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Matthew West
Matthew West


Background information
Birth name Matthew Joseph West
Born April 25, 1977
Origin Downers Grove, Illinois, United States
Genre(s) Contemporary Christian music
Pop Rock
Adult Contemporary
Indie Pop
Years active 1997—present
Label(s) Sparrow Records
Universal South Records
Website Website



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Matthew West Album


History (06/21/2005)
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West It's been a bad day
You've been looking back
And all you can see is everything you wish you could take back
All your mistakes
A world of regrets
All of those moments you would rather forget
I know it's hard to believe Let me refresh your memory

CHORUS
Yesterday is history And history is miles away
So, leave it all behind you
But let it always remind you of the day
The day that love made history

You know you can't stay right where you fell
The hardest part is forgiving yourself
But let's take a walk into today
And don't let your past get in the way

Would you believe that you are history in the making, in the making?
Every choice that you are making
Every step that you are taking
Every chain that you are breaking
History is in the making
Every word that you are saying
Every prayer that you are praying
Every chain that you are breaking
History is in the making
History is in the making
History is in the making


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I remember when I was thirteen
I saw a picture on my T.V. screen
The Reverend Billy Graham and the people singing "Just As I Am"
And it felt like You were talking to me
And the whole world seemed to fade away
Until I heard my mother say "Son, are you okay? Do you wanna pray?"
And that became the hour I first believed

CHORUS
Next thing you know I'm high and flyin'
Next thing you know
My heart is in your hands
Next thing you know
There's no denyin'
Next thing you know I'm a brand new man

Well, I wish I could say I always stayed right there
And I did until my freshman year
But the world was pulling me a long way from thirteen
And you were calling but I didn't hear
Still I knew there was something more S
o, one day my knees hit the dorm room floor
I said, "If you're there, and if you really care,
Come and talk to me like I was thirteen."

Got a picture in my head today of how heaven might look someday
I see the people there, so I pull up a chair
And their stories, they blow me away
'Cause I can see it on every face
The evidence of grace
And as I listen it occurs to me
Everybody's got their own thirteen

So, what's your story about His glory?
You gotta find your place in the history of grace
Yeah, what's your story about His glory?
Come on and find your place


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There is no guilt here
There is no shame
No pointing fingers
There is no blame
What happened yesterday has disappeared
The dirt has washed away And now it's clear

CHORUS
There's only grace
There's only love
There's only mercy
And believe me it's enough
Your sins are gone
Without a trace
There's nothing left now
There's only grace

You're starting over now
Under the sun
You're stepping forward now
A new life has begun
Your new life has begun

And if you should fall again
Get back up, get back up
Reach out and take my hand
Get back up, get back up
Get back up again


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I just can't take it anymore
Your tricks have fooled me for the last time
You know I've had it up to here
With the way you bring me down, down
You're wreaking havoc on my world
You're calling question to my sanity
But I'm not gonna let you get the best of me
Not anymore, anymore
So here I go, watch me run
A million miles under the sun
That's what I'll do if that's what it takes
To get away

CHORUS
I gotta get away
I gotta get away
I gotta get away
I gotta get away

You try to steal away our kids
You try to tear apart our families
You bring your lies into our towns
And watch our morals tumble down
We are a city on the edge
We are a world that needs a remedy
But we're still the nation under God
And it's time we take a stand

We gotta get away
We gotta get away
We gotta get away
We gotta get away

Give us your strength to run from evil
Lord, lead the way
Lead us into a better day
Give us hope
Give us faith
Help us, oh Lord, to get away
Hear our cry everyday
Help us, oh Lord, to get away
Here I go
Watch me run
A million miles under the sun
That's what I'll do
If that's what it takes to get away


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I had all but given up on finding the one that I could fall into
On the day before you I was ready to settle for less than love and not much more
There was no such thing as a dream come true
But that was on the day before you

CHORUS
Now you're here and everything's changing
Suddenly life means so much
I can't wait to wake up tomorrow and find out this promise is true
I will never have to go back to the day before you

In your eyes I see forever and it makes me wish that my life never knew the day before you
Oh, but heaven knows those years without you were shaping my heart for the day that I found you
And if you're the reason for all I've been through then I'm thankful for the day before you

It was the last day that I ever lived alone
And I'm never going back
No, I'm never going back


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I think I'm over-thinking this whole thing about believing in something I cannot see
'Cause when I think about it I think there's no doubt about it
I do it every single day
It's just like the air
No one knows where it comes or where it goes
But when I breathe in I believe again and again

CHORUS
So, if the whole wide world says
You're not there
Well, I still know
You're there
And even if they call me crazy, I don't care
I still know You're there
And if they say there's no such thing as heaven or a God who waits for me
I just point to the air
And I know You're there

I had a science teacher
Who tried to make me a believer
That evolution made the earth
But I can't give a big bang credit for this whole thing
Life is too beautiful for that to be true
It's just like a child
A new born baby, there are no two the same tiny toes, finger prints
And with that thought I rest my case

When a nation cries
When a loved one dies
When we wonder why
I still know you're there
When the nights are long
In a world gone wrong
There's still a feeling so strong
That tells me you're there
You're so undeniable
You're so unconfinable
And your love is so reliable
And it tells me you're there


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I tried money
I got as much as I could and I went to the store
And I bought it all
But it wasn't enough 'cause I wanted some more
But my house was full
So I bought a bigger house and filled it up
And there I was with all that stuff
And empty

CHORUS
Nothing else can take the place of You
Nothing else can take the place of You

Still I try friendship
I called everyone I knew
And invited them over for a party
They ate all the free food
And they told me how much they loved me
But when the food was gone
My friends were gone
And there I was all alone
And empty

So take the place
The place of You
And fill this space
The way You do
I'm tired of searching
Those days are through
So take the place
It's made for You
Not friends or money or alcohol
None of these things, believe me
You can try them all
Not status
Not success
I know none of these things will ever bring true happiness


. . .



My friend Taylor she's an angel
Ten years old and beautiful
She's a living, breathing miracle
And she proves it everyday
'Cause the odds were stacked against her from the day that she arrived here
And the doctors told her mom and dad she'd always be that way
And I confess when I first met her
I was thinking life's not fair
But then she wrapped her arms around my neck
And it all became so clear

God bless the last ones

One day Taylor sent me a picture from her Special Olympics race
And I could tell just by the looks of it she was coming in last place
But she crossed that finish line with a smile upon her face as if to say

God bless the last ones

Maybe the last ones are the lucky ones
The ones who got this whole thing figured out
'Cause when they go looking for something beautiful
They start looking from the inside out

On our way into the restaurant we passed a homeless man
He was half drunk and half asleep with a paper cup in his hand
And I confess when I first saw him I was thinking life's not fair
But then Taylor reached out and wrapped her arms around his neck
And it all became so clear

God bless the last ones

I wish we could all be the lucky ones
The ones who've got this whole thing figured out
Maybe the next time we go looking for beautiful we'll try looking from the inside out

God bless the last ones


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Give me one million problems and I promise
I'll worry about them all
Give me twenty-four hours and I promise
I'll fill them up with all the things that are so small
But something tells me You made me for so much more

CHORUS
I'm holding all of my life up to the light
The light of eternity I know what I should let go
I see what matters most in the light of eternity
I want You to see me shine in the light of eternity

This is one of those moments when
I'm weighing all my days up to right here and right now
Am I doing anything that will last?
And if I'm not, then I just have to ask
Please show me how
'Cause I know You made me for so much more

A new illumination changes everything, changes everything
And now my motivation is eternity with You
Give me twenty-four hours and
I promise I'm gonna give 'em all back to You


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So, you're hungry for a taste of the other side
Where the grass is thick and green
But your feet are on familiar ground
Frozen and afraid of what you might lack
Oh, if that's all that's holding you back

CHORUS
Come on, step out of time
Fall out of line
Leave a mark they can't erase
Find your heart and lose your mind
Watch the journey unwind
And let it be a new day
Out of time

How's your story gonna read
When they call your name
And it's all there in black and white?
Will you follow?
Or will you lead?
Will you quietly disappear
Or is this whole world gonna know
That you were here?

It's time to be free
It's time just to live what you believe
What you gonna do with the life you're living?
What you gonna make of the time you're given?
When you are free, you have been forgiven
Now come on and step out of time

Once you go you're gone forever
Don't you know it's now or never
But I can feel a change in weather
Now come on and step out of time


. . .



There is a longing deep inside my soul
There is a place my spirit wants to go
It's far away from all these chains that bind
There is a world I long to leave behind

So, I wait and I wait
I wait for the moment when You come for me
And rescue my heart from the pain that it's seen
Troubles are circling all around me
And I can't stop thinking

CHORUS
Just a few more days
I'll be going home
Just a few more hours and
I'll be flying
It could be any minute now
That You take me away
Or maybe just a few more days
A few more days

To you a day is like a thousand years
And only you know when the clouds will clear
So, let me not forget and fall away
Because a thousand years could be today

So, I'll wait and I wait
And I wait for the moment
When you come for me
And rescue my heart from the pain that it's seen
My troubles are circling all around me I've got to remember

To You a day is like a thousand years
And only You know when the clouds will clear
So, let me not forget and fall away
Because a thousand years could be today


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