Masquerade of Mercy

by Daniel Reed

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Masquerade of Mercy is my first EP. It is the story of my discovery of true mercy, put to music with the help of many close friends.

ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY Daniel Reed Madison (ASCAP) ℗ © 2016 HdB Media Music (ASCAP). All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Produced by John Howard. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Oakwood Recording Studios in Lexington, Kentucky. Album Artwork by Tiffany Marie. More info available at danielreedmusic.com.

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released December 24, 2016

Special thanks to Oakwood Recording Studios in Lexington, Kentucky for all their work on this album. John & Craig, you guys are the best. Also, many thanks to the musicians who helped bring these songs to life. John Howard, Craig Gatlin, Jake Stringer, Daniel Lycan, Carson Childers, Maggie Lander, Matthew Zolla & Micah Pace, you each contributed so much of your time and gifts to this project. Thank you.

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Daniel Reed Mc Cordsville, Indiana

Music found me at a young age, mostly from the stylus carving paths through the vinyl valleys of the 80s. As a typical awkward teenager with little to no athletic abilities, music became my closest friend, providing the proverbial emotional outlet by which I found and embraced sanity. ... more

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Track Name: Masquerade
All is well, all is fine, if you don't fall down again
We'll fix you up and make you shine
Stand up straight, don't look down, keep your eyes on the reward
It'll all make sense in time

All your scars are gone, the truth concealed
And no one knows your name, ain't life better with no pain?
This will only take a moment, then the memory will fade
Once this needle finds a way

Ain't it beautiful today? You're scars are washed away
All is lost, but that's okay
Though the memory remains, there's no one left to blame
Only you and your masquerade

So fire it up, feed her well, we need fuel for this machine
It could be you. It could be me
You satisfy all it needs, and your blood's like gasoline
Don't you know that nothing's free?

All your scars are gone, the truth concealed
And no one knows your nameAin't life better with no pain?
This will only take a moment, then the memory will fade
Once this needle finds a way

Ain't it beautiful today? You're scars are washed away
All is lost, but that's okay
Though the memory remains, there's no one left to blame
Only you and your masquerade

Ain't it beautiful today? You're scars are washed away
All is lost, but that's okay
Though the memory remains, there's no one left to blame
Only you and your masquerade
Only you and your masquerade
Only you and your masquerade
Track Name: No Greater Love
All the love you've shown to me, I turn my head
All the love you've shown to me, I turn my head
Everything you've given me, I still turn my head
The grace that I'm too blind to see, I still turn my head

But there's no greater love than this, than to lay it all down
Than to let it all go, than to give it all away

All the love you've given me, I turn my head
All the love you've given me, I still turn my head
Your life, you laid it down for me, I still turn my head
The grace that you poured out for me, I still turn my head
I turn my head, I turn my head

But there's no greater love than this, than to lay it all down
Then to let it all go, than to give it all away

All the times I lied to you, you never turned your head
All the times I lied to you, you never turned your head
You never turned your head, you never turned your head
You never turned away, you never turned away
Track Name: Ragamuffin Prayer
Do you see me? I'm the silly sheep who dared to stand
Stand before you with my filthy rags with a bribe held in my hands
Can you hear me? You know my heart is proud and arrogant
You know my mind is weak and ignorant to a love I can't withstand

But suddenly, I come to my senses
It's all over me, you're grace crashes down
And it covers me, and steals my defenses
'Til there's nothing left but the life that you laid down

You know me, I'm the broken boy who dared to run
Run to find his daddy's warm embrace with a heart that's been undone
You found me, you gave me grace to hold my brokenness
To celebrate your love and tenderness to cling to mercy 'til I'm done

But suddenly, I come to my senses
It's all over me, you're grace crashes down
And it covers me, and steals my defenses
'Til there's nothing left but the life that you laid down

Give me grace to come back home, and the mind to lose control
Give me grace to know your love, and the heart to let it go

But suddenly, I come to my senses
It's all over me, you're grace crashes down
And it covers me, and steals my defenses
'Til there's nothing left but the life that you laid down
Track Name: Lay It All Down
You've been here before
I recognize your breathing, the labels the scars
They're asking for more
But you're building a kingdom, keeping a score
It's gone too far, your expectations carved on the door
Like a shooting star, you burn up brightly but nothing more

Won't you lay down softly on this ground
Let me take you from this place
'Cause you've worn your anger for so long
In the lines carved in your face

Let it go, just let it go now, lay it all down

My memory fails me
But your eyes were brighter, your heart was pure
You tried to save me, but held on tightly asking for more
So much more, so much more

Won't you lay down softly on this ground
Let me take you from this place
'Cause you've worn your anger for so long
In the lines carved in your face

Let it go, just let it go now, lay it all down
Let it go, just let it go now, lay it all down

It's on my back, pulling me down, I will not give up on you now
I turn my head and lose my ground
When all is said, when all is done, I give my life, I am undone
I lift my eyes to hear you say

Let it go, just let it go now, lay it all down
Let it go, just let it go now, lay it all down
Let it go, just let it go now, lay it all down
Let it go, just let it go now, lay it all down
Track Name: Rain
Anyone who's thirsty now, come and drink
Anyone who's broken down, come and eat
The table is set for you, and everything is free
Nothing is lacking here, if you will believe

This rain comes like a flood, its power untamed, it's fury untouched

Anyone who's given up, you heart's been betrayed
Anyone who's had enough of carrying the weight
There's a place you can lay it down and let it all go
Where freedom and life are found, and there's peace for your soul

This rain comes like a flood, its power untamed, it's fury untouched
This love falls like the rain, it fills this cup and carries no shame

Rise up, the nightmare is over now
Rise up, he is here and he calms the sea
Rise up, fear has been overcome
Rise up, he's alive and he set you free

This rain comes like a flood, its power untamed, it's fury untouched
This love falls like the rain, it fills this cup and carries no shame
Track Name: Mercy
I love you now

Her broken heart it bleeds and taints the water
As everything she needs is drifting further away
Your words can't replace all the lies that tie her down
Your sweet song, amazing grace, will only help her drown

His twisted hands hold on just to keep from falling
Bloodshot eyes that fear the dawn, dear God I hear him calling
Your hands touch his face but he still can't see you
This sweet song, amazing grace, still tries to break through

Have mercy on this child (I love you now)
Have mercy on this child (I love you now)
Have mercy on this child (I love you now)
Have mercy on this child (I love you now)

But I can't come back home (I already see you)
But it can't be undone (I already know you)
But I've gone too far (I already love you)
But you'll see my scars (that's just how I want you)

My soul awakens slow, lost in scattered pieces
Words I've buried deep below, they're no longer needed
Your hands touch my face, dear God, I can't believe it
Your sweet song, amazing grace, Abba, help me receive it

But I can't come back home (I already see you)
But it can't be undone (I already know you)
But I've gone too far (I already love you)
But you'll see my scars (that's just how I want you)

Have mercy on this child, have mercy on this child