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

by Josh Ward Taylor

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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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Track Name: Fistful of Diamonds
'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
Track Name: If I Only Knew
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
Track Name: Isn't It Heaven?
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?
Track Name: Out On The Run
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
Track Name: The Highway Lines
'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
Track Name: My Lost Way
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
Track Name: North Georgia Blues
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
Track Name: Blue Day
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
Track Name: When The Morning Comes Again
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
Track Name: Life's Sad Highway
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
Track Name: The Other Side
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
Track Name: Way Up There
'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
Track Name: A Fate of Man
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
Track Name: Back Home
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
Track Name: Wherever You Wander
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
Track Name: My Only Light
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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