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by Timid, the Brave

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I am faced with a forked path and a crippling choice One treads through the woods with the mighty oak The other flows through the folds of the flatlands and the seas of grain I could stay my course or stand alone On the plains I will be seen The birds will flock to me But I have always known The woods are where the tallest trees are grown I was born with this tug-a-war inside of me I felt the pull of what could come to be My feet are loose, my legs are strong and all for vanishing An old world faith that ups and follows dreams [Chorus] This is how it is, it’s one or it’s the other one I fear So hold me here [Chorus]
The Best 03:42
I’m sitting and I’m wondering why I know I should not think twice But everytime I kill the lights Shut the door and close my eyes Your memory fills my mind Dancing in your living room Spinning round to Harvest Moon We swore that we would see things through But there was nothing I could do What was I to you? ‘Cause you were the best to me The wind in my chest, the sun on my feet You held my hand so carefully How come I couldn’t see? You showed me all the shops on main Granville in the pouring rain You took me down to English Bay We watched the ships sail in to stay I wish I’d done the same You laughed at all my stupid jokes Gave me shit when I would smoke You read every word I wrote Kept every letter and note I thought that you should know [Chorus]
Alice 04:01
I fell asleep on your floor Staring at the remnants of your war Your body not moving no more And I cannot believe you slept with your bed by the door Always ready to go The children gather round your treasure bed Bidding on the things that dressed your head A firesale a terrible spread And I can’t bear to stare at all those relics of the dead When I awoke I was alone and I was scared But I was ready to go Step out into your sunny spring backyard The blossoms are all bursting into stars Those trees for which you cared and worked so hard And I cannot believe how all their leaves were bathed in gold And I was ready to go
Time to Go 04:30
With my eyes on Orion I am still hunting for a home Come morning I’ll be flying Far from the only place I’m known I cannot pretend I don’t need you my friends I know it doesn’t show And I can’t stand the thought of leaving again Now it’s time to go Lord, it’s been a long time Since I have seen my sister’s sons The rope that binds unravels When you’re travelling, when you’re always on the run. [Chorus]
Waiting 04:15
I am waiting, I have prayed But all I’ve heard are the silent sounds of the still parade The sun is fading on my youth I need more than borrowed praise and hollow truth I don’t need a pillar of fire I don’t need water from a stone I drink when I’m thirsty like I question what I know So won’t you throw this waiting dog a bone? Too much like Thomas, but I’ve earned the name There might be smoke, but there’s no fire without a flame I’ve been told I’m a little like James The way I doubt my brother’s words to hide my shame I don’t need to walk on water I don’t need water turned to wine But if I walk by faith and not by sight I’m walking blind So I’m still here, still looking for a sign
I’ve been a drifter and there’s no one to blame But the blood of my Father and the west coastal rain So I scattered some stones, haven’t stopped to say hey When it comes time to gather, we’ll see what they weigh We’ll say hey, maybe we’ve been busy, or hey, maybe we changed I built a boat, just to see how it sails You’re shoveling coal and you’ve mapped out the rails So I make friends with sailors for they know the sea And you ride the rail-cars, oh the places you’ve been [Chorus] If you’re ever in my town, if I ever float by, If you’re caught in the cold under Hamilton skies Then watch for the water, I’ll be riding the tide We’ll shake hands in the harbor, split a bottle of rye We’ll say hey, maybe we’ve been busy, or hey maybe we changed These fires they’ll burn forever, though there’s days when you don’t feel their flame So what are we doing complaining about the weather? It snows in the winter, come springtime it rains [Chorus]
I Am 03:43
I am the day, I am the dawn, I am the sparrow’s morning song I’m the white light at your window when you wake I’m the first, I am the last, I’m shadows from your broken past Cast in gold and shining in the sun I’m the lion, I’m the lamb I am the son of Abraham and I’m his father holding up the blade Don’t you make this about me I’m right where I have always been You ask but you’re not listening My darling don’t you make this about me I am stone, I’m a choice, I’m thunder in a still small voice I’m a screaming whisper in the wind I am love without the loss, I’m freedom come without the cost I’m the king, the keeper of the key I am home, I’m the light load, I am the long and winding road I’m the only shelter that you need [Chorus] Trust me son, I am your friend, I’ve seen worse things done to better men So go on home or you’re gonna make a scene Hold your tongue, put down that pen, don’t go spreading lies again Don’t cut me down with every song you sing Or go on, write another one it’ll sound like all the other ones If you don’t move then they don’t mean a thing [Chorus]
A deck of cards, the ace of hearts slid hidden up your sleeve Like a pro, you let it show, whenever I tried to leave I chased the win and bought back in, it seemed you wanted me You cleaned me out, took only what you need And so it goes, you take the chance Know when to fold, know when to hold your hand I don’t blame you, I can’t count the times I’ve done the same But it hurts like hell to lose at your own game You held the straight, right out the gate, oh you’re clever on the draw Just one look, that’s all it took and you had me at the bar Here’s comes the turn, the last card burned, oh man, here comes the charm The queen of hearts, you had me by the arm [Chorus] You played it smart, I wore my heart out bleeding on my sleeve You kept your cool, I played the fool for everyone to see And by the time the river ran, man I could barely breathe I bit the hook, you read me like a book [Chorus]
Home 04:13
I met you in the morning, we packed our things and disappeared like ghosts We drove for forty hours through the darkness and the drifting of the snow Cut north through north Dakota for the border and the limits that we know And I braced myself for questions: “is that my brother” and “where’d that painting go?” Is this my home? That’s how we spent our Christmases, wondering what makes a place a home It may not be where my heart is, but it sure as hell is where my heart was grown If the horseshoe’s where the flowers bloom, the prairies are still where those seeds were sown I guess when it comes down to it, it’s not where you are but who it is you know [Chorus] I’m going there, I’m going there, I’m going to prepare a place for you And there are many beds and many rooms and many sunlit hallways to wander through [Chorus]
It happened again this year, oh me oh my The grey clouds swooped down and froze the sky The pace of this old race slowed right down And knocked the wooden wheels off this old town We’ll put our bicycles away Bid a sad farewell to light of day It could be this time of year It could just be this late November Fear Everyone is asking you to be something that you simply cannot be So when the weight of this cold winter settles in, you cannot feel at home in your own skin We’ll put our histories on hold We’ve got nowhere far to go It could be this time of year It could just be this late November Fear It could be the great white north It could just be the will of the Lord


released February 24, 2017

Produced by Scott Orr and Timid, the Brave


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