Without the Sound of Violence

by Cameron Blake

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Without the Sound of Violence

Track Listing:
1. Rugged Cross to Bear
2. Without the Sound of Violence
3. People
4. Abraham and Isaac
5. Old Moves
6. Cabin Fever
7. Queen Anne
8. Wide Awake
9. Blood in our Love
10. Driftwood

credits

released 06 December 2012

Cameron Blake: vocals, acoustic guitar, piano;
Geoff Knorr: cello, electric guitar (1), bass (9);
Dave Hadley: pedal steel guitar, dobro (6);
David Parker: electric guitar, acoustic guitar (5), bass;
Chris Pierorazio: drums, mandolin (2), backup vocals (1,6);
Ruby Fulton: accordion (6); Ed Tetreault: hammond B3 (9);
Jill Collier Warne: backup vocals (1,6).
All songs written by Cameron Blake (BMI).
Produced and mixed by Matthew Leffler-Schulman & Cameron Blake. Recorded by Matthew Leffler-Schulman at Mobtown Studios, Baltimore, MD (March 26-30, 2012).
Mastered by Bill Wolf at Bill Wolf Productions, Arlington, VA.
Album artwork/design by Janessa VanOeffelen.
Photo by Michael Collier.

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Track Name: Rugged Cross to Bear
The rooster crows at the break of dawn
But I’ve been hearin’ him all night long
“I’m losing”

Give me 20 minutes to be by myself
If I think real hard, I can figure it out
It’s crawling near

There’s a waiting room
With an empty chair
And the president isn’t sittin’ there
‘cause it’s a rugged cross to bear

I lost my money, I lost my home
Down in the valley of the great unknown
of foolish cares

With one foot in and one foot out
If the economy’s crumbling I can’t hear a sound
We’re moving fear

To another town
To another year
I don’t ask myself why we’re movin’ there
‘cause it’s a rugged cross to bear

Hey, hey, hey, better put your gun down
there ain’t nobody gonna hold you when the chips are down!

There’s a waiting room
With an electric chair
and the king of love keeps sitting there

I can’t hear a sound
From the jaws of fear
The switch goes down
and he’s still sitting there
He’s still sitting there
‘cause it’s a rugged cross to bear
It’s a rugged cross to bear
Track Name: Without the Sound of Violence
We know the quiver of the cotton field
We’ve heard the timbre of the strike of steel to steel
We feel the scrape of plates as they slide over our last meal
and read “My God, deliver us from evil”
“My God, deliver us from evil”

We’ve loved the ones who aren’t for love
We’ve kissed their foreheads in the grave
We’ve knelt in thorns and left our flowers to decay
We say, “Our sons, they died among the brave”
“Our sons, they died among the brave”

We’ve called it the breakdown of the mind
We’ve called them the ghosts that run this country blind
We’ve rattled all our keys and think of treason every time
and yet we built the barricades we climb
We built the barricades we climb

The madonna sheds a tear of blood, it trickles down her cheek
The girls at home pour prayers upon the ancient holy street
and honored men return again to the exact same thing to eat
Well, what’s to eat?

It all tastes the same, when it goes right down
like the tragic clown, it falls right down
On the battle ground, we hear no sound
Without the sound of violence

The soldier rubs a tear of blood that’s fallen down his cheek
and ma and pa hear nothing of the horrors he has seen
While the captains ring their servant men “pour me another drink”
Well, what’s to drink?

It all tastes the same, when it goes right down
Like the tragic clown, it falls right down
On the battle ground, we hear no sound
Without the sound of violence
Track Name: People
Everywhere I go I just see people
Tired people, wired people
Everywhere I turn I find more people
Lonely people, lazy people
Well, darling if I could I would just get away from all these other people

Everywhere I look I see more people
Broken people, lying people
Every time I hide I find more people
Desperate people, messed up people
Well, darling if I could I would just get away from all these other people

And I know it ain't worth much to feel alone inside
So honey, you and I have got to smile and try, try, try, try to be nice people

Say, I never feel alone but when I'm with you
When I see you, when I meet you
I never feel alone but when I talk to
Every sly fool I see right through
Dare me if I could I would just get away from all these people like you

Everyday I work I stare at people
Conniving people, crying people
On every street I walk I pass by people
Hungry people, dyin' people
Well, Lordy, Lordy if You could, would you steal away and make some better people?

And I know it ain't worth much to feel alone inside
So honey, you and I have got to smile and try, try, try, try to be nice people
Track Name: Abraham and Isaac
I am walking through the valley of the shadow
I am holding onto everything I know

I am crazy, I am crazy to be walking
To be loving, to be loving You at all

I hear singing, I hear singing through the nightmares
That is calling from the belly of my bones

I am walking, I am walking up the mountain
but I worry I’ll be walking down alone

How many miles?
How many trials?
How many…

I am stepping, I am stepping to the alter
Where I offer to lay his life upon this stone
You are breathing, breathing heavy through your nostrils
You are asking, as your eyes begin to roam

I hear singing, I hear singing through the nightmares
That is calling from the belly of my bones

I am walking, I am walking up the mountain
But I worry that I’ll be walking down alone

How many times?
How many tries?
How many lives?
Track Name: Old Moves
Everybody you meet
All the pennies you’ll spend
on the food that you eat
and the hearts that you win
but you love that damn dog
You love that man
and you miss this old house
but we’ll be back again

All the time that it takes
For roots to grow strong
With a trunk what will twist
and branches that bend
but you love that damn dog
and you love that gal
and you miss this old house
but we’ll be back somehow

Baby, where can we go from here?
My old bones from time to time forget about those years

and all the bullets you shoot
and the swords that you stab
and the tongues that you twist
Never hurt me that bad
Well, I loved you once
and I’ll love you again
and we’ll miss this old house, but we’ll be back again
Track Name: Cabin Fever
Cabin fever every time I see her, I get cabin fever in my mind
It ain’t funny, I’m like a fly in honey, spending so much money on wine and dine

Prize fighter at my typewriter, ready, set fire with every line
but I can’t write you ‘cause I’m always with you and this cabin fever robs me blind

Motorcycles make my baby frightened and my Chinese rifle makes her cry
Everybody on the river’s running and catching cabin fever on their lines

Baby, I’ve been here before, I built this table and I’ve mopped this floor
Why don’t you tell me why it is you’re cryin’ “more, more, more, more!”

I was wrong to leave you battered and bruised, but all my lovin’ stops here with you
So lets turn off the lights, chip off some ice, make it real nice, baby it’s alright,
We’re staying in tonight

with our cabin fever, where we’re true believers in underachievin’ with our time
When our chimney’s smoking, you might think we’re joking
but our love is soaking up the fire
Track Name: Queen Anne
On the horizon, you can see all the boats
Shielding my eyes from the sun’s ancient glow

On water like glass my sorrow reflects
The mind of a man is a tough one to crack
Well, won’t you come home pure as Queen Anne?
I’ll no longer be just a thorn in the sand

I taste the gravel that the tide musters up
It buries my sandals and toes in the mud

These skeletons laugh when the sorrow will pass
The soul of a woman has a shell I can’t crack
Well, won’t you come home?
Will you be back pure as Queen Anne?
If I’m a thorn in the sand?

Lady Queen Anne
My rose in the sand
Track Name: Wide Awake
Baby, as you’re falling off to sleep
The city’s wide awake and beckoning
I do not know this enemy you fight
but strike-by-strike I’m losing you tonight

Maybe, this love is like the tide
Changing but never satisfied
I can see the dark behind your eyes
Crazy and wide awake tonight

Baby, honey, please!
Don’t just sit me down upon your knee
Heavy, the angel’s tumbling
Like a paper airplane with a broken wing

Many have been down this weary road
Where dreams are wide awake in stereo
You say you need a man that soothes your soul
and a man needs something strong that he can hold onto

Silent and tender in the sky
The city glare has left the moon to light
I do not know this enemy you fight
but strike-by-strike I’m losing you tonight

Baby, honey, please!
Don’t just sit me down upon your knee
Heavy, the angel’s tumbling
Like a paper airplane with a broken wing

Many have been down this weary road
Where dreams are wide awake in stereo
You say you need a man that soothes your soul
and a man needs something strong
a man needs something strong
a man needs something strong
that he can hold onto
Track Name: Blood In Our Love
There’s blood on the T. V.
There’s blood in the rags
There’s blood in the riches
and the coming of age

There’s blood in our memories
There’s blood on our flag
There’s blood on the soil
when the sky don’t rain

There’s blood in the ocean
There’s blood on the road
There’s blood like a river
flowing into our homes

There’s blood in our eyes
There’s blood on your lips
There’s blood like a drummer
When you’re shaking your hips

There’s blood in our love
There’s blood in our love

There’s blood in the fingers
and in the stretching of wings
There’s blood in the music
from the violin strings

There’s blood in the lion
and in the bumblebee sting
There’s blood turning green
from winter to spring

There’s blood in our hunger
There’s blood in our thirst
There’s blood in the last
For they will always be first

There’s blood in the baby
who’s too young to win
There’s blood in the letter
from a general’s pen

There’s blood in our love
There’s blood in our love

There’s blood in the prisons
There’s blood on the street
There’s blood in decisions
that keep us from sleep

There’s blood on the collars
-white and blue
There’s blood in our freedom
to love who we choose

There’s blood in our love
There’s blood in our love
Track Name: Driftwood
We couldn’t keep the fire burnin’
Now it’s getting dark and I am cold
I feel the distant thunder yearning
So, I’ll sit and watch the sunset on my own

I always dreamed the day was comin’
When we would have a happy home
but I don’t know where I am runnin’
So I’ll sit and let my mind just start to roam

I don’t hear you when you’re talkin’
Your voice sounds fuzzy on the phone
My feet go numb as I am walkin’
So I’ll sit and drink this seventh one alone

I can’t stand the sound of breakin’
Coming through my radio
Have you ever felt a body achin’?
Then won’t you sit and try to mend this heart of stone?

We couldn’t keep the fire burning
With the driftwood in the coals
In the deep the tide is turnin’
So I’ll sit and miss the love we might have known