Western States

by Matt Haeck

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1.
Don't tell my mother where I've gone Don't tell my father what I've done Cause I'm on the run from the law and from the world And I'm goin' fast as I can There must be better luck in the western states I'm sure Save me a seat on that train Don't tell the lawman 'bout my crime But if you do, give me some time Cause I'm on the run from the law and from the world And I'm goin' fast as I can There must be better luck in the western states I'm sure Save me a seat on that train
2.
The Crow 03:40
That crow's legs, they were so big I told him he'd better fold in Before he gets too high for his wings Before he gets too high for his wings That jet black bought a jet pack Said a prayer and like an airman Left this world to spin like a gear A spirit bird with no creature-fear [CHORUS] That flight into the sun Was high as any crow had ever done His aim was a display of What's behind all that the blind saw Back upon the telephone wire More than just the cave and the fire He let fall an unheard call As he plunged back and he flung back His head and cried, "Oh, I'm just a crow." "How dare I go where no man may go." [CHORUS] That flight into the sun Was high as any crow had ever done
3.
The murderer was found with the gun in his hand The gun in his cold, limp hand The note in his pocket read like an almanac A farmer predicting the wind And the people he’d killed were his wife and two children His mother-in-law got it too The note and the will made plain the occasion The motive for what he would do The banks had come callin’, the stock markets fallin’ And his job lost the year before When he was not able to furnish the table His dignity fell through the floor And the thought of the shame and the mud on his name The banks that would soon grace his home Drove him to madness, to kill his dependents To keep his own honor his own
4.
People of the town, loan your ears to me Come and gather round, kindly take a seat Time matures us men and gives us time to lose The things we knew back then to things that lay half-proved Old folks, raise your hands if questions have returned But get in line and stand if you got this whole world learned People here in line, I’ll put it to you thus You may only say “Why?” and then you’ll earn my trust Children cup you hands, raise them to your mouth And empty out your lungs, yeah don’t forget to shout Cause I’ve heard good people say that from the mouths of babes Comes laughter and the truth, the most unwitting sooth Comes laughter and the truth, the most unwitting sooth
5.
I saw you transfixed on your friends like They were the king or queen The love and the beauty in your eyes Brings out the best in everything [CHORUS] If I tapped into your veins would I find, A drug like the ocean that calls to me sweetly? Could I take a larger dose of your mind, A drink like a potion that goes down so easy? You saw me transfixed on your heartbeat I turned my face of red The high that I felt wasn't like me I came to you and I said "I'd ask you your name if I needed But it's already known So give me, sweet girl, I pleaded A fix all of my own." [CHORUS] If I tapped into your veins would I find, A drug like the ocean that calls to me sweetly? Could I take a larger dose of your mind, A drink like a potion that goes down so easy? [BRIDGE] (Instrumental) I see you now so very often I see you asleep and awake I'm preparing myself for a coffin Don't know how much more I can take [CHORUS] If I tapped into your veins would I find, A drug like the ocean that calls to me sweetly? Could I take a larger dose of your mind, A drink like a potion that goes down so easy?
6.
Night after night as I stare at the light I squint just to make out your shape My eyes they are weary, bloodshot and bleary The outskirts are black and I can’t see your face Morning by morning I wake up adoring The dark and the lids of my eyes I should love the dawn as I put my clothes on But I block out your voice and I put up a fight Day after day in the very worst way I find ways of wasting my time The time that you found me sleeping so soundly Was the best that I’d spent in a very long time So when this day’s over and I reach for the covers Weary and tired as hell Then I’m reminded when true dawn is blindin’ That all will be right and all will be well Then I’m reminded when true dawn is blindin’ That all will be right and all will be well
7.
I am a poor wayfaring stranger While traveling through this world below And there's no sickness, toil, or danger In that bright world to which I go I'm going there to see my father I'm going there no more to roam I'm only going over Jordan I'm only going over home

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released January 29, 2010

Produced by Britton Beisenherz and Todd Pertll
Recorded in Austin, TX

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