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by James Keyes

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Hardliner 03:06
You can call it home but it aint where your heart is Wake up every day trying to get back where you started You're both sides of the coin, you're born to rock n' roll Hear them church bells singing a thousand years from home Been down every road Waiting to find the one that leads you home I walk a hard line in, there aint no easy way I've got some shine a little wisdom with my age Learned a thing or two... forgot a couple more All I've got is time ahead, that's what I'll use it for How did you make your way Wasting thoughts and wasting days Wasting time on wasted pages, rambling along Spent a night or two with friends now gone, Singing blues and thinking, drinking everything away Lazy days got along and we all just moved on Scattered like leaves into the wind
Two Mirror 04:04
There might not be a memory but don’t regret the sight of me If you want me to I’ll stay the night But in the morning I’ll be gone This world is not my home I can’t keep on keeping on There won’t be any good morning kisses Always hope for something new I can’t help you find your way With that broken heart you cry all day
It's all easy but for the trying Give a little and I'm sure you'll find your way It's so close now, 'cept for the walking Like when you're stumbling drunk and looking for your bed It's so simple, but for the trying I'm sure you've done it once or twice before It's all so clear now, like when you're dying And you finally given up on all your dreams Gather all your rising tides now I cant believe what sets you free That cemetery touch is all you ever had, so keep your hands away from me
There's no more time for hurrying is there Sky is falling, water on the rise I don't mind taking it slowly Sleight of hand will push it all away Dream endless, always remember the way My kind of night will out-burn the candle Break of day will show what we've done Sky is bruised, helpless and bleeding Drink your fill, a toast to the end
Work Song 02:13
Listen mister cant you see I'm trying to make a living here Shifting and shoveling this load I aint much for conversation, so I'd kindly appreciate you moving on and leaving me alone Oh Lord, don't want to dig no more Oh Lord I'm just getting by Oh Lord don't want to haul no more When you gonna come and take me home? Everyday I try to find a thought that I can get behind Something just to get me through the day Whiskey , love or singing songs… nothing seems to last that long What else is there for me to do but pray
Chapter 6 03:17
Lover, where have you been? Our home is in the wind Are you worried the truth is out Intentions worn with doubt Oh dont you know the end is near Words seldom mean what you hear It's in the air, it's all around In every move and every sound Lover, where have you been? The weeds are creeping in Have you noticed the fire's out Trees are gone and the road's washed out
Interlude 01:49
Black ceiling, walls and a floor Aint ever coming back here no more Window's cracked, lets in the snow Spring rain's coming soon and I gotta go Water spraying over the wall Ocean come and get you, leave nothing at all Wind's wailing leaving nothing at rest Coming like a freight train over my head Time has come again for leaving, lock up the door Time has come again for leaving I can't stay here no more Woke up at the end of a buck A hard time is knowing when you're shit outta luck Cold wind whipping your back, sun like a silhouette all going black Leaving on the only road out The only way to get gone is to get on without Train dreaming runs through my head Worcester/Providence line running outside my bed
Goodbye 03:39
Goodbye my darlin' I've got to go Got to leave you here alone once again I can't stay sleeping, the highway calls You know our time is not ours today I hate to leave you this way But when the sun comes I'll be gone Goodbye my darlin' it's time to leave A kiss goodbye while you're dreaming one for me But when you wake up don't be sad I'll see you when the last sunlight brings me back I hate to leave you this way But when the dawn comes I'll be gone
Oh when will I be free Maybe someday, but not today How I wander by and by And I dont know when I'll return When the shadows disappear and the night time is no more When the Holy fires fall from the sky When the oceans rise up and swallow me down Maybe then I will be free The road is long but I must go And I dont know when I'll return
Little Lamb 02:42
White horse brings this story Red horse, the sword of war Black horse, scales of famine Pale horse, death and Hades Oh Little Lamb, your riders come this way Times of trouble for all men Little Lamb lead the way
You got pills, you got booze, always crying that you're born to lose People come around you don't even know their names You got smoked and you're broke "Buddy can you spare a dime" Just another day trying to prove that you're alive When you wake up another day is gone It's so easy to lose them all Close your eyes remember hard, try to get back to the start You got nothing if you've got nothing to break your heart There ain't a thing that you can think of that'll make you feel at peace Temptation is that friend who's always there The devil's got no army just a couple of good ideas Whispering that song to you that you love to hear There's no more rage, no more dying of the light All your fear won't lay to rest There's no moon, no stars and no fire light Just those ghosts pulling you back into the night
SSG 03:30
She came on like a poison halo smile, said her dreams have no skies Fumbling for honest words to lie about, the things I do I don’t know why I’ll be alright if I stay with you tonight, hold you body next to mine Don’t be afraid, tomorrow’s still a world away Kiss me now, I’ve gotta go home I’m where I land, I’m gravity’s man, fly like a death trip to the sun Those cigarettes cant hide you hands from me Dig or die in obscurity
Come Down 02:40
Run for your mothers run for your sons run for your fathers run for your guns Water's coming down gonna free your soul Rain's coming down gonna wash away Come Down Run for your sisters Run for you loves Run from the rain coming from above Run for your freedom, but nothing's gonna come The rain's coming down, gonna wash you all away


"Ruminations, a tough no-bullshit set of songs sitting pissed and drunken between Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, and Waylon Jennings,
most of the tracks stripped down to basics and hiding from nothing. " - Mark S. Tucker, FAME (Apr 22, 2010)


released April 1, 2010

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Steve Blake
Toad Hall Studio, Douglas MA.

Steve Blake: Guitar, track 1, bass track 2
Morgan Freeman: Bass, tracks 1,4,9,10,14
Greg Sullivan: Drums, dobro, track 13
Jim Berkeley: Banjo and mandolin, track 11
Jason James: Piano, track 2
Alex Nagorski: Death horn, track 15
Boston and Maine String Band: vocals, track 15


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James Keyes

Six string dream slinging musical maestro, teller of tall tales and short stories, social media soliloquist, blues shouter, country crooner Rocknroll raconteur and avant folk rambler, pint quaffer, shot shooter, foot stomper, soul singer, rain bringer, and left fingered proletariat provocateur. ... more

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