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by van der Wel

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released August 2, 2014

Written, performed and produced by van der Wel (except When Peace Like a River, written for the most part by Horatio Spafford and Philip Bliss, and performed with Lydia Cole); produced and engineered by Luke Thompson; mixed by Mike Myers; and mastered by William Bowden. Photography by Rhys Albrecht.



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Track Name: Thorns
Thorns and brambles tear holes; long hair tangles and pulls. Body trembles, it's cold. Safe in my arms there's warmth. I'll hold you there, I'll hold. Wild beasts, they prowl, they growl; bared teeth, flared nostrils. In midst of darkest night, your protector, I'll fight. Be bold, my dear, be bold. Menacing men enclose, brandishing torches and clubs. Silent you faced the mob, my lion, my lamb, my love.
Track Name: Happy Man
I am an angry man. I am afraid of the rage, of the hate. I am a divided man. My mouth it breathes lies and deceits, kindness and peace. I am a lonely man. My family, come to me, they comfort me. I am an average man; for all my life, a few things right, nothing great. I am an angry and divided, lonely, average man. She is a patient woman; an honest, comfort, perfect woman. I am a happy man.
Track Name: British Columbia
The water is cold; it chills me to my bones. Still, through veins, blood flows. With eyes wide, with heart slow, I fall beneath the surface, swimming with the fish and serpents, of times gone. Long hair sways gracefully in the currents and the weeds; all is peaceful. White snow blankets the mountains, it's a sign of times a-coming, of times gone. We know the winter's coming, she is coming again, not too long. The fire destroys, consumes trees; how it grows. Wild winds feed; no rains fall. Eyes sting and lungs draw. The heavens all ablaze, man and beast flee from the flames; from their home. We know help is a-coming, but until then the inferno rages on. Grey smoke plumes in the sky; it's a sign of times a-coming, of times gone. We know the end is coming, He is coming again, not too long.
Track Name: When Peace like a River
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll. Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say: it is well, it is well with my soul. O death and disease did tear my dear boy from me. Four daughters 'neath waters did go. He gave, how he gave, now hath taken away; bless the name of the Lord, O my soul. And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, the clouds be rolled back as a scroll, our dead shall arise, and the Lord shall descend; even so - it is well with my soul.