The Tree Beyond the Fire

by Daniel and the Sparrows

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This album was written in the Alps of Italy. All songs were inspired by people I met or simply the relationships I have developed during my travels.

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released May 16, 2012

Jill Mcafee - additional guitars, vocals
Rachel Olney - Violin
K.K Wong - mastering

Som Spring
THANKS GUYS!

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I've got a cheap mic, and an interface that's been with me since I was 16. Now I plan to travel the world recording albums such as this one... If you like my music, please BUY something. :) It will help fund future albums...

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Track Name: Traveling Song
Travel, cause there's no place to stay
Travel, leave them behind.
The things that you lose leave you spaces to find

Freedom, is a chain in itself
freedom, oh lady freedom
She walks through the night without fearing the dark

Chorus:
We feel alive when we walk and cry
Set these structures ablaze
Building our cities wherever we lie

Lovers, love like hands mixed in clay
Sinners, oh all good sinners
Hang all your lies and dry all your shame
Track Name: Grey Bells
Don't be afraid to put a candle at your window
Its flame will keep you warm
Don't be afraid to stain the glass that lets the light in
the stains of past will wash away

You said "no no no don't let the light in. But my hands are so cold, who will keep them warm?"

Your grey bells ringing in the night
You tell your stories like their over
Grey bells singing in the trees
The echoing of hope that's in the breeze
it isn't cold

Go ahead and try to find your way child
Go ahead and be the better man
I know your father tried to beat you down the wrong way
but the dawn is here, embrace the day

Your grey church sleeping on the hill
the dark of the night is black and still
These grey stones lying in the stream
the echoing of grace that's in the breeze
it isn't dead
Track Name: Wide Eyed Wood
Breathe, breathe until there's no more air to breathe.
Silent screams in the streets you walk
your bare feet punish the ground
Breathe like we do

It's your God given right.
To make this world a safe sanctuary
There's no place to run from the father's grace,
His grace is all we need
Fear the Lord

May God's love be with you
May God's grace breathe on you.

Hearts awaken
When the heavy veil was thorn
Take your covered hearts to the river
And wash away the paint
Sink, drown, live

May God's love be with you
May God's grace breathe on you.
Wide Eyed wood,
Wide Eyed Wood
Track Name: The Tree Beyond the Fire
today we see what is in our hearts
no it ain't pretty but it's beautiful
it is freedom, the way she forgives

A single boat in a hurricane storm
at the mercy of the sea
searching ever more for the shore

The tree beyond the fire is green
The tree beyond the fire is green

pray for a monster by its name
and he'll become a man of faith
then every breath he takes will be life

God takes a picture from the sky
with his polaroid and tries
to let the slide fall into our hands

The tree beyond the fire is green
The tree beyond the fire is green
The tree beyond the fire is green
The tree beyond the fire is green
He is more alive than the demons behind a man
He is more alive when you forgive
God takes a picture from the sky
with his polaroid and tries
to let the slide fall into our hands
and only when the colours come
do we see, like a blinding flash,
the truth that finally sets our spirits free
We are all but murderers
we are all but running thieves
The tree beyond the fire is green
The tree beyond the fire is green
Track Name: Every River
Staring at each other over distance
With nothing but time and glass in between
My heavy heart is full
But God knows there's room for you

Take all these words
Don't give them back to me
Put them in the pocket of your heart they're yours to keep

Fill the cup that's half empty
Don't leave any room for air
There will come a time to drink but tonight we'll have to sleep

Every river flows to the sea
Then one day your bones will lie with me

Take all these promises
But know I am just a man
Whose heart is wild and bent on running everywhere its feet can land

But oh God willing
It'll find its way back to you
But till then I know this song will have to do

Every river flows to the sea
Then one day your bones will lie with me
Every ocean pulls with the tide
Every heart has a place to hide

Staring at each other
There's nothing in between
My heavy heart is full when you're with me

Staring at each other
There's nothing in between
My heavy heart is full when you're with me
Track Name: Instrument
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, let pardon grow;
where there is doubt, let faith like rivers flow;

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
where there is despair, may your hope never cease;
where there is darkness, let there light;
and where there is sadness, your joy will be their pride.



O Divine Master, grant that I may not seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we ourselves are pardoned;


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
for it is in dying that we are born to life. Amen
~St. Francis of Assisi
Track Name: Baptised in Asylums
Don't hide the scars inside your heart
we can see that art, bleeding from your eyes
Just leave the thorns on your rose
we need to feel the sting of beauty in this world

And so,
the devil has no hold,
when we find hope
that God loves Emma

We were all baptized in asylums
we have all felt the coals burning on our lips
We were all baptized in fire
now we see,
What it means to be burnt

She said, life.. give me all you've got
and she found when he left, strength to move on
Now In every room there is a silence
and every eye there is a tear filled only with love
Track Name: Into the Woods
Lead me off the weathered path
Take me to the place where crowds begin to pass
I can hear the river rushing on its way
But I'm not going anywhere until you're here

I've had a dream about this place
Where broken wood came alive, my soul will turn to face
the trees were walking like people
this broken life begins to sing in second part

And you've painted the inner walls of my heart (x2)

Into the woods
Where you broke the frozen castles of my heart
And when you found there's nothing left in me but sorrow
you said child, my arms are bigger than your throne
and on my face, your hand is warm

Our broken hearts amidst the grass
Reflecting grace like the dawn that's breaking across against the glass
We've got to turn towards the light
It's a dangerous place inside when you're alone

into the woods
Track Name: Birds in Ribcages
Sink this ship of hollow bones
When this life has more beauty than youth
Nails on the blackboard of nostalgia
Oh Sink the ship on empty hopes

Tie my chest to the wood
Pin my arms to the walls
Spill my seeds across the stone floor
A castle's still a prison cell

Our hearts are birds in ribcages
Singing songs worth more than gold
Our hearts are birds in a mess of veins
Oh sink this ship of hollow bones

Put a hole in your head
Tilt one way and let your brain fall out
Take that heart out of its cage
Fill your head with songs of birds
Track Name: We are lilies
These memories are etched so deep inside of my mind
that it's starting to draw blood
hold it tight my sister, won't you hold it tight my friend,
till our knuckles turn to white

We started out into the dark, we walked in cold wet shoes
and the thorns would catch our jeans
though we've all grown older, we've got to peel the scabs
to show the soft tissue of our hearts

We are all but lilies, picked from the field
Separated from the earth
But we have a purpose of beauty
So we're alive, yes we're alive

I've felt too scared to hope for better, my ambitions were too grand
but greater was His grace
Even though I've been drowning in a sea of endless blessing
All I could do was cling to straw

So we swam in tear deep stories, we sang in sorrow's song
but we breathed in heaven's air
See, people give a place a purpose, like leaves the wind a meaning
God is sunlight and we are windows

oh God I'm in the air
but my heart is planted on the ground
connected by veins stretched
to invisibility…
I'm so afraid to shut my eyes
cause it brings me to the place veiled by leaves
filtering sunlight like green, broken stained glass windows…
My church is the valley
and the towers are the mountains
Oh God Help me love….
Oh God help me love beyond the river
See I'm home sick but I'm not going home.