forrest dartt

forrest dartt

BandChristianSinger/Songwriter

thoughtful gut level christian songwriting, some unpretentious vocals, an upgrade from the basic chord progression, and simple but catchy arrangement

Biography

raised on a tourbus, my parents are evangelists: the "Dartts," www.darttmusic.com. i've been a songwriter for over 30 years. sang lead for the "Dartts" on their debut tour in 1995, and have been building a studio and making music ever since. my main focus now is shopping songs, making demos, and studio work.

Lyrics

you are mine (the lamb song)

Written By: forrest dartt

sun descended sky went black
shepherd counted sheep
ninety-nine were safe and sound
drifting off to sleep
one lamb absent, lost, alone
shivering with cold
wond'ring "will i ever find
master and his fold?"

loving shepherd leaves behind
slumb'ring ninety-nine
"lonely lamb be not afraid,
know that you are mine"

hungry wolves hunt strays at night
hear their greedy howl
but my master's tender voice
calls out to me now

loving shepherd leaves behind
slumb'ring ninety-nine
"lonely lamb be not afraid,
know that you are mine"

shepherd carries helpless lamb
back to hundred fold
master dresses wounds to heal
now my story's told

loving shepherd left behind
slumbring ninety-nine
calling to this desperate lamb
know that you are mine

broken

Written By: forrest dartt

getting nowhere
down on my knees
asking will you
help me please
i can't fix it
been tryin' for years
you alone can dry my tears
should have asked you
a long time ago
but i've just discovered
what you already know

that i'm broken
i don't want to face it
but turning a blind eye
doesn't erase it
broken, shattered within
fix me forever
so i'll never be broken again

can't help squirming
under the knife
i'm not so trusting
with my life
i must give up all control
you alone can save my soul
im so stubborn
don't want to submit
but you wont help me
til i admit

that i'm broken
i don't want to face it
but turning a blind eye
doesn't erase it
broken, shattered within
fix me forever
so i'll never be broken again

you can't help
the ones who think
that they're in good condition
but for the ones
who know we're broken
you're the great physician

i'm broken
i don't want to face it
but turning a blind eye
doesn't erase it
broken, shattered within
fix me forever
so i'll never be broken again
i don't want to be broken again

invisible man

Written By: forrest dartt

when i am with you
i am amazed
the natural man
escapes my gaze
somehow you have
swallowed all your pride
your ego has found
a way to hide
all i see is a hi-fidelity
replication of the son
it's like you were replaced
by a clone of the holy one

invisible man
i see right through you
though im standing
right next to you
when the sonlight is reflected
your shadow cannot be detected
invisible man
i wonder if you can
stay invisible

i've seen you
exposed to stimuli
that would make me
blacken someone's eye
abuse that would
turn most men violent
you endure
and remain silent
all i see is a hi-fidelity
replication of the son
it's like you were replaced
by a clone of the holy one

invisible man
i see right through you
though im standing
right next to you
when the sonlight is reflected
your shadow cannot be detected
invisible man
i wonder if you can
stay invisible

your life is a testament
of an influence i need
can you help me disappear
if i follow where you lead?

invisible man
i see right through you
though i'm standing
right next to you
when the sonlight is reflected
your shadow cannot be detected
invisible man
show me how i can
be invisible

please don't send me back to that school

Written By: forrest dartt

please don't send me
back to that school
the teachers don't care
and the kids are cruel
the principal hates me
the food is bad
instead of getting smarter
im going mad

when i lose

Written By: forrest dartt

Lord I know
You are always victorious
and I also know
that I am not
You're the Conquering King
over everything
but I'm a sore loser
who loses alot

so give me grace
in the face of defeat
Lord, replace my disgrace
with a spirit that is sweet
Ill stand tall in my shoes
when it's my turn to lose
and I won't bring shame
to Your Holy Name

Oh I know that my anger
is no holy thing
and I am aware
that You are pure
there are tears in my eyes
when I don't win the prize
but being a good sport
is much more mature

so give me grace
in the face of defeat
Lord, replace my disgrace
with a spirit that is sweet
so I'll pick up my chin
and I'll try it again
'cause the next time
it might just be my turn to win...
but just in case...

give me grace
in the face of defeat
Lord, replace my disgrace
with a spirit that is sweet
I can still have some fun
when I'm not number one
and I won't bring shame
to Your Holy Name
'cause it's just a game...

real

Written By: forrest dartt

A WOODEN BOY
WITH STRINGS ATTATCHED
A TROUBLED EGG
THAT NEVER HATCHED
A WATCHED POT
THAT NEVER BOILED
A SEED THAT'S SOWN
ON TAINTED SOIL

I WANT TO BE REAL
I WANT TO BE TRUE
I WANT TO RISE UP
I WANT TO BREAK THROUGH

I WANT TO BE REAL
I WANT TO BE REAL
SO WASH AWAY ALL MY STAINS
UNLOCK THESE CHAINS
MAKE ME INTO SOMETHING IDEAL
I WANT TO BE REAL

I DON'T BELONG
UP ON THE WALL
I WON'T BE FAMOUS
FOR A FALL
I MIGHT HAVE COURAGE,
A BRAIN, AND A HEART
BUT I'D RATHER BE KNOWN
AS YOUR WORK OF ART

I WANT TO BE REAL
I WANT TO BE TRUE
SO LIFT ME UP IN YOUR ARMS
AND MAKE ME LIKE YOU

I WANT TO BE REAL
I WANT TO BE REAL
SO WASH AWAY ALL MY STAINS
AND UNLOCK THESE CHAINS
MAKE ME INTO SOMETHING IDEAL
I WANT TO BE REAL

I WANT TO BE REAL
I WANT TO BE REAL
SO WASH AWAY ALL MY STAINS
AND UNLOCK THESE CHAINS
MAKE ME INTO SOMETHING IDEAL
I WANT TO BE REAL

I WANT TO BE REAL...

light me now

Written By: forrest dartt

fallin into a vicious cycle
can't seem to get back up
friends pull me down
and i'm feelin' spiteful
drinkin' out of a bitter cup
forgiveness is out of the question
i'll hold a grudge til my dying day
i wish for a chemical reaction
to make reality fade away

i need love i need a savior
someone's got to show me how
i need heroes, not pretenders
take your candle, light me now

sometimes i watch you from a distance
you stick out like a swollen thumb
your smile breaks down my resistance
it makes my darkest fears seem dumb
you tell me that you're prayin' for me
to recieve eternal life
you seem to have the answers i need
the truth that pierces like a knife

i need love i need a savior
someone's got to show me how
i need heroes, not pretenders
take your candle, light me now

you're not perfect, just inspiring
that's the way i feel
show me by your actions
that your God is really real

i need love i need a savior
someone's got to show me how
i need heroes, not pretenders
take your candle, light me now

i need love i need a savior
take my hand and show me how
i need Jesus, i surrender
take your candle, light me now

sacrifice of praise

Written By: forrest dartt

i'm glad to see you came
to my house this morning
why did you bring those
dark clouds over your head?
it's plain to see your heart
is not ready for worship
you seem suited more
to burnt sacrifice instead

but it's time to lay down your burden
put down every doubt and fear
swallow your pride, come on inside
my spirit draws you near

right now you don't feel like singing
you want to run and hide
and yet your heart is clinging
to a faith that won't be denied
i tell the angels to hush
so i can hear every word
of the songs that you raise
so c'mon make the sacrifice
sacrifice of praise

as you sing i feel
your heart starting to soften
draw near to me my spirit
will fall on you
just close your eyes and
raise your hands to the heavens
reaching down, i respond
to your every move

cuz it's time to lay down your burden
put down every doubt and fear
swallow your pride, come on inside
my spirit draws you near

right now you don't feel like singing
you want to run and hide
and yet your heart is clinging
to a faith that won't be denied
i tell the angels to hush
so i can hear every word
of the songs that you raise
so c'mon make the sacrifice
sacrifice of praise

Discography

the Dartts, "Now" cd, sang lead and wrote "Now" and "Glad I Decided" streaming available at http://cdbaby.com/cd/dartts10

the Dartts, "Go Ye" cd, wrote "How Far Do Your Roots Go Down" and appeared bgvs http://cdbaby.com/cd/dartts2

Don Dartt "Born For Paradise" cd, wrote "You Are Mine", sang duet with Don on "Creator God"
http://cdbaby.com/cd/dartt no streaming :(

BJ Speer "Brand New Feeling" cd, did bgv's on tracks 1, 2, and 4
http://cdbaby.com/cd/bjspeer2

Set List

not doing shows right now but will be happy to provide songs or do arrangement, demos, or bgv's on contemporary christian projects