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Coffee Shop Concert—Nancy Nelson

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When I Am Weary, by Nancy Nelson
Rock Me Jesus, by Nancy Nelson
Healing Hearts, by Nancy Nelson

Artists

As with many musicians I started singing, playing guitar, and writing songs at a very young age. During my teen age years I was selected along with a small group of musicians to travel and perform throughout Europe, Beirut, Lebanon, Jerusalem, and throughout Israel. We performed on street corners, churches, parks and many interesting locations.

During my recovery from abuse, as I concentrated on getting healthy, many of the songs on “Healing Hearts” were written. I remember many days coming home after meeting with my therapist, going into my walk- in closet, playing my guitar, and crying out in pain to God. I know that He was there in my darkest hours, but many times I felt so alone and far away from Him. Some of my deepest healing came when I was able to be angry at God and be myself totally with Him. He knew my heart anyway, and it was such a freedom to give him all of it. Towards the end of my recovery I actually sold my Martin guitar and stopped singing. This was my final break from my past.

On my son Michael’s 21st birthday we gave him his first guitar. My family surprised me the same day by giving me my new Larrive guitar so I could help teach him how to play.

The gift of this guitar opened my heart and soul up again. As I started playing and singing for my family, I sang one of the songs from “Healing Hearts,” Rock Me Jesus, and my daughter Sara mentioned that I should record an album to help other people in their lives.

The project soon took wings and has resulted in my first album “Healing Hearts.” This album comes from my heart. My hopes are that my music will touch many people.

As a survivor of sexual abuse, I know the shame a person feels. It was never our fault, and my hope for those of you who read these words and hear my songs is that you will feel hope, peace and love, and know that God can surely heal your broken heart, because He is healing mine.

I am married to a fabulous man name Mark. We have two children; Michael is 22 and Sara is 24 years old. We live in Mondovia, a small town in Northern Wisconsin.

Learn more about Nancy at www.indieheaven.com/artists/nancynelson and www.myspace.com/nancynelsonmusic

Lyrics

Rock Me Jesus
©Nancy Nelson

I used to wonder where I would go when the pain that I suffered was too much for me Lord. You would send your white horse and carry me away and your Angel’s would take me to you, Lord.

You would rock me Jesus all through the night you would rock me Jesus til the morning light. But I wanted my mommy to hold me in her arms; to keep me safe from all harm.

It was so much easier to try and hide the truth that burned deep within my soul. No more secrets now, the truth shall be told, no more secrets now, the world needs to know.

You would rock me Jesus all through the night you would rock me Jesus til the morning light, but I wanted my mommy…to hold me in her arms to keep me safe from all harm.

Children are innocent, they are so small, they were never meant to pay that way at all…

You would rock me Jesus all through the night, you would rock me Jesus til the morning light, but I wanted my mommy…

Written November 21, 1991 during my abuse therapy and recovery.

Healing Hearts
©Nancy Nelson

little child deep inside, do you have a place to hide…a quiet place just for you to go…
I have heard your cries in the middle of the night, seeing you hold your teddy bear tight, I was there with you my little child…

Let me hold you in the moment now, no one will hurt you anymore, take my hand and walk into His light and let His healing flow….hold your head up high no more shame, you were just a child you were not to blame, you were not to blame.

Little child deep inside, do you have a place to hide…a quiet place just for you to go….

Let me hold you in the moment now, no one will hurt you anymore…take my hand and walk into His light and let His healing flow…healing hearts..no more shame…healing hearts…wash away the pain..you were just a child you were not to blame..you were a child..healing hearts no more shame, healing hearts no more pain…you were just a child you were not to blame.

Written February 23, 1992 in the midst of my therapy for sexual abuse.

When I Am Weary
©Nancy Nelson

When I get weary and down, and I don’t know if I can go on…you call me by my name…

He will never leave me alone.

Hold on tight and don’t let go…to the faith you have inside, for He will never leave you lonely.

He will never leave you alone.

Live has it’s ups and downs I know, but hold on tight and don’t let go …don’t let go…of the faith you have inside of you.

He will never leave you alone. Hold on tight to what is in your heart, hold on tight to the faith you have inside you.

This song was written October 6, 2008 – dedicated to my niece Kelsey.