Happy New Year from the Rabbit Room

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What better song could usher us into the new year than Ben Shive’s “New Year”, from The Ill-Tempered Klavier?

ben-cover.jpgThank you for reading, for posting your thoughtful comments, for supporting the artists in the Rabbit Room Store, and for joining us in this journey.  We hope your Christmas brought as many tender moments as mirthful, and that in the coming year you remember to hold to that which cannot be shaken.

 

New Year

This year
I’m gonna love you better than last year
I’m through repeating the past crimes
Learned my lesson the last time

And you say
You need more than a new day
I know I never had a true heart
But love is gonna give us a new start

It’s a new year, a new day
It’s a new scene in an old play
And I finally decided
Love is alive in the choice you make
To give it away
In a new year, a new dawn
It’s a new line in an old song
And I finally believe it
Love is the reason the past is gone
And the world turns on

Sometime
You gotta make up your mind
If all you really want is more love
You gotta give her your love

So you say a prayer and catch your breath
(Dear God, won’t you help her to see)
And you’re so alive and so scared to death
(That I’m not the man I used to be)
And you say what you mean, not what you meant to
(Believe me, baby, please)
She just smiles like, “what has got into you?”

It’s a new year, a new day
It’s a new scene in an old play
And I finally decided
Love is alive in the choice you make
To give it away
In a new year, a new dawn
It’s a new line in an old song
And I finally believe it
Love is the reason the past is gone
And the world turns on

It’s gonna happen sometime
You’re gonna make up your mind
If all you want is more love
You gotta give her your love

So you’re saying your prayers
And you’re so scared
But I believe that the past is gone
And that’s the reason the world turns on

As a singer-songwriter and recording artist, Andrew has released more than ten records over the past fifteen years. His music has earned him a reputation for writing songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. He has also followed his gifts into the realm of publishing. His books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga.


8 Comments

  1. rachel

    this song is my new ringtone thanks to myxer.com 🙂

    i love this whole cd — and i bought it solely on the recommendations of y’all here at the RR, so thank you!

  2. Tony Heringer

    Barliman

    An excellent song to kick off to the New Year as it seems like the opening of a movie (someone had noted that about this song in a prior post). The credits roll. First, the title: “The New Year: Part 2009.” Staring: all of us here on earth. Also featuring the spiritual forces – good and evil. Directed by God. For those given to resolutions, here’s a verse to ponder with them:

    Proverbs 16:9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. That’s noted in the front of my Day Timer to remind me to not get to caught up with my tasks and plans. 🙂

    Happy New Year!

  3. Peter B

    Awesome pick. I’ve been singing this one in my head since yesterday. I wonder if Ben’s going to corner every known holiday with a worthy song…?

    Thanks Andrew, and all the rest of you artist-folks, for making music and words that lift our eyes to the Author and Finisher of our faith.

    Juvenile side-note: through some cosmic Freudian typo, I almost submitted this note calling AP and friends “fartists”.

  4. Andrew Peterson

    @andrew

    Juvenile reply to juvenile side-note: Here at the Warren we had our annual New Year’s ham and beans over rice feast. I’m afraid “fartists” is more appropriate than you might think.

  5. Kyle

    great song! thanks AP. i just bought res. letters II with an itunes gift card i got for xmas. love love love it! thanks for producing a great genre of music that glorifies Jesus Christ!!! happy new year to you all.

  6. Kevin

    AP
    For the new year good could we rabbit room fans get some updated bios and pics of the many new contributors/”fartists” that we find here. Although I try to focus more on their contributions to this community, I have to confess that putting a face with a name helps me to listen with more clarity.
    Happy New Year to all.

  7. Mark Geil

    Am I the only one who’s noticed that the beginning of this song is an absolute dead ringer for “Never Be the Same” by Christohper Cross? Seriously. Fire up the turntable and pull out that fantastic pink-flamingo-covered album and hear for yourself!

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