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i am here now

by Rob Lamothe

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1.
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
2.
i stood in the shade of my family tree felt my roots grow 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 army pulling good men down so many children left in tears so many fathers buried here and a mountain of coal up to the sky could 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
3.
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
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
5.
Mantra 03:21
corner of hess and king, i'm thinking 'bout getting my face pierced again, i'm wearing a two dollar coat. i know it's been three thousand four hundred twenty-seven days since i sang a sober note. i need a cup of coffee, i need another beer, i need this super-model to get me out of here. hey yeah... 4:30 in the morning, i'm drunk and i'm driving home. i got every green light from queen street to wellington. i need a cup of coffee, i need another beer, i need this tattooed devil to get me out of here. hey yeah, hey yeah... bruise under the skin, something gives again... by the murderous light of morning, my hands look like my fathers'. i need my medication, i need another beer, i need this voodoo bullshit to get me out of here. hey yeah, hey yeah, hey yeah...
6.
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
7.
walk through the market, reach the last stall awning is cranked down as the rain starts to fall two pounds in my pocket enough for one meal but hunger is replaced by the gleam of the steel by the time the first drops fall it’s tucked in my shirt back at the hostel my brain starts to hurt drawn from the scabbard, it shines in the dark with bloody hands and damp with dew I wake in the park there again, the saracen blade cutting down to the clearing i made a clear cut through veils of mystery i’ve laid girl’s faces inlaid in the hilt of the knife this blade is the master of my saracen life some die in the riots of faith some disappear in the confusion of crowds some are crushed under their own weight and some from the silence as the music plays loud I don’t lay blame on the knife cutting down to the clearing i’ve made a clear cut through veils of mystery i’ve laid girl’s faces inlaid in the hilt of the knife this blade is the master of my saracen life
8.
Ship Song 05:03
hotel winston room 303, amsterdam and me i'm high raphael playin guitar in the dark scared of a man with one good eye now i'm on the road from kamp-lintfort to cologne, there's cows on the bridge i'm a long way from anywhere 240 miles from an island off the eastern canadian coast where the unsinkable did the unthinkable she went down she went down these thing i know the world's not flat it's round and riding on a turtle's back and my black mood is causing the weather i know i will always be 240 miles from an island off the eastern canadian coast where the unsinkable did the unthinkable she went down, she went down like some big old rusty whore, lyin there covered in blue tonight i'm on that island, i'm floating in the water tonight my heart is on that ship with you i make paper airplanes for my four year old he's pretty sure it's magic rosemary tells me the moon is in leo so i'm doubly charismatic and i sang my children to sleep again tonight i swear i'm the king of the world i swear i'm the king of an island, off the eastern canadian coast where the unsinkable did the unthinkable she went down, she went down like some big old rusty whore lyin there covered in blue tonight i'm on that island i'm floating in the water i'm sinking in the water i am breathing in the water
9.
Misery 04:09
misery does not love company she prefers to be alone and if she could use a strong hand or comfort in a crowd she will never say the words outloud i remember us laughing at the rain and your face turned towards the sky you were ready for anything the end of the world the beginning of this day but there's so many words that you won't say when i want to fight you you will let me win when i'm cold i can live in your skin when i'm high you won't let me fall but you don't want anything at all and you don't need anything at all tell me everything will be all right just as soon as you are good enough the mirror you look in won't tell you the truth onyt lies now say this to yourself a thousand times step away from your shadow where your heart can shine and you can give me back mine
10.
waiting by the window wishing we could go outside this old house is feeling so small, there's no place for our thoughts to hide the city streets they shine like glass, we sit and watch the world go past i wish my words would comfort you, turn these grey skies into blue such a sad story, written on your face won't you smile for me darling and chase the clouds away child it's raining all over not just on you and me and when it's raining all over you're the only sunshine i need we'll make the most of this lazy day, close our eyes and sleep trouble away and we'll dream ourselves into a faraway land, just in time to see the sunrise again child it's raining all over not just on you and me and when it's raining all over you're the only sunshine i need high in the heavens the sun shines bright even on this stormy night i will rock you in my arms i will feel the wonder of your heart for every moment we spend this way i thank the stars for rainy days child it's raining all over not just on you and me and when it's raining all over you're the only sunshine i need
11.
Home 04:34
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
12.
Pennsylvania 04:30
pennsylvania i can hear you crying in your sleep i’m begging you help me get through give me something i can keep i’m just trying to hold on this pain is tearing at my heart pennsylvania i love you will you play your part there’s a place in my heart i’m saving for you but only if you want me to i’ll love you forever you can believe it and i’ll believe it too tonight i hear your laughter on the line i’m smiling right back at you and i would die for you tonight that’s the least i could do maybe i’ll find love somewhere down the line maybe all these memories will fade in time i’ll go on looking for the next rhyme i made you laugh i made you cry but i could not hold on to you i know that i’ve been living my own lies you know the last three lines are too true i’m just trying to hold on this pain is tearing me apart pennsylvania can you tell me where i left my heart maybe i’ll find love somewhere down the line maybe all these memories will fade in time i’ll go on looking for the next rhyme
13.
12 Moons 04:33
drive me to some distant solar system i'll sing in the back seat of your car i'm the last one to recognize the irony of a black hole swallowing a shooting star it pains me to spin through this killing blue i can only wait here for you twelve moons of jupiter, no sign of the sun orbit is graceful, like a monkey with a gun it pains me to spin through this killing blue i can only wait here i am not your bloody supernova burning like a billion suns i am not your bloody supernova if you lose the invisible light, will you x-ray my soul i know how to use my fist, i don't know what this heart is for it pains me to spin through this killing blue i can only wait here (X 3)... for you...

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Date of Release -1999 (ADMM rlhn)
Song Tracks
1. Strongest Man in the World (Lamothe/Halligan) 3:47
2. Blair Mountain (Lamothe/Ehmig) 4:13
3. The Light of You (Lamothe/Sercombe) 3:21
4. Kevin Was My Cousin (Lamothe) 2:58
5. Mantra (Lamothe) 3:19
6. Pull Me Under (Lamothe/Ehmig) 3:24
7. Saracen Blade (Daley) 4:52
8. Ship Song (Lamothe) 5:01
9. Misery (Lamothe) 4:07
10. Raining All Over ( Lamothe/Ehmig) 5:10
11. Home (Lamothe/Smotherman) 4:32
12. Pennsylvania (Lamothe/Brophy) 4:28
13. 12 Moons (Lamothe) 4:33
Credits...
Rob Lamothe - Producer
Robin Aube, Nick Brophy, Paul Intson - Engineer, Mixing
Robin Aube, Nick Brophy, Paul Intson - Mastering
Fran Porter, Lisa Winn, Rob Lamothe - Photography
Fran Porter - Art Direction
Tharme Design -Graphic Design/Layout
Rob Lamothe - Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Ukelele
Danny Lockwood - Drums
Paul Intson - Bass
Lisa Winn - Harmony Vocals, Penny Whistle
Zander Lamothe - Harmony Vocals
Additional Musicians - Ronnie Ciago, Spencer Sercombe, Adam Alex

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released January 1, 1999

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Rob Lamothe Ontario

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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