The Gift You Bring

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The Gift You Bring is a compilation album of songs written and performed by Courage & Renewal Facilitators associated with the Center for Courage & Renewal. To find out more about their work, visit www.couragerenewal.org.

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released September 12, 2015

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Scott Simpson & Dancin' Moon Studio Spearfish, South Dakota

Scott Simpson is a Courage & Renewal Facilitator and a singer-songwriter who lives and works in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. His independent studio label is Dancin' Moon.

Most of Scott's music can be found at the following links:
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Track Name: Alan Claassen - Higgs Field
Higgs Field

Out beyond ideas of right and wrong
There’s a field where you and I belong
Out beyond ideas of land and sea
There's a shoreline where you walk with me (in mystery)
Oh my friend, I’ll meet you there

Deep within the stone there is a fire
Deep within the seed there is desire
Far above ideas of young and old
There’s a mountain where our stories are told
Oh my friend, oh my friend, oh my friend
I’ll meet you here, I’ll meet you there, I’ll meet you there

(Bridge)

Light and dark are dancing a miracle
Everything large is made up of particles
That slowed down long enough to embrace
This time, this place

Deep below ideas there’s my broken heart
Searching for a place where I can start again
Deep within my heart there is a song
I’ve been wanting to sing for oh so long
Oh my friend, oh my friend, oh my friend
I’ll meet you here, I’ll meet you there, I’ll meet you there

Oh my friend, oh my friend, oh my friend
I’ll meet you here, in this time
I’ll meet you there, in this place
Track Name: Pamela Seigle, Feat. Steve Heck - Courage Vocabulary Blues
Courage Vocabulary Blues

I used to think
That inner referred to a belly button,
not mine of course
I used to think
That holding someone in the light meant,
flip the switch and there you are
I used to think
That holding space meant standing,
right in the street to keep my place
But I now I've learned -
the courage vocabulary blues

I used to think the tragic gap
Described my teeth at ten
And that was truly tragic
So we fixed it there and then.

Oh mama, I got the courage vocabulary blues -
and I know there’s no fixin’
Mama, I got the courage vocabulary blues

I used to think the present
was something that I'd get
And now I know for certain
that it never eve ever will be sent

Oh mama, I got the mean old vocabulary blues
And I’m turning to wonder
Oh mama I got the Courage vocabulary blues

I'm going deep but the curve is steep
I'm diving in but there's lots and lots of din

Oh mama
I got the courage vocabulary blues
Shy soul that I am
Oh mama I got those mean old vocabulary blues
I’ll speak my truth again,
Oh mama, I got the courage vocabulary blues

Oh yeah!
Track Name: Sara Thomsen, Feat. Paula Pedersen - Darkness Cover Me
Darkness Cover Me

Darkness Cover Me
like a blanket of night
Oh, cover me lightly

Shadows gather around me
Deepening darkness,
Whispering softly

Holy Maker of Moonlight
Singing through starlight
Keeper of all life

Hidden Seed deep in the dark soil of the earth
Fertile Ground, Womb of the Night, bring us new birth
Track Name: Scott Simpson - Cracks
Cracks

What is broken in me
is open in me...
Where you see me split apart,
you catch a glimpse of my true heart...
my true heart.

It’s song that opens the cracks.
Each beat divides me front from back, yeah.
I’m opened up by melody;
I’m laid bare with harmony...
with harmony...

Unmusical days limp by.
Instead of dancing they
heave and they sigh.
To stay intact
is not to act on beauty...
beauty...

I want to live disintegrated,
all full of holes, obliterated
into shards, released at last
into beauty like colored glass...
colored glass...

(instrumental)
What’s broken in me
that’s what’s open in me...
Where you see me split apart,
you catch a glimpse of my true heart...
my true heart...
Track Name: Jim Sims - Bliss
Bliss

When shall I begin to
comprehend and see through
tears and through kisses …
discover my bliss?
My heart is filled with sadness,
anger, joy and gladness;
frustrating tensions and painful dimensions.

Yet if I can embrace
the happiness and sorrow,
Living each moment to completion
And not fearing each tomorrow
I’ll find I’m whole … complete my soul.

And life will teach me all I can be.
When I fail, Love will prevail
and will show me tender mercy;

fill me then with grace again,
So when shall I begin?
Track Name: Jim Quay - Tragic Gap Blues
The Tragic Gap Blues

Today I heard the news and it gave me the blues
you know it does that ev’ry day
I see cynics who quit and idealists who sit
And only dream of what could be
But in between is a dimension where you live within the tension
It’s the place that’s known as the tragic gap.

I’m standin’ I’m standin’
Standin’ in the tragic gap
Yes I’m standin’ I’m standin’
Standin’ in the tragic gap
There isn’t any magic
That will take away the tragic gap.

There’s a possibility that someday reality
Will make an Eden of our land
Meanwhile the poor keep waitin’ while Congress is debatin’
I just don’t understand
It makes me angry I admit But I’m not gonna quit
Instead I’ll take my stand in the tragic gap

I’m standin’ I’m standin’
Standin’ in the tragic gap
Yes I’m standin’ I’m standin’
Standin’ in the tragic gap
There isn’t any magic
That will take away the tragic gap.

There are days when I could flee into dreams and fantasy
Of a land of milk and honey
Or when the powers that be could make a cynic out of me
With their race for power and money.
But though I hope to see the Belov’d Community
I’ll live my life in the tragic gap.

I’m standin’ I’m standin’
Standin’ in the tragic gap
Yes I’m standin’ I’m standin’
Standin’ in the tragic gap
There isn’t any magic
That will take away the tragic gap.
No there isn’t any magic
That will take away the tragic gap.
You don't have to be fanatic or overly-dramatic
To live your life in the tragic gap.
Track Name: Dianne Baker - Song For Caroline
Song For Caroline

Oh, tread lightly. Oh, tread lightly!
Each step may mete out life or death.
Tread lightly on the earth.

The forest floor alive!
Decay gives rise to bloom.
The canopy above will fall,
In death return to womb.
Tread lightly!

Oh, hear deeply. Oh, hear deeply.
The planet breathes in sigh and song.
Hear deeply planet breath.

The music of the leaves,
The voice of frog and bird,
The song all my relations chant
Is wisdom with no word.
Hear deeply!

Oh, risk loving. Oh, risk loving.
With tender trust connecting souls!
Risk loving all your kin!

A soul yearns to be known
Unfettered from the mind.
The atoms at the core of each
Are common and divine.
Risk loving.

(Instrumental)

Oh tread lightly. Oh, hear deeply.
Courageous hearts break wide with space.
Risk loving all our kin.

Hear deeply planet breath!
Tread lightly on the earth!
Track Name: Judy Rose - May You Walk The Beauty Way
May You Walk The Beauty Way
To Karen Wood, with love

May you walk in beauty.
May the sun rise to greet you.
May your dreams direct your path, and the stars be your guide.
May the road rise to meet you.
May the waters be still.
May your spirit be replenished.
May you walk the beauty way, may you walk the beauty way.

I do believe we can receive love, with a healing heart. I do believe we have a place in this world.
Track Name: Brian Braganza - Jump Right In
Jump Right In

There’s something here beneath the surface
Something pulling me in
Something here that I’m not seeing
I’m wondering where to begin

Jump right in with both feet under
Trust yourself with love
Jump right in there’s a world of wonder
In all that we can’t know

It’s more than a moment more than a glance
More than either of us know
It’s all lined up before our eyes
There’s nowhere else we can go

Jump right in with both feet under
Trust yourself with love
Jump right in there’s a world of wonder
In all that we can’t know

When the door closes in your face
You can pound your fist raw
Or turn your back put it behind you
Your whole world opens up

Jump right in with both feet under
Trust yourself with love
Jump right in there’s a world of wonder
In all that we can’t know
Track Name: Jim Sims - Yo Yo Simile Song
Yo Yo Simile Song

Life is like a yo yo,
first you're up then down, Oh
I think that I will go and do
what I've not done before.
I'm tired of all the sufferin
'the Anacin, the Bufferin.
I've had about enougherin’
and I can stand no more.

The meaning of life is ludicrous,
constantly eluding us.
Everyone, including us, is baffled by the truth.
So as I search for reason
through season upon season
I find nothin' quite as pleasin'
as the follies of my youth.

Life is like a yo yo,
first you're up then down, Oh
I think that I will go and do
what I've not done before.
I'm tired of all the sufferin
'the Anacin, the Bufferin.
I've had about enougherin’
and I can stand no more.

Some say that I'm to serious,
that it's making me delerious,
but the shallow make me furious
and that's why I go deep.
Your faith is like the ocean,
you've got to show emotion.
Forget the suntan lotion
just go on and take the leap.

Life is like a yo yo,
first you're up then down, Oh
I think that I will go and do
what I've not done before.
I'm tired of all the sufferin
'the Anacin, the Bufferin.
I've had about enougherin’
and I can stand no more.

So when you think you're down and out
and you've got a lot to frown about,
don't run around and curse and shout,
you’ll only please you foes.
Just find someone who’s able;
Who’s competent and stable,
And leap across the table
And bite them on the nose!

Life is like a yo yo,
first you're up then down, Oh
I think that I will go and do
what I've not done before.
I'm tired of all the sufferin
'the Anacin, the Bufferin.
I've had about enougherin’
and I can stand no more.
Track Name: Scott Simpson, Feat. The 2015 WoLakota Courage Circle - Just To Be Thankful
Just To Be Thankful!
a song of thanks for use in Circle of Trust retreats

We are thankful to be fed,
To have a warm place to lay our heads,
And we are thankful to be loved:
The earth below us, the sky above.
Let us share with open hearts,
No better place or time to start.
Yes, we are thankful to be here,
To be together without fear.

(instrumental)

We are thankful to be fed,
To have a warm place to lay our heads,
And we are thankful to be loved:
The earth below us, the sky above.
Let us share with open hearts,
No better place or time to start.
Yes, we are thankful to be here,
To be together without fear.

Just to be thankful... just to be thankful,
Just to be thankful... just to be thankful,
Just to be thankful... just to be thankful,
Just to be thankful.
Track Name: Sara Thomsen, Feat. Paula Pedersen - The Beauty Of The Dancer
The Beauty of the Dancer

You see the beauty of the dancer,
You hear the beauty of the song
You feel the beauty all around you,
You wonder where do you belong

You are the beauty of the dancer,
You are the beauty of the song
You are the beauty all around you,
You're standing right where you belong

All above you, all below you, all around you, all within you.

Beauty all above you, beauty all below you,
Beauty all around you, beauty all within you

You are beauty
You are beauty
Track Name: Alan Claassen - May The Gift
May The Gift

May the gift I give change me and our world.
(extended instrumental for writing your own lines)

© Alan Claassen

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