Heart of Wood

by My Father's Son

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released December 11, 2016

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Track Name: Heart of Wood
I would marry the forest if it wanted me to
Where the cedars stand as tall as their beauty rings true
The birds they were watching as I lay watching growing my own roots
My feet in the ground, I pounded them down
Grew taller than any man should
I shed my old flesh and grew a heart of wood

I would dance with the water if intentions were true
Before it freezes over in it's icy tomb
Mother was watching as I lay watching the ice pulling through
A reflection of days appeared in the glaze
An order far too tall
The trees they were breathing without ever breathing at all

I shed my old flesh and grew a heart of wood
Track Name: Lightning
Lightning came crashing as the thunder rolled in
We huddled in the cellar as our courage ran thin
It's so easy to be scared of things we don't understand
While you prayed for your blue skies
I did my best to be a man

I thought I was dying, that old constant curse
The silence of the bed sheets only made it worse
So I screamed life's a poem, each day a new verse
The end it is written, the ink pens from birth

It's always our fears that cover soil in salt
'Cause if nothing new is growing, no one's at fault
Lyin's so damn easy in a world void of truth
Just answer-less riddles, just a series of clues

I thought I was dying, that old constant curse
The silence of the bed sheets only made it worse
So I screamed life's a poem, each day a new verse
The end it is written, the ink pens from birth

You knew as well as I did, this storm, it would pass
We counted growing absence in those heavenly blasts
I've lost that fear now, that childish woe
Yet it still falters my courage when God's drums start to roll

I thought I was dying, that old constant curse
The silence of the bed sheets only made it worse
So I screamed life's a poem, each day a new verse
The end it is written, the ink pens from birth
Track Name: Salty Tides
Take my broken heart down by the sea
Leave it in the salty tides, it's no more use to me
Watch the rows of caring waves take it away
My love and my tears, the wealth of my years
Are floating away

Take my shattered dreams down by the sea
Leave them in the scattered stones, its where they need to be
Watch the rows of gentle waves take them away
MY love and my fears the wealth of my years
Are floating away
Track Name: Sparrow's Song
You said my love you know that some day I will die
But don't fear being alone, I'll never leave your side
'Cause if I leave before you go and if the lake runs dry
The river will run from all the tears that flowed from our eyes

I said my love we'll lay until it's time to go
I don't think a love so bright could ever cease to glow
A sparrow's song in the morning sun brings sweet serenity
But man will fall one by one like autumns coloured leaves
If I die before you die will you remember me
And look back on each passing day with fondest memories

The sun rose from the east to end another night
It lit the candles behind your sleeping eyes
Said "I told you once, I'll tell you twice, this love will never die"
We both have given all our hearts and we never even had to try

A sparrow's song in the morning sun brings sweet serenity
But man will fall one by one like autumns coloured leaves
If I die before you die will you remember me
And look back on each passing day with fondest memories
Track Name: Dying
I went running by the river, there I saw that plume of smoke
The sun was setting in the ashes of my old home
I went walking down the road
The wolves were lined there in staggered rows
But they weren't howling at the moon
Like the wolves I'd known

You said "Son, the dying's the easy part
It's living with the ghost of what you've done
That will haunt your heart

That old tree we used to swing in
Well they burned it to the ground
That old tree we used to love
It fell with a sound

You said "Son, the dying's the easy part
It's living with the ghost of what you've done
That will haunt your heart

I had a notion that you might know
While those shadows crawled up the wall
The ghost of tomorrow you'll never know
You gotta take it slow
But now your haunting this old town
All the hallways, all around
You lived for something but you died for nothing
Behind these walls

You said "Son, the dying's the easy part
It's living with the ghost of what you've done
That will haunt your heart
Track Name: Proud
Sow your land and sow the dirt
Mend the hearts that you've hurt
Sow your seeds into the ground
Watch them grow, wash them down
Know your faults, and know your wrongs
You've been taken for granted all along
Do some good, forget your bad
Forget it all, leave it in the past
Leave it all...

Sow all your land with calloused bleeding hands
Take it from me it won't be long
'Cause every single man must slouch before he stands
Sow your seed and watch your family grow

So raise your crops and raise your kids
Raise a glass for all you missed and all you know
Leave your past in the past
Look forward now and you won't get blasted by
The feeling, you left something behind

The moon will shine upon your lover's womb
The moon will shine up your fields full bloom

The past you never knew is feeling extra true
You know you left it all behind
But the kids that you now grow
And the seeds that you have sown
Well they'll make you proud man
You're gunna feel good soon
Track Name: Scare in the Crow
This house, this house has too many memories
Lets burn it down to the ground
These bones, these bones have too many memories
Lets bury them in the ground

Old crow don't be afraid of the man in hay
You know he wasn't put there by choice
I know the colour of death matches your vest
Though shrill, please know that you still have a voice

Old stone cast beneath the raging waterfall
Hold strong it will all be fine
I know your strength can only take so much
You'll become something bigger in time

These bones, this home, have too many memories
Lets burn them, lets bury them in the ground

Shy bird you'll never get a morning worm
Until you leave your nest and fly
I know the rising sun is bright on your tired eyes
It'll be worth it if you try

These bones, this home, have too many memories
Lets burn them, lets bury them in the ground

This house, this house has too many memories
Lets burn it down to the ground

So little naive boy you'll never see the pearly gates
Painted so high up above
You'll shake hands with the angels and devils all the same
Love them both just because
Track Name: Morning Bird
It's funny how the days go, they fall right off the wall
The sun can't keep up rising as quickly as it falls
Somewhere in those blue eyes is a place that feels like home
Everywhere a tree has fallen, something new must grow

May your young heart never falter, may you song always be sung
The wind always on your back to carry you along
I heard that old bird singing that old familiar song
But I never knew the words she sang until I sang along

So take my hand sweet darling, watch the sunrise bleeding through
We'll find a little solace in the pale face of the moon
So paint me something different, sculpt me something new
Like a portrait of a man trying to see this through

May your young heart never falter, may you song always be sung
The wind always on your back to carry you along
I heard that old bird singing that old familiar song
But I never knew the words she sang until I sang along
If I never find that alter, that chunk of land where I belong
I'll still find a little comfort while the morning bird sings your song
Someday when you are leaving to find where you belong
I'll be right here with that old bird
We'll be singing your song
Track Name: Yesterday's Fool
You built a garden, said it's good for your soul
I heard you'd forgotten about yesterday's fool
You sang to your flowers, as they listened they'd grow
Unlike the garden with yesterday's fool

The snow started falling, piled on the ground
Wasn't cold enough to stay there but we didn't make a sound
You said "Isn't it amazing? They're never the same"
They're always changing, like yesterday's fool

I loved your laughter, it's seldom heard anymore
I was crying in the bathroom but I didn't know what for
Now you're crying for someone, someone that you know
Will make you forget about yesterday's fool

That cold winter night, I crashed my old car
I remember you crying, how I never loved you more
I hope that spring brings you flowers
I hope you sing while they grow
Now we're nothing but strangers
Two bitter flakes of snow

The snow could never be the same
Never the same as the snow yesterday