Villa Maria Road

by Albin Zak

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released 17 October 2013

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Track Name: Freedom Train
Freedom Train

When I go out walking
Down to the water’s edge
I leave all the talking
I go dreaming instead
Dream about the words
That cut to the heart
And keep my head together
While the world breaks apart

I’m gonna walk this crooked highway
Across these waves of grain
I’m gonna take my place
On the freedom train

I remember a big country
A land under the sun
Where a young president
Called for work to be done
Bear any burden
Oppose any foe
Out into a restless world
Together we might go

I’m gonna walk this crooked highway
Across these waves of grain
I’m gonna take my place
On the freedom train

I see many people trying to hold on
Throats a choking on a sad, sad song
Weeping for promises never kept
Reaching for dreams stolen while they slept

Its time to care about your brother
It’s time to care about one another
It’s time to care, it’s just time to care
It’s time to care

New York to California
Sea to shining sea
Come on babe
Come go with me
Maybe living in any little town
We’ll find a real live Jesus
Laying something down
Hey wake up all you hippies
All you rednecks too
Get up offa that thing
Come on see what you can do
We’re gonna find out
At least we gonna try
If there’s anything left here
That money cannot buy

We gonna walk this crooked highway
Across these waves of grain
We’re gonna walk and walk
Through the wind and rain
We gonna talk, we gonna holler
We gonna make it plain . . .
We gonna take our place
On the freedom train
Track Name: Ballad of a Boy
Ballad of a Boy

We watched elephants marching down Main Street
With short little girls on their backs
With sparkles in their hair
We jumped high, reached for the sky
We came right out of our shoes
We had absolutely nothing to lose
We were tumbling and growing
Going anywhere that we pleased
And we watched people flying
With the greatest of ease
The high wire walker took a bow
And you said I’ve seen everything now

We walked on railroad tracks
By the light of the moon
And one night we saw Elvis
Just kind of floating
And I looked at you, you looked at me
Oh we did not know
Should we pray, should we run away
Should we ask him for some do re mi
Then you cried out loud
I’ve seen everything now
I’ve seen everything now

Then we were sent to a foreign land
And our ears were exploding with commands
We could not understand
And the beautiful things that had been our guides
They were not there and you said
I don’t care for this at all
It has no grace or style
I think I’ll just float for a while
I’m going to go and hang out with the clouds
Cause I’ve seen everything now

Memories are bigger than tears
They cover the years
And everything runs into one
A circle completed
Lies good as gold
And I woke up to a quiet morning
In a world grown old
I looked at the sun on the sea and the sand
And in the shimmer I saw a man
And I felt a whisper blow across my brow
It said I’ve seen everything now
I’ve seen everything now
I’ve seen everything now
Track Name: Home
Home

This old filling station
It’s about all that’s left around here
The old men hang around and play 42
And the younger men say someday they’ll drive to salvation
Somewhere down the line
But they always wind up safe in bed
Once they’ve had a few

And some folks call this a one-horse town
Hell there ain’t even one horse around
No cowboys, no rodeo
The years are long and lonesome here
Time hangs heavy in the air
This ain’t nowhere
Except home

I believe there’s legends somewhere in Texas
But they don’t live around here
Maybe somewhere farther down the road
Where the boots are shiny and the whiskey’s good
But if I drink enough of this Lone Star beer
And even if my boots ain’t shit
I see visions and I have no doubt
I’m passing out where brave men stood

And some folks call this a one-horse town
Hell there ain’t even one horse around
No cowboys, no rodeo
The years are long and lonesome here
Time hangs heavy in the air
This ain’t nowhere
Except home

Down at the graveyard
They got some action going on
Another soul faithfully departing
It’s getting so we got more ghosts dead than living
I never did play dominoes
But I’m thinking about starting

And some folks call this a one-horse town
Nothing to do when the sun goes down
No night life, no picture show
You just sit around and watch the moon rise
And rock away in your old rocking chair
Welcome to nowhere
And this ain’t ever gonna be nowhere
Except home
Track Name: All This Life
All This Life

He’s more than a little thick in the middle
But that don’t slow him down
And she ain’t been a queen since she was seventeen
She’s still the best around

Loving all this life, they been
Loving all this life
Loving all this life, they been
Loving all this life

Kids are grown, wild oats been sown
And when the days get long
They climb in their Chevy, they head for the levee
Singing their favorite song

Loving all this life, they been
Loving all this life
Loving all this life, they been
Loving all this life

He sees the sunshine in her hair
The fairest one of all, beyond compare

And when it comes a day
It’s time to say goodbye
And make their separate ways
Across space and time
He’ll look into her eyes
And say babe, it’s been fine
I loved you then and I would love you when
We meet again sometime

Loving all this life, they been
Loving all this life
Loving all this life, they been
Loving all this life
Loving all this life
Track Name: The Way
The Way

She looked in the mirror
The mirror looked back
Neither much liked
What they saw
And it might have been a miracle
But neither of them cracked
They agreed to forgive the flaws

Does anybody know why
Can anybody say
Does anybody know the way

It’s a million times we’ve been here
A million times we’ve gone
Still wonder whether
We’re okay
I’ve scattered crumbs
And told myself
There’s nothing here to fear
And I may believe it some day

Does anybody know why
Can anybody say
Does anybody know the way

Any time, anywhere
Something may go wrong
Some transgression of some law
But if we were to truly
Do the Christian thing
We’d all agree to forgive the flaws

Does anybody know why
Can anybody say
Does anybody know the way
Can anybody show the way
Track Name: A Hobo's Prayer
A Hobo’s Prayer

I been stoned
And I been good
And I will be again
Knock on wood
Sometimes I stumble
Even fall
But I ain’t afraid of nothing
That I can recall

I feel alright
From time to time
Push on through
Leave the waste behind
A bottle of wine
And place on the grass
To lay my head
Close my eyes
Wait for time to pass

Just a little help
Would help you know
I don’t even care where you
Found these pretty lies
I drift away on your lullabies

I drift away, away
I drift away, away, away

Been spending time
Up in the sky
Just look up
You’ll see me
Fly on by
I do my best
To clean up my mess
I mean well
Can’t you tell
Ain’t you listening

Just a little help
Would help you know
I don’t even care where you
Found these pretty lies
I drift away on your lullabies
On your lullabies
Track Name: Sing Your Song
Sing Your Song

Sometimes I’m crispy, sometimes I’m queer
Sometimes I can’t tell if I’m really here
I’m traveling light, ain’t got nobody tonight
I’m filthy I’m sweet, I’m wrong and just right

Let the wind blow through your hair
Sing your song don’t matter where
Make it up as you go along
Everything’s alright
Ain’t even nothing wrong

If I was a carpenter but then again no
If I had a part in the Eminem show
If I was black and you were blue
Who in the world could we sell this to

Let the wind blow through your hair
Sing your song don’t matter where
Make it up as you go along
Everything’s alright
Ain’t even nothing wrong

As I cross over this wide open water
And meet this fine bearded fellow
Say, one question for you
Do I still need these shoes?

Back in the world where the whirlwinds whirl
I walk a million miles thinking bout my girl
Feast or flop I never stop
I’m looking for the last lone record shop

Let the wind blow through your hair
Sing your song don’t matter where
Make it up as you go along
Everything’s alright
Everything’s alright
Make It up
Your own sweet song
Everything’s gonna be alright
Ain’t even nothing wrong
Ain’t even nothing wrong
Track Name: Detroit
Detroit (for Aiyana Stanley-Jones)

These are not days to wish for
We’re just wishing time away
And maybe tomorrow
Maybe someday, by and by
The grace of God will come our way

As the shadows take this town
Little one lay your weary body down
And maybe tomorrow
Maybe someday, by and by
The grace of God will come your way

There she lay
Like the morning dew
Swept away
Into the blue

Try to lift your eyes
Try to lift your voice
Try with all your might to find a reason to pray
While we wait for the grace of God
The grace of God
While we wait for the grace of God
To come our way
Track Name: On a Sylvan Hill
On a Sylvan Hill

There’s places I’ve been
And places I return to
And there’s one place
I love with all my heart
A place in the sun
A place where good things come
And where young things grow
To be strong

On a sylvan hill
Blessed with time
I’m always there
In my mind
In my mind

They tumble in the grass
Fall into dreams
They tumble in the grass
One more time
I can’t see the future
But I feel pretty good
I see a new generation
Standing where I stood

On a sylvan hill
Blessed with time
I’m always there
In my mind
In my mind

Oh my darling
I love so well
Your many graces
Your many charms
And best of all
Your light at the window
Pulling me back
Into your arms

On a sylvan hill
Blessed with time
I’m always there
In my mind
Always there
In my mind
Track Name: It's Fine Outside
It’s Fine Outside

Chasing down the sundown
Past the last lonesome rays
Follow the river
To the end of my days
Get on here with me babe
And hold on tight
Climb up here with me babe
Let’s take a ride
Let’s take a ride
Ease your troubled mind
It’s fine outside

Walk away from all those things
You’ve come to regret
Little by little, as time goes by
We’ll learn how to forget
Get on here with me babe
And hold on tight
Climb up here with me babe
Let’s take a ride
Let’s take a ride
Ease your troubled mind
It’s fine outside
Ease your troubled mind
It’s fine outside
It’s fine outside