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

by Josh Ward Taylor

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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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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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