THE STRUGGLE LYRICS

Lyrics to songs from Tenth Avenue North’s third record, The Struggle.

Click a song below to jump to the lyrics:

  1. Shadows
  2. The Struggle
  3. Worn
  4. Losing
  5. Don’t Stop the Madness
  6. Where Life Will Never Die
  7. Strangers Here
  8. Grace
  9. All the Same
  10. Hostage of Peace
  11. You Do All Things Well
  12. Lamb of God

 

SHADOWS

We’re born into the longing
With hearts, bent toward possessing
All that our eyes are seeing
Our souls, they never stop wanting
Beauty never intended to be more than a reflection

Oh, Lord, light up my dark eyes
Teach me to let go
I’ve been runnin’
Chasing nothing but shadows

My heart is an ocean raging
And Your grace is all that keeps me from drowning
My mind creates deceptions
So I cling the treasure sinking

Oh, Lord, light up my dark eyes
Teach me to let go
I’ve been runnin’
Chasing nothing but shadows
Oh, Lord, please come and
Raise my dead heart, let me know
You can keep me from
Chasing after the shadows

All that I run to, all that I cling to
Everything seems to only slip through my hands
All that I run to, all that I cling to
Everything seems to only slip through my hands

But I keep running, I keep chasing
Left holding on to only the after glow
Lord, light up my eyes, let me follow You
To the source behind all the shadows

I keep running, I keep chasing
Left holding on to only the after glow
Lord, light up my eyes, let me follow You
To the source behind all the shadows

Oh, Lord, light up my dark eyes
Teach me to let go
I’ve been runnin’
Chasing nothing but shadows
Oh, Lord, please come and
Raise my dead heart, let me know
You can keep me from
Chasing after the shadows

The shadows
Keep runnin’, keep runnin’, keep runnin’

 

THE STRUGGLE

There’s a wreckage, there’s a fire
There’s a weakness in my love
There’s a hunger I can’t control
Lord, I falter and I fall down
Then I hold on to the chains You broke
When You came and saved my soul
Save my soul

Hallelujah
We are free to struggle
We’re not struggling to be free
Your blood bought and
Makes us children
Children, drop your chains and sing

So why, Lord, do I still fail
Do I wear thin
Why do I still give in to temptation
On my own, I am bankrupt
I don’t trust You or take You at Your word, Lord
What You’ve promised

Hallelujah
We are free to struggle
We’re not struggling to be free
Your blood bought and
Makes us children
Children, drop your chains and sing

Hallelujah, death is overcome
And we are breathing
Hallelujah, our stone hearts become
Flesh that’s beating
Hallelujah, chains have been undone
And we are singing
Hallelujah, the fire has begun
Can you feel it

Hallelujah, death is overcome
And we are breathing
Hallelujah, our stone hearts become
Flesh that’s beating
Hallelujah, chains have been undone
And we are singing
Hallelujah, the fire has begun
Can you feel it

Hallelujah
We are free to struggle
We’re not struggling to be free
Your blood bought and
Makes us children
Children, drop your chains and sing

 

WORN

I’m tired, I’m worn
My heart is heavy
From the work it takes
To keep on breathing
I’ve made mistakes
I’ve let my hope fail
My soul feels crushed
By the weight of this world
And I know that You can give me rest
So I cry out with all that I have left

Let me see redemption win
Let me know the struggle ends
That You can mend a heart that’s frail and torn
I wanna know a song can rise
From the ashes of a broken life
And all that’s dead inside can be reborn
‘Cause I’m worn

I know I need
To lift my eyes up
But I’m too weak
Life just won’t let up
And I know that You can give me rest
So I cry out with all that I have left

Let me see redemption win
Let me know the struggle ends
That You can mend a heart that’s frail and torn
I wanna know a song can rise
From the ashes of a broken life
And all that’s dead inside can be reborn
‘Cause I’m worn

My prayers are wearing thin
I’m worn
Even before the day begins
I’m worn
I’ve lost my will to fight
I’m worn
So Heaven come and flood my eyes

Let me see redemption win
Let me know the struggle ends
That You can mend a heart that’s frail and torn
I wanna know a song can rise
From the ashes of a broken life
And all that’s dead inside can be reborn

Yes, all that’s dead inside will be reborn
Though, I’m worn
Yeah, I’m worn

 

LOSING

I can’t believe what she said
I can’t believe what he did
Oh, don’t they know it’s wrong
Don’t they know it’s wrong
Well maybe there’s something I missed
But how could they treat me like this
It’s wearing out my heart
The way they disregard
This is love or this is hate
We all have a choice to make

Oh, Father won’t You forgive them
They don’t know what they’ve been doing
Oh Father, give me grace to forgive them
Cause I feel like the one losing

Well it’s only the dead that can live
But still I wrestle with this
To lose the pain that’s mine
Seventy times seven times
Cause Lord it doesn’t feel right
For me to turn a blind eye
Though I guess it’s not that much
When I think of what You’ve done

This is love or this is hate
We’ve got a choice to make

Oh, Father won’t You forgive them
They don’t know what they’ve been doing
Oh, Father give me grace to forgive them
Cause I feel like the one losing

Why do we think that our hate’s gonna break a hard heart
We’re rippin arms over wars that don’t need to be fought
Cause pride won’t let us lay our weapons on the ground
We build our bridges up but it’s just to burn them down
We think our pain is own apologies and get them to stop
Well truth be told it doesn’t matter if they’re sorry or not
Cause freedom comes when we surrender to the sound
Of Your mercy and Your grace, Father, send Your angels down

Oh, Father wont you forgive them
They don’t know what they’ve been doing
Oh, Father give me grace to forgive them
Cause I feel like the one losing
I feel like I’ve been losing

Oh, Father won’t you forgive them
They don’t know what they’ve been doing
Oh, Father give me grace to forgive them
Cause I feel like the one losing
I feel like I’ve been losing

Oh Father, give me grace to forgive them
Cause I feel like the one losing

 

DON’T STOP THE MADNESS

There’s a beggar down inside of me
Standing on the corner of your street
And my shame is my only company
Could use some cash but can’t admit my need
For what You got and what I could receive
I need Your love to come and break the silence

Don’t stop the madness
Don’t stop the chaos
Don’t stop the pain surrounding me
Don’t be afraid, Lord, to break my heart
Just bring me down to my knees, yeah

But all I hear is what they’re selling me
That God is love, He isn’t suffering
And what you need’s a little faith in prosperity
But oh, my God, I know there’s more than this
If You promise pain, it can’t be meaningless
So make me poor if that’s the price for freedom

Don’t stop the madness
Don’t stop the chaos
Don’t stop the pain surrounding me
Don’t be afraid, Lord, to break my heart
If it bring me down to my knees, yeah

In a marriage lost
And the cry in the dark
Don’t stop with Your love
In a mother’s tear
For the child who starves
Don’t stop with Your love
When we’re breaking down
We’re falling apart
Don’t stop with Your love
And with new eyes to see
This is Your mercy
Don’t stop with Your love

Don’t stop the madness
Don’t stop the chaos
Don’t stop the pain inside of me
Do whatever it takes to give me Your heart
And bring me down to my knees, Lord

Don’t stop, don’t stop
Just bring me down to my knees, Lord

 

WHERE LIFE WILL NEVER DIE
I’m waking up again
In this land of shadows
My eyes are growing dim
Lured toward the gallows
So light my soul ablaze
A field on fire
Take me to that place
Of one desire

O tempted heart, come alive
I feel you burning inside
Weary soul, lift your eyes
To a city where life will never die

But the dark and immediate
They come so easy
So I keep on giving in
To the things that kill me

O tempted heart, come alive
I feel you burning inside
Weary soul, lift your eyes
To a city where life will never die
This rusted world can’t satisfy
There’s nothing here that will survive
The night will end
The sun will rise
On a city where life will never die

Dark eyes, look up
See a kingdom come
Burn within our lungs
Further up, further on
Higher
Take me higher

O tempted heart, come alive
I feel you burning inside
Weary soul, lift up your eyes
To a city where life will never die
‘Cause this rusted world can’t satisfy
There’s nothing here that will survive
The night will end
The sun will rise
On a city where life will never die

Oh the city, the city will never die, no

 

STRANGERS HERE
I know you’re tired of the hurt and the heartache
You feel like giving in, you feel like walking away
And I know it’s difficult feeling so out of place
But this is not how it’s gonna be
Your pain is temporary

We’re all strangers here
So it’s alright if you can’t
Stop the tears that you cry
‘Cause some day we’ll touch the face of our God
And the sorrow will disappear
Until then, we’re strangers here

That’s hard to hear if you want to keep chasing
This broken world that only keeps your heart breaking
So if you’re scared ‘cause you think that you’re missing out
This is not the ending
No, this is not the ending

We’re all strangers here
So it’s alright if you can’t
Stop the tears that you cry
‘Cause some day we’ll touch the face of our God
And the sorrow will disappear
Until then, we’re strangers here

This is not the homeland
We can see the lights from here
He’s making us a city
Where there are no fears
And it’s drawing near
Until then, we’re strangers here
We’re just strangers here

We’re all strangers here
So it’s alright if you can’t
Stop the tears that you cry
‘Cause some day we’ll touch the face of our God
And the sorrow will disappear
Until then, we’re strangers here

 

GRACE

Oh, can you hear, hear mercy sing
She cries to bitter hearts, end your suffering
Oh, please let go, give up your fight
Holding back your love, it never made things right
It’s gonna be ok, ok tonight, yeah

Grace, only grace
Can roll your dead heart’s stone away
Grace, only grace
Can move us to a rhythm that will change our ways

Oh, listen to love and let pride hit the ground
If joy is the armor, it can’t be broken down
But if hate is the fuel, no one will win
But when we love ‘til we’re empty
That’s when life begins

Grace, only grace
Can roll your dead heart’s stone away
Grace, only grace
Can move us to a rhythm that will change our ways

Grace, grace, come and move me
Oh, come and move me now
Grace, grace, only you can
Lift up what holds me down, yeah

Grace, only grace
Can roll your dead heart’s stone away
Grace, only grace
Can move us to a rhythm that will change our ways
Can move me to the rhythm that could change my name

 

ALL THE SAME
A thousand voices, a thousand lives
A thousand prayers rise in the night
What is it we seek
So many stories, Lord, I hear
And all these questions in my ears
Can we come out cleanDifferent faces, different fears
Different failures lead us here
Show us howWe’re all the same
All desperate for a change
We’re all the same
We need Your love
We need Your love

We take our secrets to the grave
Spend our lives hiding the shame
Afraid to show our need
But as we run our hands along these scars
May they tell us who we are
We are the redeemed

Different faces, different fears
Different failures lead us here
Show us how

We’re all the same
All desperate for a change
We’re all the same
We need Your love
We’re all the same
With hands held out for grace
We’re all the same
We need Your love
We need Your love

So if we’re casting stones
If we’ve forgotten what we know
That we don’t walk alone in this life
Let Your love get inside our bones
May it deep within us grow
May we bring in the ones left outside, ‘cause

We’re all the same
All desperate for a change
We’re all the same
We need Your love
We’re all the same
With hands held out for grace
We’re all the same
We need Your love

We need Your love (x8)
I need Your love

 

HOSTAGE OF PEACE

Feel the silence
There’s a war beneath our skin
Let it begin
It’s hard to fight
It’s hard to lead resistance
It’s our hearts were up against

This world it keeps us, promising freedom
We thought we could belong
But we don’t belong here
Don’t let us wander to arms of another
Oh, Father, Yours forever
Let us be a hostage of peace

We need a rescue
Need a love we can’t resist
Break our defenses
Take us captive
Take our thoughts and take control
We’re losing control

This world it keeps us, promising freedom
We thought we could belong
But we don’t belong here
Don’t let us wander to arms of another
Oh, Father, Yours forever
Let us be a hostage of peace

If we’re fighting, let it be for Your kingdom
If we’re violent, let it be against ourselves
Come arrest us with Your affection
Give us freedom
Make our need our only declaration

Oh Father keep us, they promise freedom
We thought we could belong
But we don’t belong here
Don’t let us wander to arms of another
Oh, Father, Yours forever
Let us be a hostage of peace

 

YOU DO ALL THINGS WELL

Father in Heaven, hear this simple prayer
Get us through the night and fill up our despair
Pain has come and taught us to fear
We’re gonna need some grace now to fill the air
‘Cause in the twilight, we need eyes to see
How You’re working beauty even out of ugly things

You do all things
You do all things
You do all things well
You do all things
You do all things
You do all things well

Father, among us, keep us in Your arms
There’s evil all around us and we’re trying to hold on
Just to know that You’re still good
And that Your love is alive
Oh, let us cling to Jesus and sing tonight

You do all things
You do all things
You do all things well
You do all things
You do all things
You do all things well

You break me to bind me
You hurt me, Lord, to heal me
You cut me to touch me
You died to revive me

You break me to bind me
You hurt me, Lord, to heal me
You cut me to touch me
You died to revive me

You do all things
You do all things
You do all things well
Father, You do
You do all things
You do all things
You do all things well

You do all things
You do all things
You do all things well

 

LAMB OF GOD

King of all the earth and every age
All creation waits for You
And trembles at Your name
Surrounded on a throne of endless praise
Fire and lightning flash from the glory of Your face
And I sing to You

You are Holy
You are worthy
You are Holy
You’re the lamb of God

You are Holy
You are worthy
You are Holy
You’re the lamb of God

How do I dare approach this Holy One
The One who was and is, was and is to come
Robed in righteousness and mystery
We have only just begun, just begun to see
So I come broken through
The blood of Your Son and I kneel before You

You are Holy
You are worthy
You are Holy
You’re the lamb of God

You are Holy
You are worthy
You are Holy
You’re the lamb of God

Blessing and honor and glory and power
To Him who sits on the throne
Blessing and honor and glory and power
Forever to our God alone

You are Holy
You are worthy
You are Holy
You’re the lamb of God

You are Holy
You are worthy
You are Holy
You’re the lamb of God

Oh, You are Holy
You are worthy
You are Holy
You’re the lamb of God

You are Holy
You are worthy
You are Holy
You’re the lamb of God

You are Holy, Lord
Holy, God, You’re Holy, Lord
You are Holy, Lord