The Illusion of Control (feat. Anne​-​Marie Jane)

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It always comes with a price
Don't tell me that it's too high,
When you're buying (x4)

The illusion of control (x4)


When you let go
You'll find the freedom that you're longing for
Give up the throne
The crown's ill-fitting, let it hit the floor

This is the state we're in
Covering a storm with a teacup and calling it control
Facing the giants of life with no backbone
The dirt will have its way
As it crashes down on your shallow graves
Seems the illusion of control is claiming more names

When the air runs out
And the bravado is gone
The price is too high
But you're still on the throne
Standing near the front
Doesn't mean you've won
Illusion of control is a mass misconception

I speak the truth plainly
And the truth will be heard
Control deletes freedom,
Just by speaking the words
Freely He gives,
But your hands are clenching the bars
The walls you allow, keep you from his doors

When the outcome is good,
You get all of the praise
But when the honey turns bitter,
God is the first to be blamed
This life is abundant, but only in His name
The illusion of control will leave you in shame

When you let go,
You'll stand tall on His shoulders
Reach for that star,
Because it's so much closer
The ill-fitting crowns its place at His feet
You can rest easy as He takes His seat
Find your freedom, find your freedom,
The freedom you've been longing for
There's no power (there's no power)
In the illusion of control



from Surrender, released December 1, 2014
Vocals: J. Piper
Spoken Word: A. M. Powell
Written by J. Piper and A. M. Powell. Arranged and produced by J. Piper.
℗ & © 2014 gottahavesoul Recordings.



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