Blessed Unrest: a soundtrack for social change

by Zo Tobi

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released January 31, 2013

CREDITS

A&R and General Management
BONNIE MILNER
LONG VIEW ENTERTAINMENT
longview.bonnie@gmail.com

Recorded and Mixed at
SPIRITHOUSE - Northampton, MA, Fall 2012
www.spirithousemusic.com

Produced by
DANNY BERNINI
and PAUL McNAMARA

Engineered by DANNY BERNINI
Mixed by DANNY BERNINI with PAUL and BONNIE
Mastered by DANNY BERNINI

Vocal Coach and Song Doctor - KELLY WOHLFORD
There Is No Title Great Enough - KELLY SHANNON

Photography by MARK TANG
Artwork & Design by ZO TOBI

All songs written by
ZO TOBI © 2012


MUSICIANS

Acoustic Guitar & Vocals - ZO TOBI
Drums & Percussion - TOMMY DIEHL
Electric Bass - JOHN O’BOYLE
Electric Guitars - CALEB ROSAZZA
Keys & Background Vocals - PAUL McNAMARA

Guest Vocal on Blessed Unrest - STEWART LEWIS
Guest Vocals on Show Me & Chosen - HEATHER MALONEY
Guest Vocal on In Their Time - CHANNING LeBLANC
Choir Vocals on Show Me The Song - CHANNING and HEATHER

Only Thankfulness recorded spontaneously live,
with GREG REINAUER on Electric Bass,
PAUL on Piano, and DANNY on Djembe.

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Track Name: Blessed Unrest
VERSE 1
Oh I am waking up, to find my world
Between the dying and being reborn
I see what is and I see what could be
Can’t close my eyes again, and go back to sleep

CHORUS 1
Fill my days with blessed unrest
And my nights with dreams of justice
Make me a vessel for the turning of the tide

VERSE 2
How can I change our course, just a lonely voice?
Wish I could lose myself, in all the noise
But if we all would rise, a generation proud
With a mighty song, we could turn this world around… around… So…

CHORUS 2
Fill my days with blessed unrest
And my nights with dreams of justice
Make me a vessel for the turning of the tide

BRIDGE
Ancestors all behind
And before me every child
I bring the power of a long unbroken line…

VERSE 3
So when our time is through, I want to know
Did what we came to do, for the Future Ones
So in our darkest days, may we all be strong
And give our lives so life may go on

CHORUS 3
Fill my days with blessed unrest
And my nights with dreams of justice
Make me a vessel
Fill my days with blessed unrest
And my nights with dreams of justice
Make me a vessel for the turning of the tide
Fill my days with blessed unrest
And my nights with dreams of justice
Make me a vessel for the turning of the tide
Fill my days with blessed unrest
And my nights with dreams of justice
Make me a vessel for the turning of the tide
Track Name: Why Did We Awaken
VERSE 1
Morning you woke with pounding heart
And body paralyzed
Silently screaming through lungs of stone
Remembering a world on fire…
There were rising seas, air too thick to breathe
Nations marching to their doom
There were thundering sounds, and mushroom clouds
And the battlefield filled every womb

CHORUS 1
But it was just a dream
Just a dream
Can you see the morning star arising?
What a blessing
What a blessing
To wake up with time still left, to turn the tide
To turn the tide

VERSE 2
Better to end it than suffer through
The sadness and the pain
So you swallowed the poison and mercy you prayed,
“Take me back from where I came”
As the potion took hold and the world grew cold
You screamed, “this is not my fate!”
But it filled your bones and your lungs of stone
And you knew it was too late

CHORUS 2
But it was just a dream
Just a dream
Can you see the morning star arising?
What a blessing
What a blessing
To wake up with time still left, to turn the tide
To turn the tide
To turn the tide

VERSE 3
So why, birdsong?
And why, photons?
Why, sweet breeze?
And why, galaxies?
And why through the seas did your ancestors rise?
And why through the struggle, the will to survive?
And why did they pass on this sorrow and laughter,
And the power to dream the next great chapter?
And why do the walls seem to suddenly fall?
And why does the arc bend to justice at all?
And why through the concrete do flowers now bloom?
And why did we awaken not a moment too soon

CHORUS 3
From the dream
To see the morning star arising?
What a blessing
What a blessing
To wake up
And there’s still time
Track Name: Chosen
VERSE 1
They say we choose our families
Long before we are born
Friends and adversaries
To help us learn
All that we came to learn

VERSE 2
They say we write our story
In the stars, before we take our form
Reminders on the journey
Of who we are
So we may finally return

CHORUS 1
Do you think we have?
Do you think it’s true?
Could you have chosen me?
Could I have chosen you?
Are we here to lead
Each other home again?
Could we finally
Remember how
The story ends?
Could we have chosen this…?

VERSE 3
They say we choose a question
We can’t recall once we arrive
A whisper in the distance
Calling softly
For us to answer with our lives

CHORUS 2

BRIDGE
They say we chose this moment
When the world was crashing down
They say we came to rise
With swords of love and awakened eyes
Our finest hour
Coming ‘round

CHORUS 3 <2x
Track Name: In Their Time
VERSE 1
What makes the green grow?
What turns the seasons?
What is the reason
The world goes ‘round?
What is the mystery
So deep inside us
Turning silence into sound?

CHORUS
I have a vision
Of all the children
Finding their mission
In the Great Design
All of us building
So they’ll be living
A circle of giving in their time

VERSE 2
What turns our eyes away
From our own neighbor
When from their labor, they
Find no reward?
What does our heart say
When they cry mercy
When they beg shelter from the storm?

CHORUS

VERSE 3
To all beside us
And all behind us
May you remind us
From where we’ve come
And those not yet with us
Oh won’t you give us
A prayer of peace, a song of freedom on our tongues

CHORUS
Track Name: Show Me The Song
VERSE 1
When I rise
I want to rise pure
In the eyes of the One
In the eyes of the One

VERSE 2
When I speak
I want to speak truth
In the ears of the One
In the ears of the One

CHORUS
Show me the song
You’ve given to me
Show me what longs
To happen through me
Show me the question
I came to answer
I will surrender
I will surrender

VERSE 2
With my hands
I want to lay down the stone
On the house of the One
On the house of the One

CHORUS 2x

VERSE 3
When I lay down
I want to rest in peace
In the arms of the One…
In the arms of the One…
In the arms of the One
Track Name: Only Thankfulness (Special Acoustic Bonus)
VERSE 1
Oh I was born with all I needed
Came to this world complete and whole
Though I would journey long just to see it
Those three letters of my soul
Like the sea in late November
My steady waves have seen the storm
But further down I just might remember
That slow peaceful way back home

CHORUS
When the years are all behind me
And my time has past me by
Only thankfulness will find me
I’ll be grateful by and by

VERSE 2
I’ve had dreams and I’ve had vision
And some came true by fate or chance
I’ve known the sweetness of good fortune
I’ve seen it all slip through my hands

CHORUS

VERSE 3
You’ve felt the fire of my fury
You’ve seen my demons and my doubts
But you see through my fear and worry
Like the sun behind the clouds

CHORUS