Songs of Wind and Water

by John Coleman

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Recorded at "The Treehouse" on the slopes of Mount Wellington, Hobart, Tasmania. A little collection of songs that try to talk about mystery and of desert, wind and water. John is joined on the album with three of his children - Susannah, Jonno and Christopher - along with a group of friends from way back.

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released July 10, 2012

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John Coleman Hobart, Australia

John Coleman is an Australian singer/songwriter in the acoustic folk tradition who has produced eight albums of original songs – and in May 2012 released his most recent – “Songs of Wind and Water”. Many of John’s songs have been inspired by the spirituality of L’Arche. A number of his works have received song-writing awards in Australia and been used as part of radio and television programs. ... more

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Track Name: Carry the Dream
Our God of hope - help us to dream
Beyond the shores - of where we’ve been
Our God of light - of brave new life
Our living stream - help us to dream

With the rich and the refugee (carry the dream)
With the lost on an angry sea (carry the dream)
With the prisoner in front of me
Carry the dream
With the brave on the freedom march (carry the dream)
With the tired and cold of heart (carry the dream)
With the poet who strikes the spark
Carry the dream
With the prophets who shake the door (carry the dream)
Who speak of love as the higher law (carry the dream)
With every pilgrim who came before
Carry the dream

Our God of flight - free us to fly
Beyond the fear - that chain’s so tight
Our God of spring - sweet earth’s release
Help us to dream - our God of peace

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Our God of hope - help us to dream
Beyond the shores - of where we’ve been
Our God of light - of brave new life
Our living stream - help us to dream
Track Name: Drawn From The Grass
Drawn from the grass that grows by the stream
Blow right through me Lord
Slow baked in the oven till we’re no longer green
Blow right through me Lord

Blow through me Lord
Blow through me Lord

All that’s not needed is trimmed right away
Blow right through me Lord
Sound holes are carved so the music can play
Blow right through me Lord

You get me up in the morning and play me all day
Blow right through me Lord
Give me rest in the evening it’s a very long day
Blow right through me Lord

May the notes that blow through me be constant and sweet
Blow right through me Lord
So they lift up the hearts of the people we meet
Blow right through me Lord
Track Name: Like Mary and Joseph
Cars driving by on a hot Christmas morning
Filled up with children lit up with smiles
Filled with the thought of a grandmother’s cooking
Filled up with thoughts of the tree
I haven’t always lived by the roadside
I had a family, I had a bride
But now we’re scattered like dice from an egg cup
Still have that aching inside

Like Mary and Joseph, there’s no red carpet treatment
Like Mary and Joseph it’s a long way from home
There doesn’t seem to be even a stable
And this is the morning that Jesus is born

Across the park are some carollers singing
Joy to the world is the song that they bring
And it’s the tenderest love that they’re bringing
To the people sitting under the trees
I don’t know much about God or the Bible
I don’t even know if he’s there
But I remember the birth of my baby
And the colour of my baby’s hair

Like Mary and Joseph ...

Past open windows, laughter just spills out
All of the voices they weave into one
And this voice speaks of a family united
together, cause Christmas has come
When I was young I was as strong as a gumtree
And when I spoke my family listened to me
But I’m a man who spoke often in anger
Now no one listens to me

Like Mary and Joseph ...
Track Name: Nick of Time
The ship was holed, the ship went down
All but me, of the crew were drowned
I held onto a table floating past
I thought I’d breathed my last

The sun went down, like a winking eye
The sea was still, the moon high
In my delirium I thought I heard the captain cry
But it was you I heard, you who threw the line

And you saved me, in the nick of time
Yes you saved me, when all hope was gone
And you saved me, the ocean was so strong
And you saved me – in the nick of time

I’d never seen a kinder face
I’d never felt, such embrace
You pulled me into your lifeboat safe and dry
In the nick of time

And you saved me, in the nick of time
Yes you saved me, when all hope was gone
And you saved me, the ocean was so strong
And you saved me – in the nick of time
Track Name: Sea of God
Jesus looked down, on the Jordan
Jesus looked down, on the Jordan
Jesus looked down, on the Jordan
For the drowning, day had come

Jesus sank down, in that water
Jesus sank down, in that water
Jesus sank down, in that water
And he rose up into the sun

We are rivers, who love the ocean
We are travellers everyone
Let the waters, overflow us
The sea of God, holds everyone

The Holy Spirit, fell upon him
The Holy Spirit, fell upon him
The Holy Spirit, fell upon him
The voice proclaimed him, beloved son

We are rivers, who love the ocean ...

The Spirit sent him, into the silence
The Spirit sent him, into the silence
The Spirit sent him, into the silence
Into the shadow, the desert stone

We are rivers, who love the ocean ...

We’re all invited to flow together
We’re all invited to flow together
We’re all invited to flow together
For we are many – we are one

We are rivers, who love the ocean ...
Track Name: What We Must Learn
The desert calls us like a lover
Like a teacher – commanding us to grow
So we’ll walk the barren land and dry river bed
Don’t know quite how were fed
But something in us grows

What we must learn – and it is the work of a lifetime -
Is to carry with us - back to the marketplace
The faith and strength that we find in the desert
We must carry back – the coals from our campfire
Not only in order that we survive
But so that others may warm themselves at our hearth
At our hearth

This desert fire is such a scorching wind
Burning up everything - Taking everything that’s dry
And from the blackening the greening comes
Shooting up to the sun - so miraculous and new

What we must learn ...
Track Name: Island of Mercy
Island of mercy, harbour for hearts
With no obligation, to relive the past
All is forgotten, the slate painted clean
Everything, shining and green
Island of mercy, sub tropical spot
Each day a blue day never too hot
A place to lie down and let the trouble subside

Oh, oh, haul us all in – oh, oh, haul us all in
Oh, oh, oh

Island of mercy, house of no dream
No big aspiration nothing obscene
Everyone welcome except the extreme

Oh, oh, haul us all in – oh, oh, haul us all in
Oh, oh, haul us all in – oh, oh, haul us all in
Oh, oh, oh