and I fed to the full my soul on the sickest of sickness Seeking the light of a saviors witness, a way that one day that I might forget this But slave master wont permit this Cause I’m a hooker I’m his mistress And when I look for freedom he puts more chains on me Strangles my hope so that I live like a zombie What masters house can this be, that when I look for freedom he still deceives me If there’s a God I screamed, “Answer me!” I didn’t expect an answer to be received, He said You must die, to be set free, living in the kingdom of God eternally Open up my eyes so that I can see, and die with a cry revolutionary Every man and woman is a witness, and we will never forget this Truth Undiluted, undisputed, never to be substituted, or uprooted, fully suited for the war It’s a modernization of a timeless metaphor, and By the boomerang we bring the beats back more What for man, do we work exterior to core, or begin it in the spirit of the Lord Now you could pull the chord, but the people still sing it acapella Marching to the beat I hear their feet are in the cellar Fear not the world cannot stop what must begin within you and me A fire wind, holy hymn, beautiful diadem, hidden within positively pure prism refraction Every colors broken down, harmonize with my eyes spectrum In the end bleeding into the One, to the source, to the beautiful father of light All the pressure and pain, produces perseverance It’s purged by the flames, without interference Produces a hope, In the glory of God My God I am your son, and I know that you will finish the work that you’ve begun Homespun, grassroots, spontaneously suits the purpose, and we don’t deserve this Life He said You must die to be set free, living in the kingdom of God eternally Open up my eyes so that I can see, and die with a cry revolutionary Every man and woman is a witness, and we will never forget this Truth
My Child 05:57
Hear a voice echo soft From a place where one was lost I believe, but my hands let go. The darkest night, with tears I dream Of a childless mothers scream I believe, oh my Lord I do. Where is my child? Will a man find a home If he walks the world alone Searching for a promise land. Another day, walk and wait For this choice to end in fate Searching for life among the dead. Once I held you near, and words were clear My hands rested upon your heart. Now by night and flame I call your name My love, when will an answer be found? Where is my child?
Break Bread 06:13
Let us break bread together on our knees Let us break bread together on our knees When I fall on my knees, with my face to the rising sun Oh Lord, have mercy on me. Let us drink wine together on our knees Let us drink wine together on our knees When I fall on my knees, with my face to the rising sun Oh Lord, have mercy on me. Let us praise God together on our knees Let us praise God together on out knees When I fall on my knees, with my face to the rising sun Oh Lord, have mercy on me.
Sweet river roll over me Let my body find peace and let my mind be free Oh my soul sings to Thee The wild man he just killed my religion He cut it to the bone like a needed incision The cancerous growth of formulaic precision That blocks the life-blood in rebellious collision Cold constructs robbing faith from decision But where’s your rubric for the man that was risen He is my vision, he is my vision, be Thou my vision When the tables have turned, and I’ve lost money, and temples are burned By His scares we will learn about truth In the depths of our souls that are marred by the tooth of a beast Underneath so many deceased, sold out suckers traded life to be yeast Just to get a piece or a status increase Find grace and have peace when you eat the Lords feast And you eat, of His flesh, and His blood It’s coming quick and strong as the mightiest flood Yet my mind still gets stuck in the mud Bottom feeding on the trash like a catfish, brats wish on all of that which Is established to sit ill in hearts and in our souls, sweet river roll Sweet river roll over me Let my body find peace and let my mind be free Oh my soul sings to Thee It’s like the water in the valley, submerged totally Yet all the children rally around the safety of their shallow beliefs Let’s swim against the current out and into the deep But first I pray the Lord for my soul to keep That price payed was not cheap as I stand knee deep in His blood We’re knee deep in his blood See, I choose to refuse the regulated rhetoric of someone elses rehearsed ideals In place of a real living commitment, Hell no We put the rock in the water and it made cement We put the water with the wheat and then we made it ferment Shine light through the rain and a spectrum represent We’re pumping water through the veins and the brains content Went down to the river following providence Old man under water gonna die when he repents Old man under water gonna die when he repents But there’s a new man coming up with the wings to ascend The son of man walks on water because he’s heaven sent I’ve these tears in my eyes as I cry with the joy and lament Sweet river roll over me Let my body find peace and let my mind be free Oh my soul sings to Thee
Songbird 04:38
Sweet songbird singing in the morning hour Waking me up to tell me how Another day passes along I love that simple song that reminds me I’m getting closer to you And every time thoughts tumble down My mind is unwound So much to say Maybe on another day When these words will come out right A lesson in love is the hardest thing You and I will ever learn Because our hearts are so shy And I think of you everyday And in the night I pray That you’re safe from harm We’re walking on a thin string But I know the Lords got the whole thing in his hands We’re strangers in this land But together could make our way home Make our way home Sarnwen The fire passed me by The earthquakes shaking the mountain And I let em’ go When love had left me dry Your quiet voice broke through To water my soul now Oh sweet thing, she’s coming round my way Oh sweet love, what else can I say Today
Good Friday 06:49
Broken wing, forgotten dream, shattered thing That a mans hands can’t ever truly mend Shadow land, desert sand, a man searches For a love that’ll never die Truth be known, you’re not alone Your aching bones will find a home In place where God he sets us free Wake me up before you go I will listen for the sound of your voice Hear the wind in the trees It goes where it please Like the breath in me And all who have breath can sing When we layed your body down In earth and in the ground Oh child, rest your soul. Will a hope be made good When a word is understood In the day, will we see you again? Gather round, hear the sound Of a story that’s so old that it’s been told Before time He was born in the flesh and the blood In a world that was dark as hell, and dead in sin Born of the spirit, and the virgin child He’s the son of God, son of man I didn’t recognize that look in his eyes When they cried With a sorrow that no man has ever known Hang him high, watch him die, hear the cry Crucified up on that God forsaken tree And all who have breath can sing When we layed your body down In the earth and in the ground Oh Lord, rest your bones Will a hope be made good If your words are understood In the day, will we see you again Oh Eloi, Eloi, lama sabacthani? Oh my God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Oh Eloi, Eloi, lama sabacthani? Oh my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
YHWH 05:20
Holy, holy, holy is the lamb Almighty, almighty, almighty is the Lord It’s unlocked in his left are the keys to death and hell And in his other palm are seven stars Silently circling like seven seals and sounds and seven cycles Seventy sets of seven are prophesied Before the king comes from heaven The earth will quake and men’s hearts will shake When they hear the war drum And I’m talking about creator of the mountains I’m talking about the one who gave up his son I’m singing about the one who died for everyone And in his blood he’s giving us real freedom Brought by one, bought by one son Someone from the kingdom come He was, and is, and is to come Healing the deaf and dumb His words cut the dark like a sharp weapon light Wrong or right? All mankind was blind and he came to give us sight Wrong or right? Tell me, what is it about the name of Jesus Christ It makes men fight within Against the sin, against the night, dark or light Day and night Polarized This is not a grey matter choice And don’t blame it on another mans voice Because time keeps on slipping, into the future I don’t lose you You must make a decision soon Be it life, or death Holy, holy, holy, is the Lamb That was slain, that was slain Worthy is his name, worthy is his name YHWH He was, and is, and is to come He was, and is, and is to come
Train Song 07:17
Shame on you, shame on me Lord he took all our shame and pain, and set men free And I’ve got that fire on the mountain Fire in my soul It’s been a long time coming, long time And ready to go I’m stepping out the door Doing what feels right Following my Lord, through the darkest night And when the path gets narrow I’ll follow him And when the world comes down, around I’ll follow him He said, sing it on the mountain Or in the valley low He’s my God, and he never let me go He said, sing it on the mountain Or fight in valley low Every mans going to see, and everyone will know That peace runs deep in him I said peace runs deep in him Peace runs deep in him.
We can feel creation groan It’s crying out for God Every night when stars come out I hear creations song It sings, Oh Lord We sing, Oh Lord You are light and you are love You are flesh and you are blood Peace will come to those who love Peace will come to those who love Jehova


"As much as most of us might want to avoid feelings of paralyzing helplessness and vulnerability, there's still something intoxicating and dangerously appealing about drinking from those inebriating vials through music. And for those moments when it's us singing our own melancholic folk song, hanging our head and feeling the weight of the world on the heart, Over Oceans is one of those albums to get us through it, to let us feel "heard," an assuaging balm made from the very ingredients of generic, human heartbreak. With echoes of Ben Harper, Digable Planets and Sufjan Stevens, Josh Garrels captures a thick yet efficiently-constructed, understated style that fluidly encompasses not only lo-fi bred, beautifully-dreary folk but threads of hip hop and electronic phraseology. As you wander the deserted, dusty old roads with night falling over your heart, Josh is the man to turn to and this is the album that will let you "go there," giving you a nudge now and then to keep you from sinking too far." -Tamara Turner


released May 23, 2006

All songs written, recorded, mixed, and produced by Josh Garrels
Except "Over Oceans" and "YHWH" recorded by Ed Bialach and Tom Cameron at Tone Zone recording studios in Chicago, IL. Drums on "Decision" recorded by Chris Braman.

Mastered by Chris Braman

Album art, design, and photography by Michelle Garrels

Layout by Rachel Frederick


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