Bienvenu

by daniel couper

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Named for Victor Hugo's beneficent bishop, Bienvenu is a welcoming word of grace which sets in motion a journey full of tension and struggle. There is darkness and desolation to be found on the road, but there is also hope. Always hope. And in the end, we find ourselves just where we began, with that simple grace continually urging us to call the journey home.

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released February 17, 2017

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All songs written, produced, engineered, and mixed by daniel couper except:
"Sometimes," written by Nathaniel Couper and
"Sail," written by Valerie Couper
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Album artwork by Kathryn Cachiaras

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The Kept Collective is a group of independent artists (musicians, dancers, poets, and playwrites) tucked away in the Northeast corner of Tennessee looking to make the world a more thoughtful, hopeful, and beautiful place.

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Track Name: Be Yourself and Love
Nothing ventured, nothing gained,
Here at the end of one more empty day;
And tomorrow's always just the same:
One more nothing on my resume.

I can't keep up with never-ending lists of
Stuff to do and folks to see,
Time to use and things to be, oh

Would you hurry up and slow down?
You don't gotta change the world;
You don't gotta be someone,
Just gotta be yourself and love.

My ambition's running wild,
Here at the start of one more sleepless night;
All the things I wish I'd tried,
All these dreams to live before I die.

I can't keep up with my own striving after
Fantasies of epic deeds,
Of great acclaim and living easy.

Would you hurry up and slow down?
You don't gotta change the world;
You don't gotta be someone,
Just gotta be yourself and love.


Just gotta be yourself and
Would you hurry up and slow down?
You don't gotta change the world;
You don't gotta be someone,
Just gotta be yourself and love.

Would you hurry up and slow down?
You ain't gonna save the world;
You don't gotta be someone,
Just gotta be yourself and love.
Track Name: Simple Thing
Who am I that I should think
That I deserve any better life than this?
'Cause I've got love to share and hope to sing
And grace enough for every chance I might have missed.

But still I find myself convinced I'm not enough,
That I should fill all the emptiness inside;
But things of earth below and sky above
Have yet to satisfy my fearful pride.

Well, I'm lonely and I'm broken
And I don't know who to be
And I don't know who I am until I'm gone.

Well, living, it’s a simple thing,
But I just can’t seem to get it right
'Cause my whole world spins far too fast for me
And I’m dizzy as a simple fact of life;

But I don’t have the strength to slow it down,
And I don’t even have the heart to care,
And I never had the patience for it anyhow,
So I race on just as fast as I can bear.

Well, I'm lonely and I'm broken
And I don't know who to be
And I don't know what I’ve lost until I’ve won.


Oh, well, who am I?
Am I hiding in here somewhere?
Am I lost enough to cry for help tonight?
Oh, God, can you find me in here anywhere?
Will you lead me to myself and give me life?

'Cause I’m lonely and I’m broken
And I don’t know what you see,
But when I’m lost I find I’m found here in your love.
Track Name: Stand
The road, it goes ever on, they say;
And if you're not careful, it'll sweep you right into the fray,
Where all that you know isn't all that you thought it would be.
You're looking for home; could that really be where this road leads?

The road, it goes ever on, they say;
And if you're not careful, it'll sweep you right into the fray,
But don't give up hope; I'll be standing right here by your side.
No, don't you let go, 'cause this road may yet lead us to life.

Brother, will you stand with me?
Will you lift me when I fall, lift me when I fall?
Brother, I will stand with you, when there is no hope at all;
When all hope is lost, brother I'll stand.

The journey is long and the end isn't near.
We're only beginning; who can tell us what triumphs and tears
We'll find on our way as we wander the caverns inside?
But we'll stand together today, 'cause this dark may yet lead us to light.

Brother, will you stand with me?
Will you lift me when I fall, lift me when I fall?
Brother, I will stand with you, when there is no hope at all;
When all hope is lost,

Brother, I'll stand with you through everything
'Til everything is made new.
Brother, I'll stand, I'll stand with you through all of this darkness
'Til the light breaks through.
As brothers we'll stand.


Brother, will you stand with me?
Will you lift me when I fall, lift me when I fall?
Brother, I will stand with you, when there is no hope at all;
When all hope is lost, brother I'll stand.
Track Name: The End (feat. Scenic Route)
If only I could see it;
If only I could find my home;
If only I could be set free from this apathy
That dulls the pain within my aching soul.

I can't just hide here any longer
Beneath a smile that pretends to be strong;
I can't keep on living life just to find another way
To ease the hurt for another few songs.

I can't keep running away from the pain inside;
I don't just want to escape time after time.

I have nothing left to offer; not a thing to call my own.
The pain in my heart is coming out for all to see,
And I've never felt so empty and alone.

I can't keep running away from the pain inside;
I don't just want to escape time after time after time.

So maybe here at the end of myself
Lies the beginning of all that I've longed for.
And maybe here where I've lost all hope in this world,
Maybe here is where dreams are born.
Maybe here is where life begins.
Where life begins.

I have nothing left to offer—not a thing to call my own.
The tears in my heart are coming out for all to see,
But maybe these tears will lead me home.
Home.

I'll be chasing these tears 'til they lead me home,
Where dreams are born.
Track Name: Dance (feat. Bets Couper)
Listen closer, darling;
Hear a little harder now—
Past the song that I'm singing,
Past the words in my mouth;

The silence sings a sweeter song
Than anything we've heard before:
A symphony of stars and of sunsets,
The desperate cries of the lonesome and poor.

So let the music wrap you up in its arms;
Let it hold you close and never let you go.
The Mystery of Love sings His strength over you;
Can you hear the silent song of hope?

Come on, baby, would you take my hand?
It may be a rough road, but I want to take that chance.
Sometimes I'm gonna fall, but I'll get right back up again
Because this song is gonna last a lifetime,
So may I have this dance?

Hold on, honey, let's not let ourselves get so excited
That we forget that we're gonna spend our whole lives fighting for a
Whole lot more than what might seem so right in our eyes
And sometimes I might even step on your toes;
But don’t let go, no, no, no;

Come on, baby, won't you take my hand?
It's gonna be a rough road, but we've gotta take that chance.
Sometimes we’re gonna fall, but we’ll get right back up again
Because this song is gonna last a lifetime,
So may I have this dance?

Well, every separation is a promise to return;
There's beauty in the emptiness,
Where the fires of love can burn;
And every bit of letting go is a holding on to hope;
I've gotta know we're spending our lives
For more than learning how to cope.

Come on baby, won't you take my hand?
It's gonna be a rough road, but we've gotta take this chance.
Sometimes we're gonna fall, but we'll get right back up again
Because this song is gonna last a lifetime—
This song is gonna last forever;
May I have this dance?

This song is gonna last forever.
Track Name: daniel couper & Nathaniel Couper - Sometimes
Sometimes, I wish that I were famous;
Sometimes, I wish none knew my name.
Sometimes, I wish that I were innocent;
Sometimes, I just wish I were to blame.

Sometimes, I long to be a hero;
Sometimes, I wish the world would burn.
Sometimes, I think that I'm just ignorant;
Sometimes, I think that I can learn.

Sometimes, I never know what to do or where to go;
Sometimes, I always see who I need to be.


Sometimes, my selfish prayers get answered;
Sometimes, I humbly plead in vain.
Sometimes, I wish that I could just go numb;
Sometimes, I want to drown beneath the pain.

Sometimes, I never know what to do or where to go;
Sometimes, I always see who I need to be.

My heart's as fickle as the wind,
Wanting what it wants and knowing not why.
Perhaps up here I'll finally find the answer to my soul;
Perhaps up here I'll finally free my mind.

Sometimes, I never know what to do or where to go;
Sometimes, I always see who I need to be.
Track Name: Grey
Black is white but life is grey;
Day brings light but light brings shame.
I want to hide my tears in the pouring rain,

But I’m afraid to step outside,
'Cause I know I’m just not alright;
If I were a bird I wouldn’t care to fly.


I find life in the death of day,
And I find peace within the fray,
But life and peace too slowly fade away,

'Cause innocence takes forever to find,
And I don’t live my life with forever in mind;
I’m busy searching for a smile to hide behind.


As these stormclouds roll across my lonesome skies,
There’s no hiding, there’s no shelter for me this time;
So hey there, hurricane, it’s now or never, you and I.


Black is white but life is grey;
Death is life but life is pain.
I long to cry these tears in Your pouring rain;

So hey there, hurricane, it's now or never, you and I.
Track Name: daniel couper & Valerie Couper - Sail
You always told me life was short;
I should never take advantage.
Now I'm standing on the shore,
Trying to forget this.

I knew that it could happen; I just didn't think so soon,
And I know that you're not there but I can't stop texting you.
I need to live on—it's what you'd have me do—
But it's so hard to continue without you.

Oh, but I'll try, living every day of my life,
Never asking why I had to say goodbye.
Oh and this pain, nobody here is to blame;
I just know you're in a better place
And I'll never forget your face.

All the memories we shared—that kind of happiness is rare;
I always loved how much you cared, listening from your chair.

You never think you can lose someone until they're gone.
I'll cast my last goodbye in a bottle and give the sea my song
My whole life long.

Oh, but I'll try, living every day of my life,
Never asking why I had to say goodbye.
Oh and this pain, nobody here is to blame;
I just know you're in a better place
And I'll never forget your face,
Living every day of my life;
Why I had to say goodbye.
And this pain, nobody here is to blame;
I just know you're in a better place
And I'll never forget your face.

Last goodbye in a bottle; giving the sea my song
My whole life long.
Track Name: Fall
I watched the leaves fall today;
Colours drifting by,
Drifting away.

How could death be such a beautiful thing?

I watched the sun fall last night;
Red and orange and purple
Bursting all across the sky.

How could death be such a beautiful thing?
How could death be such a beautiful thing?

I watched the rain fall into the sea;
Some might say it makes for a dreary day,
But it sure looks like going home to me.

How could death be such a beautiful thing?
How could death be such a beautiful thing?
How could death be such a beautiful thing?

'Cause when You gave Your life, You gave me mine;
And every new seed falls to the ground before it can rise;
So I'm not just waiting here till the day that I die
To come alive.

I watched a tear fall from Your cheek.
With arms outstretched and body broken you said,
"Won't you come and follow Me?"

How could death be such a beautiful thing?
How could death be such a beautiful thing?
How could death be such a beautiful thing?

I've been watching my world fall.
Track Name: Vice
Hello old friend, it's time for goodbye;
Time for goodbye.
Goodbye.

We've had our fun, but I'm headed home;
I'm headed home.

I've been talking of leaving this town for twenty years now,
But as I lay dying here on the ground,
I'm not quite down and out;
I'm not down and out.

Hello again, I'm moving on;
I'm moving on,
Moving on.

Follow if you want, but I've set my course,
'Cause no, i'm not yours anymore.

I've been talking of leaving this town for twenty years now,
But as I lay dying here on the ground,
I know I'm not down and out;
I'm not down and out.

'Cause I've got a home that I'm headed for,
And you can't stand in my way;
And I've got a home that's headed for me,
And you can't stand in its way;
No, you won't stand in its way.

Hello old friend, it's time for goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Track Name: Wise Old River
Wise old river, where do you belong?
Where do you call home?
And where are we now?

Wise old river, have you travelled far
With the tears of the lonely and the broken hearts?
Is there hope further on for the battle-scarred?
Is there hope today?

And where are we now?
Where have we been?
When this life we lead comes to an end,
Where will we be?
And where are we now?

Wise old river, will we meet again?
Are we the same as we’ve ever been before?
Will we change just around the bend?
Are we changed today?

Where are we now?
Where have we been?
When this life we lead comes to an end,
Where will we be?
And where are we now?


Wise old river, is it far from here,
Where our tears drown in the ocean that washes all our fears away,
Where the tide crashes with a love severe, singing strong and slow?
Oh, will we make it home?

And where are we now?
Where have we been?
When this life we lead comes to an end,
Where will we be?
And where are we now?
Where have we been?
When this journey long comes to its end,
Who will we be?
And where are we now?
Track Name: Questions
What’s the point?
Is it all just a game?
Happy or sad?
Honour or shame?
Will there ever be an end?
Will the questions never cease?
Oh, God, must I die to find relief?

Is this a blessing or is it a curse?
Is there a better or is it only getting worse?
There’s so much to know, and a lifetime to learn;
But today begins forever.


Where is life in the everyday grind?
Are we body or soul?
Reason or rhyme?
Will the answers come too late?
Will the answers come at all?
Oh, God, is this nature’s fatal flaw?

Is this a blessing or is it a curse?
Is there a better or is it only getting worse?
There’s so much to know, and a lifetime to learn;
But today begins forever.


Where am I?
Is this heaven or hell?
I threw stones at the sky as the skyline fell;
Now I’m standing in the ash of all that I’d presumed to know;
Oh, God, all I have of home is hope.

Is this a blessing or is it a curse?
Is there a better or is it only getting worse?
There’s so much to know, and a lifetime to learn;
But today begins forever.

Today begins forever; today we live forever.
Today begins forever; today is now or never:
It’s the last chance we have left.


Well, it’s not our answers but our questions that define us;
And it’s not what we do, but who we are that determines our fate.
Will you hold with the questions when the tension’s at its tightest?
Will you stand firm in love
Even when you can’t figure out your own way?

It’s not our answers but our questions that arouse us;
And it’s not what we do, but who we are that's what's truly at stake.
Could it be that the tension makes the music that surrounds us?
Could it be that the journey never starts
'Til we don’t know the way?


Would you hurry up and slow down?
You don’t gotta change the world.
You don’t gotta be someone;
Just gotta be yourself and—
Be yourself and
Would you hurry up and breathe deep?
It’s the perfect day to change your world.
You don’t gotta know it all;
Just gotta be yourself and,
Be yourself and love.