Tree Of Life

by 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 December 7, 2012

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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Track Name: Just Like We Will
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
Track Name: Notes That Money Can't Buy
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
Track Name: Rest
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
Track Name: The Only Voice
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
Track Name: Oh My Soul
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
Track Name: It's Time To Go
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
Track Name: Jump In The River
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
Track Name: Climb The Ladder
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
Track Name: Yes
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
Track Name: Lead
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
Track Name: Veil
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
Track Name: Tree Of Life
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
Track Name: Nothing To Hide
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
Track Name: You Can't Take My Life Away
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