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Watch and Pray

by David Åhlén

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You are my life in the dead of winter you are my joy my only treasure thus I wish Lord your will to seek oh teach me how to do your will That I may live in the ways of your will and only love you and your delight You have intended me for a temple that you, oh my Lord may dwell therein So take me, oh Lord as your possession and let my inner being mirror you Lyrics by Linnea Hofgren, translated by Tabita Green
The dove fluttered over the head of our Lord Messiah Because he was her head And she sang over him and her voice was heard the Dove the Spirit Lyrics; Odes of Solomon 24:1-2
Be good to me like the days long ago Please my God the love of my heart Please, O God heal her now sing your song over her now Lyrics from the prayer Yedid Nefesh
Yedid Nefesh 01:02
Don't walk away Child, don't walk away I made a path for you, I made it clear for you Don't walk away Son, don't walk away Watch and pray Don't walk away Child, don't walk away So little time Don't walk astray Watch and pray Lyrics by David Åhlén


Music and lyrics by David Åhlén *except for My Only Treasure written by Linnea Hofgren, translated by Tabita Green. My Soul's Beloved is based on the traditional prayer Yedid Nefesh, Lyrics on And Her Voice Was Heard taken from Odes of Salomon 24:1-2.

Produced and recorded by David Åhlén, mixed and mastered by Manne von Ahn Öberg at White Chapel Studio, Jävrebyn. Additional recordings by Andreas Eklöf at Katarina kyrka, Stockholm and by Lárus Sigurðsson at Vogor Studios, Reykjavík.

Performed by David Åhlén: lead vocals, electric baritone/guitar, synth, electronics

Additional musicians:
Ester Åhlén, vocals on Watch and Pray
Lisa Rydberg, violin
Svante Henryson, cello
Andreaz Hedén, piano, pedal organ
Lárus Sigurðsson; harp
Sofia Johnsson, violin on Yedid Nefesh

Cover artwork by Ann Holmgren

With support from the Swedish Arts Council

Dedicated to Birgitta Åhlén (1940-2021) and Tabita Green (1974-2020)

Jivvär Records, 2022


released March 4, 2022


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David Åhlén Stockholm, Sweden

Swedish artist, performer and producer.

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