Lyrics

  • California Avenue
    • Every Knot

      Every Knot

       

      I can see the railroad tracks,
      bend around the burnt out leaves of autumn
      Awakened where all time is lost,
      broken on the ballasts where I’m walking
      A picture of a mile measured two feet at a time, on the sleepers
      Motion is sedated
      just the slow burn of the sun lay on my shoulders

       

      Sensations in my solitude, lead me to reflect upon my travels
      All the roads that I have come from,
      the people that I’ve met as live unravels
      The blessings in a laugh are like,
      the rising of a wave in level waters
      They call us on our wandering to revel in our gifts as life turns autumn

       

      And in my mind I know there’s a reason
      And in my heart I know there’s a road
      As the light is getting closer and my bodies growing old
      Every knot gets harder to unfold

       

      As cries turn into rain and haze
      will fill my mind with worried lies and burden
      I know that there will be sun again,
      to keep the pastures green and flowers growing
      Steps that we move forward leave new one in our past,
      as we ramble
      To think of how we’ve found our way,
      through valleys and through pain, days of grandeur

    • California Avenue

      California Avenue

       

      Once I was the man in three-piece suit locked in my walls
      A beast in me shadowed every way I’d crawl
      In my heart I knew there was no escape I had no command
      I was at the whim of all the flowing winds

       

      I left there in a fright having no idea where I’d come to land
      But where I did I found myself a stranger there.
      I woke up in a gutter on the cold hard curb feeling out of luck
      Nothing was around just a streetlight buzzed

       

      Passing through the alleyways & the lamp lit street of the empty town
      All the vacant houses really got me down
      I wandered on like an old stray dog to the ocean view
      California avenue

       

      I looked out on the road saw the sun go down over ocean
      A single star was hanging with the moon
      I was telling stories to the sun and rain while out on the run
      A solemn soul out in the night to roam

       

      The coolness of the night lay down a cold damp chill over the coastal road
      I walked a mile my thumb held high my story goes
      I left behind me all the times I’d fallen down and fell out of love
      Memories out on the breeze till I am dust

    • All I’m Thinking Of Is You

      All I’m Thinking Of Is You

       

      Tonight I wonder what your doing
      Can’t help but wish that you were here
      While you’re out there with acting foolish
      A jealous voice sits in my ear

       

      Chorus
      Now I’m feeling lonesome
      Yeah it’s true I’m feeling blue
      Cause your not thinking of me
      While all I’m thinking of is you

       

      When I’m near I try to tell you
      That all is well I’m doing fine
      But soon my lies I get to drowning
      My bitterness I just can’t hide

       

      My plea’s for you don’t get no pity
      You still don’t want me hanging round
      No one in this great old city
      Ever made me feel that I’d been found

  • Naive Lovers
    • Won’t Cross Over The Line

      Won’t Cross Over The Line

       

      I’m toeing the line again
      The rivers rolling on by
      My minds on the other side of it
      Wont cross over the line

       

      The first thing I’ll do is kick off these worn out shoes
      Step into the river kick off these walking blues
      As a man I’ve been walking trying to pay my dues
      I’m tired of fighting some loving gonna do me some good

       

      Take my hand darlin’ I’ll treat you right
      Lets give it a chance baby lets dance tonight
      Gonna make it alright

       

      I’m Toeing the line again….

       

      Well I might be a fool for loving you through and through
      For pickin’ this guitar and singing these blues for you
      Your hands in my pocket your living life fast and cool
      All I want is a moment to show you how a man gonna do

       

      Take my hand darlin’ I’ll treat you right
      Lets give it a chance baby lets dance tonight
      Gonna make it alright

    • Troubles Come Over Our Love

      Troubles Come Over Our Love

       

      I try and I try lord for some reason why
      Trouble’s come over our love
      I’ll sit and I’ll wait cause I know what’s at stake
      I can’t seem to rise to the cause

       

      In my heart all if feel is disaster
      In my mind all I know is my fault

       

      Though it’s a sad situation
      When a Saturday rains starts to fall
      We’ll sit and we’ll wait for an answer
      Our wounds are all filling with salt

       

      I don’t wanna know it’s a burdening load
      That we’re just afraid to let go
      Time has lead us away from our earlier days
      When we walked along soul to soul

       

      In your heart all you feel is disaster
      In your mind all you know is your fault

       

      Though we once swore at the altar
      To love beyond all we control
      Our love has turned into monsters
      We’re screaming whenever we phone

       

      When we’re old and grey, and our lives have unfolded
      There is but one escape, to embrace the unfolding

    • Showered In Your Grace

      Showered In Your Grace

       

      We have already known this road before
      Everything’s a piece of the light let it pass let it fall
      The weeds have all grown tall
      Our love inside is all but lost in the world

       

      There was a time when we thought it was all our own
      Looking back it’s lost in a haze all that’s left is a ghost
      I never heard its call
      And now I’ve gone to far to make it back home

       

      Saw a flicker of light from the side of my mind
      Turned my head to the wind
      It bathed and warmed me inside
      I felt you on my face
      Showered in your grace as tears filled my eye

       

      Had it all figured out had my face in the moon
      All the stars in the night came aligned
      As I stood there with you
      Your hour’s come to soon
      As wonderful as life is now it’s a tomb

    • Oh My God

      Oh My God

       

      You said it was all innocent adoration
      You fell in love with the breeze
      The freer that you are to delight in sensation
      The freer you are to be

       

      As a child you went running
      To the arms of your mother
      For the warmth of a kiss on your cheek
      And her love is as soft and light as a feather
      And served as a guide to your dreams

       

      Oh my god, I’ve lost my way
      Mama wont you carry me home

       

      If this breath were the last of our life’s incantations
      What words would you wish to impart
      Though our lives are a swirl of desire and disruption
      We’ll go running with a smile in our hearts

       

      As I wait to be freed from the shell of my body
      Be relieved of its earthly confines
      I see light from the world all around slowly fading
      As the earth moves in silence behind

    • Naïve Lovers

      Naïve Lovers

       

      We were young naïve lovers, out on the old highway
      Riding freight trains, across the states
      We were both bound to running, deserted quiet nights
      To cleanse our hearts of small town minds

      Our hair was dyed and dreaded and
      Piercing jeweled her nose
      We passed unknown like homeless folks
      We heard the call and answered our destiny awaits
      With souls on fire, began our chase

       

      Chorus    
      Lead: There’s no place where she ever long to be
      Background: Place when were old
      Lead: Long enough to feel she ain’t free
      Background: Share all we know
      Lead: Her blue eyes saw the world she gave to me
      Background: Her eyes saw the world
      Lead: How I long to be the man she used to see
      Background: Salt to the earth

       

      Our lives we bind in writing, adventures weighed in gold
      The simple gifts, we watch unfold
      Through the fallen leaves of winter
      And summers warm return
      The distant whistles our trains roll on.

    • My Dawn Is An Endless Night

      My Dawn Is An Endless Night

       

      I know it seems, I’m lost at sea
      That when I’m here, I act like a fool
      I know you’ve seen it all before

       

      I lost my way, through endless days
      Now when I pray, I don’t know what for
      It seems loves an open door

       

      Chorus
      You know I’d give nothing more
      To be as we were before
      Something has to change
      My dawn is an endless night
      With no one to share sunrise
      Every waking morn.

       

      Some other day while we’re astray
      Alone I’ll lay and wish to the stars
      Another chance to know your heart

    • Long Grown Cold

      Long Grown Cold

       

      If it’s true that we’re in this life together
      Then why, do I feel so alone?
      I see love get passed from one to others
      Not for me my heart has long grown cold

       

      There are miles, many miles left to travel
      Lord I’m down to shedding my last skin
      Long ago I knew things would unravel
      The night I found my lady heroin

       

      One whisper from the wind
      Fly the ashes of a dream
      On a silent lonely night
      A light is passing as one takes flight

       

      Mamma don’t you worry bout the answers
      We both know, they change in any light
      When no more shadows cast from our old travels
      Where once they played and danced for your delight.

       

      One whisper from the wind
      Fly the ashes of a dream
      On a silent lonely night
      A light is passing as one takes flight

    • One More For Your Soldier

      One More For Your Soldier

       

      I’m in the mood for a friend, only my pen seems to listen
      And the paper that it’s staining, and I feel all alone but satisfied

       

      At the end of the day, it can feel so gratifying
      A little stillness and some silence, to watch it all slowly fade away.

       

      Chorus
      Hmm, I’m lying, with a picture of you by the fire
      Life seems to flicker in your face.

       

      It’s a warm winter eve.  You’ve a blanket on your shoulders
      Knitting one more for your soldier, who lay alone underneath a foreign sky

       

      While you’re across that Harlem moon, far away from your lover
      And your heart it waits under cover, till he lay once again inside your arms

       

      Well I’m sitting out of sight, just the light from my candle
      Twists and turns on my table, trying so hard to take flight

       

      But we’re all bound to this land, on the tides of the ocean
      Rise and fall on emotion, it’s the same little devil every time

       

      Hmm, I’m lying, holding pictures of you by the fire
      Life seems to flicker in your face

       

      It’s a lovely quiet night, and my stillness brought me longing
      For my lover’s heart beat throbbing, I lay my ear soft & gentle on her chest

    • Devils Dust

      Devils Dust

       

      Well shuffle your feet and kick off your devils dust
      I got a notion I’m hoping honey we can discuss
      There ain’t any reason for locking our spirits up

       

      Well it’s pleasure I’m seeking and you’re such a pretty face
      Lets ride the wind share a laugh,
      And get our selves a little blazed
      You’re hearts been in prison, for many a cold long day

       

      Some people got a way of getting in your head
      They’re talking the blues while living a dream instead

       

      I’ve been a thinking on how I’m gonna see this through
      Yeah I’ve got a feeling nothing in this world gonna do
      I’m needing some lovin, and feeling like it’s long over due

    • Babe, Be Mine Tonight

      Babe, Be Mine Tonight

       

      It’s alright with me if you need to cry
      I’ll be your shelter, come rain or shine
      I’ll be your shoulder on which you might sigh
      Babe, be mine tonight

       

      Chorus:
      Heart ache and pain’s it aint what we ask for
      Wise words and dreams they came in a song
      Warm southern breeze is blowing my cover
      Angelic wings, they’re easing my fall

       

      When you are ready, I hope that you’ll see
      Nothing’s, too heavy for me

       

      It’s alright with me, darling take your time
      Don’t let worry, trouble your mind
      Darling Come to me, let me help you rise
      Babe, be mine tonight
      Babe, be mine tonight

  • Past Is Prelude
    • Pull In On The Reins

      Pull In On The Reins

       

      Still the passing of the torch
      The sounds of traffic roll
      Music will record the birds and bees
      The thunders and the rains will call
      From over mountains peaks
      Rumble go the train wheels over steel
      Only wish I’d seen you before you left my dear

       

      I wish that I had seen you before it was too late
      Heard the breezes whispers that carried on its wings
      So I could know the present in the way I know it now
      And I could pull in on the reigns & slow the horses down
      On my way to town to see you, bury you in the ground and grieve
      Pull in on the reigns…go slowly
      Pull in on the reigns…

       

      Moon will glow & tides will rise
      Waves roll on the beach
      Crashing waters wash the sands to sea
      A witness to the wonderful
      Of silence and of peace
      Fly the blackbirds off to warmer trees
      Only wish I’d had seen you before you left my dear

       

      (Chorus)

       

      Miss your breathing while you sleep
      While sailing off to dream
      You held me in your arms where I could weep
      Now laughter and the pain are like
      The beauty and the beast
      Live within my dreams and memories
      Only wish I’d seen you before you left my dear

       

      (Chorus)

    • Find Some Time

      Find Some Time

       

      Its simple when I’m lying on my back staring at the clouds
      To feel as though I’m right where I need to be
      Possibility aint reality its just something that burns inside
      Fuel to build the world our own desires

       

      Every time I’m able I try to think of my old backyard
      Walk along the fence try not to fall
      Buried in the flowerbed is my oldest childhood friend
      His kisses were my savior way back then.

       

      If you find some time come and lay down by my side in the clovers
      If that moment does arise and were staring at the sky rolling over we’ll feel alright

       

      Its simple when I’m lying on my back staring at the sky
      Gaze upon the clouds as they go by
      Underneath the old shade tree I dream what life will be
      If when I think of you will you think of me

       

      I know at times I’ve left you from my mind but youre with me now
      You bring me to my sweetest misery
      With you in my heart my heart I carve your name into a tree
      A scar to leave the world our memory

       

      If you find some time come and lay down by my side in the clovers
      If that moment does arise and were staring at the sky rolling over we’ll be alright

    • I’m Gonna Go

      I’m Gonna Go

       

      I’m gonna go home to my mother
      I’m gonna go home to my dad
      I’m gonna go home to my sister
      When my long roads at its end

       

      I can hear their voices calling
      Lord they call all through my head
      Singing proud and always haunting
      Till I lay my earthly bed

       

      I’m gonna go when they call me
      Try to find my way back home
      Oh my lord, be there to guide me
      When my love is burning low

       

      And let light keep on shining
      All through my soul all through my soul
      Tell them lord I’m coming home
      Tell them lord I’m coming home

       

      I’m gonna go home to my mother
      I’m gonna go home to my dad
      I’m gonna go home to my sister
      When my long roads at its end

    • Darlin You Can Stay

      Darlin You Can Stay

       

      Oh darlin’ is it true our time is really through
      And breaking up is in our plans
      After many years of love, it seems we lost our way
      And now you’ve found some other man

       

      Been down this road before we’d still come back for more
      Sweetheart I saying I’ve been true
      Though we had our fights and I had to work long nights
      My heart was still at home with you

       

      Go your own way or darlin you can stay
      But our past won’t ever be undone
      But if you go away I pray it won’t be long
      Until you’re happy on your own

       

      I lay alone at night wishing I could hold you tight
      Man I start to feeling blue
      That sparkle in your eye no longer shines for mine
      Cause now you’re lovin someone new

       

      Go your own way or darlin you can stay
      But our past won’t ever be undone
      But if you go away I pray it won’t be long
      Until you’re happy on your own

    • Come Back Home

      Come Back Home

       

      Every time I go away that’s when you’re good to me
      Every time I leave you here you say you need me again
      Come back to me my love please don’t leave me alone
      Come back to me my love come back home

       

      Every time I’m here with you, you seem to disappear
      Every time I look for you I find the doors are all closed
      Come back for what my love we’ll still be alone
      Come back to me my love come back home

       

      Don’t want to leave just to learn
      All I needed was inside your heart

       

      Thinking bout you every night you were my everything,
      Everything you ever want, you know I want for you too
      Come back to me my love, come back home
      Come back to me my love come back home

       

      Don’t want to leave just to learn
      All I needed was inside your heart

       

      Every time I go away that’s when you’re good to me
      Every time I’m here with you, I find the doors are all closed.

  • Stonethrowers
    • Lay Me Down

      Lay Me Down

       

      I can’t find myself in the shoes that once fit me
      Yeah I wore them down till they ain’t gotta sole to live
      I’m a shell of a man who lived just a year ago
      All I got is a shadow and a dream

       

      Lay me down what is left to loose… I
      Followed you… and broke down
      All of the doors hoping that I might see
      What’s left in life, what’s left in life for me

       

      The future is to make yeah but where is the pavement
      Sniff around in your mind try to find a clue
      The ink on the page is the mark and the measure that made you
      So you’ll dig around till you’ve worn down all of your tools

       

      Hit the ground try to run but the world overcame me
      Yeah it wore me down with my head hanging low in defeat
      The nightmare will claim your soul when heaven won’t take you
      And run you down to hell and its fiery seas

    • Nectar’s Sweet And Rare

      Nectar’s Sweet And Rare

       

      Life is for the living where its wasted bye and by
      Abandoned stones they mark us generations under sky
      Ants and birds and trees they share our vessel's where we lie
      Now whisper words of wisdom as we listen walking by In Life

       

      We are all just children with arrogance and pride
      In our eyes are fires where our souls live out their strife
      Competing for our values in a universe of wars
      Building matter growing madder souls live in a curse But why

       

      Each moment that is loved in life a star put in the sky
      And all the ones you cannot see are still out there to find
      If I could be a traveler through time and universe
      I’d take the light from all the love and heal the livings curse
      A solemn sense of sadness leaves and grains of sand
      Days like seconds lives they slip through the hourglass

       

      We validated our victories but still we don’t know peace
      Rising up to choke on dreams that weren’t within our reach
      Success is often failure illusively diseased
      It’s the wicked truth we lather as we climb up from our knees disease

       

      The past becomes the present and its you that's sitting here
      Read the names and numbers and calculate the years
      Try to think them lives with footsteps traveled in the air
      Every day is getting closer your stone will declare
      A life with breath imprinted moment’s nectars sweet and rare to share

       

      Each moment that is loved in life is a star put in the sky
      And all the ones you cannot see are out there still to find
      If I could be a traveler through time and universe
      I’d take the light from all the love and heal the living curse
      A solemn sense of sadness colored leaves and sand
      Days like seconds lives are slipping through the hourglass