Orbits

by Keith Kitchen

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@petkau It would be a shame if this actually ended up being Keith's last album, because Orbits stands as my favourite album of his. The core songwriting of Keith and his guitar are always there, but this album feels a step above on instrumentation and production. Let's hope he keeps going. Favorite track: The Weight of a Dream.
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Kristin Hi Keith, I just listened to your new album and love it. My favorites are the first and last tracks. I think I'm going to listen to Night Prayer every night!
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This 4th Studio album from Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter Keith Kitchen

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released November 18, 2016

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Track Name: Keeper of the Fire
Keeper of the Fire

Hide me here in the cleft of the rock
And place Your hand over me
Shield my eyes as Your glory passes by
It's more than I can bear to see

I have come through the desert
Rested with your angel there awhile
You called to me under a dry and lifeless tree
Hopeless and lost and ready to die

Chorus:
Now I am here at the centre of it all
And You're closer than I could dare to dream
Keeper of the fire and the wind
Whisper Your name to me

I get caught up in this moment
Where everything seems so clear
And I drink deep of heaven's perfect peace
And there's no room left to fear

You have fed me by the river
And brought Your Ravens to my side
Through the years of drought I spent in the widow's house
The jar of oil did not run dry

Chorus:
Now I am here at the centre of it all
And You're closer than I could dare to dream
Keeper of the fire and the wind
Whisper Your name to me

Chorus:
Now I am here at the centre of it all
And You're closer than I could dare to dream
Keeper of the fire and the wind
Whisper Your name to me
Whisper Your name...
Track Name: Never Been to War
Never Been to War

I was born beside cool water
I'm the son of a preacher's daughter
And I've never been to war

I was raised with a firm right hand
My father is a good man
And I've never been to war

Chorus 1:
There's a little hope inside every song I sing
Try to let it go, it just comes right back again
Oh these mountains will make diamonds out of ordinary men
I believe it all, but then, I have never been to war

So spin me out across
mirrored faces, timeless spaces
Where the blue sky meets the land

For I am graced by
Wind and sunshine spray and straight lines
Make my bed upon the sand

Chorus 2:
There's a little hope inside every song I sing
Tried to let it go, it just comes right back again
Oh these rivers, they will leave you in the company of friends
I have seen through to the end, though I've never been to war

Bridge:
And in a moment this will all be over
Close your eyes and wiggle your toes
We are headed toward some glorious transformation
And what we shall become, no one really knows

I am wading
under moonlight bathed in starlight
Somewhere out beyond the shore

Would you meet me
On that morning, oh my soul is yearning
To hear the lions at the door


Chorus 3:
There's a little hope inside every song I sing
Try to let it go, it just comes right back again
We are wandering here like beggars, someday soon we will be kings
As though waking from a dream
Though I've never...
Oh I've never been to war
Track Name: A Clean Break
A Clean Break

Let's make a clean break
Let's make a fresh start
Turn over a new leaf
Skip right to the best part
Hitch up the wagons
We're headed West
We've heard of fertile fields over hill and vale
But baby we ain't been there yet
You're a good woman and I know your will is strong
But this well's been drawn
And honey it's time for moving on

It's been a good run
We've put up a good fight
We've worked our hands raw
We've stayed up worrying into the night
But there are golden fields
Somewhere under a blue sky
You tell me this land is our home
But I see that faraway look in your eyes
And no one believed you'd ever hold this long
You proved them wrong
But honey it's time for moving on

Bridge:
We've sown good seed in this soil, here
But somehow we only get dust
We could press on, but darlin' I fear
We're in for more sorrow and heartache and rust
Before it's too late,
Let's make a clean break

...You're a good woman and I know your will is strong
But this well's been drawn
And honey it's time for moving on
Track Name: Miracle
Miracle

Prayers all ricochet off the ceiling
Feels like heaven's made of brass
What could this silence be revealing
How long will your indifference last

I have kept my way blameless
There is no blood on these hands
Bent my knee in your temple
And I am not a greedy man

Oh, but I could use a miracle tonight
Oh I could use a miracle tonight

Why do the wicked seem to prosper
While the righteous live in need
And still our prayers go unanswered
Why won't you listen to my plea

Oh I could use a miracle tonight
Oh I could use a miracle tonight

Come quickly to my aid Lord
rend the heavens and come down
Hear your servant in the hour of need
Till then, there's no help to be found

And I could use a miracle tonight
Oh I could use a miracle tonight
Oh I could use a miracle tonight
Track Name: Ghost in the Halls
Ghost in the Halls

My heart's an old house
With a ghost in the halls
There are creaks in my floorboards
And fingerprints on the walls
And as hard as I try
To pretend You're not there
I hear the shuffling of feet
As we pass on the stairs

Chorus 1:
And You don't know when to quit
I have cast You out more times
than I care to admit
How long will we carry on this way
How long do You intend to stay, stay, stay

Like and old ocean liner
On a dark Arctic sea
I have sailed these rough waters
Filled with ice and debris
You're the salty old captain
With the wheel in his grip
And a stubborn commitment
to go down with this ship

Chorus 2:
And You don't know when to quit
I have mutinied more times
than I care to admit
How long will we carry on this way
How long do You intend to stay, stay, stay

Bridge:
I have drowned You in bourbon
tranquilized You with gin
smoked You out like a bandit
You keep waltzing back in

And so we are caught
In this cosmic stalemate
I'm the desolate moon
Resigned to my fate
But You are the star
Shine Your light on my face
And hold me in orbit
As we go spinning through space

Chorus 3:
And You don't know when to quit
But Your love will outlast
my attempts to resist
How long will we carry on this way
Promise me You'll never leave
and I'll come around someday...
Track Name: The Weight of a Dream
Weight of a Dream

Me and the Magic Man went for a long drive
On past the desert of rejection one day, he said
"I was a prodigy, I was a rising star
I never dreamed my life would turn out this way

Call it a misdirection, call it a sleight of hand
I never get to choose my own cards
Maybe it's out there, floating in the ether
Maybe it's decided somewhere, written in the stars"

You can spend your life, waiting for that phone call
Nothing's ever as good as it seems
We're all straining toward that horizon
Struggling under the weight of a dream

I knew a Geographer, let's call him "Bob"
He couldn't read a map to save his life, he said
"I spent years wandering in circles
Now I'm just trying to get home to my wife.

Call it a premonition, maybe it's my addled mind
I start to worry when things go a little too good
Sometimes I close my eyes and squint into the future
Where I write comic books in a house in the woods."

You can spend your life, waiting for that phone call
Nothing's ever as bad as it seems
We're all straining toward that horizon
Struggling under the weight of a dream

Bridge:
And the Moneyman laughs, oh cause he knows
it's all just a game
We talk about werewolves and dream that we're heroes
and sail ships through puddles in the rain


Michael's a baker, used to be a preacher, maybe he's an angel,
Even the Magic Man can't tell.
He says, everything's rising like bread in the oven
Some day we'll get there and all will be well.

You can spend your life, waiting for that phone call
Nothing's ever as good as it seems
We're all straining toward that horizon
Struggling under the weight of a dream
Track Name: I Got Shoes
I Got Shoes

Oh, oh, I got shoes
Oh, oh, I got shoes
Oh, oh, I got shoes
Oh, oh, I got shoes

I got shoes, you got shoes
All of God's children got shoes
When I get to heaven gonna put on my shoes
Gonna walk all over God's Heaven. Heaven
Everybody talkin' 'bout Heaven ain't goin' there
Heaven. heaven. Gonna walk all over God's Heaven

I got a robe, you got a robe
All of God's children got a robe
When I get to heaven gonna put on my robe
Gonna walk all over God's Heaven. Heaven
Everybody talkin' 'bout Heaven ain't goin' there
Heaven. heaven. Gonna walk all over God's Heaven

I got a crown, you got a crown
All of God's children got a crown
When I get to heaven gonna put on my crown
Gonna walk all over God's Heaven. Heaven
Everybody talkin' 'bout Heaven ain't goin' there
Heaven. heaven. Gonna walk all over God's Heaven

I got a song, you got a song
All of God's children got a song
When I get to heaven gonna sing a new song
Gonna walk all over God's Heaven. Heaven
Everybody talkin' 'bout Heaven ain't goin' there
Heaven. heaven. Gonna walk all over God's Heaven

Oh, ooh, I got shoes
Oh, ooh, I got shoes
Oh, ooh, I got shoes
Oh, ooh, I got shoes

And It won't be Heaven 'til we all got shoes
Track Name: Make a Way
Make A Way

We're hemmed in
Pressed down and whittled thin
Tangled in a fowler's snare

Underground
Too deep to hear a sound
Desperately we gasp for air

Through all of our trials
Make a way, make a way
We wait here groaning day after day
Long You have been my shield and my stay
We ask You, Oh Lord
Make a way

My enemies
Have made a fool of me
Even now they taunt me in my grief

Rise to my defence
Uphold my innocence
Surely You can bring some relief

Through all of our trials
Make a way, make a way
We wait here groaning day after day
Long You have been my shield and my stay
We ask You, Oh Lord
Make a way
Track Name: Captivated
Captivated

Eyes to see the sun rise o'er the lake
Skies of blue and grey
I pause to take it in
And turn it o'er again
I am captivated

Rise to glimpse the last few morning stars
Light years away from ours
Around their orbits race
Suspended by this grace
I am captivated

Vast the realms which tether all of this
Quarks and synapses
A Universe so small
Though I can't grasp it all
I am captivated
Track Name: Contrition
Contrition

All the palms I have laid at Your feet
are now the ashes that cover over me
I have nothing but contrition to bring
Oh, repentance is my only offering

All the vows I have made in my zeal
Were as reckless as a drunk behind the wheel
I have nothing but contrition to bring
Oh, repentance is my only offering

But You have made a way for me
And I will not despair
I will come on bended knee
You will do the rest

I am choking on the smoke
from all the bridges I have burned
I have scuttled all my ships
and there are lessons I have learned
I have nothing but contrition to bring
Oh, repentance is my only offering

But You have made a way for me
And I will not despair
I will come on bended knee
You will do the rest
Track Name: Night Prayer
Night Prayer


It is night, night is for stillness
Let us be still in the presence of God
After a long day of labours and troubles
Day's last light fades and the shadows grow long
What has been done has been done
And all we have left undone
Dear child, let it be
Let it be

In this night, darkness reminds us
We face much evil without and within
Cast your fears, and all of your struggles
Onto the One who can pardon your sin
All of your dread and your fears
All of your sins and your tears
Fear not, child and sleep
Let it be

Even now, shrouded in darkness
We know the night will give way to the dawn
Morning shall break, and bring its new mercies
And all of creation will break forth in song
'Til then, grant Your peace
To all those who have no peace
Oh Lord, let it be
Let it be