by Karen Koenig

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The creation of this album has involved many moments of shedding blood, sweat and tears dating back to almost seven years ago. The songs reflect the joys and struggles of a spiritual journey that I've been on for quite some time, a sojourn of taking a faith that was given to me from a long lineage of believers and making it my own. Some of the songs I could play in a bar. Others could be used for corporate or private worship. And I hope to do exactly that. I wanted this album to be enjoyable and thought provoking for anyone willing to listen, whether they agree with what I have to say or not. Thank you so much for your support and I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed making it!


released 01 January 2013

Karen Koenig - Vocals, Background Vocals, Piano

Joel Koenig - Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars

Jason Paul Scott - Bass, Cello

Travis Laws - Drums, Percussion

Timothy Nicholas & Jose Kropp - Violins

Hannah Geisinger - Viola

Jeremy L. Mix - Organs, Strings, Keys Arrangement & Production

Executive Producer: Jeremy L. Mix,
Produced & Engineered by Jeremy L. Mix @ Encore Studios, Inc.,
Violin & Viola Trio on "Stand Down" & "Psalm 103" Produced & Arranged by Joshua B. Spacht,
and Engineered by William Morris @ Spachtula Music Studios,
Mixed & Edited by Ryan J. Ruff of ruffmixstudio,
Mastered by Troy Glessner of Spectre Studio,
Cover Artwork by Molly Wingland; Graphic Design by Jeran Avery

All songs written by Karen Koenig, with appropriate credit to participating musicians.
(c) & (p) 2012 Karen Koenig Music, Licensed by SESAC. All rights reserved.



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Track Name: Little Civil Wars
Ready for the end of the decade
Usher in a time of Jubilee
Beauty rests where ashes stood
Along with the refuse of these thieves

I always thought that you were on my side
If So then I need a pair of brand new eyes

Oh Oh Oh In these little civil wars we wage both day and night
Oh Oh I'm waving this white flag, am I losing my faith as well as this fight?
Woh In these little civil wars the scars scream loud and clear
Yah and I cannot seem to hear your words of love in these little civil wars

Oh I mistook a lamb for a wolf and turned you into the enemy
All the time deceivers were plowing over my back and planting seeds

The battle lines have been blurred for too long
It's time for me to sing a brand new song
Track Name: Skin Deep
I can't lie I must confess I've been trying to take the wheel
Giving into second guessing, blame it on all the things I don't feel
I can't lie I must confess I don't to like to feel this small
But I'm desperate to pass the test so I'll be content to be two feet tall

Well its all for love
and its all for me
Not in the business of playing games, but to set me free

Down below skin deep is where you'll see me
Where I need the light
Ready to shed this skin I'm in that makes me put up such a fight

I can't lie I must confess the wider road seems mighty fine
A formulaic one, two, three
I'll package you up, baby nice and tight

Well its all for love
You do it all for me
Not in the business of comprimise but to set me free

It won't hurt but for a minute
It can't take me down if I let you kill it
Here's the chance here's the golden ticket
Opportunity knocks so please don't miss it
Track Name: Stand Down
Darlin' how I know you've tried to tell me in a million ways
But you don't have to speak a word
Just listen to what I have to say

If we're gonna make this good and never act like we've arrived
I'll be glad to be the first to lay down every single ounce of pride

Gonna Stand down, gonna see it through your eyes
Gonna show you real love, gonna win by losing this fight
I'm gonna stand down

In a world that seems to have no price
for making love look so cheap
The walls are stacked up ten feet high
For lovers just like you and me

Here begins to turn the tide
I lay my grudges down to die
And that's when we come back to life

I'm not giving up, I'm not giving in
I'm just giving love like I should have been
Right from the start to the very end
I'm standing, I'm standing down
Track Name: Common Grace
It is time, I know its time. You’ve outlived too many lovers your body it betrayed your mind
We have peace, that you’ll find rest, and we trust in bigger plans for what is best
And a common grace from an uncommon man, a legacy of love passed down with gentle hands
And like ripples on the water this legacy extends to more shorelines than we can comprehend, than I can comprehend

It is time, I know its time to reflect upon this most extraordinary quiet life
No diploma hanging on your wall but no man deserves to stand as tall with such wisdom as your guide
And a common grace from an uncommon man, a legacy of love passed down with gentle hands
And like ripples on the water that legacy extends to more shorelines than we can comprehend, than I can comprehend

Its in the roses Frances tended and how you tried so hard to mend her body.
Its in finding romance in a life long friend and coming back to life again
Its in slivers of pie and lobbing balls up to the sky
Donkey bites upon our knees and table tennis neath the trees
Father time on new years eve and that black dog at your feet
Its salt that’s in the sugar bowl and an eighth of glass of milk is all you need, all you need

It is time I know its time to contemplate the beauty and the mystery of this life
None can claim to know the ways and means of a good good God who can see everything. He sees everything.
Track Name: I Lay My Sins on Jesus
I lay my sins on Jesus, the spotless Lamb of God;
He bears them all, and frees us from the accursed load;
I bring my guilt to Jesus, to wash my crimson stains
White in His blood most precious, till not a stain remains.

I lay my wants on Jesus; all fullness dwells in Him;
He heals all my diseases, He doth my soul redeem:
I lay my griefs on Jesus, my burdens and my cares;
He from them all releases, He all my sorrows shares.

I rest my soul on Jesus, this weary soul of mine;
His right hand me embraces, I on His breast recline.
I love the Name of Jesus, Immanuel, Christ, the Lord;
Like fragrance on the breezes His Name abroad is poured.

I long to be like Jesus, strong, loving, lowly, mild;
I long to be like Jesus, the Father’s holy Child:
I long to be with Jesus, amid the heavenly throng,
To sing with saints His praises, to learn the angels’ song.
Track Name: Hidden
We who have been raised with Christ will seek the things above
As Christ is seated at His fathers side and intercedes for us
God set our minds, Abba set our hearts, Lord fix our eyes upon Our first Love
That Love that lifts the burden, that Love that tore the curtain for love of us

For we have been hidden for we have died
Our lives have been hidden with God in Christ
Free from the bondage of this earthly life
We rejoice for we are risen with Jesus Christ, We rejoice for we are hidden in Jesus Christ

Holy and Beloved we put to death the ways in which we walked
As God’s chosen every idol must broken with knowledge of the Son
With humble hearts and patient steps, truth that is spoken with every breath
We put on love above all other things love that binds in unity every man, woman and child
Track Name: Maker & King
My Maker and my King,
To Thee my all I owe;
Thy sovereign bounty is the spring
Whence all my blessings flow;

The creature of Your hand,
On You alone I live;
My God, Your benefits demand
More praise than I can give.

Lord, what can I give
When all is yours before?
Thy love demands a thankful heart;
My gift is so poor

O! let Thy grace inspire
My soul with strength divine;
Let every word each desire
And all my days be Thine.

More Praise than I can give
There is no gift I could give my make and king
Oh So infinite in your beauty and mercy
Yet your mindful of me
Track Name: Mysterious Ways
God moves in mysterious ways, mysterious ways
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea, steps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines, unfathomable mines,
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs, oh his bright designs
And works His sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
And He will make it plain.
Track Name: My Inheritance
You are my portion, my prize

A pleasant boundary line for my soul

Your waters spring from the deep, Infinite stores that make me whole

You are, You are...

My Inheritance, my great Reward

My Inheritance which I set my gaze towards

My Inheritance, all else pales in comparison

To You, To You, To You

My Inheritance

The Blessings that you bestow are only shadows of so much more

You are no means to end Your glory is all our hearts’ yearning for

Oh You are, Yes You Are!

Put to death in me the things I seek

Lesser lovers whispering their deceit

Put to death in me the things I seek so You may be...CHORUS
Track Name: Our Hearts One Desire
We are the saints who are marked who are chosen
By the love we’ve received in the Lord Jesus Christ
We count everything loss for this love has been proven
To surpass in all beauty, to preserve to provide

Oh to know Him in His power, to be like him in His death
Make this our Hearts one desire, that from Christ we draw our breath

Christ Jesus has made us his own through his suffering
So we strain to the goal of that most precious prize
Oh suffering and trial we claim them as mercies
That result in our resurrected lives

Oh to know Him in His power to be like him in his death
Make this our hearts one desire, that from Christ we draw our breath

Oh rejoice, yet again I will say rejoice for in Christ we have been found
We receive this righteousness through faith and obtain our heavenly crown
Track Name: Psalm 103 (full version)
Praise the Lord Oh My Soul Oh and All that is Within
Praise the Lord Oh My Soul and forget not all His benefits
He Forgives all my sins, and he heals my aching bones
He Redeemed the life I once owed from the pit,
Praise the Lord

Praise the Lord Oh My Soul, and all that is within
Praise the Lord oh My Soul, and forget not all his benefits
He has put a seal on our hearts till His Glory is Revealed

Praise the Lord who crowns us with His Love
Praise the Lord who satisfies your heart
For he is slow to anger, rich in grace and peace
Praise the Lord oh My Soul for He has set His captives free

Praise the Lord Oh My Soul, oh and All you Heavenly hosts
Praise the Lord Oh My soul and you who carry out his works
For as high as all the heavens reside above the earth
Tis the measure of His love for those he treasures and preserves
Praise the Lord

We are like grass, like flowers of the field
The Wind, oh it blows and we are gone
His character is such, He cannot turn away
For He knows the very ways that we are formed
Yes He knows the very ways that we are formed

Praise the Lord oh My Soul Oh and All He calls His own
Praise the Lord oh My Soul Bow before Him at His Throne
He remembers we are nothing, and yet beckons us come HOME