This Pilgrim Way

by A Horse & His Boy

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released 15 October 2012

produced by Aaron Long

engineered by Michael Spooner and Aaron Long and Andrew Osenga
mixed by Evan Redwine
mastered by Andrew Osenga
hidden track engineered by Ozro Davis

the players:
Seth Harper - Vocals, acoustic guitar
Aaron Long - Bass, high-strung guitar, percussion, BGV, choral arrangements
Rob Kirkpatrick - Keys
Jeremy McCormick - Drums, percussion
Andrew Osenga - Electric guitar
Stacy Lantz - BGV
Jackie Graybill - BGV

cover artwork: “Icon of the Ladder of Divine Ascent” (St. Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai) - 12th century, Public Domain

layout and additional design by Seth Harper

all songs written by Seth Harper *

*except “Ghosts” - words and music by Seth Harper & Arthur Alligood © 2012 Harper Blood Music / Amiable Alleycat Music (ASCAP)
“When I Run” - words by Seth Harper, music by Seth Harper & Stacy Lantz © 2012 Harper Blood Music / Stacy Lantz
“The Everlasting Arms” - words by Anthony Showalter & Elisha Hoffman, music by Anthony Showalter, published 1887, Public Domain

hidden track - words by Seth Harper, music by Seth Harper & Stacy Lantz © 2012 Harper Blood Music / Stacy Lantz

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A Horse & His Boy Nashville, Tennessee

A Horse & His Boy sprang from the mind of Seth Harper (with some help from a few scrappy Narnians). In 2010 he released TRILOGY, an adventure story in miniature, to the acclaim of about half a dozen people. He nearly doubled his following in 2012 with his first full-length album, THIS PILGRIM WAY, a record that reached across time and space to examine the survival of the human heart. ... more

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Track Name: And the World Was an Ocean
One day I woke up and the world was an ocean
The sun ran in circles to keep me confused
My bed was my lifeboat, as I was its captain
My wits not about me, my spirit diffused

And I'm lost in the current
I am lost in the blue
I am lost without a compass
I am lost without You

I hollered in vain to the sharks and the seagulls
The water was biting me, and so was the sky
So I sat alone in between the horizons
Waiting to either be rescued or die

And I'm lost in the current
I am lost in the blue
I am lost without a compass
I am lost without You

So call me a sailor, call me an orphan
Call me a hero, call me a fool
Call me a sailor, call me an orphan
Call me a hero, call me a fool

I am lost in the current
I am lost in the blue
I am lost without a compass
I am lost without You
Track Name: Ghosts
The other night I saw you there
Trembling white upon the stairs
You made no sound, but still I heard
Your siren song, those bitter words

But I am not afraid
I am not afraid
I am not afraid of ghosts

I walk alone through crowded streets
And there you are in every stranger that I meet
You move in secret, just like the wind
A dogged foe I can’t escape or apprehend

But I am not afraid
I am not afraid
I am not afraid of ghosts

And I will speak your name no more
I am not who I was before
The time has come for me to look you in the eye

No, I am not afraid
I am not afraid
I am not afraid of ghosts
I am not afraid
I am not afraid
I am not afraid of you
Track Name: I Was a Soldier
I was a soldier when I was a child
First I was foolish, then I was wise
Oh, for the sorrows I have seen with these eyes
They flow like bloodstreams in the river so mild

I have seen metal pierce skin and bone
I have seen corpses withered and cold
Some were still infants, some weathered and old
And though I am wounded, I am not alone

I have seen fire, and I have seen flood
I have seen evil, and I have seen good
Both sides have suffered on the field where I stood
I crawled from the fallout and rolled in the blood

I was a soldier when I was a child
Some foes were human, and some were divine
But I am my Lover’s, and my Lover is mine
I find my solace with the One who is wild
Track Name: Into Bone
In this dry and dusty valley
Here I am, here I am
Beaten bloody by the evils of the earth
There is poison in my lungs
So let it burn, let it burn
Let this valley be a fire of rebirth

Turn my words into bone
Turn my bone into flesh
Turn my flesh into spirit

On the bare back of Desire
There You are, there You are
Riding in to bring redemption and decay
Just as every spirit rises
From the ashes, from the dust
For the new to live, the old must pass away

Turn my words into bone
Turn my bone into flesh
Turn my flesh into spirit
Turn my spirit into flame
Turn my flame into light
Turn my light into breath
Turn my breath into words once again

You poured the salt of the earth on my tongue
You made me thirst for the water of life
You poured the salt of the earth on my tongue
You made me thirst for the water of life

In this dry and dusty valley
Here I am, here I am
The sun is making smoke upon my face

Turn my words into bone
Turn my bone into flesh
Turn my flesh into spirit
Turn my spirit into flame
Turn my flame into light
Turn my light into breath
Turn my breath into words once again
Turn my words
Turn my words
Turn my words into bone once again
Track Name: White Horse Rider
You are a white horse rider
You’re a lone gunfighter
A lover of my soul
I am a shade of darkness
I can be so heartless
And I have left you cold

The truth, it is somewhere between us
But neither one of us has seen it yet
A touch of grace what we need
For both of us are equal in this debt
White horse rider
White horse rider

You are a good ship sailing
You’re a breath unfailing
A man of grit and steel
I am a sunken treasure
A man of lesser measure
At least that’s how I feel

I know that if our love was better
A flag of truce could fly and let us rest
If we could open up our hearts
And listen to the One who loves us best
White horse rider
White horse rider

Some of you is here inside of me
The rest of you was lost like scattered seed
Before we finally set each other free
There’s something I should say

You are a white horse rider
The light in me burns brighter
Because I am your son
Track Name: When I Run
The aching has begun
I cannot lie here waiting any longer
I rise to meet the sun
My tender footing slowly growing stronger
For now the time has come

And when I run, I feel Your pleasure
Your wings fixed upon my back
When I run I know why You have made me
My foolish heart can come alive at last

The road ahead is clear
And guarded by an awful host of angels
So drive away my fears
And break these rusted chains around my ankles
Your promise fills my ears

And when I run, I feel Your pleasure
Your wings fixed upon my back
When I run I know why You have made me
My foolish heart can come alive at last

My heart is racing as I go chasing
The sweet echo of Your voice
Into the valley where Your fingers touched the earth
Your open arms, they bid me welcome
It is useless to resist Your beckon call
And the love which loved me first
I am lifted by the love which loved me first

And when I run, I feel Your pleasure
Your wings fixed upon my back
When I run I know why You have made me
My foolish heart can come alive at last
When I run I know why You have made me
My foolish heart can come alive at last
Track Name: Glory, Hallelujah
We were standing in a circle
Drinking deeply from the cup
We were calling to the chariot
“Swing low and sweep us up!”
We put ashes on our foreheads
Then we held our hands up high
And our hearts were quiet drums of jubilation
For together we had formed a holy nation
We received a great commission
From the Master of the sky
And we went on singing glory, hallelujah
Everyone was singing glory, hallelujah

Then we came down from the mesa
And the daily work began
We put yokes upon on shoulders
While we tilled the desert sand
And even though the Master told us
That the rain was coming soon
Still we doubted, and we grumbled, and we groaned
And decided we were better left alone
So we ran into the wasteland
Howling curses at the moon
And the rare but empty glory, hallelujah
Yeah we still would holler glory, hallelujah

We were marching in a circle
Sinking deep into ourselves
We had left our drums behind
To gather rust upon their shelves
And our eyes were milky white
We couldn’t see a blessed thing
We were leading one another through the madness
Nearly crippled by the burden of our sadness
Every voice had fallen silent
Too resentful now to sing
We had given up on glory, hallelujah
Never more to utter glory, hallelujah

Every temple stood abandoned
As the shadows pointed east
And they offered sanctuary
To the savage bird and beast
The rain became as gentle tears
And the smell of dust was strong
When the Firstborn of creation drew a breath
He looked around, and all He saw was death…
From the silence rose a laugh
Then a shout, then a song
From the silence rose a laugh
Then a shout, then a song
From the silence rose a laugh
Then a shout, then a song
Of a long-forgotten glory, hallelujah
All the earth rang out with glory, hallelujah
And the air was filled with glory, hallelujah
Every stone was singing glory, hallelujah
Track Name: {untitled}
Here lies the whole of creation
All a flicker like a candle’s dying flame
As the Maker casts His eyes
Across His beautiful mess
We come crawling from the caverns
Where our souls have been at rest
Setting loose a desperate cry in Jesus’ name
And we cry

God, damn the darkness in between us
God, damn the devil and his clan
God, damn the ones who seek destruction
But God, save as many as You can
Oh my God, save as many as You can

Here comes the author of creation
Trampling over those who lead us into sin
When the universe began
He separated dark from light
And for a time He gave us over
To the armies of the night
But now He comes to separate them once again
And we cry

God, damn the darkness in between us
God, damn the devil and his clan
God, damn the ones who seek destruction
But God, save as many as You can
Oh my God, save as many as You can

First we'll cower in the glow of His perfection
Then we'll marvel at the mercy of His hands
We'll cower in the glow of His perfection
Then we'll marvel at the mercy of His hands
Crying

God, damn the darkness in between us
God, damn the devil and his clan
God, damn the ones who seek destruction
But God, save as many as You can
Oh my God, save as many as You can
Track Name: The Everlasting Arms
What a fellowship, what a joy divine
Leaning on the everlasting arms
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine
Leaning on the everlasting arms

O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way
Leaning on the everlasting arms
O how bright the path grows from day to day
Leaning on the everlasting arms

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms

What have I to dread, what have I to fear
Leaning on the everlasting arms
I have blessed peace when the Lord is near
Leaning on the everlasting arms

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms