River Kids

by Davey Halfbeard

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released October 7, 2016

All songs written and performed by Davey Halfbeard except if and where noted*
Guitar - Martin M-36
Harmonicas - Hohner Special 20 in “G” & Hohner Marine Band in "C"
MIDI Controller - Akai MPK Mini Mk. 2
Mic - Blue Snowball
Software - Garageband
Funding - Nonexistent

*Davey Halfbeard did not write the Star Spangled Banner but he did record the intro to Track #11

Album art by Davey Halfbeard using Procreate/GIMP

Special Thanks to all my friends and family for supporting me through coming to my shows, listening to my songs, making me smile, and carrying me through the sad days. Let’s take a moment in silence to remember Piss the Fish.

Last but not least I’d especially like to thank my mom for encouraging me despite the ear bleeding years of broken tones, rusty strings, and chaotic wailing on a guitar. You live on in my heart. I love you.

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Davey Halfbeard Orono, Maine

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: Coming Home
Drive for miles with the sun in my eyes
Somewhere between Maine and going blind
I flip a switch and the radio screams
Local news with no meaning

Cause it’s you
Oh, it’s you
I’m coming home to

Air on my face and the wind at my back
Counties lost in the states I pass
Salty air puts me back in my place
Like a roundhouse kick to the face

Cause it’s you
Oh, it’s you
I’m coming home to

The sun’s gone down but I still feel blind
I‘ve lost track of the miles behind
On thick air sails in your voice
Saying turn back now like I have a choice

When it’s you
Oh, it’s you
I’m coming home to

When it’s you
Oh, it’s you
Because it’s you
Oh, it’s you-oo-ooo!
I’m coming home to
Track Name: River Kids
I am a child of the river
In a little muddy cistern
My flowers grow

Like a turtle in the thick reeds
Bowing to knotweed
Where the great waters flow

So toss in a flat stone
And I’ll teach you how to set bones
But you must break a few

LET’S GO DOWN TO THE RIVER BY THE STREET
BRING A COW AND CUCUMBERS TO EAT
OH NO, THOSE RIVER KIDS
RIVER KIDS

Out in the wild
Acting like a child
Watching fish wander through

So come to the water
Like a lamb to the slaughter
I’ll steal you too

Go ahead and struggle
I’ll drown you in a puddle
You’ll break like bamboo

LET’S GO DOWN TO THE RIVER BY THE STREET
TAKE A BOW BEFORE YOU TAKE A SEAT
OH NO, THOSE RIVER KIDS
OH NO-O-O-O-HO-WA-OH

LET’S GO DOWN TO THE RIVER BY THE STREET
BRING A COW AND CUCUMBERS TO EAT
OH NO, THOSE RIVER KIDS
OH NO-O-O-O-HO-WA-OH

I am a child of the river
In a little muddy cistern
My flowers grow
Track Name: Fish
I swim in this tank all day
I hear all the things they say
Don’t bite the hand that feeds
It knows all your needs
But how many needs could a fish really have
How many needs could a fish really have

The pebbles and the pillars are my friends
The only ones who don’t get the bends
It’s not so bad down here
But my only real fear
Is dying alone in the end
Is dying alone in the end

But who would’ve thought
I’d be better off
All by myself

I can hear them as they bicker and fight
They scream into middle of the night
They just tap the glass
On their way walking past
And I hope everything is alright
Yeah I hope everything is alright

I don’t think that they understand
How lucky they are to live on the land
They count each breath
Every day until their death
But here I am wishing I was them
And here I am wishing I was them
Track Name: Lying
It’s so nice to be with you
It feels so fresh and so new
So different than what I’m used to
At least that’s what I’d say to you

But when our plans fall through
And we’ve nothing left to do

You watch me with those eyes
Those pearls as blue as the skies
But can’t see past my disguise
And you don’t seem to realize

That when I’m in this bed
I’m so far out of my head

When I’m lying next to you
So far away from the truth
So far away from me and you
I'm lying to you

You ask me what I think
You’re trying to get us back in sync
I can practically hear as your heart sinks
And I wish so hard that you would blink

‘Cause if you closed your eyes real tight
Maybe then you’d see that it’s all trite

Because you don’t even know me
You’re just picking things up slowly
In between the things you show me
In between the things that whoa me

Because when I’m in this bed
I’m so far out of my head

When I’m lying next to you
So far away from the truth
So far away from me and you
I'm lying to you

And the crazy part to this
Is that you love to reminisce
About the old things that you miss
And at the same time you dismiss

That things are not the same
There’s no fire to the flame

‘Cause I feel I’m burning out
The way that things are turning out
And there’s been nothing else but doubt
Except one thing I’m sure about

And that’s when I’m in this bed
I’m so far out of my head

When I’m lying next to you
So far away from the truth
So far away from me and you
I'm lying to you
It’s all fake but you will see
When you’re lying next to me

I’m not who you think that I used to be

When I’m lying next to you
When I'm lying next to you

When I’m lying next to you
So far away from the truth
So far away from me and you
I'm lying to you

When I’m lying next to you
When I'm lying next to you
When I'm lying next to you
I’m lying to you
Track Name: Addison County Blues
Yesterday I walked to my car
Felt the heat rising off the tar
It’s true what they say

I fumble my keys and unlock the door
Next thing I know the pedal’s on the floor
It’s like you’re back in the passenger seat
Windows down so you can hang your feet

From Maine to Vermont and all the way back again
I’ll drive this road until it comes to an end
Our small car is running out of gas
But I won’t know it’s gone til my last chance has passed

I’m gonna stall
I’m gonna brake
All over several states

Now you rest inside of a lake
Where I can swim with you til my lungs start to ache
And it’s true what they say

But when my asthma gets the best of me
I think of you and I breathe easy
I know you’re here when the wind starts to blow
So I hold my breath then I let it go

I had a dream last night that made my blood run cold
I saw my mom and she had grown old
My chambered heart is running out of room
And I won’t know it’s full until a moment too soon

It’s gonna spill
It’s gonna break
All over several states
Track Name: Please Pick The Phone Up
I know it’s getting late, but I’m sitting here wide awake
And I know I’ve made a big mistake
I made a big mistake, so
Please pick the phone up one last time
Don’t leave me hanging on the other end of the line
Please pick the phone up one last time

Waiting here all alone, hoping my cover’s blown
And I talk to the dial tone
I talk to the dial tone, so
Please pick the phone up one last time
While your heart still beats in tune with mine
Please pick the phone up one last time

I need to talk to you, and you don’t wanna talk me
It’s pretty clear to see
It’s black and white to me, but
Please pick the phone up one last time
Don’t leave me hanging on the other end of the line
So please pick the phone up one last time

Please pick the phone up one last time
While your heart still beats in tune with mine
Please pick the phone up one last time
Track Name: Snail
When I get hungry
I eat along
Then I turn around
And I crawl back home

I’m living
In a shell
Or so it seems
Down by the rivers
And down by the streams

I’m tired of the parables
Telling me to eat my vegetables
Gotta eat your vegetables

Take me
Take me away from here
Don’t make me
Cry another tear

I’m making copies of myself
And I hope you will take one
And keep on your shelf

When the whole ground feels a lot like braille
‘Cause baby I’m just a snail
And baby I’m just a snail
‘Cause baby I’m just a snail
Track Name: Franklin County Blues
I am a weathervane on top of a farm
I spin around in the wind and try not to do any harm
‘Cause I don’t know who or what I am
I don’t know who or what I am

I am a rooster crowing up at the morning sky
I scratch at the dirt all day and wonder why
‘Cause I don’t know who or what I am
I don’t know who or what I am

I’m an ear of corn growing midway up the stalk
What good is listening if none of my friends ever talk
‘Cause I don’t know who or what I am
I don’t know who or what I am

I am little worm buried deep into the ground
I like to eat the dirt and try not to make any sounds
‘Cause I don’t know who or what I am
I don’t know who or what I am
Track Name: Alcohome
I wish this car had a fully stocked bar
With a tender that knew me by name

Maybe then I wouldn’t care. I could go anywhere
When the street signs all start to look the same

As I’m crossing each state line I forget which is mine
But I swear that this road takes me home

I wish I could be nowhere at all
I wish I could be nowhere at all
Between the wreckage and a place on your wall

The changing of winds makes my head spin
I’m dizzy and ready to fail

Then I start drinking it feels like I’m sinking
Using my empties to bail

When the sun wakes me up I will crush this red cup
It’s just another bread crumb on the trail

I wish I could be nowhere at all
I wish I could be nowhere at all
Between the wreckage and a place on your wall
Track Name: Fears Cast Aside
All this happened so long ago I can’t remember
How’d we get here, feels like I’m living in December
Days roll by in disguise all around us
Habits form and they start to surround us

It’s far too late to get out now
The years passed us by
And we need to break our vows
With fears cast aside

It’s far too late to get out now
The years passed us by
And we need to break our vows
With fears cast aside

Who’d have thought I’d be drowning myself in your lungs
Silent screaming, words stopped rolling off of my tongue
Hindsight 20/20 is useless
All these accusations are ruthless

It’s far too late to get out now
The years passed us by
And we need to break our vows
With fears cast aside

It’s far too late to get out now
The years passed us by
And we need to break our vows
With fears cast aside
Track Name: September 26 (A Song For Our Lady of Fierce and Swift Liberty)
Pull up a chair and watch the world burn tonight
Grab a cold beer, now the flames are burning bright
And I don’t know when
I don’t know when I’ll see you again

You with your torch, and me with a bag of shit
Maybe we team up and find some targets to hit
Cause I don’t know when
I don’t know when I’ll see you again

If I get rowdy you can put me up on trial
And maybe if I’m you’ll hold me in contempt for a while
Cause I don’t know when
I don’t know when I’ll see you again

But don’t worry I’ll leave the porch light on for you
And when I make coffee I’ll save an extra cup or two
Cause I don’t know when
I don’t know when I’ll see you again
Track Name: Bird
I’m the bird that follows you
Through the dark inside of you
You’re a great big willow tree
Hollow through and through

I’ll build a nest in your branches high
Feel the breeze roll across the sky
Sit and watch the falling leaves
As they learn to fly

No, no, no
No, no, no
No, no, no
No, no

You’re a train on the tracks tonight
The brakes failed and I’m holding tight
I’m terrified for your life
Of what’s down the line

All the thoughts inside your head
Burning and glowing red
You’re furnace full of coal
A fire bound to spread

No, no, no
No, no, no
No, no, no
No, no

A puppy dog, a garden snake
All the nights you lay awake
Seems like a very fair trade
For a promise you can’t break

Try and wait til the sun will rise
Let the sky brighten up your eyes
The world needs one last glow
Before you go

No, no, no
No, no, no
No, no, no
No, no
Track Name: Foggy Mountain Blues
On foggy mountain roads through Vermont
With my cassette tapes of Lord of the Rings
From the BBC, I know just what it means
To be lost
Oh, to be lost
And to be free
To be lost
Oh, to be lost
And to be free

I panic real hard about emergency brakes
And I panic even harder about mountain snakes
If I break down here will I die young tonight?
Or will
I, see
the morning light?
will
I, see
the morning light?

I wave goodbye to the maple trees
I wave goodbye to the things I see
Maybe Danville and Hardwick, too
And I stare
And I swear
I’ll be back soon
And I stare
And I swear
I’ll be back soon
Track Name: Turkey
The Wild Turkey sweats from across the room
I look at the clock and it's only half past noon
I wonder how
I wonder how I got here

And I'm too afraid to check my own phone
I'm afraid I might have called you when I was alone
I wonder how
I wonder how things got so bad

I try to stand up but I fall right back down
Every noise I make is an awful sound
I wonder how
I wonder how you'd look at me

I take it inch by inch and row by row
Even if I had seeds I couldn't make this garden grow
I wonder how
I wonder how the sun will die

I wonder how
I wonder how
I wonder how I got here
Track Name: Hot Blind Earth
When I went to bed, my fish was swimming
In the morning he was dead, the tears started brimming

Had he been there all night? Did he die alone?
And I’ll never feel alright, until I feel it in my bones

I’ll never feed him again, I’ll never clean his tank
And when I get sad now and then, I know I’ll have him to thank

It’s not what he’d want for me, I think he’d want me to smile
I don’t think he wanted to go, but he’d been sick for a while

I feel like a wet seed wild, in the hot blind earth
I feel like an unborn child, waiting for his birth

I’m not sure what comes next, now that you’re gone
When everyone pays their respect, am I supposed to move on?

I’ll miss the way you looked up at me, although I think it was the other way around
I’ll miss the way your eyes reflect mine, once you’re back in the ground

But I know
All the pain is gone, you’re not hurting anymore
But I still wish that we could go back to the way things were before