Alchemy

by jon simpson

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1.
ALL I'M ASKING Jon Simpson © 2011 BugNog Music i have chased the habitual and shunned uncertainty like disease i have practiced the art of gain and shared the dream of living in ease but each high is quickly fleeting, and emotions soon to fade every progression returns to dust and trust in those has now been betrayed still You alone are the One Who holds the words of life – where else can i go when all is gone i'll be holding on to my only hope there is one thing that i desire and i need no more to love and look on You all my days it's what i'm asking for You're all i'm asking for i have followed too many roads to find the way that leads me back home i have taken too many loves to fill the empty ache in my soul but You alone are the One Who holds my future and saved me through my past and beyond all doubt my heart is crying out to be found holding fast
2.
Offering 04:33
OFFERING Jon Simpson © 2011 BugNog Music before the moment i was born, You knew me all my days were open to Your eyes every single breath i take, You give me You are my life Your Shepherd voice has called me from the lowlands from the comfort of all i have known to steal away off to a mountain kingdom 'twill be my home and if You're everything to me if You are everything to me i don't want to offer anything that costs me nothing may everything i bring be a sacrifice of sorts for could ever anything that i might give be truly seen as loss when given to You, Lord? You've set the path i'm meant to walk before me and suffering and sorrow as my guides with just a single word of call, You've promised You're at my side and though the way is steep and i am fearful the seed of love You've planted spurs me on to heights where crippled feet and twisted visage will all be gone
3.
Enemy 03:21
ENEMY Jon Simpson © 2011 BugNog Music i can't believe what i heard you saying did you listen to the words that left your mouth a wink and a nod like it's truth you stated like everyone knows but you pointed it out you got out your brush and painted one of creation that you didn't know from a hole in the ground and based on a single piece of information delivered a verdict that's beyond all doubt you know we brandish tongues of fire and we wield them oh so well we are the ones who should be different awakened in grace, but i can't tell with a fist closed tight in bias we leave the open hand untried while all of this time believe we're right when we decide, “here comes the enemy” consider the weight of the stone in your hand and the poison on the arrows you've flown consider a look into the eyes of a stranger if you can see beyond the log in your own consider the darkness as you look in the mirror of every place that you've hid within consider the depth of the love that has saved you that you posses no lesser sin really it's no surprise how we can justify we're so skillful excusing ourselves in every lie just so it's said i'll be the first to admit it i recognize that i'm a lot like you but we've got to gain some new perspective stop saying we love if it isn't true
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A BRAVER PLACE Jon Simpson © 2011 BugNog Music he couldn't bring himself to apology and so it drifted away on his words self-preservation, the priority always a question of what we will serve oh - we hold a lot of insecurity oh - we carry so much fear in our hearts what are we supposed to do when trust is hard to find and so easy to lose and our union is broken without so much as a fight how are we supposed to win if every bridge that we build keeps crumbling in and we'd rather protect our wounds than bring them into the light she thought she'd found a friend of integrity and a promise of love that was pure but the thorns of doubt-tangled memories strangled everything that was sure if only we could learn each seed we sow brings its return and a risk and can lead to treasures more than gold might we push all dread aside and love enough to swallow pride to discover a braver place within our souls
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IN LIEU OF THE BREAK Jon Simpson © 2011 BugNog Music annaleise says with a sigh on her lips, “this season has taken its toll i've been locked in a battle of wills with the world in a war for control “see, all this time i've wanted to be someone i haven't been yet and i don't remember all that i've learned but i hope that i never forget: “'as far as i can see' is not so far, but i'm trying to be just a bit more wide awake to give all this day's going to take to bend now in lieu of the break” annaleise says, “it's hard to explain and i don't quite understand why but the moment i made the choice to let go was the moment i grabbed onto life “there've been too many years when my best-laid plans have only brought my dreams to the ground so i won't go back to the way things have been or the lies that were holding me down “there is so much more than what i've settled for and i can't ignore this unrest screaming in me anymore, though... “'as far as i can see' is not so far, but i'm trying to be just a bit more wide awake to give all this day's going to take to cast off the crooked and fake to rest in the rhythm of ache to bend now in lieu of the break”
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OVERCOME: PRELUDE Jon Simpson © 2011 BugNog Music all common sense would have me come undone on hands and knees at just Your name yet somehow almost paralyzed at ease in this state i despise i stay close to unmoved by what i claim
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Overcome 04:44
OVERCOME Jon Simpson © 2011 BugNog Music wonder, Your words elicit awestruck wonder Your wisdom resonates like thunder dispelling ignorance and lies ages, Your nature's steadfast through the ages Your spirit fixed on history's pages unchanging through eternity all life and breath are Yours to give or take, within Your power with just a word the earth gives way and mountains cower so how can i not be overcome? this is not a heart of stone that's been placed inside my chest that beats in desperation's time that yearns to see the hand divine draw me deeper into You fire, Your passion rages like a fire Your love is jealous with desire relentless in its aim for me Your covenant, a bond no angel, demon, man may sever while nations rise and fall Your Kingdom lasts forever what more shall i say? so many words fall short in meaning; would this dam to break that holds my soul restrained
8.
STRONGER THAN DEATH Jon Simpson © 2011 BugNog Music like a wave the deluge hit us sent us reeling as the flood came rushing in thought the dark might suffocate us underneath the weight of all that could have been and right now it seems ironic that the impetus of pain would be the one thing that remains,but love is stronger than death it gives hope to the weak and the weary the same as air for the breath though our hearts still suffer in this pain and these tears are not gone, life will rise like the dawn 'cause love is stronger than death so rest your head upon this promise wrap your arms around this truth let your soul flow with emotion grieve the way you need to do while in our brokenness we wonder how our hearts can feel this pull: at once so empty and so full see love burns like fire - an unquenchable flame and this river of sorrow we're in cannot wash it away
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Alchemy 04:25
ALCHEMY Jon Simpson © 2011 BugNog Music through shadow and water, a process to alter illumines this clouded soul to see the hold of delusion and points of confusion are becoming clearer to me is this some alchemy that's working change in me and could this truly be what we're reaching for eyes that have strained to find the sun are now opening hands that have only held the dust now connecting with eternity my philosopher's stone is the key that now ends this ephemeral state of entity though outward i'm dying, inside, a reviving from what is to what is to be the turn of a life from base to gold - inconceivably the fragments of man becoming whole - all transfigured in a mystery
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Sound It Out 03:56
SOUND IT OUT Jon Simpson © 2011 BugNog Music lift up your heads, all you in chains you fettered, yoked to lives of shame freedom has come to you this day all wounded ones, all you who mourn all bruised and beaten, broken, torn mercy has come to you this day sound it out - let doors be opened sound it out - all chains be broken sound it out - truth be spoken to this land... sound it out all blinded eyes in need of sight perceiving neither dark nor light vision has come to you this day each worried soul, all you who fear anxious behind a brave veneer Love has come to you this day sound it out - mothers and fathers sound it out - you sons and daughters sound it out - the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand test the heights, plumb the depths scan the breadth beyond all knowing love extends still further on - taste and see there is hope in a name there is life in a life given love has triumphed over darkness – taste and see

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‎"Jon Simpson's new LP is CRUSHINGLY good. check him out, and hold your breath for this new record."

‎"If you're looking for a rock album that begs to be pumped in your car with the windows rolled down while you shout the lyrics at the top of your lungs, your search ends here. Jon Simpson's Alchemy is guaranteed to kick your teeth to the back of your throat... and I mean that in the best way possible. With the perfect balance of huge drums, pulverizing guitars, and vocals that flow straight from the heart, Jon delivers a tour de force of rock excellence."

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released September 10, 2011

Written, produced, performed, and recorded by Jon Simpson at Axiom Studio
Lead guitar on "All I'm Asking" and "Overcome" by Gino Quinn
Mixed by J. Hall
Mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters
Art direction, Photos, and Design by Clay Parker

All songs published by BugNog Music (ASCAP)

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jon simpson Atlanta, Georgia

singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist... lover of life, learning to live... have guitar, will travel...

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