Hope Against Hope

by The Hearing

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Thanks to: Our Lord Jesus Christ for giving us the passion and the opportunity to play music together. Our families, and especially Corina, for your love and continued support in everything we do. Quebec Baptist Church for your help in so many ways and your generosity towards us. Antoine Baril for everything you've done in the producing/recording/mixing process of this album, it has been a pleasure to work with you! Nick Mullin for your excellent work in the mixing and mastering of this album. JP Rhéaume for adding so much to the band over the course of a year and for your dedicated work on the pre-prod. Seth, Caleb, and Eliane for being willing to play and sing on this album. John Page for helping us book shows and giving us awesome opportunities. Albert for your enthusiasm in always taking pictures of us with a joyful heart. And finally, to our amazing fans and friends who have encouraged us in any way possible, you guys are the greatest and we love you all!

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released June 14, 2014

The Hearing is:
Jon Rash: vocals, keys
Eva Moreau: drums, vocals
Tom F: guitar
Élizabeth Caron: bass

Additional vocals on What You've Become: Éliane Moreau, Caleb Savage,
Eva Moreau, Jon Rash, Élizabeth Caron

'Cello on Search Yourself: Seth Allison

Additional keys on Grandeur and distortion on Search Yourself: Antoine Baril

Lyrics by Jon Rash and music by Jon Rash and The Hearing

Produced by The Hearing and Antoine Baril
Engineered and mixed by Antoine Baril at Hémisphère Studio on the south shore of Québec, QC
Additional mixing and mastering by Nick Mullin at Endless Music Production in Winnipeg, MB

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The Hearing is an indie pop rock band from Québec City, Québec. Heartfelt lyrics drive home a message of hope despite the turns life takes. Piano-driven songs with catchy melodies call to mind bands like The Weakerthans, The Fray, and From Indian Lakes. ... more

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Track Name: Town Car at Ten
we are the movers and the shakers / we are the only ones we think about / we eat and sleep and breathe money / it's funny how we don't have time for love // gotta work / gotta turn these people into numbers, into cash / can't sleep / gotta make these people into money while it lasts // we check our messages compulsively / we get a buzz from every deal we close / we get our energy from coffee / when we're on empty, we get caffeine lows // gotta work / gotta turn these people into numbers, into cash / can't sleep / gotta make these people into money while it lasts // "it gives you something to aspire to, doesn't it?" he said. "it does," i lied, inwardly hoping i'd never retire like him. // gotta work / gotta turn these people into numbers, into cash / can't sleep / gotta make these people into money while it lasts
Track Name: What You've Become
take a little time out from the rush / take a look at what you have become / what you've become
Track Name: Hold On
you say you feel like you’re alone / like no one knows what’s going on / it takes you to your knees, feels like eternity / but you’re not done yet / you’re in progress // hang on, hold on, come on, go on // you need to know you’re not alone / you think nobody knows what’s going on / but hold on / i’m not saying there’s not a problem / i’m saying you’re not done yet / you’re in progress // hang on, hold on, come on, go on // whatever’s going on / no matter what is wrong / hang on, hold on, come on, go on
Track Name: ETA
are we there yet? / 'cause i really want to be / i've been waiting / and i'm getting antsy / i'll be patient / yeah, i'll bide my time / i'm still hanging in there / at least i'm trying // what's our ETA? what's our ETA, anyway? // can You hear me? / 'cause i've been listening / i've been wondering / if this feeling's just me / i'll be patient / yeah, i'll bide my time / i'm still hanging in there / at least i'm trying // what's our ETA? what's our ETA, anyway? // i'll be patient, calm my restless mind / i'm still praying, leaving fear behind // what's our ETA? what's our ETA, anyway?
Track Name: Stop and Think
"don't bother me, i'm busy." / "i want, i need." / you ask rhetorically, "what's your problem?" / "i, me, i" - whoa // do you ever stop, ever stop and think? do you wonder why you're unfeeling? // "don't talk to me, i'm on my screen." / "i want, i need." / you mutter, "how's that make you feel?" / "i, me, i" - no! // do you ever stop, ever stop and think? do you wonder why you're unfeeling? // you say, "come on! why'd it have to rain?" / but it's got nothing to do with your windows left down / He sends rain on the just and the unjust / so take a look around at the people right there next to you. // do you ever stop, ever stop and think? do you wonder why you're unfeeling? // you never stop, no, you never slow down / you never think about the people around // do you ever stop? do you ever stop and think?
Track Name: All I Have Is My Heart
i am hurting, i am crying out / i have the impulse to offer stuff / as if i could buy Your love / but that's not what You are looking for // i don't have anything to bring to You to impress You / all i have's my heart, and my heart is Yours // i am feeling this drive to please / as if i could just prove myself or ambition could fix it all / but that's not what i am living for / i am humbled, i am broken / You have searched me and You know me // i don't have anything to bring to You to impress You / all i have's my heart / and my heart is Yours / and my heart is Yours // You promise me i can come to You with everything / You're listening / Your perfect peace will guard my heart / i am humbled, i am broken / test me, try me, lead me, guide me // i don't have anything to bring to You to impress You / all i have's my heart, and my heart is Yours
Track Name: Grandeur
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Track Name: When I Am Afraid
i feared the worst when the night seemed to take hold around us / and i, powerless to make anyone else's choices, sat alone and cried out // when i am afraid, i will trust in You // but i've seen worse in my deepest, darkest recesses / i'll be the first to say You save even the worst of wretches / but i'm not alone, i cry out // when i am afraid, i will trust in You // in You, in You / in God, whose word I praise / in the Lord, whose word I praise / i trust and am not afraid
Track Name: A Snapshot of Infidelity
i run into you in a coffee shop / it doesn't take long, it doesn't take much to see that something's on your mind / we go and sit down and you open up / she's gone and left you with a broken heart / yeah, she's really done it this time // and she had the gall to show up with him / and there you were, handing him her boxes / and she was all, "you're taking this so well" / but you still loved her // and it's so messed up, and it's just not right / there's nothing to say / guess it will take time / but my clichés won't be much help / and this all came out of nowhere / but at the same time, you knew / that when she didn't call and didn't answer you, it was through // and she had the gall to show up with him / and there you were, handing him her boxes / and she was all, "you're taking this so well" / but you still loved her // and all you could say was, "I don't know what to say" / if I were in your shoes, I don't know what I'd do / but I agree, you're taking this so well / and beyond that, I don't know what to say
Track Name: Search Yourself
we would build a tower to the sky if we could, wouldn't we? / we would take everything we could get and if we felt at all guilty / we'd give away some token generosity and hide our pride inside our false humility / but we can't reverse the fall / we think we're good, but we could all point out the faults in each other // oh, just look at your heart / when i examine my heart / i know that i need grace / i know that i need grace / i know that we need grace / i know we need // i would right all of my wrongs if i could, probably / drain away a sea of regret / if i could only / we'd give away some token generosity and hide our pride inside our false humility / but we can't reverse the fall / we think we're good, but we could all point out the faults in each other, oh / we have this innate sense of justice / we love to judge our politicians, our celebrities, our exes but oh // oh, just look at your heart / when i examine my heart / i know that i need grace / i know that i need grace / i know that we need grace / i know we need
Track Name: Tomorrow
i don't know what tomorrow will bring / i don't even know if i'll be here tomorrow / so why would i try to act like it is my tomorrow? / it's in Your hands / You hem me in / behind and before / You hand is on me, oh / such knowledge is too wonderful / too lofty for me / i don't know what tomorrow will bring / all i know is i’m trusting my tomorrow is in Your hands
Track Name: The Great Exchange
i've been confronted with who i am / if i am honest with myself / i'm so imperfect / stepping out the door, i wish that i could have a day where i behave the way i should / but i fall short of it // You are God, You know me inside out and yet somehow, You love me / You alone can see all of my shame, but You take the blame, and You save me // i've been confronted with who You are / You are so separate, set apart, yeah, You are holy / You're the only one who could take my place / You're the only sacrifice who can save / yeah, You are holy // You are God, You know me inside out and yet somehow, You love me / You alone can see all of my shame, but You take the blame, and You save me // i don't know where i'd be without You / i'd be like a ship without a sail, i'd be so lost / i'm so happy that i have found You / that You've found me