by Mark Laurent



This album was recorded (direct to DAT) at two Auckland house concerts on 13th June and 12th September, 1992.

Sound Engineer: Steve Hayr (Subliminal Recording Studio)

First remaster to CD in April 2001 by Robbie Duncan at Braeburn Recording Studio, Khandallah, Wellington.
Second (current) remaster by me in April 2020.

Cover Photos: Nigel Atkins
Cover Design: Brenda Liddiard

Thanx to Brenda, my best friend and spiritual midwife; Mike Reid, for the biggest heart and the keenest ears; Andrew and Sue Hoggard, for cheerfully opening your home, your hearts and your fridge to our invasion; God, for rain on the roof and miscellaneous tangible ambiences; Steve, for giving so much of your time and talent; Russell and Hilary Mathieson, for encouraging me to resurrect 'Quiet in the Eye of the Storm'; Everybody who kept asking "When's the next album coming?". All those who attended the concerts and gave of yourselves to make them work; You who bought this album – you've made it worthwhile.

All songs are mine, except 'Soul of a Man', which is by Blind Willie Johnson, 'Reason to Believe', which is my rewrite of a Bruce Springsteen song, & of course the lyrics of 23 are from the famous psalm.

'Tempted' (Track 4) did not appear in the original 1992 release.


released September 12, 1992

Brenda Liddiard - Mandolin, second guitar, bvs
Mark Laurent - guitar, harmonica, vocal


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Mark Laurent Auckland, New Zealand

I've been a professional guitarist/singer/songwriter for 40 years, & I've recorded & worked on many albums. I'm also an author with 4 collections of poetry & an illustrated children's storybook published, & I've written articles & reviews for various magazines. I live in Auckland, New Zealand. As well as cafes, concerts & churches I also do a bit of busking to keep in touch with the 'real world'. ... more

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Track Name: Still Holding On

I tried
to hold all the fears I had inside
but I should have realised
it’d take a miracle to pull me through
now at the end of the day
I’m still holding on to you

It’s OK
to just walk away
should you lose the inclination to stay
(that’s what they say)
but they don’t confess the emptiness
that selfishness can bring us to
so at the end of the day
I’m still holding on to you

I’m so small, but you’re so tall
you pick me up should I happen to fall
now I’m standing in your shadow
but I don’t mind if I do
‘cos at the end of the day
I’m still holding on to you

Well I tried
to hold all the fears I had inside
you know I had this plan to be Superman
but I’m still human through and through
and at the end of the day
I’m still holding on to you.
Track Name: The Way

Wide is the road that leads to destruction
and many go that way
it’s an easy trip when you’re floating downstream
but it does not pay
straight is the path that leads to heaven
and narrow is the gate
every one of us must face this decision
which will be our fate?

Thee ar3 so many talkers in this world
they’re all claiming to be right
but all they do is add to the confusion
what un unhappy plight
but Jesus said “If you’ll hold to my words
then the truth will make you free”
so if we’ll practice what he has been preaching
we will plainly see – why he says.

I am the way, won’t you follow me
I am the truth you must obey
I am the life and I will live in you
if you’ll open your heart today.

The devil only comes to steal and to destroy
to kill and to deceive
but Jesus came that we might have his life
and that abundantly
he lays before us blessing and cursing
it’s the choice that we must make
so if you can hear his voice he’s calling you
choose life for heaven’s sake.
Track Name: Hey Jesus

Hey Jesus, hey Jesus, why do you love us like you do?

You created this world for your pleasure
and you made man to be just like you
but we’ve thrown away life’s greatest treasure
now we’re ever so lost without you
still you promised to see us through.

You came down and dwelt among us like a peasant
a stranger in the midst of your own
and you laid down you life a a present
so that darkness by light was overthrown
no greater love has mankind ever known.

You have given back the eyes to this blind man
made a home for those who felt alone
and for the sake of your prodigal children
you were crushed like grain beneath a stone
and the seeds of love you have sown.

Now you’re sitting on your throne in heaven
and you hold this old world in your hands
and though we hurt you, you just keep on forgiving us
and you promise that you love will never end
I guess we just don’t understand your love
I guess we just don't understand.
Track Name: Tempted

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
my God, my God, my doubts to darkness have taken me
lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.

My God, my God, you were tempted just like me
my God, my God, in the wilderness and Gethsemane
lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.

My God, my God, you lovefd me quite enough to die
my God, my God, and if I follow so may I
lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.

My God, my God, you’re the way, the truth and the life
my God, my God, the darkness cannot quench your light
lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.
Track Name: Brand New

Well I used to drink whisky
But I won’t do that any more
Yeah I used to drink whisky
Bu I won’t do that any more
Because since I followed Jesus
I chased that old mistress right out the door.

Well I used to smoke on Sundays
A little grass would get me high
Yeah I used to smoke on Sundays
A little grass would get me high
But since I followed Jesus, I found out
He’s got the only way to fly.

There’s lots of things that try to make you happy
But they never last too long
Lots of things that try to satisfy
But they’ll never do it, no matter how strong
But if you follow Jesus
He’s going to give you a brand new song.

Yeah I used to drink whisky
But I won’t do that any more
And I used to smoke on Sunday
But every Monday morning you’d find me down on the floor
But since I follow Jesus
I don’t have to sing the blues any more.
Track Name: Job's Blues

One man is rich, another man is poor
where is the justice? Who knows what it’s all for?
blessed be the Lord, blessed be the Lord
whatever happens, blessed be the Lord.

I’ve been down, I’ve been up
taste the wine, drunk the dregs from the cup
blessed be the Lord, blessed be he Lord
whatever happens, blessed be the Lord.

I am a young man and wisdom does not dwell with me
but there’s one thing I’ve learned
that’s to put away things too hard for me
blessed be the Lord, blessed be the Lord
whatever happens, blessed be the Lord.

The Lord gives - sometimes he takes away
and there is nothing that anyone can say
except blessed be the Lord, blessed be the Lord
whatever happens, say blessed be the Lord.
Track Name: I Wonder Why

38 years ago I came upon this land
to a city of refugees, I’ve been doing the best I can
but sometimes it seems so hard
living what I believe
and even my best attempts fall short
of the wisdom that I perceive

Prodigal children, like sheep we have gone astray
caught on this treadmill, all living our separate ways
but deep inside we know that something is wrong
the pieces just don’t seem to fit
we tell our stories, we sing our songs
but that just doesn’t make it

We are all travellers living in a foreign land
seeking our destiny - a picture, a plan
but I know there is a way
that’s higher than the ways of man
Oh Lord please help me to see the truth
show me who I am

In the darkness of the night
when shadows make me stumble
peering toward the light
I reach for you
and I wonder why I do.
Track Name: Soul Of A Man
Soul Of A Man

I've got to ask this question
Tell me if you can
Can anybody's children answer
Tell me what is the soul of a man
Won't somebody tell me
Answer if you can
Can anybody's children answer
What is the soul of a man?

I've traveled many countries
Seen The Ocean and the burning sand
I couldn't find anybody to answer
What is the soul of a man
Somebody tell me ...

I saw a crowd was gathered
I came up just in time
To hear the doctors and the lawyers saying
That a man is nothing but his mind
Somebody tell me ...

I read the bible often
I try to read it right
As far as I dan understand
It ain't nothin' but a burning light
Somebody tell me ...

When Christ taught in the temple
The people all stood amazed
He was showing the doctors and the lawyers
How to raise a man from the grave
Somebody tell me ...
What is the soul of a man?
Track Name: Trust

Why wake up early
And go to bed so late
When worry won’t add one minute to your time
(I’m learning to put away things too hard for me)
Consider the sparrows
See how the lilies grow
God himself takes care of all their needs
So how much more must he care for us
When he gave so much to make us free.

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord.

I spent most of my life
Chasing fantasies
The grass was always greener over there
I’ve hands-full of nothing for my care
And you seem so anxious
About so many things
But just one thing is needful in the end
Hold onto that good part, my friend
On this you can depend.

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord.

The world is in anguish
Like a woman giving birth
Our foolishness and sin have brought this on
Now the time is at hand, it won’t be long
As we stand in the valley of decision every day
Fear can make you feel so paralysed
But there’s a bright road up ahead
If we’ll open up our eyes.

And blessed are those who trust in the Lord.
Track Name: No More Compromise

No more compromise
a double-minded man is so unstable
no more compromise
make the choice while you’re still able
because time is running out
and when it does there won’t be
no choosing any more

No more compromise
no man can serve two masters
open up your eyes – you’ll see
the chasm growing so much faster
between the good and the evil
to one or the other
you must be reconciled

You’ve got to be cold or hot
you’ll never make it if you’re not
it’s all or nothing, and there’s no doubt
the truth is either black or it’s white
there’s no shadow in His sight
and if you’re not in
you’ll be left out.

No more compromise
if you can say ‘Jesus is my Lord’
look up to the skies
turn your heart from the lures of this world
forgetting the things behind
and reaching forward
to the high calling of God.
Track Name: Reason To Believe

Well a man stands by the roadside
Looks at a dead dog in the ditch
Lord he’s feeling kind of funny
Poking that dog with a stick
He things if he waits there long enough
Maybe that dog will get up and leave
At the end of every hard-earned day people find some reason to believe

My little baby Joni
She loved me mean and true
She said “I’m going to do anything for ya
Bring all my money home to you”
But I went off and left her like a fool
Now I sit along and grieve
Still at the end of every hard-earned day people find some
reason to believe

Now I wake up in the morning
Wipe the sleep out of my eyes
Lord I’m looking out my dirty old window
See the grey clouds of the cold winter skies
And it makes me feel so low-down
Sometimes I wonder why we bother to breathe
Yet at the end of every hard-earned day people find some
reason to believe

Lord every day is different
And no two days are quite the same
Sometimes this world seems so crazy
It’s even hard to remember your own name
Life is such a funny thing
And we’d all like to just get up and leave
But at the end of every hard-earned day people find some reason to believe

I saw the congregation gathered
At the ending of the day
They sit in the golden light of the sunset
Hear the words the preacher man has to say
Some of those things he talks about
You know they seem pretty hard to conceive
Yet at the end of every hard-earned day people find some reason to believe.
Track Name: Same Old Story

It’s the same old story
And the same old show
That’s what you’re thinking
Well I only wish that you could know
That I’m not up here for laughs
And life’s much more than money
But it’s Jesus that you need
And he sent me to sow the seed

“That’s words, just words,
But we need something real”
That’s what I’ve heard you say
But words are only the messengers
For the feelings that words cannot convey
But my words will just slip by
If you’re not prepared to try them
How can you hope to feel
What he wants you to feel?

Yes, and how many times
Have you laughed between the lines
“Jesus loves you, he died for you,
He’ll set you free”?
But you just shook him off
You lift up your head and scoff
If you close your eyes
How can you expect to see
You’ve got your mind made up
About something you don’t even understand
You cover your ears with your hands
Well that doesn’t make sense to me

So you’ll go on back
To your nowhere track
Where your dreams lie buried in the ground
And you can party all night
But you curse the daylight
And the happiness that you’ve never found
Then you’ll pick up the pieces
Of your broken existence
And try to make them fit some other way around

There is no doctrine
Or no magical potion
That can carry you to heaven’s gate
Because Jesus is the way
And he’s calling you today
For the hour is getting late
And there’s just no use to hide
In the shadow of your pride
Because if you go back down this time
You might never get it straight

Jesus still loves you
And he’s reaching out with his hand
And all you have to do
Is give your broken heart to him
And he’ll give his everything to you
And I wouldn’t be here
Singing these songs
And sounding like a fool
If Jesus wasn’t true.
Track Name: 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I have all I need
I lie down to rest in places so green
peaceful waters restore my soul

I have walked in the valley of death
but your great love has not failed me yet
your grace and your justice comfort me

You make me walk in the paths that are right
and I will praise your name every night

My table is set before those who scorn
but I’m not afraid of the blessings you’ve borne
as heavenly kindness pours down on me

Goodness and mercy, an end to all strife
follow me all the days of my life
a home in heaven is waiting for me.
Track Name: Quiet In The Eye Of The Storm

When you’re feeling troubled
all the things you do they just bring you low
and your mind is muddled
why don’t you let Jesus know
you can always let Jesus know
because he’s the quiet in the eye of the storm

This world is so full of tension
all the rumours and the wars will they never cease
if you’re heart’s full of apprehension
Jesus will give you peace
only Jesus can give you peace
‘cos he’s the quiet in the eye of the storm

Like the fiery furnace and the lion’s den
like trying to sail your boat amidst and angry sea
or sweating drops of blood in a dark garden
Jesus knows how you feel
so if you want to touch something real
he’s the quiet in the eye of the storm
Track Name: Maker Of The Sky

Far above all heavens
Maker of the sky
Forever is your kingdom
In your hand am I

And I rest at your feet.

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