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Olly Oxen Free Album Cover

Release Date: 2012

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SONG LYRICS
Slumber
Quickly I awoke, no idea where I am
Where I have been, I cannot remember
It’s hard to live this way, dreamin’ in a dream
How am I seein’ when now both my eyes are closed

Amused, I only think of the possibilities
Of relaxing out beyond all these censors
Oh now I perceive many worlds of me
Thoughts like these, I already know

That I carry on, me and my soul
We carry on

Slowly I concede, I forget where I am
Fall away into a dream-like Slumber
Olly Oxen Free, all abilities
In worlds like these, I know I am home

me and my soul, we carry on
me and my soul, we carry on
me and my soul, we carry on
me and my soul, we carry on

Cradle of the Beach
I go across the street to the sand, I’m relaxin’ again
You give me one reason to stand up for anything more

In my cradle

Feelin’ all the vibes of the waves as they roll in my brain
Returning to the place that I know outside of this maze

In my cradle, ohhh

It’s the cradle of the beach
Nurturing me

Oh but now that I am grown, I know this feeling ends
And only past my comfort zone is where true love begins

I know I have to leave it to learn how to love it all more
I know I have to leave it to learn how to love it all more

Battle
I’m walkin’ into the battle, yeah, and it’s come to this
Seems to me that most of us are ready to stand up

I’m walking into the battle, got my laces up
I don’t know if I’ll make it back to my home.

While walking into the battle, we got our signals crossed
Words were fired from one of the sides and we don’t know how many we’ve lost

Later on we will feel the sun, shinin’
Later on we will feel the sun, shine on us
Later on we will feel the sun, shining
Later on we will feel the sun, shine on us

Don’t forget what I told you
Don’t forget this day
Midnight hour now, is at hand, so darling burn the oil late

So I head into the battle, please please dry your fears
Try to think of all we have in life, all we have

Later on we will feel the sun, shining
Later on we will feel the sun, shine on us
Later on we will feel the sun, shining
Later on we will feel the sun, shine on us

200 Degrees
Bustling, station time
I am standing but I’m not in line
The papers read melting skies, but no one screams the headlines

There is news, there was a path that I saw a while back
Where the thought of me, the thought of me was far behind

It’s 200 degrees, nearly a boil
What you run from ain’t the cause
200 degrees, hot as hell
Because you’re stuck here, in yourself

There is news, there was a path that I saw a while back
Where the thought of me, the thought of me was far behind, step out of line
200 degrees, it’s nearly a boil
What you run from ain’t the cause
200 degrees, hot as hell
Because you’re stuck here, in yourself

It’s 200 degrees, hot as hell
Because you’re stuck here, in yourself
200 degrees, nearly a boil
What you run from ain’t the cause

Homestead
I wanted to escape from all of this strife
Batten down hatches for my new life
Where do I go, go?

Heavens to betsy, I found my new home
It’s rather outdated, but now there ain’t no need to roam
I will stay right here….in society, I fear

Homestead….oh homestead
So I am here now, way off the grid
And life is much simpler and plainer, I forget what I did before I let go

Homestead, oh homestead
Homestead, oh homestead

Rattle That Cage
Prison bars, ain’t no sun
Are you alone in there, are you the only one
Well rattle that cage

Is it cold, are you blue
There is more that you could do with it all
So rattle that cage

Once I was just as you, locked away and lost along the way
Oh stuck in a cage
Now I’m grown, know it well
If you let me, I can show you how to rattle that cage

Rattle the cage
Can you even see it
Shake it up, do you really mean it
Rattle the cage, do you even see it
Can you shake off the bars in your mind

Wake on up, all fresh and clean
C’mon, let ‘em know what we mean
To rattle that cage

Rattle the cage
Can you even see it
C’mon shake it up, do you really mean it
Rattle the cage, can you even see it
Can you shake off the bars in your mind

Sea Funk
The ocean came through my front door today
Off the hinges, it knocked me down
I feel around, nothing can stop me from tumbling and falling off
Sea forever there’s a place for us

Tides are sugring, 20 feet or more
I should’ve have listened to the warnings they gave to me
But here I am, and I can’t dispute the currents pulling as my house uproots
Sea forever, there’s a place for us

And now I feel that I am waking up
And every minute is returning strong to me
Now I see, it was a dream
My eyes are tearin’, welling up it seems
Sea forever, always waits for us

Loneliest Highway
Driving for days, the desert sings
You’re somewhere on the loneliest highway
Driving for years and years and years
Nowhere on the loneliest highway

And the melody is one we’ve always known

And don’t it go on and on, the wheels are coming off
Singing how much does it take, how much does it take
And don’t it go on and on, until all our lessons are learned
Singing how much does it take, how much does it take to reach the shores

Oh don’t it go on and on, the wheels are coming off
Singing how much does it take, how much does it take
And don’t it move on and on, until all our lessons are learned
Singing how much does it take, how much does it take to reach the shores

How much does it take, how much does it take to the reach the shores
Oh, how much does it take, how much does it take

Circle Bird
Hey, can I ask you, what is your name?
Why are you circling above me?
Is it that I’m wounded and you sense my pain?
Does it leave you thinking you have something to gain?

Circle bird, circle bird, flying above me, circle bird

The truth is I’m fading, my cuts are deep
My sight is receding, I’m sure I am bleeding
I have been bitten, wounded and wronged
Surely I’m done for, but surely you might be wrong

Oh you circle bird, circle bird, I can see you, circle bird

Hey, can I ask you, ask you your name?
And why are you circling above me?
Oh you picked the wrong one, ‘cause I am the strong one

Circle bird, circle bird, flying above me, circle bird
Circle bird, you circle bird, oh I can see you, circle bird

Back in the Pines
Back in the Pines
Though we’ve never left at all
Because in the forest we are dreaming of an opening of sorts to lead us home

And here in the pines
I’m reckoning we’ll find
The healing for the ailin’ of the hurtin’ and the pain deep in our hearts

Cause the pain we will see
We’re needing, we’re needing it to be
Because the notion that you’re separate from the rest of us, that don’t mean a thing

Oh, it’s you
I’m speakin’ from the heart
Listen to me, listen to me dear, as we open the door

Healing Arizona
At first I couldn’t believe in what I was seeing
How something could be so brutal
But now it left you feeling hopeless, like an orphan
Like where did my family go

Arizona, we have your words
And all the pain that follows
In a moment I can ease my mind
Arizona, I’m telling you now there is hope

You shed the light here, I bet it weren’t easy
And now you’ve got it right there in your hands
So, take it to the ocean, to our mother
Go in for a swimmin’ and we’ll see how you feel

Arizona, we have your words
And all the pain that follows
In a moment I can ease my mind
Arizona, I’m telling you now there is hope

Arizona, we have your words
And all the pain that follows
Any moment I could ease my mind
Arizona, I’m telling you now there is hope

Arizona, I’m telling you now there is hope

The Rising Souls
I feel a new day and it’s one that we have not known
I had a vision that I was standing up and in the know

I said come up, come up, come up and you will see them
You will see the rising souls
They are among us, you can’t fight what it is your own
You can’t fight the rising souls

They were around me, with words like hope and change
They spoke of wisdom we had forgot, hidden in the olden days

They said come up, come up, come up and you will see them
You will see the rising souls
They are among us, you can’t fight what it is your own
You can’t fight the rising souls

No more the darkness…no more the darkness

I said come up come, come up, and you will see them
You will see the rising souls
They are among us, you can’t fight what it is your own
You can’t fight the rising souls

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Moonscapes Album Cover

Release Date: 2010

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SONG LYRICS
Moonscapes
What if we were on the shore of the sea of tranquility
Let’s drink, and lose the clothes, I hope you would agree
And what would we find there? Who knows?
Just moonscapes, oceans, and no clothes

I’m brought back to a time, when folks were wondering
Writing albums of the dark side, to which they had never been
What would they find there? Who Knows?
We’ll sync up them answers to your favorite shows.

And I remember that somebody done said this ol’thing was made of cheese
So if the sun comes up you gonna melt down to your knees
Oh Oh
We could fill up there, I suppose
On the dairy food that we chose

Gutter Dance
On my floor, don’t even have a door to lock anymore
Slip on my shoes, stand up to do all I knew
And before, and before I could step out
I got lost, I got lost on my way down

Now this could bring ‘bout a change, maybe that mountain range
And I’m looking down, and oh, where was the ground, there ain’t no ground, yeah
And before, and before I could step out
I got lost, I got lost on my way down

Ohh, Ohh.
Ohh, Ohh.

And before, and before I could step out
I got lost, I got lost on my way down

Big Suit
I am all for you
Standing tall in my big suit
Joke around, I joke around with you
In our town, this our town

For a minute I felt the breezes blow
‘round the corner of a place you have taken me

I have forgot, forgot about this
The way that you are, way you are with me
Push around, pushin’ me is not why I’m here
You keep me close, keep me close dear

For a minute I felt the breezes blow
‘round the corner of a place you have taken me
For a minute I felt the breezes blow
‘round the corner of a place you have taken me

For a minute I felt the breezes blow
‘round the corner of a place you have taken me

Walk into the Wind
Always walk into the wind
Always walk into the wind
When you’re headed out
And ready to again begin
Always walk into, walk into the wind

Wind is at your back when you head home
Wind is at your back when you head home
Home, home, where else can a man go
Wind is at your back when you head home

Something pushed me out the door again
Something pushed me out the door again
Don’t know what it was
It’s always just because
Something pushed me out the door again

So I’ll always walk into the wind
I’ll always walk into the wind
I’m headed out to find me again
I’ll always walk into, walk into, walk into the wind

Fuego
Fuego, your fire is real, I’m starting to feel your pain
With all of your burning inside, it drives you insane
Said Fuego, you’re not alone
Oh, Fuego, you’re not alone

Icebox, oh lock things inside
But let me remind you of one thing
Go get it out to be back on the upswing
Said oh Icebox, don’t be so cold
Ah, man, don’t be so cold

Moonman, your face is all weird, go grow a beard to hide in
You’re changing them tides, and the patience is starting to wear thin
Oh Moonman, show us the dark side
Said ah man, show us the dark side

Seafoam Tumbles
Seafoam tumbles, ’til there’s nothin left
Pushed away, down the sand, there’s nothin left
Don’t it remind you of life in a way?
It’s the waves, it’s the waves, you feel the weight

When there’s trouble, what you see is this
Troubled mind, troubled mind, it will persist
Then the wind comes, the wind can pick you up
Brings you home, brings you home, fills you up
Brings you home, brings you home, brings you home, fills you up

So seafoam tumbles, ’til there’s nothin’ left
Just like me, just like me there’s nothin left
Yes, just like me, just like me, just like me
Oh there’s nothin’ left

Ancient Wind
Ancient wind, changin’ ways
Let me see the seven seas
You were there when the world was born
and all we knew was all these thorns

Ancient wind. Pull me in.
Show me how this all begins.

Setting sun, every day
Always seems to go away
The next morning when you get warm
With your light it all takes form

You and me, in the sand
Draw a line of sea vs. land
Figure out, it all makes sense
Never would we build a fence.

Ancient wind. Pull us in.
Show us how this all begins.

Stricken
I went out alone, drove around with a heaviness in my bones
Saw that river, so I turned from what I’d known
And there she walked, she walked

And she spoke, and said ‘don’t be alarmed’
You’re right where you need to be, she said with charm
Oh, she spoke, she spoke, she spoke, she spoke

There she laid down on the water, down on the water she lay
And every moment was forever, down on the water I stayed
I stayed, I stayed, I stayed

Jezebel
Jezebel, God damn, jezebel
What in the hell did you do
Oh, what did you do? It’s done

Serves you well, God damn serves you well
But what in the hell do I do
Oh, what do I do….oh, now?

I’ll push on, God damn, I’ll push on
Until you’re gone from me
You get gone from me
Said go on, go on, go on

Lawman
Don’t go and break the rules if you’re a lawman
Use your signal at each and every turn
‘Cause when we see you speeding the wrong way
Truly you’re stirring up some concern, it’s concerning

Don’t go and break the rules if you’re a lawman
Be sure to stop at each stop sign
‘Cause when you break the laws that you push, man
How can you go on, keep the time for us

And then that time we needed you, lawman
Ya’ll went and took a few days off
What about our guitars, did you even help us
Where were you but somewhere pissing us off, and missing

So what are we suppiosed to do with your laws, man
Watch you chase all around the girls of our town
And now you make up your own rules, man
Keep it up, and some shit will go down, because it’s shit

Coffin Island
She weren’t wanted in the promised land
She weren’t wanted, she was banned
They pushed her off the boat right here
So I jumped too, to ease her fears

Keep me warm, she said to me
When no one had a remedy
And I watched her shake and my eyes welled
She didn’t have long, I could tell

They call this coffin island
Don’t ask why
And I couldn’t stand to say goodbye

So I swung my shoes across my chest (crossed my heart)
Prayed aloud that I’d be blessed
Set out through the marshy grass
To get her help before she passed

They call this coffin island
Don’t ask why
I told her it’s not our last goodbye

They saw me heading thorugh the flatlands
They saw me as a sick man
They saw me runnin’ and they drew their aim
And left me there in the muddy grave

They call this coffin island
Now I know why
It’s where you learn to say goodbye

We roll on, caught up in the wind
We roll on, caught up in the wind
We roll on, caught up in the wind
We roll on, caught up in the wind

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Emancee Album Cover

Release Date: 2008

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SONG LYRICS

Tumbleweeds
I take my coffee black and mean
While most of you convene
Like tumbleweeds

Half the time i’m all sedate
You’re my friends that can’t relate
But wants to be there

We’re not redeeming broken hearts
Just a voice to stop the starts
And forget those days.

Like a rock in a stream
I’ve gotten smooth man lost the mean
Over time I guess

Its all that I have got to do
Cause I have run off all of you
With my restless ways.

Tyranny
Tyranny, you’re on my mind
Thinking of what I’d find
But I know, I know

Tyranny, picture this
What if you did not exist
But I know, I know
You’re always gonna be around

Tyranny, I’ll fight you back
Even though the cards are stacked
Because I don’t care, I don’t care
You’ll never kill the idea

Outlaw's Plan
If I went the way of the outlaw for you
Do you think you would approve
‘Cause we’ll be done if we keep playing by the rules
The time is now to be something new

I’ll take the truck and meet you Tuesday right here
Hopefully with no delays
See I’ve been thinking this whole thing through
We could be on the path to home
I’m an outlaw for you
Yeah, outlaw for you

It’s been a while, you’ve must’ve been all worried sick
And I hate to call you like this
Things went wrong, I guess it’s all on me
So come down and see me at the jail

Yeah, outlaw for you
Yeah, outlaw for you

Real Monster
Go on with that old time feeling
You never knew it was there
For a short time I need it
Go on flick your wrist and you know it’s gone

Just like the movies that show the scene
When you turn your head
And now what you always thought was under your bed
Well it’s real, a real monster, so go on

Well I can’t tell you what to do
With all you never know
Pass the time with an empty feeling
Just don’t look around to see the truth

And it’s just like the movies that show the scene
When your turn your head
And then what you always thought was under your bed
Well it’s real, a real monster, so go on

Emancee
I have never stood for much
Apathy defined
Found the truth is all that I would find

We could all be in the light
Not buried by our fears
As was seen, the monsters draw near

If I stole his lock away
We could not be free
I know sometimes this is hard to see

Keeping all of this in mind
Though it’s hard to tell
Never let it leave you in your hell

If you’re not feeling me, then I’ll sing the blues
If you’re not feeling me, then I’ll sing in blue
If you’re not feeling, I’ll sing in blue
If you’re not feeling me, then I’ll sing in blue

Angry Ocean
Said oh, me
Never going to find myself a key
Ya’ll can’t decide when I’m free
No more, no more, no more

Came to me
When I went out storming through the sea
When I saw the water rages that I see
An angry ocean you must be

You came to me
When I went out storming through the see
And found that I was rooted like a tree
It’s an angry ocean you must be

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Berrmuda Album Cover

Release Date: 2007

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SONG LYRICS

Masquerade
Masquerade… I talk that way
So gimme a drink today… I wanna inebriate
You had said… I was blowin it
But I say I’m conquerin… all the estrogen
And that’s just wrong!

Next day I was a somber ape
I had some gatorade… fluid replenishing
Phone’s a ring… I forgot my cord’s a bade
I took some masking tape… Connect the phone to me
But what’s done is done.

Yesterday… I thought I saw your face
In the bottom of my tanqueray… It was a cliche
Now i face… the entire human race
On my own disgraced!
I guess it’s up to me.

Free Man
I woke up in a morning haze, I’ve been asleep 16 days
After all the lack of rest I didn’t get
It’s a country life for me, I swear I know it to be
You see I lived in all that concrete long ago

I was just a younger man when I found that I can’t stand
How everybody’s life is all drawn up
So I fought it tooth and nail, the nine to fiver jail
Headed down that road, became a free man

I figured it out, how to live my life
I handled all the struggle and the strife

Now I sit around a lot, sometimes the day gets shot
But I find that I don’t even age a bit
Beauty surrounds me now, it is connected all somehow
And you know somedays I marvel at that

I figured it out, how to live my life
I handled all the struggle and the strife
I figured it out, how to live my life
I handled all the struggle and the strife

What's in a Bottle?
What’s in a bottle that makes me drink
Sometimes I can’t handle it all
All these people and their crooked ways
What’s in a bottle that makes me drink

What’s in a bottle that made her go
Guess I got mad at her
She went leaving, she never looked so good
What’s in a bottle that made her go

So now when I drink, it brings her back
The hole in my chest gets smaller
In my head we’re still alive and living
What’s in a bottle that makes me drink

Martyr Song
Left you for the martyr in me
Maybe in my head
I’m down here with the thoughts I think
And you just think I’m dead

You brought out the victim in me
And I took it all you threw my way
Done split me with your lunancy
This is why I cannot stay

Left you in the dark
Kept you from knowing about my plan to make a stand
Underfoot it’d been so long
Left a martyr

It’s quiet in the bed you know
I’m not there and it makes you deaf
Ears ringing when I slam the door
Headed down your creaky steps

Left you in the dark
Kept you from knowing about my plan to make a stand
Underfoot it’d been so long
Left a martyr

Lost Again
I think I’m lost again
You know them streets they look the same, my friend
This is the place I was before, and I can’t that anymore

I turn around and stand
I feel the wind flow by my aching head
I’m moving on from all the pain
Then I pass myself in the other lane

I’m getting dizzy now
I’m feeling sick when I think of how
I have no reference, you know what I mean
And that’s enough to make me scream

Oh man, I’m lost again
You know them streets they look the same my friend
This is the place I was before
And I can’t take that anymore

Said oh, where do I go
Said oh, where do I go

Banjo Love
Would you think I was a psycho
If I drove into your town
Spending every last dollar trying to find you

I’d ask the clerk at the counter when I’m ordering my gin
Just to see if you’ve been in drinking them goods
I gotta tell you sweet, I’m off my feet, I’m keeping you here and now
It’s a rescue, we’re saving the best thing

So let’s be cool, be honest, it don’t’ have to end right here
This could be the last stop before this train is broken
So don’t say no, don’t make me go, keep me here and now
It’s a rescue, we’re saving the best thing

I gotta tell you sweet, I’m off my feet
I’m keeping you here and now
It’s a rescue, we’re saving the best thing
So don’t say no, don’t make me go, keep me here and now
It’s a rescue, we’re saving the best thing

No Redemption
I set out for revival of my achin’ soul
But my map was dated, and the roads all had tolls

No redemption for all that’s done
Just give it up to the setting sun

So I sat and waited for something to move me
But all I figure is I got nothin’ to lose

But I looked further and saw I was not alone
‘Cause all have been down here, I can see their bones
And I felt some comfort from the people at that point
They all helped me just shake it off
Thought about things like a wheel
It spins you around so you can feel it

No redemption for all that’s done
Just give it up to the setting sun

Old Picture and a Rifle
Reckon you’ll be runnin’ round with someone new
I’m hear to tell you girl, we ain’t through
I’ll find out who it is, your new life you’ve made
When you least it expect it I’ll find him and cut him with my blade

Next day the papers bring this tale to life
They come after me, I tell them I was working all night
You’ll be hurtin’ and confused when the call comes in
And I’ll be there with a shoulder and a bottle of gin

We’ll be back where we were before all this hurt
Before you go snoopin’, and find my button shirt
Then yo’ll get spooked, you’ll run away
And the cops will go match my DNA

Sittin’ home with a bottle in my right hand
Our old picture and a rifle, I can barely stand
In the silence you can hear the sirens get close
So I put the gun to my head, I became your ghost

The Valley
I can’t remember your skin being so tan
End of September, that’s when it all began

You look so tired, staring at the ground
Telling me you’re dying
I didn’t make a sound

Now I’m just guessing, wondering how it came on
It was a fire, burning until all was gone
I think about leaving, maybe I should pack
Birds are all a flocking, I just want you back

Consumin' Me
Place an order if you like what you see
The menu shows it all for free
You should try this, something new
Have a side of “if you only knew”

So fill your glass with some wine
You’ll be consumin’ me tonight
Fill your glass with some wine
You’ll be consumin’ me

You’ve never eaten food like this
So go unrestrain your eagerness
Don’t you know you wander long before
Of all the love behind the door

So fill your glass with some wine
You’ll be consumin’ me tonight
Fill your glass with some wine
Oh, you’ll be consumin me, yeah you’ll be consumin me

And now your belly is full of soul
And we might’ve helped fill up that hole
And there’s always more where that came from
‘Cause we’ll be here for what may come

So fill your glass with some wine
You’ll be consumin’ me tonight
Fill your glass with some wine
Oh, you’ll be consumin me, yeah you’ll be consumin me
Oh, you’ll be consumin me, oh, you’ll be consumin me.

Homestead with Elise Testone
Charelston Pour House – 2.25.13


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