Ash

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released December 1, 2010

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Track Name: The Everything Train
It's a welcome back I'd like to hear
I need from time to time
But a welcome is easily overstayed
And I've overstayed my share of mine

And all I've learned through those times
Is the truth is not easy to betray
So point me in the right direction
And I'll be on my way

And I come from the west
The truth is plain
You know me best
And as for me I'm hopping on that everything train

And I'm gonna ride it
I'm gonna ride it
I'm gonna ride it
All the way through

Truth be told all points lead to here
And now is all that I know
Should the seed of time think it wise
To let all that surrounds grow

Then let it grow many days for us
So that we may live to be free
And let not what has come before this
Blind our sight to see

And I come from the west
The truth is plain
You know me best
And as for me I'm hopping on that everything train

And I'm gonna ride it
I'm gonna ride it
I'm gonna ride it
All the way through

Shed not one single tear today
Let only happiness rain
For I am a willing passenger on
This everything train
Track Name: Apple Pie
Cherry cobbler and apple pie
I don't wanna let a good thing die
If you were to leave me I'd lose my mind
Cherry cobbler and apple pie
Apple pie

I just keep on strolling along
I don't ever wanna do you wrong
From you I'd never want to hide
Don't take away that apple pie
Apple pie

I don't wanna lose sleep tonight
I wanna know everything's alright
Strawberry shortcake chocolate chip
Don't take away that apple pie
Apple pie

I don't know if you ever heard
But I've been hanging on every word
But I don't wanna let the wrong word fly
Don't take away that apple pie
Apple pie
Track Name: Easy
Don't let them get you down
Let's stroll through the hills
And lay ourselves to rest upon the riverside

They don't know you
They take away your time
Let's get it back at our new home in the desert

And when they flood
Their lives upon the sand
We'll swim ashore and say
"Is that all you've got?"

Don't let them get you down
Our love is free
It is a wild beast
That can never be caught
Track Name: 22 and a Half
You see with clouded vision already made your decision
Giving me the cold wind gaze
But people like you dry out with the morning dew
Your memory hits me like a summer haze

Your life has been sized and I find myself surprised
That I feel like I can read your mind
I'm not saying that I'm wise but sometimes my mind flies
And time is love of a different kind

And time is what you need to get your mind freed
But thinking is something for which you never had a care
Well thinking is free so start your shopping spree
And find that to you I was always more than fair

In your stubborn little way you could ruin somebody's day
Was it always worth it to have the last word?
I don't say much to you I'll say you've lost touch
Talking a lot don't guarantee you're being heard

And people do talk like birds in a flock
Squawking in the trees until they grow weary
You're a bird without wings you talk about all sorts of things
Just a bird with a big vocabulary

Bring your mouth to a crawl
Think and you shall free fall
Catch on late there ain't no shame in that

You're too many notes in a song
Too many days gone wrong
All the jokes you tell are falling flat

Your life has been sized and I find myself surprised
That I feel like I can read your mind
I'm not saying that I'm wise but sometimes my mind flies
And time is love of a different kind
Time is love of a different kind
Track Name: Moving My Wheels
I'm gonna start moving my wheels
And I won't ever stop
Until my wheels won't move anymore

And all those miles ahead
Just like an old friend
Are waiting for me to find what it is I'm looking for

I'm searching for your face in the trees
And your scent in the cool breeze

No one can ever tell you
Exactly what you need to hear
They can't read what's going on in your mind

So I'll keep moving my wheels
And if the answer comes to me
I may just leave this earthly body behind

I turned the engine without the keys
Can we go a little faster please?

If everyone alive
Were to stand in place
And in unison say one single word

Would the heavens divide
And would the angels cry?
At the most beautiful sound that they've ever heard

I turned the engine without the keys
Can we go a little faster please?

So I'll keep moving my wheels
I'll keep on moving these old rusty wheels
I'll keep moving my wheels until the day I die
Track Name: In No Shape to Drive
If you're asking me if I done did drink with Gunga Din
Well I did
Yes I did

If you're asking me if I drank enough to kill a small horse
Well of course
Yes of course

I was playin' checkers but the world was playin' chess
So I turned an ugly day into a beautiful mess

Hello hundred dollar bill long time no see
How ya been?
How ya been?

Goodbye hundred dollar bill I hardly knew you at all
Goodbye
Goodbye

I was buying rounds for every new face that I would meet
So I proceeded to flood my walk upon the street

I know we only just met but I sense I'm in the presence of excellence
My new friend
My new friend

Congratulations on a life well-lived so far
'til the end
'til the end

The strangers kept on a' gawking
And I kept on a' walking
Givin' the stink-eye to parking meters along the way
And just up ahead I could hear the ocean calling my name
And I kept on a' walking
Track Name: Until You Come Home
I took away the wheels you use for rolling
I took away the shoes you need for strolling
I took away the hands that help in controlling

The fingers you use when you need to make a call
I take the 'em away when I don't want to take 'em at all

And I'm wonderin' how long until you come home

I threw away my watch that I never use
I gave up the bottle that I tend to abuse
I blew out my mind every single fuse

I feel like I'm living and dying all at once
The years I'm living are passing away like months

And I'm wonderin' how long until you come home

I'm waiting for the winter but it's only early spring
I want to live longer but it feels like it's only a fling
I care too much about every single thing

I work so proudly just to reach the run of the mill
And I'm strugglin' just to pay last month's bill

So forget about that emergency phone call dream
There's no need to hear the street siren scream
I'm not asking for anything extreme

I'm just wondering how long until you come home
Track Name: Breathing in Vain
Right for me is right for you
And that's right for everyone we know

Write on the wall and write on the door
That door is where we all come from

Every night we die
And every morning we're reborn again
Don't be caught running out
Don't be caught breathin' in vain

The day is yes and the night is you
There's nothing else that I would rather do

To go down walking the same streets I've always known
But they no longer felt like my home

Every night we die
And every morning we're reborn again
Don't be caught running out
Don't be caught breathin' in vain
Track Name: So Long
I'm tryin' to reach you
But it ain't that easy
'cause you don't know what to make of this world

No one's out to get you
Nothing's falling apart
Sometimes losing your mind is the place to start

So long
So long
So long to everything you've ever known

You cannot light the match
And blame the forest for burning
You cannot stop this old world from turning

But your mother thought she was clever
To name her daughter Never
With a name you'd be sure to rebel
But you never raise any hell

So long
So long
So long to everything you've ever known

So long
So long
So long to everything you've ever known