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truth & love

by Brian Ledford

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1.
Marooned 03:15
I’m marooned, I’ve been schooled And I’ve been right, but more often fooled I’ve been up, I’ve been down But you are twisting me all around Trying to dig my way out of this hole I found myself in I don’t recall it being my fault but I guess it is I’m marooned I’ve been schooled And I’ve been right But more often fooled I’ve been up I’ve been down But you are twisting me all around The streets of this town all run together and I can’t find my way out I drive in circles all night searching for that light
2.
“Where are you going?” I said to her She turned her back on me, walked out of the room So I said it again, “Where you going to?” She was the girl that I’d have sworn Would never break my heart But there it is, plain to see, on the floor No one could make up a story like that And if that’s the price of love then please take it back Because the truth ain’t worth it anymore Pictures of her bring me to my knees But I keep them around like aces up my sleeve And pull them out every time the truth hits home She said she loved me too much to carry on that way Just not enough to stay And she left me there and my heart on the floor all alone No one could make up a story like that Please tell me how am I supposed to react Because the truth ain’t worth it anymore Peculiar how true love Are two words that just don’t signify a thing to me And I swear that next time I won’t let one or the other get the best of me “Where are you going?” I said to her She turned her back on me, walked out of the room So I said it again, “Where you going to?”
3.
He took the long way down to the sea Picking his way through the darkness to the beach Stood there listening to the waves Praying that one would carry him away To the bottom of the sea To the darkest place there is Maybe one day they would find The stones that carried him down Now some will rise and some will fall On the fortunes that buffet us around like some rag doll Some will hang on that thin thread Praying that someone will reel them back again From the bottom of the sea From the darkest place there is Maybe one day they would find The stones that carried him down And where the tide goes So will I And where the wind blows So will I And where the sun shines down On the waves that crown me I will wait for grace to bring Someone to rescue me from the bottom of the sea
4.
Don’t you think the times come to stop Second guessing everything It’s like a sickness we’ve both caught Makes us hear everything the wrong way I cannot say, what’s the right way Or what it is that’s ailing us But I will always be the one thing To stay with you when everything gets hard Something’s lost when we open our mouth And try to say anything It’s like the truth hides when it’s been found out And we’re left with nothing to say But then you lie down right beside me Your heart beat the only measure of time And all the years bring the peace of knowing When darkness and fear surround you You can turn around to Fall right back into my arms Anywhere you go I’ll stay by your side Anywhere you go So will I Anywhere you run, anywhere you fly Anywhere you go So will I Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned This is not some dream You can to wake up from Anytime you please For dreams are fleeting They leave me empty I’d rather spend the rest of my days with you Than choose All the nights I dreamed alone
5.
Borderline 03:14
James is going to Canada To cast his eyes at the edge of the world And walk right on up to heaven With laughing eyes and cowboy smile Driving across that long Red River bridge My sisters and I hold our breath while daddy counts down the mile Flying above our heads, a long line of blackbirds float Like a funeral ribbon caught up by the wind But James is going to Canada Where endless white stretches to the horizon Welcomes him home like some ageless friend With arms held wide And there’s nothing between the Canadian Shield and the Oklahoma line But a string of blown down barbed wire fences Chances are James saw all that he needed to As he was taking flight We return across that borderline There’s silence in this car but for the prairie wind outside And mother gives us a sign Sometimes it’s OK to be afraid But there are many miles left to drive
6.
He’s big and he’s brash and he’s over the top He tries too hard to be loved by anyone And his intentions are fine, he’s just crossed all the lines And he’s making himself into a monumental mess But it’s alright, yes it’s alright It’s all part of the plan And it’s just fine, just fine Right where I am With his fading good looks and his weary smile Still thinks he can run with the colts on the line But they’re around the track and under the wire And he’s a $100 short and ten years shy But it’s alright, yes it’s alright It’s all part of the plan And it’s just fine, just fine Right where I am But he’s running out of time And he’s running out of spine And he thinks he knows How the story goes Two, three, four I’m not here anymore
7.
Waiting for the nightmare to pass Saving all my prayers for the last Moment before they cast me out Into a wilderness I don’t know why they’re telling me I deserve this fate Children heed what I say If you can’t pick your words, pick your friends carefully For the times are becoming dangerous For the chosen few there is no consequence I don’t know why they’re telling me I deserve this fate They don’t see the light They can’t feel the heat As we walk through the blood in the streets They don’t feel the blast Or hear the sound of shattered glass But so quick to claim victory Waiting for the nightmare to pass
8.
Sensible 02:17
If you want to know the secret of my heart don’t be shy If you want to taste the truth of my lips Come right by Leave all your thinking beside Your senses are all that’s required
9.
Come to me and speak with me for a while I promise not to smile before you smile And I’ll never cry until the time is right I won’t raise my voice until there’s anger in your eyes Come to me and speak with me for a while Come to me and let me apologize I promise not to try and read your mind And I won’t let my imagination become my wife Because the scent of your body, I can’t live without And the sound of your sighs, I can’t live without Oh But… Simple promises are simply broken And simple lines are easily crossed Blindness between lovers is a common illness Your words become noise and communication, talk And we talk, and we talk, back and forth And we avoid the discussion, back and forth And a simple omission was our only fault Simple enough Come to me and you’ll see my love Come to me and you’ll be my love Come to me
10.
Sun Down 04:13
Stay with me till I am gone I won’t be very long For this shadow crept up by inches And the inches lined up are the measure of my life And my breath slows the hand of time Sun down, sun down When all your world goes to ground The earth gives way beneath your feet and you fall Sun down, sun down He said, “I feel like I’m wasting away And the living world grows thinner every day Now no nourishment can satisfy” And he laid down his head, and closed his eyes Now all I can remember Is the last time he smiled at me Saying we would both be alright Sun down, sun down When all your world goes to ground The earth gives way beneath your feet and you fall Sun down, sun down And my breath now slows the hand of time

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Praised as, “having moments of originality that shove this album way beyond the usual run-of-the-mill,” welcomed as “a unique voice in Americana music.” With the title track garnering #5 top track of 2009 by Shotgun Majors, on KRVM Radio.

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released June 16, 2009

All songs by Brian Ledford except “Marooned” and “Sun Down” by Brian Ledford and Iain McDonald.

Brian Ledford vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, nazard and tibia, piano
Matt Brown electric guitar, keyboards, bass (except where indicated)
James McAlister drums (1, 3, 4, 6, 7)
Andy Roth drums (2, 5, 9, 10)
Keith Lowe bass (2, 5, 9, 10)
Wayne Horvitz Hammond organ (5, 9)
Jon Hyde pedal steel (5, 9)
Zoe Muth backing vocals (2, 5)
Redd Volkaert lead guitar (2)
Anna-Lynne Williams backing vocals (3)
Ahamefule Oluo trumpet (1, 4)
Chris Credit sax (1, 4, 7)
William Boyd violin (6, 7)

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Brian Ledford Port Townsend, Washington

Brian Ledford draws from his roots and what’s close to his heart and transforms it into great songs.

Music as much informed by The Clash as The Flatlanders. At turns as lush as Lanois, or as direct as Cash. The son of Oklahoma concrete finishers and Oilmen, he was born and raised in Texas based in Lubbock, Ft. Worth and Austin before relocating to the Pacific Northwest.
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