We Walk in the Garden Lyrics, Credits & Chords

Album released 7/22/19
Recorded in Boone, NC

All songs written by John Lucas Kovasckitz
Produced and engineered by Everett Hardin
Production assistance: Everly Hardin
Mastered by Dave Wilton

John Lucas Kovasckitz: vocals, piano, acoustic guitars
Tim Roberts: drums, percussion
Everett Hardin: cello, wizardry
Caroline Hardin: violin, BGVs
Justin Mower: electric guitars
Glenn Deuel: electric guitars
Luke Skaggs: electric guitars, banjo, fiddle
Erin Deuel: BGVs
Group vocals: Sarah DeShields, Kevin DeShields,
Caroline Hardin, Ethan Hardin, Glenn Deuel, Erin Deuel,
Mikayla Brown, Nicole Tester, Amanda Opelt



We Walk in the Garden

We walk in the garden
Though we know it not

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God is my father
The earth is my mother
The soil my sister
The forest my brother
The river the Spirit
That joins us together
We walk in the garden
We walk in the garden



Be My Courage


There's blood in these streets of revolution
Of distant warriors, distant kings
Ages old have wrapped their mysteries
In legends worn like magic rings

I'm no priest and I'm no prophet
Neither monk nor modern man
I'm no shepherd I'm no warrior
And I'm unsure of my own land

Oh God my song is but a whisper
And I don't know if I can shout
But if you truly are inside me
Be my courage when I doubt

Maybe every song starts small
From a whisper to a cry
Maybe we're all shepherd warriors
Or maybe lions, you and I

Be my voice when I tremble
Be my strength when I'm weak
Be my path in the darkness
And every word I speak

I'd rather stumble than fear the whiskey
I'd rather bleed than fear the rod
For you are King of my companions:
The weak, the broken, and the flawed

Lead me, Father, to the Pharaohs
And put your Spirit on my tongue
Guide me, Father, from the desert
Let not your song remain unsung

Be my voice when I tremble
Be my strength when I'm weak
Be my path in the darkness
And every word I speak

Love is Never Wasted


Build a home
Though it seems the world’s all sinking sand these days
Your foundation is the faith
That love endures always

Show forgiveness
When the world’s bitterly unkind
This clothes the naked
And clears the eyes of the blind

Love, love is never wasted
It never stays in the ground

Show mercy to the outlaw
The stranger and the thief
For God came as an outlaw
To share our cup of grief

Love your enemy
And you will raise the dead
Feed the poor
And you’ll taste heaven’s bread

Love, love is never wasted
It never stays in the ground

Show your children
How to love when they are young
A seed will plant a forest
Before your days are done

Trade not your hope
To claim your scrap of earth
For the kingdom is a mystery
Of death and then rebirth




Outcast No Longer


Come on out with joy
Be led forth in peace
There is no fear in love, my darling
And in love you are released

Come and drink, outcast no longer
Slave now master of the wind
Breathe to life the bones of justice
Teach us, Mother, how to dance again

With the song of freedom on our lips
We’ll wake up the dawn

Oh-oh-oh rise from your slumber
Oh-oh-oh rise from your tomb
Come to life with songs of thunder
Wake the dead, rise from thy womb

With the song of freedom on our lips
We’ll wake up the dawn

Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid



The Quick and the Dead

I've waited years
By the water's side
For angels
To come and stir the water's tide

But the quickest men
Have passed me every time
And no angel
Has yet to toss a single dime

Oh Jesus,
when will you come again?
For I've seen no hope
In the eyes of crippled men

Oh it seems
That we're all quick or we're dead
There's no mercy here
At this water's head

You don't have to wait, you don't have to wait
You don't have to wait, for the waters to be stirred
...For these waters to be stirred




Stained Glass


We’re all stained glass windows
Bracing for the stones
Borders of steel
All hiding that we’re just flesh and bones
Teach me forgiveness, mercy
Mercy for my own skin
That I may see you in the distance
Oh refugee, enter in
For every brother, every stranger
Holds the face of God
Oh I hold the face of God
Oh I hold the face of God

(Repeat)

...we all hold the face of God
We all hold the face of God

Let the light come in
Let the light come in



What Can Ever Come

I am not the hard man
That you've been sold
In stories that you were told
When you were young with no coins to spare

Oh I have not kept count of
The times you've strayed
My darling, for all your days
I've been by your side

What can ever come between us?

You have feared my judgement
And wrestled with my justice
But do you know
My ways at all?

For you have conjured visions
Of wrath and fire eternal
But my revenge is love
And forgiveness my sword

What can ever come between us?

Feel my rain like kisses
Come heal your pain and sickness
Leave your fear, come dancing home

I have never left you
No I have never left you
Oh I have never left you
And I never will

What can ever come
What can ever come
What can ever come
Between us?



Great Love is a Fragile Thing

Hallelujah, Christ has risen
To raise the down-trodden
Death itself has found its ending
The lynched man breathes again

Rich man, rich man, strive no longer
Bow through the needle’s eye
Enter, enter, the land of promise
The peace you cannot sell nor buy

Lay your treasures at the feet of
The child who came for us
Oh, great love is a fragile thing
That raises the dead in us

Wise man, wise man, follow the stars
Drink wisdom at a child’s feet
Children, children, find your power
At your songs the angels weep

Daughter, daughter, find your beauty
No longer through the eyes of man
Dance with might through rows of bondage
You were loved before the world began

Lay your treasures at the feet of
The child who came for us
Oh, great love is a fragile thing
That raises the dead in us


Let the (Filthy) Dance With the (Righteous)


We have spent our days
Forgetting and remembering
Forgetting and remembering
Your goodness

And we have been afraid
That you have turned your face
That you have taken flight
And forsaken us

Oh death,
We have felt your sting
Oh darkness,
We're weary of your wings

But deep we know
That we are all called child
Beneath these chains
Our hearts are still wild

The teachers of the law
Give rations of your freedom
But we haven't tasted hope
In a long time

For they've poisoned all your wine
And they've spoiled all your bread
And we can't find your body
Though you've risen from the dead

Oh death,
We have felt your sting
Oh darkness,
We're weary of your wings

But deep we know
That we are all called child
Beneath these chains
Our hearts are still wild

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Dance with all your might
Dance among the shadows
Dance until the darkness becomes light

Let the filthy dance with the righteous
Until there's no more daylight and darkness


Oh Great Mystery


You are the home I’ve never left
But never been to
Like a father gone to war
I cannot reach you

Are you my memory
Are you my promise?
Do you remember me
Oh are you conscious?

Oh great Mystery,
Can I touch you?
Guide my fingers to your wounds
For I’ve seen tricks and I’ve seen villains
Oh the stench of Death’s sweet perfume

Oh great Mystery,
Have I met you?
Are you scarred like my sweetest friend?