Hopefully Broken

by Zimmerman

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"This record is absolutely beautiful! The sounds of Zimmerman are so fresh, and the lyrics stir the soul. Seriously, I cannot stop listening to “Sunken Pages” and “I Am Broken.” Loving this record!"
Aaron Ivey - Austin Stone

It's engaging and honest, yet perhaps most notably, it’s compelling. There is weightiness both in it’s lyrical content and in it’s art. The evident conviction that sits in the depths of Donald’s voice as he shouts “He saves! He saves!” is a powerful display of what this band is truly all about. 'Hopefully Broken' is the wonderfully crafted work of skillful musicians who clearly find joy in singing the gospel story. This album will be a gift for many as it has been for me, and for that I’ve very thankful.
Zach Bolen - Citizens & Saints

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released September 25, 2014

All songs written by Donald Zimmerman, Mike Mumford, and Liz Mumford.
Recorded at Matchbox Studios in rural Austin, TX.
Produced by Kyle Lent (Austin Stone)
Engineered by David Butler
Mixed by Shane D. Wilson
Mastered by Bob Boyd at Ambient Digital

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Hope + depth + pop sensibilities = Zimmerman

A little band from a little town writing songs about big things.

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Track Name: He Saves
VERSE
our fall we see it in the way we fight for self
our light gave death the call he's often given out
our foe has had his trophy stripped by the all-wise
our past has sunk through darkened seas, never to rise

CHORUS
he saves he saves and all of it by grace
his throne is in the sky and in the tomb
he saves he saves and all of it by grace
his throne is here and yet it's coming soon

VERSE 2
a hope, that fires cannot scorch or waters drown
we all will know the grace or wrath of his good crown
an end, to all the things not right, made new again
we've held the truth in fickle hearts, and want it plain

BRIDGE
our sands are his mountain our beads of sweat, his ocean
our efforts will not do
Track Name: I Need You
VERSE
I want to learn to walk and follow all your ways
your word is like a shining guide through dying days
my heart is so deceitful lying to my face
tells me all the things I want besides your saving grace

CHORUS
Oh I need you Lord I need you
the one who calmed the storms
to calm the storms in me
Oh I need you Lord I need you
the one who is the light
to light the dark in me

VERSE 2
I taste a hint of death on every single breath
and I shuffle tired feet with every single step
but I'll trust in you, your word, your life, your promises
my glory and the lifter of my head

BRIDGE
Irrevocable and strong are your covenants oh God
and the love that you have shown is the only hope I own
set my gaze upon the cross and rejoice at satan's loss
for my victory is won by my Savior, God the Son
Track Name: My Soul Knows
VERSE
some would say our sin is small
the cross is long ago
his love is false and he has turned away

He would say our sin is great
the cross is where we see
his love is near and he has reached to me.

CHORUS
my soul knows there are no chains that hold me
if the father holds me He holds me oh oh (repeat)

VERSE 2
my foe will say you've lost the race
you've wandered far from home
you don't deserve another day of grace

i will say you words are right but you forget the rest
the Son was slain and rose against your death

BRIDGE
my past has weighed me down
my sin has brought on death

but he called me his own
and brought me home instead


CHORUS 2
my soul knows, doubts will rise inside me
but my savior will guide me

my soul knows, there are no sins that haunt me
if the father wants me, He wants me
Track Name: Sunken Pages
VERSE
a stone inside enough left for my flesh to hide
curse myself and then the skies I muddle lies and truth

you pulled me out of all my vanity and doubt
but mirrors and questions hang about they blur my sight of you

CHORUS
its harder than I thought it would be

VERSE 2
my best support to sit and see that i am yours
to sit and be your child adored the mist and fog ascends

i read each line but i forget in equal time
the truth you've made and sealed as mine i clutch and drop again

VERSE 3
and now i stand on gold with light around my head
i see his face and see his hands my joy is made complete

and now i find that i now can't recall to mind
the falls and all the tears i cried those books sank in the sea
Track Name: Grace Greater
VERSE
Marvelous grace of our loving Lord
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt
Over on cal - vary's mount out poured
there where the blood of the lamb was spilt

VERSE 2
Dark is the stain that we cannot hide Who can succeed to wash it away?
Favor is ours, an unceasing tide Pure as the snow my soul's been made

CHORUS
Grace, Grace, Oh God's Grace
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within
Grace, Grace, Oh God's Grace
Grace that is greater than all our sin

VERSE 3
Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold
threaten the soul with infinite loss
The Son achieved, the good Father's goal
The Spirit seals, those behind the Cross
Track Name: Stricken Smitten
VERSE
Stricken, smitten, and afflicted, See Him dy—ing on the tree!
it's the Christ by man rejected; Yes, my soul, it's He, it's He!
It's the long expected prophet, David’s Son, yet David’s Lord;
By His Son, God now has spoken: He's the true and faithful Word.

CHORUS
pierced and crushed for our peace
by his wounds we're healed
the Father gave, His son to save
the Spirit he has sealed

VERSE 2
You who think of sin but lightly, Nor suppose the evil great,
Here may view its nature rightly, Here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the Sacrifice appointed! See Who bears the awful load!
’Tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed, Son of Man, and Son of God

VERSE 3
Lamb of God for sinners wounded! Sacrifice to cancel guilt!
None shall ever be confounded Who on Him their hope have built.

BRIDGE
Here we have a firm foundation, Here the refuge of the lost.
Christ’s the Rock of our salvation, His the Name of which we boast
Track Name: Strong to Keep
VERSE
the same to save us, is strong to keep
under the care of our good King

no one can take us out from his hand
yet we still fight what wars within

CHORUS
we are quick to stray you are good to save
keep saving us
we are quick to stray you are good to save

VERSE 2
His heart is hunting as it gives chase
our sin and doubt can not keep pace
He can awaken that which has died
we are the scent of Life inside

BRIDGE
Breathe out the death and don't try to keep it in
you're suffocating the natural sequence
breathe in the life he gives open your mouth again
and let the light pour in He keeps on saving
Track Name: I Am Broken (Psalm 102)
VERSE
I am a sparrow, and sitting alone
atop a place that's not my own

My pain is burning my life an evening
where is my dawn? when can faith be seeing?

CHORUS
These things will not remain
His love remains,
I am broken, but I am hopeful

VERSE 2
I have been lifted I have been shaken
and I crashed down from where I was taken

Your face is hidden your strength delayed
these shortened days now feel suff-o-cating

BRIDGE/OUTRO
these things will not remain
his love remains,
Oh my God, take me not away