JESSI McNEAL

LYRICS

PROMISED LAND ©2015 Jessi McNeal

I think that it's about leaving time/I'm not gonna change my mind/I'm shaking all the dust off my heart/I swept up all the broken glass/And all the things that do not last/These shadows cannot hold me down//So I run, run, run/I won't look back/I am bound, I am bound for the promised land//Well I couldn't take it anymore/So I ran out and I slammed the door/I don't know why it took me so long/I hold on tight, I won't let go of/One small strand of hope/It's just enough to get me on my way//So I run, run, run/I won't look back/I am bound, I am bound for the promised land/And I hear that song/It leads me on/I am bound, I am bound for the promised land//Words on a page so many years ago/A promise for today/A promise for my soul/Oh and here I go//I run, run, run/I won't look back/I am bound, I am bound for the promised land/And I hear that song/It leads me on/I am bound, I am bound for the promised land

 

WALK ME OUT ©2015 Jessi McNeal, Ryan McAllister

It's been a long, long night/I'm in a losing fight/With my own mind/Tried to stick to my guns/But the heartache won/Was just a matter of time//I put down roots in yesterday/Built a foundation on all my pain/Waiting on someone to take it all away/And walk me out, walk me out of yesterday//Too much time alone/And I'm digging up bones/Best left in the ground/Counting every bruise/I'm holding onto wounds/That should be long gone by now//I put down roots in yesterday/Built a foundation on all my pain/Waiting on someone to take it all away/And walk me out, walk me out of yesterday//It's a hopeless dance/Holding hands with the past/believing old lies/Such a waste of my time/So I take a new name/Lay stake to a claim/It's always been mine/I'm leaving yesterday, yesterday/I'm leaving yesterday behind

 

HOLDING YOU ©2015 Jessi McNeal, Ryan McAllister

The river bed is running dry/With all the tears you never cried/And the words stuck inside your throat/Are the ones that hurt the most/Grief is tucked into your sheets/It holds you captive while you sleep/And the memories haunt you at night/And the demons come and tell you lies/And then those demons come and tell you all of their lies//They say you don’t matter/No one cares, but I see your heart laid bare/You don’t matter/No one stays, but I never went away/You don’t matter/No one sees, but I hold you while you weep/I’m holding you, I’m holding you//The avalanche took you down/But you never even made a sound/And now you’re buried deep in plain sight/And you’ve lost all the will to fight/And then those demons come and tell you all of their lies//They say you don’t matter/No one cares, but I see your heart laid bare/You don’t matter/No one stays, but I never went away/You don’t matter/No one sees, but I hold you while you weep/I’m holding you, I’m holding you//

 

SPRING THAW ©2015 Jessi McNeal

The lake froze over and I could not find one reason to smile/But you offered me your shoulder and you sat with me while I cried/You said there’ll be better weather/We’ll just wait together/For the spring thaw//The snow fell all evening and I could not find a way to stay warm/But you kept that fire burning, you kept hope alive where I thought there was none/And I think your kind face/Looks like God’s sweet grace/Oh it’s a warm, it’s a warm place to wait//Oh it won’t be like this forever/It’s just the dark of our winter/But from under the snow a bloom will grown//Let’s go outside you said fresh air would do me some good/So we walked, you stayed by my side and I breathed it in, I took in all I could/And I think your kind face/Looks like God’s sweet grace/Oh it’s a warm, it’s a warm place to wait/For the spring thaw.

 

RUNAWAY HORSE ©2015 Jessi McNeal

Dark as night, eyes so wild/All this fight, all these trials/Here it comes now, your escape/Break on through that old gate//And run free  into the night/It’s now or never, it’s do or die/And the runaway horse, the runaway horse flies//Set a course for open plains/No more fences, no more reins/You’re a thoroughbred, you were made for speed/The wind on your face, well it’s all you need//So run free  into the night/It’s now or never, it’s do or die/The barn burns down in the moonligh/And the runaway horse, the runaway horse flies//Your feet are dust, your breath steam/Your mane is wind/Your eyes are a scream/There’s fire behind you, fields ahead/Life is comin’ to take down death//So run free  into the night/It’s now or never, it’s do or die/The barn burns down in the moonligh/And the runaway horse, the runaway horse flies

 

MINNESOTA ©2015 Jessi McNeal, David Sproul

Small town in the heart of the heartland/Too small for all of our plans/Oh, the world is waiting/We are headed for the west coast/We heard there’s work for young folks/Oh, it sounds fine to us//Minnesota, it’s time to go now /We’ve packed our dreams and we’re taking to the road/Someday, somehow/We’ll be back ‘round/Maybe when we’re older/But for now, it’s good-bye Minnesota//I-90 and a tank full of gas/We’ll see how long it lasts/Through Badlands and mountain passes/Train tracks and wire fences/Seem to hold this land together/And oh, they’re holding us to you//Minnesota, it’s time to go now /We’ve packed our dreams and we’re taking to the road/Someday, somehow/We’ll be back ‘round/Maybe when we’re older/But for now, it’s good-bye Minnesota//Well the years have passed/And we’ve made this place our home/But we still feel your/Winters in our bones/And you pull us homeward/And you always will/Oh, oh//Minnesota, it’s time to go now /We’ve packed our children and we’re taking to the road/It won’t be long now/Oh we’re coming back ‘round/Now that we’re older/Oh, now that we’re older/Oh, we can’t stay away from Minnesota

BEGGAR AT A FEAST ©2015 Jessi McNeal

I put in the hours, I write them on my card/They’ll turn into dollars, if I work hard/I put on my best dress, I stand up real tall/If someone’s impressed I won’t feel so small/But I’m tired and there’s so much I lack/I long for plenty, but I settle for scraps//I’m a beggar, a beggar at a feast/And I cannot believe what I see/A place with my name, unending grace/For the beggar, for the beggar at a feast//I try to find worth in all that I do/But the praises of man are fleeting and few/I feel like a mess, like I don’t measure up/‘Til I look into eyes that say, “You are enough”/And I fall down as these words hit my soul/All that’s empty, this love makes full//I’m a beggar, a beggar at a feast/And I cannot believe what I see/A place with my name, unending grace/For the beggar, for the beggar at a feast/For the beggar, for the beggar at a feast/I'm a beggar, I'm a beggar at a feast

 

STONE BY STONE ©2015 Jessi McNeal, Whitney Anable

Every day we see another reason/To think it’s all just a hopeless cause/But you refuse to ever stop believing

Well you know all, it is not lost//So you rise up, you dig deep/You say enough’s enough, you are rolling up your sleeves/And you lay it all on the line, you step up in the nick of time/And you’re building a kingdom stone by stone/Yes, you’re building a kingdom stone by stone//Well, we find hope in this thing that you’ve got going/And we want in, we want to do our part/We don’t have much but what we have we’re bringing/And we know God is gonna make it enough//So we rise up, we dig deep/We said enough’s enough, we are rolling up your sleeves/And we lay it all on the line, we step up in the nick of time/And we’re building a kingdom stone by stone/Yes, we’re building a kingdom stone by stone//Well you bring the bricks and I’ll bring the mortar/We’ll plant the seeds and they’ll pour the water/And God will make it grow/And together we will know/That we’re a building a kingdom stone by stone/Yes, we’re a building a kingdom stone by stone/We are building God’s kingdom/Stone by stone

 

EMBERS ©2015 Jessi McNeal

The sun hangs low in the sky/It’s an invitation to fireflies/They’re on their way, at the end of the day/The grass is up to our knees/We float on a golden sea/Of late summer, late summer evening//And the fire moves in rhythm/With the laughter of our children/If we blow on the embers/Can we make it last forever/We could try, I’m gonna try//Your hand settles on mine/And oh, I can feel the time/Slipping, slipping away/I count the moments like stars/And store them in a treasure jar/Of memories, oh so sweet//And the fire moves in rhythm/With the laughter of our children/If we blow on the embers/Can we make it last forever/We could try, I’m gonna try//Close your eyes and count to ten/They run and hide, they’re on the wind/With dreams as big as summer skies/And someday soon they’re gonna fly//And the fire moves in rhythm/With the laughter of our children/If we blow on the embers/Can we make it last forever/We could try, I’m gonna try

 

MORE THAN I NEED ©2015 Jessi McNeal, Ryan McAllister

I’m counting up my blessings/And my cup is overflowing/My heart is overwhelmed by/ All the goodness You have shown me/You’ve carried me through valleys/And you’ve set me on firm ground/I’m seated at Your table/And You pour out love profound//What You’ve given to me is more than I need/Oh Your love and goodness follow me/And I’ll spend all my days singing Your praise/Oh Your love and goodness follow me//I’m setting up a sign/To mark this season of blessing/So that when sorrows come/I’ll remember how You met me/You’ve healed the broken places/And I know You’d do it again/Shadows they are lifted/By a love that knows no end//What You’ve given to me is more than I need/Oh Your love and goodness follow me/And I’ll spend all my days singing Your praise/Oh Your love and goodness follow me//The Lord is my shepherd and I shall not want/The Lord is my shepherd and I shall not want//What You’ve given to me is more than I need/Oh Your love and goodness follow me/And I’ll spend all my days singing Your praise/Oh Your love and goodness follow me

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Jessi McNeal ©2019 Photos by Arlene Chambers Photography