Hide and Go Seek

by Cameron Blake

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released December 21, 2010

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Track Name: Every Hundred Miles
Stay for the night
Take off your coat
It’s been such a long time
Since I’ve had you alone

I’ve been runnin’ in circles and it’s taken its toll
How can I explain that I’ve missed you every hundred miles?
You’ll forgive me in a little while

One more for the road
A whisky and gin
To mock the parade
Just like we were kids

We wondered like stars, young in the sky
You filled up my nights and now I miss you every hundred miles
You’ll forgive me in a little while

I came here to say that I’m sorry
Effortless in every word
Wrote them down
Rehearsed each line
Then, I’ll walk away when you’ve heard

Well baby, it’s rough to be on your own
Worship yourself, then suffer alone
The dishes collect, the paint hasn’t dried
These thorns on the trail are now ankle high

Where you were my rose, punching through dirt
Budding in frost, growing in thirst
And all of the lovers that you will hurt will miss you every hundred miles
But you’ll forget me in a little while

I want to say that I’m sorry
Effortless in every word
Wrote them down
Rehearsed each line
Then, I’ll walk away when you’ve heard
Track Name: Never Taught Much
Momma never taught me to sing
Daddy never taught me to cry
Now you tell me that I must go
And learn how to leave things behind

Momma never let me walk home
Daddy never took me to swim
The old road is open, my hands on the wheel
But I’ll never touch you again

Chorus 1
Where did you come from and who do you know
When all of the world is dying alone?
You say you’re my lover, my sister, my friend
But you’re just like the others, protecting your skin

Chorus 1A
The sun burns for sinners, it rises for saints
And all your inheritance is lost in a blink
The costume was ugly, the mask bit my lip
You were quick to the punch, now I’m drowning in it

Momma never taught me to lie
Daddy never taught me to shave
Now every time I picture your smile
I shake and I can’t hold the blade

Momma never let me grow up
‘Cause daddy chased the monsters away
And as I watch these tears leave your eyes
I face that monster I clearly became

Chorus 1
Chorus 1A

Now you hear I’m coming back.
With all that I own and all that I lack
I will hand you a letter with a picture that if you
Remember deserves a good laugh

That momma never learned how to sing
Daddy never let himself cry
Now it’s time for me to run free and leave
And live off the land for awhile
Track Name: Hide and Go Seek
Don’t you underestimate us; we have lived here much longer than you know
Stack that woodpile in the corner, soaked in Bourbon it will burn right through the snow

Her flannel dangles on your shoulder, as your beard is growing older in the cold
You have loved so many others; you have shaken all the innocence you’ve stolen

Ready or not here I come to blank face stares at my shirt undone
Ready to run, but I can’t run, your mouth is wet, my chest is numb

The bird seed shells are black as raisons on the backdrop of the white December earth
And as you look out of your window, you become the person that you’ve always hurt

We’ve come so far in our deliverance, she says while digging through the drugstore in her purse
My halo’s sometimes rather crooked, I never tend to fear I’ve lived to see the worst

Ready or not here I come to blank face stares at my shirt undone
Ready to run, but I can’t run, your mouth is wet, my chest is numb

In the siren’s solitary whistle, the devil plays a contrapuntal jig for two
“Well, tell the truth like any other, but leave the part out where I cover up the truth”

A record scratches up the needle, the spotlight sizes up the center of the room
And there you stand with all your laundry, your clothes are dirty but my mind can see right through

Ready or not here I come to blank face stares at my shirt undone
Ready to run, but I can’t run, your mouth is wet, my chest is numb

Give us bread to wipe our faces, serve us wine to stain the places where we’ve been
I hear the mice jump under stove tops, round the pilot light to clear the crumbs I’ve left

Momma taught me how to hold you, how a woman wants the pillows on her bed
I wish our bodies never slept, I wish to Jesus that these thorns come off my head

Ready or not here I come to blank face stares at my shirt undone
Ready to run, but I can’t run, your mouth is wet, my chest is numb

Now the country is a monster, the combines rusting in an overgrow of mirth
Living hungry like mosquitoes, feeding on the backs of calves until they burst

The papers say I’ve killed a brother, but I was dead before the trigger shot him first
But everybody is forgotten, except the saints who pray each day for their re-birth

Ready or not here I come to blank face stares at my shirt undone
Ready to run, but I can’t run, your mouth is wet, my chest is numb
Track Name: Down to the River
Put on your armor
Take up your sword
Lace up your boots as you walk in the Lord

Some baptized by fire
Some baptized by rain
Some baptized in honor
Some baptized in pain

As we walk down to the river
Down toward love
Down to your maker
And be washed as white as a dove

Let’s gather around this child with hands
Hands that protect, hands to defend
Just like our Savior’s, pierced through the bone
Let’s care for this child as one of your own

As we walk down to the river
Down toward love
Down to your maker
And be washed as white as a dove

Look around
Look around
And see your mother, your father, your sisters and brothers
Carry the cross with you now

As we walk down to the river
Down toward love
Come on down to your maker
And be washed as white as a dove
Track Name: Spring Sparrow
Oh sparrow, come near
The sun’s going down
Fly me back home
Wherever that is

The battle is done
And the music is faint
But the bells ring of love
It’s funny you came

Chorus 1
I spent my winters in your arms
Summer mornings playing cards
Autumn nights in garden beds
Before the frost bit down

Chorus 1A
Moonlight bathes the park
As we are making love in the dark
And all you have to do is tell me what it is you want
And darling you’ll sing away the memories that changed my heart
Won’t you sing away the memories?

Oh sparrow don’t hide
It’s snowing like hell
But your wings aren’t stuck
And your nest is dry

The battle is won
And my uniform’s frayed
But the bells ring of love
It’s so funny that you came

Chorus 1
Chorus 1A
Track Name: Moonshiner
I’ve been a moonshiner for seventeen long years
I spent all my money on whiskey and beer
I go to some hollow and set up my still
But if whiskey don’t kill me
Then I don’t know what will

I go to some barroom and drink with my friends
Where the women can’t follow and see what I spend
God bless them pretty women
I wish they was mine
Their breath is as sweet as
The dew on the vine

Let me eat when I’m hungry
Let me drink when I’m dry
Give me dollars when I’m hard up
Religion when I die

The whole world’s a bottle
And life’s but a dram
When the bottle goes empty
Well, it ain’t worth a damn
Track Name: Baby Come Home
When all of the lights go low
And even your eyes don’t glow
And all that you want is to leave

When each end of the candle burns
And only the seasons turn
Then baby come home to me

Chorus 1
When all of the scenery changes
And we’re under a cloud of danger
I will love you through the war

Chorus 1A
When all of our feelings crumble
And we’re under a sky of thunder
I will love you through the storm
I will love you all the more

When all of the tide rolls in
And the waves are too high to swim
And you never get what you need

When all of warmth is gone
And the embers are ash, and the ash turns to coal
Baby, come home to me

Chorus 1
Chorus 1A

Here we are walking in time, beating the same old drum
Maybe you’ll find that love is easy when you are mine

Here we are, fingers entwined, trapping the same old thumbs
Maybe we’ll find that love is easy
When you are mine

‘Cause when all of the lights go low
And we’ve got to take things slow
I need you here with me,
So baby, come home to me
Track Name: You Can't Let It Go
Grow up my boy
Grow up nice and tall
Carve out the trees
And scale castle walls

They may knock you down
They may punch you out
So grow up my boy
I wanna see those claws come out

The heart is heavy when the tongue is steel
Eyes are hungry when your lips are sealed
And whether it feels right or wrong
You try, but you can’t let her go

Grow up my girl
Grow up nice and fair
Climb to the tops of the trees
Ignore every stare

They may pull you down
They may cut you out
So grow up my girl
I wanna see those claws come out

The heart is heavy when the tongue is steel
Eyes are hungry when your lips are sealed
And whether it feels right or wrong
You try, but you can’t let him go

Grow my little world
Grow my little heart
With joy that’s so big
It tears me apart

Hey, push me around
I dare you to fight
Grow my little god
I wanna see you make things right

The heart is heavy when the tongue is steel
Your eyes are hungry when your lips are sealed
And whether it feels right or wrong
You try, but you can’t let it
I’m trying to forget it
You try, but you can’t let it go
Track Name: Willow Tree
Elm tree won’t you shelter me?
Plastic branches choke my leaves
Your trunk is tangled to the roots
Elm tree build me stronger like you do

Oak tree bend down, lift my head
Dancing shadows shade my bed
Dripping veins and buzzing pulse
Oak tree take me, capture all my heart

Ash tree can you help me breathe
When I am stuck to this machine?
The gardener carved out the rotten core
Ash tree fill me deeper one time more

A blue jay steals the cardinal’s seed
A frightened hare’s in the fox’s teeth
Crying out “Kind sir, be good to me
And lay my head at the willow tree”

And I don’t know why men must fall
When we can’t see the face of God
The birch tree tears, its skin is weak
So lay my head at the willow tree

Lime tree will you watch me go?
All my children want to know
These tart and sour blasts are long
Some say that I’m too far gone
And I will find you where

A blue jay steals the cardinal’s seed
A frightened hare’s in the fox’s teeth
Crying out “Kind sir, be good to me
And lay my head at the willow tree.”

And I don’t know why man must fall
When they can’t see the face of God
The birch tree tears, its skin is weak
So, lay my head at the willow tree
I hang my head from the willow tree
Track Name: I'll Fly Away
Some bright morning when this life is o’er
I’ll fly away
To a home on God’s celestial shore
I’ll fly away

I’ll fly away, oh Glory, I’ll fly away
When I die, hallelujah by and by
I’ll fly away

When the shadows of this life have gone
I’ll fly away
Like a bird from prison bars have flown
I’ll fly away