elevation

by Shawn Michael

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This is my first pop-synth, full-length album release, recorded in the Black Hills of South Dakota in early 2002. Most of these songs were written and composed when I was still a teenager.

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released June 11, 2002

executive produced by Deanna Shoup
produced and mixed by Ken Verheecke and Shawn Michael

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Shawn Michael Denver, Colorado

Shawn Michael Shoup (pronounced “shop”) was born and raised in the heartlands of South Dakota. He is a known and established worship leader, communicator and digital storyteller in the region. He is a passionate, spirit-led worship leader and loves to travel around and share in worship experiences at camps, festivals, retreats and more. ... more

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Track Name: Change My Heart
Come and walk with me,
And teach me to believe.
Make this heart reflect
What I’ve already received.

Things may come and go, (echo)
But this I already know; (echo)
That His love will never
Ever let you go.

Make this heart (Make this heart)
Take this heart (take this heart)
Change my heart, oh Lord.

Everyday we say, (echo)
That we are gonna change our ways (echo)
But He knows where you’ve been
there’s no hiding from Him.
So repent from the sin that you’re in. (say what?!)

So come and praise the Lord,
Like you’ve never praised him before.
Get out of your chair; throw your hands in the air
And get ready for what’s in store.

Make this heart (Make this heart)
Take this heart (take this heart)
Change my heart, oh Lord.

It’s hard to keep on running.
Yeah, it’s hard to keep on running
When you don’t know
What you’re running from.
But now there’s a place
Where we can go
To get these knots undone.
(Break it down)

Oh, oh, oh… Change my heart, oh Lord
oh, oh, Change my heart, oh Lord
Make this heart; take this heart
break this heart, oh Lord.
Make this heart; take this heart
change this heart, oh Lord.

Oh, oh, oh… Change my heart
Track Name: You In Me
FIRST VERSE:
distracted by a temptation
I stop and search through creation
to find what I've been looking for

Need to know if I’m willing
to be done with my dealing
I’m on my knees, I need Your help
You in me

CHORUS:
You in me, I gotta let me be
let go of myself and let my soul become free,
I've worked so hard to come this far
You in me

NEXT VERSE:
confused by what all the peeps say
I think I’m headed the right way
but in reality I’m caught

I know that there’s something missing
can't seem to find it – just listen
deep in my heart I know the truth
You in me
Track Name: Lord of My Destiny
I was going my own way
Trying to soothe my pains, bide my time
But it just doesn’t work that way
My own strengths don’t amount to much
Dear God, break this mold off of me
You know that I need your touch

(BRIDGE)
Break me, mold me, hold me
Lord I need your touch
Make me, take me, hold me
Lord I need you

(CHORUS)
Oh, you are the Lord of my destiny
Oh, nothing can stand up against me
Oh, great is your goodness towards me
Oh, Lord my God, Lord my God

Lord of my destiny (Lord of my destiny) 3 x’s

I’m a stranger in an alien land
Patch up the pieces of my broken heart, and
Standing naked on desert ground
Then your love washes over me, takes over me, cleanses me

I don’t know why, I don’t know how
Your love consumes all of me
I don’t know why, I just know that
My life is your destiny

Mmmm… Lord of my destiny (Lord of my destiny)
Mmmm… Always got your hands on me
Mmmm… Lord of my destiny (Lord of my destiny)
Oh, Come take your place in meeeeeeeeeeee… (Repeat)
Track Name: Is That Your Final Answer?
I’m on TV – I’m in the middle of the ocean
I’m on an island in the middle of nowhere
Eat rats for food – gotta gather my emotions
All that really matters – I’m the last one there
Nothing else matters – gotta be a millionaire

I’m on the plane – Gonna go and meet with Regis
Answer my questions on the prime time air
“Reg” is asking me, “Hey, Is that your final answer?”
All that really matters – I’m the first one there
Nothing else matters – gonna be a millionaire

Is this all, all there is in life?
Is that your final answer?

I’m on the Net – Gotta get my information
Stock city – I’ve got a hundred shares
Day trader – gotta get my ammunition
All that really matters – that the bull fights fair
Nothing else matters – Gonna be a millionaire

Is this all, all there is in life?
Is that your final answer?
I’ve found something more in life
It’s in the final answer

Money – it’s the root of all evil
oops, no, it’s the love of money
Gotta enough to take care of my Honey
but definitely not everybody
Beware, it can rule your life
cut in deep and cut it like a knife
Be wise credit card buyer
you’re falling into the fire
Track Name: Millennium Power
I got a mighty good feeling
I can feel it in my toes
Feel it moving all around me
Feel it everywhere I go
Preacher man is on fire
Says he’s got the Holy Ghost
I told him, “I want what you got!”
And he said, “Well, raise your hands and let Him know.”

(CHORUS)
Millennium, millennium power
Millennium, millennium hour
Millennium, millennium power
Millennium, millennium…

(Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to get the millennium power…)

Get to together and declare now
It’s time to dial into His station
God is talking -- you’re not listening
You’d think you’re taking a vacation
But His power’s all around us
It’s not gone, just because you cannot see
He gives us power to change the nations
You know he died to set them free
Track Name: Make That Change
VERSE 1:
Shawn Michael’s back with a fresh attack
And a rhyme that’s fully persuaded
I took the time to write this rhyme
With Jesus Christ upgraded

I think about the things He’s done
And all that I can see
What He did for me, what He’ll do for you
When He died upon that tree

Don’t you wonder, or even care
About what He did go through?
Take time to realize, “co-concealize”
The price He paid for you

Go against the flow, preach Jesus loud
‘Cause what you got can save
Those around in you in pain
Stand up right now and be brave and make that change!

CHORUS:
Don’t wanna delay; make that change
make it – make that change…
Enlighten your life; make that change
make it – make that change…

VERSE 2:
I preach the Word and if you hadn’t heard
There’s Truth in it for free
So listen up close, get over-dosed
So now you can relate to me

Satan has come to kill and destroy
Jesus gave life and life to enjoy
He’s calling you, you’re standing still
Just what do you think your doing?

Go and tell all of the world
Preach the news to all men (amen)
Wear a Christian shirt; tell all of your friends
Jesus Christ forgave all of my sins

If we aren’t the ones to witness
Then how will the people know? (I dunno)
God open our eyes – help us realize
That our fear has got to go to make that change!

BRIDGE:
Make that change for the better
I mean it every letter
I’m not a go-getter
But you’d better for the better or your life
My long lost friend
Before the weekend ends

Set all your trends
No turns, no bends,
No stops, no ends,
Just stop and plan - plan to make that change

VERSE 3:
God wants no slack or falling back
‘Cause it’s time to make that change
Follow God not that spit-wad
Whose actions make you strange

My heavenly King, He’s everything
You’d ever want Him to be
He’s, ah, living large with no credit charge
Except your heart a small fee

He’s the only Holy Lamb of the most Holy One
He broke the chains – you’re free!
So jump up and down, hop all around
For He’s given you the victory to make that change
Track Name: Take Me As I Am
On a lonely dusty road
With nowhere else to go
Searching for just who I am
And the right path to follow
Can I find maturity?
Or is it just a gift that comes with time?

Leaving the days of youth behind
Lord, I’m gonna give my life to You

Take me as I am
Take me by the hand
And call me higher
ELEVATE me

Giving it all to You
Gonna need Your help, now
To pull me through
I’m your child, Lord
So just take me by the hand
And lead me to the Promised Land

Leaving the days of youth behind
Lord, I’m gonna give my life to You

Take me as I am
Take me by the hand
And call me higher
Giving it all to You
I know your gonna pull me through
And call me higher
ELEVATE me

And on that lonely dusty road
I choose the path that’s straight and narrow
I’m not looking for the glory, Lord
I just want others to see You in me
You in me…

ELEVATE me
To ELEVATE You
Lord, I praise You
ELEVATE You
Track Name: Stand Up (And Arise)
VERSE 1:
Lost in a world full of hatred and fear,
Just trying to get closer to You.
One thing is clear; I’m a prisoner here,
Just trying to get closer to You.

PRE-CHORUS:
There’s only One who will overcome
The sin of this world that we suffer from.

CHORUS:
Stand up, stand up, stand up and arise!
You’ve got to stand up for what you believe!

VERSE 2:
I refuse to give in to temptation and sin,
Just trying to get closer to You.
I refuse to let go of the Truth that I know,
Just trying to get closer to You.
Track Name: Is It Really Worth It?
VERSE 1:
Do you know how it feels
To be really town apart?
Yeah, I’m sure you do,
Just look into your heart.

Into every crevice
Into every vein;
Look for the happiness
For you will not miss the pain.

VERSE 2:
Do you know how it feels
After years and months and days?
After all that carefree innocence
Has long past into haze…

Now it’s time to fight,
To overcome the dark,
To see a simple rainbow,
To try not miss the mark.

CHORUS:
You may ask yourself, “Is it really worth it?”
You may ask yourself sometimes…
To take a stand upon that line…
Is it really worth your time?

VERSE 3:
Jesus on the Cross, yeah,
He paid it all in full.
Yeah, it’s really worth it,
Because He made me whole!

To see the brilliant colors,
To small the springtime rain,
To hear those angels singing,
Yeah, it’s worth the pain.

Look over the edge;
Look to eternity –
Is it really worth it?
Is it worth it to be free?
Track Name: Can't Forget Your Eyes
Hey there, do you remember me?
I was the shy boy
I’m not gonna let you go
‘Cause I can’t forget your eyes

So come and go with me
Into the horizon
I’m not gonna let you go
And I can’t forget your eyes

I’ll always be with you
I’ll always live for you

I want to fly away
To the end of sea and time
There I will stay with you
For the rest of our lives

I’ll always be with you
I’ll always live for you

So come and go with me
Into the horizon
I’m not gonna let you go
‘And I can’t forget your eyes

I’ll always be with you
I’ll always live for you
I’ll always be with you
I’ll always live for you
Track Name: Something Real
I’m tired of this same old tide I’m riding on
I’m tired of things ‘round here being the same
Oh, can’t you feel the truth is coming on?
Would you agree it’s time for a change?

I want something that’s real
Give me something that’s real

Can we break the rule of Babylon?
Can we free ourselves from our foolish pride?
Cause if we don’t the chains will rattle on
And we fall prey to tradition’s ride

I want something that’s real
(Give me something real, I want something real)
Give me something that’s real
(Something I can feel, real – real)

I’m tired of living all the newest trends
I want a freshness that only You can send
Don’t give me a paper / plastic, cookie-cutter life
I want what’s real, not philosophized

Oh, no… there I go
Pharisitical (Parasitical)
I need You in me
Time to let it go… let my old self go
I need something real
I need something I can feel
I need something true
I need nothing but You
Track Name: Pour
VERSE 1:
Lord when You come, come like a river
Let it flow all over all over me
From the mountains to the valleys
Into the city, into the streets

CHORUS:
Pour out your Spirit on your sons and your daughters
Visions and dreams from the mothers and fathers

VERSE 2:
Lord won’t you come, come like the thunder
Let it roll across the land
From the mountains to the valleys
Into the city, into the streets

BRIDGE:
Lord, pour out Your Spirit (echo)
all across this land (echo)
Pour on Your sons and Your daughters (echo)
all across this land (echo)

VERSE 3:
Lord You are here, You’re like a fire
Let it burn inside of me
Take it to the mountains and to the valleys
Into the city, into the streets.