Flannelgraph Sessions LP

by Luke Brawner

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released July 12, 2011

Produced and Recorded by Luke Brawner
Mixed by Wes Martin, Dallas, TX
Mastered by Matt Odmark, Nashville, TN
Photography by Lacie Brawner
Design & Layout by Luke Brawner

PLAYERS:
Luke Brawner - lead & backing vocals, acoustic guitars, banjitar, piano, rhodes, handbells, percussion, synth, drum programming
Randy Fuller - backing vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, additional synth
Cameron Pessarra - piano, rhodes, wurlitzer, additional electric guitars
Andy Brannon - drums
John Hatfield - backing vocals, lap steel, electric guitar
David Davis - electric guitar
Andrew Seifert - bass on tracks 1-6
Ryan Owens - bass on tracks 7-12
Randy Holsapple - keys, additional synth
Wes Martin - additional synth, additional drum programming
Maddie Griffin - backing vocals on My Living Water
Alex Silhanek - backing vocals on Aching For Eden
Derek Webb - backing vocals on The Land Between

Backing Vocals on Farewell Discourse:
Moji Abiola, Michael Cooper, Preston Cox, Jason Harwell, John Hatfield, Marshall Hooper, Randy Fuller, Justin Tuley & Zane Williams

All songs written by Luke Brawner (© 2011 Hollow Phrases Publishing / ASCAP),
except for “My Living Water,” written by Luke Brawner, Maddie Griffin, Hannah Spagnoletti, Sarah Harter, Robby DeShazer, Ryan Roberts, Garrett Tagliablue, Sydney Oropeza, Kaela Arrington, Annalyse Janak, Danielle Schuler, and Shawn Welling
(© 2011 Hollow Phrases Publishing / ASCAP)

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Luke Brawner Houston, Texas

After 10 years of fronting TX-based folk-rock band, Poor Rich Folk, I spent most of 2010 & '11 writing & recording my first solo project, Flannelgraph Sessions. FGS is a series of 12 songs inspired & influenced by the idea that the Bible can only really be understood when studied in the context of real space & time. I hope you enjoy what you hear! For more, check out poorrichfolk.bandcamp.com. ... more

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Track Name: Farewell Discourse
VERSE:
In Your farewell discourse, I’ve found hope
That in Your Father’s house I’ll find a home

CHORUS:
I’ll be Your bride, oh yes
I’ll be Your bride, oh yes
I’ll be Your bride, oh yes
I’ll be Your bride, oh yes
Track Name: Make Love, Not War
VERSE 1:
This is the time of year
When I should not be here
But I have no one to fear
So I’ll stay

From up on my rooftop
I see something that I want
A beautiful debutante
Bring her to me

CHORUS:
I wanna make love, not war
I wanna make love, not war
I wanna make love
Not war

VERSE 2
Am I a king or not?
And what does that mean, if not
I can have everything I want
And maybe even more?

So if I want your wife
Then I’m gonna have your wife
Even if it costs your life
On the front lines of my war

CHORUS:
I wanna make love, not war
I wanna make love, not war
I wanna make love
Not war

VERSE 3:
Urijah, you had your chance
For one night of romance
But you were too self-righteous
For your own good

So how can I be to blame
In the city of my own name
Where people sing songs of my fame
For the “tens of thousands” I’ve killed?

CHORUS:
I wanna make love, not war
I wanna make love, not war
I wanna make love
Not war
Track Name: A Rock In A Wilderness
VERSE 1:
Can You take me by the hand?
Can You lead me down a road
Into the "promised land"
Where You swore that we would go?

CHORUS:
'Cause I'm growing weary of all the things that You've said.
You've promised milk and honey, but delivered dirty bread.
I wanna drink Your water, but from a well instead
Of a rock in a wilderness.

VERSE 2:
Won't You tell me what You know?
Won't You show me there's a plan?
'Cause I don't wanna follow
When I don't understand.

CHORUS:
And I'm growing weary of all the things that You've said.
You've promised milk and honey, but delivered dirty bread.
I wanna drink Your water, but from a well instead
Of a rock in a wilderness.

BRIDGE:
And I don't wanna follow You around
When all that You've shown me is fire and clouds
I just need a decent meal
And a god without a will
Who understands the way I feel
And ain't afraid to make deal.
A god with nothing to conceal
With gold or flesh or something real
That I can see and touch and kill.

CHORUS:
Well I'm growing weary of
All the things that I say
You promised You would feed me
And You've delivered everyday
So why would I drink water any other way?
So why would I drink water any other way?
So why would I drink water any other way
Than a rock in a wilderness?
Track Name: My Living Water
VERSE 1:
You give to me
Extravagantly
You meet my needs
So faithfully

PRE-CHORUS:
And I am overwhelmed
By Your grace
I am overwhelmed
By Your love
I am overwhelmed
In the face
Of Your glory, poured out for me
Of Your glory, poured out for me
Of Your glory, poured out for me

CHORUS:
Like living water
Like living water
Like living water
My living water

VERSE 2:
When I am dry
You satisfy
Spring of Life
Love's sacrifice

PRE-CHORUS:
And I am overwhelmed
By Your grace
I am overwhelmed
By Your love
I am overwhelmed
In the face
Of Your glory, poured out for me
Of Your glory, poured out for me
Of Your glory, poured out for me

CHORUS:
Like living water
Like living water
Like living water
My living water

BRIDGE:
When I am alone
You comfort me
When I am weary
You give me peace
When I am starving
You prepare a feast
When I am thirsty
You are

CHORUS:
My Living Water
My Living Water
My Living Water
My Living Water
Track Name: Count Me Out
VERSE 1:
Rome wasn't built in a day
But You say the world was made in under a week
When we're all dead and the will is read
You know the earth is gonna go to the meek

PRE-CHORUS:
You can count me out
Count me out
Count me out
Nobody takes from me

VERSE 2:
Well if a man slaps me across the face
You say to turn to him the other cheek as well
If he takes my coat, give him my shirt
When all I wanna give that man is Hell

PRE-CHORUS:
So You can count me out
Count me out
Count me out
Nobody takes from me

CHORUS 1:
Well I don't have to do what You do
Just to be a good man
But if You say that I do
Then I've got to tell You
I just don't understand

CHORUS 2:
Why You tell me
What You tell me
When everybody tells me
Something different

VERSE 3:
You say there's no greater love than this
A man who would lay down his life for a friend
But if we all choose death until nobody's left
Tell me what's the point of love in the end?

PRE-CHORUS:
So You can count me out
Count me out
Count me out
Nobody takes from me

CHORUS 1:
Well I don't have to do what You do
Just to be a good man
But if You say that I do
Then I've got to tell You
I just don't understand

CHORUS 2:
Why You tell me
What You tell me
When everybody tells me
Something different

Why You tell me
What You tell me
When everybody tells me
Something different

Ya something different
Something different
Everybody tells me something different

You tell me
What You tell me
But everybody tells me
Something different
Track Name: Stay With Me
VERSE 1:
Oh my love, your eyes like doves
Your skin so dark and so soft to touch.
Come to the door. Leave your robe on the floor,
And take my love and make it yours.

CHORUS 1:
Stay with me
My beloved, love me
And I'll make you feel lovely.
Stay with me.
Stay with me.

VERSE 2:
Oh my bride, why must you hide?
I long for you to let me inside your room
To lay you in bed, with my hand behind your head
To let your hair fall down
Like the finest of thread.

CHORUS 1:
Stay with me
My beloved, love me
And I'll make you feel lovely.
Stay with me.
Stay with me.

BRIDGE:
I wanna hear you speak.
I wanna watch you sleep.
I wanna feel you breathe.
I wanna hear you speak.
I wanna watch you sleep.
I wanna feel you breathe.
And I don't wanna leave.
I don't wanna leave.
I don't wanna leave.
I don't wanna leave.
I don't wanna leave.

CHORUS 2:
Lay with me.
My beloved, make love with me
And I'll make you feel lovely.
Lay with me.
Lay with me.
Track Name: Aching For Eden
VERSE 1:
The road is long from Babylon
To the place where I belong
And I can't get there on my own
As You already know

CHORUS:
I'm aching for Eden
The place where You made peace
I'm aching for Eden
The place where You placed me
And I can't believe that I ever walked away
From where You walked with me
All I can say is I'm aching for Eden

VERSE 2:
It's been so long since I've been home
And I feel so alone
These people just babble on all day long
But they don't speak my native tongue

CHORUS:
I'm aching for Eden
The place where You made peace
I'm aching for Eden
The place where You placed me
And I can't believe that I ever walked away
From where You walked with me
All I can say is I'm aching for Eden
Track Name: In The End
VERSE 1:
In the place where Herod placed his palace on the sea
I saw the cleanest water that I've ever seen
It was Caesarea blue, with hints of Roman green
And I sat and thought about how things might be
For a man in prison for a crime he did not commit
Up on charges that simply don't exist
As a favor to men that he used to trust
At the mercy of the crooked, in the hands of the unjust
If you want to know what it costs to help the poor
Offer all you have and it'll cost more
It'll cost more

VERSE 2:
In the Elah Valley, right out on the lawn
I saw the place where the battles lines were drawn
Where the Israelite army shook at the giant's taunts
They just stood there convinced that all hope was gone
Till along came Jesse's youngest son
Talking about how the battle was already won
He didn't take no armor, but he ran out brave
And he took that giant down to his grave
If you want to know how to kill a Philistine
Send a shepherd boy in the place of a king
With five stones and a sling

BRIDGE:
There is a way that seems right to me
But in the end, it only leads to death

VERSE 3:
On the Mount of Olives, at the outskirts of town
I sat in the garden where Jesus broke down
He was pressed to bloody sweat at the temptation to run
Till He prayed against His will, that the will of God be done
If you want to know what it means to love the world...
Track Name: In The Beginning
VERSE 1:
Before color
Before crime
Before beauty
Before time
Before water
Before wine
Before the sun or moon or stars could shine

CHORUS:
There was You and You alone
There was You and You alone
There was You and You alone
And You are Love

VERSE 2:
Before silence
Before noise
Before violence
Before joy
Before hunger
Before pain
Before self-sacrifice or selfish gain

VERSE 3:
Before sickness
Before space
Before sinful hearts
Before grace
Before sorrow
Before shame
Before the shallow charms of fame

CHORUS:
There was You and You alone
There was You and You alone
There was You and You alone
And You are Love

VERSE 4:
Before anger
Before hate
Before sinners
Before saints
Before morning
Before night
Before anyone was wrong or right

CHORUS:
There was You and You alone
There was You and You alone
There was You and You alone
And You are Love
Track Name: Keeper
VERSE 1:
Tell me why You won't accept the gifts I give.
You play favorites and call it "divine prerogative."

VERSE 2:
Tell me, when I just can't seem to make You smile,
Why You blame me and act like You are justified.

CHORUS:
Am I my brother's keeper?
Is he the garden I was made to tend?
I thought You wanted blood on Your table.
I can't be like him. I'm not Abel.

VERSE 3:
You knew sin was crouching like a demon at my door,
But You did nothing,
So what am I being punished for?

BRIDGE:
I can't help but wonder why
You want me to wander when I wish You'd let me die.
I'm determined to raise a town from this ground
You've taken from me.
I'll settle down again, You'll see.
I'll settle down again, You'll see.
Track Name: Hosea's Song
VERSE:
Your love for me is like mist in the morning
I take care of you, I meet every need
But you leave me wanting
Baby you, you give yourself away
To any man able to pay
But I love you more than what you're looking for
So lover please, return to me

BRIDGE:
One day you'll see
You'll come back to me
And call me your man
One day you'll see
You'll come back to me
And call me your husband
And all the names of your other loves
Will be erased, unspoken of
And all the names of your other loves
Will be erased, unspoken of
Forevermore, forevermore
Forevermore, forevermore
'Cause I love you still
I love you still
Leave me as you will
I love you still
Track Name: The Land Between (ft. Derek Webb)
VERSE:
You and me
We've got history
It ain't no mystery
No it's plain to see
Cause it's rubbed into
The dirt You used
To build these hills
Beneath my feet

PRE-CHORUS:
In the place where I now stand
Where the shade at my right hand
Came down in the flesh of a man
To this holy, sacred, promised land

CHORUS:
The land, the land
The land between the sea and the sunrise
The land, the land
From Beersheba to Dan
Has opened my eyes, made me realize
You had a plan in mind
So perfectly designed
The perfect place and time
To leave the heavens behind
And rescue me

BRIDGE:
In this dry and weary land
I get no rest
But Your living water can make a garden
Out of this wilderness

CHORUS:
The land, the land
The land between the sea and the sunrise
The land, the land
From Beersheba to Dan
Has opened my eyes, made me realize
You had a plan in mind
So perfectly designed
The perfect place and time
To leave the heavens behind
And rescue me