Paranoia Town (Full Album​)​-​2008

by Josh Ward Taylor

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.
    Purchasable with gift card

      name your price

     

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.

about

The title track, "Paranoia Town" pretty much sums up the album. These were alot of stream of conscious writings that I penned that year. I wrote alot of songs about the state of the world at the time, and my own life and paranoia seemed to be a common theme.

credits

released December 15, 2008

All Words & Music Written, Performed & Produced by Josh Taylor. Copyright 2008.
Special thanks to Yoon for the album art and photography!

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

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

contact / help

Contact Josh Ward Taylor

Streaming and
Download help

Track Name: Letter to the Queen
From this mountaintop
Your sun would never drop
Down into the valleys where I'd weep
You had everything
A queen could ever need
Somehow you just never wanted me
So you take a bow
To the princes that would vow
Always just to prowl around your feet
With roses in their hands
They'd fall to your demands
If only but to feel your lone heart beat

And I'll be lonesome on my way
I'll be the only one who didn't stay
I'll be quite lonesome on my way
And I'll be the only one who walked away

So you journey down
To the lonesome peasant town
And flaunt your beauty anywhere you turn
Yes you'd catch the eyes
Of the foolish men that tried
But fall into your trap and never learn
You tempt them with your ways
And sent them on a chase
Never let them reap what they have earned
And until that day your mirror crashed
You learned your looks would never last
They wind up in the fire getting burned

And I'll be lonesome on my way
I'll be the only one who didn't stay
I'll be quite lonesome on my way
And I'll be the only one who walked away

I hope you had a chance
To catch a second glance
And read my seething letter to the queen
Hope you shed a tear
For anyone you've traveled near
And the troubles those lonesome souls have seen
But now your night is young
It seems you've had your fun
Now it's time you head on down the road
But honey, where your beauty lays
It ain't anywhere but on your face
And you can take that with you when you go
Track Name: Paranoia Town
Don't walk with a crutch
Don't walk with a cane
Don't run and hide
When the mad skies rain
'Cause you can bet on your next full moon that the same
Ol' wild wolves cry
They claim the clowns
Are cryin' down around the alleyway
The acrobat kicked his hat
Up on the sun to shade
Him from the fear that wanders near
In so many ways
More than stars in the sky

So whatcha hidin' from?
And why do you run?
Take a look at just what
You have become
I don't care either way
But I have to say
It must get lonely down
In paranoia town

The air raid screams
Through the t.v. screen
The talkin' heads of walkin' dead
Apocalyptic dreams
They manifest a hornet nest
And try to guess who's next
And where the beast will feed
They make it known
To folks at home
Where the danger looms
They say, 'stand clear of the windows in your room
Draw your shades and sharpen blades
For the black sky noon
When the storm clouds bleed

So whatcha hidin' from?
And why do you run?
Take a look at just what
You have become
I don't care either way
But I have to say
It must get lonely down
In paranoia town

I heard a warning
There's a monster in the morning mist
Say, 'hey mom and dad, grab your children by the wrist'
And lead away from the places
Where the strangers exist
Render them blind
A trick of Russian roullette
Trust is just a deadly game
Can't bring yourself to look a stranger in the face
Looking over that shoulder
Of the only one that's sane
At least in your mind

So whatcha hidin' from?
And why do you run?
Take a look at just what
You have become
I don't care either way
But I have to say
It must get lonely down
In paranoia town

So cut loose that noose
Wrapped around your brain
Set free your disease
The fear of falling rain
The barricade caught the waves
And sprung a leak in the frame
Now the sea rolls in
So stand alone
Flesh and bone
By the sweet sunshine
Don't bury your head
In these uncertain times
Look and laugh
While the rest of them run and they hide
While your still standing

Say, whatcha hidin' from?
And why do you run?
Take a look at just what
You have become
I don't care either way
But I have to say
It must get lonely down
In paranoia town
Track Name: What the Thunder Brings
Should I leave today
Before the highways burn
Before the mountains cave
And the tides they turn
I saw the moonlight dim
Upon human skin
It was the last time before the end would begin

But I could hear the voices
From the sky as they were hurled
Swore I saw the sunshine
On a far off distant world
And I heard the last words
Of the wise man as he'd sing
'You never know just what the thunder may bring'

But if you gotta leave
Better leave right now
And hide from what the thunder brings
Down through the mountain clouds
There's a rising in the ocean
And a fire on the waves
There's a hurricane that's hiding in the wind
And the tide's gonna come a-rolling on in
And wash us all away

I heard the pounding hooves
Swift through the midnight move
I heard the lightning strike
And the storm clouds brew
They cast a last warning
Before the new morning
Some final thoughts from the sky
As they laid us down to die

But I could hear the voices
From the sky as they were hurled
Swore I saw the sunshine
On a far off distant world
And I heard the last words
Of the wise man as he'd sing
'You never know just what the thunder may bring'

But if you gotta leave
Better leave right now
And hide from what the thunder brings
Down through the mountain clouds
There's a rising in the ocean
And a fire on the waves
There's a hurricane that's hiding in the wind
And the tide's gonna come a-rolling on in
And wash us all away

So should I leave today
Before the highways burn
Before the mountains cave
And the tides they turn
I saw the moonlight dim
Upon human skin
It was the last time
Before the end would begin
Track Name: Fortune Teller
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
Track Name: Choosy Peddler
From the fiery depths of your kingdom's cave
I awake within my broken cage
I kick the lock loose, I let the door sway
And I set free my hands that were bound
Well I knelt beneath your nobility
Your mad majestic monarchy
I couldn't help my urge to feed
The hungry wolves that hung around
With sad and sunken eyes they'd sing
Hoping that their howling
Would draw some sympathy from your inner ring
But you didn't hear a sound
I guess you had your ears turned down

Well don't mind me, I'm a choosy peddler
I beg my way through the sunny weather
I've gotta set my sights on a new sun's dawn
But I turned my head and tomorrow is gone

In the shadow of your silhoutte
I cast my only life's regret
Beg forgiveness that I still have yet
To deserve or receive
I'm a man who stands on consequence
With one too many sins to repent
And an angel all but innocent
She has brought me to my knees
Now your silver drums on the moon they pound
And your diamond curtain comes a-tumblin' down
I get one long lasting gaze around
To see if there's a light for me
But they don't shine no light on me

Well don't mind me, I'm a choosy peddler
I beg my way through the sunny weather
I've gotta set my sights on a new sun's dawn
But I turned my head and tomorrow is gone

Now the clouds move swift on a snow bound cliff
And I fight like hell to regain my grip
Waiting on the moment when I'd slide and slip
But that free fall never comes
Now your clock, she turns like a merry go round
As you're flashing and your flickering your lights and sounds
And you got your own little crowd of clowns
But they ain't having any fun
And me I'm heading out on my way
I'll set my watch to another day
And I'll watch the hours as they slip away
And I turn my back to the sun
I guess I'll make my midnight run

Well don't mind me, I'm a choosy peddler
I beg my way through the sunny weather
I've gotta set my sights on a new sun's dawn
But I turned my head and tomorrow is gone
Track Name: She Ain't A Love of Mine
I felt the fire road
I rode the hurricane
I came close to a fiery ghost
But I melted all her flames
I heard the leaves fly
I hear the train's coming around
It's leaving town in the early morning
And there ain't no bell to sound

But you don't have to lose
To redefine
I never did think I'd see the day
When she ain't a love of mine
Well she wore all the wounds
That she needed to hide
I never did think I'd see the day
When she ain't a love of mine

The last evening smiled
And drifted off for a while
I waded through the swamp with a stranger
And we stripped it down, her style
I crawled upon the dunes
Burning night and noon
I floated like a feather on the will of a wave
And I watched the sun crash through

But you don't have to lose
To redefine
I never did think I'd see the day
When she ain't a love of mine
Well she wore all the wounds
That she needed to hide
I never did think I'd see the day
When she ain't a love of mine

I sailed upon the mist
I felt the twilight kiss
I crowded around with a chorus of angels
And it's all that I could've wished
I lost a memory line
Drinkin' moonshine
I curled up in the corner like a coward
And waited for the clock to tick my time

But you don't have to lose
To redefine
I never did think I'd see the day
When she ain't a love of mine
Well she wore all the wounds
That she needed to hide
I never did think I'd see the day
When she ain't a love of mine
Track Name: Middle Of The Road
Shed no sorrow for me
I've made my bed
Oh well, oh well
Come tomorrow,
The highway leads my head
Oh well, oh well
Wherever I go
I know one thing that's dead
This golden fairy tale
And all that's hollow
Will fill me up instead
Until my heart can't swell no more

I don't need no one
I don't need no sun
To light this lone dark soul
I don't need no high
I don't need no low
I'm in the middle of the road

Share no moonbeam
Across my dying waves
Oh well oh well
Cast no quiet stream
To cool my summer days
Oh well oh well
If I've fallen
Then leave me in my place
Where I'm bound to dwell
Lend no helping hand
To the man who only takes
And keeps it for himself

I don't need no one
I don't need no sun
To light this lone dark soul
I don't need no high
I don't need no low
I'm in the middle of the road

No open window
Across my lonesome room
Oh well, oh well
No sweet birdsong
To strip me from my gloom
Oh well, Oh well
Stars, they flicker
And they vanish from my view
All my stars, they fell
And I'm left searching
For some wholesome honest truth
That I have never felt

I don't need no one
I don't need no sun
To light this lone dark soul
I don't need no high
I don't need no low
I'm in the middle of the road
Track Name: A Half-Wit's Fairy Tale
I heard a half-wit's fairy tale
On the shiny silver lining of the gloom
Electric morning fire
Crept up like a wildcat howling at the moon
A little man that could barely stand
Four feet tall if a yard was all he'd grown
He had a little tiny pouch full of tales untold
Said he got them somewhere

Somewhere down the road
Somewhere down the road

Well he spoke of a princess named "maybe someday"
Who had an ironclad bulletproof vest of stone
The townsfolk never cared to poke
Into why this sad-eyed lady walked alone
And in the eve when the moon was bare naked
And all across the country shone
She would wait for a prince to take her there
On an altar all carved out of gold

Somewhere down the road
Somewhere down the road

The night leaves from a foreign breeze
Came tumbling down through the mist
And upon the streets
And inside, the kingdom's sky
Was red and gray from the smoke and fire heat
The king's strings left dangling from a broken man
Leaning on a broken throne
And where his wind blows
No one seems to know
But it's rolling
The say it's rolling somewhere

Somewhere down the road
Somewhere down the road

Banging on the door one day
Was the red dead hand of an outlaw on his way
From a town so far away
Where mad men roam and the good men live as slaves
Where the ones without any sense
They rule the rest with an iron fist alone
And it's a place no honest man calls home
But they say
They say it ain't too far

Somewhere down the road
Somewhere down the road
Track Name: Islands Made of Gold
Another cold and lonesome evening
As the end's about to start
While the rambling gypsy lady
Disappears into the dark
And the quiet criminal shifts shapes
Like shadows in the park
He said he only steals enough to feel
Another day, then fade away
And no new smoke rises from these city scars
Remember long ago down a burning road
Like ancient ruins charred
Now the blind captain and his refugees
Think they're guided by the stars
On a sinking ship set sail
Bound for islands made of gold far away
Islands made of gold far away

Now the beggar man's hands bleed
By the burning of the fire
While the wealthy line their empires
With towers of desire
It's so easy for those with energy
To turn and ignore the tired
In a land empty of empathy
Well what else can you say
And the money man and his magic hands
And his hat of tricks, they've stalled
Stumbling down on wall street
And they got nowhere to fall
They were up and down
Now down and out
Sometimes a giant has to crawl
While the ageless sit and reminisce
About days when they were small
And they beg for islands made of gold far away
Islands made of gold far away

Now the preacher's bound
One foot in the ground
And one hand up to the sky
And he's torn within
By a life of sin
And a pious clean disguise
But he says it's fine
I'll shout my crimes
One day before I die
And by my lord above
I will be loved
And I won't be forsaked
And the demons play
With smiling faces as they take the blame
Laughing at the masses
As they're huddled out in the rain
And with a booming voice
He shouts a choice
But only one remains
He says 'surrender to me willingly
Or I'll be forced to take from your graves
On islands made of gold far away
Islands made of gold far away
Track Name: Where You Belong
She had reasons all her own
To pick up and to leave when the morning shone
Standing there in the Florida sun
With newborn baby in arms, she's run
Wedlock wars been waging on
She wore too many faces for way too long
The caring one not being cared for at all
Heads up the coastline where she belongs

And what you dreamed when you were young
Well it might not be when it's all said and done
So cross that doorway, you're already gone
Head up the coastline where you belong

Through rainy seasons and stormy nights
She'd wait up late for the love of her life
To come back home just to see his wife
And his beautiful child and to be a father for a night
Fairytale dreams are often left deceived
By all the broken promises he claimed he'd keep
But she'd put an end to all the pain she's known
Heads up the coastline she's coming back home

And what you dreamed when you were young
Well it might not be when it's all said and done
So cross that doorway, you're already gone
Head up the coastline where you belong
Track Name: Runnin' Out Of Love
I thought we've been here before
Wandered through this door
Set our feet upon the floor
Danced 'til we were sore
It took so long to realize
We were never so wise
Looking deep into your eyes
I see you're trying to hide

You hide your face
So no one else can see
So they don't steal your fate
And what you were meant to be
Say what you have to say
But say it all to me
And if you run away
Come and run away with me
Before I run out of all my love to send to you

Now I'm standing in the sun
And you lie in shade
And when I walk to you, you run
And you play your games
I hear your fighting words again
But you always win
I cast my thoughts upon the wind
Because you don't hear them when

You hide your face
So no one else can see
So they don't steal your fate
And what you were meant to be
Say what you have to say
But say it all to me
And if you run away
Come and run away with me
Before I run out of all my love to send to you

Now we're standing here alone
And your secrets came
And though they cut me to the bone
You seem to feel no shame
And now your time has come to see
What you've done to me
You turn your back and close your eyes
You don't realize

You hide your face
So no one else can see
So they don't steal your fate
And what you were meant to be
Say what you have to say
But say it all to me
And if you run away
Come and run away with me
Before I run out of all my love to send to you

If you like Josh Ward Taylor, you may also like: