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Refuge

by Eric Gwin

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    Refuge is the debut solo release by independent a cappella artist, Eric Gwin. This 6-track EP was released on April 8, 2001 in CD and download formats and available exclusively from ericgwin.com. In 2011, Refuge was re-issued as Refuge: 10th Anniversary Edition, having been expanded into a full-length, 12-track album.
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1.
All The Way 06:07
Thinking everything is going just right, You're in control of your life. You believe you've got it all together, but not quite. Every day the burdens get bigger. They try to take control. It's gonna take more than you alone To make it through There is only one place you can turn to make things right. There's only one who can give you life And make you whole. There is one who will stay by your side In the middle of the storm. He will never leave you behind. My Lord is always there. There's a choice that needs to be made. You're the only one who can make it. He will make your life complete. You'll be whole again. Chorus: All you have to do is release control. He'll take your burdens all away. Just remember that you're not alone. He'll be with you all the way. Bridge: You need him here right now. You need him here and he'll show you how The joy he gives will change your life. Chorus 2x
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The River 05:05
I was living my life completely in line With the ways of the world. What I thought was a good time Was tearing me apart, both my heart and soul, And I knew something was missing. I had searched high and low, But I couldn't find the answers To the questions in my mind. I knew I needed someone To bring me through this time. My soul, it needed cleansing, But I didn't know where to turn. Right then the Lord reached out to me And then I said... Chorus: Take me to the river. Wash away my sins and cleanse my soul. Take me to the river. Lord, make me whole. I started living my life completely in line With the ways of the Lord. I was learning that I could be An influence to those all around, And they saw something was missing. They came to me for help, So I showed them where to turn. Right then the Lord reached out to them And then they said... Chorus Pull me under. Rescue me and bury me. Bridge: Lord, wash away my foolish pride And all the sin I try to hide. Destroy deceit and all the lies, The things that tear me up inside. Rescue me and bury me In the grave that sets me free. The blood that brings eternity Will take my life away from me. Take the life that I once knew Replace it with a life that's new. Show me what I am to do Fill me up with you. With your presence, cover me. I want others to see Just how great you can be. Chorus 2x Pull me under. Rescue me and bury me.
3.
By Your Love 04:05
There they go again, talking about each other, Breaking each other's hearts. Forgetting that they are sisters and brothers. Wearing Christ's name should set them apart. Their actions speak louder than words. Their love is what should be heard. Chorus: They will know you by your love. By the compassion that you show, You answer the need and don't turn away. And it's by your love that they will know That you're a Christian. It's by your love. He doesn't wear your brand or look as good as you do. Turn your back is what you'll do. Don't you know Christ Jesus died for him, too. It wasn't just for you. Your actions speak louder than words. Your love is what should be heard. Chorus Bridge: Tear down the walls of prejudice And build up every man. Break the barriers built by the tongue. If you believe, you can. Chorus 2x
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Everyone who lives is a child of God. It doesn't matter who you are. He is our Lord. He is our maker. Yet he is the one who wants us nearer to him. He takes pride in all we do for him Though we don't deserve his love. He will carry you when you can't stand on your own. Chorus: We are all God's children All Gods pride We are all God's children All Gods pride We belong to him. He is our Father And we are his children. He loves no one over another He loves us all just the same He is our Father. He is our God. Yet he is the one who will love us no matter what we've done. He takes pride in all we do for him Though we don't deserve his love He will carry you when you can't stand on your own Chorus Bridge: He'll never turn his back on his children He'll always be right by your side When you need him, he will come running You have nothing to fear, he hears your cries He takes pride in all we do for him Though we don't deserve his love He will carry you when you can't stand on your own Chorus
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I belong to you And I can never run away From the love that you've given me I belong to you You have captured my heart And since then I haven't been the same I belong to you And you're the only one Who could ever call me your own And I belong to you There is nobody else That could ever take your place Chorus: You've given your all to me And I thank you And you've made my life complete And I thank you I belong to you And to nobody else Only you are the owner of my heart And I belong to you And to you alone And now I'm completely whole Chorus Bridge: I can't imagine how my life would be without you I can't imagine how lost I would be I can't see myself living without you I can't describe how much you mean to me (Repeat) Verse 1 Chorus 2x
6.
Little angel lay down your head Close your eyes and go to sleep There's no need for you to be afraid You are safe in your Daddy's arms You mean more than anything to me And I love you so So little angel don't be afraid You are safe in my heart Little angel I am here To watch you as you learn and grow Little angel my love for you Is more than you'll ever know You mean more than anything to me And I love you so So little angel don't be afraid You are safe in my heart Little angel you'll always be Safe in my heart
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Living life on the edge of a heartbreak, some have nowhere to turn. They wish someone would reach out to them. We pass people on the street each day. They wonder where is our source of joy? And why won't we share some of it with them? If we've got all the answers, why can't we provide solutions? We look at life with blinders on we see no one but ourselves Why can't we help the man who's fallen down? Instead we point out his faults to him How will that help him out? Shouldn't he know us by the love we share? If he's looking for a savior, will he find that savior in us? Chorus: We need love for one another We need to show them that the Lord's alive and well We're all sisters and brothers We need love for one another I've never thought of myself as an example of what a Christian should be I'll admit I'm not perfect But I started thinking about those who don't know him Do they know he lives in me? Can I show them who he really is? If they can't find him in me, tell me, where will they turn? Chorus Bridge: Do we love (as Jesus loved)? Do we show (that we care)? Can we make a difference with the love we share? We need love Chorus
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I don't know why you love me. I don't know why you care. Whenever I need you around me, I don't know why you're always there. I know that I don't deserve you. I don't deserve you at all. Yet you're always there to catch me every time I fall. Chorus: Someone else who could love me more, I'll never find. The way that you've made me yours just blows my mind. Oh, you blow my mind. I don't know why you've saved me. I don't know why I'm free. I don't know why you were willing to take the pain that was meant for me. I know I'll never repay you for saving me. If you hadn't stood in my place, I don't know where I'd be. Chorus Bridge: I know your love is unbelievable. I know your love is inconceivable. I never knew what love was until I saw what you'd done for me... There's something about your love. I don't know why you love me. I don't know why you care. Whenever I need you around me, I don't know why you're always there. Chorus
9.
Oh Lord, make me a child impassioned for your ways a trust that never strays, make me a child. Aglow with your light, a smile to your sight. Make me a child in your arms. Oh Lord, make me child with love in a tender heart. renew my simple heart, make me a child. From morning's light to evening's night, make me a child in your arms. Repeat Verse 1
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Oh, Jesus... I know you saved me from my sin. and Jesus... I believe you're coming back again. I put my trust in you, and I could never doubt, Because your love, oh Lord, it makes me want to sing and shout I'll shout your Holy name Chorus: I have a sweet, sweet deliverance from the sins in my life I never knew life could be so good I have a sweet, sweet deliverance from the things that can bring me down. I have a sweet, sweet deliverance from the sins in my life and now my life's complete. I'll have a sweet, sweet home in Heaven forevermore. Oh Jesus... There's no other choice I can make. and Jesus... There's no other road I can take. I have a friend in you, and I know you'll never walk away. I belong to you, and I know you're in my heart to stay Lord, you live in me Chorus Bridge: I have a sweet, sweet deliverance from the sins in my life. I have a sweet, sweet freedom in Christ. Chorus
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From Eric:
"After singing in a cappella groups from 1989 to 2000, I began writing songs with the intent of licensing them to other a cappella artists via the Internet. Much to my surprise, after placing several demos of tracks on my website in early 2000, I began to hear from listeners asking when the album would be available. I then began to record the songs properly and the Refuge EP was the result.

"In 2011, in celebration of the CD's 10th anniversary, I went back into the studio and re-mixed the original tracks, replacing some of the vocals in some cases, and digitally re-mastered Refuge. I also added 6 more tracks (all written and/or recorded during the Refuge sessions), expanding the CD into a full-length album, Refuge: 10th Anniversary Edition."

All of the sounds on this release (like all of Eric's subsequent solo releases) are vocally or anatomically produced. Apart from his daughter's "in-utero" heartbeat on one track, all of the sounds are performed by Eric.

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released April 8, 2001

Produced, Arranged, Recorded and Mixed by Eric Gwin.
All Sounds Vocally or Anatomically Produced.

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Eric Gwin Montgomery, Alabama

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ERIC GWIN is an A Cappella Songwriter and Multi-Vocalist. He has been writing, recording, producing, and performing a cappella music for over 30 years.

His music is all human sounds and all original (NO COVERS!).
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