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The Light Meets The Dark

Released May 10, 2010

 

Lyrics

Healing Begins
Mike Donehey/Jason Ingram/Jeff Owen

So you thought you had to keep this up
All the work that you do so we think that you're good
And you can't believe it’s not enough
All the walls you built up are just glass on the outside

So let them fall down
There’s freedom waiting in the sound
When you let your walls fall to the ground
We’re here now
This is where the healing begins
This is where the healing starts
When you come to where you're broken within
The light meets the dark
The light meets the dark

Afraid to let your secrets out
Everything that you hide could come crashing through the door now
But too scared to face all your fear
So you hide but you find that the shame won't disappear
Sparks will fly as grace collides
With the dark inside of us
So please don't fight this coming light
Let this blood come cover us
His blood can cover us 

 © 2010 Sony/ATV Timber Publishing / West Main Music / Formerly Music / Windsor Hill Music (SESAC) / Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing / Mt. Roskill Music / Robots Rule the World (ASCAP)

 

Strong Enough To Save
Mike Donehey/Jason Ingram/Phillip LaRue

You fought but you were just too weak
So you lost all the things you tried to keep
Now you're on your knees
You’re on your knees

But wait everything can change
In a moments' time
You don't have to be afraid
‘Cause fear is just a lie
Open up your eyes
And He'll break open the skies to save
Those who cry out His name
The one the wind and waves obey
Is strong enough to save you

Look now is not too late
Lift up your head
Let the rain fall on your face
You’re not far from grace
You’re not too far from grace
I know the weight of this world can take you down like gravity
I know the current of yourself can take you out, out to sea
But hold on
Hold on

© 2010 Sony/ATV Timber Publishing / West Main Music / Formerly Music / Windsor Hill Music (SESAC) / Songs of Razor and Tie / Maxx Music Publishing (admin. by Songs of Razor and Tie) (ASCAP)

 

You Are More
Mike Donehey/Jason Ingram

There's a girl in the corner with tear stains on her eyes
From the places she's wandered and the shame she can't hide
She says, "How did I get here? I'm not who I once was,
and I'm crippled by the fear that I've fallen too far to love."

But don't you know who you are
What has been done for you
Don't you know who you are
You are more than the choices that you've made
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes
You are more than the problems you create
You've been remade

Well she tries to believe it that she's been given new life
But she can't shake the feeling that it’s not true tonight
She knows all the answers and she's rehearsed all the lines
So she'll try to do better but then she's too weak to try
‘Cause this is not about what you've done
But what's been done for you
This is not about where you've been
But where your brokenness brings you to
This is not about what you feel but He felt to forgive you
And what He felt to make you new

 © 2010 Sony/ATV Timber Publishing / West Main Music / Formerly Music / Windsor Hill Music (SESAC)

 

The Truth Is Who You Are
Mike Donehey/Jason Ingram

It would be easier if you were just a thought in my head
Simply something that I once read
A belief needing my defense
And it would be easier if you were something I once knew
A hope just to hold on to
But you're holding out your hands

You came to take us back to the start
You came to touch the hardness of our hearts
You gave us truth that truth is who You are
It's who You are
And it’s not enough to just say, "I believe."
‘Cause truth is that talk is cheap
So grace give me eyes to see

Flesh and blood You offer us
Oh, to eat the bread and drink the cup
Oh, to taste, to see, to feel, to touch
Emmanuel, God with us
Emmanuel, God with us
‘Cause You came to break the chains apart
To wake the dead and the sleeping of our hearts
You gave us truth that truth is who You are
It's who You are

 © 2010 Sony/ATV Timber Publishing / West Main Music / Formerly Music / Windsor Hill Music (SESAC)
All The Pretty Things
Mike Donehey/Jason Ingram/Jeff Owen

We are, we are, we're caught in the in between
Of who we already are and who we are yet to be
And we're looking for love but finding we're still in need
It's only what we have lost will we be allowed to keep

And we're waiting but our eyes are wandering

To all this earth holds dear

Look at all the pretty things 
That steal my heart away
I can feel I'm fading
‘Cause Lord I love so many things 
That keep me from Your face
Come and save me

We run, we run to finally be set free
But we're fighting for what we already have received


 © 2010 Sony/ATV Timber Publishing / West Main Music / Formerly Music / Windsor Hill Music (SESAC) / Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing / Mt. Roskill Music / Robots Rule the World (ASCAP)

 

Any Other Way
Mike Donehey/Jason Ingram

Don't say goodbye, don't say hello
We're just standing on the surface
Don't say alright, don't say I know
I promise it's not worth it

I want to know who you are
Even if you're falling apart
Reach in and touch your scars
And all the shame you've kept in your heart

‘Cause it's not enough
It's not enough just to say that we're ok
I need your hurt, I need your pain
It's not love any other way

Let's not pretend, stop your parade
Trying to convince me
That you're alright and everything's ok
Do you even know me?

‘Cause I already know who you are
And all the things that kept us apart
So reach in and touch my scars
And know the price I paid for your heart

A broken and contrite heart I will not despise
Come as you are and I won't close my eyes

I won't close my eyes
I won't close my eyes
I won't close my eyes

'Cause it's not enough
It's not enough just to say that you're ok
Well, you needed my hurt
You needed my pain
It's not love any other way


 © 2010 Sony/ATV Timber Publishing / West Main Music / Formerly Music / Windsor Hill Music (SESAC)

 

On And On
Mike Donehey/Jason Ingram/Jeff Owen

Love, I have waited for you
And love, I was wounded for you
Won't you look into my eyes
Through the pain and through your pride
And find I am true
You're the one I can't deny
And I'll never leave your side
I gave my life for you
So what are you waiting for?

On and on we go
Come love take my hand
On and on we go
Time and time again
On and on we go
Back to where this all began
Come love take my hand
Life is waiting for you
And life I have given to you
Tell me what else can I do
What more have I left to prove?
That I am what you need
Still I will hold on to your heart
Through the chaos and the dark
When your eyes fail to see
So what are you waiting for?

On and on we go
Come love take my hand
On and on we go
As you run away again
On and on we go
Back to where this all began

Broken I was for you
Broken I'm still for you
My broken heart breaks for you
Broken I'm over you

 © 2010 Sony/ATV Timber Publishing / West Main Music / Formerly Music / Windsor Hill Music (SESAC) / Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing / Mt. Roskill Music / Robots Rule the World (ASCAP)

 

Hearts Safe (A Better Way)
Mike Donehey/Jeff Owen

I feel it in your eyes
There's pain that covers up these lies
Now you may look like me
But it seems you're really different on the inside

We used to keep our hearts safe
We kept them safe and locked away
But then we grew up learning
That life could serve us in a better way
And why?
I'm asking you why?

So what happened to your eyes
I saw them wander just like mine
So how did we come to see so differently
After all this time

If the sheep know his voice then tell me what is the choice
For the ones who haven't heard and have no need to rejoice
Father, help me understand
‘Cause I am just like him and Lord he's just like me
We came from the same town and the same families
But now he, he just won't understand
Please Lord open up his eyes
Can you open these eyes?

 © 2010 Sony/ATV Timber Publishing / West Main Music / Formerly Music / Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing / Mt. Roskill Music / Robots Rule the World (ASCAP)

 

House Of Mirrors
Mike Donehey/Jason Jamison/Scott Sanders/Jeff Owen

You can't seem to see past your own reflection
Caught up in the halls of your introspection
And you're staring at your mirror on the wall
Asking, "Who is the fairest of them all?"
‘Cause, Lord, I know it's not me

If only you could see
That you've already been set free

Come on, come on
Let's throw our mirrors down
Come on, come on
Let's shatter the glass on the ground
But you say, "Hold on, if I could just try this one thing.
Well, I know I can change and that would change everything."
But a house made of mirrors never helps you see any clearer
It's yourself you can't see past
And Lord isn't that just like me?

If only we could see
That He's already set us free

Come on, come on
Let's throw our mirrors down
Come on, come on
Let's shatter the glass on the ground
Freedom's waiting for you now
So come on, come on
Throw your mirrors down

Come on if you're tired take a step outside
You might find you can forget about yourself tonight
Come on if you're tired of failed attempts to try
Freedom's waiting when you look outside

 © 2010 Sony/ATV Timber Publishing / West Main Music / Formerly Music / Windsor Hill Music (SESAC) / Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing / Mt. Roskill Music / Robots Rule the World (ASCAP)

 

Empty My Hands
Mike Donehey

I've got voices in my head and they are so strong
And I'm getting sick of this oh Lord, how long
Will I be haunted by the fear that I believe
My hands like locks on cages
Of these dreams I can't set free

But if I let these dreams die
If I lay down all my wounded pride
If I let these dreams die
Will I find that letting go lets me come alive

So empty my hands
Fill up my heart
Capture my mind with you
These voices speak instead and what's right is wrong
And I'm giving into them, please Lord, how long
Will I be held captive by the lies that I believe
My heart's in constant chaos and it keeps me so deceived

But if I let these dreams die
If I could just lay down my dark desire
If I let these dreams die
Will I find you brought me back to life

My mind is like a building burning down
I need your grace to keep me, keep me from the ground
And my heart is just a prisoner of war
A slave to what it wants and to what I'm fighting for

 © 2010 Sony/ATV Timber Publishing / West Main Music / Formerly Music (SESAC)

 

Oh My Dear
Mike Donehey/Garrett Green

I called you up, you were in bed
Could barely make out the words that you said
But you wanted to see me instead so I got dressed
Then I stepped out into the snow
And walked for a mile or so
Felt the rush of blood come from the cold in my chest

You finally came to the door
And we talked for an hour or more
Until I asked if you would stay up till four
You said, "That's fine."
But you said, "There's something I have to say,
And I can't because I'm just so afraid."
And so I held you as you started to shake that night

Oh, my dear I'll wait for you
Grace tonight will pull us through

Until the tears have left your eyes
Until the fears can sleep at night
Until the demons that you're scared of disappear inside
Until this guilt begins to crack and the weight falls from your back
Oh, my dear I'll keep you in my arms tonight

You slowly lifted your head from your hands
You said, "I just don't think that you'll understand,
You'll never look at me that way again if you knew what I did."
And so your tears fell and melted the snow
You told me secrets nobody had known
But I never loved you more even though now I knew what you did

 © 2010 Sony/ATV Timber Publishing / West Main Music / Formerly Music (SESAC) / Garrett Green (BMI)

 

About The Light Meets The Dark

 

Rarely has a new band delivered an album with more emotional punch than Tenth Avenue North’s 2008 debut Over and Underneath. Musically inventive and lyrically compelling, the collection helped earn the band the New Artist of the Year accolade at the 2009 Dove Awards and placed them in headliner status on its fall tour. Needless to say its 2010 follow up album is one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year.

With one listen to The Light Meets The Dark it is obvious Mike Donehey, Jeff Owen and Jason Jamison are
taking a bold step forward on their musical journey. Once again the songs are poignant and powerful, and in recording the new tunes, the band brings a more seasoned level of musicianship and intensity, honed from relentless touring.
 
“It’s been kind of crazy I guess when you think about it,” Donehey says with a smile. “In a lot of ways, we don’t feel like anything has changed. When we get up on a stage, more people are there to see us play and more people are familiar with the songs, but the objective really hasn’t changed.  The objective is for people to encounter truth and be changed.”
 
Tenth Avenue North meets that objective head on with the music on The Light Meets the Dark. “I’ve sort of stepped back and looked at this group of songs and really I feel like it’s a continuation of this last album,” Donehey says. “I’m not trying to blow people’s minds. I’m trying to take them to the next step. ‘Over and Underneath’ is a call for the gospel. This next record is more like ‘Okay, now if you believe that, let people see how messed up you are. Are you ready to confess? Are you ready to have all your masks taken away?”
 
That ability to challenge audiences to a deeper walk of faith while simultaneously encouraging them with the truth of God’s grace has propelled Tenth Avenue North to the forefront of the Christian music industry. The band’s debut disc ranked No. 10 on Billboard Magazine’s list of Top Christian Albums for 2009. The group placed two songs on the Hot Christian Songs chart, including the No. 1 radio single “By Your Side” at No. 2 and “Hold My Heart” at No. 13.  Most impressive is the fact that Tenth Avenue North, still on its first album, had “By Your Side” show up at No. 3 on Billboard’s overall decade ranking of Christian Songs.

It all began for Tenth Avenue North when Donehey, and Jamison met at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. They recruited guitarist Owen and began booking themselves in churches and youth camps from Florida to Colorado. They began creating a buzz that caught the attention of label executives at Provident Label Group and landed a deal with Reunion Records.
 
Over and Underneath was released May 20, 2008, and quickly established Tenth Avenue North as one of the Christian music community’s most talented bands, and lead vocalist/principal songwriter Donehey began drawing comparisons to such visionary leaders as Casting Crowns’ Mark Hall, Third Day’s Mac Powell and Jars of Clay’s Dan Haseltine. For many young musicians, such early success may have proved paralyzing, but not for Tenth Avenue North because music for them has never been about awards and CD sales, but about the chance to impact lives.

“When we were going through songs and writing songs, we weren’t worried about whether or not this record was going to take,” Jamison says of the album’s potential. “The No. 1 priority is the songs and the lyrics. We want to create strong songs that hopefully draw people in to experience Christ.”
 
Donehey agrees, “I carry this ache with me and I don’t know if that’s common to a lot of people, but I know Paul says in Romans ‘I have unceasing anguish for my brothers who don’t believe.’ I don’t have unceasing anguish, but I do get a taste of what he’s talking about when I get up on stage and I’m talking about the truth and Christ and redemption. I look into the faces of the crowd and you can tell that some people have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.”

Owen feels the first single “Healing Begins” encapsulates the theme of the new album. “It’s where the title of the record comes from.  It’s basically about confession—confessing your sins to one another that you might be healed, which is a scary thing to do.  You can believe in God and love God, but confessing the things that you keep secret and hold on to—that keep you tied to your past and weigh you down—confessing those things is not easy.  You can experience such freedom in telling someone else. You know that God knows everything about you, but telling someone else is an entirely different thing.”
 
The songs on The Light Meets the Dark are authentic, heartfelt and confessional. “On this record I really tried to be honest about how messed up I am,” Donehey says. “We wanted it to be a collision between our hearts and God’s truth. Sparks will fly. His grace collides with the dark inside of us. His blood can cover us and I’m trying to call people out and say ‘Look, please do not hide your darkness. Expose that to the light.’  I know that’s the scariest thought, but it’s where freedom and healing starts to take place. It’s where it all starts to happen.”
 
Audiences are already responding to the music. “Every time we play ‘You Are More’ people come up to us and say ‘That’s the first time they’ve ever heard anything like that,’” Owen relates. “The song says ‘You are more than the choices that you’ve made. You are more than the sum of your past mistakes.’ People don’t believe that. They believe the choices that they’ve made make them who they are and who they will continue to be until the day they die. The gospel doesn’t work on that scale and that’s what a lot of non-believers, and believers, don’t know about the gospel. It’s not what you have done; it’s about what He did for you. Christ has made you a new creation.”

Tenth Avenue North’s songs remind the listener of God’s grace and challenge believers to focus more on the things of God, not the things of this world. A prime example is “All the Pretty Things,” which encourages us to not let the bright, shiny things of this world distract us from God. “This song isn’t just about the obvious things we may be distracted by, like money, status or material things,” shares Donehey. “It’s about where we place things in our lives.  Are we building our families around our faith or our faith around our families?”
 
In recording the new record, Tenth Avenue North worked with Jason Ingram, Rusty Varenkamp and Phillip LaRue. “We had the same producers on this record as the last record,” says Jamison. “God has really orchestrated a great team for us because they all really just love the gospel and they really just love seeing that the word of God is coming across in these songs.”
 
In recording the new album, the band definitely felt more comfortable in the studio; a confidence earned from spending so much time on the road the last two years. Not only did that time serve to put further polish on its musical skills, but also helped them forge a bond with its audience. Not content to just play for the crowds who came to see them, band members also held question and answer sessions during their headlining tour. Tenth Avenue North would interview its opening acts to give the crowd more insight into the music and ministry and then they’d field questions during its own set.
 
“We did a Q&A session where we took questions that were put up on our website. We invited people to ask questions about faith or about something they were struggling with or whatever. So we would print off those questions and we would answer like questions from our audience. We thought it was pretty fun,” says Donehey.
 
“We try to meet with people after all of our shows; it’s important to us to connect,” he says of interfacing with fans in the band’s seemingly endless autograph lines. “The reason we’re in this is to talk to people, engage with people and hopefully, disciple people.”