Dirt Roads (2002, album)

by Paul Sprawl

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about

Dirt Roads, recorded and made available to the public in Spring of 2002, was my first recording written while traveling.

credits

released April 2, 2002

Paul Sprawl - voice, guitar, harmonica
Jaia Suri - voice
Jeff Gilkinson - cello
MJ - percussion

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license

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Track Name: Vagabond Witness
1.
Don't worry too much 'bout the future
I think it take care of itself
Birds in the field
They do what they do
They don't lose sleep or wreck their health
2.
Five young Kurdish kids from Iraq
Come bummin' breakfast cereal the other day
They were ditchin' school together
It was a little bit sad
But they made me laugh
I was glad they came my way

~chorus~
Vagabond Witness
Wandering down a dirt road
Vagabond Witness
Nowhere and everywhere is home

3.
Hope to stay here tonight
Got some new strings on the dreadnaught
I'm parked here on the dirt outskirts
of this giant-sized Truckstop parking lot
4.
Make some dinner in the twilight
Tonight there's no other place to be
In three week's time
I get to see my sweetheart
Get the pleasure of her fine company

~chorus~
Vagabond Witness
Wandering down a dirt road
Vagabond Witness
Nowhere and everywhere is home

-bridge-
5.
Bag of ice for the cooler
Got some rice and black beans
Pita bread for a tortilla
Tomatoes, lettuce, and an onion green
6.
Hear the cricket calls
And the diesel trucks
Birdsongs, a 3/8ths moon
Cat in the weeds just rolling around

~chorus~
Vagabond Witness
Wandering down a dirt road
Vagabond Witness
Nowhere and everywhere is home
Track Name: Spark of Life
1.
She was born and raised in a small mining town
Raised two kids of her own before the mine shut down
Kids grew up they moved far away
Like the mining company, her husband didn't stay

Living on food stamps
On her own
With the memory
of a broken family home

2.
Writer from a magazine
Came around
Wants to talk with her
For a story about the town

There ain't much goin' on around here
Not since they strip-mined the land
Fouled the river and the forest was cleared

3.
Don't forget me, she said
Don't forget about me
Don't forget me
Don't forget about me

I won't let my life
Be a description of misery
Long as there's a spark of life in me

-bridge-

repeat verse 3.
Don't forget me, she said
Don't forget about me
Don't forget me
Don't forget about me

I won't let my life
Be a description of misery
Long as there's a spark of life
left in me
Track Name: Not Too Far
1.
I'm here alone
This is where I chose to be
Though I'm alone
I still feel you here with me

~chorus 1~
So far away
But not too far
Just as long as you can
Still feel me where you are

2.
Sitting under the stars
Half moon keeps me company
Sing and play these songs
Crickets sing along with me

~chorus 2~
So far away
But not too far
Just as long as you can
Still feel me where you are

~Bridge~

Our love (3x)
Long may it last

3.
From Tombstone to Tenessee
Crystal Palace to Old Hickory
They say the west was won
And the south was lost
That just depends on who counts the cost

~chorus 3~
So long ago
But not too long
Just as long as we can
Remember what went on

4.
I'm here alone
This is where I chose to be
Though I'm alone
I still feel you here with me

~chorus 4~
So far away
But not too far
Just as long as you can
Still feel me where you are
Track Name: Restless
1.
Stayed up all night
Talking with my new friends
The sun came up
Day started once again

2.
And it all gets boring
No matter where you are
From a front porch
Or a fancy car

~chorus~
I'm just restless
That's for sure
Restless
Do you have a cure?

3.
Sometimes I play for money
Sometimes I play for fun
Sometimes I don't know the difference
Sometimes there ain't none

~chorus~
I'm just restless
That's for sure
Restless
Do you have a cure?

4.
Might be riding on a bike
Or hiking on the sidewalk
But the flame burns or it doesn't
Regardless of your talk

~chorus~
I'm just restless
That's for sure
Restless
Do you have a cure?
Track Name: Coffeehouse Quixote
1.
I been riding on this steed of steel
Up and down the highways
Into the sunset of the century
Ain't much hope left some days

~chorus~
Tell me now
How do we get what we need
At the crossroads
Do you have any doubt?
We're gonna find a way out

2.
I been ridin' on this steed of steel
Lookin' for someplace to call home
Now I'm back here where I started out
But I've still got the need to roam

~chorus~
Tell me now
How do we get what we need
At the crossroads
Do you have any doubt?
We're gonna find a way out

3.
Don Quixote in a coffeehouse
Head full of music and dreams
Corporate armies in those clouds of dust
Sheep ain't what they seem

~chorus~
Tell me now
How do we get what we need
At the crossroads
Do you have any doubt?
We're gonna find a way out

-bridge-

repeat 1.
I been riding on this steed of steel
Down the highway
Into the sunset of the century
Ain't much hope left some days

~chorus~
Tell me now
How do we get what we need
At the crossroads
Do you have any doubt?
We're gonna find a way out
Track Name: India Joan
1.
India Joan
Lives on her own
Burns the candle low
Doesn't need to know

~chorus~
No one can see what she's got her eyes on

2.
She's got a strange tatoo
Likes the cat in the hat
She's drinkin' papaya nectar
Wearin' a fisherman's cap

~chorus~
No one can see what she's got her eyes on

3.
India Joan
Grew up in Ohio
Just had to leave
Find out what there was to see

~chorus~
No one understood why she wanted to leave

repeat 1.
India Joan
Lives on her own
Burns the candles low
Doesn't need to know

~chorus~
No one can see what she's got her eyes on
Track Name: No Time Today
1.
Out on the sidewalk
In a pile of old rags
Up against the downtown wall
Got some stuff in plastic bags

~chorus~
Tryin' to keep it out of sight
Gettin' pushed out of the way
I'd like to help out
Tryin' to find some time today

2.
In a faraway place
Military aggression
Lot of lives lost
When we gonna learn the lesson

~chorus~
Can't push it out of sight
Keep it out of the way
If you wanna help out
Gotta find some time today

-bridge-

repeat 1.
Out on the sidewalk
In a pile of old rags
Up against the downtown wall
Got some stuff in plastic bags

~chorus~
Tryin' to keep it out of sight
Gettin' pushed out of the way
I'd like to help out
Find time today

-coda-
Track Name: Through
1.
In silk waters
Wearing gold
Eating sky
Happy and warm
Cricket calls
Moonlight blue
Boredom like dust
On a glass table soul
Solitude mixed
With blurry feel-good stew

~chorus~
Just passing through
Passing through

2.
Gypsy wagon
Stove, food bin, and ice chest
Human struggle
Warms my heart
With beauty and truth
Cold, deep and strong
River flows
Mountain moves
Enduring this
Suffering with no clue

~chorus~
Just passing through
Passing through

3.
Angels flying
Dragon smoke
Ancestors
Brilliant flowers
Blooming now fresh and new
Content alone
Shooting light
Across time
Gone deep inside
Private space
Dream Zoo

~chorus~
Just passing through
Passing through

4.
Brutal soundscape
Miss water, birds and wind
Great rasping odes
Despair got beauty too
Ladies lunch
Trading words and snapshots
Dairy Queen man say
Be a Star
Don't try to

~chorus~
Just passing through
Passing through


-bridge-

5.
Confusion's roar
Forgotten whispers stay
Dirty poison
Squinty eyes
Tunnel view
Demolition
Sun and wind
Soil and ice
Absence of trust
Tied bonds came unglued

~chorus~
Just passing through
Passing through

-bridge-

~chorus~
Just passing through
Passing through
Track Name: Happily Discontented
1.
The future belongs to the happily discontented
Challenging the status quo
Maintain the equilibrium of a larger system
While the others eat cheerios

~chorus~
And watch it go on
On and on and on
On and on and on

2.
Catholic church regulated sexuality
Corporate concerns sell it back
To you and me
The government's interested
In weapons and bombs
Make you wonder how long

~chorus~
It'll go on
On and on and on
On and on and on

-bridge-

3.
The flame of uncertainty
Smothered by the comfortably numb
See the pain in the world
Never ask how come
Just kinda dead inside
But you can't run and hide

~chorus~
Because it goes on
On and on and on
On and on and on