Don't Take Off

by Wise Old Moon

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released November 1, 2015

Produced by Wise Old Moon & Andrew Oedel at Northfire Recording Studio in Amherst, MA.

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Track Name: Don't Take Off
Out driving on a Wednesday night, something tells me that I'm not feeling alright, no no I'm not alright
Lovers quarrel you could call it a fight, you could call it whatever the hell you like, no I'm still not right

Don't take off if you can't look down
Try not to give up if you hit the ground

Wrong way down a one way street, ain't got no time but there's some places that I want to see, and people that I want to be
Dead end she's in the passenger seat, I move on closer, she grabs ahold of me, oh no this just can't be

Don't take off if you can't look down
Try not to give up if you hit the ground
Track Name: Losing Speed
My momma said right before I left town again, "baby don't go down south, how long are you gonna run away from yourself?
I figured it out about that time, I'm not sure which time, it was all the advice that I needed it just didn't make sense 'till now

I am so far from what I know and I've been riding that train wherever it goes, sometimes I think that I live for it, that loss of control
I know momma said that there was nowhere to go, but when I look at the land and I watch it all roll, I forget what she told me and I don't care where I'm going

And I watch the world as it passes by me
Everything keeps moving, moving too fast to see
You can't stop a train once it reaches this speed
But its alright momma, I've got a window seat

Was it something she said or it might have been a note left on the table, she's been gone for a week I just didn't want to be the one to call first
And I figured it out right about that time, I'm never sure which time, I got down on my knees and I said please don't ever give up on us

Now I am so far from what I know, I've been riding that train wherever it goes, sometimes I think that I live for it, that loss of control
I know momma said that there was nowhere to go, but when I look at the land and I watch it all roll, I forget what she told me and I don't care where I'm going

One more time for the people that can't be reached
One more time for the people, the people in need
One more time can someone please tell me, why this train keeps moving, and I keep losing speed
Track Name: When It Rains It Pours
I've got a little bit of money after paying all my bills
And I've been walking around town, looking for a cheap thrill
Just wondering what am I going to do with myself
I think life's pretty funny with a stomach full of pills
Then I'm stumbling down and the pain's never healed
And I've got a million stars to prove it sitting on my shelf

The summer never seems to end around here, but the winter can't come soon enough this year
I'm always looking down cause when it rains, it pours
My neck it always hurts and I don't know what for

I've got this old guitar and a notebook to fill
And every song I write's about something I've felt
1000 times along the road
I've got a whole lot of heart and no reason to steal
Everybody I know seems to think I'm not real
I tell them that's not true, you've met me before

The summer never seems to end around here, but the winter can't come soon enough this year
I'm always looking down cause when it rains, it pours
My neck it always hurts, and that's what the doctor is for
Track Name: Separate Lives
I ask you how do you feel about it and you tell me that you feel alright
I ask you how you really feel about it and you tell me that you'll be just fine

Come on and tell me all about it, I know we're living separate lives
Come on and tell me all about it and I think it will be alright

Darling please don't ignore me I know everything is not alright
I can look the other way if it helps you get to sleep at night
I think I can live without it, the fever dreams and restless nights
Still clinging to the sentiments and fragments and wishing you were really mine

I remember how it felt when I first met you, but I can't remember what you said
I saw your face and I felt your presence when I should have just been listening

Come on and tell me all about it, I know we're living separate lives
Come on and tell me all about it and I think it will be alright
Track Name: Denver To Charlotte
I guess I woke up again this morning
And you weren't there at all
I looked out a dirty window pane, the rising sun was all I saw
I think I might run away from here, see this country and get real far
But I know that in the end my dear, I'm gonna end up where you are

When she left she took my money, she took everything I wanted
When I went to find the whiskey all I got was an empty cupboard

I've been trying to find the words to say
Been getting closer and you get further away
I rub my eyes and wipe the sleep away
Been dreaming about all the roads I did not take

If I stop and I see you tomorrow,
I know I'm gonna do something I don't want to
It's a long, long way between Denver and Charlotte
I know I can't pass right through
Cause when's the last time I had any shot at,
Sitting in the same room with you
I guess I'm gonna see you tomorrow
I just hope, I just hope we don't do something we don't want to

When she left she took my money
She took everything I wanted
When I went to find the whiskey
All I got was an empty cupboard
Track Name: Kid With A Camera
I once knew this little kid and he had a camera
The camera had no film
He went around taking pictures anyways
The pictures, they were just for him
One day that kid grew up and he knew the pictures weren't real
So he went down to the gas station and he grabbed himself some film
He put it in his camera and he looked down through the lens
He saw the world through it

That kid was all grown up, he was old enough to be called a man
Some people started saying, "man those pictures really ain't so bad
Then that same kid went around the world chasing people cars and things
I even seen his pictures on the fronts of magazines
One day I got a postcard with a picture from the kid
In his hands he had the camera, yeah the one without the film
He saw the world through it

He stared life right in the face, he took with him what he saw
And all he ever carried was his camera and his heart
That kid with the camera had the eye right from the start
He saw the world through it
He saw the world through it
Track Name: I Know What You're Made Of
I know what you're made of and I know it's nothing that I can't fall to the ground
Take off that runny make-up and undo your hair so that it all falls down
You know you've got it, you know you've got it going on
And I can tell, I can tell that there's something wrong

I don't know what you told me but I know it's nothing that I can understand
Please stop laughing at me I just can't live up to your harsh cold, cold demands
All a plan, it was all a plan to get you off of my mind
Can't condemn, cause I'm the one that had you in my sights

I had you in my sights, I had you in my mind
Track Name: Skyscrapers
I grew up in the heart of a shining city
I hadn't seen the stars in my whole life
The night that I left town it looked so damn pretty
I slept outside just to make up for all the lost time

Skyscrapers taking flight
I still look up almost every night
But I miss the glow from the traffic lights

Sometimes time makes sense but its a delicate thing
That I cannot maintain, cause it's always chasing me
Please let me turn back time just a couple more days
I swear I'll change, these stars have set me free

I've been wrapped up in the glow all my life, I never stopped to wonder whether day turns to night
I've been coming up in the city on a digital high
I've been sitting out in this field counting my last days down on one hand
Time is wasting, time is taking me for a ride

Skyscrapers taking flight
I still look up almost every night
But I miss the glow from the traffic lights
Track Name: Life & Press
He was never not stoned, but he was always on time
He had a history of running away from all the things that made him pent up inside
Now he's lying face down with the police surrounding him
It turns out that running away was all it took to do Freddy in

Been running away again, we can't seem to face our sins
They'll say don't you go running to fast you stupid kids
We've got to get out of here, like outside this atmosphere
Just don't reach down for your waistband or they'll shoot to kill

He was never on time, I heard he chain-smoked cigarettes
I heard he grew up in the projects, at least that's what the paper said
Now Freddie's doing hard time, the hardest time a young man could get
His body's shining in the light as a martyr for the national press
He was such a great guy, yeah that's what the neighbors said
But I've been having a hard time finding out where they printed that
That's life and press, lies and death
Now Freddy is on the run and we know he's not coming back
Track Name: I'm Not Coming Home
Watch the sunrise all you want to do is go home
As the buzz dies down she's thinking about you come home
Hard to come by love when your only friend is the road

I hear that song on the radio
I hear those words that we used to know
I pulled that car to the side of the road
I called your house but you weren't home
I got back in the car and I hit the road
Just kept on driving turned up radio

I slow down sometimes the highway still continues to glow
I try to drive a straight line but there's a curve in the road
I've been running, running out of places to go

You can find me parked out by the side of the road
People passing me by, I don't have nowhere to go
Watch the sunset, all you want to do is go home

I'm not coming home...
Track Name: Play It Back
I found your love at the bottom of a cold lonely heartbreak
It was sitting there behind a half empty bottle of whiskey
Someone once told me that love's what you see in all the movies
But I ain't never seen any movie show it like this

Play it Back, hit rewind one more time
The old Cadillac, backseat loving on my mind
On my mind

The first house on the right, that's the one I grew up in
I spend many a sleepless night just dreaming of nothing
Somewhere inside that dark house lies the shell of a woman
Oh, she's been there before and she'll be there until we come hom

Play it Back, hit rewind one more time
The old Cadillac, backseat loving on my mind
On my mind

One more time, one more time, one more time
Play it back