Genesis

by Natasha Akery

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Created to promote biblical literacy.

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released August 19, 2011

Lyrics, Guitar and Vocals: Natasha Akery
Percussion: Matt Akery
Bass and Audio Engineering: Patrick McKeone
Album Art: Marcus Amaker

Recorded at Francis Street Lofts

© Natasha Akery 2011

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Track Name: Eve
I heard the sound of You
Walk in the cool of the day
A sound like rain,
A sound like wind and change

But I’d never felt this way
A new world forming ‘round me
I was afraid,
I hid my face on my knees

I desire You

Arise, My darling
My lovely one, come to Me
Don’t be ashamed
For you are fearfully made

No waters can quench Me
No fire can tame Me
I won’t leave you alone

I desire you

Don’t hide your face from
Come and embrace
Hide in this place with me
I love you

I desire you
Track Name: Cain
I hate who You’ve made me to be
I can’t stand the sight of me
The ground beneath my feet cries out

Brother’s blood is on my hands
Am I his keeper?
You’ve driven me away
I can’t see Your face

All I want is You
All I want is to please You
All I want is You
All I want is You

I’m a wanderer and I’m a fugitive
All the world would have my head
On an altar

You can tell me that You’ll protect
But I’d rather end my life
Than walk out of Your sight

All I want is You
All I want is to please You
All I want is You
All I want is You
Track Name: Noah
Grab our sons, tell their wives to hustle
We’ve got to get inside ‘cause the Lord
Is gonna rip a hole in the sky
Lead them beats in two by two, damn,
I hope I’ve made enough room for us all
To brave through this storm

Do you trust me to trust Him?
I’m too afraid to disobey

God regrets everything He’s made, He’s sendin’
Storm clouds, there’s Hell to pay for our sins
We’ve worn His patience thin
Forty days of heavy rain is gonna
Drive you and I insane on a boat
Full of beasts and creepin’ things

Do you trust me to trust Him?
I’m too afraid to disobey

The waters subsided
You and I rubbed our eyes and lead the kids outside
Our God said He’ll never curse the ground,
Blot us out, but I can tell you’re hurt
Above us – a rainbow
Can we count on Him or is it all for show?
I don’t want to believe
I had made you wrongly count on me
Track Name: Isaac
You made my father lie to me
Lead me up a hill and tie me down
You made my father love You more
How could I forget what You said?

“Take now your only son whom you love
And offer up his blood to me
I will call you faithful, I will make you fruitful
But first give him up to Me”

You made my father hold a knife to me
Turn his face away and close his eyes
I held my breath, You changed Your mind
How could I forget what You said?

“Take now your only son whom you love
Untie his hands and feet, set him free
All the world will be blessed, all will call you righteous
But first go and set him free”

I couldn’t go back with him, I couldn’t turn back to You
Do You even comprehend what You put me through?
Are You just using me for some greater scheme?
Why have You forsaken me?

“Take now My only Son whom I love
And nail His body to a tree
I will call you blameless, bathe you with forgiveness
But first give Him up to Me”
Track Name: Leah
I know I’m not your type
Not real easy on the eyes
But you know I’m faithful
And eager to please
I’m sure you don’t prefer
To share my bed at night
But we can blow the candles out
And pretend I’m someone else

Every time you wake up beside me you forget my face, don’t recall my name, you don’t love me
You don’t love me like I love you

One son after the other
Makes me a mother of nations
But you’re far from expressing
Your love and your blessing to us
What am I supposed to do
When nothing’s ever good enough?
You’ve had my heart for all these years,
But it’s more like a thorn in your side

Every time you wake up beside me you forget my face, don’t recall my name, you don’t love me
You don’t love me like I love you

I’ll praise the Lord despite you
I’ll praise the Lord to spite you
All the world will know you don’t love me like I love you
Track Name: Jacob
Night fell on me like a heavy dream
Of angels coming and going
I thought I heard You say
You’d keep me safe and walk with me

I waited by the riverside for Esau
To come and take my life
Like I took his own years ago

Israel, I struggle to be redeemed
Israel, You freely give Your blessing

I wrestle with You before dawn
When the night is darkest
And You break me down
Till there’s nothing left but a new name

Israel, I struggle to be redeemed
Israel, You freely give Your blessing

Shed the skin, shear the lies I left behind
Dress me with a blessing truly mine
Shed the skin, shear the lie that made me blind
Dress me with a blessing truly mine

Israel, I struggle to be redeemed
Israel, You freely give Your blessing
Track Name: Tamar
You can’t recognize my face behind a veil
And in the dark
You can’t tell that I’m the one who shared a bed
With two of your dead sons

You can do what you want with me
‘Cause I’ll get mine
Everything that you owe me, you will repay
In ways you can’t even see

You’ve made a fool of me
But I will make a fool of you

I took the ring off your finger
And the staff from your hand
You knelt down and knew me well
But you left as quick as you came

You’ve made a fool of me
But I will make a fool of you

Your sons grew in my womb
Harsh men threw me at your feet
You sought out to end my life
But your ring’s on my finger
And your staff is at my side

You’ve made a fool of me
But I will make a fool of you
Track Name: Benjamin
Joseph, Rachel – our mother – is gone
Her last words named me Ben-Oni
“Son of her suffering”
Our father keeps me close to him
He calls me Benjamin
The last of her kin

I wish she could be here
To wrap her arms around us
I wish she wasn’t dead ‘cause of me

Joseph, I always thought you were dead
Our half-brothers never said
What they put you through
Growing up I would pretend that you
And mother were still alive
Always by my side

I wish she could be here
To wrap her arms around us
I wish she wasn’t dead ‘cause of me

Brother, I don’t really know you
But I know what it’s like to
Leave an old name behind
Come and weep on me
Shed your tears, your grief
Rachel – our mother – is dead
But I am here for you in her stead