From The Cornfield To The Shore

by Kevin Wright

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Raising kids is hard work. As a father of 5, I feel pretty qualified to make that statement. It means sleepless nights, desperate conversations, and the burden and weight of guiding them into adulthood. And still, most parents would say it’s the greatest joy of their lives. To hear my kids say “daddy” and to see them grow and mature is pure blessing to me.

Through this album, we want to make that same joy possible for families who are seeking adoption. These are the facts: there are well over 100 million orphans in the world. There are countless families who start in on the journey to adopt, only to find that they cannot afford it. Believing the Word of God, that we've been adopted and made family through Jesus, our goal is to help make these adoptions possible by raising $10,000 for the August Gate Adoption Fund.

We’re excited about this music. We’re ready for the world to hear it and enjoy it. But more than anything, it’s a vehicle for mission. It’s a means of living out the Gospel and placing a high importance on something that is close to the heart of God.

Whether it’s music, mission, or both for you, we hope you’ll take this journey with us.


Kevin Wright
August Gate Music

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released January 13, 2015

Produced by Joel Sprenger / Studio A at Ambit Studios
Ben Martin / Ben's Studio
Assistant Engineers - Al Carretta, Dakota Morgan
Mixed and Mastered by Joel Sprenger at Ambit Studios - Maryville, IL
www.ambitaudiovisual.com

Thank You's
To my wife, Crystal... you have put in as much time and effort as anyone to make this album happen. Thanks for being on this journey with me, never complaining, always affirming, always determined to be my biggest support and #1 fan. I love you.

To my fellow elders at August Gate Noah Oldham, Josh Jones, and Scott Konieczka... thank you for encouraging me, supporting me, and pushing me to do this.

To the team at August Gate Music (Josh Jones, Adam Fischer, Owen Pye)... you guys worked tirelessly to design, promote, strategize, and give insight. I’m so thankful for all of you.

To Ben Martin and Joel Sprenger and his team at Ambit Studios... you all did phenomenal work tracking, mixing, and just plain making music. Thank you for all of your hard work.

To Joe and Dakota... thanks for lending your incredible talents to this project.

To the August Gate Church family... thank you for your encouragement and overwhelming support. It’s my honor and privilege to pastor you and live life alongside you as missionaries for the Gospel.

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Track Name: Tennessee
We broke down on the side of a mountain
Where no trees would grow at all
One lane headed east, one lane headed west
It’s a miracle we didn’t fall
In this green Tennessee country
Where the Lord will make you feel real small
In this green Tennessee country
Where we landed with nothin’ at all
Oh, nothin’ at all, nothin’ at all

I put a thumb in the wind and we were movin’ again
Runnin’ up, and runnin’ out
Hope ain’t cheap if the mountain is steep
We were findin’ all this out
In this green Tennessee country
Where the Lord will make you feel real small
In this green Tennessee country
Where we landed with nothin’ at all
Oh nothin’ at all, nothin’ at all

You had me, and I had you
That was all I could ever need
But it sure was nice to hitch us a ride
With some Southern hospitality
In this green Tennessee country
Where the Lord will make you feel real small
In this green Tennessee country
Where we landed with nothin’ at all
Oh nothin’ at all…nothin’ at all

Well the memories and the melodies
Are still ringin’ inside my ears
It was a long climb, but it was worth the time
And I’m glad we stayed right here
In this green Tennessee country
Where the Lord will make you feel real small
In this green Tennessee country
Where we landed with nothin’ at all
Oh nothin’ at all…nothin’ at all
Nothin’ at all…nothing’ at all
Track Name: Till The Morning Comes
I had a girl, but I did not have a car.
So I won her heart with a beat up old guitar.
I don't know where most of my old friends are
But she's right here next to me

I would sing just to see of she would laugh
I would sing to make her smile if she was sad
It was a good old time and we're never gonna get it back
But It's a real good memory

And we rocked until the sun came up
We rocked until we'd had enough
We rocked when it was good and we rocked when it was rough.
Till the morning come.

Got me a girl, and I've got some little boys
The only thing that never changes is the noise
Every corner of this house is filled with toys
It's a big ol' family

We tried the lullabye, and we counted sheep
But tonight this child of mine won't go to sleep
She's daddy's girl and it's a love that runs real deep
To the bottom of the sea

So we'll rock until the sun comes up
We'll rock until she's had enough
We'll rock when nights are good
And we'll rock when nights are rough
Til the morning come.

Tonight we're gonna sit around and sing
And reminisce about the way things used to be
Before old age caught up to you and me
Back when we were young

I plan to spend my last few days and nights
In this chair, just you and me and a porch light
We've come a long long way and we’ve lived a long long life
It's been a good run

And we're gonna rock until the sun comes up
We're gonna rock until we've had enough
We're gonna rock right here til the good Lord calls us up
And the morning comes.
Track Name: Mae
My dearest Mae,
Feels like a hundred years since I touched your face
I’ve faced a thousand fears since that day
You said you’d wait, wait for me
I apologize
My hands shake so bad when I try to write
I’m out here on the front lines every night
Even though I try…I can’t sleep

I’ve done things that I regret
And this war ain’t over yet
I’ve seen things that turned me inside out
I’ve done things I can’t talk about
Oh Mae, promise me you’ll pray
That I will live, and that God forgives
All my sins when this war ends
And the fightin’s done, and the victory’s won
I’ve seen things that turn me inside out
I’ve done things I can’t talk about with you today, Mae
Promise me you’ll pray, Mae

My dearest Mae
We said goodbye to a dozen good men today
And I’m workin’ out just what I’m gonna say
About this place…if I make it home

These boots are worn
They’ve carried me from the cornfield to the shore
As I’ve figured out just what I’m fightin’ for
You mark my words…I’m gonna make it home

A man put his hand in the air
And somehow scared a billion people into this mess
Oh, I guess I’ll jump from a plane with a rifle
aimed to find the one to blame for this awfulness
That’s what I’ll do if it means savin’ you.
That’s who I’ll be if it means that we live free.

I’ve seen things that turn me inside out
I’ve done things I can’t talk about
I’ve seen things that turn me inside out
I’ve done things I can’t talk about with you today, Mae
Promise me you’ll pray, Mae
Three cheers for the USA, Mae
I’m on my way, Mae.
Track Name: Hatfields and McCoys
There’s a hate runnin’ deep on both sides of this river
It’s a hate for a name, and not so much for a man.
It’s bloody and long and it’s right and wrong
They’ll be singin’ songs about us when we’re gone
Oh Randall McCoy, come shoot me down if you can

A pretty McCoy met a Hatfield boy in the valley
They confessed their love and her father refused him her hand
No blood feud could ever keep these two
From carryin’ out what they were planning to do
Throwin’ fuel on a flame
That was already burnin’ through the land
Oh Randall McCoy, come shoot me down if you can

We’ve given our lives to giving our lives
Our children and wives, our guns and our knives
We’ve both told lies, seen our boys hang high
Let’s finish this fight, let’s finish this fight.

We’re dug in tight keepin’ watch all night in these mountains
While the enemy rides under cover of night, sent to kill
If you’re a prayin’ man you can understand
God punishes wrong with a strong right hand
And if God don’t get you then the Devil most surely will
And if God don’t get you then the Devil most surely will
Oh if God don’t get you then the Devil most surely will
Track Name: Future Forgotten
He was 22, she was only just 18
He was burnin’ to leave and she was gasoline
When her mama died, her daddy got real mean.
He said, “Follow me.”
He said, “Follow me.”
So they saddled up in a Mustang that he stole
From a man that his mother loved, and he had never known
They filled the back seat up with everything they owned
They were headed East
They were headed East


They stood together skipping stones in colder weather
It was only the beginning
They cast their fears on the water
They suffered, sang, and swore
As they turned aside from a southern shore and walked away
And a future was forgotten
Yeah they walked away…and a future was forgotten.

The sun set down in the rearview as they drove and drove
Pressed on with a clear view of an open road
In the darkness it became clear they didn’t know
Where to go from here
Where to go from here
They were two days down the road when he turned around
And the console felt like a canyon in the ground
They were makin’ their way back home to a little town
Out of guilt and fear
It was guilt and fear

They stood together skipping stones in colder weather
It was only the beginning
And they cast their hopes on the water
They both died, to live no more
As they turned aside from a southern shore
And walked away
And a future was forgotten
Yeah they walked away…and a future was forgotten
Track Name: I Need
I need his hands to come dig in my dirt
I need the person, I need the work
I need a love that bears all I deserve
And leaves me redeemed
All my transgressions, all of my griefs
All my rebellion and vain disbelief
Sin like a wanted sign nailed to a tree
And blood that makes peace
Blood that makes peace

I need a hand mighty to save
To do what I can't, to war with the grave
To be what I'm not, and change what I am
True Son of God, True Son of Man

I need his peace, I need his sword
I need to breathe in the breathed out word
I need the rescue, and I need the search
To find what was lost
I need a voice that calls out to His own
O weary sinner, won’t you come Home
Come, find forgiven the crime you have done
Down at the cross
Down at the cross
Track Name: Never Let Me Go
I get to feelin’ like I’ve been stealin’ hope
And I’ve been caught now, I’ve got to let it all go
Nothin’ is wrong, nothin’ feels right
I’m going down in a losing fight
If you let me go, if you let me go,
If you let me go

I don’t deserve you, I know I hurt too much
And more and more you’ve been in a war for my love
Something is wrong, can’t make it right
You can stand with me and fight
And never let me go
Never let me go
Never let me go

Oh, you are warm in the cold
Oh, you are strength to my bones
Oh, you won’t leave me alone
You never let me go…you never let me go

Well, I get lonely like I’m the only one
Out in the daylight but I can’t see the sun
Open my eyes, show me the way
But I still need to hear you say
You’ll never let me go…you’ll never let me go
Track Name: Something To Sing About
Mama wasn’t gentle but she sure was right
When she declared my voice wouldn’t pierce the night
So I opened up my eyes and I looked toward the light
Something to sing about...to sing about
Daddy wasn’t kind but he sure shot straight
When he said no one would notice how I played
So I found me something strong and true to say
Something to sing about...to sing about

Nothing that you choose to love...ever lingers long enough
And you leave this world... with nothing to your name
Spend it all and spend yourself...
On love and life and a truth to tell
And you leave this world...the way you came
Oh the way you came

The lady in the mall tries to catch my eye
To sell me something that I don’t wanna buy
She looks so sad when I ask her why
Something to sing about...to sing about
A cabin in the hills and a home on the beach
A place on the lake and his life’s complete
It all comes to nothin’ when the preacher starts to preach
Something to sing about...to sing about
Track Name: I Stayed Here With You
Never saw my name on a newspaper page
Never lost myself in the music on the main stage
I could’ve run out West just to give it my best
There were times I wanted to
But I stayed here with you, I stayed here with you.

I could’ve lived from a suitcase, sleepin’ in my car
I could’ve lived each day like a coffeehouse rockstar
I could’ve opened every night for bands I don’t like
From here to Waterloo
But I stayed here with you…I stayed here with you.

That alarm clock’s ringing and it’s bringin up the dawn
Thirty years is a long, long time and I wonder where it’s gone
The bucket list in my fist no longer exists
There were things I wanted to do
But I stayed here with you…I stayed here with you.

Truth be told, I wouldn’t change a thing
There’s only one place I wanna sit all day and sing
These four walls feel to me just right
These crazy kids and you at my side
I’ll never hit it big, cause I’m never gonna try
I’ve decided all I wanna do
Is stay right here with you…stay right here with you
Stay right here with you…stay right here with you
Stay right here with you…stay right here with you.
Track Name: The Weight
I make things up
I make it seem so much worse than it really is
Every road is rough
When you walk every mile in the ditch
It’s the in between that’s so hard to see

I got a fear down inside and it’s hurtin me
Like a spear in my side this uncertainty
And it destroys my pride and it turns me mean
Oh God help me, help my unbelief
Oh God help me, help me to believe
That the weight of the world doesn’t rest on me

All I need
Is a world that my hands can really hold
I feel free when I can make myself believe that I’m in control
It’s the in between that’s so hard to see

And if I soldier on, and it all goes wrong
I suppose that’s when I’ll finally give in
It’s the in between that’s so hard to see