J U S T I N J O S L I N

Down to the River

 

I'm gonna go down to the river
Gonna dip my toes
And dip my soul in the water

I'm gonna go down to the river
Gonna dip my toes
And dip my soul in the water

I'm gonna go down to the river
Devil's got a gun
Got me on the run
Devil's got a gun
Got me on the run to the water

Oh my Lord... Save my soul
Devil's on a roll
Save my soul
Devil's gettin' close... my Lord

I gotta go down to the river
It's a race to erase all my mistakes
It's a race to erase all my evil ways
In the water

Oh my Lord... Save my soul
Devil's on a roll
Save my soul
Devil's gettin' close... my Lord

Gonna dip my toes...
Gonna dip my soul...
Gonna dip my toes...
Gonna dip my soul...
In the water

Shine a Light

 

It's been a while since I've seen the rain fall
It's been a while since I've been home
Lord I know it's been a few years now
Since the last time that we spoke

Been singin' songs into the night sky
Been singin' songs to rooms filled with smoke
But every night you've been on my mind
And hidden inside every song I wrote

I'm bound to find my way
One of these days
I'm bound to find my way
But just incase...
Shine a light in the night for me

All at once the skies grew mad
All at once thunder rolled in
I've never seen lightning strike so bright
Or felt rain that cold upon my skin

My life got tossed from side to side
But I found an anchor for my soul
Never felt so free in all my life
Through the storm and the pain
I've got this hope

I'm bound to find my way
One of these days
I'm bound to find my way
But just incase...
Shine a light in the night for me

When I'm drifting at sea
When I'm nowhere close to where I thought I'd be
You're the song of hope
Singing over me...

I'm bound to find my way
One of these days
Yeah one of these days
I'm bound to find my way

Ace of Spades

 

Spent most of my days
Building walls around this place
Holding close to what I know
Trying to keep my soul saved
Bought myself an alarm
Bought myself a gun
Boarded up my windows
Waged war against the sun

All I know is this prison's cold
I've spent too many days and nights alone
The world I see is closing in on me
Prayin' Lord have mercy on my soul

I'm never gonna find any peace of mind
If I'm always right
I'm never gonna see right in front of me
If I close my eyes
Love isn't played like the ace of spades
You're holding close to your chest
It's no give and take...
You just give it away and pray for the best...
I'll pray for the best I guess

I don't want to waste my life
Living in the shadows of the night
I gotta open up my windows
Open up my heart, turn on the lights

All I need is right in front of me
I've seen too much love to give up hope
I've been lost and found cause you tracked me down
Lord have mercy on my soul

You never know if love's gonna show
Or if love's gonna win
But I'll see your bid...
And I'll go all in...
Again, and again and again...

Love You Wrong

 

Keep tellin' me all your secrets
Keep tellin' me all your dreams
Baby I ain't got no money... but
I'll find a way to get you what you need

I know I married a queen
I know I ain't no king
But you believe in me...
Yeah you believe in me

I've got a pocket full of trouble
I've got a heart made of stone
I'm trying to do right by Jesus
I'm trying not to love you wrong

I've written you a hundred love songs
I'll write you a lifetime more
Still trying to find the right way to tell you
You're the only one my heart beats for

I know I married a queen
I know I ain't no king
But you believe in me...
Yeah you believe in me

I've got a pocket full of trouble
I've got a heart made of stone
I'm trying to do right by Jesus
I'm trying to learn right from wrong

I've got a pocket full of trouble
I've got a heart made of stone
I'm trying to do right by Jesus
I'm trying not to love you wrong

It's been a long time
Baby since the first time
It's been a long ride
Baby but we're still alive
I know I've got a long way to go
But I'll keep trying
Baby I'm gonna get it right

Third Child

 

My grandpa served the Lord's army
Traveled the world to speak and preach
My grandma gave up all her dreams
To stay at home and raise the family

My dad worked fingers to the bone
Building a church and saving souls
My mom beside him all the way
Teaching us kids to sing and pray

I was born youngest of three
To a family called to preach

Was never made to wanna stay
I was born to run away


I watched my brother hear the call
To serve the Lord, surrender all
I watched my sister break her back
Bending over picking up my slack

I watched my life's pages turn
Stories of love and lessons learned
I prayed to God I'd find my song
And the place where I belong

I was born youngest of three
To a family called to preach

Was never made to wanna stay
I was born to run away


20 years old I found my home
In a van with a band and the open road
And I swore I was a rolling stone
But the van broke down and the band broke up
And I spent some time just feeling stuck
And Lord knows my heart was cold
Til I met a girl with an anchored soul
She warmed my heart and she let me know
That I was never gonna be alone
She is the song that I'll always sing
And wherever I go she'll always be my home...

I was born chasing the sun
I'm coming home when it's coming up
Was never made to wanna stay
I was born to run away

I was born youngest of three
To a family called to preach
Was never made to wanna stay
I was born to run away

Right in Front of Me

 

She paints her nails 3 times a week
She leaves red lipstick on her drink
She talks about love and I believe...
Love is standing right in front of me

She's got eyes blue as the California sky
She's got a heart that'll make a grown man cry
She's got everything as far as I can see
And everything is right in front of me

Rain or Shine... Heaven or hell
Come high water, baby we could set sail
As long as I got you by my side
We got a fire, we got a light

Good or bad and everything between
I've been through hell and I've been washed clean
You talk about Heaven and you know I believe
Heaven's standing right in front of me

She steals the covers when she's cold
She asks me sweetly to lay close
She talks about her dreams and I believe
A dream is laying right in front of me

She's got a smile fine as you've ever seen
She's got a love that'll make a heart of stone bleed
She's got everything as far as I can see
Everything is right in front of me

Rain or Shine... Heaven or hell
Come high water, baby we could set sail
As long as I got you by my side
We got a fire, we got a light

Good or bad and everything between
I've been through hell and I've been washed clean
You talk about Heaven and you know I believe
Heaven's standing right in front of me

Baby don't you know... you got a hold of my soul
Baby don't you know... I ain't never gonna let you go...

Crazy Thing

 

I love this town… its all I’ve ever known
I’ve been halfway around the world
But there’s nothing like coming home

And I love this girl… my darling bride
She brought me out of this dark hell
And Lord I saw the light

I’ve been swinging for the stars
I’ve been running down a dream
I’ve been trying to figure out this life of mine …
But ain’t life a crazy thing

I don’t know why
There’s always been a war to fight
And I’ve seen my share of ghosts
At war with my mind

And I don’t know why
Some die before their time
And some walk out on love
And some waste away the light

I’ve been swinging for the stars
I’ve been running down a dream
I’ve been trying to figure out this life of mine …
But ain’t life a crazy thing

Heaven… heaven or hell
Living… just living or living well
What we’ll become… you never can tell…
But ain't life a crazy... crazy thing

Closer to You

 

Lord my soul is weary
It ain't up for a fight
Been damned by the darkness
Been runnin' from the light

All my best intentions
All my best tries
Left me nothing but tired
Left me on the wrong side of right

And I ain't got a fight
I ain't got a fight

Been building my own kingdom
Been making my own rules
Been a slave
I've been a citizen
I've been the king of fools

On a sandy foundations
I built these city walls
But that first storm came a ragin'
Now they ain't standing at all

And I ain't got a fight
I ain't got a fight

Oh my soul is stubborn I know
But you're drawing me closer to you
When I've given up control
That's when I'll know
You're drawing me closer to you

Lord I ain't got nothing
Nothing I can bring
My lifetime of excuses
Don't add up to anything

But you're setting your table
And you offer me a seat
We break your bread and drink your wine
And dine like family

Oh my soul is stubborn I know
But you're drawing me closer to you
When I've given up control
That's when I'll know
You're drawing me closer to you

Lord my soul is weary
It ain't up for a fight
Been damned by the darkness
Been washed in the light

A Million Steps

 

I've been thinking about leaving
Skippin' town
I've been thinking about catching a plane
And flyin' out
I've been thinking about driving
Til there's no roads

And I've been wondering
If you'd wanna go

I've been thinking about taking
A million steps
Away from all I've known
And all my regrets
I've been thinking about trying to find
A Life I've never known

And I've been wondering
If you'd wanna go

I don't know which way the wind will blow
I don't know what the future holds
But I'll be holding you
I'll be holding you
If you wanna go

I've been thinking about chasing
These dreams inside my head
I've been thinking I could change the world
If I could just get out of bed

I've been thinking about sailing
Into the great unknown
And I've been wondering
If you'd wanna go

I don't know which way the wind will blow
I don't know what the future holds
But I'll be holding you
I'll be holding you
If you wanna go

Trying to Borrow

 

I've gone and wasted too much time
And I still don't know what I'm supposed to do
Sometimes it's hard to figure out life
And mistakes, Lord knows I've made a few

But I'm trying to walk a straight line
I'm trying to walk the narrow road
I'm trying to find that ancient path
Trying to find some rest for a weary soul

I ain't trying to borrow
I ain't trying to borrow
I ain't trying to borrow
None of them worries or troubles of tomorrow

Lived through my midnight hour
Now I'm trying to take it day by day
I won't lie and say it's all blue skies
I take my joy with a side of pain

I ain't trying to borrow
I ain't trying to borrow
I ain't trying to borrow
None of them worries or troubles of tomorrow

There'll be days when you can't stop the rain
There'll be days when you're a little short on hope
But don't waste your nights
Baby don't waste your days
(trying to find the ways)
Worried about tomorrow

The River (Reprise)

 

Come on friends
Let's go together
Let's go down to the river and pray

If you're willing
The Lord is able
He wants to wash our sins away

Come on brothers and sisters
Come on down to the river
Come on bury your burdens in the water

I've been running
I've been reckless
I've been a fool I can't deny it

But I've grown weary
My soul is aching
Searching for peace but I can't find it

Come on brothers and sisters
Come on down to the river
Come on bury your burdens in the water

Come on weary and broken
Come on proud come on hopeless
Come on bury your troubles in the water

Some glad morning
When life is over
I'll fly away by and by

I pray I don't leave my love unspoken
I pray I live every ounce of life

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