Steadfast

by Civilized Creature

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"In his fifth album, Steadfast, Civilized Creature presents a series of “poetry and journal entries” that, through meditative lyrics and electronic instrumentation, explore the unfailing nature of Christ.

Singer/songwriter Ryan Lane recorded the majority of Steadfast while moving from Portland, OR to his current home in Gig Harbor, WA. For three months, Lane lived in an apartment complex in Tacoma, WA, during which time Steadfast was birthed. Due to his limited recording space, Lane adopted a more electronic approach, using digital emulators of sounds native to experimental electronica from the 70s and 80s.

These ten tracks reflect a stilling and focusing of the heart on Christ, from the earnest plea for relief in the title track to the closing realization of God’s presence in “You Are.” 'Leaning into my Savior, into the arms of Jesus is something I’m really sorting out and discovering in a deeper way,' Lane says. 'A lot of this music was me just working out what that looks like.' "

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released February 14, 2017

Released in partnership with The Nehemiah Foundation for Cultural Renewal, Inc. renewthearts.org

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Track Name: Refiner’s Fire
Refiner’s fire burn in me.

And melt the dross away.
Track Name: Steadfast
Come back soon.

We’re barely holding on. We’re waiting for
a new dawn to come.

Steadfast, you’ll keep us to the very end.
Track Name: A Promise Is a Promise
A promise is a promise,
and you promised with your heart crossed.
Can a heart forget a promise?
Well it’s easy, if I’m honest.

But your promise is a promise, forever a promise,
written in a covenant of blood. You covered it on us,
even after death spit and trampled upon it.
But still your promise is a promise
is a promise is a promise.

I know you mean it when you say you love.
Help me get it from my head to my heart.
Oh, I want to get it from my heart
into my hands.
I want to mean it when I say I love.
Help me get it from my head to my heart.
Oh, I want to get it from my heart
into my hands.
Track Name: The Unknown
In the unknown, you can come undone.
You can be brought home, or fear has won.
In the unknown, in the unknown,
you are not alone.

In the unknown, you can fall apart.
You can be made whole; you can feel your heart.
In the unknown, in the unknown,
you are not alone.

Stop for a minute,
for a minute just look at me.
Stop for a minute,
eye to eye and you’ll know my peace.

In the unknown, in the unknown,
you are not alone; you are not alone, alone.

It’s gonna be alright; you’re gonna be okay.
We’re gonna be alright; just be with me today.
Track Name: Your Banner
Your banner, your banner over me
Your banner, your banner over me

is love, is love,
is love, is love.

You are mine, and I am yours, am yours, am yours.
Track Name: You Are
It’s you, only, only
You, it’s you, only, only.

You are, you are, you are,
you are, you are
more than any mind can hold.
But still a heart can know.
You are, you are, you are
you are, you are.

And you’re here now right now.