Friends and Foes

by Tim Be Told

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Sven B. Schreiber
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Sven B. Schreiber Sometimes I really go for Christian rock - not only because of the heartwarming lyrics, but because it frequently involves exquisite melodies and arrangements. Tim Ouyang aka "Tim Be Told" is an undisputable master of this genre, especially when it comes to ballads. With the mind-blowing selection of songs on "Friends and Foes", he certainly found much more new friends than foes. Favorite track: Friends and Foes.
C. Michael Pilato
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C. Michael Pilato Tim Be Told are masters of the pop music form. Lyrics, arrangement, and performance are always top notch -- with Tim's vocal acrobatics typically stealing top honors (while remaining genre-appropriate). Friends and Foes continues this trend. What's not to like?
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jadedseed I have been listening to this band for years... and their music has gotten me through rough times... listening to this new album is no different... This album put a smile on my face and a little hop in my step Favorite track: Fiction.
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1.
Save my soul tonight You could be my hope, my heart, my light So let's not fear the fight Things go wrong but we can get it right So I'll reach out to you Take my hand and I will hold yours too Pain will come it's true Don't give up and we will make it through But when we look back and we see who are And don't like what we find Can we still keep on trying And fast will we run though the end feels so far But brave be my soul While the daylight is dying Wouldn't it be better if we hold on Though everybody's gone If we go down, we'll go down singing And swinging to the ground (x2) And when you learn to fly Tell me how it feels to touch the sky Then we'll travel back in time And tell ourselves that everything is fine When your load increases Fall into pieces It’s alright I will hold you until it ceases No pain no feeling No hurt no healing If there are limits then we will break that ceiling
2.
It all started with “I disagree” And it all fell down Only divided by what we believe And the lines on the ground I’ll play the judge You play the jury I’ll bang my gavel While you unleash your fury We scream and we shout ‘Til we lose our voices Saying you take what’s yours and I’ll keep what is mine Pointing our fingers at each other’s choices ‘Til friends become foes at the end of the line Can we try to listen, before we say “You are wrong” Live and let live turns to “just walk away’ And you are gone I wanted grace You wanted justice We both needed love But we couldn’t trust it V3 How did we get here, is it too late To heal our scars How can a brother be someone you hate? Is this all we are? BRIDGE All I need is one more chance To prove that we can survive.
3.
Fiction 03:52
Let me close my eyes And fantasize a perfect day Let me stay here with you In my imagination So I’ll steal the moon and make some room inside my heart Let it glow And let go Of all our expectations Come let’s leave the world behind us Let us dream in this sweet asylum You’d hold me in your arms tonight We’d talk to the stars and they would listen Let all the lonely hearts unite Let’s fall in love even if it’s fiction Wherever in this Neverland you’d wait for me Let us go and stroll through the constellations Kiss me in a field of fireflies and cloudy skies We’ll lie awhile in my imagination. But what if you are really out there not another story in my head? And maybe you are looking for me Lost inside the thorny woods instead So hear my song tonight and I will guide you in your dreams across the sea Somewhere in the universe There is a spell to break the curse And lead you home to me.
4.
Love Me Back 03:30
All those secrets that you keep from me I figured them all out All those kisses you don’t think I see They’re all over your mouth Tell me your excuses go on say it with a smile While I show you to the door All these words honey I’ve heard before They don’t mean a thing no more Don’t apologize, I don’t need that Cos all I wanted was for you to love me back You’re a speeding train and I’m a broken track And all I wanted was for you to love me back Of all the times that you’ve run over me I swear this is the last We have no future just a tragedy So welcome to my past Tell me your excuses go on say it with a smile While I show you to the door All these words honey I’ve heard before They don’t mean a thing no more So go ahead blame it on me And I will still be nice Two hearts on fire and suddenly They’re frozen into ice
5.
Can you tell me why? Is this you saying goodbye? Did I, suddenly get boring? What is this about? Did my novelty wear out? And how... is there nothing worth restoring? You threw my heart into a stack Gave me your love then took it back For all of the dirt that you dragged me through I forgive you This is your dance and song You point out all the ways I’m wrong Now I see our shiny love is rusting You point and blame While you crucify my name And you spread rumors like it’s nothing Those words you spoke behind my back They ripped my soul but you knew that For all of the lies, you still pretend are true I forgive you You aim and strike, you do whatever you like And I’m left picking up the pieces We once embraced now you curse me to my face And I’m patching up the dam before it breaches I wanted peace but you attacked I gave my love you hit me back For all of those times that I broke in two I forgive you I’ll let this go and even though You won’t apologize Freedom will come when my anger is done And soon I will realize One day we’ll reach the other side I’ll look at you and I’ll be fine Until that day when we’ve made it through I forgive you
6.
See the sun as it sets in the west tonight The ground’s wet with my regret And I made a mess again So I cling to the last of the evening light The sky breaks with my mistakes It only hurts you in the end I’m sorry I failed you Oh I burned every good thing that you ever gave And I blamed you I’m sorry I failed you I never earned anything not a thing you ever gave And I never thanked you I can tell all the hell that I put you through I was lost with a heavy cross And I was never really found I wasn’t lying when I - gave my heart to you But I run away when I’m afraid Cos I’m scared you’ll let me down
7.
Starlight 03:35
Rescue me from the darkness Raise me back from the dead I think you could be the hero For the monster invading my head Pre-chorus Had a little town, he burned it down I built a city he knocked it to the ground Then he blocked the sun, thought he had won I punched him out and undid what he had done CHORUS Oh the monster he lied and laughed when I cried When I fall he calls me a dark sky Oh those demons they try To get me, but I am a dark sky Filled with your starlight There's a snake on my shoulder He let's me know that he's here Well I kicked him back to the shadows 'cause I won't be living in fear Come and catch the sun (x2) I won't stop 'cause you're not gonna let me go (x2)
8.
We are born with a gentle heart But it doesn't stay for long When a man is torn he tears the world apart Just to prove that he is strong We keep our sadness, keep it deep inside But it leaves a scar in the end And souls are shattered when battered hearts collide Afraid to break again Chorus So we use words like knives And cold shoulders like daggers Piercing through our flesh and bone Turning fragile hearts to stone With every vicious word, every kick and blow Another piece of us will die And these voices follow no matter where we go Slowly eating us alive So much sadness so much pain we hide Guarding bitter thoughts til the end And souls are shattered when battered hearts collide Afraid to break again And every sadness buried deep inside Maybe time will heal in the end And maybe someone will break through these lines And help us feel again
9.
Maybe 03:44
What if I never try Maybe I’ll never fail I’ll anchor here, pretend to steer But never set sail I’ll build a wall Thick and tall To cover my heart Love won’t win Don’t let it in And don’t fall apart CHORUS Maybe love is still stronger though our hearts may be weak Maybe stars will shine brighter when the darkness is bleak Maybe hope is still better than to run away and hide Maybe fear has no power when we reach out and fly
10.
Under the steeple we were all God's people If we loved one another, sisters and brothers But then the preacher told me, God loves the straight man only Straight is the same as holy so saith the Lord Chorus Father could you ever love a person like me? Or did you seal the gates above and throw out the keys You say we are your children if we trust and believe So God please don't forget about the children like me While the world was sleeping I'd stay up weeping Wondering who was the liar, my God or my desire If straight means holy then I -- I guess I don't mind lonely But what if we have this life only, what if I was wrong? They say I'm ruined, but I'm only human They say, it could be Satan, but God I'm your creation What is and isn't sin, I'll let it go and let you in All this time I was praying, all this time you were saying... Come lay your burdens down on me
11.
You took a breath and held it in Traded your soul for thicker skin Fear was strong so you let it win and you hid yourself away You’re standing there with your broken heart But no one knows that you’re in the dark Being brave is always hard But do it anyway You can take your shackles off and leave them behind Give it some faith and time Give it some faith and time You will make it over all the mountains you climb Give it some faith and time Give it some faith and time So many wounds so little time You’re so alone but say you’re fine It beats you up and leaves you blind But you never let them see They turn you down it’s nothing new Another test to make it through But God is watching over you So let yourself be free Verse3 No more crying, no more shame No more guilt and no more blame No more anger in Jesus name Amen You can take your shackles off and leave them behind Give it some faith and time Give it some faith and time You will make it over all the mountains you climb Give it some faith and time Give it some faith and time
12.
Yolonda: Can’t you see what’s deep within Instead of the color of my skin You and I both cry in pain When I bleed we bleed the same CH If we live or die Can we leave it better? Can we make it through together If we just try Can we break these lines Can we blend our colors Can we maybe reach each other ‘Cross the great divide Jae: Can’t you see the fear inside Got no money and I got no pride Tell me pick yourself up it’s not hard Rich and poor still a world apart Calie: Don’t be yourself they’ll make you pay So I went and hid myself away They say that’s for boys and that’s for girls That is how they split the world Tim: Put away your shield and sword Drop your gun and fight no more Say a prayer to the God above Let’s light a fire fill the world with love

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released December 25, 2016

Guitar/Bass: Andrew Chae
Violin: Michael Lu
Cello: Michael Chung

All songs written by Tim Ouyang
Produced, Mixed and Mastered by O Studio

Guest Vocalists: Jess Liao, Yolonda Jones, Calie Garrett, and Jae Jin

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