Kingdom Come

by Skellig

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about

It has been a long time coming but, here at last is Skellig's first Canadian Album. Some of the songs were written back in the UK, others since the move to lovely Ladysmith, BC. Grain of Sand is the song where it all started for us, Lisa brought this poem for me to make a tune out of way back in 1983. It has gone through various resurrected forms, with different line-ups over the years, to reach its present state. She only had to ask me out! It has been a privilege to work on the creative process with this most fantastic of line-ups. It is always hard work to write and record original music, but at the same time such rewarding enjoyment.

Thanks guys and special thanks to Will for all the time spent recording and engineering in our basements, not to mention his parents' walk-in closet. I was so glad to get out of that closet! Thanks also to all our family and friends for giving us the support and encouragement to keep on doing this, especially when things get tough.

We thank God for giving us the time and inspiration to write these songs for you and hope that they touch your heart and give you much enjoyment.

Blessings to you. Spread the joy ~ Chris and the gang

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released 01 March 2012

Recorded at the O'Shaughnessy/Burness residences.
Ladysmith, BC (Summer 2011)

Engineered by Will O'Shaughnessy
Mixed by Zak Cohen, Woodshop Studio, Duncan, BC (Autumn 2011)
Mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters, Memphis, TN. Packaged by PMG Vancouver
Website/Promotions managed by M. O'Shaughnessy
Album arwork/design by Lisa Burness
Original photos - C. and L. Burness
Graphics advisor - Marny Beaton

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Skellig Ladysmith, British Columbia

Alternative Celtic rock influenced by Irish Folk, world and rock music. Begun by Chris and Lisa Burness in the UK, producing two CDs, 'In Another Time' and 'Fragile'. A move to Canada's west coast in 2006 led to a new line up, including son Caleb, Mike & his son Will and guitarist Dylan Wickham. The EP, 'Skellig' was released in 2009. 'Kingdom Come' was recorded in 2011 and released in early 2012. ... more

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Track Name: Kingdom Come
Sadness falls like a wounded crow
To hit the ground lead-hard below
My place of birth a long way back
No one gets me and that’s a fact
Life is hid, I’m on the run

His voice cut through the howling storm
He said, "Son, your life has been reborn
I bought you with a heavy price
Now let me give you some sound advice
Surrender all and follow where I tread"

Woh! Standing there a man of rock
Woh! Blood is streaming, sin is bought
A big black coat and a loaded gun
Gonna stand this fight ‘til kingdom come

Who’s that whispering to my soul?
A still small voice wind-borne below
Why so loving me my dear?
What in me would keep you near?
You gotta gotta let me go

Where, oh where do you find a man like this?
My hero, Saviour, God-born champion and priest
The road is narrow, hard to bear
Rocks are scattered everywhere
But, walk this road barefoot I will to prove my love

I gotta get my head back in its place
I gotta wipe these tears right off my face
‘Cos the train that he’ll be riding on
Will leave this town, be come and gone
And I’ll be left out in the rain....if I’m not ready

Woh! Standing there a man of rock
Woh! Blood is streaming, sin is bought
A big black coat and a loaded gun
Gonna stand this fight ‘til kingdom come
I said a big black coat and a loaded gun
Gonna stand this fight ‘til kingdom come
Track Name: Crave
Hello! How can I help you today?
Latte to go and smiles are free
Designer drugs, designer jeans
Just keep them coming, this round’s on me

Sky-scraping prophets give me all their good news
Can’t take it with me, so I’ll have it all here
Sex, more drugs, more rock, more roll
Fishnet stockings selling premium beer

(Crave. What do you crave? Make me your slave all the way to the grave)
I’d leave this life I’m living for the green field I see there
I’d leave the pain of bonds that break, and give it all for needing’s sake
For just one piece of what I crave

The things I’ve chased have left me wanting
Senses swirl, intoxication
Detached within a fuddled dream
Brain cells die, what’s the fascination?

Well goodbye now! It’s been nice knowing you
What’s there to learn as I reach my journey’s end?
All I have gathered and attained
Is left behind me, please help yourself

(Crave. What do you crave? Make me your slave all the way to the grave)
I’d leave this life I’m living for the green field I see there
I’d leave the pain of bonds that break, and give it all for needing’s sake
I'd give it all for needing's sake
For just one piece of what I crave
Track Name: Radiate
Lord, let me shine bright as the sun
I want to feel your love so warm
Heat me from the inside-out until I’m burning
Yeah! Until I’m burning
Until I cannot hide it anymore

Radiate, radiate, radiate from deep within my soul
Radiate, radiate, radiate
Your awe and wonder sets my heart aglow

I need your light upon my skin
To breathe and feel alive again
Lift me from the shadows, higher than the mountains
Higher than the mountains
And fly me to a brighter hope beyond

Radiate, radiate, radiate from deep within my soul
Radiate, radiate, radiate
Your awe and wonder sets my heart aglow

I taste and see that you are good
I seek you and you answer me
You deliver me from all my fears and troubles
All my fears and troubles
I look to you and rid my face of shame

Radiate, radiate, radiate from deep within my soul
Radiate, radiate, radiate
Your awe and wonder sets my heart aglow
Track Name: Fragile
Fragile like, like the need for being heard
And fragile like, like the hurt caused by a word
And fragile, so fragile we are

Fragile like, like a child in the crossfire
And fragile like, like the truth is to a liar
And fragile, so fragile we are

Lord, you made yourself fragile in this hardened world
Lord, you made yourself
Oohoo!

Fragile like, like the autumn’s falling fears
And fragile like, like a lover’s flowing tears
And fragile, so fragile we are

Lord, you made yourself fragile in this hardened world
Lord, you made yourself
Oohoo!

Take hold of me, take care of me, yeah!

Fragile like, like the world’s dissolving pain
And fragile like, like a painting in the rain
And fragile, so fragile we are

Lord, you made yourself fragile in this hardened world
Lord, you made yourself
Oohoo!

Take hold of me, take care of me, yeah!
Track Name: Grain of Sand
To be the lonely sheep lost from the shepherd’s flock
To wander through a world of sin where greed and hatred mock
The shepherd will search on to claim me for his own
He draws me with a living love to bring me back to home

And if I lay upon a beach, a tiny grain of sand
I’d know that Jesus lives in me and I lie in his hand

He is the rock that stands with everlasting grace
That drowning men from stormy world may seek his steadfast face
I love him who loved men and gave himself for me
That I may feel his freedom and live eternally

And if I lay upon a beach, a tiny grain of sand
I’d know that Jesus lives in me and I lie in his hand

He is the rock that stands with everlasting grace
That drowning men from stormy world may seek his steadfast face
Track Name: Further On
All the sadness to erase
All the barriers to break
All the darkness to dispel
You are the power that I need

You call me, you call me further, further on
You call me, you call me further, further on
Follow me, follow me, follow me

All the changes to be made
All the reasons to be free
All the possibilities
You are the vision that I see

You call me, you call me further, further on
You call me, you call me further, further on
Follow me, follow me, follow me
Track Name: For a Friend
You said we were always and forever
You said we would never see this day
Now our love is broken into pieces
Was it love that we shared anyway?

Love is more than a feeling
Selfishness surrendered for a friend
Love is deeper than emotion
And love will give up everything
Because love is a commitment to the end

Our involvement lacks that special effort
Separate lives revolve round separate friends
Shouldn’t we be sharing common interests?
We can choose to love without pretense

Love is more than a feeling
Selfishness surrendered for a friend
Love is deeper than emotion
And love will give up everything
Because love is a commitment to the end
Track Name: Stuff
I got my house, I got my car
I got cookies in my cookie jar
I got a TV wide as Pakistan
A large fifth wheel and a big boy van
I got stuff I didn’t even know I needed
I got a freezer crammed with last year’s food
And clothes to set off any mood
And a lawn that constantly needs weeding

There’s a thought running through my head
Like the size of my oversized bed
Saying what the hell is all of this?
What’s the purpose? Where’s the groove?
What you trying to prove? What you trying to prove?

I got three dogs, I got three cats
I got a stand for all my crazy hats
There’s room on my drive for fifteen cars
A shelf to house my cuban cigars
I got a press, wash, dry, cut salad spinner
There’s a Blu-ray disc for each day of the week
A large hard drive with knobs to tweak
And lots of cream to stop my hair getting thinner

There’s a thought running through my head
Like the size of my oversized bed
Saying what the hell is all of this?
What’s the purpose? Where’s the groove?
What you trying to prove? What you trying to prove?

I’m out the front and looking in
The future’s looking pretty grim
I bought some land and logged the trees
Killed all the flowers, birds and bees
A concrete jungle’s really what I needed
I stuffed the wildlife, made it extinct
I fished the seas and turned them pink
It looks like I might have succeeded
Track Name: Believe
How I disappoint you when I fall and let you down
I have been so inconsistent
I am on my knees
You are the strength to help me stand against temptation
You make me want to be
You make me want to be a better man

I believe in second chances
I believe in the power to break free
I believe in new beginnings
I believe you can depend on me
I believe in transformation
You believe in me, believe in me

Take me as I am now
Reach for my imperfect hands
Point me in the right direction
A life surrendered
May I bring pleasure to your heart
A fragrant incense
A sweet smelling perfume to
A sweet smelling perfume to inhale

I believe in second chances
I believe in the power to break free
I believe in new beginnings
I believe you can depend on me
I believe in transformation
You believe in me, believe in me
Track Name: Sheltered
In the pulse of a heartbeat, in the air that I’m breathing
I can feel your presence close to me
In the warmth of a sunset, in the sweep of a valley
I sense the touch of eternity

My lifeblood, my maker
Source of identity
My wisdom, my purpose
You are my everything

On the peak of a mountain, on the wild of the ocean
I’m reminded of mortality

My comfort, my fortress
You bring security
My wisdom, my purpose
You are my everything

In the eye of the hurricane I find peace of mind
When storms are raging round about me
I am sheltered in your arms

In the heat of emotion, on the spur of the moment
You are ever watching over me
My patience, my reason, you are my sanity
My wisdom, my purpose, you are my everything

In the eye of the hurricane I find peace of mind
When storms are raging round about me
I am sheltered in your arms
Track Name: You'll Never Know
As I gaze across the sea, knowing you are part of me
My love is grieving
Want you to reach and hold my hand
Through this dark and desperate land
Of fear and unbelieving

And I know that it’s a long, long, hard and dusty road
To believe in me like it was easy

You’ll never know, you’ll never know
You’ll never know what you mean to me

There’s a burden in the truth, amongst the lies a hidden proof
A body bleeding
How can my love be secure and you still stand there so unsure
Deaf to my pleading?

And I see the life you choose to walk away alone
Turning back the light you see still shines for you

You’ll never know, you’ll never know
You’ll never know what you mean to me

I am the stillness in the storm and
you are made in heaven’s form
When will you see it?
And how much longer will it be before you see the God in me?
Reach deep to feel it

And I know that it’s a long, long, hard and dusty road
To believe in me like it was easy

You’ll never know, you’ll never know
You’ll never know what you mean to me
Track Name: You Quicken Me
Scarlet river running free, healing waters flow through me
Regenerating breath of God, into this clay the living Word
Holy Spirit, mystery, comforting invisibly
In weakness I discover you, an inner strength
The soul renewed

You quicken me, quicken me
You quicken me
You quicken me, quicken me

Father God, omnipotent, love and mercy heaven-sent
The gift of life by faith secured, an everlasting bliss assured

You quicken me, quicken me
You quicken me
You quicken me, quicken me

You are the source of my being, you fill me with your love
You are the reason I am living, you lift my spirit higher

Alle-alleluia
Track Name: Smell the Love
You walked into my life, so innocent and barely sweet sixteen
You seemed to be a quiet girl, all dressed in white
I guess that black eye should have told me something

Ah, "Treat ‘em mean to keep ‘em keen"
Is your philosophy on life and love
Well, I disagree, but baby I still want you
And woman, after all these years, you know, you really turn me on
But that’s okay, we’re married

You drive me to distraction, so beautiful and, girl, those perfect curves
Your father said my life would never be the same
I heard, but I was just too busy looking

Ah, "Treat ‘em mean to keep ‘em keen"
Is your philosophy on life and love
Well, I disagree, but baby I still want you
And you make me want to kiss you
Those blue eyes burn into my soul
And girl, you’re still the world to me

You’re hard as a marshmallow, yet passionate and ready for a brawl
An angel who would offer help to anyone
But sometimes you just need to bare your teeth

Ah, "Treat ‘em mean to keep ‘em keen"
Is your philosophy on life and love
Well, I disagree, but baby I still want you
And you can be high maintenance
It’s all part of our thrill-ride dear
I need to feel you near me

Ah, come sit here darling
You know you want to
Stop acting like you couldn’t care