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SELF-TITLED (2014)

Overgrown

Somebody said it before 
Someone’s always keeping score 
They tell it and sing it and show 
Our desires are the seeds of the weeds 
In our gardens overgrown 

If the fields turn to dust and the creek ain’t fit to drink 
Would you rather have a boat that sails or sinks 
I think today I’ll let the train rattle on 
And if you think that the clouds are nailed to the blue 
And it’s you whose turning, only you 
Is the wind nothing more than your point of view 

Well some kind of comfort’s in your sitting room gin 
Some kind of love don’t care where you’ve been 
And some kind of freedom is endless and within 

Somebody said it before 
Someone’s always keeping score 
They tell it and sing it and show 
Our desires are the seeds of the weeds 
In our gardens overgrown 

The highway is crowded and a hard road to travel 
That old Jack of Diamonds is a hard card to play 
But there’s an old road to ride and that’s the way 
I met a sister on that old road she was asking for a ride 
Said I’m on my way to the sea I’m breaking down the Great Divide 
Breaking on through to the other side 

Well if you ain’t surviving then you must be living 
Goodbye desire cigarettes whiskey women 
So fare thee well 

Cause it’s the same story told 
Over and over it’s older than I know that somebody 

Somebody said it before 
Someone’s always keeping score 
They tell it and sing it and show 
Our desires are the seeds of the weeds 
In our gardens overgrown

 

 

                                //

Matter of Time

Ain’t nothing the wind can't do 
Send a song across the ocean to you 
But dreams will always fall into the soft palms 
Of open hands 

Wait until you hear the wind 
Blow strong to understand 
The ship’ll set sail and I’ll 
Find you in another land 

There’s a feeling that sometimes sleeps 
It’s like a seed in the garden you keep 
And it’ll grow if you let it unfold 
Or you could dig it up and dig it out 

Feels just like 
You've got to say goodbye 
All the time 

In the morning the sun shines on the waves 
Like gold hills on a great blue mountain range 
Ain’t seen land in twenty one years 
Listening to the wind blow 

Listen good cause she whispers softly 
Heed her words wisely 
Hands to the sky 

Wait until you hear the wind blow high 
To ease your mind 
The ship is sailing and it’s 
Only a matter of time

                                //

December Flowers

Well she ain’t the first pretty girl I met 
Who I fell for right away 
But I can feel it in my bones and I’m willing to bet 
That’s this one’s here to stay 
She gets along plenty good without any other 
She gonna right right home and say good things 
‘Bout me to her mother 

She said I met a man who can sing 
Gonna bring me anything I need 
She said I met a man and it’s clear to see 
That this one’s only got eyes for me, she said 

Honey what you bring back for me 
I said I wrote you a poem and I bought you a diamond ring 

December Flowers bloom 
When she walks into that 

Room of gold candlelight our favorite record spinning 
And when it gets to the end of the line 
It’s back to the beginning 
Cause neither Billy the Kid nor Jesse James 
Knew what they was missing 
They’d put down their guns find Jesus Christ 
If they knew the girl I’m kissing 

Cause she laughs at most anything 
And the waves come crashing on me 
I get outta my head and into my heart 
And nothing in the world can harm me 
So I’ll sing this song til the break of dawn 
Instead of my foolish drinking 
While she smiles a mile wide and says 
Here’s what I’m thinking 

I’ve got a man who knows a suit of clothes 
Don’t make the man, uh huh 
She said I’ve got a man and I do believe 
That this one really does love me she said 

Honey, won’t you come back real soon 
Waitin for me at three oclock in the afternoon 

December flowers bloom 
When she walks into that 

Room all my blues go, my baby got me grinnin’ 
And when December winds do blow 
The snow it starts to spinnin 
But at the top of the hill the air is still 
And the sun rains down its starlight 
And the dance beneath the tall pines trees 
Makes everything feel alright 

Well I picked a flower for you afternoon in December 
Remember when we were cold, I said 
Something right and it all worked out 
Well I guess that’s what it’s really all about 
December flowers and you

                                //

Fades Away

There ain’t no feeling in this world worth keeping 
So fire that arrow into the sun 
The ribbons and the bows are torn apart by endless crows 
Who pray on everything and everyone 

Red is the colour of my blood endlessly flowing 
Through my mind playing make believe 
I feel it growing cold as I walk this dusty road 
With diamond skies shining above me 

But like a fading ring of fire 
Like a raincloud in the desert blown away 
It fades away 

There ain’t no promise of paradise worth fighting for 
No matter how grand the golden prize 
Ain’t no clouds to walk on ain’t no tongue good enough to talk 
For words are just the movements of lies 

This song is for a friend who passed me by the other day 
I said it feels like it’s been a thousand years since I seen you last
Tell me does it feel the same? 

You said there ain’t no feeling in this world worth keeping 
So I kept you in my pocket not my hand 
The ones who come and go leave memories in your soul 
And now I believe I can understand 

That like a fading ring of fire 
The line a shooting star leaves in its wake 
It fades away 
It fades away

                                //

Shaking Your Ground

No one wants to be the one 
To break it to you that you’re not much fun 
No one wants to be alone 
When nobody’s coming home 

Over there by the tree 
There’s a couple of spades will you dig with me 
I said who's to say what we’re digging for 
Now you can’t dig it anymore 

And I heard you shout 
Because of an itty bitty mouse 
And sometimes you step on ants for fun 

Every time you come around 
The whole world is shaking your ground 

I don’t know, I haven’t seen 
I thought you’d rather read a book than watch a TV screen 
You say you hate wasting time 
Your habits and your heart don’t rhyme 

I cain’t predict the apocalypse 
So there’s no need to lose it getting scared to bits 
What’s to do is put on a smile 
And try to make your time worth while 

But you fall apart 
When your daddy won’t buy a jaguar 
When that’s the last thing anybody needs 

Every time you come around 
The whole world is shaking your ground 

And every time the ground shakes 
Life to you is a heartache 
Don’t pray against the rain 
Cause your fountains will soon be drained 

No one wants to be the one 
To break it to you that you’re not much fun 
No one wants to be alone 
When nobody’s coming home 

And I heard you shout 
Because of an itty bitty mouse 
And sometimes you step on ants for fun 

Every time you come around 
The whole world is shaking your ground

                                //

End of the Day

I wanted to write you something beautiful 
And I wanted to write you in to my life 
But for all I try I break down but I can’t cry 
I don’t know, suppose I’ll fly 

And I wanted to give it all away 
And I wanted for you to hear me say 
Come find me at the end of the day 

In weary walk I wrestled with the rain 
Wondering why the blues run the game 
And then the sun broke and I took one sweet toke 
And closed my eyes to the tree top skies 

And I wanted to give that moment to you 
And I wanted for you to see me through 
So I’m asking what you’re trying to do 

For six long years 
I’ve dreamed by the banks of that stream 
Shadows grow, woodsmoke rises through the grove 
To a place where I’ve seldom been 

So I’ll follow the sun, write you a song 
And what I wanted to say I sing today 
Maybe in a dream I’ll find my way

                                //

Driftin'

I can’t tell what you see in me 
I only wonder cause I’m in too deep 
As I lay my head for to take my sleep 
Ramblin on my mind and I’m in too deep 

Oh no, say it ain’t so but it is 
I will I won’t I do but I don’t 
Til you say hey man what gives 
And I say that I’m 

In too deep I can hardly sleep 
There ain’t no chance of going back for me 
So I’ll see where my two wild feet go 
Lord knows I tend to drift from the shore 

I don’t care if it’s night or day 
I know I’m gonna feel the same old way 
Feel my words cause they’re made for you 
In too deep now I’m always blue 

My oh my I try and I try don’t you know 
I stand on the shore forever and for more 
Til the tide lifts me up and brings me to your door 
And all because I’m 

In too deep I can hardly sleep 
There ain’t no chance of going back for me 
So I’ll see where my two wild feet go 
Lord knows I tend to drift from the shore 

What defeats my frown when the sun goes down 
Ain’t nobody’s business but my own 
If you let me cut the rope 
Then I’ll just keep driftin from the shore 
I’ll just keep driftin’ from the shore 
I’ll just keep driftin’ from the shore 

Old soul I’ve seen you before 
Tell me what’s my name 
A dream a drug a gift from up above 
Said look out son you’re driftin’ 
Like a moth before a flame 

I’m driftin'

                                //

New Fur Coat

She’s got a brand new fur coat 
What do you think about that 
She walks beside a handsome man 
In a brand new Stetson hat 

Her eyes above all the rest 
She sees what she wants to see 
Looks on straight dead ahead as 
She walks by me 

She’s got a pocket full of money 
That’s just for fun 
She don’t hear the drop of a dime 
And all the boys except for me say 
“I’m gonna make her mine” 

Cause she may look mighty good 
And no one knows how old 
Well it might be crass but if you ask 
I say she’s doggone cole 

And that’s why she’s got a 
brand new fur coat 
What do you think about that 
She walks beside a handsome man 
In a brand new Stetson hat 

She’s got a brand new fur coat 
Spanish boots of leather and gold 
She dug her soul a deep moat 
Afraid it might be sold 

Now if you fall in love with her 
My advice is don’t 
Cause she’ll use you up and trade you in 
For a brand new fur coat 

She’s got a brand new fur coat 
What do you think about that 
She walks beside a handsome man 
In a brand new Stetson hat

                                //

Tomorrow I'm Gonna Die

Tell the queen not to weep not to moan 
Tell her not to cry 
Tell the stable boy to set the horses free 
Cause tomorrow I’m gonna die 

Tell the crowds they can gather if they wanna 
Don’t cover up their children’s eyes 
Yesterday came and went 
Not tomorrow I’m gonna die 

High noon, my angel’s gonna croon 
And the Devil’s gonna look me in the eye 
Tell me friends not to bother bringing thousand dollar bills 
Cause tomorrow I’m gonna die 

Tell the dreamers sleeping down at the bar 
Although I doubt they’re wondering why 
I didn’t show, just let them know 
That tomorrow I’m gonna die 

I’m a child of the earth 
But my momma gave birth 
To a miracle that’s running out of time 
Messed up, went and run amok 
And now tomorrow I’m gonna die 

High noon, my angel’s gonna croon 
And the Devil’s gonna look me in the eye 
Tell me friends not to bother bringing thousand dollar bills 
Cause tomorrow I’m gonna die 

My crime my crime, 
They say deserves more than doing time 
Cause the air I breathe was killing me 
From all the time I didn’t spend speaking what I believe 
Until the feeling caught fire through this town 
I went shouting out my black lungs “follow me down” 
And my only regret, 
I’ll never get to see the kings become the clowns 

High noon, my angel’s gonna croon 
And the Devil’s gonna look me in the eye 
Tell me friends not to bother bringing thousand dollar bills 
Cause tomorrow I’m gonna die

                                //

One That Weaves

The senses build fences tall meant for your skull 
And the gates to the place you grow so safe 
Are torn down when you sing us to sleep 

The fear that you mirror when your mind is unclear 
Makes it seem like a dream when you’re gone downstream 
But the boat starts to sink when you think 

And we were spun from a golden twine 
The one that weaves itself through time 
And when we’re down we remember 
From what we are made 

Your sorrow is borrowed from the thought of tommorow 
Whose hands hold the moon on a pale afternoon 
As the sun tries to slip through its grip 

And when flowers look downwards to the ground words don’t cut it 
When my words drift skywards they fall short of the clouds 
Intentions, direction, tradition 

And we were spun from a golden twine 
The one that weaves itself through time 
And the lines we promised to save 
As long as we live are not likely to fade 
And when we’re down we remember 
From what we are made 

In the reckless and feckless unkind world they’re restless 
As the grass cuts your back and you awake in the bracken 
To follow forgotten tracks 

And you were spun from a golden twine 
And I weave myself through time 
And when we’re down we remember 
From what we are made