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VELVETEEN ep

by Christa Wells

(2018)

Christa’s most recent collection of original songs, released April 2018. Produced by Ben Shive (Colony House, Andrew Peterson, Ellie Holcomb) this is her most personal and vulnerable work to date, with seven songs centered around themes of longing, letting go and becoming “real.”

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DOWN DOWN LOW

Sometimes you gotta go dark

Sometimes you gotta be quiet

Sometimes you gotta get far from

The voices that stir up violence

 

Everybody wants to talk

Nobody wants to listen

Everybody wants to talk

Nobody wants to listen

 

You gotta get get get

Down down low

You gotta turn turn turn it

Down down low

You gotta take it take it take it

Down down low

You gotta get down low

 

Sometimes you gotta go first

Sometimes you gotta be sorry

Sometimes you’re gonna get hurt and

Go back to where you started

 

Everybody wants to win

Nobody wants to listen

Everybody wants to win

Nobody wants to listen

 

CHORUS

 

Find the voice that speaks in every tongue

Hear the song that writes a thousand more

If we listen well before it’s said and done

There’ll be harmony we’ve never heard before

 

Hear the whisper of humility - ahh, ahh

Love will writ a sweeter melody - ahh, ahh

Love will write a sweeter melody - ahh, ahh

 

Sometimes you gotta go dark

Sometimes you gotta be quiet

Sometimes you gotta get far from

The voices that stir up violence

 

Everybody wants to talk  

Nobody wants to listen

Everybody wants to talk

Nobody wants to listen

 

CHORUS


come after me

I was seventeen, running through the back woods

Sat down by the river with my book, it felt so good

Getting lost in my thoughts, dreaming 'bout being found

Could anybody hear my heart say

 

Come after me, come after me, come after me

I want to be, I want to be, I want to be

Worth the grand pursuit

Wanted by you

So if I go, I need to know your love will come after me

 

Used to feel you thinking of me from across town

Hard for me to reach you when you stand across the room now

So I'm climbing the hills just to get to your heart

And I keep hoping that I'll see you

 

CHORUS

 

Though I want you, I know I'll be okay

If you leave, I'll keep walking anyway

Find me in the forest where the riverbed sings

Tell me you've been looking, you've been looking for me

 

CHORUS


hold this house up

I wasn't awake to notice the rain

I wasn't awake 

Until I saw you kneeling in the mud

I added the cost, I gathered the rope

I sounded the bell

But oh, the damage had already been done

 

And I know it's late, I know it's late

But I think it's not too late

To get our hands dirty

And act like it's worth being saved

 

Will you help me hold this house up

Will you help me hold this house up

Will you help me hold this house up

And let the waters pass beneath

 

You want to let go, let it go on

You haven't the heart

For one more disappointing turn of events

But look at the stone under our feet

Still in it's place

And I think that these old bones could stand a chance

 

I know it's hard, I know it's hard

But I think it's not too hard

To fix it together

Maybe stronger than ever before

 

CHORUS

 

 


butterfly

I know you know it now

You’ve got it figured out

I’m only human

I’m only human after all

Answers were easier then

I’d little chance of being wrong

These days are different and

I’m only human after all

 

We don’t have to see eye to eye

You will always be a friend of mine

 

So go where you must go

Be who you need to be

I’ll meet you on the road

Tell me what you see

Butterfly, my butterfly

 

I would be lying to

Pretend I want to lose

Having you with me

I want you with me, yes I do

But if I know anything

It’s there’s always beauty yet to come

So I’ll let you go since

I know you’re coming back, my love

 

And I’ll be waiting with bated breath

To hear you laughing close again

 

CHORUS

 

Oh, now the time has come and I am not afraid

To see your wings unfold

Against the brightness of the sun

And you will soar - You will soar

 

So be who you need to be

I’ll meet you on the road

You can tell me what you see

Go where you must go

Be who you need to be

Show me what you make

Of all of your good dreams

Butterfly, my butterfly


one day

It’s hard to sing when you’re crying

Hard to leave when you’re tied down

It’s hard to sleep when you’re fighting

For your life like you are right now

There’s only so much more you can stomach

Though it’s more than you thought

And you only keep moving

By the grace of God

 

You’re doing one day

One breath

One prayer

One thing at a time

One word

One step

One hope

In a coming light

Don’t try to swallow the ocean

Keep doing one day

Til one day you’re free

 

You could escape in a daydream

But you’d wind up right back here

Up to your waist in the maybes

No use hiding on the back stairs

Hear the peculiar voice in the forest

Calling open the doors

It’ll take a few battles

To win this war

 

CHORUS

 

Oh, I see you laughing on the other side

Where the walls have tumbled and the flowers grow wild

Oh, I see you laughing on the other side

With your broken heart under open sky

 

You’re doing one day

One breath

One prayer

One thing at a time

One word

One step

One hope

In a coming light

One day

One breath

One prayer

One thing at a time

One word

One step

One hope

In a coming light

Don’t try to swallow the ocean

Keep doing one day

Til one day you’re free

One day you’re free


 


holy ground

You think singers and dreamers

Invent escape from the real

Oh, but they have eyes to see

What must be revealed

There's a kingdom before us 

Whose gate is always open

Looks like earth and sounds like human voices

And it feels like heaven

 

Holy, holy

All that is within us

All that is without

All of life is holy ground

 

If your compass is pointing

To wealth and fame it has been altered

There is only one true north

One good road to follow

If you lift your eyes you'll find

The view is ever wider

Til the vanities fade and your love burns

Brighter and brighter

 

CHORUS

 

We'll take our shoes off

Honor the moments of our days

Find our treasure 

When we give our love away

What a gift to hold this in our hands

Behold the beauty

See the face of God 

In a grain of sand

 

CHORUS

 


VELVETEEN

Love spoke my name

I felt life run through me

Reborn in the flames

Nothing can undo me

Ooh, I believe

That I’m becoming

 

So if my beauty starts to fade

Well, I’ve been held in a thousand ways

If my heart looks broken in

Then I’ve been brave enough to live

If perfect turns to perfect mess

And all your love is all that’s left

Then I’m as real as real can be

Call me Velveteen

 

Shadow and light

I learned to let them find me

Coming alive

Feels a lot like dying

Ooh, I believe

That I’m becoming

 

So if my beauty starts to fade

Well, I’ve been held in a thousand ways

If my heart looks broken in

Then I’ve been brave enough to live

If perfect turns to perfect mess

And all your love is all that’s left

Then I’m as real as real can be

Call me Velveteen

 

I know it’s true no matter, true no matter how I feel

‘Cause I’m becoming

I’m becoming real

 

So if my beauty starts to fade

If my heart looks broken in

If my beauty starts to fade

Well, I’ve been held in a thousand ways

If my heart looks broken in

Then I’ve been brave enough to live

If perfect turns to perfect mess

And all your love is all that’s left

Then I’m as real as real can be

I’m as real as real can be

I’m as real as real can be

Call me Velveteen