For My Artist Child

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released December 2, 2014

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©2014. Arsena Schroeder. All RIghts Reserved.
All songs written, performed, & arranged by Arsena Schroeder.
Produced, engineered, & mixed by Pattrick McKenna.
Mastered by Jason Carter.
Artwork by Julio Gonzalez & Arsena Schroeder.

Arsena Schroeder: vocals, acoustic guitar, guitalele, bgvs, tambourine, hand claps
Pattrick McKenna: electric guitar, acoustic & electric bass, tambourine, latin ahaker, bgv, and programming on producer's mix
Robert Wall: drums
Michael Rone: congas, ambient & hand percussion (tracks 2, 6)
Theo Barnes: electric bass (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7)
Aaron Hollingsworth: piano/keys (tracks, 1, 3, 5, 8)
Thomas Evans: cello (track 2)

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A R S E N A Charlotte, North Carolina

Arsena is an independent recording artist with soul, alternative, and folk influences. Based out of Charlotte, NC, Arsena got her start in music while interning on Capitol Hill in 2009.

In 2012, Schroeder decided to forego her graduate studies to pursue music full-time. Since then, she's released three EP's and one full-length album. She is scheduled to debut in Europe this spring of 2017.
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Track Name: Tell Me It Was Love
Hey, hey, hea
Two (ah), three (ah).......

I spent all this time thinking I could be good enough
I could be, Your committed queen
And prove my dedication to You (doo, doo, doo)
But the joke was on me cause
As it turns out through Him
I could never lose You
You wont stop loving me
I had it all wrong, hey

And now I'm wondering why
I ran in those circles
Like a squirrel chasing its tail
I was never getting anywhere
Cause it's always been there

But tell me it was love, it was love
And tell me it was You, it was You
And tell me it was real, it was real
Just tell me it was love, it was love
And I can go back to being Yours

So I went around trying to self correct
Thought certainly I could be, I could be You're best
But all this time love & grace covered me
What a relief I can finally exhale, hell see

I came to find it's not about what I can do for You
But what You've already done for me hey, hey, hey
I've been changed from a slave to a daughter

And now I'm wondering why
I ran in those circles
Like a squirrel chasing its tail
I was never getting anywhere
Cause it's always been there

But tell me it was love, it was love
And tell me it was real, it was real
And tell me it was You, it was You
Just tell me it was love, it was love

It was love, hey
Said what have I been doing all this time
If grace abounds?
Cause I am Yours...
Cause I am Yours...

Please tell me what have I been doing all this time
If grace abounds?
Track Name: Crazy Good
Had my hand reached out towards the cookie jar
And You said 'No, I've got Something else more'
Then You led me to the dining room table
And fed me a luscious, luscious dinner

Removed all my lids and labels
Sent me off on my way & told me
And told me to live well & free
Promising You'll never leave me
Oh You're so crazy, You're so crazy good

Oh You're so crazy, good

Took me out on a date then
You numbed my fears away
Bye, bye fear
Then You led me to an open field
And we danced my flaws away hey, hey, hey!

And You looked at me with such a joy
Almost as if You adored me
Oh You're so crazy, oh You're so crazy
You're so crazy good

You're good, good, you're good
(You're so good)
Oh You're good, good, good
Good, Good, You're

Yeah & it's crazy
That You would be this good to me

Crazy Good.
Track Name: Everything (Beauty For Ashes Remix)
La da da da da....dum dum dum dum...

You give me beauty for my ashes
and the oil of joy for my mourning
And the garment of praise
for my spirit of heaviness
but most importantly
You give me Your ways

Well take me ways and give me Yours
Because mine lead to a dead end
I get impatient, angry, might even through in a little
silent treatment if I can't seem
to understand the pain, well

Everything's in Your hands
and the past I leave in the sand
And to submit to You oh yes I can
Because everything's in Your hands

La da da da da....dum dum dum dum...

And so I try to do me but it bumps heads with You
and then my hypocrisy reminds me I'm a fool
Cause I want You to fix me, change things
but what time do I spend with You
after much denial it's obvious I have no clue

Come on, Come on, take my ways and give me Yours
Because mine lead to a dead end
I get impatient, angry, might even through in a little
silent treatment if I can't seem
to understand the pain, well

Everything's in Your hands and the past I leave in the sand
And to submit to You oh yes I can
Because everything's in Your hands
Track Name: Can We Try To Get Back
We were riding
I was driving
And we were in a rush
Such in a hurry
We weren't worried
About taking shortcuts

Just saying, You wont fade away
No, You wont fade away
You wont fade away
No, You wont fade away

But can we try to get back
Oh can we try to get back

But then eventually
We got caught to our dismay
And then a man stepped out
And I wont lie, I was utterly ashamed
And so we tried to offer help
To try and reconcile
But the moment I was looking
He cut out my breaks
And I went crashing down hill
At full speed

Just saying, You wont fade away
No, You wont fade away
You wont fade away
No, You wont fade away

But can we try to get back
Oh can we try to get back

Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh
Oh, I look to the hills where my help
My help comes from

Oh, I look to the hills where my help
My help comes from
Track Name: Words Just Wont Do
You hold me with passion
I watch you while you sleep
you slumber without a care in the world
How I wish that could be me

Hey.......

When you walk in the room
nothing else matters
Oh, you carry light with you
And I've tried over and over
to write a song about you

But i found that words
Just Wont Do

No words just wont do, yeah
No words just wont do, yeah
No words just wont do
No words just wont do

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na
(Hey, hey-ya, hey-ya)
Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na
(Hey, hey-ya, hey-ya)
Oh, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na
(Hey, hey-ya, hey-ya)
Oh na
(Hey, hey, hey)

Oh words just wont do, yeah
No words just wont do
Words just wont do.
Track Name: In Awe
Ooooouuuuu...

In my secret place my mask comes off
And the person I create for all to see
soon becomes so small
I ask You for Your wonder
And You ask for all of me
And it's exactly at these moments
I experience Your beauty

They say a life of integrity is fidelity to a dream
But if I say one thing and then do another
what exactly does that mean?

Well, I'm in awe of You
And what You've given to me I'll use
I'm in awe of You
And to hide behind my insecurities I refuse

Come to me all who are week and weary
is what You said
So i went running at full force and
You already know me by my name
And to articulate Your love is nearly impossible
I can't explain but my controlling obssesions
No longer existed and with You I hopped on the train

They say a life of integrity is fidelity to a dream
But if I say one thing and then do another
what exactly does that mean?

Well, I'm in awe of You
And what You've given to me I'll use
I'm in awe of You
And to hide behind my insecurities I refuse

Because I all have is Yours, and all I am is Yours
I all have is Yours, and all I am is Yours am is Yours

Yeah....I'm in awe of You
I'm in awe.
Track Name: Disrobe
Here I stand
Naked and all
Here I am
Yes, I am Yours

Take my guitar, my guitalele
And everything I'll ever be
Take all my hopes & dreams
I am Yours

I disrobe Yeah
Oh, yes I disrobe
Yes, I disrobe

And man has his opinion
And he wont holding back sharing it
But no matter what they say
I am Yours

So take my guitar, my guitalele
And everything I'll ever be
Take all my hopes & dreams
I am Yours

Yes, I disrobe
Yes, I disrobe

Heeyyyy...

Oh, let me be far from pretentious
That I may live a life in reckless abandon
Singing praising, freely as David did
Unashamed and unconcerned with man's opinion
Oh, I want to live free, I want to live indoubtedly
in God's presence so

I disrobe
Yes, I disrobe
Yeahhh...
I disrobe
Track Name: Elephant in The Room
You said you'd come for Christmas
It's now March
You managed to never be here
But want credit as if you've been here from the start

And I know your objections, excuses, and rage
But this is my song
I can say what I want by now
I'm not the naive age

Cause I love you daddy
But the truth is that you were never here

Graduation, holidays, broken limps
And crying myself to sleep
These are all things
I deem as important things

Are you upset because another man
Has stepped up to the plate?
I know he's not blood, but he's been here
All the days, he's known me

And I love you daddy
But the truth is that you were never here
Yes, I love you daddy
But the truth is that you were never here

Oh.....
Elephant in the room
It's the elephant in the room

(la da da, da da da, da la da da da)
(da, la, da, da, da, da la, da, da)

Yes, I love you daddy
But the truth is that you were never here
So why pretend like the few times you were
weren't for your own good?
Don't get mad if another man
Takes your place as daddy

Elephant in the room.
Track Name: You Made
You made an idol out of me
then you jumped ship the moment
you realized your worth may be
validated somewhere else

And you made an idol out of grace
then perverted it the moment
you used it to satisfy your
ever yearning flesh
Ohhh.....

You build a wall around your mind
never wanting to renew it
afraid someone would abuse it
but you left the door wide open
to your broken heart

You went on a shut Truth out
blamed your indecisiveness on doubt,
said that wasn't death yelling clear
and loud, but settled on a life of compromise
never able to realize, that

Beauty and Love chase after you
all the days of your life
Beauty and Love are looking for you, oh
Beauty...Oh, Beauty, Ohhhh

And you made an idol out of me
then you jumped ship the moment
you realized your worth may be
validated somewhere else
And you made an idol out of grace,
not realizing in sin you're still a slave
C'mon get free!

There's Beauty...Oh, There's Beauty...
Oh....Oh....Oh.......Yeah
Beauty and Love are chasing
after you, after you, after you
Oh...yeah, yay
Oh Beauty and Love

But you made.....
You made

You made.
Track Name: Face to Face (Acoustic)
I'm out here in the cold
Oh my soul, is eager for You
I'm out here in the cold
Oh my soul, is eager for You

Oh, Oh, Oh
Oh, Oh, Oh,
Oh, Oh, Oh,
Oh, Oh , Oh

I feel like I lost everything to find You
And I still hurt, I'm still hurting, Yeah
Can You take the wounds that I have
Mend my broken heart, oh Yeah,
I'm still crying out for You, for You God

Oh, Oh, Oh
Oh, Oh, Oh,
Oh, Oh, Oh,
Oh, Oh , Oh

Have I given all that I have
Tell me if there's more left
I'm still eager for You, God
Just give me the word
I swear I'll leave this place today

If I can be with You
Face to Face.
Track Name: Face to Face (Producer's Mix)
Oh my soul, is eager for You
I'm out here in the cold
Oh my soul, is eager for You

Oh, Oh, Oh
Oh, Oh, Oh,
Oh, Oh, Oh,
Oh, Oh , Oh

I feel like I lost everything to find You
And I still hurt, I'm still hurting, Yeah
Can You take the wounds that I have
Mend my broken heart, oh Yeah,
I'm still crying out for You, for You God

Oh, Oh, Oh
Oh, Oh, Oh,
Oh, Oh, Oh,
Oh, Oh , Oh

Have I given all that I have
Tell me if there's more left
I'm still eager for You, God
Just give me the word
I swear I'll leave this place today
If I can be with You
Face to Face


Oh, Oh, Oh
Oh, Oh, Oh,
Oh, Oh, Oh,
Oh, Oh , Oh

Because we yearn for You God
Oh yes, we yearn for You God
Oh yes we yearn for You God

Oh yes we yearn for You God
Oh yes we yearn for You God
We Yearn for You God

Just give me the word
I swear I'll leave this place today

If I can be with You
Face to Face.
Track Name: Manna
How awesome would it be
if I allowed You to supply my every need
depending on You, ah oh completely
How awesome would that be

And, oh how serene
if I can trust even in the things unseen
knowing You will never disappoint me
How awesome would that be

And that's the life that You have promised me
And that's the life that You how guaranteed
if I'll just let You be my

Manna, oh be my Manna
Man can not live on bread and bread alone
so be my Manna, oh oh oh

Hey...

I use to be drowning in my worries
how we gon' do this or that
The moment my couldn't figure it out
I'd swear I want to go back to egpyt

But oh how serene if I can trust
even in the things unseen
knowing You will never disappoint me
How awesome would that be

And that's the life that You have promised me
And that's the life that You have guaranteed
if I'll just let You be my

Manna, yeah Just be my manna-da da da
man cannot live on bread and bread alone
so be my manna
Oh wont You be my Manna-da da-
Just be my Manna-da da da
Man cannot live on bread and bread alone
so be my Manna, oh

Come into my heart and do something new
And drop every ounce of pride that thinks
that I can do better than You, Yeah
And heal me from these orphan ways
and let me sit back in rest
in Abba arms, in Abba's arms

Yeah, yeah, let me sit back
Let me sit back and rest, yeah
la da da da da, yeah, oh

Let me rest
2..3..4..
ba da da da da da