Dry Land (feat. Ben Noble, Ryan Williams & Luna, Luna)

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‘Dry Land’ is a song about abuse, healing, and hope.

The inspiration comes from a few people in our lives who have deeply experienced all of these things. The pain that comes with abuse. The uphill battle in building trust after it. And the continued healing.

I’ll often come up with a lyric before I know what a song is about. I’ll let that lyric dictate where the rest of it goes. For this song, the chorus and bridge came to me before I even thought about what the song is about.

“We’ll store our love, we’ll build our trust. We’ll build a life on your courage.”

This became the first perspective - someone encouraging the abused, letting them know that they are here to let them grieve, and to build them up. This person sees the incredible strength and courage in the heart of the abused.

“My heart opened up, I dove in your touch.”

This is the second perspective - from that of the abused.

As to represent the long and steady journey of healing and restoration, this is the bridge of the song, and it starts out very quiet, building and building until the end. The first lyric is, “my mind opened up,” followed later by, “my heart opened up.” They are slowly opening their heart up again.


LYRICS

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Quilted, when the willows shed
And the rivers whisper us to sleep
Fallen, when your heart heals
And the light breaks, and the light speaks to us
And the light breaks, and the light speaks to us

We’ll raise a house
We’ll raise a home
We’ll store our love, we’ll build our trust
We’ll build a life on your courage
Always on dry land

Daylight, hold my head
And the waves clap, moving us to breathe
Fallen, when your heart heals
I’m waiting dear, I’ll wait, I’ll let you grieve
I’m waiting dear, I’ll wait, I’ll let you grieve

My mind opened, I dove in your touch
Got carried away, buried alive in your love
My heart opened, I dove in your touch
Got carried away, buried alive in your love

credits

released February 20, 2019
Written by Chris and Rebekah Bartels.
Additional vocals by Ryan Williams, Ben Noble, and Michelle Stevens.
Mastered by Darren Vermaas.
Production input by Matt Patrick.
Artwork and design by Ethan Cook.

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