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While I'm Here

by Steve Lindsley

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1.
Credo 01:01
As long as I have these gifts to bring As long as I breathe the air I breathe As long as I'm filled with songs to sing Through these years I will give all that I can find Through this maze of song and rhyme If you'll let me share what's on my mind The laughter and tears If only for another moment May I share with you what I hold so dear So if you'll let me open up my heart And help me find a place to start My life I will impart While I'm here
2.
Radiance 04:23
Love washing down over streams of time And the rocks speak words to me And share with me their sign Singing how can you live and say that your life is done When souls are bursting forth and time's begun Peace falling down from heaven above Descend down to us on the wings of a dove Singing when will you cease To live in the darkness you've made Can't you see the light that's coming your way Look at me - look at me To laugh and to play To live another day is what this life is all about As I walk through my life I come across glimpses of light that surround me Sneak into the corners of my soul To shine their radiance Joy in the eyes of a child Who has just found his way Of love and peace and harmony realized this day In the mountains we climb In the way an angel sings, In a man who came so all might believe Love is there - love is here To laugh and to play To live another day is what this life is all about As I walk through my life I come across glimpses of light that surround me Sneak into the corners of my soul To shine their radiance What is this life-energy To builds in me, ready to go And share with all creation He is here, he is love, he is one To laugh and to play To live another day is what this life is all about As I walk through my life I come across glimpses of light that surround me Sneak into the corners of my soul To shine their radiance
3.
you sing songs of your agony tales of your strife and the way you use words it cuts like a knife you'll go on with your dirge for the rest of your life and then you'll cut down and hide away well i've known you for years and i've seen how you've run from the battles you fought when you thought you had won you're sixteen and suddenly life is no fun so you cut down and hide away oh better to walk in this life than run behind oh better let go and let love shine you were full of such spirit you moved with such grace everything in your world seemed to have its own place then that tidal wave hit like a slap in the face so you cut down and hide away now you bathe in the glory of lone apathy absorbed in the trials of life's mysteries like how do those lights blink on your green christmas tree that you cut down and hide away oh, better to walk... i've been where you've walked i know how you feel when the water's all dark and you just want it clear if god could make neon signs send them right here you cut down and hide away like the lights on the tree life changes and moves and the trick to it all is to ride the waves through but the beauty is there when you find something new when you cut down and hide away oh, better to walk... just how do those lights blink on your green christmas tree
4.
Native Son 05:24
its been years since i walked this place it's been years since the memories of a love long forgotten to touch the hem of your coat and to feel your presence like our bond was never broken and I had not made it home for a lifetime i wandered the paths of change rode waves of confusion and I longed for the yearning these people they touched my soul this place calls to my spirit and says child you’re still only growing and I have come many miles in a lifetime sing to the sky in her blueness and ride on the wind as it blows and love with a love that keeps on giving look here and see now, I am your native son many people have journeyed with me lacked a heart of compassion their eyes blind to the beauty it’s not far to the end of the road to the place called lonely where hope is just a memory but I’ll find hope in you for more than a lifetime sing to the sky in her blueness... can you see it love comes around can you feel it round and around and around
5.
He holds his head in silence And screams into the night He prays the dreams that haunt him Will soon take flight Believing’s for the strong ones And losing's for the meek And if we get what is coming Won’t it be so sweet I got a feeling This whole wide world’s in deep Run from tomorrow and live for today Deny all your sorrow And see things our way I will not fall down, he says I will not fall down And this thing we call our living Does it always end in pain? Must someone have to hurt Before we cease to play our games? And this time in which we’re moving Is grace we must impart How many men must live again To mend a broken heart? Only one, he says For reconciliation to start Live for tomorrow instead of today Bring joy to your sorrow While searching for the way I will not fall down, he says I will not fall down, no I will run and sing and shine till the end And I will hold the hands That carry me again He says joy and I hold on He says peace and I will hold on He screams love And I run to his arms Again I will not fall down But time can’t be lived again So here’s to looking back A toast to the lives We used to live in the pack Won't you take off the old, he says And bring in the new When it all comes together Love will see us through I believe that his grace has come to you Look for tomorrow in today Live through your sorrow On to a better day I will not fall down, he says I will not fall down
6.
Face To Face 03:33
I caught a star in my hand Held it and kept it from its former glory Like walking across shifting sand The star being to disappear As it faded from my grasp If I could have sympathized By looking into your eyes of love For what we can see is a dim light Then we'll see face to face Then we will know our true heart's desires Only when face to face Set out across this land In search of the path for which I would live Imagine my surprise if you can To find that my true home Was where I'd begun Reach for the open door Eternal pain I will feel no more For what we can see is a dim light Then we'll see face to face Then we will know our true heart's desires Only when face to face If I could live till the end and look back at all that I've done before Trying not to pretend The day I have lived is not life in a day How satisfied I'd be If you are in any way happy with me For what we can see is a dim light Then we'll see face to face Then we will know our true heart's desires Only when face to face When face to face Only when face to face
7.
so I’m sitting here this morning in this awful meeting listening to people ramble on and on about theory and theograms and they’re doing a decent job of talking but not of keeping me awake i try to listen to them but it’s no use so I occupy my time by drawing funny faces on paper tablecloths and thinking about all the things I need to be doing today and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that you’re on my mind as well this morning i think about monday nights and other nights on into mornings and how I never thought baking cookies could be so much fun and how much I love pets but not at certain moments i think about what you’re doing right now in your busy day talking with people in the midst of some scary storms talking with people who call just to talk putting smiles on the faces of young children and wearing a beautiful smile of your own and I’m also thinking about what lies ahead and the ways that we can grow and learn more about each other aAbout the times ahead for us together and the novel experiences that we’ll share and you know, it occurs to me as I’m lost in my thoughts that I must look pretty silly right now i mean, after all, the people around me are huddled over their books and they sure look tired and bored and here I am, my face beaming with the thoughts of you that flow through me all of which is captured in one big smile.....
8.
And I'm sitting here at this canvas And it rests at the edge of my soul I’m inspired to create it And summon the spirits of old But the rhymes outweigh the reasons When the lines of battle are drawn And the image that forms Is nothing that I’ve ever known So help me Learn to express what’s inside And keep me from running away to hide They say beauty is in the beholder What is held there, I’m not so sure They say life’s for the taking But no one can give anymore Now in this place I've painted my feelings And still nothing has ever come forth Cause you search for your answers And you find that the questions are more Won’t you teach me the ways I can love myself So I'll know just how to love someone else And if you read my mind I’ll sing to you If you love me, I’ll be strong If you hold me close When the picture’s all said and done I will blossom here in your glory I will breathe life all the day long And I will walk with you Down the road I once walked alone To the other side of one I have lived here awhile on my island And the loneliness fills up my soul I’m resigned to believe That I’m stranded here until I grow old But there’s a ship sailing o’er the horizon Unexpectedly in through the night Could it be my salvation Depends on the way I shine my light You know, you told me That love would arrive someday And I want to believe that it’s here to stay And if you read my mind I’ll sing to you If you love me, I’ll be strong If you hold me close When the picture’s all said and done I will blossom here in your glory I will breathe life all the day long And I will walk with you Down the road I once walked alone And if you read my mind I’ll sing to you If you love me, I’ll be strong If you hold me close When the picture’s all said and done I will blossom here in your glory I will breathe life all the day long And I will walk with you Down the road I once walked alone To the other side of one
9.
Since ‘68 you’ve been a part of me Climbed your hills to touch the sky I felt at peace when I’d lift my voice And hear angels in reply Long hours in the family car I didn’t like it at the start Then I’d cross that divide and saw at last The mountains in my heart My ambitiousness, it caught up to me And I forgot what it meant to play I tried to find you in other things But I’d miss a Montreat summer’s day They say grace is leaving, then coming home To the place from which you start Well, if that’s the case Then I’ve found my home In the mountains in my heart Climb up high on Lookout See all of creation And wonder out loud Moving silently around Sing a song of what you’ve found I don’t know when my feet will touch the ground My grandfather gave his life for you And if you go, what a way to depart To spread your wings and forever stay In the mountains in your heart
10.
November 05:39
Have you heard from the crew It seems too long to remember, remember The crazy things we used to do What happened to the reunion in November Time is now our enemy And we feel the distance between us A phone call will do, if you want it to A hello would be just fine I'm alright You're near and I feel the pain go away Your love shines in the night Like a glimmer of peace Breathing life to my soul Singing hey For all that I wanted And what I tried to do Is to love you as I loved you When we were here Let's make a promise Let's keep the past in mind And live in the present It'll be difficult at first but I'm sure we'll do fine The mystery of living is knowing That we will be together always And the joy of tomorrow can only be found When lived in the love of today I'm alright You're near and I feel the pain go away Your love shines in the night Like a glimmer of peace Breathing life to my soul Singing hey
11.
Can you hold me Can you shelter me through the storm Can you find me I’m lost and so far from home Can you save me I’ve been running around bad part of town In the middle of the night But isn’t it crazy How I always come back to you again Seems I find you again Or you find me I've been trying With every bit of who I am To get to where you are But there’s this chasm And it keeps us apart It keeps us apart Oh I’ve been praying And I stop to think and wonder to myself If it’s all in vain There’s no denying That I can’t shoulder the blame I’m one man born in my shame So lead me home again And help me understand When you come to me and hold me close and say Love will bridge the way Love me, love like no other Believe in me and lift me high Hold me hold on forever Cause it’s time for your grace to shine I've been aiming To live a life of joy and pride And do it on my own I couldn’t fathom A place where you’re my home I’ve worn the burden And the weight is heavy on my soul And my spirit’s weak Until I listened To the one who cried out to me And through the years I believe Saying it is done And nails and cross have begun What we tried but could not do on our own Love has moved the stone Love me, love like no other Believe in me and lift me high Hold me hold on forever Cause it’s time for your grace to shine Yes, it's time for your grace To shine
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about

This project marked my second studio effort. Took seven months, numerous trips to Asheville for recording, and one big trip to Denver. Working with Chris Rosser as producer was amazing. The album definitely has more of a "folky" feel, but that's what I was into at the time.

After the first album, "Among The Weeds and Wheat," I began to feel more at ease sharing my heart through music and immediately started writing again. These songs shed light on the journey I'd been part of up to that point in my life - maybe you'll catch a glimpse of your own journey in them as well. God willing, I'll keep it up as long as I'm here.

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released April 1, 1999

Produced by Chris Rosser and Steve Lindsley. Recorded and mixed by Chris Rosser at Hollow Reed Studio, Asheville NC, Fall/Winter 1998. Additional recording by John Phiffner at HNBC Studios, Winston-Salem, NC.

Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow, Boulder CO.

Cover photography by Scott Hoffman

All songs written by Steve Lindsley except "Shower The People" by James Taylor.

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Steve Lindsley Charlotte, North Carolina

I'm a singer/songwriter performing for regional gigs and leading music for retreats and conferences. Enjoy the tunes!

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