Tree Of Life

by Alex Cook

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1.
Just Like We Will Can you imagine the place, can you imagine the time When we finally accept that the bottom line Was never in money, the green in the bowl But flows like water from the fountain of soul Then how we’ll run through the trees, my dears And how the hands will be free and clear Then how we’ll throw these shackles away And have enough for every day When the storm has done its raging and the winds have blown The animals of the earth slowly emerge from their homes Leaning towards the light like a wordless prayer Looking to the open sky and sniffing at the air And when the fear has blown away They don’t remember yesterday But walking free and breathing deep The terror’s gone, they play and leap Just like we will The fear is gone Just like we will The light of dawn Just like we will Love wins the day Just like we will Above the fray – hey, hey! When the creations of soul come out of their caves What a torrent of light will wash the earth in waves And what a wild wind song will rise up from our lungs What indelible languages will roll from our tongues And then we’ll sing like the birds that soar Like salty surf crashing on the shore Like baby leaves growing in the spring Like open eyes, that see the King Just like we will The fear is gone Just like we will The light of dawn Just like we will Love wins the day Just like we will Above the fray – hey, hey! © 2009 Alex Cook
2.
Notes That Money Can’t Buy I am the Lord’s song, He sings me He opens His mouth and I am free Every note, sweet liberty Trembling the sky to the bottom of the sea I am the Lord’s song, He sings me I am the Lord’s song, finely sung A bell of golden, shining in the sun Never old and never young With holy throat and holy tongue I am the Lord’s song, finely sung This melody that ends all strife This blessed song is a fountain of life It cuts through lies like the blade of a knife The notes they dance and the colors fly And beauty rolls across the sky Our Father is singin’ notes that money can’t buy We are the Lord’s song, played with might With joy and glee fly, like a leaping kite With booming sounds that crash above all height Like raining stars in immortal night We are the Lord’s song, played with might I am the Lord’s song, I don’t care what they say He sings the earth beneath my feet every single day He is the Soul, the blood, the shining way The melody of His mouth will not be taken away I am the Lord’s song, and I’m here to stay © 2009 Alex Cook
3.
Rest 02:30
Rest (Based on text from Matthew 11:28-30) Come and be free he said, take my yoke come and learn of me Let your hearts burn like coals And you will find rest unto your souls For my burden is light, like a bird lifting for a flight And I am looking up, like a waterfall my Father fills my cup And I am come just to make them whole If you will come unto me You will find rest unto your souls Rest unto your souls © 2009 Alex Cook
4.
The Only Voice There’s a million voices telling me All the things that I should be Crashing down like a stormy sea, oh It tells me “who do you think you are? Some kind of extra special star? You better play it safe, or you won’t get far” But I’m not listening to that voice I learned long ago The only voice that matters Is the voice of Soul Speak to me from your pure song The word, the rock, my King Other voices fall like leaves Soul is the real thing So I close my eyes and I listen free And I put my heart where my heart should be Oh my love, lead me And I’m reaching out with my desire’s hands Letting go as the thought expands Placing myself in the holy hands In the darkness appears a light A guiding star in the black of night A simple thought – the one that’s right The waters that flow in the deepest streams Reveal a voice that says just what it means A lamp that lights the way with its clear beams And I will follow where it leads Let its path unfold The only voice that matters Is the voice of Soul Speak to me from your pure song The word, the rock, my King Other voices fall like leaves Soul is the real thing © 2009 Alex Cook
5.
Oh My Soul 03:25
Oh My Soul Oh my Soul do you really, really want me to sing? When I open up my mouth and let it really soar It’s a little bit better than iron ore, it’s like gold I can sing a sky of silver ribbons any time you like A constellation of notes, a fleet of bobbing boats I can sing it sweet and baby, I can sing it oh so fine Like the glowing moon, I like to let it shine And if you’re lookin’ for a way to fix a heart that’s torn I’m gonna blow my horn Oh my Soul do you really, really want me to sing? I got a little voice, can you fit it in your purse I got a voice, I’m gonna sing a new universe, I got soul How you gonna hold a river in a little plastic cup? It keeps filling up, that little Dixie cup How you gonna keep me running in a little ratty race I got a better pace, and did you happen to see the stars on my face And if you’re lookin’ for a way to be reborn You better blow your horn Oh my Soul do you really, really want us to sing? Oh my Soul does it reall,y really, really mean everything? Look up to the sky and like a star you’ll see us shining there Like a radiant sun, each and every one Making a parade like universal marching band Beauty on every hand, like the grains of sand And if you’re looking for a way to sing your song You can’t get it wrong, you got to sing along! © 2009 Alex Cook
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It’s Time To Go I will not cling to the earth because heaven is my home I will not fear for my life because I know I’m not alone I say goodbye, I’m letting go, these holy winds are blowin' I will not cling to the earth because heaven is my home It’s time to go / the whistle blows / we’re takin' off / and letting go I know there’s more, than what I see I know there’s freedom, where Love is leading me So I loosen up my fingers and I relax my grip Because I’m ready, to make the trip From sense to Soul, open my eyes I’ll spread my wings, and fearlessly fly Because the things of the world are a lie and a sham I’ve got my home, in the great I AM I will not cling to the earth, heaven is my home I will not fear for my life, I know I’m not alone I say goodbye, I’m letting go, these holy winds are blowin' I will not cling to the earth, heaven is my home It’s time to go / the whistle blows / we’re takin' off / and letting go There is a voice, that’s a-calling me on Like the sun, it brings the light of dawn Like a pillar of fire or a cloud in the day This little voice, is leading away From the pain, from confusion and doubt From the jail, this angel’s leading me out And now the key’s in the lock and its turning the door My mind is made, cling to the earth no more © 2009 Alex Cook
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Jump In The River You know the rain that falls, it makes the grasses grow, Pouring down the hills into the valley below All along the banks the people sing and shout 'Cause where the water goes nobody goes without God is a river and the waters roll From bank to bank making the broken whole With all of his creation singing freedom and soul His river flows, His river flows The sound of His waves can make a numb heart feel Tender as a kiss and strong as steel Mountains melt and cry out loud Lifting up the meek and humbling the proud He is vast and deep like the churning sea Causing the deaf to hear and the blind to see Carrying on his wings all eternity His river flows, His river flows Jump in the river uh huh His love flows right Jump in the river uh huh He’s almighty Alrighty Never uptight He’s the Father of Lights © 2009 Alex Cook
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Climb The Ladder I know about a little voice that comes Talking in the quiet places Saying things I never expect Saying things that resurrect In the wilderness it comes Saying climb the ladder, baby, climb the ladder Climb the ladder, baby, climb the ladder Climb the ladder, baby, climb the ladder © 2009 Alex Cook
9.
Yes 02:57
Yes I won’t be stuck in my ways spending my days Doing every little thing the way I always done it done it before 'Cause when that voice appears I got the ears to hear I got the hands to do, and the soul to say yes for sure Because soul is like a song that you sing You can't put it in your pocket but it’s still the real thing Leading where we’ve never been before Open the door You know what I’m gonna do when that little bitty voice Comes walkin', talkin' up in my ear? I ain’t gonna mess around, look it up and down See if it’s sayin’ every little thing that I wanna hear You know what I’m gonna do when that voice comes Singin' low, sayin' time to go, well, I won’t ask it when or why or who I’ll just say Yup, yep, yes, you bet, you got it, oui, Alright, check, right on, ok, si, Very well, yeah, why not, no problem, sure, Absolutely, thumbs up, amen, yes sir, Just so, gladly, fine, indubitably, Alrighty, roger, right, correct, by all means, mais oui, Well and good, truly, true, quite, of course, indeed, Fair enough, yes ma’am, affirmative, agreed, I say yes yes yes yes yes © 2009 Alex Cook
10.
Lead 04:34
Lead My life belongs to the great pure Soul Singing His song so beautiful Like a sky of kindness, His gentle grace Like a sun of love, His shining face There is nothing more than His embrace, oh love So lead, lead where you would go In paths apart where you would show Opening doors in the wilderness so that I can know Your love The promise of a life that cannot die Comes from the lips of He who cannot lie So I listen deep with my holy ear Moving step by step as the steps appear Like a starry night His voice is so clear, oh love So lead, lead where you would go In paths apart where you would show Opening doors in the wilderness so that I can know Your love Everything falls, Except what’s been washed in your light I got no interest at all In the teeth of a cruel and lampless night And as I watch these paths reveal, before my eyes, what once was concealed Like the first brave star I go, with only God my way to show © 2009 Alex Cook
11.
Veil 02:24
Veil The Love that lies behind the veil has spoken To my heart once again, and I believe When it first spoke, I knew it was my King Calling me, calling me He spoke in a language I could hear He whispered a song into my ear My beautiful faith is cast beyond the wall My life for the one who speaks the truth His golden robe makes all else pale All my hopes lie beyond the veil He spoke in a language I could hear He whispered a song into my ear © 2009 Alex Cook
12.
Tree Of Life 03:35
Tree of Life (Based on text from Revelation 22:2) The tree grows high over tall skyscrapers But you’ll never read about it in the newspapers Its limbs reach wide over all creation Its fluttering leaves are for the healing of the nations They glow real bright with the unearthly light Of everything pure and everything right They just float upon the breeze like a holy kite Shining in the sky where there is no night So shine, oh shine, I’m gonna climb Way up in His highest limbs We get to dance, on every branch When we lift our soul to Him Oh my, it never dies, God’s light can never dim I’m glad you’re around, to hear that sound The holy tree is singing hymns From the highest twig down to the lowest root The tree of life is bearing beautiful fruit It’s God’s great delight, I know there ain’t no other reason The tree of life is never out of season Little or big, I don’t care what size Ain’t no way around it baby wisdom is wise All her paths are peace, more precious than gold Some come on to the Tree let it be peace unto your soul There is no axe so sharp There is no knife so broad There is no weapon formed That could stand up to to the tree of God Just watch it shine, oh shine… © 2009 Alex Cook
13.
Nothing To Hide The sky is wide, that’s what I feel inside I let it go, that weight of horrible pride And now I’m flyin’ up above it, cuz I gave up the sham Thank God, thank God, I’m who I am Dontcha know, dontcha know? You’re already perfectly clad Like a precious stone, there's nothing to add And you go walking past the hawkers tryin’ to sell you a line But you don’t need nothin’ you already shine And the sky it churns with promise when your life is honest Everybody say amen It’s the end of all the hurtin’ when you drop your heavy burden I don’t care how bad you’ve been The world is full of lies, but I’m gonna be slick as a fish I slip through their fingers, free as you wish Because I know just who I am, and I’m not playin’ a part My every day is from the heart There ain’t no cloud, hangin' over my head I got nothing to hide and I got nothing to dread And now I’m flyin’ up above it, cuz I gave up the sham Thank God, thank God, I’m who I am And the sky it churns with promise when your life is honest Everybody say amen It’s the end of all the hurtin’ when you drop your heavy burden I don’t care how bad you’ve been And now I’m tellin’ the truth and I’m speakin’ the truth, and I’m livin’ the truth and I’m believing the truth, and I got nothin’ to hide, nothin’ to hide…. © 2009 Alex Cook
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You Can’t Take My Life Away You can’t take my life away You can’t take it away You may as well try and punch the sun Or grab the wind with your grubby little hand, but you’re getting none You can tell your lies like the barrel of a gun But you got no bullets in the chamber to shoot so I ain’t gonna run You can try to kick the chair out from under my feet I know you’re thinking when I fall with the noose around my neck it’ll be my defeat But to your surprise I wasn’t there in the chair at all I was havin’ a ball, never takin’ a fall, never missin’ a beat (I had someone to meet) And I now I know no matter how you scream and yell I’m like Johnny B. Goode I can send you away just like ringin’ a bell (ding ding) And now your great big voice is so tiny and small Now wait a little bitty minute, it’s not there at all You can’t take my life away You can’t take it away I’m ready to run, so unopposed Cuz the river flows and I can see the light like a cock that crows I’m ready to fly, in the wind that blows I found the fountain of youth, the more I see the truth the more my confidence grows And here comes the dawn with its radiant rays Like the flight of a bird or God’s indelible word you can’t take it away And as the light fills the sky with a holy blaze I can see there’s nothing in the world that could really every make me afraid And now I live like wave of the churning sea You can try to bring me down, make me drown, But I’m only ever gonna be free And now I live, like a distant star So far above what you could ever be, as if you really are I’m not afraid of you no more I’m not afraid of you at all I’m not afraid of you no more You used to seem so big and bad But you gave the best you had And when it all was said and done You couldn’t hurt anyone You tried with all of your might To start a horrible fight But you didn’t have it in you to destroy the light Cuz it was shining in the darkness but you couldn't comprehend That God’s love lasts till the end © 2009 Alex Cook

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Alex Cook's first album, these 14 songs focus on spiritual listening and action in response to the Voice. Ranging from melodic folk to bouncy reggae and ska, this is a diverse and expressing exploration of God's goodness.

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released September 3, 2009

Alex Cook: Guitars and lead vocals
Justin Froese: Guitars, bass, keys, and percussion
Ian Case: Guitars, bass, and drums on tracks 2, 3, 4, 7 and 11
Heather Leilani Green: Backing vocals
Brad Colton: Drums and percussion
Paul Seaforth: Saxophone, trumpet, and trombone
Rick Helterbrand: Cello on "Veil"

Produced, recorded, and mixed by Justin Froese at Mr. Shadow Studios, Hollywood and San Diego, CA, 2009
Cover Art by Alex Cook
Design by Taryn McNichol

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Alex Cook is a singer, songwriter, inspirational speaker and public artist. He has created 6 albums of spiritual songs, given hundreds of concerts in the US and abroad, and created over 160 murals in 16 states and 4 countries. He is available to perform for your church or community group, paint an inspirational mural, and/or give a talk on spirituality and creativity. ... more

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