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by David James

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released November 10, 2010

All words and music by David James is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Thanks to Carl Compton, Compton Bros. Santa Cruz, and Sean Martinez for their aid and expertise of recording/mixing, and for their support and genuine love of music.
For my family, for my friends, without you my path would be barren.

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Track Name: Howler
a show for the eyes
a song for the ears
the day turns the moon
while the sun turns the year
between screams at midnight
and laughter at noon
a flower may find the light
but a howler will lose the moon

the moon pulls the tide
and its waves beat the shore
and the shore strikes my mind
and my mind wants more

the smoke from the gears of my plans
put about in the whim of the wind
through blood or tears, with a disseminated grin,
i skim

in the first light of dawn
in the warmth of the flame
i always saw the light burn
i never knew the pain
just sit and think how fucking lucky i am

i see it connect
when you break my heart
when i see it still there
strong as the start
like the light in the attic
from the cracks in the floor
where the dust in the beams
looks just like stars
Track Name: A Home on Earth
i can't tell if the better days are coming along or long gone
so if you can see, baby don't tell me, cause I got no lines on my palms
i'm planning on getting into the gates of heaven by playing a song
i got a beat, and if you got a tune, we can always find our way
we can find our way home

don't ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive
we just forget we're not dead yet, every day spent making ready to die
livin is free, but it ain't cheap, no, nor is it made of gold
for you to invest, no interest accrues by watching it grow old,
watching it grow old

you aint got to die
you aint got to die to find a way home
you aint gotta die to see paradise
there's nowhere to go
just look out your window
you aint got to die to fly away home
you aint got to die to fly away home
you aint got to die to fly away home

time's a tickin, takin a toll, every clock waging war with the world
a state of unrest, take out these pathogens, age is nothing more than a cold
before the liar faith wasn't required, now we can't believe a word that we're told
we're stuck in a rut, surrounded by salesmen scuttlebutt, but we are not sold,
no, we are not sold

there's two ways to get rich, you can make more or you can need less
it's for sale in the yard, if it can't fit in my car with the rest of all my success
I'm betting on a blind hand, if I'm not all in, then it's time to fold
my pockets are hot, empty or not, I'm taken what's in 'em, whatever's given, whatever i got with me when i go home

you aint got to die to fly away home
you aint got to die to fly away home
you aint got to die to fly away home
Track Name: Your Turn
i said what i thought, what did i expect, the subject was too
heart-felt to try to speak from my head, a sight that i dread,
your teary eyes too blurry to see
i wanna get back to the basic and all you do is confuse me
I been there before, believe me girl, and i won't go back
too many times i tied myself to the train tracks
with ropes of hopeless romance, but you gotta understand
the love express don't have a heart, and don't give a damn

so I got out my knife to cut your ties
I broke your skin trying to save your life
I set on fire trying to give you my light
but I know that it won't be mine that opens your eyes

so burn, burn pure
everybody loves you, won't you take a turn
and turn your heart around
to give yourself the dam(n) you deserve
don't give it all out

i tried to be frank, turned out to be dick, i said what i said
because i care, and i care _ too much to be cool _ with
such a scenario, I've seen to be so, detrimental
in such ways, emotional, mental and physical

please take care of yourself, though you know i try,
though you know i'd like to, you know i can't
you don't need no one else to make you perfect
I never meant to treat you like anything less

but I got out my knife to cut your ties
I broke your skin trying to save your life
I set on fire trying to give you my light
but I know that it won't be mine that opens your eyes

so burn pure
everybody loves you, won't you take a turn
and turn your heart around
give yourself the dam(n) you deserve
build yourself a dam and reserve
instead of let it all out
don't let it all out
Track Name: So
i lived forever and it's done
i won't go back and i can't go on
is this a piece of me that i will lose
before i, my own soul, will gain

or are my days all gone?

so where do i go from here?
my place, my scene, my refuge
ruling the universe with you
i have done all i can do
and still don't deserve you
not any more than I could earn the air i breathe
i'd give it up for your return and your relief
in crippled stride the motions through I keep from rusting
but it will take time until my sore eyes finish adjusting

from looking at the sun

so
where do i go from here?
where do i go?
Track Name: Wings
how they differ
the visions in my sight and my mind
i did not use my eyes
to see the cave out i arrived

i quietly drifted back into the mouth
painlessly
and brought out sustenance
and wings fiery