From The Cornfield To The Shore

by Kevin Wright

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1.
Tennessee 03:19
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
2.
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.
3.
Mae 05:32
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.
4.
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
5.
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
6.
I Need 03:23
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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.
10.
The Weight 04:44
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

about

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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