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The band's debut album (while they were still called "Nathan Peterson Band")

"Though formed in 1999, this is the debut album from this Illinois-based band. Nathan and co play melodic, ear-pleasing pop rock interlaced with a few slower ballads. The band gel together well, influenced as they are by the likes of U2 and Coldplay. Peterson has a strong, pleasant voice, leading on all tracks, each of which he authored. Lyrics are thoughtful, non-clichéd and overtly spiritual. You could easily form the impression that they're too negative - one song is titled "Judas", another (the powerful title track) relates a conversation with the Devil and yet another a convo with the flesh. But this is simply a reflection of NPB's openness; their desire to tackle real-life issues. Thus, track nine opens; "I love you with half of my heart, with half of my soul/I serve you with some of my strength, and part of my all". How many of us, in all honesty, can relate to that! A couple of tracks, namely "Our King Has Come" and more especially "Our God Is Amazing", are pure worship - and how. Another track is a reflection on the sacrifice of Christ, spoken in the first person singular - "It's For You"."
Tom Lennie - Cross Rhythms Radio, UK


released January 1, 2006

Written, engineered, and mixed by Nathan Peterson
Produced by Nathan Peterson Band
Creative Direction by Jason Zito
Artwork and Design by Nathan Peterson and Nick Striegel
Photography by Devon Schwindenhammer
Additional Photography by Addi Elble and Jessica Peterson
Mastered by Dan Stout at Colossal Mastering


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Track Name: Did You Know
And you take advice they’ve given you
And you live the way they told you to
And you follow what the other does
And you’re following him just because
But did you know that you, that you

That you run the way that the others do
And you love this life they would put you through

And you bow your head where they tell you to
While you bite the Hand that’s been feeding you

Singing praises to an empty sky
Paying homage to a broken lie
But walking in their steps will keep you dry
Feeling empty - do you wonder why
Did you know that you, that you
Track Name: Fooled
have i been fooled by you

when your lips would feed me what i need
yeah, i think you may have poisoned me

could i be moved by you

nudging me to jump out of this 
yeah, a branch without it's leaves

i would dance on the answer

call in the streets i found power in a name

i would sing 'till i'm screaming

shout with the mountains all doing the same

you would fall from the power of His name

a drop of subtlety

a hint of love and there i go to 
yeah, i follow like i'm on a lead

i think you smiled at me

your mask slips down and now i see your 
yeah, your teeth are brown and green
Track Name: Judas
It didn’t have to be like this
Two friends are pulled apart by just a single kiss
It didn’t have to be this way
Almost but not enough of the amazing grace

It didn’t have to be like this
Two hours ago we’re parting
Now we’re cold and now we’re starving, yeah
But I’d still take you

It didn’t have to be so cold
In spite of love and us a hand dipped in the bowl
It didn’t have to come today
I was thinking maybe there might be another way
Track Name: Blessed
Blessed are the hungry if they know You
Fed beyond their longing if they know You

For You are good, You're faithful
Your hand is able to touch myself
And I am saved, I'm free, I'm filled I can see

So praise Him who takes my sin from me
Praise Him who feeds my deepest need
Praise God He made a friend if me

Blessed are the sorrowed if they know You
Comfort comes tomorrow if they know You
Track Name: Isaiah 26
you will keep in
perfect peace him
him who's mind is steadfast
though the walls come
crashing down on
me, i will not fear you are right here

i will be the one to trust in you trust in you
you will hear my voice it's calling you calling you lord

you will take him
who has strength and
bring him down to nothing
my poor feet can
walk with ease on him
smoothly i stroll i will not fall
Track Name: It's For You
This is my body broken, take it, it’s for you
I thought this way might show that I love you

And when the nails came piercing down
I’d take them for you
A crown of thorns cuts through my brow
I’d wear it for you

This is my blood atoning, take it, it’s for you
I thought this way might show that I love you

And when the spear entered my side, I’d take it for you
Upon the cross, arms outstretched wide, waiting for you
This is my life I’m giving, take it, it’s for you
That you might join the living, take it, it’s for you
Track Name: Our King Has Come
Your Spirit’s here, we see Your eyes
Looking through our sin
Around our fears, into our lives
Your Word is here, we realize
Piercing dark within
Revealing Truth amidst the lies

So let the people sing
With arms stretched wide
You can carry me in arms of love across the fire
Let your people dance
Let the captive cry

Our King has come!

Your heart is here, beating inside
All who let your steer
Give You the keys, and close their eyes
Your grace is here, looking to find
Who you can forgive
Forget their sins, and save their lives

Your power’s here, we feel it’s fire
Lifting us to live
Above the mud, out of the mire
Your power’s here, we can’t deny
Lifting us from sin
Out of the grave into the sky
Track Name: Our God Is Amazing
Our God is amazing, Hallelujah
Eternal, unchanging, Hallelujah
His Kingdom lasts forever, Hallelujah
So we sing together


Creator of all things, Hallelujah
The mountains are shouting, Hallelujah
The birds in the morning, Hallelujah
Are singing of Your Glory

Our King is victorious, Hallelujah
Conquered death just for us, Hallelujah
He washed away all our sin, Hallelujah
So we could be with Him
Track Name: Half Of My Heart
I love You
With half of my heart and half of my soul
I serve You
With some of my strength and part of my all
Where did it run
The day I would say

Here’s all of my mind
Take all of my strength
It’s my sacrifice
Have all of myself
For You and nobody else

I see You
Just as before, a Rock at the door
I hear You
You say it again, You’ll still be my friend
What have I done
I just want to say

I feel You
You walked in my skin, and tore down my heart
Is this true
You pulled out the sin that kept us apart
Come, Jesus, come
And have Your way
Track Name: Return To Reason
shapes beneath my bed
i'm a little scared
you would be too if you were there
if sheets up to my head
can cover my fear
maybe i'll bend and stay 'till it's clear

shakes inside my soul
i know they're there
you know it too, you know He's here
through sheets like they were holes
i know i'm scared
you would be too if you really cared
if you really cared about anyone
maybe you'd be saving me
instead of feeding me reason
and you tell me it's a lie
you tell me i'm okay
and maybe i'll return to reason when i wake

flames inside my soul
i know they're there
and i know you too

and it's cold and i'm bare
and i'm scared
you know i'm scared
Track Name: He's Alive
Come and hear a story told
Of a man who could walk on the water
The wind and waves would all obey
At the sound of His name they would bow and proclaim

He’s alive! Heaven is open
He’s alive! Strongholds are broken

Christ the King of everything
Sent to die, crucified even for me
Tears of shame fell to His grave
But we lifted our heads as we heard a voice say

Come and hear a story told
Of a man who could walk on the water
And when the world says that He’s died
We will lift up our hands and redeemed we will cry

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