Over Oceans

by Josh Garrels



"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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Track Name: Fire By Night
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
Track Name: Over Oceans
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
Track Name: Decision
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
Track Name: SISU
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

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

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
Track Name: My Child
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?
Track Name: Break Bread
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.
Track Name: 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

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
Track Name: Songbird
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

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
Track Name: Good Friday
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?
Track Name: YHWH
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
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

He was, and is, and is to come
He was, and is, and is to come
Track Name: Train Song
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.
Track Name: Creation Song
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


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