CRAWDAD REPUBLIC II

by Crawdad Republic

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1.
Run Around 03:44
I put one foot in front of the other, give that handle a quarter turn Agree on terms with daybreak, shake hands with uncertainty And when it’s time to stretch my shadow I hope I’ve loved, I hope I’ve learned Cross my fingers I awake to opportunity Look down at your shirt, a candle seeks a flame Remember as a child when I used to see my name Written in the sky, swear there used to be stars Connecting dots and dreams Look at who you are, remember where you came Cherish all the scars ‘cause you made it through the same Tell yourself who you are, you could do it all again Don’t be who you’re supposed to be Everything you know, throw it all away Everything you love isn’t certain to remain It’s how we make do with the pieces left to play It’s the wax that keeps us straight All you need is oxygen, a spark to the brain You were meant to burn, not sit idle and refrain The next individual you’ll meet is feeling pain We’re all battling something So dry your eyes on a tee-shirt, extend a hand till your knees hurt Make it a holiday for family and revere the ones you loathe Love don’t get any cheaper, you’ve gotta chase and believe her Run around this world until you’re gone
2.
Butter Roll 02:44
I’ve been upside down, eye inside a bottle No message found, no paper roll I’ll tell you when you’re down, no sense grievin’ ‘bout tomorrow For some folks it’s gon’ come, for some it won’t Well that woman’s love ain’t gonna tie your bootstraps Just leave you with a hole inside your mug When you’re inside out, hail gon’ make you useless Wet and dwelling ‘bout your lousy luck Well the sun gon’ shine, creeks still roll Let the trout in Lake Don Pedro bear the load Country drive, ain’t got to toll, ‘cause it’s sweet like a butter roll Well you can ride to town, find a little lady I’m gon’ settle down a little home But just make damn sure, the “I do” in that woman Doesn’t end with “not want you at all” Chorus - Let the trail on Mt. Diablo bear the load Well they say that time and a little salutations Can pick you up when you’re down I'm gonna toe that line, heavy heart and open eyes Lord hallelujah, I love this town Chorus - Let the California highways bear the load
3.
I lost my way in a room full of spirits Said I can’t stay ‘til I heard them say last call I’ve been locked down but I wouldn’t hear it I made damn sure they poured that last one tall We’ve been chasing ours with heart and a grain of salt We might drink too much, but we love so loud You won’t hear no hush, falling on this crowd I made my way downtown I was reeling I woke up sick in a place that I’d never been We’ve all got broken hearts but we’re stealing Back what we’ve lost, or whatever we can We’ve been measuring our time in grains of sand We might drink too much, but we love so loud You won’t hear no hush, falling on this crowd So raise your glasses high, ‘cause we’ve come so far At the end of the night, we know who we are I lost my way in a room full of spirits Said I can’t stay ‘til I heard them say last call We’ve been chasing ours with heart and a grain of salt
4.
Far Away 04:03
I’m a shadow of my skin, high noon I’m a statue, a stone virtue My foundation has a plaque that says it all Stand in boldness, humility stands tall If my word's as good as gold Sell your market share today Find this soul amidst the fray Take me out, I gotta be someone that ain't myself I could see the path less traveled from afar Forged passage, never questioned where to start I raised the sails and I untied and pushed away Shallow drifting, wishing I'd stayed I've promises to hold Lost to momentum and haste Find this soul amidst the fray Take me out, I gotta be someone that ain't myself How did I get so far away?
5.
Faith, matter of time Taste, make up your mind If time’s an engine, we’re along for the ride If a piston’s ambition then maybe we’re doing alright Waste little you can, we run around layin’ down rubber These windows will wander, so turn on your lights Well your high beams will locate in front of you, but not what’s inside I’m not supposed to be living I should have been long gone for sometime Make use them chips we’ve been given Hand on the table, eye on the bank account Old man in a rocking chair, singing his song Said life was so simple son, when we came along You love for a livin’, you work twice as hard You learn how to play ball in the schoolyard
6.
You make believe that little woman’s gonna find you You try to leave, your baby’s on the bayou Done with alone, done laid your money down back home Let’s call a spade a spade Get on down to the bottom of the nitty gritty cold hard ground Gotta get on down now, there’s no salvation found, dig yourself a hole You make believe that little woman’s gonna find you You try to leave, your baby’s on the bayou No love in nola, no fear or desperation played no part Just take a look around Get on down to the bottom of the nitty gritty cold hard ground Gotta get on down now, there’s no salvation found, dig yourself a hole Hey little pumpkin pie, won’t you come be my fourth July You make believe that little woman’s gonna find you You try to leave, your baby’s on the bayou Hey little pumpkin pie, gotta get on down now Won’t you come be my fourth July, gotta dig a little hole now Your baby’s on the bayou
7.
1995 03:03
Can you take this complicated lie and simplify it please? Go'n subscribe right to my pocket where it breathes Well I'd love to get to know ya, I'll go find you in the trees Hang around representations of your memories I see you've fought through pain got podiums for legs I think we could benefit from reciprocity No 1995, no eye to eye Oh see can you say what were bound to become Can you take this complicated lie and simplify it please? It’s alive right in my pocket where it breeds Go indulge in life’s conveniences that brought you to your knees Trim the fat and reap efficiency with ease I’m sorry not today, face to face is such a pain I might rate us as compatible anomalies
8.
I started out on the trail at a gallop Been running from things I can’t face Set on me with bloodhounds who picked up my scent Soon the horsemen were matching my pace I followed the river until it ran dry Made camp ‘til the ember’s last glow What’s at a man’s back will continue to haunt him Until he’s got nowhere to go I can’t explain the promises I’ve never kept I’m still afraid of losing the time I’ve got left Held up in a fort made of four flimsy walls When I heard the search party arrive A rusty revolver loaded with blanks And a bandoleer hung at my side I cocked the hammer, held onto my breath And I made my move toward the door There’s nowhere to run when you leave in your wake Folks behind you to settle a score I can’t explain the promises I’ve never kept I’m still afraid of losing the time I’ve got left Isn’t it strange, how right’s always tough And the easy road leaves you a wreck Isn’t it strange I’m losing the time I’ve got left I laid down my guns and I looked to the east As I clutched at the wound in my chest Laid my head down and I watched the daybreak A casualty just like the rest
9.
Before 5 03:54
Six o’clock, daybreak won’t save you You fall in love with a porcelain mug, let the scent fill up the room Another day gone by like a record played You gotta flip to the other side when the road leads you astray I don’t know where I’m headed but I better be there before five Get my head on the carousel, get a ride I don’t care, like a hummingbird I’m gonna loom high, watch me flutter Out on bail, hit the pocket on a number line A coin flips, let the alloy find its own You sit awhile, get a feel where you belong Can’t let a day go by through no window pane Ain’t nobody’s path straight or narrow Punch your ticket, board the train I’m gonna live a little, I’m gonna love you a little more I’m gonna sing my little heart out, pick my troubles off the floor I might be a dreamer, as far as I can tell You ain’t livin’ if you ain’t wishin’ in a well
10.
Wheels are made for turnin’ Stars are made to shine Love's meant to be felt and keep us up all night Hold on tight to holding Directives in code Salt in our assumptions, poison in our bones Enough, enough I wanna see your hand Windows made for washin’ Clarity for view Settle on reflection, time to see it through Doors are made to open Messages to read Voice’s meant to speak I hear them in my head say Well I'm not gonna call your bluff Settle on indifference
11.
It’s remarkable how we live Even after giving more than we can give It’s incredible how the will to carry on Can be wrapped up and delivered in a song It turns out we were gonna make it all along It turns out we were gonna make it all along Is it possible to let down your guard? Sometimes it’s better to show your hand than keep your cards Is it feasible to see eye to eye? I guess the world will never know until we try We could let the fire burn or watch it die It turns out we were gonna make it all along It’s remarkable how we live Even after giving more than we can give It’s incredible how the will to carry on Can be wrapped up and delivered in a song It turns out we were gonna make it all along Now it’s wrapped up and delivered in this song

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released September 24, 2016

CRAWDAD REPUBLIC II

Produced by DOUG ALLEN

Photography by JOHN MCCONAGHY
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Design by BRENT GALLANT
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JON WILLIAMS
BRANDON OLIVO
DAVE HABERMAN
DUSTY BOYLE
DOUG ALLEN
ADAM ELLIOTT

We had the help of some great musicians on this album!

JOHN GAY - Pedal Steel on Run Around, Ball in the Schoolyard
- Lap Steel on Time I've Got Left

KENNY WILLIAMS - Harmonica on Butter Roll, Before 5

RICHARD HIBBS - Cello on Far Away, Ball in the Schoolyard

JIM HURLEY - Violin on Ball in the Schoolyard, Baby's on the Bayou, Call Your Bluff, Wrapped and Delivered
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