2009​-​2014

by Johnmark Hatfield

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align my body adjacent
and learn to be quiet
i learn to be patient
come to know its power
hear the grain break
inflict culture on nature
feel the death in the ground shake

refrain:
and push the metal through the wood
see the childhood of this tree
uncover beauty uncover mystery
let our hands bring new purpose
into a new person it turns us

with a steady eye and behind a face austere
i pay close attention let the iron compare
where it's going to where it's been
as it forms a curl i listen for constants
i look for light and slide a square against

if they were cut all the same they wouldn't fit together
if they deal with the change they'll find their places better
what we don't use directly will keep us warm all winter
let the mistakes be my teacher. let the calm be my mentor

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released January 29, 2014

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Johnmark Hatfield Madison, Wisconsin

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Track Name: white flag
belly down and face in the mud
i can't tell what You want
a wedding gown and an ear full of blood
but i can't tell what You want

don't you see my white flag?
my arms got so tired of waving it around

with your finger pointed right at me
you said fight for your kingdom
hope is what i thought you would bring them
the calm of your voice i thought i could trust this
with love in my eyes i'll keep grace as my justice
transformed is a word you just don't throw around
listen to me now as i laugh at your crown

gripping my chest and it doesn't look good
i can't tell which way is up and
doing my best and just as i should
praying and i can't tell which way is up and


don't you see my white flag?
my arms got so tired of waving it around
won't you free my black bag
my mind got so tired of carrying it around

with your finger pointed right at me
you said fight for your kingdom
hope is what i thought you would bring them
the calm of your voice i thought i could trust this
with love in my eyes i'll keep grace as my justice
transformed is a word you just don't throw around
listen to me now as i laugh at your crown

don't you see my white flag?
Track Name: a psalm for april
i used to think i heard you speak
but now i know it's not you its me
i thought i heard you say
that back, you would bring her
but a bowed head only lead
to a raised finger

it's been a while since i've eaten well
if you look closely, you can tell
but i'm doing all that i can
no i'm doing all that i must
if you're such a great teacher then
why am i learning not to trust

my hands, they don't stay steady
my heart is not ready just yet
to act like you're just another
voice that i do not notice
but i'm doing my best to be kind
it's just hard when you don't notice mine

hope only returns as an idea, an emotion
to be thought and felt just for the moment
to be held by the notion of faith
and by fidelity
being closer to god sure feels like hell to me

the stars aligned to haunt me
my jesus came still born
all that i've been told to be
i'm convinced i'll never know
the difference from branch and vine
but give the child a second breath
to whisper and to remind
Track Name: i and thou
at her feet attention thrown
a selfish want from men half grown
looks that shook and words that tattered
now beauty stolen now beauty scattered
from it to Thou and now prompted care
down trod my head and upshot a prayer

don't let her lips refract or shade
me from the light of what they might say
don't let her hand's warmth move mine to live
then i'd forget the help they give
don't let her eyes distract my own
then i, the blind, play pretend alone

i thank you lord i thank you lord
for all that you give
she fills me with an air that cleanses
and dulls me of my earthen senses
Track Name: the chase
i'm wild eyed
with boots and a cap
holding words to remind
me down that familiar path

i've the sense
that i shouldn't be there
i warm my hands and
give the most discerning stare

walk forth to ignore
and fling wide the gate
it's been months since
i honestly prayed

with irises wide
down surrounds my fingers
cut short the retort
of these free thinkers
they said more than we wanted to know
that some times it's hard to let go
of a good thing

either they saw or heard
the dogs were all awake
with fear on their minds
we both started the chase

past the well
that seemed to point the way
i put foot over foot
back home or an escape

i came to stone over stone
a petriform wall
led or deceived i pause in fatigue
or in awe

i climbed up to where that old fence is
reached to vines using alternate senses
because you learn so much in the dark
not in full but in part
Track Name: Emmaus
i see you
but in arial view
at first unnoticed
but then, but then he shows us
Track Name: without You
i'm young, i'm dumb but i'm braver than some
i've more to say, but i'll bite my tongue
in a pedal pushing balancing act
it was cloudy that day no raining fact
you told me right to stop at the street
i saw others roll by so i thought we'd compete
i think we'll try without you
no hand to guide us through
we'll never fail cause there's no one to prove
so we'll try without you
we'll try without you

i thought near the end, there'd be a sloping decline
but a dropping curb was a most unpleasant find
you'll never know until you are in it
so let's go go go go way past the limit

i think we'll try without you
no hand to guide us through
it's easier without you
we'll never fail cause there's no one to prove
so we'll try without you
we'll try without you
Track Name: words in school
i've learned a lot of words in school
one with a double edge is pride
which side you cut with
makes a servant or a scribe

the path less traveled won't get a vote
it'll leave us baffled after rocking the boat
the mind follows hand not the other way around
i've learned a lot of words in school
and they hold my hands down