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i made this record on a cassette tape in my bedroom in three days.

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released February 21, 2014

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pastor jon

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Track Name: through any storm
will you be there to pick me up when i'm discharged next week, or should i call a taxi? i'm ready to be released. will we have company over for pizza and 40oz's? a celebration? i am hungry for the feast. though the road is long, and each day seems unknown, i will carry you my lover. we will carry each other, through any storm. can we sleep cheek to cheek, atleast for the first few nights? i've been having a hard time just following my dreams. when we speak, may it always be in voices soft and sweet? let our love be a song. i need some harmony. though the road is long, and each day seems unknown, i will carry you my lover. we will carry each other through any storm.
Track Name: oh lord
oh lord, are you listening? oh lord, can you hear me? i've got my dealers number memorized. i guess that's what happens when you call him twice a night. though i know i am demanding, he always has supply. oh lord, are you listening? oh lord, can you hear me? i remember watching my friends riot in the streets. i saw it all from a couch on a tv screen, cause they had me in that hospital for 37 weeks. oh lord, are you listening? oh lord, can you hear me? we're coming apart at the seams. oh lord, are you listening? jesus christ, if you're listenin, take better care of your children. if you want an honest opinion, shit like this shouldn't happen.
Track Name: mariner's song
blow, wind, blow. i ain't listenin. throw what you're gonna throw, i ain't gonna move an inch. i ain't givin in. i'll sink with the ship. i ain't giving in. so roll, ocean, roll. climb to my chin. take over the whole boat, i don't give a shit. no, i ain't givin in. i'll sink with the ship. i ain't givin in.
Track Name: the honey & the sting
they called him the king of Collision Mountain. they used to say no man could slow him down. she was the queen of the Carolinas. the two of them kids used to fool around in a brand new cadillac with shining spokes. when you know, you know. "hallelujah, by and by, i don't need nothin in this life. you're good love pulls me through. hallelujah, glory be, i don't want for anything. you're good love pulls me through the fire". they've called him the king of the past due bill. he knows that worryin won't pay the rent. still, he's got a couple mouths to fill. sometimes, it's hard for a man, getting dollars to make cents. there's a beat up cadillac, on blocks, in the garage. you work with what you've got. even if it ain't much. "hallelujah, by and by, i don't need nothin in this life. your good love pulls me through. hallelujah, glory be, i don't want for anything. you're good love pulls me through the fire". they've called him the king of the gentle touch. as the queen of the Carolinas passes on, he knows he needed her too much. but, as her body gives up, he can't believe she's gone. so, he sits in that cadillac, full of memories, and he thinks. what will be will be. the honey and the sting. "hallelujah, by and by, i don't need nothin in this life. you're good love pulled me through. hallelujah, glory be, i don't want for anything. you're good love pulled me through the fire".
Track Name: our war
if it's gonna be rain, let there be thunder. let the whole sky light up with bright bolts. and if it's gonna be faith, let it be tender. let it soak the thickest skin, and warm the coldest soul. iko, it feels like we're doin' alright. though, we don't know what's in store. gonna keep on fightin' the good fight. it's our war. if it's gonna be drinks, let it be black out drunk. let there be no in between. if it's gonna be honest love, let it be a knockout punch. let it be everything it's supposed to be. iko, it feels like we're doin' alright. though, we don't know what's in store. gonna keep on fightin' the good fight. it's our war.
Track Name: october '63
october '63 we buried Father Flaherty, but no one bothered to cry. he was off to meet the lord. a better place than he'd been before. 'cause that man, he worked like hell for most his life. there ain't no smoke without a fire. ain't no fire without a flame. lovin' nothin' gets you nowhere. going nowhere, that's a shame. october '63 Baldwin gave us poetry, when he wrote about The Fire Next Time. he lived a decent life. the man fought an honest fight. tried to fix a couple wrongs with the words he'd write. ain't no smoke without a fire. ain't no fire without a flame. lovin' nothin' gets you nowhere. goin' nowhere, that's a shame. there's no smoke without you, my fire.
Track Name: michelle
rest your weary head on my shoulder friend and know that that coward can't hurt you now. close your tired eyes. give'em time to dry. remind them that each flood screams for a drought. oh peace, where have you gone? when do you think you're gonna come back to me and the ones i love? i know he drank til it hurt. i can tell that you felt it the worst. but child let no man bring you down. just wipe the blood from your mouth and try to sleep, cause that bastard can't hurt you while you're with me. oh peace, where have you gone? when do you think you're gonna come back to me and the ones i love? can't you see, we've had enough. i can promise you this - if i'd been there kid, that son of a bitch wouldn't be standin now. so when the morning comes, like it always does, try to let the right ones in. push the wrong ones out. oh peace, where have you gone? when do you think you're gonna come back to me and the ones i love? can't you see, we've had enough?
Track Name: lady
do you remember the time we chain smoked in that apartment of mine, then closed both of our bloodshot eyes and pretended like we were blind. the words that we said painted beautiful pictures in my head. guess it's funny, when you lose, what you might find. when i am hungry, i just want to eat. when i am tired, i just want to rest my feet. when the songs in my head get too loud for me to sing; lady, i just want to breathe. sarah got pissed 'cause i ate all of the medicine. you know what, fuck that shit. those were my prescriptions. chris stopped by. we got so high we spent the rest of our night walking through fields in our own minds. when i get thirsty, i just want a drink. when i get cold, i just want a little heat. when i'm standing still, but the world keeps spinning; lady, i just want to breathe. or there's the time that i drove all through the goddamn night, just to play you you're favorite song one more time. i fucked up the words. played the wrong chords in the verse. but, honestly, to me it seemed like you didn't mind. when i'm at war, i just want a little peace. when i am tethered, i just want to be released. when i fight the ocean, and she brings along the sea; lady, i just want to breathe.
Track Name: roberta street
roberta street, where the concerned neighborhood meets to walk at night with flashlights in the park by the freeway. 17th east turns into west 23rd. it may sound absurd, but these days so do a lot of things. but when the city sleeps, she's mine. on local route 10, there's a handful of good men, but the radio gets clogged by dangerous thinking. on pennsylvania ave. you can score a cheap sack, then spend time with your congressmen. the local heathens. but when the city sleeps, she's mine. on ramona they say what they think. they tend to say a lot of things. it's all mostly "stand wherever you please, but if you want to stand by me; stand by me."
Track Name: the cold almighty
when i am dead, and my soul is buried, visit my graveside. lay your head on my stone and know that love can often be rough and leave you cold, feeling alone. i can feel the cold almighty sinking in. i can tell the cold almighty's sinking in. i can feel the cold almighty sinking into my bones. when i am dead, and my soul is buried, visit my cemetery if you're looking for trust. i'll be waiting, ever patient, though all around me has turned to dust. i can feel the cold almighty sinking in. i can tell the cold almighty's sinking in. i can feel the cold almighty sinking into my bones.
Track Name: leave the lights on
leave the lights on, i want to see. i don't want to miss a thing. when my soul floats out of this tired body, leave the lights on. i want to see. leave the lights on, i want to see if i flatline or if i peak. if i meet the lord up in heaven, or the devil in the deep, leave the lights on. i want to see. i don't want to feel a thing until i have to. leave the lights on. i want to see all my memories pass in front of me. all things i have been and can't again be. leave the lights on, i want to see. i don't want to feel a thing until i have to.
Track Name: sons & daughters
sons and daughters, thank you're mothers and fathers for the seeds they've sown, just to watch them grow. for the crops they plowed. the roots they laid down, and a name you may always call your own. i know you think that you will never die. i know you feel forever young. but, time is always on the run. it's over before it's begun. native children, maybe you should listen to your elders speak. they might know a few things. they drank the cup of life. some drank that fucker dry, and they're still as thirsty as they should be. i know you think the sky is always grey, but it's always darkest before dawn. time is always on the run. it's over before it's begun.
Track Name: the darkness pt. II
little sister, i got a hangover. i've been drinkin beer all night. i couldn't sleep, there was nothing on tv, and i needed to clear my mind. but, when i start, i can't stop or slow down. still, i'm trying. my brother, i've been so lonely. haven't heard your wisdom in weeks. you used to know what to say in the speak easy to bring me a little relief. when i shake, it is with everything i'm made of. still, i am trying. i am trying to fight my way through the darkness.
Track Name: to die alone
all my friends say she's dangerous as poison. i say all my friends can go straight to hell. still, there are times i can see their point. well, that woman is an angel in the pocket or a devil on the shelf. but, i don't want no other love. i don't want no other love, but i don't want to die alone. all my friends say i'm getting better. they say i no longer tremble when i speak her name. most of them wish i'd never met her, but i spend my time wonderin why she ran away. now god and i both, we know why she ran away. but, i don't want no other love. i don't want no other love, but i don't want to die alone.
Track Name: cocaine
i wonder what the good book says about cocaine? maybe "save it for a rare occasion."? you can do a couple rails on your birthday, but you'll blow the rest the next time it starts raining. i came from nothing. i'm going nowhere. one day i'll get there. i wonder what the prophets think is the answer? why'd the good lord give us painful ways to die? if love is just an ocean of disasters, baby i want to know what's on the other side. i came from nothing. i'm going nowhere. one day i'll get there. then shall my burden be released, and my struggle laid down.