Unfinished Project

by Grady Milligan

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Unfinished Project. A documentation of a year or so, lived by a broken man saved only by Grace. I'm not a perfect musician, husband, friend, or son, but I serve a perfect God. Have a listen, chat with me, share with a friend. Let's seek Truth together and look past our failures, they don't control or define us. Set it all on fire.

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released 31 July 2013

All glory to Jesus Christ. I am completely undone without Him. My beautiful wife, Brandy Milligan. Chris Hickman and Adam Loo for friendship and musicianship I can't repay. RAMAC studios for providing the opportunity to bring music to life. All the mentors and teachers that helped create whatever I am as a musician. The family and relatives that got me here and for all my years of mooching. To the hundreds of people, conversations, and ministries that have shaped every celebration and conviction in the record. Thank you all, in Jesus' name!

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Track Name: Adam
Endlessly exceptionally
Good, at all things I’m
Failing to fulfill while still my
Cup can’t pay the
Bills bought on the


Easy road I’m traveling
Go go straight through the rabble and
Falling faster than my
Cash or catchy
Beats can break my


All, and all I seem to
Do defeats my
Goal, of gouging out the
Fence of flesh that
Barricades the


Am, that I am
Destined to devote to seeking
God, to
Fix one bastard heart


Eat without a worry
Gorge myself no hurry
Find out, too late, none of my
Comebacks can be
Banking on how


Every prayer unspoken plants a
Garden where I’m choking on my
Fantasies, so
Can You
Be my


Going
After
Broken
Chapters I’ve
Always
Been too
Close to
Bother with
Changing
Track Name: Chris
I wake up, I go back to sleep
Hoping that you won’t find me
Rolling in the chains I keep
Locked tight around the spot that I don’t want
Anyone but you to see
I put a cover on the candle
Praying that this light won’t leak
Too scared to testify to the world how

Every single time You said You love me You meant it
And every day I wasn’t worth Your time, You spent it
Mending, defending this life I’ve been lending away

Freedom given now ignored
I live as one who wants the sword
To pierce the throat that speaks no more
So rid us of this one too

I broke up with that stiff old me
Things are clear for the first time
Churches don’t save the trees
But the sunlight gardener gave up

Everything He ever had a right to come down like
Trading all the glory of a throne for a rough night
Ending the reign of the shame I that I carry no more

Seeking Holy, Righteous wisdom
From the One the rules the Kingdom
Broken beggar made proclaimer
Pointing to the one too

So I sing about a joy that I never knew
Even when I’m not in tune
As the weight of my strength melts away
So I speak from a fire to follow you
And I’m trying now to make room
To give every last moment away
Track Name: Two Weeks Out
14 days, still unprepared
You’re running around pullin’ out your hair
But baby let’s just take a moment to lay in the sun
Let your hair fall on my chest
Cause I think you need the rest


The plate is full with so much to do
But we can’t reschedule me and you
So let’s go out to lunch, we can tickle and punch til
The couple beside us requests to be moved
Cause we’re crazy, It’s probably true

Two weeks out
Repaintin’ the nails that we’re chewin
But I know somehow
God still knows what He’s doing


Our journey begins like the break of a dawn
Or the mowing of dishes and washing of lawns
While I grumble and moan
But I’m never alone
Cause you put up with me and allow me to call you my home


So run the race and heed the call
My wretched self needs you most of all
When I crumble beneath all the gnashing of teeth
And the liar’s crown keeps on bringing me down
I still cling to the sound of my lover and this solid ground

Two weeks out
Repaintin’ the nails that we’re chewin
But I know somehow
God still knows what He’s doing

Cause the thing about love
Is that it’s not from above
But straight from the blood of another who’s willing to burn
So while we dance in the fire
Let’s throw the whole world on the pyre
Lighting the signal to guide all the others still willing to learn


Two weeks out
Still kissing the girl I’m pursuing
When clouds bring doubt
The Spirit’s wind keeps us moving


Two weeks out
Repaintin’ the nails that we’re chewin
But I know somehow
God always knows what He’s doing
Track Name: Cory Stefansen
Listen here!
You're skipping so blindly
On a road
Bright golden in hue

But underneath the pavement shimmering
Two-way mirrors mark your moves
And people that you're not remembering
Can't trust what you prove

And it all falls down...

So seriously
Pay attention and see
I'm the you that wants Him more than me
And if ever you're ever to make change for the better
Please point them to Him, not to me

Worthless shows
God's name in the neon
Oh pharisee
These tables will fly

Be mindful of the praise you're bellowing
Does your gaze reflect the tune
An idol that the blind are following
Is sure to be pruned

Lest it spoil the ground...

So seriously
Pay attention and see
I'm the you that wants Him more than me
And if ever you're ever to make change for forever
Please point them to Him, not to me

You're casting their gold in a mould of your face
In this place, don't expect Him to show
Set fire to the calf, give your all, not your half
In your death, resurrection will flow

Will you weep
In weakness so humbling, burns on your knees
Intercede
Care less for your flesh than the death of the meek

So seriously
Pay attention and see
I'm the you that wants Him more than me
And if ever you're ever to make change for forever
Please point them to Him, not to me
Track Name: Unfinished Project
The lone-wolf bones
Fill the valley with a moan
Drip, drippin' ozone
Til the lights go out

Still the Oaks say please
Trunks burning to the knees
No fear for the seeds
While the breeze yet blows

And I find myself too late on the scene
Of what grows underneath the appearance of things
And the troubling part of the vision I see
Is the burning reflection still sleeping in me


I shatter way before I fall
The blood-red moon can see it all
From dust to ashes I must go
To drown in what the fire knows


I'm not perfect, but You are
So can You please destroy my heart
I grow weary of myself, so kindly tear myself apart
I think I stumbled on the Truth
I'm nothing without You
Please help me help the others trade the broken for the New


The dissonant song that we're always composing
Keeps rivers from running the course of their streams
But if someone could whistle a tune with the grain
All the bones in the valley would burst at the seams


Run through the grave and I'll be free
The mountain moves so gratefully
Into my weakness I must flow
To find where strength is want to grow

I'm not perfect, but You are
So can You please destroy my heart
I grow weary of myself, so kindly tear myself apart
I think I stumbled on the Truth
I'm nothing without You
Please help me help the others trade the broken for the New

Through mirrors dimly feed our minds
On imperfections so sublime
As if from windows locked in cells
We hear the chime of heaven’s bells

And in the frailty of what’s real
All hope for closure lions steal
For in that requiem of choice
Both freed and captive find their voice

I’m not perfect, but You are
So please destroy my heart
I grow weary of myself, so kindly tear myself apart
I feel the soaking of the Truth
Blown away by all You do
In oneness, I embrace the burning love inside of You