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by Rob Lamothe

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1.
if you were a river, I would lay down beside you let you run right through my fingers feel you rushing and when I find myself surrounded by white water i will know the falls not far away pull me under where the water lies still hold me slowly and I’ll give up my will while I’m going down below the water line i feel I could drown in your arms tonight i’ve given up my father’s dream to lie beside you and all I ask of you is everything pull me under where the water lies still hold me i’ll slowly give up my will i will while I’m going down below the water line i feel like i could drown in your arms tonight
2.
i’m layin’ down in your backyard my hand around an old blue jar but I ain’t lookin’ for no full moon or shining star i’m just tryin’ to catch the light of you i’m lettin’ go my wayward past and all these ghosts are free at last the road is open up ahead i don’t need to move to fast i’m tryin’ to catch the light of you i want to tell you something i can’t say and all my wishin’ will not make it go away and all my trying can not make it come true i’m tryin’ to catch the light of you
3.
i stood in the shade of my family tree felt my roots growin' under me and from the ground beneath my feet i felt a shakin’ like my old grandfather’s hands pulling coal from virgin land and in the shadow where I stand so much was taken so many young men down in the mines so many families running out of time it was union blood was spilled so the coal baron’s pockets could be filled there was no warning, no miner’s cry when the world stopped spinning for the blink of an eye and the sound of thunder coming up from the ground like the devil’s armies pulling good men down so many children left in tears so many fathers buried here and a mountain of coal up to the sky will never mend these broken lives when freedom rings with a hollow sound when the seeds of hope fall on barren ground when the city of gold turns dark and cold we will lay our burdens down
4.
kevin was my cousin... he was 22 my mother's little brother's son killed last night in clarksville him and three girls never hurt no one shot down in cold blood for two hundred dollars that's fifty dollars a life that's four young people from four good families four thousand more tears to cry there are some things won't be forgiven there is some blood will not wash away there's a shadow on the living it will not go away give me a room and the boy that pulled the trigger four empty hands - mine and his just me and my anger - him and his ignorance and we will see just how tough he is there are some things won't be forgiven there is some blood will not wash away there's a shadow on the living it will not go away
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no one to ask about fast cars and heroes no one to tell me my music's too loud and the freedom is so bittersweet feels like nothing in life ever ends up complete gave me the lecture 'bout trouble and girlfriends told me i will cut the grass and my hair he's the same man that bought me the toy red guitar and he held me and lifted me up to the stars with just one hand... the strongest man in the world something in our house grew tired one summer he held onto his american dream well a man can be swallowed by pride and he smiled as i walked up the aisle with my bride and shook my hand... the strongest man in the world stood by the bed where the old man was fading watched as the power went out of his eyes and i knew that his dreaming would not be destroyed when i saw what he meant to my own little boy hand in hand... with the strongest man in the world
7.
Home 04:52
i don’t know what you want from me you change your mind so easily and it feels so strange, but suddenly i feel so far from home i built the house where hope was born dream by dream, stone by stone looks like shelter, so safe and warm but it feels so far from home and it wasn’t so long ago i felt so right at home in your arms that grow colder and further and further away from home the walls and windows, the halls and doors seem unfamiliar, anymore it’s like I never been here before feels so far from home and it wasn’t so long ago I felt so right at home in your arms that grow colder and further and further away from home late last night up on the roof I told my troubles to the moon I feel so lonesome, to tell the truth I feel so far from home and it wasn’t so long ago I felt so right at home in your arms that grow colder and further and further away further and further away from home
8.
Gone 05:46
fucked up again last night helter skelter on my radio slept in my truck last night and woke up to this cop knockin on my window i tied up this waitress in a hotel room in texas to what used to be the luggage stand the metal thing with four black bands i scratched a peace sign in the skin of her back... gone... long gone how to wear my fear so well a little trick i learned in jail and the picture that burned in my head was you sleeping in my bed i don't know why i killed that girl... gone... long gone well my old man looked like santa claus to me when i was small i was four he left to save the wicked world with god and alcohol i hate that man that doesn't even know his only son is gone... strap me to the killing chair eyes wide open i can't see how all the power in the world will burn this badness out of me gone... long gone
9.
you tell me that I take things much too hard and there is nothing wrong with living like we are you try to ease my mind and I try to believe but it’s starting to feel like a broken heart to me when you tell me lies I know that you mean well but if you know the truth, don’t keep it to yourself you can show me what I’ve been so afraid to see and it’s starting to feel like a broken heart to me and if it’s time…you and I surrender… why are we waiting…so long? I’ve always said my hearts an open door but I won’t let you wander in and out no more I ain’t asking you to turn around and leave but it’s starting to feel like a broken heart to me
10.
My Head 11:21
my hearts a cheap little thing a toy for you to mess with hangs on a plastic chain now pull it the angel smiled at me in german i said “I’m king charming yeah my crowns at home in my good pants” this red-haired woman took me to the milky way we rode the train from osterby to Amsterdam my heart is on my sleeve my head a million miles away i flew too close to the sun icarus was not the only one all this to say I realize i’ve said to much and i would rather be your mirror than your crutch your blood is in my veins my head a million miles away i’m juvenile and delinquent yeah that’s my voice on your machine and i keep running into myself on the way to somewhere else… you’re a genius if you know what the means my head’s a million miles away my heart is on a chain my head’s a million miles away your blood is in my veins my head’s a million miles away

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Gravity
Date of Release -1996 (Dream Circle DCD9626)
Song Tracks
1. Pull Me Under (Lamothe/Ehmig)
2. The Light of You (Lamothe/Sercombe)
3. Blair Mountain (Lamothe/Ehmig)
4. Kevin Was My Cousin (Lamothe)
5. House of the Rising Sun (Traditional)
6. Strongest Man in the World (Lamothe/Halligan)
7. Home (Lamothe/Smotherman)
8. Gone (Lamothe)
9. Starting to Feel (Lamothe/Michel)
10.My Head (Lamothe/Sercombe)
Credits...
Rob Lamothe - Producer
Rob Lamothe, Shelly Williamson, Glen Marshall, Christian Hollingshead, Robin Aube, Nick Brophy, - Engineer, Mixing
Paul Intson, Helge Havw - Mastering
Fran Porter, Shelly Williamson, Rob Lamothe and many others - Photography
Fran Porter - Art Direction, Collage
Artset - Graphic Design/Layout
Rob Lamothe - Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Ukelele, Dulcimer, Organ, Percussion, Bass
Ronnie Ciago - Drums
Spencer Sercombe - Bass
Additional Musicians - Linda Somerville, Tone Valcic, Steve Sinnicks, Dino Verginella, Steve Fuller,
Hess Village Choir

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released January 1, 1996

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The Toronto Star says I am ‘a mercurial artist who slides effortlessly from rustic roots music to soulful country pop to full-blown rock balladry’. Works for me!

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