Balm for a Cynical Soul

by Hitoshi Yamaguchi

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released April 4, 2016

Produced by Hitoshi Yamaguchi

Engineered by Troy Dixon and Evan Redwine

Recorded in Nashville, TN at Forty-One Fifteen Studio, Creative Workshop, and The Wine Box

Mixed by Chris Payne, except tracks 2 and 4 mixed by Evan Redwine at The Wine Box

Mastered by Chris Frasco at The Brooklyn Outboard

Design by Seth Kiehl

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Hitoshi Yamaguchi: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Cello

Zach Vinson: Piano, Wurlitzer

Chris Payne: Drums, Percussion, Programming

Ben Gortmaker: Electric Guitar, Baritone Guitar, Lap Steel

Adam Ollendorff: Pedal Steel (track 2)

BGVs: Neal Carpenter (track 3), Emily Roig (track 4), Treva Blomquist & Charlie Murphey (track 5), Sarah Carter Wingfield (track 6), Sandra McCracken (track 7), John Paul Roney (track 8)

Group Vocals: Natalie Boyd, Sean Knisely, Emily Roig, Tyler Somers (track 7)

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Track Name: Prelude
Prelude
Music: Hitoshi Yamaguchi
Track Name: Burdened
Burdened
Words & Music: Hitoshi Yamaguchi

Do you worry ’bout the future, do you muddy up the past
Feeling trapped by your circumstances, how long will it last
’Til today becomes tomorrow, and your fear will see new hope
When bitter memories find a sweetness, you knew not long ago

Are you burdened, are you troubled
Are you trying to bust out of here on the double
Are you worried, is there something
That’s been keeping you up at night, restless wondering

The weight of it all, the weight of the fall
It’s not the whole world on your shoulders
Slaving your life away, day after every day
Climbing your hills, and pushing your boulders

Are you burdened, are you troubled
Are you trying to bust out of here on the double
Are you worried, is there something
That’s been keeping you up at night, restless wondering

Have you ever born such suffering, ever known such pain
Ever felt like all your hollow prayers were shouted out in vain
When you're more afraid to live than die
When you're losing all your hope to try

It feels like you're on your own, it feels like the end
Waiting for deliverance, for whatever mercy sends
It hurts to be broken, and it might hurt to be healed
But I know Job, he suffered, and the reason why was not revealed

Are you burdened, are you troubled
Are you trying to bust out of here on the double
Are you worried, is there something
That’s been keeping you up at night, restless wondering
It’s been keeping you up at night, restless wondering
What’s been keeping you up at night, restless wondering
Track Name: Olney Hymnal 92
Olney Hymnal # 92
Words: John Newton (alt. Hitoshi Yamaguchi)
Music: Neal Carpenter & Hitoshi Yamaguchi

Legion was my name by nature,
Satan raged within my breast;
Never misery was greater,
Never sinner more possessed:
Mischievous to all around me,
To myself the greatest foe;
Thus I was, when Jesus found me,
Filled with madness, sin and woe.

Yet in this forlorn condition,
When he came to set me free;
I replied, to my Physician,
“What have I to do with thee?”
But he would not be prevented,
Rescued me against my will;
Had he stayed till I consented,
I would be a captive still.

“Satan, though thou fain wouldst have it,
Know this soul is none of thine;
I have shed my blood to save it,
Now I challenge it for mine,
Though it long has thee resembled,
Henceforth it shall me obey;”
Thus he spoke while Satan trembled,
Gnashed his teeth and fled away.

Thus my frantic soul he healed,
Bid my sins and sorrows cease;
“Take,” he said, “My pardon sealed,
I have saved thee, go in peace:”
Rather take me, LORD, to heaven,
Now thy love and grace I know;
Since thou hast my sins forgiven,
Why should I remain below?

“Love,” he said, “Will sweeten labors,
Thou hast something yet to do;
Go and tell your friends and neighbors,
What my love has done for you:
Live to manifest my glory,
Wait for heav’n a little space;
Sinners, when they hear thy story,
Will repent and seek my face.”
Track Name: Fortress (Psalm 46)
Fortress (Psalm 46)
Words & Music: Hitoshi Yamaguchi

God is our refuge
He is our strength
A present help
In our distress
The mountains crumble
Into the sea
We will not fear for
The Lord hears our plea

Fortress, He is our fortress
The gates of hell will not prevail
He is our fortress
The Lord our God is with us now
He is our fortress

The kingdoms falter
The nations rage
He speaks a word
The earth melts away
He ceases wars
He breaks the bow
He shatters spears
That we would know

Fortress, He is our fortress
The gates of hell will not prevail
He is our fortress
The Lord our God is with us now
He is our fortress

There is a river
A tree of life
In God’s own city
Where death has died
The curse is broken
The nations healed
We’ll see his face
Glory revealed

Fortress, He is our fortress
The gates of hell will not prevail
He is our fortress
The Lord our God is with us now
He is our fortress

Be still and know
That I am God
I’ll be exalted
Lord over all
Be still and know
That I am God
I’ll be exalted
Lord over all
Track Name: Jesus, Be Our Light (Glory, Glory)
Jesus, Be Our Light (Glory, Glory)
Words & Music: Hitoshi Yamaguchi

In our deepest darkness, Jesus, be our light
Be the promised springtime after winter's night
When our steps, they falter, Jesus, show the way
Be our faithful shepherd through the close of day

Glory, glory to Jesus on high
Lift your voice to the Savior
He is worthy of all of our praise
Glory, glory to Jesus
Glory, glory to Jesus

In our weakest failings, Jesus, be our strength
Midst our fears and trials, Lord, be our defense
Through our hardest suffering, Jesus, please redeem
In our great confusion, let your wisdom speak

Glory, glory to Jesus on high
Lift your voice to the Savior
He is worthy of all of our praise
Glory, glory to Jesus
Glory, glory to Jesus

When our hearts are burdened, let us rest in you
Though our lives be broken, you make all things new
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, in your presence: peace
Draw us to the day when we will finally see

Glory, glory to Jesus on high
Lift your voice to the Savior
He is worthy of all of our praise
Glory, glory to Jesus
Glory, glory to Jesus
Track Name: Why Are You Cast Down (Psalms 42 & 43)
Why Are You Cast Down? (Psalms 42 & 43)
Words & Music: Hitoshi Yamaguchi

I remember how I marched up with the multitude
Shouts of praise to the house of God
Now I’m thirsty in the desert, longing for you
When will I see? What can I do?

They say, they say to me, “Where is your God?”
I cry, “It’s been so long, so long, so…”

Why are you cast down, oh my soul, oh my soul?
Why are you so troubled, oh my soul, oh my soul?

I remember how you led me through the lands of old
You sang your love to me night and day
Now I’m drowning in the deep, deep waters alone
Forgotten, grieving a heart grown cold

They say, they say to me, “Where is your God?”
I cry, “It’s been so long, so long, so…”

Why are you cast down, oh my soul, oh my soul?
Why are you so troubled, oh my soul, oh my soul?
Hope in God, praise Him again
Praise the God of salvation

Defend, deliver me, send out your light, your truth
Lead me into your joy, my God, my refuge

Why are you cast down, oh my soul, oh my soul?
Why are you so troubled, oh my soul, oh my soul?
Hope in God, praise Him again
Praise the God of salvation
Track Name: Balm for a Cynical Soul
Balm for a Cynical Soul
Words & Music: Hitoshi Yamaguchi

When the darkness feels like it’s winning
And your fear is stronger than your love
You wonder what kind of world your kids are gonna live in
When everything around you is so far gone

Do you want to hide away
Shut your eyes and numb the pain
Do you want to up and go
Do you need a balm for a cynical soul
Do you need a balm for a cynical soul

When the waiting feels like it’s endless
Your disappointment is stronger than your hope
Everything you try only leaves you restless
Watching all your dreams go up in smoke

Do you want to lock it up
Close the door to your heart
How long have you felt so alone
Do you need a balm for a cynical soul
Do you need a balm for a cynical soul

When the trust you had feels like it’s broken
All your doubting is stronger than your faith
Every week you’re stuck just going through the motions
Makes you wonder if you lost your way

Do you want to find it again
That love you can’t understand
Are you looking for a way back home
Do you need a balm for a cynical soul
Do you need a balm for a cynical soul
Track Name: The Lord's Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer
Music: Hitoshi Yamaguchi

Our Father
In heaven
Hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread
Would you forgive, forgive our debts
As we forgive those in our debt

And lead us not
Into temptation
But deliver us
From the evil one

Thine is the kingdom, the power, the glory
Forever and ever, amen amen

Thine is the kingdom, the power, the glory
Now and forever, amen amen

Thine is the kingdom, the power, the glory
Forever and ever, amen amen

Amen amen
Amen amen