0 Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Live at Insomnia with Nick and Tanner (07/31/2010)

In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day here is my song “Green” performed live at Insomnia with Nick & Tanner. The song warns us not to always look for where things & people promise “the grass is greener on the other side”. A studio recording of this song can be found on my CD Don’t Look Back.

Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:1-4 NIV)



Been flirting with disaster
Skirting little too close to the edge
Foolish things I’ve been chasing after
Have gone and placed the noose ’round my head
Thought they’d bring me pleasure
But I’ve found out to my discontent
That satisfaction comes in equal measure
With guilt and shame and death in the end

Grass is greener on the other side
So they say, so they say, but I don’t trust it
Maybe if you’re looking through green glass
But flowers pass, they fade away before you know it
The moments all just fly by so fast
And then they’re gone away

Been looking for some greener pasture
Like a wandering sheep, from your side I’ve strayed
But withered grass is poor cure
For this longing ache, your love I crave
Still my eyes are green with envy
For I’ve seen the riches of wicked men
Flourish like green trees in summer’s safety
Though they’ll perish come winter’s wind

No, the things of this world
Can’t take them with you, they won’t last
Just persevere under trial, stand fast
And you’ll wear a crown of life

James 1:9-15; Psalm 23; 37:1-13,35-36; 49:16-17; 119:37,176

Copyright © 1999 Dawson Cowals.

0 Shades of Grace

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A stand-up and shake the rafters Gospel tune about grace fiddled full of Americana flair. Think Chris Tomlin meets Nickel Creek.

Here is the newest single! This song will be on the upcoming full-length album, “White”. Thanks again to the amazing Nick Garrett-Powell for producing, recording, playing organ, bass, electric guitar and singing harmonies. We were also joined on this song by the legendary Jim Sitter on drums, and the superbly talented Alex Goldman on violin, thanks, Jim & Alex!!

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18 NIV)


Shades of Grace

I see your face
Clearly in the shades of grace
In the blood that wells up
From the crown of thorns you wore
In the debt you paid for me;
The wounds you gladly bore

The colors of your love are plain to see
In the pure white wool of the lamb
That was slain for me
And the bright red blood
That was shed to wash away
All of my sin
Now you see me covered in
Shades of grace

I see your name
Written in the stars, the universe proclaims
There’s no other name above the name of Jesus
You’re the way, the truth, and the life;
And you died to save us

I was covered in
The black-as-soot stains of my sin
Until you shed red blood
And made me white as snow again

Psalm 19:1-6; Isaiah 1:16-18; Matthew 27:26-54; Hebrews 1; 1 Peter 1:18-21