the Collection EP

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released 24 September 2011
all songs were written, arranged, performed, recorded, blah blah blah by David Wimbish (except the following:)
Drums on "Jericho" written and performed by Luke Thompson
Piano on "Jericho" written by Christina Goss
Girly Vocals on "Jericho", "Lazarus", "Fever", "Leper" and "Stones" by Mira Wimbish
Group vocals on "Lazarus" and "Stones" by Chase Salmons, Helen Marie and Jimmy Humphrey, Caleb Cordes, Philip Keller, Veanez Reyes, Whitney Johnson and anyone else I forgot (sorry!)

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the Collection Greensboro, North Carolina

The banjo-keys-glock-strings-brass-woodwinds-timpani-boy/girl-vocals-etc. of David Wimbish’s Greensboro collective may at first recall the figurine-songs of Sufjan Stevens – but only until one of the 12-member band’s delirious crescendos erupts. Wimbish employs as many as 20 instruments per track, yet the arrangements are judicious when they need to be- Shuffle Magazine ... more

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Track Name: Dirt
Abraham was scared to die, forsook his wife within a lie
I think I know the reason why; cause he was made of dirt
Joseph's coat was full of pride, the blood of goats won't wash you white if I was his brother, I'd have lied and left him in the dirt

Moses never entered in to land he thought was promised him; he took his people 'round again to pick manna from the dirt
Solomon became so wise with many wifes and concubines, he fell for every single lie, yeah, his head was full of dirt

David's where I got my name, abusing power, abusing fame he stole a girl, her husband slain, left six feet in the dirt
and peter fell to his own shame, denied his love, denied his name, he ran away when the people came to nail him to the dirt
Samson only thought it fair to let that witch come cut his hair and look through eyes no longer there as he crushed them in the dirt
and paul would sit upon his throne and kill us with the biggest stones and wrestle with a thorn unknown, a thorn up from the dirt

but if the nations had a father, then joseph would redeem his brother, moses held the waters up, david would become your love, solomon would build the temple, samson came to destroy evil, peter soon became the rock and paul would lead the roman flock and it's all that I can do to keep my eyes off You, and it's all that You can do to keep me, keep me, keep me new

All that I can see is that You can't see the dirt in me
all that I can see is that You can't see the dirt in me
all that I can see is that You can't see the dirt in me
and all that I can see is You
Track Name: Jericho
everything inside me seems to be white and bright and gleaming
You can take the dirtiest and paint them white
I wanted to stay that pure so everyone could come inside and turn to gold and turn love

but we can burn a hole inside our chests just with our minds
and let the smallest things come in pretend they are right

I would let myself go blind, would let myself go deaf
be a cripple in your sight, to keep you in my chest
o, to keep you in my chest

you have marched around walls seven times with trumpet calls but they don't fall, no, they won't even budge at all
you can't get much closer to me when you're already inside of me you don't leave, you don't

we can burn a hole inside our chests just with our minds
and let the smallest things come in and pretend they are right
when you don't leave much, but you don't stay much, it seems like it is right

I would let myself go blind, would let myself go deaf
be a cripple in your sight to keep you in my chest
o, to keep you in my chest
Track Name: Lazarus
looked in your eyes, they were burning like cigarettes
on top of a head that could resurrect Lazarus up from a grave that somehow made you cry
both of your hands were rough like a carpenters, so accustomed to nails and to hammers
never would've thought those nails would cut inside
o', your hands were blessed one holy, holy night

we found your grace, it was waiting inside of a dead dark place with few survivors, it seems that you lived in places I reckoned you wouldn't.
and all that we saw were people that had no hope and you changed my eyes into flaming kaleidoscopes,
I saw something that I thought for sure was fiction
but the peace that it brought me erased all of my conviction

there was a knife buried deep inside the part of our hearts where we learned how to love something other than us; it was built on a sandy shore hoping the waves wouldn't come to the door and greet us with disdain and heaviness, one of redemption, washing away all the thoughts we had ran to before

you rescued me from my disbelief, would you please rescue me from being a thief of things that will burn up when it's the end
dust collects, yeah, dust it upsets and we are only dust at best but you can breathe dust back to life again
O', flood the whole world and dust will walk again
Track Name: Seeds
I have heard you singing all of those same words for so long, but they don't make it past my will
I had thought that I could change the whole world with my songs, but I can't even make my mind up on who you are so
please come back, I am getting so off track walking down the road without knowing exactly where I'm at.
Please stay here, though you are what I fear, I have taken this whole year to realize that I don't know a thing

I have told the mountains to fall into the sea, they don't budge; I guess my faith isn't big enough
but if you could just see a little mustard seed in me, would you make it grow into your kingdom?
so light my way and tell me what to say, I have been too scared to wait and see what happens if I obey but please be peace and make this heart at ease; I have shaken till the leaves fall off and make the ground so dirty

so let me go, I forgot to let you know that I walk to and fro when I'm nervous and I don't know who you are
hold on, and don't let me become gone, I have missed you for so long and you're the only one that makes sense in this world
Track Name: Fever
I was singing by the river, waiting for my troubles to be gone
and you were coming through the speakers, sliding down my ears and played their drums
and I was sick with holy fever, burning up with blankets and with love
and you would love me like a mother, cooling me with freezing baptisms

It seems that I had struggled O' so long to say your name without some fear of finding out your name was nothing more than just a name to make things clear
but then you give your hands to me and I have seen your side and touched the holes
the holes that spell forgiveness in fewer letters than I could ever be told

if I am a sinner, than I have got Paul in my sights
'cause we have both been living with unspoken thorns in our sights
but then you take those thorns out and wear them all as a crown
things had changed the moment you came down

call to me, you call to me, in disbelief i fall flat on my face
the countless times that you've caught me is never as surprising as the chase
so bind my heart in dirty rags and tie it to the place you call your home
and I will walk forever with you, you will be the only place I roam
Track Name: Leper
Wayward soul, did you see the way he looked at you? did you see the crowd he pushed through?
Aimless soul, did you wonder if he'd speak your name? were you so surprised when he touched your shame?

When we look at his hands filled with thorny crowns
but he's raising the dead and he's changing out nouns
with a son gone and died, with a leper's curse
the blind come unblind and darkness's reversed

Homeless soul, did you take off your shoes and hang up your coat? don't you know when he's here we're meant to roam!
ageless soul, did he speak of a fire that does not consume, but waters the soul till we're fully bloomed

When we look at his hands filled with thorny crowns
but he's raising the dead and he's changing out nouns
with a son gone and died, with a leper's curse
the blind come unblind and darkness's reversed
Track Name: Stones
I've been asking where you are, they say you frequent liquor stores and make them water out of wine,
get them drunk on holy vines
living water seems to pour on me until I don't want more
Holy tongues and tongues of fire, holy gossip through telephone wires

We just sit there skipping stones, trying to walk on water some
but I can't seem to calm a sea, much less my emotional self-deceiving

I've been seeing snakes sprout legs, offering us our souls instead
grace has made me free from sin, sounds like a such a good bargain
and I'm too tired, let's say we're done; we can say we had a good run
Father, Healer, take our place even if we're last running the race

and I don't want to catch my breathe, burning like a cigarette
Heaven knows where hell belongs for those of us whose noses grow too long

but You must be tired of skipping stones, hoping that they'll come back up
and I just want to be your own and drown beneath your love

Jesus stands above my grave with a look of pity on his face and says "I know you better now than I did before and you're prettier"
but every time I roll the dice, I can never get the same thing twice so playing's become such a bore,
I pick the words that I want to ignore like the ones you're saying now that say I can't become too proud
I'll leave the ones that sound like love 'cause they must have come from heaven above, yeah, they must have come from heaven above, yeah they must have come from heaven above, yeah you must have come from heaven above