Tomorrow Can Worry About Himself

by Derek Joyce

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released April 19, 2014

Recorded and mixed by Greg Ventin and Stephen Toon
All lyrics, guitar, and banjo by Derek Joyce
Guest musicians:
David Morgan (drums) April Groot (violin) Shannon Joyce (piano) Sarah Davy (vocals) Stephen Toon (organ, bass) Greg Ventin (percussion, random)
Artwork by Kristen Heyland
Master by Charles Carvalho in Toronto

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Derek Joyce Prince George, British Columbia

Singer-songerwriter-soulsearcher Derek Joyce has been penning tunes to process life's trials and joys for years. His first full length album will be finished in the spring of 2014, to much shouts of joy and acclamation. Of the album he says, "These were songs written about going through hard times and finding hope, being hard on myself and finding grace, and the people I find hard to forget." ... more

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Track Name: More Time Alone
A gentle touch on a razor's night
The sweetest aroma after putrid sights
The wind in the forest reaching past your skin
Undeserving death overcoming sin

I just need more time alone with you

The sky explodes to disarm my shame
Seas of color that fit a different frame
I long to paint this soul inside
With shades that pace to a different stride

I just need more time alone with you
Track Name: Feel OK
I know its not your fault but these bills still got to be paid
I know its not your fault but these kids still got to be raised
I know its not your fault some days it takes more than just these meds youve got to feel OK
I know its not your fault, I know, honey I know

Take this away for just another day just give me one more day
My dear, I love you I hope we do OK I hope you feel OK
My dear, I love you

I know despite what you say I know you dont mean those things anyway
I know despite what you say you dont think that we should give our kids away
I know its not my fault, some days I can try hard enough just to feel OK
I know its not my fault, I know, honey I know

Take this away for just another day just give me one more day
My dear, I love you I hope we do OK I hope you feel OK
My dear, I love you

What man intends for evil
God can use for good
When this world tries to harm us
There is more to be understood

My dear, I love you I hope we do OK I hope you feel OK
My dear, I love you
Track Name: Before I Lay These Dreams Aside
Stuck in Fort George after dark
Watching planes in the sky leaving trails in my mind
Wish I could close my eyes and be up there
Way up in the air to get a new perspective
I could get out of this head
I need to find a place to rest I need to crawl back into bed
I could make sense of this mess
Maybe find two ends that meet, get some air beneath my feet

Before I lay these dreams aside I'll leave a trail so I can find them again someday

Somebody told me not to worry about tomorrow that tomorrow can take care of himself
Sometimes I worry that tomorrow doesnt know what he is doing, so I worry about him
I need more faith in your plan
Keep in step with your spirit find your presence and draw near it
In God I trust I will not be afraid
In God whose word I praise

Before I lay these dreams aside I'll leave a trail so I can find them again someday

I'm sorry for the moments when I praise God and then curse his image-bearers
I'm sorry when I think my hands are just as big as yours
I'm truly sorry that I can't be everything to everybody all of the time
All of the time

Before I lay these dreams aside I'll leave a trail so I can find them again someday
Track Name: Love Won't You Stay
I know this fight is less against this flesh and more a sign
That there's evil reaching in
My hands are tied but I can still kneel and pray
Cuts through the soul to the heart of things

Love won't you stay, won't you stay

You have always been the home that we come back to
You're the reason we started
So mother why, the fear in your heart the concern in your eyes
Is my spine just weaker
The battle lines have been drawn in all the wrong places
Feels like Im fighting for both sides

Love won't you stay, won't you stay
Track Name: I'll Choke
Summer love never comes around
Winter love is hard to be found
The fall it changes every single day
Spring wakes me from unrestful sleep
Rubbing my eyes and cleaning my teeth as my appetite grows larger than my charm

If I have to swallow one more lie I’ll choke
If I have to buy any more time I’ll be broke

The sundance kid knows how to walk them coals
Never smell flesh or burning soles
Doing what I cant and getting what I want
Me I’ll two-step with the moon at night
The craters filling the holes in my mind
It keeps my focus off the darkness in the night

If I have to swallow one more lie I’ll choke
If I have to buy any more time I’ll be broke
Track Name: Almost
It was an almost wedding
Not quite but almost, not quite but almost
He could have lied his way through, lied his way through, lied his way through
Til she’d said I do

But how close was almost
When he took to the streets
How close was almost
When he takes back the ring

You’re not who I thought you were not even almost, not even almost

Its hard forgiving the almost, when he had you so close
He drew you so close
But blood had to be shed for the almost
Or I’d have the furthest to fall, I’d be a pillar of salt

You’re not who I thought you were not even almost, not even almost
Track Name: Took it Slowly
Maybe it's the way we always fall in line before we fall over
Maybe if I ran after you Id put more distance between what is behind me
Maybe it's discipline, maybe I've been learning how to love
Maybe when the snow is flying I shouldn't hide inside, but bundle up

I took it slowly for the first time and it feels like everything is new
You fascinate your tears they take over my eyes, til all I see is you
I took it slowly for the first time honest, my hearing's getting more acute
To the final note in the sort of song that you wish would never end

Don't know if I'll be the last so I'll honor you like you belong to another
But I promise you this my love I will leave you better than when I found you
I know til I've been around, that I'm just spewing words
But I really think we could make it I don't think we would settle for what's been done

I took it slowly for the first time and it feels like everything is new
You fascinate your tears they take over my eyes, til all I see is you
I took it slowly for the first time honest, my hearing's getting more acute
To the final note in the sort of song that you wish would never end

It only hurts cuz I know who you are
There is a life behind your eyes
Not many wars that are more worth fighting
No other beauty I adore
Track Name: Seeing Eye to Eye
We might see eye to eye, if you had any eyes at all
I'd coerce you to love me if I had a less feeble smile
But I'm afraid I can't see past the end of my arm
So when I see him with her I just assume he better understands your eyes

Love is patient, love is kind, it is not jealous or proud
Selfless love, unfailing love, I am a disappointing student
Direct my ways correct my gaze so I don't miss it
Fruit takes its time, love takes its sweet, sweet time
Track Name: Hitting the Ground
Though these mountains should crumble and throw themselves to the heart of the deep blue sea
I know where my feet stand and I won't lose my ground
The wind always seems to be blowing in the wrong direction
Just a glimpse of you is all I need

We tell people to say what we should've said
We tell people to do what we wished we'd done
We throw piles of rocks into the deepest part of our soul
But I still can't hear those rocks hitting the ground

You are the bed beneath my body where I find rest
You hold the words of life where else can I go
We get our hands dirty painting the world as it should be
You draw me in

We tell people to say what we should've said
We tell people to do what we wished we'd done
We throw piles of rocks into the deepest part of our soul
But I still can't hear those rocks hitting the ground
Track Name: Spring
Has the spring seduced you yet
I'm getting so close to the shore
These icy waters grip and chill me
I've learned to keep myself warm
Oh honey, has the spring seduced you yet

Has the spring seduced you yet
God I love it when your hair is down
Wanna hold your hand and watch the sunrise
In it's glory we could drown
Oh honey, has the spring seduced you yet

I could weather all these seasons
I could stand getting drenched to the bone
But when the snow's coming down I want you to be around
I've got some weakness it's true
But I could find strength in loving you

Has the spring seduced you yet
Is the sun warm on your skin
Why do you close your eyes and hold back
All the color waiting to get in
Oh honey, has the spring seduced you yet

I could weather all these seasons
I could stand getting drenched to the bone
But when the snow's coming down I want you to be around
I've got some weakness it's true
But I could find strength in loving you
Track Name: Livingstone Springs
Livingstone springs on a cold day in December
But we don’t much mind the weather
We’ve got our friends to keep us warm
Livingstone springs that’s where this trail will take ya
These skies above they will make ya
Realize you underestimate this world

The fire roars as we lay beneath the Christmas tree
Building better backs and nursing our sore feet
As Bing wishes us a festive season
The fire roars but not a sound that makes you afraid
It’s the kind of noise that cuts through place and age
Resonates some good things will never change
Track Name: Not Enough Skin
I was hoping I’d come over, we could peel back that skin of yours
You had told me the door was open, you’d leave a light on upstairs
I don’t know if I missed the house or if the lamp burned away all the oil
But I know this old house is a poor place for my hope and security

I was hoping I’d come over, we could drill down your core
You’re a gem dear, hope you know that, know that’s who you are
I guess I just don’t have the words, or the tools to unearth what I see
I can’t close my eyes til these notes give me some kind of sympathy

Here’s to knowing every valley gives you some room to grow
Every sunset leaves me breathless, leaves me wanting more
It’s a gift all these colors I see as the night imparts a blessing on me
There’s a time and a place for these tears I’ll leave them in my room of yesterdays

The Lord is close to the broken hearted, the Lord is close to me in these times
I sought out the Lord in the mountains in the valley of a thousand waterfalls and His voice overcame any of my fears
Won’t you taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him
And the Christ asked the man, do you want to be healed?

I’ve got too much love and not enough skin