From The West River (Full Album​)​-​2007

by Josh Ward Taylor

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In the late spring of 2006, I packed up a U-haul and moved to the west village in New York City. Inspiration drawn from the sights, sounds, and new music I heard throughout the next 12 months of performing prompted me to invest in recording equipment, write and record "From The West River". I hope you enjoy it!

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released December 15, 2007

Thanks to all the new music I heard in my first year in New York for the inspiration to make this album. And a big thanks to Yoon for the album cover!
All Words & Music Written, Performed & Produced by Josh Taylor. Copyright 2007.

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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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Track Name: Lead Me Astray
Down came rain
From broken wounded skies
That healed my pain
For a temporary time
Well I was on the outside
On a mountain at high noon
When the darkness crept upon me
I was looking for a hiding room

But only you, my friend would believe
That my words were true
Though I mean to deceive
And only you from the start had me made
And only you might lead me astray

Now the winds came swift
And they knocked me off my feet
And no love song
Would cure my hearts disease
Well I wandered in the darkness
And I stumbled through the pines
But I had no need to worry
For I had no sense of time

But only you, my friend would believe
That my words were true
Though I mean to deceive
And only you from the start had me made
And only you might lead me astray

So I kiss your eyes
And I watch you fall to fade
Into twilight dreams
Where the naked angels play
Well you hovered high above me
And I linger down below
And if your wild wings will pick up me
Well I may never know

But only you, my friend would believe
That my words were true
Though I mean to deceive
And only you from the start had me made
And only you might lead me astray
Track Name: Footsteps In The Fire
Mary comes running out the door and down the road
Cracked was the blood red sky in the winter cold
Screaming bloody murder at the top of her throat
She ain't gonna live to see her young boy grow old

And, oh, you are the shadows in the night
You control the warriors in the fight
You are the voices that conspire
But you ain't got no footsteps in the fire

Seems only yesterday she was leaning on the sill
Gazing out the window to the cross atop the hill
Praying for a miracle but the air was deathly still
Blue skies soon turned to gray and the blood began to spill

And, oh, you are the shadows in the night
You control the warriors in the fight
You are the voices that conspire
But you ain't got no footsteps in the fire

Meanwhile far away, across the ocean all around
Gunfire rings out in the day and as sun goes down
Men, women and children's river of blood it floods the ground
There is no peace, no freedom of fear here to be found

And, oh, you are the shadows in the night
You control the warriors in the fight
You are the voices that conspire
But you ain't got no footsteps in the fire

Meanwhile back home there are many thousands on the fence
About facing an enemy that seems to have no moral sense
Strap themselves with bombs and run through crowds of innocence
That's just the truth, it don't matter if you're for or you're against

And, oh, you are the shadows in the night
You control the warriors in the fight
You are the voices that conspire
But you ain't got no footsteps in the fire

Mary buried her son today in a field beneath that hill
Where she spent so many nights praying for the good lord's will
To bring her son home safe and never dreamed he might be killed
Now she spends the rest of her days praying for the ones there still

And, oh, you are the shadows in the night
You control the warriors in the fight
You are the voices that conspire
But you ain't got no footsteps in the fire
Track Name: West River Blues
My baby ain't no blue skies
And ain't no sunny rays
She gives me rain
Down on my desert plain
And when the warm winds are moving through
To kiss away my midnight moon
She seems to cool
All my west river blues away

One by one won't you heal my west river blues

So where you going with no shoes on your feet?
And with no pockets now to line your briefs?
You got the dream of a blind man's boundaryless street
You hold your head in the highway hands
They hold you up to the heat
You can't stand their fire
And the west river's running you tired

One by one won't you heal my west river blues

So I'm gonna take a walk tonight
And meet my foe along the riverside
When i'm alone
The west river buries my bones
And I can see that it's safe to say
That the river will become my grave
Won't you save me
From the west river rolling waves

One by one won't you heal my west river blues
Track Name: Light Along the Road
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
Track Name: 7th Avenue Dirty Blues
Waiting all morning for the night to fall
Hanging in the evening for the sun to call
And here I am alone staring at the wall
Don't make no difference at all

Because I'm one short of 20 and nothing to lose
Avenue 7 and the money that moves
I hear you're gonna leave me alone tonight
I'll find my way around in these shoes
Standing on the corner in the battering rain
Bare-legged little lover drove me half insane
I'll tell you my friend 'cause it's all the same
Ain't no difference between a devil and a dame

I'll hang my head,
Drown my love, but leave me enough to see me through
These 7th avenue dirty blues

I've been running around in circles all around the town
Just a-lookin' for a queen that can never be found
Bluffin' my hand, so I'll fold 'em down
On the turn or the river I'll drown
I hear there's a lady up around the way
She'll smoke you right clean and leave you in your grave
Leave you on one bended knee
Just a-beggin' hey mama please

Hang my head
Drown my love but leave me enough to see me through
These 7th avenue dirty blues

Because I'm one short of 20 and nothing to lose
Avenue 7 and the money that moves
I hear you're gonna leave me alone tonight
I'll find my way around in these shoes
Standing on the corner in the battering rain
Bare-legged little lover drove me half insane
I'll tell you my friend 'cause it's all the same
Ain't no difference between a devil and a dame
Track Name: Ode to Days Gone By
I caught a song just the other day
Ran like the wind through my fingers and slipped away
And down on the beach shore I did stand
With a lifetime of memories in my hand

And they followed me
Anywhere in this world I should choose to seek
They followed me
Everywhere
Where I've been, where I am, where I'll be
Where the morning sun strikes the sea
Where I find myself lost in between
Where the present mind meets a memory
And I go searching for another day to fly

This is an ode to the days gone by
And all the lost former friends in the blink of an eye
Got the world turned around, left you spun on your side
Now another sun, she fades and she's falling down on me
Well I tried to keep the pace but the clockwork's running free
So I stand amidst the haze
Another faded memory
And I go searching for another day to fly

I walked along down by the moon
Fell to my knees I had nothing left to lose
And I laid there for quite a while
With a lifetime of memories running wild

And they followed me
Anywhere in this world I should choose to seek
They followed me
Everywhere
Where I've been, where I am, where I'll be
Where the morning sun strikes the sea
Where I find myself lost in between
Where the present mind meets a memory
And I go searching for another day to fly

This is an ode to the days gone by
And all the lost former friends in the blink of an eye
Got the world turned around, left you spun on your side
Now another sun, she fades and she's falling down on me
Well I tried to keep the pace but the clockwork's running free
So I stand amidst the haze
Another faded memory
And I go searching for another day to fly
Track Name: Baby Gonna Teach Me
So much for all the "someday"'s
Tomorrow's come and gone away
And all the wild winds have had their run
Like mad men chasing the sun

And in the night when the willows weep
The sad meadow in the breeze, she sways
My baby gonna teach me
She's gonna teach me how to pray

No one knows, no one cares no more
About the way things oughtta be
So my baby gonna teach me
She's gonna teach me to turn the other cheek

I don't know where the moon goes
When the world turns its eyes closed
But I can still see far and wide
Across the ocean up and down that skyline

And all the hands they are filled with desire
And all the hills, they're a-rollin' in fire
So my baby gonna teach me
She's gonna teach me to walk the wire

No one knows, no one cares no more
About the way things oughtta be
So my baby gonna teach me
She's gonna teach me to turn the other cheek

All the signs on the streets, they say
To turn right, but they lead you the wrong way
They're pulling strings up in your mind now
You came in walkin' but you're leaving with your head on the ground

It's so easy just to follow the lead
Like lemmings to the cliffs we creep
But my baby gonna teach me
She's gonna teach me to march my own beat

No one knows, no one cares no more
About the way things oughtta be
So my baby gonna teach me
She's gonna teach me to turn the other cheek

All the castles that were built to stand
Beneath the hell of a hurricane hand
Well they crumble to the ground like sand
And now we learn to tip toe through a sleeping land

And I don't know just where the hell I'll be
When all the kings fall from their seats
But my baby gonna teach me
How to live like the blind and to never see

No one knows, no one cares no more
About the way things oughtta be
So my baby gonna teach me
She's gonna teach me to turn the other cheek
Track Name: Dream of The Foolish Man
That the world might walk again
On sheets of golden sand
Is the deceit of the blind man's grin
It's the dream of the foolish man
Heaven only knows when the sun will rise again

And if the clockwork's turn shall stall
When no waged war can be won
Will we as heroes heed the call
Or as cowards, turn to run
Heaven only knows when we're held beneath the gun

Well the optimists they say
That the war torn days shall be ending
And that through the fog and haze
We'll find ourselves close to Heaven
But Heaven only knows when her children shall be forgiven

Now these leaders walk these streets
With their followers closing tail
And it's an endless seeking feat
On an unmarked dead-end trail
Heaven only knows when free thinking minds will prevail

When the mushroom clouds they rise
High above the noon sun falling down
Will the soldiers stand in stride
Or lay their arms to the ground
Heaven only knows when they're held beneath the sounds

And that the end day soon shall come
Here on Earth stand hand in hand
It is the beating of the empty drum
It's the dream of the foolish man
Track Name: Nothin' To Say To Me
Down to the corner
And around the bend
Early in the evening
As the moon was lent
I made my way down that dusty road
Where they say wise men they tend to go

But when I got there I was barely even on my feet
And they ain't got nothin' to say, nothin' to say to me

Well I laid there like a dying dog
And nursed my own lonely weary head
I caught a glimpse through the blinding fog
Just to try to hear what the wise men said

But when I came to they were running on down the street
Guess they ain't got nothin' to say, nothin' to say to me

Past the lamp posts and faded lots
I chased them down through the city streets
Just to hear what the wise men thought
About my latest and rare disease

But when I caught them they nodded and clamped their teeth
Guess they ain't got nothin' to say, nothin' to say to me

With these wise men, how long I'd plead
And beg for guidance or advice to heed
I'd say, I've got two paths I need your help
Would you want me to decide myself

And their silence, it spoke the world to me
I answered my own question before they could speak
And they didn't need nothin to say for me to finally see
Track Name: If I May Rise
It was a solemn day for man,
For woman and for child all across the land
It was a sad and sheltered age
Where they'd learn to be afraid
To teach their children where they'd soon stand
Drawn and quartered by the storm
Some seek to find the warmth
Of golden skies through frozen hail
Yet through the silhoutted fog
There may be hope for one and all
That there's a savior that hides on these trails

But I have faltered
Alone and I have cried
For I see that you have chosen
The wrong over the right
And I have washed my hands clean
And cast my blood across your skies
But if you had another chance to be saved
Would you throw it all away
Once again some day if I may rise?

Again they linked their arms once more
As they gathered along the shore
To free their souls from themselves
Long ago somebody must have told them
There's a place that still might hold them
In their sickness and their health
So farewell to arms of innocence
Fairwell to faith and pride
Yet still march proudly into the blind
And greet with open arms uncertainty
Directionless and aimlessly
Until my light may shine

But I have faltered
Alone and I have cried
For I see that you have chosen
The wrong over the right
And I have washed my hands clean
And cast my blood across your skies
But if you had another chance to be saved
Would you throw it all away
Once again some day if I may rise?

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