I Am Ruined

I Am Ruined

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Combine a passion for Jesus, the music, the lost, the walk, and the laughs and you're in the ballpark of what I Am Ruined is all about. We take elements of scripture-inspired lyrics and forge them with musical stylings of jazz, metal, and rock to form what can only be described as, I Am Ruined...

Biography

The band (or its concept rather) was begun when Jon Marc and Drew met in college during the 05-06 school year and began to play music together. Soon they discovered their musical stylings meshed well and they began to write songs. Since that time, the band has enjoyed the company of 8 different members. Through many lineup changes, a few name changes, and much adversity, I Am Ruined (see Isaiah 6) has slowly but surely become what it is today.

Jay Jay (drummer) joined the band in late 2006 after the original drummer left the band and has been a solid fixture since. Many bass players have come and gone, but Chad agreed to join the band in late 2008 to become the newest member of the band. Even now, I Am Ruined is in search of a couple more pieces to complete its sound.

IAR's influences range from great worship leaders and writers such as david crowder, kristian stanfill, hillsong united, chris tomlin, and shane & shanes to rock acts such as chevelle, blindside, breaking benjamin, creed, 12 stones and many others. Many genres have shaped the guys' sound, including rock, metal, jazz, worship, etc.

Despite the influences, I Am Ruined has blended their musical backgrounds into one sound that is rather unique. The lyrics are worshipful, personal, and challenging. The music has an effective blend of quiet and loud moments, distortion and clean tones, catchy riffs and smooth breakdowns, driving rhythms and crafty drumming. The melodies are diverse and an occasional rap isn't out of the question.

Above all, I Am Ruined desires to write and perform music that brings glory to God, offers hope to the lost and broken, encourages and challenges believers, and provides entertainment and joy to music lovers everywhere. We hope that listeners of all backgrounds and particular tastes can listen to and enjoy our sound, but most of all we hope they understand and receive our message.

We hope you enjoy our songs. Glory to God.

Lyrics

Infomercials

Written By: Jon Marc Burge

So glorious, so powerful
Is the One who saved my soul
This God who set me free
So wonderful, indescribable
Is the One who gave me life
When He raised me from the dead

Is this not enough?
What more am I looking for
Than this mesmerizing love
Than this grace so undeserved?

But time and time again I find
I'm walking where I don't belong
Stagnant, going nowhere fast
Living for myself alone
But through it all You still remain
Softly whispering my name
Standing there with open arms
Inviting me to take Your hand and run

You always find new ways to amaze me
You always blow my mind
You always find new ways to remind me
You're always by my side

There's no other god
Lord You stand alone
Your glory resonates
Your mercy sings along

You meet me here
You speak to me
You take me as I am
You shine in spite of me

You always find new ways to amaze me
You always blow my mind
You always find new ways to remind me
You're always by my side

Psalm 16

Written By: waysuperway

Chorus
My joy is in Your presence
My pleasure's at Your right hand
I will not be shaken
You're my portion
You're all I am

Verse
I've tried to find delight in so many places
I've searched for miles and miles
And I keep finding traces of You

Could it be that I've found it in You?
Could it be? Could it be?
Could it be?

Chorus

Verse
There is none like You
My rock, my salvation
Perfect, so beautiful
Your glory brings life to my soul

I can't contain myself
You've lit a fire in me
It's in my heart, consuming me
Consuming me

Chorus

Bridge
Let down after let down
I've tried to find my joy in places
That it has not been
And I've only come up empty
But I'm tired of settling and meddling in what never mattered
Tired of ordinary when I'm standing on the brink of something large
I'm standing on the edge of greatness
One step further I'll be there
I'm staring at extraordinary
And i'm stretching out my hand
I'm seeing Your glory in all that my eyes are beholding
Feeling Your Spirit in me so much more than before
I'm finding that all my searching leads me straight into Your arms
Everything that I am wanting's in the palm of Your right hand
You're ready and willing to lift me up to where You are
I'm ready and willing so it looks like we're all set to run
I'm standing on the edge of greatness
One step further I'll be there
I'm staring at extraordinary
And i'm stretching out my hand
I'm seeing Your glory in all that my eyes are beholding
Feeling Your Spirit in me so much more than ever before

Give Me Time

Written By: waysuperway

Verse
I can't move
I'm unable to speak
Words fail me now
You have silenced me

Chorus
I'm so small
Insufficient at best
So unclean in light of Your holiness
But You love me
And I just don't know why
But I'm coming around
God just give me some time

Verse
Your majesty has awakened me
To beautiful things I had never seen
Who am I to think that I am the center of all that You've created?

Chorus

Bridge
Give me some time
I'm starting to see
Just why You love me
I am Yours

Bridge2
Who am I that You're mindful of me?
Who am I that You'd look my way?
Who am I that You'd care to love me?
Who am I that You know my name?
I am yours

Take It To The World

Written By: I Am Ruined

How can I help but speak
Of all that I have seen and heard from You?
How can I keep this to myself?
Your Word is in my heart like a fire
Consuming all I am
And I can't hold it in anymore

I will take it to the world
No I am not ashamed
Or fearful to proclaim
That there's no other name
Whereby we must be saved
I'll take it to the world
The Name of Jesus
Jesus

Lift my voice and sing
I will not be quiet anymore
Whoa oh, Whoa oh oh
With one voice we sing
We will not be quiet anymore
Whoa oh, Whoa oh oh

Every day's another day
Til there's no more days to tell the world
That Jesus lives and Jesus reigns
And Jesus loves and He can save them

How can they know what they haven't heard?
How can they hear if we don't tell them?
The power of the cross
Redemption for the lost
Is found in Jesus

Hope

Written By: I Am Ruined

I know that You know
The plans You have for me
And I believe
Oh but God forgive me
For my unbelief

I'm so afraid of tomorrow
Because of my mistakes of yesterday
And I just cannot find the courage
To forgive myself today

Sometimes I feel so foolish

I don't
I don't
I don't want to feel this way forever
Forever is too long
You are
You are
You are my only hope
Hope to be strong

You are my only hope

I know that You hold
My future in Your hands
You've brought me this far
Faithful in every circumstance

Higher and greater
Are Your thoughts and ways
Far beyond mine
But I fight
I struggle to trust what I can't see with my own eyes

Sometimes I feel so useless

You are my only hope
You are my only hope
You are my only hope
You are my only hope

Holding Me

Written By: I Am Ruined

Confusing times
Blistering life
When tragedy falls
Without telling the why
And it seems so cold here
As imperfection lingers here
And it seems like there's nothing to do but give up

That is when I hear Your voice
Calling ever so softly
And I cry out to You in the darkness
That is when I see Your light
Connecting Your heart to mine
And I feel Your embrace
You're holding me

Consumed with hurt
And questions unending
Uncertainty of what happens next
Tears streaming down
And that's okay
It's just making more room for Your comfort

I'm breaking
But You're taking the pieces
And making me stronger
I fall down
Weakened and wounded
Before You
For You are my healer

With Every Breath

Written By: I Am Ruined

I was dead
You brought me to life
I was blind
You opened my eyes
I was lost
Drowning in my sin
Your grace found me
Your grace found me

What love is this?
What love is this?

With every breath
I will praise You
With all my heart
You are my passion
You are my passion

I was dirty
You made me clean
I was empty
You made me complete
This world had me
Well within its grip
You gave me victory
You gave me victory

What love is this?
What love is this?

With such a love as this
How could I not be blown away
Be captivated

For Your Glory

Written By: I Am Ruined

Mighty God
The thunder of Your voice is enough
To make mountains tremble and fall
All creation is in Your hands
You spoke it all into being
And Your power none can contain

And my soul sings
Alleluia
You are glorious God

Oceans roar and waves crash ferociously
For Your glory alone
For Your glory
The sun and the stars
By day and by night
They shine for Your glory alone
For Your glory

And the heavens are telling
Creation's declaring
The work of Your hands cries out
For Your glory

Sovereign God
You do wonderful things
Beyond understanding
And You speak in marvelous ways
Great in power
You're mighty in strength
Yours is the name above all names
There is none to contend with You

And my soul sings
Alleluia
You are holy God

You reign
You reign
You reign
You reign

Be lifted high
In all the universe, be lifted high

Let Your glory shine
Let Your glory shine

We Are Free

Written By: I Am Ruined

This is the song of the redeemed
Whoa oh
Whoa oh

We lift our hands
The chains are gone
We lift our voices
The battle's won
This is the song of the redeemed

We lift our hearts
With confidence
We shout Your praise
With resonance
This is the song of the redeemed

We are free in Jesus
King of kings, victorious
We sing
We are free
We are free
We are free

Let out a shout
Let Your voice be heard
We are free
We are free

God Come Quickly

Written By: I Am Ruined

God come quickly
Because I'm helpless here
I can't feel You anymore
God come quickly
Because I'm scared to death
Of what I've become
I've fallen so far

But I remember
The joy of nearness to You
I remember
I remember

My soul longs
My heart cries out for You
My flesh is weak
But I'm so thirsty for You
My spirit's weary
I need You near me now
Because it hurts so much
To be this far away
God come quickly
Rescue me

God come quickly
Because I'm fading fast
Come and break my fall
Lift me up

I remember
Your love that captured my heart
I remember
I remember

Here it is
My return
No more fighting
No more running
I am Yours and only Yours

Discography

One unreleased 5 song demo
Tracks Include:
1. Infomercials
2. Psalm 16
3. Take it to the World
4. Give Me Time
5. For Your Glory (acoustic)

Set List

We can play entire sets of worship or original songs. Our worship sets include songs from hillsong united, david crowder, chris tomlin, kristian stanfill, robbie seay band, and many others.

Our original set may look something like the following:

1. For Your Glory
2. Infomercials
3. We Are Free
4. Give Me Time
5. Hope
6. Holding Me
7. Take it to the World
8. With Every Breath
9. Psalm 16

Our sets can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

We rarely play the same set two times in a row.