Kindness Is A Mountain

by Alex Cook

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Alex's Cook's 2010 release, Kindness Is A Mountain reflects deeply on the healing necessities of forgiveness and redemption. Filled with songs for the longing heart.

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released December 7, 2012

Alex Cook: Rhythm guitars and lead vocals
Heather Green: Background vocals
David Cordes: Bass
Wayne Ingram: Lead guitars, keyboards, and percussion
Julie Sweeney: Drums
Jessica Hays: Flute

Produced by Wayne Ingram and Alex Cook
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Wayne Ingram at The Keep in Boston, MA, 2010
Cover art by Alex Cook
Design by Andres de Paz Nicol

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Track Name: It's You
It's You

It's you that I love
It's you that I love
It's you that I love
It's you that I love

God was singing to the heart of your heart
The mind of your mind, the soul of your soul
Seeing you as clear as the sun
As fresh as the dawn
As dear as His only one

And He says, "drink up my love
Like the flowers, soak up the light"
And He says, "reflect my love,
Like the beautiful moon in the night"

He's speaking to ever heart
Every heart
Every heart

In an unbending voice that says

It's you that I love
It's you that I love
It's you that I love
It's you…

Far beyond pain is spiritual joy
Which none can take away
Which none can destroy
The gift is for your, God's dear girls and boys
Who sit on His knees
The stars as your toys

And He says, "drink up my love
Like the flowers, soak up the light"
And He says, "reflect my love,
Like the beautiful moon in the night"

He's speaking to ever heart
Every heart
Every heart

In an unbending voice that says
It's you that I love
It's you that I love
It's you that I love
It's you that I love
Track Name: Kindness Is A Mountain
Kindness is a mountain

Kindness is a mountain filled with colors
Virtue is a tree whose branches fill the sky
Tenderness is a thundering waterfall
Mercy is the master river's rolling stride
Rolling stride

Kindness is giant,
Its mountain towers over the plain
Kindness is giant
Over the stars and over the rain
After all time it will remain
And like a great king, forever reign.
Track Name: Let Love Rule In Me
Let Love Rule In Me


Let love rule in me (x4)

If it weren’t for my Lord
I don’t know what I’d do,
All this hate, hurt, lies, and fear

My God I cast them all on you
My love I cast them all on you
And you will clean me up like new
Like sunlight in the morning dew
Cuz that’s what you live to do
And all my brothers and sisters too

I’m tired of dead ends
I’m tired of wearing a mask
I’m tired of seeking my own…
And so this greatest gift I ask,

Please let love rule in me (x4)

I’m tired of saying just how everything should be
I’m tired of making castles that fall into the sea
I want to be so much better, than I have been,
I want to open up the door and let love in

Let love rule in me

I wanna be so gentle
I wanna heal the scars
I wanna go to everyone who ever done me wrong
And let 'em know how good they are

And now I’m walking away
From all the things I used to do
But my heart is filled with hope…
Because my life belongs to you

Please let love rule in me
Track Name: Beloved Loss
Beloved Loss

I love to let go
I've learned that lesson well
And of all the things I want there is one I want the most
That's to know the Lord
To know the Lord

The things that weren't for me to have
Have slipped away like darkness in the morning sun
Of course I reached out to hold on
But we all know that they were gone
So I open my hands, and I cease my demands and I strive
To know the Lord

Because beloved loss is gain
Joy replaces pain
When all is lost, we gain the most
The curse is gone
When we give up the ghost

© 2010 Alex Cook
Track Name: Forgive
Forgive

Forgive the whole wide world
And you will see the light
Because the whole wide world
Needs your love tonight

So take the blindness and the cruelty
And hatred and war
And let 'em go
Let 'em go
And they will kill you no more

I know it does not seem just
And it does not seem fair
To let 'em go, let 'em go
Like the birds of the air

But you will laugh
And smile wide
When you see that it is done
That mercy falls on the heads
Of everyone
Track Name: I Know Your Heart
I Know Your Heart


I know your heart
I know your heart
Is filled with trouble, trouble and fear

I know your eyes,
I know your eyes
Are filled with trouble, trouble and tears

But I know a fresh water fountain that's bringing forth what's pure
And I know a tree covered mountain that always will endure
And I know a gently breathing dear, as graceful as the moon,
I know you, my little dear, will feel better soon

You tell me your hands, your precious hands
Have lost what they had, what they held dear
But I know your heart, I know your heart
Your heart's beating back like a golden glove boxer in a title fight

And I know a steel-eyed child who would not give in to tears
And when the sky came crumbling down, she was more than the sum of her years
So when the drip drop tears come falling, and we, none of us are immune,
I know you, my little dear, will feel better soon.

© 2010 Alex Cook
Track Name: Sun
Sun

A spot of warmth on my face
Holy ground in this place
The sun of sweet wisdom is shining on these hills

The leaves are asking, the land is basking
Above all the din, the sun’s a glowing grin

There's just one fire that lights up our days
And this blaze, like the light in my heart,
says good old wisdom is awful smart

Like a deer in the woods, the message comes, oh
Leaping, blessing
Never second guessing

Like waves on the shore wisdom knocks at the door
Patiently waiting
Never hesitating

© 2010 Alex Cook
Track Name: Holy Water
Holy Water

My Lord is a well
A deep flowing well
Where the water is clean
And all is well

My Lord is a stream
A clear flowing stream
Where the pebbles bounce
And the water is joy

Bend down low, and drink that holy water
Bend down low and praise the holy one
Bend down low and drink that holy water
The well is deep and the waters run

My Lord is a brook
A pure flowing brook
Where happiness splashes
And holiness shines

My Lord is a spring
A deep flowing spring
Where mercy is gushing
And comfort is drawn

Bend down low, and drink that holy water
Bend down low and praise the holy one
Bend down low and drink that holy water
The well is deep and the waters run

© 2010 Alex Cook
Track Name: Press On
Press On

When your eyes are filled with tears
And you're facing the night of your darkest fears
When you've lost the love of your dearest dears
When the mean old world looks on and jeers
When you got the evil eye from a jury of your peers
Press on, press on, press on

When every eye that rests on you is filled with lust
And your masterpiece has just been smashed to dust
When you thought it was blessed but it turned out cussed
When you thought it was gold but it turned out rust
Press on, press on, press on

So when you meet that devil in the boxing ring
Take a deep breath when the bell goes ring
Give him a left and give him a right
But don’t you dare, give up the fight

So when the weight of this old world has got you draggin' down
And every door slams shut when they see your face comin' round
When you were trying to be cool they simply thought you were a clown
You were looking for a hat but you got a thorny crown
Press on, press on, press on

So when you make the long trip to the end of your rope
Baby, don’t let go 'cause it’s a slippery slope
And one thing is for sure, it does no good to mope
So in this dirty world come on and grab a bar of soap
If your heart is sayin' "yes" but the whole world says "nope"
You got to dig so deep and keep your holy hope

And then get back on the bus
And press on, press on, press on
Track Name: Path
Path

A hammer struck the mountains
And tremors filled the sky
Black mountains on all sides
Black sky filled with light

And in that burning hour
My heart laid to the ground
Come through that raging clamor
A gentle sound

A voice of sweet elation
With stillness in the flames
The grace of God’s creation
A pathway out of pain

A path of humble soil
His love for even me
I lift myself to walk
And find that I am free

Oh, press on
Press on in breaking bonds
Drink in the light-dashed sky
Drink in the wonder ponds

Surrender, dear, surrender
To starlight from His face
Free your hands to wash in starlight
Be made clean in grace

Oh, earthy hopes and longing flesh
Die you all, like chaff be blown
And on this starlit desert ground
Eternal light be grown
Like flowers be grown
Eternal light be grown

© 2010 Alex Cook
Track Name: The Lord Is My Song
The Lord is My Song

(Based on text from Psalm 118:14)

The Lord is my Song
The Lord is my Song
The Lord is my strength and my song
He will lighten my darkness and soften my hardness
He will sing me the ribbon of his song

The Lord is my life
The Lord is my life
The Lord is every hour of my Life
He has lifted me from sadness
And left me holding gladness
The Lord is the keeper of my life

The Lord is my love
The Lord is my love
The Lord breathes His love into my heart
With my life I am kneeling
And he gives me this feeling
A love from which I cannot be apart

The Lord has made us all
The Lord has made us all
The Lord has made us all to sing his song
Boldly and grandly
He made us a family
So working, joining arms we march along

The Lord is our song
The Lord is our song
The Lord is our strength and our song
Our God, He is for us
So we sing in the chorus
The Lord is our strength and our song

© 2010 Alex Cook
Track Name: The Love That Would Not Die
The Love That Would Not Die

There’s no turning off that sweet burning heart of yours
I know, the fire’s lit for good
You really love me
And all these hearts all around me
Are singing parts in the harmony

You are my love and I can no longer doubt
You are the fire that would not be put out
A gentle touch to take away my hurt
A little child tugging at my shirt

I can't believe you keep coming back, like the morning sun
My love, you always were my love
And now I know you weren’t faking
'Cause when my heart was empty, aching
You filled it up, making
Everything warm with your flame
My love, it’s all because of you

Returning leaves, emerging from a bud
You are the flower of the Saviour’s precious blood
A golden phoenix riding on the sky
A glowing fire, the love that would not die

© 2010 Alex Cook
Track Name: Oh, Brother
Oh, Brother


Love one another, bow your head and cover
Your brother's own shame from the cruel eyes of men
When he comes to his senses
He'll ask himself whence is
This mercy which round me its arms throws again

Judge not as men judge, but rather as God does,
Rest your eyes on the truth and not on the sham
Then our dear brothers will rise from the gutters
And cry out, "they see me! they see who I am"

Let these offenses slip out of your heart
On this your dear brother depends
For as his mistakes are washed gently away
A glorious message it sends
Oh, brother, I see you, coming from far
Your journey is nigh at an end
Oh brother I see you, I know who you are
The past can no longer offend

Love one another, bow your head and cover
Your brother's own shame from the cruel eyes of men
When he comes to his senses
He'll ask himself whence is
This mercy which round me its arms throws again
Track Name: The Living God
The Living God

Our God cannot be held up in chains
Our God will not be moved to change
He does not shift with the plans that men connive
Our God, Holy God, is alive

God quenches all of our thirst
We love Him because he loved us first
He, like a father, is causing us to rise
Our God, Holy God, is alive

The voice of the earth tells its lies
And fills the air with rumors of our God's demise
But good cannot fail and its cause can only thrive
God, Holy God, is alive

He is the living God, He cannot but shine
And Freedom is His name, He won't be confined
He is the living God, and tenderly kind
All beauty pouring forth, from the fountain of Mind
He is the living God, the hope of mankind
That luminescent Love that causes our lives

© 2010 Alex Cook