Marks

by The Cloud Hymn

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Recorded in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Engineered by Paul Brandt
Mixed by Mason Norberg
Mastered by Zach Hanson
Produced by Paul Brandt and John Nielsen

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released March 20, 2012

John Nielsen - Guitar, vocals, banjo
Tani Alyssa - Vocals
Paul Brandt - Piano, banjo, lap steel guitar

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The Cloud Hymn Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Cloud Hymn is the music of John Nielsen.

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Track Name: The Color Red
When the leaves turn, red like fire
As the trees burn, we admire
Death so bright red, bright like fire

Red has, fallen from Your side
Covering my pride
You have, with every drip of blood
Spoken words of love

When the tree burned, with Your light
With the thorns above Your eyes
Blood so bright red, twisted wire

Red has, fallen from Your side
Covering my pride
You have, with every drip of blood
Spoken words of love
Track Name: Peter
I would never, leave you, Lord
Not once, three times
Not even with, my body broken
And my hands tied

As You wept, Your sweat a reddish hue
Though I slept, I swear I dreamt of You
You know that I love You

Oh the guards, that woman too
They knew my face
But Lord, I lied, as You had spoken
Just yesterday

As You bled, as they tore Your skin in two
On Your back, like a bloody red tattoo
Read the words, “I love you”

Oh my Lord, what have they done to You?
The blood on their hands, I’m covered in it too
Track Name: Maybe
Are You bored with all my questions?
They’re a lot, I know
But I can’t seem to shake them
Behind me, right in tow

You said, You would answer them
At least I think You did
You said, You would carry them
Oh, please do

I know You’re up there, why don’t You, say a thing to me?
Cause I could use a hand, or maybe just a touch, on the hem of Your robe
But I can’t seem to find You anywhere, or down any road I go

“Jesus loves me, this I know”
When will it be, when it is so?

You said, You would bring me rest
At least I think You did
You said, You were coming back
Oh, please do

I know You’re up there, why don’t You, say a thing to me?
Cause I could use a hand, or maybe just a touch, on the hem of Your robe
But I can’t seem to find You anywhere, or down any road I go
Track Name: Dirge
To what can you compare us?
Like children crying out
We call and call, scolding each other
Yelling that you haven’t joined our game

We played the flute, you did not dance
We sang a song, you did not cry
We played the flute, you did not dance
We sang a song, you did not cry
How could you love such as these?

How long you wait to gather
Us all under your wings
You call and call but we will not have it
The dead will rise and hearts will stay the same

We played the flute, you did not dance
We sang a song, you did not cry
We played the flute, you did not dance
We sang a song, you did not cry
How could you love such as these?
Track Name: Homeless
Lonely to, be so far from home
A place I’ve yet to see
Windy moves, in Your spirit roam
Living low and meek
When will it be, when face to face we speak?

When my final breath
Leaves my weary lungs
From this world I’m torn
By Your loving arms, I’ll be home

Birds to nests, foxes in their holes
Where did You lay Your head?
I feel the same, with no place to own
Be my rest instead
When will it be, when it that place I’ll be?

When my final breath
Leaves my weary lungs
From this world I’m torn
By Your loving arms, I’ll be home
Track Name: That Was Then
New news, for the old page
This is now, that was then
I choose, to be nothing
Finding everything

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
I was blind and now I see
The times you carried me
Track Name: Then
Who, who, saw you bruise?
Seventeen and
With your guard up

Who, who, heard your blues?
From your first car
Windows open

The coming of fall still hurts
Leaves are like the
Memories in your head
Fall to your heart again

Where, where, is your pair?
Your brother always
Gets the girls

Where, where, up your stairs?
Your room gets lighter
With the lights off

The coming of fall still hurts
Leaves are like the
Memories in your head
Fall to your heart again
Track Name: K
Remember, remember something
From when you were a kid

Alone somewhere
Maybe there was snow

That was when my eyes weren’t closed
Track Name: I Will Be
Let go the fear you’ve been hiding
All of these years inside
Don’t mind the cracks in your lining
That’s where I’m shining through
I will make, all things new

And I will be, everything you need
Everything you think you need
And I will be, everything you need
Everything you think you need

I loved you there in the ashes
Of all of your failed attempts
I felt your hurt in the lashes
Pinned your pain to my hands
So you’d know, that I know

That I will be, everything you need
Everything you think you need
And I will be, everything you need
Everything you think you need
And I will be, everything you need
Everything you think you need
And I will be, everything you need
Everything you think you need
Track Name: 23
More like Saul, not yet Paul, I still can see
More stone in hand than drawing sand, a picture of your face
I will be around a while, if you care to stop by

Pretty outside, covers bones and dirty things
My tomb is white, freshly painted, I covered up your face
Will you come to pull me out, or will I stay here?

Clenching, wincing with my heart
And colder wet, hands
I will, promise what I can’t
Live up to

Lord, you are hard man, to gather where you don’t sow,
to understand and know so hard
Lord, you are hard man, to keep me up wondering, if you’ll say to me
“Depart from me, for I never knew you, I never knew you”
“Depart from me, for I never knew you, I never knew you, I never knew you”