Western States

by Matt Haeck

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released January 29, 2010

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

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Track Name: Western States
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
Track Name: The Crow
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
Track Name: Banks and Murder
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
Track Name: From the Mouths of Babes
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
Track Name: Drug Like the Ocean
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?
Track Name: Bloodshot and Bleary
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
Track Name: Wayfaring Stranger
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