YOU HAVE JUST WALKED OFF THE BEATEN PATH... 

Thank you for purchasing the second album by WILSON. 
On this page lies some "heart" behind the songs, as well as lyrical content. 
May you enjoy, reflect, feel and discover as you take 
a walk in this place 

 

"I Know a Place" 
This song is about our never-ending search as humans for purpose. The ultimate realization of that purpose is a life lived as God intended. And not only is there purpose there, but there are wondrous things happening. The impossible is made available. This place is where we realize that God is so far above our thinking, that it's useless to try to figure out what He can and cannot do. 

I know a place where redwoods are matchsticks and break just like plastic 
I know a place where the rainbow hides it’s eyes from colors so bright. O, what a sight! 

A boat went sailing through the sea in search of better king and country 
It even used up it’s very last dime, but it fell short of what it hoped to find 

I know a place where kings lower their crowns and their words fall straight to the ground 
I know a place where men float like powder and wither in hours, and are sifted like flour 

A plane went soaring through the sky in search of all the things that make a life 
It even used up it’s very last ride, but it fell short of what it hoped to find 

The night will turn into the day and you wake to find it all the same 
The sun will rise time after time, but you still fall short of what you hope to find 

I know a place Where redwoods are matchsticks and break just like plastic. O what a sight! 

 

"Orchestrate" 
This song was written after my brush with death in Africa in 2016. If I open my eyes, I can see the beauty of God's orchestration everywhere. It is beautiful and terrifying and lovely and complicated. 

Existence sits at your fingertips, and for how long can we remain 
Waking up with such heavy thoughts like we carry all of the weight 

Like snow plows in the winter cold, You make free the traveled road 
And when the dark of night hides the way, You orchestrate 

Beauty must confess, it is envious of everything you do 
Time cannot pretend to be in control when it can't stand alone 

Like snow plows in the winter cold, You make free the traveled road 
And when the dark of night hides the way, You orchestrate 

Like the dawn of the morning light, You push back the dark of night 
And hold down the raging seas, and bring the mountains to their knees 
For you nations rise and fall, and devastate dividing walls 
And turn their ears to you and wait, You orchestrate 

 

"Walk Honestly" 
Proverbs 3:6 

I hear a wind scattering the leaves 
And they ask themselves “Did we ever have trees?” 

Make these feet walk honestly 

I hear a sound of waters unrestrained 
Tearing up the banks and flooding the plains 

Make these feet walk honestly 

And if I fall somewhere along the path 
Let this heart find a soft place to land 
‘Cause I would die under a heavy hand 

When I look back on the years of my life 
Oh, Lord, I just ask that I be satisfied 

Make these feet walk honestly 

And if I fall somewhere along the path 
Let this heart find a soft place to land 
‘Cause I would die under a heavy hand 

 

"Plans" 
One of the hardest things for someone trying to escape an undesirable past is the severing of personal connections throughout the process. Here is the story of a man and his "plans" of getting out of the impoverished community that he grew up in.
 

I got plans to get us outta here 
Darling, the time is near, you will see 
I’m your man, and I can take care of my own 
Without me you’d be alone and unhappy 

Believe me when I say (when I say), I’ll put the past away (away) 
And forge a brand new day 
Hey, I’m your man. And darling, I’ve got plans 

I know you say I can’t put these ways behind me 
That I’m just saying the same old things over again 
But I got plans, plans for you and me 
Where this life is not hanging over our heads 

Hear me when I say (when I say), I'll put the past away (away) 
And make a brand new day 
Hey, I’m your man. And darling, I’ve got plans 
Oh we are getting older but time is on our side 

This house is getting colder and I don’t know why 
Hey, I’m your man. And darling, I’ve got plans 

 

"I Stand Next to the Sun" 

What do I do with beauty when it is compared to me? 
How can I reconcile with reality? And will that mean I’ll only be just a part of me? 

I’ve pushed and I’ve pulled to escape gravity 
I’ve wrecked and I’ve folded, been lost out to sea 
I’ve wept and I’ve toiled and I’ve squinted to see 
That still I stand next to the sun 

Will I ever be found by anyone not searching me out? 
And is there a time when soft is more than loud? 
They always seem to hear the loudest sound 

I’ve pushed and I’ve pulled to escape gravity 
I’ve wrecked and I’ve folded, been lost out to sea 
I’ve wept and I’ve toiled and I’ve squinted to see 
That still I stand next to the sun 

Oooh, I can’t be mad at you, darlin 
A man can only receive what’s given him from heaven 

 

"You Are Hard to Love" 
One of the most unassumingly powerful influences in the face of anger, brokenness, and pride is love. I've seen it break down walls that brute strength could not. 

You are hard to love, you yell and you weep, you push and you shove 
There’s no way around, you are hard to love 

You can’t find what’s been lost. There are ravines too deep to cross 
We’ve searched where we could but can’t find what’s is lost 

Brother, we are tired and worn down 
But brother, we always come back around 

It’s no way to live. To throw your punches then ask to forgive 
Of all of the ways that’s no way to live 

There are only a few from the many that cared for you 
Of those who remain there are only a few 

Brother, we are tired and worn down 
But brother, we always come back around 

 

"Low" 
I wrote this song after a friend allowed themselves to be tossed to and fro by the waves of another person's actions, inferences, and words. As a friend, sometimes you can't do much about it until the whole ordeal is over. Hindsight is always perfectly clear.
 

Don’t you come around here no more, I don’t wanna see you at my door 
‘Cause when you call me up just to say hello, you always leave me feeling low 

Don’t you tell me I’m the only one 'cause I know more than I let on 
I spent too much time waiting by the phone, it always leaves me feeling low 
I always end up feeling 

Low low low low 
I always end up feeling low low low low 
I always end of feeling low 

Oh, if you would turn me loose and break the spell I have on you 
I wouldn’t need your hand wherever I go, I could walk away on my own 
Instead of always feeling 

Low low low low 
I always end up feeling low low low low 
I always end of feeling low 

 

"That Old Body" 
This song is dedicated to and written about my friend Alphonse, who was our bus driver in Rwanda for years. He died in 2015. He left behind is one child, Cyusa.
 

I remember sitting on that bus. You and me, the two front seats 
Conversation wasn’t for us. Sometimes you don’t have to speak 

My home was far, so far from me. There was at least an ocean between 
But we were here and content to be together 

When I see my Lord. When the streets are paved in gold 
When this tattered life is through. When that old body is new 

But your little boy, at least he was taken in. He’ll have a chance for something new 
When you asked us about him, you knew your bed was calling you 

You said you were well, that you had what you need. But we got up to hug as you went to leave 
And I could feel every bone on your body just aching 

When I see my Lord. When the streets are paved in gold 
When this tattered life is through. When that old body is new 

Losing ourselves is our greatest fear 
But we just wear down with every passing year 

When I see my Lord. When the property is sold 
When the sky’s a brilliant hue. When that old body is new 

 

"I'm Tired" 

I’m tired and sleep ain’t gonna do 
I’m tired and rest won’t get me through 
I’m tired and trying to get to you 
I’m tired. I’m tired 

Oh, lighten up this load on my shoulders now 
Won’t you ease it up for me somehow 

I’m tired and I can’t feel anymore 
I’m tired and I think I lost what I had before 
I’m tired and I can’t go back through that door 
I’m tired. I’m tired 

Oh, lighten up this load on my shoulders now 
Won’t you ease it up for me somehow 

I’m tired and lying on the ground 
I’m tired and I can’t hear a sound 
I’m tired, where can my rest be found? 
I’m tired. I’m tired 

Oh, lighten up this load on my shoulders now 
Won’t you ease it up for me somehow