Army of Dreamers (2003, album)

by Paul Sprawl

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Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered in 2003 at Sutton Sound with Rick Sutton engineering.

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released April 1, 2003

Paul Sprawl - guitar, voice, harmonica
Freebo - tuba
Jaia Suri - voice

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Track Name: Stranger
1.
I feel like a stranger
No place in this world
No place to belong

~chorus~
Just another rolling stone
Nothing really wrong

2.
I was born and raised here
In the land of the brave and free
It takes a busload of faith these days
If you want any liberty

~chorus~
Yeah we got our choice of commodities
Fifty different kinds of coke

-bridge-
God bless America
United we stand
Thank you for shopping
Come again

repeat 1.
I feel like a stranger
No place in this world
No place to belong

~chorus~
Just another rolling stone
Nothing really wrong
Track Name: Army of Dreamers
1.
We wanna live
Not afraid to die
Won't take comfort as a bribe
To live these lies
We won't trade our complicity
For this phoney freedom and democracy

~chorus~
We're an army of dreamers
Fighting to see
Through the fog that is everywhere
Imagine there's no enemy
Only you and me

2.
Our strength is truth and beauty
With its peace and love and discontented happiness
In the struggle with greed and avarice
And its poverty or mediocrity at best

~chorus~
We're an army of dreamers
Fighting to see
Through the fog that is everywhere
Imagine there's no enemy
Only you and me

-bridge-
Where are we
In the place called the land of the free
Isn't it closer on the spectrum
To an empire of hate than a new Jerusalem

3.
We're thriving unprotected
Under the radar, underground
Escaping the numbing anaesthetics
Energize the neocortex
Take another look around

~chorus~
We're an army of dreamers
Fighting to see
Through the fog that is everywhere
Imagine there's no enemy
Only you and me
Track Name: Happily Discontented Man
1.
Old man told me
Keep in choppin' that wood
Swing that axe son
Swing it good
You can stoke the fire
With that wood

2.
My girlfriend's daddy
he's got a little bit of trouble with me
He says I'm a dreamer
He says I got cockamamie schemes
Just one thing I wanna tell him
It never bothered me

3.
He drives a Lexus
I got a beat-up old van
He owns two houses
I'm just doin' the best I can
Well, I'm a happily discontented man

repeat 1.
Old man told me
Keep in choppin' that wood
Swing that axe now
Swing it good
You can stoke the fire
With that wood
Track Name: Angel at the Chevron
1.
Focus and concentrate
Decide to elevate
Motivate, discipline
Stretch it out before you look within
Pull it up and pass it around
Use it up before you bring it down
Talking about a wage slave
One that got away
One that will get away
Talkin' about a better place
And a better day
Talkin' about how to get there

~chorus~
Traveling on a path with heart
The end is no more important than the start

2.
Next time you get to the head of the line
And they ask you if you want
Paper or plastic
Tell 'em I got my own bag
Yeah I broght my own bag
I got my own bag this time
Don't cut down that tree
Let the landfill be
I got my own bag this time
Got my own bag, I got my own bag
Own bag, own bag this time

~chorus~
Traveling on a path with heart
The end is no more important than the start

3.
Nick's a drinkin' man
He's got no hands
Just two metal hooks to hold a beer can
Got a sense of style like a Texas smile
Drinkin' hard in the graveyard
Boots of black hair slicked back
Cowboy shirt wants another six back
Look at that lost dog at the gas station
So worried and confused
Sadly doesn't know where to go
Lookin' for an angel
Lookin' for an angel at the Chevron

~chorus~
Understanding and tenderness
Peace and love and happiness

4.
Elder bluesman Chicago African
Smoke and drank through the night
Made the music when the day began
Dust and electricity, weeds catchin' on fire
Two velvet balloons strung up there
On the telephone wire
Timbuktu turning back to dust
Manhattan steel gonna rust
If it stands that long
I feel like a bathtub full of sand
Workin' hard here
In the broken promised land
Track Name: Jesus was a Hobo
~chorus~
Jesus was a Hobo
Restless preacher man
Hop a train and off he'd go
Never workin' for the man

1.
Mississippi Fred hop a freight train
Jesus went along
They picked cotton out in Texas
Mississippi Fred went home

~chorus~
Jesus was a Hobo
Restless preacher man
Hop a train and off he'd go
Never workin' for the man

2.
Jesus went out to Tombstone
Had a wife and three sons
People gathered round him
He died young

~chorus~
Jesus was a Hobo
Restless preacher man
Hop a train and off he'd go
Never workin' for the man

3.
Jesus was a Hobo
Church was not his thing
He couldn't take the lyin'
Like to play blues harp and sing

~chorus~
Jesus was a Hobo
Restless preacher man
Hop a train and off he'd go
Never workin' for the man

4.
Jesus was a Hobo
Wore the same clothes everyday
You could smell him comin'
Wouldn't let him stay

~chorus~
Jesus was a Hobo
Restless preacher man
Hop a train and off he'd go
Never workin' for the man

Jesus was a Hobo
Track Name: Recon
1.
Recon
Making his way
Montana with a backpack
His thumb out
North of Denver
Picked him up
Headed north

~chorus~
Recon
Nine years on the road
Ever since his wife died
says I was a little crazy
I'm better now

2.
Recon
Was a Marine
A sniper for the USA
He killed
In 18 countries
18 countries for the USA

~chorus~
Recon
Been nine years on the road
Ever since his wife died
says I was a little crazy
I'm better now

3.
We turned west
Towards the great salt lake
Rode into the sunset
Singing King of the Road
We stopped at a Wyoming truck stop
He wandered off into the night

~chorus~
Recon
Been nine years on the road
Ever since his wife died
says I was a little crazy
I'm better now

4.
He returned
In the morning
With coffee and a smile
Recon
sang lots of songs
Bob Seger, Cat Stevens and Elton John

~chorus~
Recon
Been nine years on the road
Ever since his wife died
says I was a little crazy
I'm better now

-bridge-

5.
As we drove on
He told a story
'Bout the last time he drank in a bar
Had a table, a bottle of whiskey
There was a fight
Four people died

~chorus~
Recon
Been nine years on the road
Ever since his wife died
says I was a little crazy
I'm better now

6.
Recon
Was a POW
In the Phillipines for six years
He escaped
After gaining their trust
He killed all his captors

~chorus~
Recon
Been nine years on the road
Ever since his wife died
says I was a little crazy
I'm better now

7.
Recon
Met Tom Waits
On a drunk
In New Mexico
Was flying a sign
On the roadside
They talked
Went on their way

~chorus~
Recon
Been nine years on the road
Ever since his wife died
says I was a little crazy
I'm better now

8.
Recon
Lookin' for a job
As a short order cook
In Montana
Had a greasy package
Of beef jerky
He liked to eat it
But the ants did not

~chorus~
Recon
Been nine years on the road
Ever since his wife died
says I was a little crazy
I'm better now
Track Name: No Clue
1.
Need a vision of the future
Some kind of way to go
Take a few little risks
Get out of this comfort zone

~chorus~
We know how to do things
Just don't know which things to do
We got so much knowledge
When it comes to wisdom
Got no clue

2.
I read On Walden Pond
Sitting by an apartment complex pool
On my lunchbreaks from a place
Looked more like a prison or factory than a school

~chorus~
We know how to do things
Just don't know which things to do
We got so much knowledge
When it comes to wisdom
Got no clue

-bridge-

repeat 1.
Need a vision of the future
Some kind of new way to go
Take a few risks
Get out of this comfort zone

~chorus~
We know how to make things
Just don't know which things to make
But it doesn't bother us
It's like we're sleeping while we're awake
Track Name: Mr. Jones' Game
1.
Money in the pocket
Sun gettin' high
Work all finished
World rushing by

2.
Grind doesn't make it
Can't last too long
Turn my life sour
Ruin all the sweet songs

-bridge-
Gonna sit right here
In this rockin' chair
Watch them playin' Mr. Jones' game

repeat 1.
Money in the pocket
Sun gettin' high
Work all finished
World rushing by
Track Name: Balmorhea
1.
Blow the sage smoke in the sound hole
Dust devils in the desert
Blow the sage smoke in the sound hole
Dust devils in the desert
Blow the sage smoke in the sound hole
Dust devils in the desert

On the way to Balmorhea today
Dust devils in the desert
On the way to Balmorhea today

2.
Dust devils in the desert
Under the thunderbird
Dust devils in the desert
Under the thunderbird
Dust devils in the desert
Under the thunderbird

Lightning and hard rain
Under the thunder bird
Lightning and hard rain
In the desert

fourth month, second year, 21st century

3.
Under the thunderbird
Blow the sage smoke in the sound hole
Under the thunderbird
Blow the sage smoke in the sound hole
Under the thunderbird
Blow the sage smoke in the sound hole

Blow the sage smoke in the sound hole
On the way to Balmorhea today
Blow the sage smoke in the sound hole
Track Name: Inspiration
1.
Like a weed
Growing up through the cracks
You can't stop it
Can't stop all of it

2.
No amount of cash
Will guarantee
It's arrival
Its arrival

~chorus~
Inspiration
Tell the story
Inspiration
Without a plan
Inspiration
Get it where you can

3.
As important as
Our survival
Is this connection
With the mystery

~chorus~
Inspiration
Tell the story
Inspiration
Without a plan
Inspiration
Get it where you can

-bridge-

repeat 1.
Like a weed
Growing up through the cracks
You can't stop it
Can't stop all of it

~chorus~
Inspiration
Tell the story
Inspiration
Without a plan
Inspiration
Get it where you can