Old County Style

by Davey Halfbeard

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All songs are written and performed by Davey Halfbeard except if and where noted.

Guitars: Martin M-36 & Yamaha NTX700
Harmonicas: Hohner Marine Band in "C" and "A" & Hohner Special 20 in "D"
Keyboard and Drums: Casio SA-7
Mic: Blue Snowball & Optimus Vox CTR-107 Cassette Recorder
Software: Garageband
Funding: Nonexistent

If you're interested in contacting Davey Halfbeard, contact can be made via carrier falcons. They'll know where to go... or you can email daveyhalfbeard@gmail.com

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released November 7, 2016

This album was written and recorded between late September and October 2016 in various spots. Most prominently, my college dorm. Be it my room in the day or the basement by night, Colvin imparted it's ambience to the tracks.

To whoever is reading these words, I love you with all my heart. You're worth it.

- DHB

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I've seen a thing or two. Hell maybe nine or ten things more. I know what trouble sounds like and it's knocking at your door.

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Track Name: Triumph of the Cicada
In a little hole deep in the frozen ground
I’ll lay in wait, and try not to make a sound
I spent 18 long and dormant years
Trying to make sense out of all the things I feared

Someday I’ll crawl out of this place
And I’ll finally feel sun upon my face
And I’m gonna fight my way to the top
You better believe that I’m not gonna stop
’Til I take first place

I let the rain drops roll right off my wings
And I join in when everyone starts to sing
We’re gonna be free
We’re gonna live our lives
We’re gonna climb trees
And see the sun before we die
But we don’t know when
Track Name: Junkyard Arson Blues
Let’s go to the junkyard
And set the place on fire
Can you feel the heat
Coming off the barbed wire

It cuts and tangles
Everything it can touch
I ask how you’re doing
And you say “not much”

Well that’s the wrong way to answer
What I said
Where have you gone
Inside your troubled head

Oh no

The flames grow tall
But my ego starts to shrink
I look at your eyes
And you hardly blink

I grab your hand
You pull away
We need to leave
The cops are on their way

You’d rather stand there
Than run from the fire
Well don’t you know
That those consequences are mighty dire

Oh no
Track Name: Iowa
In Iowa where the great corn grows
And the grass peaks out from under your toes
You’ll find
You’ll find
You’ll find
You’ll find me there

When buildings fall and roads collapse
When bad habits all start to relapse
When the people snap like a rubber bands
And they all come out with guns in their hands
You’ll find
You’ll find
You’ll find me there

In Iowa

In the rolling hills of Iowa
Where the birds all fly high above
In Iowa where the great corn grows
And the grass peaks out from under your toes
You’ll find
You’ll find
You’ll find me there

In Iowa
Track Name: Calcium White
I got a panic in my bones tonight
The kind of panic that turns me white
I mean it turns me calcium white
I got a panic in my bones tonight

Shallow breathing in a shallow chest
The kind of breathing that feels like death
I mean it really does feel like death
Shallow breathing in a shallow chest

I got a panic in my bones tonight
The kind of panic that turns me white
I mean it turns me calcium white
I got a panic in my bones tonight
Track Name: By the Willows
I can tell you’re not alright
You were covered in bug bites
Even though the moon shines bright
You had a rough time tonight

A bitter taste on your tongue
Labored breathing in your lungs
And even though the night ain’t young
All the owls start to hum

I could tell you closed your eyes
And tried to keep away the flies
Even though the moon shines bright
You had a rough time tonight
Track Name: We Who Were Abducted by Aliens
Do you think we’ll get alive?
Do you think the end is near?
Do you think we’re gonna survive?
Or do you think we’ll die in here?

I don’t think we’ll get out alive.
And I think the end is near.
I don’t think we’re gonna survive.
But my friend there’s nothing to fear.

Do you think they’ll know that we’re gone?
Do you think they’ll know that we died?
Do you think they’ll all move on?
Or do you think they’ll be petrified?

I don’t think they’ll know that we’re gone.
I don’t think they’ll know that we died.
And I think they’ll all move on.
But there’s no-one I’d rather have by my side.
Track Name: Coyote Song
I hear them shouting yeah I hear them scream
It’s a little muffled but I know what it means
They’re coming, They’re coming for me
They’re coming, they’re gonna take my life
And I can’t put out a panic burning this bright
And I freeze

I see their guns and I see their knives
I hope they can’t see the drowning fear in my eyes
It’s raining, it’s raining right now
It’s raining, and I can feel the drops
In this gruesome situation I hope it doesn’t stop
And I breath

I can hardly feel the ground underneath my feet
As I turn a dire turn to make a fast retreat
I’m running. I’m running away
I’m running, with all the strength I have left
And I almost make it out but I’m not quite that deft
And I scream

Now they’ve got me yeah they cut me open wide
And they take out all the organs from my insides
I’m dying, I’m dying out here
I’m dying but this rain feels nice
And maybe on my grave they’ll plant some edelweiss
And I bleed

I bleed, every drop I got
And in my final moments I don’t feel so hot
But I bleed
Track Name: Growing Up & Throwing Up
Maybe someday I will grow up
But I’m not in any rush
And it feels like I’m gonna throw up
And I hope that this toilet will flush
Because these thoughts about the future
They make my stomach feel really sick
And these thoughts they come as intruders
As I watch the clock tick
And I’m scared, I’m scared, I’m scared
Of what the future holds for me
I’m not prepared, prepared, prepared
To go through motions blindly
Does anyone have time to borrow
Until these stupid thoughts go away
I wish tomorrow could stay tomorrow
And that today would stay today
Track Name: Benthos
Day breaks on the crest of a wave
Out here it’s too late to save me
From all that comes
When the sweat fills up your lungs

So I shine, shine, shine
In the colors of a newborn sky
And I shine, shine, shine
With fluorescing and regressing light

Fog burns off in a goodbye kiss
As I sink down low to the blue abyss
And I know they’ll wonder where I went
They’ll wonder where I went

So I shine, shine, shine
In the colors of a newborn sky
And I shine, shine, shine
With fluorescing and regressing light

So I shine, shine, shine
In the colors of a newborn sky
And I shine, shine, shine
With fluorescing and regressing light

So I shine, shine, shine
In the colors of a newborn sky
And I shine, shine, shine
With fluorescing and regressing light

So I shine, shine, shine
In the colors of a newborn sky
And I shine, shine, shine
With fluorescing and regressing light
Track Name: Probably Nothing
I spend my time mostly alone in my room
Trying to fight off the impending sense of doom
Enough is enough is enough

It wouldn’t be so bad if the silence didn’t scream
And If you’re like me you know exactly what I mean
It’s the way these walls learned to talk

And most of the time I do feel alright
The other half of the time my skin feels too tight
And my veins show through my arms

And maybe some day I will leave here
Go down the road and buy gas and then I’ll disappear
Into thin air

But who am I kidding?

I spend my time mostly alone in my room
Staring outside maybe I’ll head out there. Soon
Enough ain’t soon enough
Track Name: Blue Moon
You’re a longshot love and I’m in over my head
In a stream of consciousness
I went to the place I thought I’d have a chance with you
But now I’m here and it’s clear you’re nowhere near
So I’ll wait for you underneath this blue moon

And I’d stand out in this field until I’m soaked with morning dew
It’s what I’d do but only for you
And maybe it’s a shame but I don’t think you’d do the same
Not that I think you think of me
While I wait for you underneath this blue moon

Daylight’s just a few short winding hours away
How long until enough has been enough
But it’s not the first night I’ve lost sleep over you
It’s just another notch in the post of my bed
As I wait for you underneath this blue moon

Maybe you don’t know I’m here and that’s my fault, my dear
Have you come and gone or are you on your way
Take your time but bear in mind this wait’s as bitter as a lime
And I’m in need of something sweet
While I wait for you underneath this blue moon
Track Name: I Guess I Don't Know You
Tucked away in a box labeled 1982
Sits a black and white photograph of you
In this particular picture you’ve got such great big smile
That’s something we haven’t seen in quite a while
But I can’t tell if it the picture make you laugh
And I can’t tell if you’d rip it right in half
I guess I don’t know you

Tucked away in a box labeled 1994
There was a bottle and so much more
I found the papers from the first day we met
I found a bracelet and beaten up cassette
And I wonder “Is it broken like you”?
And I wonder “Does it still play out in tune”?
I guess I don’t know you

And I can’t tell if the tape is running out
And I can’t stop myself from screaming out
I guess I don’t know you
Track Name: Something Like a Memory
The wooden floorboards moan as I float across the room
And the old tape deck hums “Let It Be” so I do
Sometimes all you can do is just laugh at a bruise
And find some humor in all the black and blues

Dust along the frames, all the pictures look the same
Like a boy without a home or a cat without a name
Let’s pray for what we heard in those old forgotten days
The pain slowly fades but the memories stay
And I

I need to say goodbye
One last time
And I need to say goodbye
One last time
Track Name: The Best Things in Life Are Free
When you are feeling down
There’s no need to mope around
Just look around and see
The best things in life are free

When you are feeling down
There’s no need to mope around
Just look around and see
The best things in life are free
Track Name: Loss of the Cicada
I know that you think we’re done for
Like the rusted hinges on a broken door
That the things we’ve done won’t matter anymore
But like those who came before
We’ll rise again
We’ll rise again
We’ll rise again
And we’ll rise again

We’ll shed our skins and leave them behind
As a monument for those who climb
Let’s look at the sky and hope we don’t go blind
But like morning light
We’ll rise again
We’ll rise again
We’ll rise again
And we’ll rise again

We’ll rise again
And we’ll rise again
And we’ll rise again
And we’ll rise again

And we’ll rise and we’ll rise again
And we’ll rise again
And we’ll rise again
And we’ll rise again

And we’ll rise again
And we’ll rise, we’ll rise again