Live At Eddie's Attic (Full Live Album​)​-​2006

by Josh Ward Taylor

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1.
'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
2.
Where'd our days go, And our nighttimes too? What became of the missing places In the mosaic of our youth We're here now and weighed down By our dreams and hopes On a meek little dream cloud city On a fog-lined coast We're reaching out without a sound As our memories drift in vain Like raindrops racing down the sides Of a misty window pane Far too many here to recollect And way to wild to tame Like a raging river flowing down It will wash away our pain Well if i only knew If i only knew If I only knew Then maybe i would have listened more And seen what life is for, But i didn't know And what became of all those summer days On a blissful afternoon That led to carefree nights Beneath the light of a pale vanilla moon Soon as we grew, The storm that brewed Fell heavy on us too And it stripped away Everything we saved And everything we knew Another year it passes by so fast Like a lightning's flashing beam Or a candle killed in the still of the night By a rainy windswept stream So we shed our tears and bled our fears And soon our eyes would see That the familiar land held in our hands Would be a distant memory Well if i only knew If I only knew If I only knew Then maybe i would have listened more And seen what life is for But I didn't know Now we're standing 'neath the falling leaves On a frozen autumn's end With a wild forbidden winter waiting Just behind the bend And a far too distant summer fading, A lifetime came and went We seek and search, Hope to unearth What the mystery of it meant So we ride and glide with heels up high, And the sky beneath our feet And we watch the hands of time tick by Ever faster by the beat But there are things in life that you will find That you should never grieve Or regret the things that you can't change On a fragment of a dream Well if I only knew If I only knew If I only knew Then maybe I would have listened more And seen what life is for But i didn't know
3.
Imagine a place Where green flows free like water Ther are no kings, no followers And man is left alone, a man You look and you say, 'where'd the time go today?' As you wash your cares out to the waves And you slip your feet into the sand You look around at the ground that surrounds you And you can't help but feel a smile in the air Don't look to the sky, Don't wonder why Because you're already there And isn't it heaven? Isn't it heaven? Now there's a river that flows Down to the lagoon of your mind And in the afternoon you'll find That black and white just fades to gray And all the colors unite And drink your mind away And they understand your life And they understand why you dream, why you cry And together forever you live as one under the sunlight And isn't it heaven? Isn't it heaven? There's a tear from the past That you thought wouldn't last And a path that you just wouldn't follow But now you look in the eyes Of the one you despised And you drown your hate deep beneath the night's Lonely shadows Now you know what it's for, You've been burned to the core, And you know what the deepest ocean hides You now see the eyes That watched you at night As you lied in your bed And you bled and you cried over life And isn't it heaven? Isn't it heaven? Am I a fool to believe Such a mystery Exists when we're given our wings to fly? What if it all turns black And there's no turning back And a sky is nothing more than just a sky?
4.
Meet me on a high wind slowly rolling Out into the depths of the dark blue sea Stand me on the tips of a tide wave, growing Bound in time to bury me, all alone Hear me sing a song 'neath a moonlit skyway Dancing like a joker in a circus line The only light that seemed to shed light my way Was a candle on the edge of time Frozen in stone And I ain't got nowhere to run to now Well i ain't got nowhere to go So I leapt through the window And I'm out on the run Heading on the highway And chasing down the sun Here in a new life, we're six years come undone Standing on the sidestreets And I'm out on the run But there's nowhere left to run Send me on a highway heading nowhere Catch me on a one way trackless train Watch a foolish man hitch a ride on thin air A whirlwind on a jetplane with no wings to fly I'll steal a searing sandstone from these deadlands A souvenir to soothe my walking feet Laying on the ground where once i would stand Dead and dry and left to bleed 'neath a burning sky And I ain't got nowhere to run to now Well i ain't got nowhere to hide So I leapt through the window And I'm out on the run Heading on the highway And chasing down the sun Here in a new life, we're six years come undone Standing on the sidestreets And I'm out on the run But there's nowhere left to run Lay me in the arms of a long windswept beach Bathing my legs in the crashing shore To carry me away with the sea's long-armed reach And drown me in an ocean storm all alone And when my final days have arrived to take me I'll catch a lasting gaze at the midday sky The questions in my life that long have plagued me From birth until the day I die, are never to be known And I ain't got nowhere to run to now I ain't got nowhere to go
5.
'I aspire to be with you' And she says, 'one wish would do, Just to lay to rest in your shoes And one sunny day In the mist of a cloud's dying rain, We'd run away And never turn our heads to see the old days fade Or to watch our memories fall covered under shade But all those times have changed Now I can see forever in the highway lines Taking all I've gathered and it's left behind But don't you know I'd rather be a ghost in time Where I'm gone, i'm gone And no one knows No one knows but you Now ain't it just the truth Sometimes roads that we choose We're bound to lose And to fall face down in troubled news And where we belong Is a mystery in life just as long As we travel on Those same old tired road from dusk to dawn While never finding out just where our lives went wrong When all those days are gone Now I can see forever in the highway lines Taking all I've gathered and it's left behind But don't you know I'd rather be a ghost in time Where I'm gone, i'm gone And no one knows No one knows but you Now have i been the fool In this senseless neverending duel Between me and you Through the good news and the bad news Tell me true What do you see? When you look in my eyes Tell me please In all honesty There's a fool who's standing here And is it me? Give me this one last thing before i have to leave Because with these walking feet Now I can see forever in the highway lines Taking all I've gathered and it's left behind But don't you know I'd rather be a ghost in time Where I'm gone, i'm gone And though I know my role is right In this unfolding life I won't go back and fight What can't be saved But there's a fear of mine The times I have been blind Will hunt me down and find Me one solemn day But until that day comes to follow me down I know, I ain't down now Now I can see forever in the highway lines Taking all I've gathered and it's left behind But don't you know I'd rather be a ghost in time Where I'm gone, i'm gone And no one knows No one knows but you
6.
04:55
Oh my hands are tied behind my back And I keep coming back for more And my dreams in your soul that are kept in tact Sweep the memories out the door Dreams that fly like the wind over southern skies I watch the sweet sun rise and fall in your eyes Let my lucky heart sleep tonight While all the tears roll aside My lost way was found in a single bound You seem to light my solemn days When the rain comes a-pourin' down Got my feet on the ground I know that they're there to stay Sweet light the sunshine rays Through a window of time I know i'll find better days And as I see you walking away I wanna hear you say That we'd be good someday But you, you are so beautiful I could be blind, but still I'd see How can a mind, a mind so beautiful Ever breathe for me Every day there's a doubt, Find another way out And cry beneath the lonely breeze Fold my hands on the streets of a runaway dream You keep my eyes clear and clean throughout Lost light fades like the sun over summer waves You're a dream I'd love to save I could lock you in my pocket hoping you'll never run away And you might stay But you, you are so beautiful I could be blind, but still I'd see How can a mind, a mind so beautiful Ever breathe for me
7.
About a year ago, right about this time I made my move down the east coast line Many a family and friend behind I headed down for North Georgia skies With a blue guitar and some guitar strings And a notebook full of songs to sing Lookin' for an open ear to lend To the ramblings of a mad man's pen Well I followed down a fast fallin' sun With heavy heels where the highway runs Looking down the barrel of a gun Better do it now while I still am young I rode down on the coattail wings Of a pretty young lady, she took me in If not for her and me living in sin, I'd not be living in anything See, she got her dreams, and I got mine And we crossed somewhere in space and time No need to tread this road alone When I'm countless miles out from my home See she dreams of the finer things Of a diamond ring and a white wedding A picket fence to run around the yard And a family to fill up her heart And still she says, 'where ya gonna go When the time has come to split up your road If you're gonna live your life on the run, Better do it now while you still are young I met many fine friendly folks in town And they told their tales through a southern sound I'll tell ya my friend wherever I'm bound That the folks are the same all the world around But pretty soon I'll head on my trail And God forbid if my feet should fail Wintry days in sleet and hail The wind is high and i'll raise my sail I'll be heading up again northern bound Make my way to that New York town Finish up in that northern state Back where i was born and raised And I hope that she might come with me And see the things that I might see Look on back when days are done Be glad we lived when we were young
8.
03:21
Got me on my hands and off my feet Got me crawlin' on my knees All along this long and lonely street Baby on this blue day You got me runnin' all over town On this blue day You got me runnin' all over town And if not for my weak nerve, My lack of backbone I'd not be on the ground Everything she sees And everyone she meets, My baby she will sting you like a bee On this blue day Got me runnin' all over town On this blue day Got me runnin' all over town I want to stand beneath the breeze And watch the screamin' sweet sun go down
9.
Midnight, warm tide Slamming on the shoreline Look and find You in my dream's design at night time Turn your head, lure me in I'm slow but surely sinking in To your gaze I can't help but follow you out to the waves Dream vision, night swimming, lips crimson, I'm given One last chance to land my hand upon your angel skin And make my way to your place To my dismay you start to fade And I'm left to dread the moment when i wake But I will meet you when the morning comes again And you can rest your weary head upon my skin Cast your song with me along the roaming wind And i'll ride along the night lines And meet you when the morning comes again This night, so right, cannot find the perfect rhyme When you're standing Naked as the stars amongst the night sky I'll follow your shadow Cast along the waves shallow I'm holding, wide open In my hands a dream that's broken This angel, so graceful, has left my world unstable Wandering so close to the moonlight closing in Down on me, all my dreams Before I had the chance to speak, I will greet her fading vision in the sea But I will meet you when the morning comes again And you can rest your weary head upon my skin Cast your song with me along the roaming wind And i'll ride along the night lines And meet you when the morning comes again Meet you when the morning comes again
10.
She caught a railroad out of town Destination unknown Bound for some new sights and some new sounds That she had never known But when the night time rain came fallin' Swore she heard her name a-callin' Ask her what's her game, She'll stall and say, I walk alone down life's sad highway I walk alone down life's sad highway Since she made it out this far, She swore someday she'll be a star, You'll see her on the big screen one fine day But since she left it seems so shallow Every dream she wished to follow Leaves her here to sing one hollow phrase I walk alone down life's sad highway I walk alone down life's sad highway Now the night moon floods her city room A pale and empty lonely gloom She'll make her way to the windows and close the shades She'll pin it down and shut it out The outside world can't see her now She'll sing herself to sleep just like every other day I walk alone down life's sad highway I walk alone down life's sad highway Well it must have been a hundred years Passed and gone and left him here In the mirror his reflection starts to fade He's an old man in an old world dying It's hard to see the sense in trying Attitudes he'll have through dying days I walk alone down life's sad highway I walk alone down life's sad highway Well maybe somewhere in memories He'd caught a dream he'd never seen Somewhere along his tattered history page Way too foolish then to even know He made the choice not long ago He closed his eyes and turned his head away I walk alone down life's sad highway I walk alone down life's sad highway And he says to this day i walk alone Along familiar roads I roam No family to even see on holidays And a bitter man I have become Until my life's last falling sun Will close my eyes and carry me away I walk alone down life's sad highway I walk alone down life's sad highway
11.
When I could finally find the ears to listen I heard the sweetest song Where one could finally see the world from a distance And learn where we belong In an endless sea of stars that glisten We're a raindrop in the squall And for what we fight, and for what we die It doesn't really matter at all Because one day we will all reside In a finer home on the other side And when our days and nights subside We'll finally find one place in time We all will find a home on the other side Where we can finally walk these ancient grounds With our new found footstep's beat We will see that every trace of life that surrounds Will eventually wash to the sea And that some day we might walk together All bound for our destiny But to think that we might last forever Is a fate that can never be Because one day we will all reside In a finer home on the other side And when our days and nights subside We'll finally find one place in time We all will find a home on the other side
12.
03:53
'Neath the sun we search All our lives, far and wide Scan the skies and the Earth For some meaning inside But when the storm and rain comes And shifts day to the night Will we remain in the darkness Or slip into the light When the morning comes, I swear I'm gonna find some peace through prayer So many answers way up there So many questions I can't bear Way up there I want to sleep through the night I want to dream a thousand storylines But I'm awake from the dark fall Up through the morning sunshine I want to change who I am I want to change the way I live life No matter what road I'm rolling on I hope I'm rolling on it right When the morning comes, I swear I'm gonna find some peace through prayer So many answers way up there So many questions I can't bear Way up there So many walk a lonely line Try to find a way to free a quiet mind And some, they have no mind to listen See, they're talking all the time And some they see the sky as blue and wide Endless chance for free flight And some they see an endless void Wide and empty in their eyes
13.
A chill and early morning on a dead and dusty road A hundred million solemn souls And no one hears the thunder shaking In the distant wind The time at hand has come again But no one seems to notice when The dark deadly sky is breaking A crack of lightning thrashes Across the sky it flashes Soon we're swallowed fast The whole wide world is taken The pellets of rain are pouring down Flooding along the muddy ground Some will swim and some will drown Leave them to the river's mad rage At the birth of early noon, We're standing hand in hand, eyes glued At the deep defiant drowning pool Of men, women, children of all age In a final futile fight For a dying gasp for life To the eyes a brutal sight That no human mind should undertake As the cluttery clouds clear apart And the sun sets on the sizzling yard The few remaining are staring hard Where the tangled twisted bodies lay In a torn and morbid grave Too late to pray to the lord to save Give all you give, and all you gave Means nothing in these final trying days And then the rest will fall Driven to a gentle crawl Soon to be consumed in all And diminished to an animal's ways Well the heat is heavy and hotter now As a call for war begins to sound And everything that's not pinned down The hoarding hands begin to defend With a wild and dashing eye And a pounding paranoia mind To grab the goods that lie nearby With swift feet moving to their ends Snatching all they can A free for all, a final stand A pity for those with empty hands Those not worthy of a hand to lend Now everyone's running for shelter but there's no shelter to be had When every hiding place you're looking at Has been stripped clean long, long ago The wells of water are running dry Nothing to fill the thirst inside Everyone's biding their own time Starting to dig their own holes To crawl in and hide away Waiting on that brighter day But it ain't gonna come our way May God have mercy on our souls Now hunted are the ones that run And trampled are the standing ones In the final war that no one won Weapons drawn standing about face In a grizzly battlefield A war torn world, a history sealed Imminent fate of man revealed As blind soldiers marching through the haze With no religion now No feet to stand too proud Heavy are the growing clouds A shadow over the end of an age
14.
03:07
How can I sleep tonight when I can't even dream And I watch the news of violence, wait for all the blood to flee When a sullen remembrance of song, 20 years and flying All my connections are gone And I feel the past is dying I wait, and reflect in silence And dream of a future life With the city lights and a bright night Shining down, and I know It's gonna be a.. Long long road To travel all alone But I'll seize my way back home And when the summer sun falls And the winters hail long I'll seize my way back home To be on the top of the world You underneath, you're flying Just like an eagle soaring High above the treeless skyline Would be a magical art Viewed in black and white But true are the colors at heart Outlined in a fading timeline A name without a face And a dream without no place to go Except one road And it's a long long road To travel all alone But I'll seize my way back home And when the summer sun falls And the winters hail long I'll seize my way back home So lord walk with me a while And show me how to smile For I feel the cloud's low growl Like a howling wolf in a sheepless town And I dream of the sweet sunshine But I see slow but sure it's dying away Behind the horizon tonight
15.
Where you gonna go now wandering soul Now that your story reads A plot unbearable, a scared main character Staring down at his feet Rolling feet never knowing quite when to wander, When to recede When they're faced with the heavy haul Up a mountain of reality Maybe you will bail on a railway trailing Out far from the east And head bound for the midwest mountains Where you live among the trees Where your hands always look so dirty But your mind feels so clean And you can marvel at the darkest star spotted skies You'll ever see Or maybe city lights And a fast paced life More suits to your fancy Where half lie awake And half lie dreaming In a city that never sleeps You hail a cab on a highway jammed As far as the eye can see There's so many people here You'll have no fear Of ever having to feel lonely Don't lay it on the table Everything you are able On a five card lucky streak Or overestimate the cost Of cutting your losses And walking with your dignity Don't turn and roll over And lay it on the shoulder Of an angel in the breeze You can't be a sinner your whole damn life And be a saint in your time of need You been walking that road Hoping that a pot of gold Is gonna fall down at your feet But you can't sing a song For five minutes long And catch a timeless melody You can't understand Your fellow man The way your ears are curled You can't lay your hand on a page of words And capture the heart of the world All along the line Keep a mindful eye Of all the people that you've hurt You know, the ones from your past Who you turned your back on And left lying in the dirt It don't matter how good you are You'll wage many a war Just try and make sure Before you draw your sword You know what you're fighting for Well the road is wide And i hope in time You'll be mindful of your deeds For the eyes in the sky Won't measure your life On if you fail or succeed And when the time has come For your road to run Right up through its end I hope with your fellow human beings That you've made your amends
16.
There she stands out on the edges of my dreams Holding up all the boundaries of my memories And I've been cold as ice to a heart so warm and sweet Seems to greet me with an open mind When I way down on my knees Fast as easy days have come How the easy days have gone Left me stumbling on this tired road That I've been roaming on From the inside to the outside My soul it has been worn She spreads her wings and sheds her quickness As she lifts me through the storm Waves are rising deep I turned around a moment now And I'm up to my knees Fighting with the violent mighty Rolling seas I looked upon the open skies in complete disbelief She'll ease my weary mind And calm my fears She spreads her warm sunshine On yesteryears Though dreams might fade with me into the night When the morning comes she'll be my only light If you told me once then you told me twice Now I'll adhere to your advice I lose you now and I might pay the price Of losing something that might be everything to me In my whole life I'm diving deeper into the sea I've been living in Way too many nights Waiting waiting for the sweet sun to lightly spread and shine Over oceans, troubled oceans Of my lonely churning mind Patient hiding waiting silent On the outskirts edge of time And I'm wondering in the rain Just what I might find Now when the storm rolls in And every silver lining on my clouds are running thin I look to my once shining light And now it's fading dim Just to find that my only light It has yet to begin She'll ease my weary mind And calm my fears She spreads her warm sunshine On yesteryears Though dreams might fade with me into the night When the morning comes she'll be my only light

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Recorded Live at Eddie's Attic in Decatur, Georgia

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released December 15, 2006

These are some of my earliest experiences as a live performer living far from home right after college. I was just learning the harp as well...I hope you enjoy!!

All music written/performed by Josh Taylor. Special thanks to Eddie's Attic in Georgia and thanks to Yoon for the album art!

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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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