Fish Hooks

Recorded 2012

PERSONNEL

  • Christine "The Axe" Dempster: Vocals on Blinded and Abide With Me
  • "Dangerous" Dave Maikowski: Guitar and inspiration of story on Lift Me Up. Mandolin on Give U Life
  • Andy Dempster: All other instruments and vocals

All words and music Copyright 2012 Andy Dempster. EXCEPT Blinded which was co-written with Steve Grimes and Abide With Me Text: Henry F. Lyte, 1793-1847 Music: W.H. Monk, 1823-1889. Collide uses portions of the T.S. Elliot poem "The Hollow Men".

lyrics

SAVE THE WORLD

I've tried I can't change the world alone.
I can't save the world.
Not me. I can't do it.
I've worked my fingers to the bone,
I still can't save the world alone.
Not me. I can't do it.


There was a time when I was young
I thought that I could save the world if not the universe
But now I'm older and I'm tired and I'm angry and I'm bitter and I'm cold.
Am I all alone?

Chorus

There was a time when I was right
A fleeting moment but I still recall it happening
But now like everyone I'm wrong and insignificant and painfully unknown
Am I all alone?

Won't you help me change it? (Am I alone?)
Won't you help me do it? (Am I alone?)
Won't you help me save the world?
Together we can try it. (I'm not alone.)
Oh Lord, we've got to do it (I'm not alone.)
Won't you help me save the world?

Chorus

There was a time I loved adventure
I sought a challenge and I looked it in the eye
But now I sit and watch my TV as my brain decays I'm stupid and I'm numb.
Is it even on?

BLINDED

Blinded by the things I own
Blinded by the known unknown
Blinded and I have to be shown
I can't see you with what I'm looking through
No I can't see you with what I'm looking through


When morning breaks over a new horizon
Will you be there?
Or still there lyin' in the bed you made
Without even tryin' to make a change
Make a change

Are you blinded?

When the shadows fall over the last horizon
Are you now aware?
Or still there lyin' to yourself today
With no tomorrow to make a change
You better make that change

Cause your blinded.
Sometimes I need to be reminded.

I've been
Blinded by the things I own
Blinded by the known unknown
Blinded and I have to be shown
I can't see you with what I'm looking through
No I can't see you with what I'm looking through

BROKENHEARTED ANGEL

Lost in a dark and lonely world
From which they're never gonna get back home
Living in a van down by the river
And the giver of life ain't nowhere

They're so cold, sometimes aimless sometimes lifeless
But there's so much potential for change there
Good or bad. Bad or worse but sometimes better
They just need a push or shove and some help from above. Help from above.

Brokenhearted Angel's gonna take you home
Brokenhearted Angel's gonna make you whole
Gonna bring the peace and love of heaven right here on earth
Gonna help you take away the hurt


Life was never happy in her childhood
So she never wants to go back home
In her heart there's so much room for the hopeless
Cause her own hope has been taken away

She's alone, brokenhearted so she spends her time
Giving of herself to others
Day or night she's a beacon in the harbor
Cause she fears that no one else is out there (my sister) out there (my brother)

Chorus

Brokenhearted Angel time get back home.
Brokenhearted Angel does this make you whole?
You can bring the peace bring the love bring heaven right here on earth
But will it help you take away the hurt?
Nothing here can take away the hurt.

Cross my heart, cross my path we'll cross this river
And we're never gonna go back home

COLLIDE

"This emptiness is killing me!", she said with a smile
"So won't you sit and talk to me and relieve me for awhile
I don't know much about you but I sure like your style."

She said, "Silence is a thing which we can not avoid
Still we treat it like a demon which must be destroyed
If you stay awhile you might fill my void."

Rescue me! Rescue me, I'm so lonely!
Rescue me! I need you tonight!
Rescue me


"I hear voices in inside me I just don't understand.
They say they're hear to guide me but I'm sure they're not my friend.
And I pray to God in heaven that this chaos will end."

Rescue me! Rescue me, I'm so lonely!
Rescue me! I need you tonight!
Rescue me
From the pain and the silence around me.
From the feelings deep down inside that collide and astound me


So if you see me coming, please don't pass me by
Take a look into my eyes you'll see a person inside
And if there's no one there well at least we've tried.

Rescue me! Rescue me, I'm so lonely!
Rescue me! I need you tonight!
Rescue me
From the pain and the silence around me.
From the feelings deep down inside that collide and astound me
Feelings deep down inside that collide and astound me

FOR CRYIN' OUT SIDEWAYS

For cryin' out sideways
It's on You not the world I should gaze
I don't seek you all of my days
And I won't give you all of my praise
For cryin' out sideways


I slip in then back out
When I call to You
I scream and shout
Where have you been?
I'm at my wit's end and I need help again!

Not a straight line its a curve
To treat You like this I've gotta lot of nerve
Still I come back for more
When I feel insecure
And you don't close the door

Chorus

It's on You not the world I should gaze
I don't seek you all of my days
And I won't give you all of my praise
For cryin' out sideways

Love my neighbor? Have you lost your mind?
Many are far too unkind
This life can be hard
when you won't leave your yard
Because your scared to be scarred

So please change me I fervently pray
But tomorrow, cause I'm busy today
Still I can find the time
for the slime and the grime
and not my upward climb

Chorus

I spin and turn and twist it.
I twist and spin and turn it.

For cryin' out sideways
It's on You not the world I should gaze
I don't seek you all of my days
And I won't give you all of my praise
All down when I follow Your ways
And I live my life in a haze

ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN

You think that I'm a sinner
And you're sure that you're a saint
I've got news for you my brother
And that holy picture that you paint

Come back down one foot in heaven come back down
Come back down and join your bothers come back down
Come back down it ain't your time yet come back down


You walk around in public
With a halo on your head
But behind closed curtains
You wear devil horns instead
Right on your head

Come back down one foot in heaven come back down
Come back down and join your bothers come back down
Come back down it ain't your time yet come back down


You think that we're all sinners
Just as sure that you're a saint
We've got news for you my brother
And that holy picture that you paint
I know you ain't!

Come back down one foot in heaven come back down
Come back down and join your bothers come back down
Come back down it ain't your time yet come back down

DANGER WITHOUT

If I could peer behind your iron curtain
you're thinking that she's doing something wrong
You smile and tell her something nice
Grit your teeth but don't think twice
about her future as more problems come along

Living right is never easy,
But living wrong is no way to die
You can speak the truth in love
A push does not become a shove
Instead you scratch your head and wonder why

Danger Danger without
Becomes stranger in this life and throughout
Without love and
Without grace
It's like a smack across the face
Still there's danger. Danger without.

Danger Without. Danger Without.


I have to guess since you won't tell me
Your thinking that I'm wrong or overblown
Because of politics today
just be careful what you say
or you'll have to drink your coffee all alone

Danger Danger without
Becomes stranger in this life and throughout
Without love and
Without grace
It's like a smack across the face
Still there's danger. Danger without.
Danger Danger without
I've been a stranger in this life all throughout
Without Your love
Without Your grace
We're all just lost souls out of place
Still there's danger. Danger without.

Danger Without. Danger Without.

LUNATIC (YOUR LIGHT)

Do they ever look about?
Doesn't seem they do
Say that they're your children
How can that be true?

And I'm helping where I can
But I fear this attitude
Makes me look like a lunatic
When I stand by you and you

Running here and there
I dont think they care
All they do is stare
Is anyone in there?

As I glide through life
Help me to shine
Your light

And when I slide in life
Help me to find
Your light


Do they ever look about?
I can't believe they do
Say that they're my family
How can that be true?

Someone to relate to?
Help in my time of need?
And those who are in charge here
Are ill-equipped to lead

And I'm here on the inside?
What about the outside?
Who's got my backside?
'Cause I just lost my stride

As I glide through life
Help me to shine
Your light

And when I slide in life
Help me to find
Your light


And I'm here on the inside?
What about the outside?
There's gotta be an upside
Or should I run and hide?

GIVE U LIFE
Come to me and I'll give you peace
Come to me and I'll give you rest
Come to me and I'll give you strength
Come to me and I'll make your burden light

Gonna give you life, life, life
Give you life
Gonna give you life, life, life
Give you life


Come to me and I'll fill your cup
Come to me and I'll make you whole
Come to me I'm gonna fill you up
Come to me and I'll set your feet aright

Gonna give you life, life, life
Give you life
Gonna give you life, life, life
Give you life


Come to me and I'll bring you joy
Come to me and I'll bring you light
Come to me and I'm gonna give you love
Come to me and I'm gonna change your life

Gonna give you life, life, life
Give you life
Gonna give you life, life, life
Give you life


On my rock you will stand
And they'll never bring you down
Any time you call on me
I'll always be around
Oh I'm here to give you life
LIFT ME UP

And you know I'm going down . . .

Driving through life with blinders on my eyes
You often spoke to me I refused to recognize
By the standards of this world I was doing just fine
But my wheels were only spinning in the grand design

Look up. Wake up.

Your whisper in my ear became crack across my head
Crashing in my car with a friend who now was dead
A hand reached down to guide and pull me through
Comfort like I'd never felt before it filled me too

Look up. Lift me up! Wake up. Lift me up!

Lift me up because I'm falling
Lift me up don't let me go
Lift me up I hear you calling
Lift me up from way down below


"You took my friend not me"
I couldn't understand
In the driver's seat died another man
You had a plan that day that You revealed to me
Live my life in You so it's You the world will see

Look up. Lift me up! Wake up. Lift me up!

Lift me up because I'm falling
Lift me up don't let me go
Lift me up I hear you calling
Lift me up from way down below


I was bleeding from head
You were bleeding from your hands
Lord you died for me now I finally understand
Lord you died for me now I finally understand
Gonna live my life for you won't you take me by the hand
Lift me up because I'm falling
Lift me up don't let me go
Lift me up I hear you calling
Lift me up from way down below

ABIDE WITH ME

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

I need thy presence every passing hour.
What but thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Text: Henry F. Lyte, 1793-1847
Music: W.H. Monk, 1823-1889

HOPE

Come say you want me
Admit you need me
I'm going change things
So you better start spreading the news

Let's go
C'mon Let's Go
Gonna take control
I'm gonna give you hope

Let's go
C'mon Let's Go
I'm gonna give you hope
And never let you go


I know you're broken
I am here to heal you
So are you listening
I've got so much hope so little time

Let's go
C'mon Let's Go
Gonna take control
I'm gonna give you hope

Let's go
C'mon Let's Go
I'm gonna give you hope
And never let you go


Deep down inside I feel just like you do
Deep down inside I am the same as you

Let's go
C'mon Let's Go
Gonna take control
I'm gonna give you hope

Let's go
C'mon Let's Go
I'm gonna give you hope
And never let you go

PERFECT LIFE
In a rearview mirror life gives us perfect sight.
Things brighten up just like day from night.
Just yesterday you were two or three
Sitting on your Grandpa's knee
You and mom were having tea.

As life goes on there's more complexity
It makes us long for the simplicity
Just yesterday you were 9 or 10
Playing with your favorite friend
The summertime would never end

It's such a perfect lie
That there's a perfect life
Watching the time roll
Chasing the rainbow.
It's all a stupid lie.


In the misty morning,
Van's heart was pumping.
We did our share of skipping and a jumping, too.
Just yesterday you were 17.
Hangin' at the Dairy Queen
Friday night was so routine

It's such a perfect lie
That there's a perfect life
Watching the time roll
Chasing the rainbow.
It's all a stupid lie.


When we set our sights on the amazing things
They can get obscured by the pain it brings
And you're younger now then when you were 25.
Trying to keep the dream alive.
There's more to life than just survive.

There's more to life the more the more you leave behind
Remember the great have often been maligned
Just yesterday you were 33.
Did you ever think you'd be
Just another a part of history?

It's such a perfect lie
That there's a perfect life
Watching the time roll
Chasing the rainbow.
It's all a stupid lie.

ALONE

Through times of trouble
There is comfort here for me
Though I might not always see it
Through my own self-misery

There is hope that I can cling to
There is a peace we all should know
And share with those around us
For the bible tells us so

For God so loved, this broken world
He gave his only son to die
And on that cross, the final day
He was lifted up on high
Now we stand without a blemish
Or a sin before his throne
Something we could never do alone.