Snapshots of the Shattered Soul

by Marc Andre

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released October 1, 2011

Produced by Marc Andre & Dave Bechtel for 10x12 Productions

Mixed by Todd Robbins (www.toddro.com)
Mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters, Memphis, TN

All lyrics & music written by Marc Andre
Drums, bass & rhythm electric guitar recorded at Dark Horse Recording, Nashville, TN
Tracking engineer: Dave Bechtel / Studio Assistant: Mike Carr
Electric guitar leads & textures recorded at The House of Payne, Franklin, TN
Strings recorded at Little Big Sound, Nashville, TN / Engineer: Bobby Shin
Vocals, keyboards, percussion & acoustic guitar recorded at 10x12 Productions, Columbus, OH

Vocals, piano, keyboards, programming & percussion: Marc Andre
Drums: Miles McPherson
Bass: Joeie Canaday
Rhythm electric guitar & acoustic guitar: Matt Meyer
Electric guitar leads & textures: Mike Payne
Organ on More Than Broken & Wherever Love Would Go: Rich Barrett
English horn on Worshipping You: Karen Pfeifer

Strings (Shadows & Sunlight, Hanging in the Balance, Missing, Canyon’s Edge & Portrait of Me):
1st violin: David Davidson, 2nd violin: David Angell, viola: Monisa Angell, cello: John Catchings
Strings on Surfacing: violin & viola: David Davidson, cello: John Catchings
Cello on A World Without: John Catchings

String arrangements by Rich Barrett: Shadows & Sunlight, Hanging in the Balance, Missing
String arrangements by Robert Nugent: Canyon’s Edge, A World Without, Portrait of Me

Additional BGVs on Hanging in the Balance: Matt Stepp
Additional BGVs on Worshipping You: Matt Stepp & Crystal Gegner

Claps on Today: Marc & Crystal

Photography & art design: Jeremy Slagle

This album was written and recorded between August 2009 and September 2011

For lyrics and more info, visit www.marcandremusic.com

To hear samples of Marc’s production work for tv/film, visit www.10x12productions.com

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Track Name: Surfacing
I feel your waters rushing in/Perceptions wash against my skin/You drag me down until I cannot see/Replaying words of what went wrong/These ghosts of foolish failures gone/And reasons for the man I cannot be/Like a figure under glass/Fighting for his final gasp/I’ve had enough, I see light above/I’m leaving the lies of this abyss/Your waters so cold, they swallow my soul/I’m drowning in seas that don’t exist/I’m surfacing, surfacing/You cloud my thoughts with subtlety/And misconstrue reality/The more I hear, the more it feels like me/You wrap your claws around my heart/And slowly pick my hope apart/You keep me from the air that sets me free/With a spray of shattered blue/My lungs renewed with truth/Repeat Chorus/I’m so sick of trying to save myself/Dear God, I’m desperate for Your help/These lonely blackened depths will leave me dead/There’s no safe place inside I can turn/Please give me guidance to discern/Your voice from all this fiction In my head, my head/Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Shadows & Sunlight
This is your silhouette/Your midnight cigarette/Dark roads and cheapened magazines/This is your comfort vice/Whispers of skin’s entice/These are your life’s deleted scenes/The fog is hanging low/No one will ever know/What will it take to make you see this thing is killing you?/What will you give before the fire steals it all from you?/You drink to chance, you chase the night, you hide your sin/Until the morning, and the sun rises again/This is your flawed regret/Your convenient disconnect/Candle calls and unaltered reprises/These are your second tries/Your self-help alibis/But you’re still in love with your disease/Back to the mud you go/And what you reap, you’ll sow/Repeat Chorus/And the shadows, and the shadows get closer, get closer/And the shadows, and the shadows get closer to the sunlight, the sunlight/And the shadows, and the shadows get closer, get closer/And the shadows, and the shadows get closer to the sunlight, the sunlight/The fog is hanging low/Which way will you go?/Repeat Chorus
Track Name: More Than Broken
She spends her mornings /Dodging glances from the mirror/Wondering what happened/To the man who wiped her tears/He said he loved her/Now his words cut to the core/She’s nothing more to him than the lies he’d left before/Inside she’s crumbling/And it’s everything she’s done/What am I worth?/What do I matter in this tale of tattered dreams?/I’m just a voice lost in the wreckage/Losing reasons to believe/I keep fighting to belong/But I’m barely hanging on/A Sunday smile shrouds the war/’Cause I’m dying to be more than broken/He spends his evenings/Pretending not to care/Head beneath the pillow/There’s an argument downstairs/He was never good enough/Was he really their mistake?/The things that made him different now/Were the things he’d grown to hate/He’s tired of trying/They’ll regret the mess they’ve made/What am I worth?/What do I matter in this tale of tattered dreams?/I’m just a voice lost in the wreckage/Losing reasons to believe/I keep fighting to belong/But I’m barely hanging on/A wounded smile cloaks the war/’Cause I’m dying to be more than broken/Maybe there’s love that won’t let go/Maybe there’s One who heals the soul/A constant friend along uncertain roads/Maybe He meets us where we are/Making beautiful these scars/He hears the cries of our forsaken hearts/What are you worth?/What do you matter in this tale of tattered dreams?/Are you just a voice lost in the wreckage/Losing reasons to believe?/When you’re fighting to belong/And it feels all love is gone/There’s a God who knows your war/And He lives to make you more than broken/More than broken
Track Name: Hanging in the Balance
It’s in days like these/Our fortresses are candid/How breakable, how fragile and exposed/There’s so much we love/And so much we‘ve abandoned/On a stage not ours, in a play we never wrote/And when the answers /That we cling to are a blur/And when the pillars/That we trust in are unsure/You are The Lord, the First and Last/God of the Ages, Unsurpassed/Who are we here that You should care/We fade away like grass/You are above all time and space/You hold the galaxies in place/You know the hairs upon my head/Each breath is by Your grace/I am hanging in the balance of Your hands/I am hanging in the balance of Your hands/It’s in days like these/Our purpose is awakened/And we’re forced to face the place our treasure lies/As the earth below/Our mortal feet is shaken/The hope of glory wells within our eyes/As their kingdoms fail/A greater Kingdom stands/As their hope is lost/We’re sheltered in Your hands/Repeat Chorus/And as the world as we know it starts to crumble/As its flags begin to burn/We will raise our eyes in worship and in wonder/For Your Love is ever firm/I am hanging in the balance of Your hands/I am hanging in the balance of Your hands/Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Keeping Time
Quarter past five and he’s forcing a break/He’ll say it’s nothing ‘bout the figures he makes/I wonder what’s the reason, this weary cycle he’s in/Some insecurity that he can’t shake/His greatest fear is awaking to flames/Knowing that there’s nothing left to his name/All the days he’s slaving, for a life he’s hating/Trying to reconcile the emptiness and the pain/Like the sands of an hourglass shifting away/Like the hands of a clock spinning out on the day/He’s obsessed with a speck on eternity’s line/’Cause all he knows is keeping time/Twenty third birthday, always trapped in herself/Beauty for the cover of a prisoner cell/Another glide of make-up/Her heart a chronic break-up/If only she could see beyond the magazine shelf/Like the sands of an hourglass shifting away/Like the hands of a clock spinning out on the day/She’s obsessed with a speck on eternity’s line/’Cause all she knows is keeping time/This world and its lies, just leaves us wanting more/We’re born and we die, what are we dying for?/These treasures that we clutch/They all just turn to dust/Would we gain it all if we lost it all for love?/Like the sands of an hourglass shifting away/Like the hands of a clock spinning out on the day/We’re obsessed with a speck on eternity’s line/When all we know is keeping time/Like the sands of an hourglass shifting away/Like the hands of a clock spinning out on the day/We’re obsessed with a speck on eternity’s line/The more we grab, the more we’ll find/We’re losing time keeping time/Losing time, keeping time
Track Name: Missing
Don’t know the day you disappeared/Let me just say it’s not the same without you here/All it could be, it never will be/As long as you hold the world at bay/Wish I knew why you run away/And I wonder what went wrong/All the years that you’ve been gone/I’ve been searching for so long/Still you’re missing/My spirit’s in despair/Are these feelings ones we share?/Could it be that you don’t care/That you’re missing?/You’re still missing/I’ve done all I can to make this right/Boards on the windows, you won’t let me near your life/They say we’ll stay close to what means the most/And sadly I feel from you so far/I can’t say I know just who you are/And I wonder what went wrong/All the years that you’ve been gone/I’ve been searching for so long/Still you’re missing/My spirit’s in despair/Are these feelings ones we share?/How I wish that you were here/Still you’re missing/Will it always be this way?/Will we hang our hearts someday?/Sorry that we hadn’t held the moments/Closer than we did?/Only God can crack the walls/And awake the wasted cause/How I pray He’ll give us reasons to begin/Can we leave the place we’ve been?/And I wonder what went wrong/All the years that you’ve been gone/We’ve been searching for so long/Still you’re missing/You’ve left us in despair/Are these feelings ones you share?/If you knew how much we cared/But you’re missing/All you’re missing/All you’re missing
Track Name: Canyon's Edge
I’ve heard it time and time again/More than I could count/And I’ve always seemed to find a road out/But somehow the signs make sense/As my heart is caving in/This night was not by accident/Feels like there’s a thousand voices /Screaming out to me/And I don’t know which to believe/You’ve led me here to the edge of a canyon/I’ve run so far, now there’s nowhere else to go/You whisper son just take my hand and/Let yourself fall from the rocks you used to know/But I’m afraid of what’s below/This canyon’s edge/So lost, I can’t find where to start/With all my best attempts/Have You seen the places that I’ve been?/But You’re reaching out Your arms/Saying, come just as you are/‘Cause nothing can keep us apart/Feels like there’s a single voice/Who’s silencing them all/Lord Jesus, catch me as I fall/You’ve led me here to the edge of a canyon/I’ve run so far, now there’s nowhere else to go/You whisper son just take my hand and/Let yourself fly from the rocks you used to know/But I’m afraid of what’s below/This canyon’s edge/I AM the Resurrection/The Way, The Truth, The Life/I AM the only Passage from here to the other side/No one comes to the Father/Except he trust my name/This cross I gave my life on/Is where you’ll find that yours begins/Yours begins/You’ve led me here to the edge of a canyon/I’ve run so far, now there’s nowhere else to go/You whisper son just hold my hand and/Let yourself fly from the rocks that blur below/This new world that you will know/This new world that you will know/Beyond this canyon’s edge/This canyon’s edge
Track Name: Bed of Strangers
This was not the world they pictured/ A flowered landscape now submerged in lifeless snow/Diamond dreams outgrew their glitter/And the love they’d lost is everything they’d know /Beneath a sky of scars/In sheets of bleeding hearts/This bed of strangers/A foot away, a trillion worlds apart/Had this house known a foundation?/Sinking floors of stubborn wills and setting suns/Vows replaced with words of venom/Never understood how two could become one, become one/Repeat Chorus/Is this all, is this all?/How we see is who we are/Repeat Chorus/A choice away, a trillion worlds apart
Track Name: A World Without
Hunger feasts on fields so poor/Chains of famine, and trails of war/Sunken stares of cruel disease/A widow’s cry, an orphan’s plea/Do we know how much they’re loved?/Break me for a world in need/The innocents whose spirits bleed/Let their burdens bring me to my knees/I’m closest to Your heart/When I’m reaching one of these/Sidewalks speak, graffiti’s park/Cardboard signs, and a shopping cart/The next door fight we’ve yet to meet/The strobe light blinds across the street/Do we know how much they’re loved?/Break me for a world in need/The wounded souls, the wandering sheep/May their burdens bring me to my knees/I’m closest to Your heart/When I’m reaching one of these/A world without Your peace/A world without Your hope/Blessed are the ones who go/Break me for a world in need/The innocents whose spirits bleed/Let their burdens bring me to my knees, my knees/Break me for a world in need/The wounded souls, the wandering sheep/May their burdens bring me to my knees/I’m closest to Your heart/When I’m reaching one of these/I’m closest to Your heart/When I’m reaching one of these
Track Name: Today
You thought you were strong/Blind sighted, you’re back in the clash that you left/You thought this was gone/But this morning it hit like a swing to your chest/And your heart is wearing thin/And you’re tempted to give in/You’ve gotta push on, stay strong/Don’t look back, just keep on running/He’s gonna show you the way/So lift your head up, get up/The prize ahead is worth the fighting/Just set your eyes on today/You’ve stood through the night/But even the bravest of saints, they grow tired/He’s felt what it’s like/And He knows how to rescue the drained from the fire/When help is what you need/The truth can set you free/Repeat Chorus/When the demons are raging/And you feel that spiral down/See that it’s in your weakness/That this perfect strength is found/Repeat Chorus x2/You’ve gotta hang on today/You’ve gotta hang on today/All you’ve got is today
Track Name: Worshipping You
Where can I flee, where can I flee/The God of everything?/How can I speak, how can I speak/In the presence of a King?/Just as a sheep, just as a sheep/From the fold has gone astray/How quickly I leave, how quickly I leave/The One who paid my way/What has my heart become?/What has my heart become?/Jesus, I’m broken, longing for You/I’m nothing, I’m lost, I’m dead without You/Falling upon my knees before You/Worshipping You, worshipping You/Jesus, I’m broken, longing for You/I’m nothing, I’m lost, I’m dead without You/Falling upon my knees before You/Worshipping You, worshipping You/How could You die, how could You die/For the world that wove those thorns?/To think it was my, to think it was my/Very sins that sunk that sword/Oh what a grace, oh what a grace/The blood that saved my soul/You hung in my place, You hung in my place/The greatest love a man could know/After everything You’ve done/After everything You’ve done/Repeat Chorus/You are the Light, God born as man/Slain for the world, the innocent Lamb/You are the Life, the timeless I Am/Holy enthroned and coming again/Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Portrait of Me
Here is my heart on canvas/These are the shades of my intent/Circles and lines so random/And sketches of what I should’ve been/I’d like to call myself a work of art/But our standards God are vastly far apart/If You drew a portrait of me/Would I find Your face in it?/If You caught a likeness of me/Would I be ashamed of it?/Am I becoming what You want to see?/Let me be your masterpiece!/This is the work of an artist/The passionate movement of Your hand/You carefully guide the brushstrokes/Capturing each nuance of Your plan/And all the drafts of me I wish to throw away/But You arrange the ugliness in a glorious display/Repeat Chorus/Hanging in your gallery/One piece upon the wall/If only to amaze the world /With the God who made it all/Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Wherever Love Would Go
It still feels like a miracle/How we came to meet/Your smile so bright and beautiful/Your eyes so warm and sweet/ A jewel among millions/You’re the pearl that I adore/I’ll treat you like treasure/You’re a gift from Heaven’s shore/Wherever life would lead us/I’ll stand beside you/Let nothing come between us/I’m fighting for you/Wherever love would go/I’ll go there too/A love so patient, pure, and strong/It does not seek its own/Refusing all accounts of wrong/May peace enfold our home/With every new chapter/Let our love grow deeper still/A string of three fibers/Two entwined within God’s will/Repeat Chorus/I pray we’ll never grow apart/As our Father leads the way/You will always have my heart/And in your arms is where I’ll stay/Repeat Chorus