Mythical songs of a boy, his mother and his first love

by Julianne Mason

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released September 27, 2012

Piano and Vocals: Julianne Mason
All Songs Written by Julianne Mason
Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Phil Petrie
Album Cover Photo by Secil Cornick

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Track Name: Oh, Mother
Oh mother the sky above this city has been my canopy
One hundred thousand million lights have all been watching over me
And when I have stumbled from train to running train
My boots have felt the warmth of your pavement in the hard cold rain

You have cultivated perfectly a garden of desire
That grows with each new plant that braves your thorny edges and barbed wire
And all the gods and ancient heroes I have dreamed of in my mind
Mother, you have built the backdrop in front of which their children come alive

You held me in your arms as I stacked myself up high
You held me on the island with your rivers of love flowing at my side
Your hands held me
The tunnels of your lungs shook me
When I trace the outline of the skyline
Every building the vertebrae on your spine
I know I know
That you are my prison
And God is on my side
And I am in the right
And I will escape
Every time
Track Name: Take Your Heavy Heart
Build your cities eight miles high
Take your plans from your enemies’ minds
Make yourself into anything
But you can’t win
When you make shadows out of every inch that you get
And treat every easy woman you’ve had as an accomplishment

When I drive I drive all night long
I leave whole mountains in my dust before the dawn
And when the sun comes up, I’m thirsty still
I'd drink from you and drink from you, my nourishment and my thrill

Take your heave heart
Put it in my arms
I’m a lonely boy, I’m a lonely boy
And that’s as close to free as you’ll get
So come and walk this wilderness with me, unconquered yet

The night I left, I saw a claw in the sky
White skeleton fingers, tore at the face of the sunlight
As it dipped beneath her shadow
And pulled me from the start
Was that your voice from out west
Who corralled these dead cowboys in a smoke ring around my heart

Come and run with me, or I’ll run with you
When I first saw you in your little cotton dress, my soul turned blue
And god must have mistook me for the sky
Because he said, boy, she’s laid her body out under you, you better make it rain
And shine

Take your heavy heart
Put it in my arms
I’m a lonely boy, I’m a lonely boy
And that’s as close to free as you’ll get
So come and walk this wilderness with me, unconquered yet
Track Name: I Hadn't Even Surfaced Yet
I hadn’t even surfaced yet, we hadn’t even met
I was tied up in this harbor, with all my cargo still on deck
And I thought by you that’s what I meant, all that cargo I was carrying on my deck

I laid in my bed, floating
This big belly of a ship, swaying and moaning
Her tummy bulging, creaking and moaning

The waves, are the hands that your god gave
But without me you’d be just a prisoner of his sea
Come on up and lay your little body on the beach
What’s in this wild world that tempts you out of my reach
Is no enemy of me child, so you never need to leave

You and I both know at night, the floor and the ceiling of this harbor have stars
Oh baby up in the night, they are ours

You’re on this ship with me, asleep in my tummy
I’ve got money on that, we don’t go back

The waves, are the hands that your god gave
And it may feel like they know you better than me
But these vines I’ve got them coiled tight around your knees
And the roots are in deep

I’ve got you, I’ve got you, I’ve got you
Forget the glue
I carry you
Track Name: Where I Am
Where I am
You can find me
One mile back
In Indian Territory
Half of my body is there
Half of my body is in
The other half lies waiting
On the road
On the road
Where the sun shone

Where I am
You can find me
Out on the road, you turn
Indian country
Where I am
You can see me
No cotton or tobacco fields
Only lonely prairie
Only you, lonely

Where I am
You can find me
Just grab hold of my arm and follow my body
You take your hands
They had forgotten how to use me

Where you hare
You can see me
I’m right here
Need your mouth to free me
Need your hands
Need your face
To see me

Who rides in
Throws his hat to the wind
He is careless, not timid
My wildfire friend

And whose hair
Has the wind been running her fingers in
You step out of your car
And wipe the dust from your chin
Yes careless, not timid
Tell me where you’ve been
My wildfire friend

Where I am
You can find me
Have you seen me?
They’ve tied my body
One half in
The other lying here waiting
On the road
The sun shone
Where I am, you can see me
Just need your mouth
To help free me
Need your hands
Need your face
To see me

I can hear your car coming
I can hear your engine running
I can hear your car coming
Feel the gravel shaking
Hear your engine running
Where I am you can see me
I just need your hands to help free me
Half of my body
Half of my body
Is in
The other half, waiting
Out on the road
Where the sun shone
I can hear your car coming
I can hear your engine running
Track Name: I've Been in Stranger Lands Than This
I’ve been in stranger lands than this
Stranger hearts than yours have knocked on my door
Came to me, to be cared for
Whose heart doesn’t want to be cared for?

I’ve never seen, only dreamed
Of a sky so clear
So many stars
To match my heart
It’s so big, I’ll make friends with it

You’re afraid of where I’m at, afraid I won’t make it back
I could never read a map
But I’m out tonight, listening
To the way the grass and the wolves sing
I can hear them harmonizing

See her body tracks
See where your tires were at
I can feel the gravel in my hand
She was ready, to be cut in half

I’m here
I’m coming back
This is it
Where the wildflowers laugh
Oh, dear girls, I’m coming back
I’m coming back
My boy, I’m coming back
In her whispers
In her laughs
I’m coming back
Track Name: Snakes are Just Breakfast for the Eagles
Snakes are just breakfast for the eagles
And you, you are an eagle

Here, where I have come up to the surface and rolled over with my stomach bare
I wonder, who is that diver, that magician on the air

So when you take me across this flat land
to play with the thing I think your god may never understand

Underneath that white oak tree
I laid it all out for the sky to see

It was evening time, the sun going down
I'd turn myself purple and green
just to be the body that brings you on down to me

So what can you take from me
Beyond my horizon lies infinity
And you can take and change and cover me
But I'm alive in what you taste and feel

There's nobody else, There's nobody else
You think I caught my leg in this fence just to turn around and free myself
There's nobody else, There's nobody else

And when I have finally given in, and when I have finally given in
That's where you and I begin

Snakes are just breakfast for the eagles
And you, you are an eagle

My heart is free, My soul is free
And everything that you see is me
So when you fly through the sky
And I am shaking, and I am waving, and I am running
Just to catch your eye
Come on down and see
Come on down to me
I tell you, my heart is free
Track Name: In an Empty House
Before the dark, into the early evening
Those ghosts from when I was a little girl, are seeping through the ceiling
I hold you for a long time
Help me to brave
The shadows that cross these mighty plains
Over my lifetime

In an empty house, on a stormy afternoon
My pinned up hair is the Mississippi
when I'm with you

So call out for her, call out for her
I've heard her time, is fading away

With your black streaked eyes you can see the rain
With your whiskey breath, you can open the sky
When you speak my name

Before the dark, into the early evening
Those ghosts from when I was a little girl are seeping through the ceiling
I hold you for a long time
Help me to brave
The shadows that cross these mighty plains
Over my lifetime
Track Name: Ghost on the Water
Ghost on the water you should talk to me
I'm not keeping safe anything
But maybe there is just one place for me
To grow my colors along the stream
And wrap my legs around loosely

Don't be afraid, don't be afraid
Maybe I have rushed you to say the things I say
But I will be the ground when you look away
And I don't beg for what doesn't stay
But I remain
I won't take away
Track Name: The Sun Rose its Red Eye on Me Today
The sun rose its red eye on me today
I'm already one hundred miles ahead of where you lie sleeping away
When you wake up you'll be hungry, hungry for my love

I collect to my right and to my left
What I need, and what I don't I do forget
Don't think that what I took from you has left me yet

You have no concept of this fire that burns on the water
You gave me the wrong name and loved me like a father
Look to him now, to build your alter
Or your flowers and your grasses, become warehouses and ashes
And the ghosts in your mind, are your lovers in time
You don't need what you never needed before I arrived

Behold your sky my ancient son
And she will try to pull you in
But you were not made to be undone
So go on now, go, go and be a new one
Track Name: You Went and Your Mother Came
You went, and your mother came
I stand here looking at her though yesterday I walked the hills above her grave
I know her face, I know her face
This ghost who has your eyes, but suffers my fate

I'd travel too, just to talk to you
I'd travel too, beneath the blue
And be reminded of what I know
His reigning heavens and my empty house below

What you chase at the front of your head
Does not look back on the skin it sheds
And I know that, to be true
You are to you, to you, an only son when the earth falls through

And it's courage, courage
So you should ride a horse
And on its chest, will shine your force
And your spirit in its wild hair
that and the wind are all you need to deliver you there

Yes, it's courage, courage
That shines black in the night
Reflecting back the steady starlight
And on a horse you'll leave them behind
For the dead are waiting on a cautious soul to help them rise

And I, who am I?
Just a host of a woman you made cry
And she would have ridden at your side
But her heart was too heavy
And you need to fly