Fragile (Handle With Care)

by Skellig

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Fragile
I am fragile, for I am human
God intended it so
To pretend otherwise is to deny the very essence of my nature
I have been created to love
But to love is to trust
And to trust is to open my heart
If I open my heart I make myself vulnerable
Vulnerability will bring pain
But without it I can never experience the true richness of my being
The fullness of my humanity

credits

released January 1, 1999

Skellig are:
Lisa Burness - violin, acoustic guitars, mandolin, vocals
Chris Burness - vocals
Aidan Emptage - electric guitar, mandolin
Colin Davies - bass, acoustic, electric guitars,
Jon Mitchell - drums, percussion, extras
(Mark Wade - keyboard on This I Pray; Dave Luckman - acoustic guitar and keyboard on Room In Your Heart; Phil Goss - additional instruments/samples)

Recorded and mixed at Appletree Studios, Glebe Farm, Ludgershall, Bucks, England
Engineer - Phil Goss
Produced by Skellig and Phil Goss

Original acrylic paintings by Lisa Burness
Artwork concept and inlay designed by Skellig

Thank yous: Simon Dodridge - you're a sound guy, head and shoulders above the rest!; Mark Wade - for all your hard work and continued commitment; Dave Luckman - thanks a pant load! At least you're on this album (just!); Phil Dowding - for photos and PR work; Dale Paget; Poole Percussion; Poole Christian Fellowship; with special thanks to our Lord and Creator - you are a permanent strength in a fragile world; Jordan and Caleb - you beautiful rock dudes!; Dave and Beryl; Andy; Michelle; Debbie; Caroline; all our families and friends

All songs written and arranged by Lisa and Chris Burness, except For A Friend and Your Freedom, written by L and C Burness, arranged Skellig

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Skellig Ladysmith, British Columbia

Original fiddle-driven rock begun by Chris and Lisa Burness in the UK, producing two CDs, 'In Another Time' and 'Fragile'. A move to Canada in 2006 led to a new line up, including son Caleb, and locals Will and Dylan. 'Skellig' was released in 2009. 'Kingdom Come' was released in 2012.
'Happy In My Skin' was released in 2016.
Shelley and Paul have since joined the band.
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Track Name: Impetuous
You are impetuous, no early warning
Premature your burst upon life's stage
Fragile being's forced incubation
There is danger in a parent's loving touch

Oh, how deep the longing in this man
To hold you close, to lift you home
To tell you all is well
Oh, and this father yearns to show
His son of love a wider world of awe and wonder

Though impatient, small and feeble
Helpless to survive polluted air
Prayers are offered up, your existence
Nurtured in a deeper master plan

Oh, how deep the longing in this man
To hold you close, to lift you home
To tell you all is well
Oh, and this father yearns to show
His son of love a wider world of awe and wonder

Bold by name, bold by nature
Be not bound by ought but love and truth's caress
Bold by name, bold by nature
Be not bound by ought but love and truth's caress
Track Name: Chasing Rainbows
Chasing rainbows deep into the void of darkest night
Grand delusions bring confusion and frustration
Empty still the man within

Too long in the shadows tasting from a poisoned stream
Freedom my desire, fly me where I've never been
On the wings of love, phoenix from the ashes of a broken dream

Chasing rainbows, sorry heart cries bleeding on the ground
Cold and lonely is the nightmare
Broken pieces of a dead and buried man

Melt my soul resistance, softness to this heart of stone
Spirit transformation, innocence and beauty born
Track Name: Your Freedom
A soldier for the kingdom in the fight to win lost souls
A lover to the unloved, giving God your very all

I sing of your freedom
The pressures of this world can't hold you down
I sing of your freedom
The nightlife done, your morning glory found

You have reached for greener pastures to rest free from pain and tears
And we grieve your sad departure, but your memory is near

I sing of your freedom
The pressures of this world can't hold you down
I sing of your freedom
The nightlife done, your morning glory found

Are you smiling down on us?
Flying higher than the stars tonight
Never to know misery
I see you, feel you free

(dedicated to the memory of Paul Calvert)
Track Name: What Kind Of Love?
You throw my love out the door, leave me shattered and broken
Stab me through the heart without a flicker of emotion
Tell me

You lead me down a path, deceive me with your lying
Hit me when I'm high, I'm down and out and crying
Tell me what kind of love? Tell me what kind of love?
Tell me what kind of love could treat a man like that?

And you told me that you'd love me, never ever leave me
Hold me close, you'd comfort me so sweetly
Tell me what kind of love could treat a man like that?

The wounds you have inflicted cut beyond the skin
I need someone to trust, a love to be secure in
Tell me what kind of love? Tell me what kind of love?
Tell me what kind of love could treat a man like that?

And you told me that you'd love me, never ever leave me
Hold me close, you'd comfort me so sweetly
Tell me what kind of love could treat a man like that?

I need love, I need love, I need love, I need love

Tell me what kind of love? Tell me what kind of love?
Tell me what kind of love could treat a man like that?
Track Name: Love's A Sacrifice
Flesh of flesh, my perfect treasure
Precious daughter know I'll never walk away
Never walk away from you
Tribulation, trial and sorrow
Cross our path and will tomorrow
Never fear, I am always here for you

Love's a sacrifice, love's a sacrifice
Love's a sacrifice of self, I wouldn't change a thing

You're the answer to my longings, sweet desire of my heart
You are the kiss of God upon this sinful brow
I am slowly understanding how the Father loves this child
You are opening my mind to deeper things

Heaven sent, my special blessing
I am rich in my possessing you my child
I am proud to call you mine
You have captured my affections
I will give my full attention to your needs
As we walk this road of time

Love's a sacrifice, love's a sacrifice
Love's a sacrifice of self, I wouldn't change a thing

You're the answer to my longings, sweet desire of my heart
You are the kiss of God upon this sinful brow
I am slowly understanding how the Father loves this child
You are opening my mind to deeper things
Track Name: Hope And Glory
See her fragile, see her torn
Violent youth, frustrated men
Sense of pride, a whisper lost
Her laughter won't return again

A wounded rose, she stands alone
All her moral beauty gone
Pride is lost of ancient days
And struggle now the people's
And struggle now the people's song

But I miss you, the honest freedom of the land I knew
But I mis you, how I miss you

On the granite of the land
A carpet green and verdant grows
And in the misty breath of dawn
A shaft of hope and glory
A shaft of hope and glory glows

But I miss you, the honest freedom of the land I knew
But I mis you, how I miss you

Land of hope and glory
Track Name: More Than Language
Anxious hours standing helpless in the pain that you are bearing
Hard to know what I'm supposed to do

But know I love you sweet treasure of my heart
Know I love you more than language can express

Long the trauma of this waiting, touching Jesus for his mercy
Trembling, we are held within his hands

But know I love you sweet treasure of my heart
Know I love you more than language can express

Cold agony of soul will bind us dearer to each other
Grief forgotten beneath a daughter's smile
Track Name: Closer
In my distress I cried out to your name
I listened for your voice
In my darkest hour I reached out for your hand
And you lifted me, lifted me from the depths

Break me, mould me
Make me the man that you want me to be
Take me to the centre of your world
Hold me in your arms, don't let me fall
Closer to the heart, I need your all
Hold me in your arms, don't let me go
Deep inside your love I want to go

Excitedly I feed upon your words
Enlightened by your touch
In the quiet I gaze deep into your eyes
And the whisper of your still small voice
Is the surest sound

Break me, mould me
Make me the man that you want me to be
Take me to the centre of your world
Hold me in your arms, don't let me fall
Closer to the heart, I need your all
Hold me in your arms, don't let me go
Deep inside your love I want to go
Track Name: This I Pray
Who's that whispering in your ear?
Feeding heart and mind with fear
Filling your head, fuelling the dread
Watching you slowly fall, this I pray

Pray your night turns into day
Pray the demons far away
Even though you wish me pain
Pray the sun to dry your rain, dry your rain

What's that pumping through your veins?
Giving dreams their scarlet stains
Blinding your eyes, feeding the lies
Driving you to the edge, this I pray

Pray your night turns into day
Pray the demons far away
Even though you wish me pain
Pray the sun to dry your rain, dry your rain

Can you stand the things you've done?
Knowing you're the guilty one
Do you sleep at night, thinking all is right
When your nightmare closes in? This I pray

Won't you open your eyes?
Won't you open your eyes to the light of love?
Track Name: Sea Escape
Watching the sea
It's ebb and flow
Mind far flung on finch's wings
She whispers, washes my senses
I am aware, raging, reckless, alert
I am ship-tossed and trembling
Lost on a tide of my own imaginings
Her consistency holds me
Time untouched, constant, knowing no constraint
But that of her own making
Unchanging, unending, underlying
My kite high emotions
She is the sandshifter
I am the sand sifted
Forever falling, changing, churning
When I am gone

She will be
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: Room In Your Heart
Nobody can question your fairness of face
There can be no doubting your beauty and grace
Though sorely you tempt me, I can have no part
For Heaven came finding no room in your heart

Your glory's no deeper than thickness of skin
For love is excluded, no entry within
The Maker's sweet Spirit grieves weeping for you
Your nonchalant facade allows nobody through

As much as men want you, no peace can you find
deep unanswered questions make heavy your mind
To Heaven surrender, for then you can start
To love and be loved when there's room in your heart