Arké

by Natasha Jolene

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Arké (ar-khay) Greek: beginnings, origins

Arké is a concept album that explores how the beginning of our story affects the story we live in every day. It uses seven songs of imagery, poetry and symbolism to paint the picture of our human experience through the lens of Genesis 2 and 3.

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released September 26, 2015

Piano and lead vocals • Natasha Jolene Stobbe
Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered • Rick Colhoun
Strings arrangement and performance • Matt Jake Janzen
Lead electric guitar • Liam Oakes
Acoustic guitar • Ian Vanzant
Rhythm electric guitar • Ian Vanzant and Bart van der Linde
Bass • Adam Hall
Drum arrangements • Simon Bridgefoot and Rick Colhoun
Drum performances • Rick Colhoun
Harmonies • Allison Williams, Natasha Jolene Stobbe, and Chris Knight
Paintings • Keanu Lee
Cover design • Colton Floris

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Track Name: Delight
Oh, those early days of delight
When love was the air that we breathed
The forest was kind to our eyes
And the soil sang to our feet

And everything was bathed in sunlight
We were young, golden eyed and free
Everything was ours to discover
We danced among the creatures and the trees

We would talk and laugh and sing til daybreak
Never lacking intimacy
We were brave enough for each other
All we had to do was be

And everything was bathed in sunlight
We were young, golden eyed and free
Everything was ours to discover
We danced among the creatures and the trees

And the mountains stood tall to be conquered
The tree branches called to be climbed
The questions lined up for their answers
As we danced in oceans of time

And every morning dew brought a promise
That we would never have to leave
We sang our songs of breathless wonder
Til the skies filled with harmonies

And everything was bathed in sunlight
We were young, golden eyed and free
Everything was ours to discover
We danced with each other
And the creatures and the flowers and the trees
Track Name: Will
Immortal soul
I've shown you what is good
Health for your bones
Fruit that nourishes

You don't have to die
But you will

You moral soul
I've shown you what is good
I've let you grow
And you have chosen this

You don't have to die
But you will
You didn't have to die
But you will
You never had to die
But you had your will
You didn't have to die
But you will

Eternal soul
You've seen what isn't good
Now, nail yourself to the tree
By whose fruit you choose to exist

You don't have to die
You don't have to die
Track Name: Young Wood
We were hiding in the trees of the young wood, the young wood
We were hiding in the leaves of the youngest wood
Then we saw you walking through, oh the young wood, the young wood
And we hid ourselves from you, in the youngest wood

Then we heard your voice again
From a distance you said

Where are you

Well we saw you in the cool of the young wood, the young wood
We saw you walking through, oh the youngest wood
So we hid among the trees of the young wood, the young wood
And we hid ourselves in leaves, in the youngest wood

Then we heard your voice again
From a distance you said

Where are you
Track Name: Whose Voice
Whose voice turned your head in the night that was not mine, child, not mine?
Whose voice filled you with words that were not mine, child, not mine?
Whose oil anointed your eyes?
Whose breath filled you with lies?

Who told you you were naked?
Who told you you were naked?
Who told you you were naked?
Not I, child, not I

Whose voice whispered a name that was not mine, child, not mine?
Whose voice said the image you bear is not mine, child, not mine?
Whose oil anointed your eyes?
Whose breath filled you with lies?

Who told you you were naked?
Who told you you were naked?
Who told you you were naked?
Not I, child, not I
Who told you you were naked?
Who told you you were naked?
Who told you you were shameful?

Not I, child, not I
Track Name: When Love Subdues
Strip the flower of its leaves to cover your own shame
My colours now seem garish, so I bow under the curse of blame
Oh, what's the point of beauty, what's a blossom's purpose anyway?
So clear me from the pathway; keep me in my place

But when love subdues, it dominates in ways that bring me strength

Well I do admit to frailty, I do admit to my mistakes
My eagerness and innocence largely led to our break
But you stripped my flower of its leaves to cover your own shame!
You've reduced me to an ointment to numb the place where your side gapes

But when love subdues, it dominates in ways that bring me strength
When love subdues, it treasures me in ways that help me find my strength
When love subdues, it leads me in a way
When love subdues, it leads me in ways
That show me strength
Track Name: Skins
This skin is not enough
I am burning up
These leaves are not enough
I am drying up

Oh for the days when all I had to do was be -

Set me free
Cover me

These hands are not enough
I am slipping up
This soul is not enough
I am giving up

Oh for the days when all I had to do was be -

Set me free
Cover me

This world is no longer glad to see me
And I'm no longer glad to see myself
The consequences of this choice are staggering
I need you; I need your help

Set me free
Cover me