In Your Sight I Am Sound

by David Yeager Band

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“Practically a master class on stirring composition, arranging stunning vocal harmonies, song dynamics, and evocative audio production.”
– Guitar Player

“The band, along with [producer Mat Prock], have delivered an exciting radio-friendly mix that captures the energy and the vibe of a live performance by utilizing their individual and collective talents as a team. We give it two thumbs way up.”
– Recording Magazine

“Tight musicianship and a rootsy acoustic sound highlight the foursome's spiritually-centered assessments of the paradoxes between the church and the world.”
– Christianity Today

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released June 19, 2009

Matt Chandik - drums, percussion
Jon Chavez - bass guitars
Steve Wick - electric guitars, vocals
David Yeager - vocals, acoustic guitars, violin, keys

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Track Name: Sound
On my own
As I travel over sea and under stone
I can never go alone
In your eyes
I can read between the lies
It's your spirit gives me hearing and your word that gives me sight

You are light
Like a beacon on a mountain burning bright
When I see it shining through I am found
Like an anchor in the ocean I am bound
You are light and in your sight I am sound

In the storm
As the elements of anger start to swarm
In the blizzard I am warm
In your blaze
I can concentrate my gaze through this maze of ways
You have shown me what is good and what is right

So call my name and speak it loud
The way you love me inside out
You lift me from my need
And set me where I cannot leave you

So take my breath and hold my tongue
Come be the air within my lungs
Lead me in all I do
To listen for the sound of you

In my sleep
Even then you are the company I keep
When you're counting me a sheep
In your hand
I will bend to your command
You defend me from the dangers of my darkest night

You are light
Like a cloud upon the mountain burning bright
I can see it shining through and I am found
You part the waters and I walk upon dry ground
You are light and in your sight I am sound
Track Name: Tom Bombadil
Well I had to admit we were lost
When I came to the place where the road divides
She said does it kind of remind you of Robert Frost
I said why and she said never mind

I told her I'm glad to be home for a season
The forest was laughing with a midsummer sound
It's good to go walking and not need a reason
With only the sun bearing down

We could spend all our lives chasing shadows of time
Never notice the bright side of June in the afternoon sky
Come take a summer day slow
Imagine where that open road will get you to go

We could happen to find the way to Cair Paravel
Never know when you might need a heartwarming story to tell
We could spend a while or two, just me and you and Trespassers Will
And drop in on Tom Bombadil

We sat on a stone for a cup of cold water
Pass me the Nalgene if we haven't run out
She said who's your favorite author
And Paul Simon doesn't count

Years at a time can go by
We didn't stay six for as long as we planned to
I never saw you at all 'til we were already gone

Shadows were long as we crested the mountain
We saw the last of the sun and the lights on the town
She turned her back against the wind
She said I guess this is where the sidewalk ends
But I turned around, I said oh no, this is where it all begins
Track Name: Light of the World
You stood on the mountain; you took to the stage
And your words spilled like ink on an open page
A light from the heavens come down to the dark world of men
You spoke to my spirit; I hungered to hear it, to see you again

But I might have misheard you or maybe I don't get the joke
'Cause now you're sending me out with no staff and one cloak
And I'm happy to follow but you ask me to lead
And scatter my handful of seed

We are the light of the world
How can I be the light of the world?
I stumble in dimness and dust
And my eyes can't adjust to the light of the world

You sit at the table, there's bread in your hands
And you give me a picture I can understand
Saying 'this is my body broken for you'
Then you look up to heaven, break the bread open and tear it in two

But I read in your letter a line that I can't figure out
Now I'm a little bit anxious and a little bit proud
'Cause it's another reversal, another card up your sleeve
And it takes all my faith to believe

We are the body of Christ
How can I be the body of Christ?
I am but body and soul
But together we become the whole body of Christ

And I don't understand it, but I can't turn away
So don't save my seat on the fence
'Cause something keeps spurring me on this adventure
I've taken for granted the gifts that you gave
And the promises made to me of all that is mine

Make me shine like the light of the world
As you are the light of the world
Piercing the dimness and dust
Let the traveler trust in the light of the world
Track Name: Long Island Lullaby
The sun comes up as the paper arrives
Daddy is catching the 6:25
Laura's reminded as she locks the door
That Mama don't live here anymore
Nobody lives here anymore

A southbound train took her far from here
Laura remained just to finish the year
Mama said they needed a chance to unwind
But Daddy didn't have the time
Daddy never had the time

Now hush little Laura, keep it all inside
Living alone makes it easy to hide
You're hanging around but you're running away
'Cause your mind is resigning but your heart won't stay
(Singing Ahh...)
Sing along with the Long Island Lullaby

Nobody mourned them or called it a crime
It was only a sign of these New York Times
Nobody warned them of a place in the heart
Where a tear in the lining tore them apart
A tear in the lining tore her apart

The moonlight falls where the sun once shone
Laura is wandering off on her own
To walk to the water and wish on a star
Trying to find out where they are
Dying to find out who they are

Now hush little Laura, if your heart don't sing
Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring
But somehow that diamond ring don't shine
When the lullaby comes on the telephone line
(Singing Ahh...)
Sing along with the Long Island Lullaby

So you wait for the wind to blow your dreams to the land
As you reach to the shore and write your name in the sand
While the waves of the winter whisper a sigh
And sing along with the Long Island Lullaby
(Singing Ahh...)
Sing along with the Long Island Lullaby

The sun comes up as the paper arrives
Telling the story of too many lives
Laura only needed a reason to shine
But Daddy didn't have the time
Daddy never had the time
Track Name: Common Ground
Paper Sundays, hazy afternoons
Open windows, clouds and lost balloons
I see you day after day in this autumn town
I feel you all of the way down this common ground
All of the way down this common ground

Missing pictures, faded frames of empty squares
Attic letters, awkward ladders leading there
I hear you day after day - it's a harrowed sound
I feel you all of the way down this common ground
All of the way down this common ground

I'm lonesome in jet lag; I'm frozen in phone tag
You call me collect, I call me confused
The drag in the line adds anxious to silence
I want to plunge through the flood of these years
Coming home to you

I see you, I hear you, I feel you
I see you, I hear you, I feel you
I need you day after day - are you coming round?
I feel you all of the way down this common ground
All of the way down this common ground
Track Name: Testify
Tell me, I'm wondering why
I'm finding it so hard to testify
Something stealing the breath from my chest
Turning conviction to questions and jest
Lord I'm weak; help me speak from your heart

For you I would swim a sea of faces
Through you my death defy
To you I'm talking up a storm of praises
But somehow I stutter when I try to testify

Patience, I'm waiting for words
Days pass, I still haven't stirred
Always the heavens are telling your name
How can your children do less than the same?
Lord I'm weak; help me speak from your heart

What if life was but a dream, but the dream was real as life?
And the light was never seen, so we dreamed the dark was light?
Someday someone will answer that call
How can they when they don't hear us at all?
Teach me Jesus to speak from your heart
Track Name: Take It Back
You didn't do it, it's not your fault
You were just the first thing to come in through the door
I didn't mean it, I take it back
Please ignore the plate still spinning on the floor

You caught me at a bad time
At a bad time, that's all
We were having such a good time - what could have happened?

I might have known it, I could have guessed
I spin so many plates one's bound to hit the floor
I'll leave you to it to clean up the mess
At least it could be easier with one less

Maybe you should go
Maybe you should stay
You decide - I didn't ask you over anyway

You caught me at a bad time
At a bad time, that's all
We were having such a good time - what could have happened?
You caught me at a bad time
I've had a lot of bad times lately
I never know, I never know what could have happened

I let the worst get the best of me
Why you want to come and collect what's left?
I'm sure the show's not worth the fee
Did you figure it'd be better than the last one?

Maybe you should go
Maybe you should stay
You decide, I didn't ask you over anyway

I didn't mean it, I take it back
I couldn't turn away and leave you looking like that
You didn't do it, it's not your fault
You just caught me at a bad time
Forget I said it, leave it in the past
Let me take it back, please let me take it back
Track Name: Giving It Up
I'm giving it up to Jesus
I'm giving him all my praise
I'm giving it up to Jesus today

The battle ends in surrender
But surrender is the start
I'm laying down my arms, raising up my hands
To wave the white flag above my heart
Come and claim me, Lord

I'm ready for my sentence
It begins when I walk free
My prison is your universe
Great big heaven, great big earth
And of all the places you could be
You choose to walk with me

Beneath the sin, behind the sun
You find me every place I run
I tried to keep things from you
But I can't hide and I don't want to
You see through me
You see me through it all 'til all I see is you
Track Name: Jill
I'm up before the rising sun; I can't be heard or seen
I don my hand-me-downs and blend in with the scenery
Candid in her calico, I'm camouflaged in courtesy
But even though I turn my shoulder
Turn my head to notice if she'll notice me

I'm up a creek; I'm up a tree, my ladder's on the ground
I ran to fetch her water, dove in deep and thought I'd drowned
Stalwart in her Jericho, I'm banished at her balcony
I swear someday I'm gonna bring that tower down

I would be your Jack - would you be my Jill?
I've been holding back, afraid to take a spill
I raised the stakes; I'll roll the dice
I made my wish; I'll pay the price
I'll bring you back; I'll be your Jack
I'll be your Jack, so be my Jill

I'm up above the scattered clouds; I'm in a state of gray
I try to call her name but echoes answer far away
Paralyzed in vertigo, I'm paranoid of atrophy
I fear someday I'm gonna break my starry crown

And if push should come to shove, could I win her love?
If I was king of every hill, would I still lose my will?
I want to find that castle in the sky
I want to climb the vines and make it mine
And if I can't make it, it won't mean I didn't try

Stranded in her Jericho, I'll barricade her balcony
I swear someday I'm gonna sing that daughter down
Track Name: Won't Let Go
Fly away; chart the stars in their courses
Stars will stray; you will find me true
Shy away from the lies, the divorces
I will stay; you will find me true

I gave you my heart
I showed you my soul
I've got you in my hand and I'm not gonna lose you

Whatever the reason, whatever the treason
All the wounds I know
When I have chosen you I claim you for keeping
As sure as I'm holding you I won't let go

Ride away; run wild with your horses
You will not run free 'til you're free in me
Fight away; gather all of your forces
You will not break free 'til you're free in me

I gave you my heart
I showed you my soul
I sought you; I caught you
I spent my blood and I bought you
I'll rescue and retrieve you
Open my arms and run to receive you
I've got you in my hand and I'm not gonna lose you

Whatever the reason, whatever the treason
All the wounds I know
When I have chosen you I claim you for keeping
As sure as I'm holding you I won't let go