Kat Porter and The Tambourines

by Kat Porter and The Tambourines

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released August 29, 2016

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Track Name: Everything Is Humbling (The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom)
rain down on my face, on my shoulders
it's getting colder
but i’ve been walking on a sleeping volcano
and the fire’s inside
the fire’s inside
the fire’s inside

lately i’ve been feeling like everything is humbling
and i’m so small in its shade
driving through the desert
man, everything is humbling
if its fear, then i want to be afraid

oh God let me cry all these tears that
You provoke with all Your beauty
damn it hurts me like an ocean
but the well’s run dry
the well’s run dry
the well’s run dry

lately i’ve been feeling like everything is humbling
and i’m so small in its shade
driving through the desert
man, everything is humbling
if its fear, then i want to be afraid

You sought my heart out
i cannot forget You
i will not forget You
Track Name: Do I Make You Proud?
oh the house is the home
of my heart of the park
of the road where we lived
of the weeds and the gifts

and the horses in the meadow
weren’t real but were true
and the orphans weren’t orphans
they were me and they were you

and the doorway we would come to
when the sky was getting dark
had a mother in the kitchen
and her love in our hearts

and our father at the table
would bow his eyes and his head
with a prayer so much more
than just a blessing for the bread

do i make you proud?

and the windows were open
every winter, every fall
and we’d dress in father’s flannels
from his closet down the hall

and the bridges were the temples
where we bathed with no regret
and the neighbors built a fire
and invited us to rest

and my sisters heaven bless them
if we ever got along
i will love you i will hurt you
i will write for you this song

you’re the laughter in my heart
and you’re the ones who made me brave
you’re the christmas carol singers
when we forgot the words on stage

do i make you proud?

and its hard when you feel
that the best you can give
from these miles away
is a card or a wish

and you grew by side
you were the water turned to wine
you’re the blanket on the rooftop
when we’d watch the stars at night

i’ll never leave you nor forsake you
i’ll never write i’ll never call
you’re joy and you’re the tears
you are the writing on the wall

do i make you proud?
Track Name: In the morning, nightfall
they said i’m made of integrity
heart ablaze at the things that my little eyes see
furnace of pain for what i think they need
door to happiness with my short-sighted key

no one asked me for my simple heart ache
none petitioned for my pity to promote their shame
god liberate my helpless estate
tears as water to the garden of my prayers

in the morning comes what follows
in the morning comes the light that casts the shadows
run to heaven or run to what seems real
run to holiness with what you feel


on the porch protected by the rain
second hand i smoked them all the same
you are safe, and i am safe for you
swear to god that i believe in what you do

the road is narrow to my heart of hearts
the door is wide but few can get very far
i am known by one who left this town
consolation is so rare to be found

god i love you you’re my brothers
god i love you we bear witness to one another
in the stairwell griffin has all the right things to say
in the evening george recites from his favorite page


don’t let me forget the hills that i run to
the kingdom is wet with hope for us all
Track Name: New Year's Absolution
they saved our lives, all Three
he saved my life with his phileo love for me
bright hearts, spectacular beats

the strawberry plants that were dead
the lamps in their hearts the crowns on their heads
they lay them at each other’s feet


these are the miracles that dawn on my life
scars on my legs, thorns in my side
i hear the laughter from the other room

this is my new year’s resolution
find your joy in this absolution
i wore my red hat every day of december


my father’s voice on the phone
now that i’m older and grown
i cry for the life he gave for me

mother’s courage inside her chest
a hundred willowed flights out west
live a life that is poured out in love


these are the miracles that dawn on my life
scars on my legs, thorns in my side
find a candy on the pillow there

this is my new year’s resolution
find your joy in this absolution
i drink my coffee with pepper too, like my mother



she was ill with a fever the night
we drank to holiday songs in flight
it wasn’t the same without her air

they’re most beautiful when they cry
quivered lips and welling eyes
keep your heart not of stone but of flesh


these are the miracles that dawn on my life
scars on my legs, thorns in my side
i like to travel alone in the winter if i might

this is my new year’s resolution
find your joy in this absolution
he fell thirty feet from the tree and survived