Carolina Trees (Full Album​)​-​2012

by Josh Ward Taylor

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1.
She sings with the honesty of an angel's fleeting hymn upon the tongue Eyes like shinin' sun that climbs upon dark hills at early dawn Mystery gypsy Jane, how quick you came, like summer rain, then gone Left me shattered here like a broken mirror that reflects my lonesome song Oh how sweet life can be, I've surely seen How sweet life can be, I've surely seen But now I stand alone again But I believe I am still a lucky man Now a pale light rise, through starless skies, now black that once was blue And I, alone, in the wind that moans, 'neath a burnin' flashlight moon Like a sheriff's aide, you interrogate, but I told you all I knew Close and lock my cage, I'm a prison slave to the wanderin' thoughts of you Oh how sweet life can be, I've surely seen How sweet life can be, I've surely seen But now I stand alone again But I believe I am still a lucky man
2.
So long ago life was running away from me He said to himself as he saw his reflection in the sea Now these days, they pass like the stormy nights i knew But no warm winds last to come and to carry me through But I swore I saw a light along the road And I swore I saw a vision of you in the snow And I swore I saw a light along the road And I swore I dreamed of another way back home Don't leave me now if you see my footsteps fade Don't want to leave this world with nothing left of me to save Now the storm was cast past the eyes of the evening sky But the moon slipped away before I could tell you goodbye But I swore I saw a light along the road And I swore I saw a vision of you in the snow And I swore I saw a light along the road And I swore I dreamed of another way back home
3.
Well look me up, take me out, Downtown Nashville Tennessee I got a heart that's aching for something new and the world around my feet Got the blues in a bottle, gonna drink it down like no one ever seen And if I make a damn fool of myself, don't nobody here really even know me I wanna hear a song It's gotta set me free Wanna take a walk Goin' anywhere downtown Nashville Tennessee If you light me up I'll set my fire upon your street Don't you know this burnin' old heart will follow you anywhere you will be On the fourth day of the seventh month God said, "let there be A burning light over this city's soul" and it's seeping in so deep Two beautiful birds on the window sill singing "come and sing with me" Don't you know this soul is screaming out loud for something new to sing I wanna hear a song It's gotta set me free Wanna take a walk Goin' anywhere downtown Nashville Tennessee If you light me up I'll set my fire upon your street Don't you know this burnin' old heart will follow you anywhere you will be
4.
Fortune teller come and read my mind Well I can play the part but I can't write the lines Sound the whistle for my curtain call Stand me up and put my back up against the wall Oh and all the lies you been telling me When you run your fingers up my hands, Underneath my sleeve I can tell you're trying to tell me where to go But you've been telling lies since a long time ago Fortune teller come and lead my way I'll meet you in the city by that old cafe You know the one where the streets were never paved The lights are always dim and they always draw the shades Oh and all the lies you been telling me When you run your fingers up my hands, Underneath my sleeve I can tell you're trying to tell me where to go But you've been telling lies since a long time ago Oh won't you come to see Just what you've done to me Well you can see my lines run deep You come to watch me bleed again Fortune teller, my eyes been blind As long as I remember in a long lifeline Now underneath the sun by the ocean I will stand But you come with the clouds laying shadows on my sand Oh and all the lies you been telling me When you run your fingers up my hands, Underneath my sleeve I can tell you're trying to tell me where to go But you've been telling lies since a long time ago Fortune teller, please rest assured It's probably just a rumor, but the last I heard You have a reputation spreading poison as your words You lead them down the wrong way and burn them in the third Oh and all the lies you been telling me When you run your fingers up my hands, Underneath my sleeve I can tell you're trying to tell me where to go But you've been telling lies since a long time ago Oh won't you come to see Just what you've done to me Well you can see my lines run deep You've come to watch me bleed again Fortune teller, your war's been won You flanked me with your trickery and tied my guns Now I'm in the valley where I seldom see the sun And you, my friend were always a phantom on the run
5.
You've got faith, baby* A diamond road* A straight line to Jesus* Of that, I'm sure* You've got places Your feet ought to go* No time to waste Dancin' on an old clown's floor* What you want with a man like me?* What you want with a man like me?* I catch pockets of ashes from dreams* I chase them around this here lonesome town Day by day, that's just the life I lead Waiting, waiting for the next one to come around So what you want with a man like me? What you want with a man like me? It's alright, it's okay baby Don't worry here Dancin' on an old clown's floor It's okay, but if you leave, babe I'd like to walk you to my door Here I am baby, A burnin' fire There you stand You're my lone desire There you go again Fluttering in my heart You're the butterfly that sings And I, the wingless lark So what you want with a man like me? What you want with a man like me? I hate to say it babe, But I ain't no pious man I'll burn my hand Upon your churchyard gate You man the curtains Up in the heavenly land And I carry the signs Deep down in the devil's parade So what you want with a man like me? What you want with a man like me? It's alright, it's okay baby Don't worry here Dancin' on an old clown's floor It's okay, but if you leave babe I'd like to walk you to my door
6.
It's been a long time since I seen the stars From them damn city streets They damn near stabbed my heart 'Neath these sweet carolina trees And I got a load on my mind Yeah I got a diamond I need to find Well I wish I had a lady on the loose That could be that only switchblade to my noose Well I got a lot to gain and a little to lose Take a look up at the sky and say, 'where the hell were you'? It's been a long time since I seen the stars From them damn city streets They damn near stabbed my heart 'Neath these sweet carolina trees And I got a load on my mind Yeah I got a diamond I need to find Well I don't need no water for my well I don't need no sweet goodbyes, just bid 'farewell' I need no engine or road, I got no wheels Just sky reflecting sky over these waterfields It's been a long time since I seen the stars From them damn city streets They damn near stabbed my heart 'Neath these sweet carolina trees And I got a load on my mind Yeah I got a diamond I need to find
7.
I wanna be your doctor baby Whoa I wanna be your doctor baby Whoa I wanna be your doctor baby Whoa I wanna be your doctor baby I wanna be your doctor baby Wanna catch your highs and your lows I wanna stitch you up with a needle, mama Wanna fix you when you're broke I wanna be your doctor baby, Wanna chase your mind where it goes I wanna hold your heart close I want to diagnose I don't want to be your surgeon honey, Don't want to cut you up Don' wanna be your burning wildfire That's gonna dry your river up I wanna be your doctor babe Wanna lay my hand on your head When your fever's running high I want to take you to bed I just wanna be your doctor baby Whoa I wanna be your doctor baby Whoa I wanna be your doctor baby Whoa I wanna be your doctor baby I wanna be your doctor babe I wanna cool your slow burning mind Wanna lay your weary head down I wanna tend to you in time Wanna be your doctor babe I wanna be there when you're ill I wanna show you I can heal you And you ain't gonna need no pill I don't wanna be your shrink, mama Don't want to analyze Don't wanna be your anesthesia Don't want to leave you paralyzed I wanna be your doctor babe I wanna make love to you I wanna do some things to you That a doctor shouldn't do I just wanna be your doctor baby Whoa I wanna be your doctor baby Whoa I wanna be your doctor baby Whoa I wanna be your doctor baby
8.
I was sleepin' when the sun did shine But I didn't care See, I could sleep away the whole daylight If you ain't layin' there And lately this disease I've found Is all I think about Won't you pick my feet up off the ground When the night goes fallin' down Then just lift me up when the morning comes So I don't decay away Feed me up on your lovin' arms And I'll find my home someday Lift me up when the morning comes So I don't fade away Feed me up on your lovin' arms And I'll find my home someday I'll find my home In your arms someday I'll find my home I was dreamin' like a baby Bound in the innocence of life When I could hear your angel siren sounds And my innocence just died I could feel it in every step I take As my soul began to drain On my knees in the streets with a clouded sky And a stabbin' midnight rain So lift me up when the morning comes So I don't decay away Feed me up on your lovin' arms And I'll find my home someday Lift me up when the morning comes So I don't fade away Feed me up on your lovin' arms And I'll find my home someday I'll find my home In your arms someday I'll find my home Long as you.. Lift me up when the morning comes So I don't decay away Feed me up on your lovin' arms And I'll find my home someday Lift me up when the morning comes So I don't fade away Feed me up on your lovin' arms And I'll find my home someday I'll find my home In your arms someday I'll find my home
9.
Don't you care that I'm lonely Don't you care that I'm blue Don't you care that it's only Only because of you That I don't feel no sadness I don't feel no pain I don't feel much of anything Anything these days But a little bit A little lonely, a little blue A little lonely, a little blue A little lonely, a little blue A little lonely, a little blue, blue, blue You know woman, that I died there In the corner of your heart Where your winter winds You know, they ripped me apart There I drowned in your fountain Lay my grave in your field I am gone and forgotten Now there's nothing left to feel But a little bit A little lonely, a little blue A little lonely, a little blue A little lonely, a little blue A little lonely, a little blue, blue, blue I'm so sorry that I've fallen And I just can't seem to land And girl I'm sorry I went all in And my cards can't take the hand But maybe there will come a day When I look back on you And all my feelings fade away Until there's nothing left but truth And I'm a little bit A little lonely, a little blue A little lonely, a little blue A little lonely, a little blue A little lonely, a little blue, blue, blue
10.
I backpedal into all the days that are done And my chest still burns for you like a Phoenix, a rising sun I'll stand and waste away like a man made out of sand For all of time Until your love is mine Until your love is mine Yes I will wait here for your soul To come creeping in like so long ago I swear I'll never understand God's cruel design Oh until your love is mine Until your love is mine So don't let me waste away I've been longing just to feel your skin I've been living all of my days Dying a little until I see you again I see the growing seaward storm And my feet, detached, make tracks where the ocean meets the shore I'll sail off aimlessly though my guiding stars won't shine Oh until your love is mine Until your love is mine One soul, swallowed whole in an ocean's belly sleeps I feel the sun is real and it burns me dark and deep Yes I may die out here but I'll never feel alive Oh until your love is mine Until your love is mine So don't let me waste away I've been longing just to feel your skin I've been living all of my days Dying a little until I see you again I'll walk in the darkness, black and blind I'll stand at the edge of my own life with no track of time Yes I would sacrifice everything that I call "mine" Oh until your love is mine Until your love is mine Until your love is mine Until your love is mine
11.
Time was never really ever a true friend of mine Stripped away my season before I felt the warm sunshine I understand your reason though I never got your rhyme That's why I'm wrapped inside this weird paradigm Heading on that highway though my feet could barely stand I wandered around your mountain, now I'm back where I began She flew off into the breeze like a tiny grain of sand And I just can't let my heart chase her again Well I just won't let my heart chase her again Until I know I've come to a place Where I'm happier that I don't see her face And to say that if I don't hear from you In a million foggy moons It will still be too soon for my taste And though at nights I lie wide awake I'm still dreaming of your face Well the summer seemed to come too soon And the spring had died away But pretty soon them autum leaves Will be haunting around my way Them winter winds so quick to strip My dying leaves away And as you can see my outlook's mighty gray She once tried to walk my shoes But her feet were bloodied blue She spun her lonesome head around And wondered what to do And there I stand like a fool there with my broken heart in hand And I just can't let my heart chase her again Well I just won't let my heart chase her again Until I know I've come to a place Where I'm happier that I don't see her face And to say that if I don't hear from you In a million foggy moons It will still be too soon for my taste And though at nights I lie wide awake I'm still dreaming of your face
12.
'With a fistful of diamonds I will line my grave' That's what he said now 'On my own private island In the middle of the waves Is where I make my sandy bed Kings and queens come to see Another darker side of greed They ain't never even met Crooks and thieves Shoot the breeze While the viewing line, it fades So they can make their dirty theft With a fistful of diamonds I will line my grave In a fistful of diamonds, I will find my fate I was born, silver spoon And knuckles clean I never lift a single finger for no one Be forewarned and don't be fooled All of the possessions that you keep I'll leave you standing there with none Dignity is new to me I spit down on charity's feet, The sick, the hungry, and the cold I will gamble all I can handle, And when i'm finished with your life, I will hand away your soul With a fistful of diamonds, I will line my grave In a fistful of diamonds, I will find my fate March the dunes by the evil moon, Fall down onto your knees and pray Beneath the palmtree's hanging shade Buy a fistful of diamonds With the last lone penny in your hand And spread them out about my grave Bury them faster, everlasting Far beneath my epitaph So i can keep them within my gaze Give to me just what i seek Before I snatch you by your feet And pull you down into my grave With a fistful of diamonds, I will line my grave In a fistful of diamonds, i will find my fate
13.
Well I watch the moonlight bathe itself upon the misty water It danced itself into silver shapes along the Hudson riverside And I still recall the day I fell in love with your brown eyes Sent my soul all a-shiver, babe, on a New York City night So send me a message from far away From far away Send your sailin' bird singin' my way So I can sleep today Send me a postcard from Rome And tell me how you're doing babe Send me a postcard from Rome And tell me how you're doing babe The silent cross that clings itself to the softness of your breast Speaks the loudest words to me in the infancy of my quest I test myself and find again that I have no wisdom left From a stubborn fool across the pond, I have but one request So send me a message from far away From far away Send your sailin' bird singin' my way So I can sleep today Send me a postcard from Rome And tell me how you're doing babe Send me a postcard from Rome And tell me how you're doing babe

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released December 5, 2012

Produced/Mixed and Engineered by Will Hensley
Mastered by Alex Saltz, APS Mastering NYC- www.apsmastering.com

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Josh Ward Taylor New York, New York

Taylor is one of many contemporary singer-songwriters who plants one foot firmly in the roots of artists such as Bob Dylan and Neil Young while at the same time pushing forward with his own unique voice. And Taylor’s particular voice so imbued with a sense of honesty and earnestness that it is almost impossible not to welcome each of his songs with open arms.-American Songwriter ... more

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