But I've Seen The Stars

Released in: 2017
Produced by: Matt Linesch
Recorded at: United Recording, Los Angeles CA

 

Three Days

Three more days and I’m coming home
leave the candle by the door
Three more days, will you be there too?
please be gentle, ill be true to you
three more days

I had no feeling I had no name
I had a story to arrange
the birds sang missionary prose
but good intention can impose
so I headed on my own
to seek the origin alone
i headed on alone

I sought the elders heard them speak
I saw the reverent, the meek
with fear they focused on my eyes
Fear wears hatred as disguise
but the heart is lined with gold
in there your story's being told

three more days, Im coming home
leave the candle by the door
three more days, will you be there too?
please be gentle, ill be true to you
three more days

At night I had a dream
that nothings what it seems
to surrender is to win
to welcome death is to begin
to be the words that they speak of
to hold my weakness is to love

three more days, I'm coming home
leave the candle by the door
three more days, will you be there too?
please be gentle, ill be true to you
three more days


Lay Down

Come down young lady Come marry me

Lay down young lady
Where time can’t see

And when I go
I will carry you when we are apart And when I go
Will you wait for me beneath the olive tree
Ill return to you
Count the days I’m gone

Around you Mother
Your world went by
Lay down here lover
And dry your eye

My day has come
I will carry you though we are apart
And when I go
Will you bury me beneath the olive tree
And I will wait for you
Don’t count the days I’m gone


Only Love

Beneath the rattled bell the hard words fell
between the ears tearing at the seem
they hit em all down in Grafton on Falls
it was the worst I had ever seen

Now there's a strike out there but I don’t even care
since October Ive been seeing red
Oh Lord when she twisted my wrist and whispered what she said

Only Love, Love will set you free
Only love, love will set you free

She was a broken piece, a half deck at least
and craved fire like a puff’n train
We had a song that we’d balance on
rain of shine it was all the same

I was chained n bound by the Tomah ground
sick of stories from the borderline
She said, you can run but you’ll never move on if your hearts deaf, dumb and blind

Only Love, Love will set you free
Only love, love will set you free

And id give, id give
all
just to be with her again

Now Im cracked as hell, Im kicking up the trail
I got to get to her somehow
there's always one who will get’cha son
catch you dream’n piss’n off the bow

and with her lipstick grin, she asked where you been
did you find it and get your fill
I said, peace is quiet in the running my love, but it screams inside the still

Only love, love will set you free


Promised Land

Carry on, high into the hills
carry on, i say to you
with the rising moon
the cold commands
just a pining boy, for the promised land

I once was strong with conscience free
I once knew love, she sang to me
too numb to feel, I’m too weak to stand
so I dream tonight of the promised land

carry on
carry on with the moon rise

behind each kiss a burning oil
they filter my blood through the retched soil
and they want it all every grain of sand
they can count them all to the promised land

( Alternate Verse (They changed my name to refugee
They change the way that you think of me))

The winds of fear shred flesh and sail
I protect my side from the rusted nail
bloodlet my heart through my open hands
and Ill fill my cup in the promised land

so carry on
carry on with the moon rise

in the darkest night deaths dragon stung
but I’ve seen the stars now my wonders won
so carry on, and on the moon we'll stand
through a blazing veil
to the promised land


If You Let Me

The Moon is up as the bell rigs out
waining worth and waxing doubt
come early may ill be coming in
I’m gonna try my hand at this whole thing again

My hands are dirty but my lips are clean
give me the time ill show you what i mean
tomorrow morning don’t know what Ill see
yea, ill be good for you if you let me

I’ve been the face of a civil war
yea, i should probably care but i don’t anymore
appraised by the truth and by that I swore
Now I’m a howl’n wolf and this is 44

My hands are dirty but my lips are clean
give me the night ill show you what i mean
come early morning don’t know what will be
yea ill be good to you if you let me

Ive been accused of everything i swear
yea you can knock me down but I live down there
Your father was a dad to me
i don’t need your hand i need your family

But If you just give me one more day
ill find the means ill find a way
the price been paid and love aint free
oh i will change for you if you let me


Riding Down

In the midnight hour
of the 7th day
there was a rattle at my window
Lord, I couldn’t stay

Now I’m gone

When the hellhounds crying with the whistle blow baby
my lid will be riding down

Go and tell my mama
tell my sister I’m gone
gonna hitch the black snake
130 long

Down Line

When the hellhounds crying with the whistle blow baby
my lid will be riding down

Lord give me protection
give me a pistol too
my trail their riding
down 6th avenue

I’m gone

When the hellhounds howln with the whistle blow baby
my lid will be riding down


Lady By The Shore

They say I gave myself
They were waiting down by the water just to give me hell
its been 10 years since Ive been gone
but a life that's worth the running needs something to hold on

Can I hear
Can I hear
can I hear just one time more
Before Ill be hanging let me hear
that lady by the shore


and I'm a thief now, yea
but I once was a child
and I would wet my skin in those waters
before the river ran wild

I never had much of a home
or a place for my head
and the sins of my mother and my father
they drove me crazy instead

Can I hear
Can I hear
can I hear just one time more
Before Ill be hanging let me hear
that lady by the shore

As I stood beneath the hanging tree
I saw the silhouette of the woman come walking towards me
The scoffers mute, the onlookers couldn’t see
her voice broke free my tear from that moment to eternity


Better Gone Today

My Dad told me when I was young
Don’t own what you can’t pay
But time can change what your getting into
let it go, its better gone today

so we build our thrills and pay the cost
and we silence the ache away
but your hands aren’t made for this weight to hold
Just let it go, its better gone today

and while leaders search for mystery
they build all the space away
and we hold this bottleneck of misery
just let it go, its better gone today

better gone today are the fears inside
the pain they push and open wide
yea, love gives life but its also how we die
let it go today, and ill also try

and in the painted rooms of identity
regret will cast its grey
so we paint it all until the colors bleed
let it go, its better gone today

and while the pushers pull and the thieves break in
please surrender to the disarray
like my father said let them have its worth
let it go its better gone today


The Question & The Cure

In the halo of the living
Lies the ancients and the dead
the broken, we don’t read too good
cause we don’t spell too good
so I’ve read

God Bless the innocent
their just waiting on a home
and the cross is wide and heavy
and the winters bite is cold

In the doorway where my family lie
where the downcast cry in the soil
their hungry, but I can’t make it rain
and their tears just change to blood and oil

God Bless the broken hearted
Just waiting on the day
when their free from falling victim
and they can give it all away

On the alter of the artist
Lies the question and the cure
But we are the tempted
Held to the mystery
bound by the artist plea
For Love Thats Pure
 
God Bless The Innocent
Just Waiting On The Day
And the Cross Is wide and heavy
And they give It all away


Nothing Lasts Forever

How numb can words remain
how numb can feelings fall
when beloved is a muse no man can escape at all

I feel your distant fever
and at times i hear your plea
and I taste my tongue burn from every promise gone selfishly
before you leave me mother please help me understand
how a boy can be a lover
how a lover can be a man

If you want me, baby
well want me here today
because nothing last forever
and nothings here to stay

so many seem the mornings
now one less until I go
but no beauty of a sunrise can fulfill the ache that I must know
I know I acted foolish
I was a thief among family
but no fault can bleach desire to redeem eternity

I know so well forgiveness, i know so well regret
and every time they pierce my heart it feels they never met
 if you need me momma please need me here today
cause nothing lasts forever
and nothings here to stay

There was no hand that moved the mountains
it was a drop that changed the world
and as sands of time cause agony
That tear released the pearl

If you need me momma
please need me here today
because nothing last forever and nothings here to stay
and if you want me baby step out and take my hand
because nothing lasts forever but the love of a woman and man
yea nothing lasts forever but the love of a woman and man
yea noting lasts forever