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released November 1, 2010

Marq Andrew Speck - lead, harmony vocals and anything with keys; Bill Blatter - anything with strings; Steve Wieser - anything hit with sticks.
Recorded at Nightcrier Studios, Canton, MI

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Sweet Crystal Detroit, Michigan

Seventeen time Detroit Music Award winners SWEET CRYSTAL brings over 4 decades of power and passion with music that's inspiring and a message that's universal in it's appeal and purpose. Marq Andrew Speck- lead vocals and keys; Bill Blatter-guitars and Steve Wieser on drums. Sweet Crystal - just exactly what you need to hear, just when you need it most. Sweet, very sweet. ... more

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Track Name: Holding Our Own
You track me, then attack me
But all you do just makes me strong
And I think you've got it wrong
This time around

I Am Not Afraid
Of the fight or the night or the day that you say you're going to come
Because I'm standing with the Son
And with His arms around me, I will not back down

Chorus:
Hold On Help Is On The Way I Am Not Alone
Hold My Ground I Will Win Today
Defending Heart And Home
(I'm) Holding My Own


Your demons are screamin'
Shouting words that have no power
Let them rage against this tower
It will not fall

We Are Not Afraid
Of the slings or the stings or the arrows or weapons that they bring
Because we’re standing with the King
And in His mighty fortress, we can withstand all

Hold On
Help Is On The Way
We Are Not Alone
Hold Our Ground
We Will Win Today
Defending Heart And Home
(We're) Holding Our Own

Bridge/Break:
I… Am Not… Afraid Anymore
I… Am Not… Afraid Anymore (Come On)
We are not afraid anymore (repeat)


Hold On
Help Is On The Way
You Are Not Alone
Hold Your Ground
You Will Win Today
Roll Away The Stone
You’re Almost Home
Track Name: By The Book
Far away across the ocean
Under a crimson sky
Lies a land in persecution
Its people they question “Why?”
“Where’s the joy in our existence?
Where’s the purpose to our lives?
What’s to hope for in our future?
Or should we even try?”

Here we live in a splendor
Compared to all the rest
And what we finally offer
Is just our second best

CHORUS
Time after time it’s a crime how we fail each test
Time we all take a second look
If we’re to stand lend a hand, finally make a difference
Time we start living by The Book

Far away across the planet
Under a dusty sky
Lies a land in drought & famine
Its people they slowly die
Turn to us in silent pleading
Tired faces, never lie
Little child & hungry brother
Staring through your blinded eye

Here we sit in seclusion
Our hearts on dusty shelves
We watch them on televisions
Private views of their public hells

CHORUS


Who do we think that we are?
How did we get this way?
Who do we think that we are?
Lord, we need you today!

CHORUS X 2
Track Name: Prisoner, Unbound
Did you come here to touch me?
Did you come to heal the places I hurt?
Though my flesh appears as whole, there are wounds upon my soul
There are many here who bleed like I do.

Did you come here to catch me?
Did you see me as I stumbled and fell?
All the bumps and all the bends have dropped me to my knees again
And there are many here who fall where I do.

And so I ask of you…
Can the lost ever be found?
Can this prisoner be unbound?

Did you come here to save me?
Have you seen how far I've fallen from grace?
Aw, you say you love me still, you always have, you always will
There are many here who need what I do.

Let Me Ask Of You…
Can the lost ever be found?
Can the prisoners be unbound?
Can you fix what’s broken down?
Can this prisoner be unbound?

There’s a battle raging in my soul,
it’s been so long since I felt whole or right
Your words are meant to comfort me,
but I’m so blind I cannot see the light

In the blink of an eye, we can live, we can die
from the choices that we make
And the pressure is real, the emotions we feel are
too hard for us to take
What if I said there’s a guide up ahead who can
lead us away from this?
Would you open the door and embrace what’s in store or
Betray the One who is standing with a kiss?

A fire lies smoking deep inside,
extinguished by the tears I cry like rain
What you call heaven, I thought was hell.
Can you pull me from this well of pain

The story you’ve heard might have sounded absurd
but I’m here to say it’s true
That a man has come down from Heaven and
found a way to save me and you
If you simply accept to take the first step to join me on my knees
Right from the start He will open your heart
to everything that you need

The point of this story is the promise of Glory
And an end to all our heartache and our pain
Life everlasting is ours for the asking
And our lives will never, ever be the same
When we call upon the power of His Name – when we call His Name

Did you come here to save me?
The truth be told, Lord, I’m ready to go
But I will give it one more try
If I can stand, I can fly
There are many here who want to come too…
All because of you…

Now the lost have all been found
All the prisoners’ been unbound.
You picked us up to higher ground
And now this prisoner’s unbound
Track Name: Warriors
I’m sending out a prayer for all the warriors
Standing guard, preparing for the fight
I’m praying for your strength and for your courage through the night
I’m praying that you all return home safely
Welcome you back to friendly shores
Let you know that God is with you
Give you shelter from your storms

I’m sending out a prayer for all the mothers
Who worry for their children every day
Stationed in a lonely, foreign land a world away
I’m praying for the fathers who in silence
Shedding their tears that no one sees
Crying out for sons and daughters
“Lord, please bring them home to me”

I will pray for you, will you pray for me?
And together lift our voices to the Son.
When we pray as one, asking Thy Will be done
We will stand upon the promise that we’ll see Your Kingdom come

I will pray for you, will you pray for me?
And together lift our voices to the Son.
When we pray as one, asking Thy Will be done
We will stand upon the promise that we’ll see Your Kingdom come

I’m sending out a prayer for all the warriors
Facing down the very gates of hell
I’m praying for the soldier who lies buried where he fell
I’m praying for you saints and for us sinners
Knowing that this one thing is true
That we are all God’s children and this prayer we pray for you
Is an every day reminder, It’s the least that we can do
For you
Track Name: Lion Of Judah
There is a way that seems right to a man,
his destiny guided by his own hand
But in the end in spite of his dreams and planning
There’s no guarantee he'll be the last man standing.

Well I am that man who once was so lost.
I sacrificed all at unbearable cost.
But then came a Friend who reached out to grab and save me
All that I did, all that I said, He forgave me.

He’s the Lion of Judah He’s the King of All kings
The one true Messiah The Lord of everything

He knows why we come back time after time.
He knows what it is that we're all hoping to find.
All that we seek, the answers to questions that plague us
It's all within reach and He is just waiting to take us

He’s the Lion of Judah He’s the King of All kings
The one true Messiah He’s the Lord of everything
Around His Throne of Salvation All His people sing
This one revelation He’s the Lord of everything
He’s…
Track Name: Another Time, Another Place
Once upon a time, life was simple, sugar-coated
– that was me, I was a child.
But days became weeks, months became years
– my life became this fountain filled with tears.
Without a clue until I turned and stumbled into you

Another time, another place and much to my surprise
I found Heaven in your face forever in your eyes

You found me wandering, alone and thirsty in this desert
that I call my "grown up" life.
So You gave me water, you fed me manna.
You picked me up and offered me Your hand
And in the end… you became much more than just a friend

Another time, another place and much to my surprise
I found Heaven in your face forever in your eyes

A time is coming soon, when those of us that stand together
Will leave behind these ruins, this heartache and these tears forever

If this sounds familiar, you see yourself in me reflected,
your shadow running from the light
Then take a moment to stop and listen,
learn from me this one life lesson

Oh, this is the day and you can change your world in every way
This is the time, this is the place and it will come as no surprise
You’ll find Heaven in His face Forever in His eyes
This is the time - this is the place
Track Name: Us, Eternally
Do you remember the first time we met?
I promised a heaven you hadn’t seen yet
And the light in my eyes brightened all your dark skies and in time,
I made you mine
Well, this is the last time that I’ll have to leave.
While I’m away I just ask you believe
In the words that I said, “The road’s open ahead and I swear
I will be there”

And how I love you and I told you I would come back
just to hold you again
And right from the start when you touched my hand,
I touched your heart

I look into your eyes and this is what I see:
A glimpse of Paradise Us, Eternally

All that I’m asking is that you hold on
and wait here in courage and hope while I am gone
And like a new morning, after a dark stormy night, it’ll be alright

And how I love you and I told you I would come back
just to hold you again
And right from the start, when I took your hand,
you took my heart

I look into your eyes. This is what I see.
A glimpse of Paradise Us, Eternally

Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard.
The power, the passion, the might of The Word
All of these things I swear will come true for you

I look into your eyes. This is what I see. A glimpse of Paradise Us, Eternally

Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard.
The power, the passion, the might of The Word
All of these things I swear will come true for you

All that I’m asking is that you be strong
Wait for me, angel...I wont be long
Track Name: The Road Less Traveled
Have you ever wanted to take the road less traveled
and for once in your life just leave the crowd?
Have you ever wanted to take the road less traveled
and for once in your life just leave the crowd?
Have you ever taken a good look in the mirror of your life
and said to yourself “Hey, I’m allowed”?

Well I’m allowed to dream of greater things than what I have at hand.
I’m allowed to take whatever path I find across the land.
I believe that there’s not anything that I’m not going to do
Because I’m allowed, yeah, I’m allowed… and so are you

You ever stop to think of all your choices?
We can choose between the high road and the low.
No one standing in our way to stop us in our tracks.
We just say to our self “Hey, it’s time to go.”

We’re allowed to dream of greater things than what we have at hand.
We’re allowed to take whatever path we find across the land.
Believe that there’s not anything that we’re not going to do
Because we’re allowed, yeah, we’re allowed…and so are you
So are you.
Track Name: Numbers
Numbers 6:24