Epilogue: The Bienvenu Stories

by daniel couper

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1.
Welcome back, my friend I was afraid that you’d forgotten I thought that maybe you had left behind the most important thing Monseigneur, you must be crazy Have you forgotten who I am? I’m the man with numbers for a name and only stone within Bienvenue, mon ami (Welcome, friend) Votre vie commence aujourd’hui (Your life begins today) Take these candlesticks of silver I’m sure they’ll fetch a pretty price I’ve been a thief for having kept them for all this time Oh my lord, could I be dreaming? Have you truly set me free? What should I do with all these questions rising up inside of me? Bienvenue, mon ami Votre vie commence aujourd’hui My good man, this won’t be easy But you are not what you have done There’s the door, you’ll find it open; Walk right through and greet the dawn Bienvenue, mon ami Votre vie commence aujourd’hui Bienvenue, mon ami Votre vie commence aujourd’hui
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Holy Mo, you been moving slow; won’t you mosey on home with me? Holy Mo, you got a long way to go; won’t you mosey on home with me? You were just a young man and you were looking for, looking for, You were looking for love But you didn’t know, no, what you were looking for back then, You tried to buy your only friends with stolen gold, But it didn’t make you whole You stumbled into grace once while you were on the run, on the run, Trying to escape yourself You were a stranger, but we took you in; that’s when a little bit of hope Met your heart and called it home and you couldn’t shake it free. And now you’ll never shake it free Holy Mo, you been moving slow; won’t you mosey on home with me? Return to life as usual didn’t go as planned and ‘cross the sand You came a-knocking at our door again. You still didn’t know, no, what you were looking for but now You set your heart and made a vow that you knew you couldn’t keep -- That none alone can keep. Holy Mo, you been moving slow; won’t you mosey on home with me? Holy Mo, you got a long way to go; won’t you mosey on home with me? The sun is rising over distant desert lands Like the sun that’s rising in your soul. If grace can fall on all these barren desert sands, Then patience child, He’ll make you whole; He’ll bring you home. You got bit by the love bug and now it’s taking a hold, And son, you’re well on your way. Well, it’s gonna be a long road and now it’s taking its toll, But you’re gonna make it, just you wait. You been bit by the love bug and it may be the death of you, But it’s gonna pull you through to life. Holy Mo, you been moving slow, You got a long, long way to go, but don’t you give up hope, Well, why don't you mosey on home with me?
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Well, I packed my bags ‘cause I figured I needed some time; And I headed off to conquer the world, to leave all this behind. So I've been out here on my own now for a while, And I've been loving and living in style, but i'm tired. And Your beautiful, sad smile beckons me home, And the tears that fill Your eyes are oceans of love; But what if I just don't care? 'Cause I'm out here breathing in the city air, 'Cause life is mine tonight. My life is mine tonight. Well, I've got the world at my fingers like a kite on a line, And I've been assuring inquirers I'm fine, but I suppose I've been lying, 'Cause it turned out quite well for a time, But now I'm thinking this just might be hell in disguise, 'Cause I'm dying inside. And Your beautiful, sad smile beckons me home, And the tears that fill Your eyes are oceans of love; But what if I'm too far gone? What if I need Your strength to carry on? Would You bring me home to You? Oh, bring me home to You. 'Cause Your beautiful, sad smile beckons me home, And the tears that fill Your eyes are oceans of love; And I'm sorry I broke Your heart, And I know I'm not worthy of a brand new start, But would You take my hand and lead me, lead me into the darkness So I can see the Light? My life is Yours tonight. 'Cause Your beautiful, sad smile beckons me home, And the tears that fill Your eyes are oceans of love; And I see Your face hidden in the crowd, And redemption flows in rivers running underground, And I'm hearing whispers running through this town That life is Ours tonight. Yeah, life is Ours tonight.
4.
I told the others dancing is all foolishness That sitting still is wise Well, truth be told, I’ve never danced a moment in my life But how I long to dance tonight So here I sit, still, waiting for my wisdom now But met alone here in the dark by foolish pride You told me once that I was real, and I believed you at the time But tonight I think I’ve never known less of life ‘Cause now you’re gone, and I’m so lost, And I’m longing to be seen For a time I felt alive, but has it all been just a dream? Well, am I real or am I velveteen? The wise one told me being real is such a simple thing But it’s as hard as hell Well, what’s the use of being loved if it only ends like this? It’s only worn away the walls of my citadel And now you’re gone, and I’m so lost, And I’ve been longing to be seen I played at life to die here in fire and lies; Oh, let it all be just a dream! Well, am I real or am I velveteen? Peace, my child -- oh, you restless child -- You are more alive tonight than you might fear. The road you’ve travelled here has broken your heart And brought you to life in love through laughter and tears; So, let your heart keep aching, breaking open, pouring love, Teaching all the world to dance, to weep, to laugh, to come alive Because your heart is beating now; So, let your heart keep beating.
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Epilogue 04:38
I was almost great once― Almost rose above the law; I towered over smaller minds, rose higher and higher and I Nearly overtook the sun And there my waxen wings melted away And down I fell in shame I sought my end, that crooked grace to pain, Oh, but try as I might, still I found My weakness sentenced me to life And now I find I have nothing to my name but me And I realize it was grace that brought me back To all this beautiful banality A new dawn rises soft into the winter chill of summer morn Waking everything to life once more There will be great striving on the road ahead― More than time allows to tell But the story is yours now Make it a good one, eh? It’s the perfect day to change your world It’s the only day you have Well this story is ours now You and I here at the end of us and the beginning of forever’s song This story is ours now So, allons-y

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A sister EP to daniel couper's debut album, Epilogue marries life with literature, exploring individual stories of grace, questions, and hard-fought redemption.

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released July 29, 2017

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All songs written, produced, engineered, and mixed by daniel couper
Recorded in Johnson City and Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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Album artwork by daniel couper

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