Vagabonding

by Riverman

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My theory was unveiled Theories often fail I believed it for so long But you know that I was Wrong from the beginning Wrong from the beginning... I was known to sit and brood I was stuck inside that mood Now it’s time to change my tune You know the change is coming Sooner rather than later Sooner rather than later... My theory was bad But I always thought I’d had It all figured out But then the seed of Doubt got planted in my mind Doubt was planted in my mind… So long! So long to all the thoughts of Blood and toil and sin What shape are we in? Raise your hand! Are we better than when we began? Hello! Hello? I hope you like the new me! It’s just me, it’s just me Without the armchair philosophy… Armchair philosophy...
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I’ve been waiting for too long Only making plans… I’m sick to death of sitting around And far too drunk to stand… But hey I’m feeling lucky Even though things are looking rough I’m calling, yes I’m calling St. John’s Bluff! What’s the weather looking like? They can predict the rain… Wait, strike that from our record You know it’s really just the same… The outcome’s of no consequence I’m no good at acting tough… I’m calling, yes I’m calling St. John’s Bluff! Excuses are excuses You know I’m over all of that Scapegoats please take notice You’ll find the keys under the mat… Come on Lady Luck and save me! If your power’s strong enough… I’m calling, yes I’m calling St. John’s Bluff! The outcome’s of no consequence I’m no good at acting tough... I’m calling, yes I’m calling St. John’s Bluff!
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Darkness and the coming night Cools the air and clouds my sight Memories of strange delights in Mal País When the stars come out to play And the jungle serenades Waves gently parade onto the shore Oh it's all inside my head Scattered pictures turning round again Oh it's all inside my head The Ghosts of Mal País... Tread light! The witching hour... Hidden spells, exotic powers Reveal their colonnaded towers in the air Suspended canopy of trees You're dancing in the summer breeze Hypnotized, the eyes that see you there... And shadow puppets on the wall Hear the ancient voices call Shadows on the wall... Oh Mal País... The spirits of the Bad Terrain Of howling winds and summer rain... Can you hear their sad refrain? Is this fever breaking I feel the earth is shaking Something is awakening... The Ghosts of Mal País...
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I thought it was a good idea You appeared and disappeared You were on the lam Familiar with a slightly checkered past I was the last to clear it... Why over complicate a complex mess? The hunted and the new mistress... I confess it's too much... You thought you had a good defense You stretched it out to build up the suspense And I was hostage to Your nouveau paradoxic sway I went away the wiser... But why over complicate a complex mess? The hunted and the new mistress... I confess it's too much... You were on the lam Granted you could kill me with your smile You killed me all the while... But why over complicate a complex mess? The hunted and the new mistress... I confess it's too much...
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Bahia Drive 06:25
Today a thought occurred to me I thought I'd make it known I looked around and found the perfect stone Which tapped upon your window Yeah it was gently thrown And you were there to greet me We're never that alone... "Even if we die a little It's worth it if We make it out alive! Come on girl and live a little! Take a ride Across Bahia Drive!" I am a liberal And you are a puritan But who's to say The worthier pursuit? You are an obstacle On my road to ruin Yeah you blew in On the wind and you changed my route "Even if we die a little It's worth it if We make it out alive! Come on girl and live a little! Take a ride Across Bahia Drive!" I am like quicksand On a desert island I swallow every good thing That I find You are like lightning Twisted like a vine You strike me and you save me At the same time... You are the morning And I'm a setting sun You are just beginning I'm just getting done But you're a little crazy I'm a bit insane I'll meet you in the middle Here comes the refrain: "Even if we die a little It's worth it if We make it out alive! Come on girl and live a little! Take a ride Across Bahia Drive!" So join me my antithesis Let's get out of town Look out I think the sky Is coming down! Let's head for the horizon I think I know the way Are you in or out or in What do you say? "Even if we die a little It's worth it if We make it out alive! Come on girl and live a little! Take a ride Across Bahia Drive!" You are the morning I'm a setting sun I'm a setting sun...
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Why do we fool ourselves? Making up lies to tell in song... We both know it's wrong We both know it's wrong... I know your style and I know your tricks I know you’re trying, but you can't seem to fix This flaw in our system I don't think we'd miss it much... But hey it's our crutch! Why do we fool ourselves? Why do we fool ourselves? And why do we talk out of both sides of our mouths? Why do we talk out of both sides of our mouths? Forget it my friends! Let's all leave and head South... Vagabonding doesn't take so much to figure out...
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Fox Hollow 07:05
Meet me in Fox Hollow Where we sit and bide our time We hear the trains Coming across the line All the time... All the time.... Meet me in Fox Hollow Where our voices sing so low And where the old souls Come and go Come and go... Meet me in Fox Hollow Where the dead are dying still Their faces hang On the windowsills All the time All the time... Meet me in Fox Hollow On the 29th of June You might think That's much too soon Too soon... Meet me in Fox Hollow Where the whippoorwills howl and sneer, “You're welcome if you can make it here! Make it here… Here in Fox Hollow Where the wind cuts to the bone Don't be too surprised Surprised to find You're all alone…”
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We climbed a mountain to the sun I saw you slowly come undone Well I tried to... Behind our backs we hid the gun Golden apples one by one We cast aside... We heard the thunder crack And saw what laid across the track You cried out "Hit the deck!" As boxcar blossomed to train-wreck... We like angels stood to wait Just outside the iron gate Of the garden We played the judge, "Hang the jury!" We were in no mood to hurry Or pardon... There was no chance for turning back We weren't prepared for the attack You cried out "Hit the deck!" As boxcar blossomed to train-wreck... "Give it back!” “Fan the flame!” Well just who's to blame? What's the catch? Ages cyclically turning Five hundred years burning And you lit the match... Our earthly desires We cast into the fires They melt into new embryos... We heard the thunder crack The image blurred along the track We cried out and hit the deck As boxcar blossomed to train-wreck...
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Dance of the Cranes (free) 02:19
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Vagabonding 05:25
They say you can never just pack up and leave Shed your skin be reborn we're not all what we seem to be Tack a note to the door as you close it up tight You can't be quite sure where you'll spend the night Lay in the dew where the shadows are cast, Go vagabonding at last! A summery soldier, moved to extremes Come on and find out yourself just what this means as you Give of your time and receive in return Old lessons forgotten as new ones are learned Come walk for a while ‘cause the trains move to fast... Simplification at last! Money, it weighs too much, go on forget it a while! Pennies won't serve you like pilgrims with generous smiles... Your luggage you lost at the last trading post But you've still got the clothes on your back, come on and toast with me! "Bring on the fountains and rivers and sands!" The best things in life are all free from demands... Tear up your sails and break down your mast Go vagabonding at last! And summer so deepens and ripens to gold The autumn approaches or so I am told And the stars are aligned, the augurs declare "The timing is now, not a moment to spare" From slumber awaken! The rushing winds pass... Come vagabonding at last! The path may lead straight but don't be so surprised if it curves Burn your itinerary if you think you've got the nerve... Join me you outcasts from cities so fair Take off your clothes and let down your hair Head for the hills, it's a long dusty road It's easier when your possessions are sold Come now and greet me I'm within your grasp... Come vagabonding at last!
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When I awoke you weren't beside me on the bed The pillow was still warm where you laid your head And the only light came filtered beneath the door I put my feet down on the floor... But like every other morning this felt the same I would have called your name but my voice caught in my throat You could have left a note... But the coffee that you made tasted good... The paper you laid out like I knew you would And did your song come on the radio? I don't know... Because outside in the street I heard the falling rain I would have called your name but my voice caught in my throat You could have left a note...

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released August 1, 2009

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Riverman Orlando, Florida

Steve Hedrick is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He lives in Orlando, Fl with his wife and two children. He is currently working on new material and will post it when it's finished.

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