Out on the Borderlands, Down in the Valley

by Hallstrom

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This album was recorded more than once over too long a time worth defining. It was made in a cabinet shop that became a studio. The songs were written on the #435 bus, in a vocal booth with a patient engineer, on two pianos that were rescued from the dump and in a cabin near the Yakima River.

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released October 1, 2013

Recorded and mixed by Jay Hallstrom at Radiopoet Productions in Seattle, Washington.

Mastered by Brandon Busch at Sound Media Productions in Seattle, Washington.

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Track Name: Tallest Tree
You’re at my ear in the morning singing your songs to me
In the evening got me feeling like the city belongs to me
Tell me where you want to go, no city is too far
Tell me what you want to hear me play on this guitar

In the backyard green when we were kids
And the boys were watching everything we did
You showed me kindness and a deep sense of wonder
The terror of blood and the mad joy of thunder

We'd circle ‘round each other with plans or with knives
I bet we keep it up for the rest of our lives
Circle ‘round each other with plans or with knives
I'll bet we keep it up for the rest of our lives

You always saw better in the dark
I couldn't see when we fell apart
We share a past and we share a name
I should have turned around when you called my name

Show me where it grows, I’ll climb up the tallest tree
I’ll sing down to you everything I can see
Where reason and light meet madness and darkness
Where science meets art and the lover turns heartless

This is where we climb, this is where we sing
This is where we tend to fall off the edge of things
Where we climb and where we sing
This is where we tend to fall off the edge of things

You always saw better in the dark
I couldn't see when we fell apart
We share a past and we share a name
I should have turned around when you called my name
Track Name: Borderlands
You’ve been living on the Borderlands
Tending your own fire for your whole life
You never waited for the rest of us
You’ve been pressing on since you were a child

You’ve got boots and you’ve got wings
You can rule the world with both of those things
But a lonely soul is just a lonely soul
No matter the heavenly places it goes

There’s a light in your eyes but it’s grown dim
You're a stranger in your own skin
And there’s a shield at your side but it’s grown thin
It’s a deep well you’ve fallen in

You’ve got your fists up in the air ready for a fight
It's been the same since you were a child
And if there’s two paths up to the top of the hill
You’ll take the harder one every time I know you will

You’ve got boots and you’ve got wings
You can rule the world with both of those things
Reaching for heaven just a mile out of hell
You’re running out of pieces of your soul to sell

I know you left the light on
I know you left the light on but I’m not coming home
Track Name: Wild Horses
I’ve got a family band and we sing in tune
Vagabond saints and an angel or two

Tell all your friends
Bring them back around
If they ask you can tell them it’s the sound
Of wild horses tearing a path
From the corral to Eden and back

This is the end of heartache and violence
This is the end of our radio silence

If melody could break the fear in your heart
You know I’d sing it at the top of my lungs
If I could give you strength in numbers
I’d get everyone I know to come

You and I we’ve got nothing more in common
Than a song on the radio
But if we both sing loud we can make a sound
That no one’s ever heard before
Here we go
Here we go

There’s a stranger in the city tonight
People got a feeling that something ain’t right

People headed for doorway, they're headed for home
He’s singing about a valley of bones
Coming to life, muscle and blood
Reaching for angels, feet in the mud

This is the end of heartache and violence
This is the end of our radio silence

If melody could break the fear in your heart
You know I’d sing it at the top of my lungs
If I could give you strength in numbers
I’d get everyone I know to come

You and I we’ve got so much more in common
Than a song on the radio
If we both sing loud we can make a sound
That no one’s ever heard before
Here we go
Here we go
Track Name: The Time I Wasted
My stereo has played me all your melodies
And filled me up with equal parts love and jealousy
I've got a feeling that no matter what I do
I’ll never write a melody half as true

Well I‘ve got big ideas and big plans
That even I don’t understand
But it’s early in the morning and the day is spoken for
I don’t really know where the time goes anymore

All those things that I said
I want to do next year
Take one step back and to the right
Of what I must do tomorrow

And when I’m lying underground
I fear that I’ll be asked to pay back
All the time I wasted here

A cold front’s coming and it’s here to stay
‘Cause summer’s gone away on holiday
And I’ve got every good reason to make new plans
And let go of the promise that I got in my hand

Well I know you but you don’t know me
Someday I’ll write a song gonna set you free
I’m gonna come like a fox in the field at night
Gonna break your locks
Gonna heal those eyes

All those things that I said
I want to do next year
Take one step back and to the right
Of what I must do tomorrow

And when I’m lying underground
I fear that I’ll be asked to pay back
All the time I wasted here

No one says what they mean anymore
Truth has gone the way of semaphore
And I don’t say what I mean anymore
I'm breaking through windows
Chasing down a doorway
That won’t open for me
It won't open for me
Will it open for you
Will it open for you

All those things that I said
I want to do next year
Take one step back and to the right
Of what I must do tomorrow

And when I’m lying underground
I fear that I’ll be asked to pay back
All the time I wasted here
Track Name: Fire in Your Bones
I had a dream last night in my sleep
That you and I never had a chance to meet
I didn’t know the taste of your mouth
And I couldn’t find your face in a crowd
I didn’t know the way your voice shakes in a fight
I didn’t know the things that you crave late at night

I was walking across the world
But I’d never met the girl
Who’d open my mouth
Set it on fire
And be the one I sing for

You’ve got a fire in your bones
It’s like a baptism of flame
I’ve been building our home
Since the day that I asked for your name
That’s how I found you
I found you

I had a dream that I lived in a house built for one
And the world never learned the name of our son
You never walked to me dressed in white
And I never gave you a ring in a glass
In the rain and the moonlight

I was walking across the world
But I’d never met the girl
Who’d open my mouth
Set it on fire
And be the one I sing for

You’ve got a fire in your bones
It’s like a baptism of flame
I’ve been building our home
Since the day that I asked for your name
That’s how I found you
I found you

For a few moments when I awoke
I thought it was real and I lost all hope
Then I remembered everything
I remembered the first time I heard you sing
So I woke you up and I told you

You’ve got a fire in your bones
It’s like a baptism of flame
I’ve been building our home
Since the day that I asked for your name

That’s how I found you
I found you
Track Name: The Waltz
Have you ever seen the fire go from red to black?
Gone so far you could not get back
When the words upon your lips are just ammunition
No spark in your touch only friction

When you’re moving at the speed of light
But you can’t see a thing
And you’ve lost the joy of simple things
When you‘re fighting with the one you were fighting for
The music turned and the waltz became a war

There’s a way across the river
But it ain't what you think
You’re not gonna drown
It’s time for you to drink

When “I do” becomes “I’ll try” and “I will” becomes “I might”
Your love is like a bone that won’t set right
Well there’s always gonna be another brighter hill
But right now it’s time for you to be still

When the day grows dark and you sit across the room
Ever apart like the sun and moon
And you go to bed at night and you don’t say a word
And you wonder how your vow became your curse

There’s a way across the river
But it ain't what you think
You’re not gonna drown
It’s time for you to drink

Every promised land has a river to cross
And this one’s gonna take everything you’ve got
Track Name: Reckoning
I had a dream last night
A blood red ghost on the skyline
I knew the reckoning had come
And the answers he’d gather would be mine

I used to have all the time in the world
But the world it came to an end last night
I’m looking for a way to explain myself
In the morning light
Morning light

Heavy is the head that wears the crown
Heavy is the judgment coming down
I’m not afraid of the things I’ve done
It's the things I haven’t make me the guilty one

When we were young
We didn’t need a reason to believe
Now there’s rust upon our bones
The axe is at the tree

Then you whispered in my ear
Everything’s not lost
Everything's not lost

When I was small I believed in the secret, the mystery
That history had finally come to find its end in me
Now I see that I belong to the ranks of the passing on
I write the songs for my son so he won’t forget when I’m gone

I whisper in your ear so
That you know to wake up
Evening comes so quickly
No time left to make up

When we were young
We didn’t need a reason to believe
Now there’s rust upon our bones
The axe is at the tree

Then you whispered in my ear
Everything’s not lost
Everything's not lost
Track Name: Ebenezer
I hope you don't have to cover the same old ground
And I pray you never step foot into those dark towns
‘Cause it broke my heart to hear your mother say
"Tom, it wasn’t supposed to be this way"

I’ve got a wife and a son
And I won’t let the devil return again
This is where it counts
This is where it matters in the end
You and I we broke the bread
And we drank the wine
When I’m old
I won’t forget the reason why

I’ve seen heaven and its archangels
I’ve seen hell and its dark angels
You don’t know me but I’m Ebenezer
The world’s not long
And I don’t want to leave her now
I don’t want to leave her now
Don't want to leave her now

Three ghosts in a single night
Forgive me for the days I've wasted
Three ghosts in a single night
Forgive me for the time I've wasted

Three ghosts in a single night
Forgive me for the days I've wasted
Three ghosts in a single night
Oh my God the time I've wasted
Track Name: Geometry
I bought some bells and some music-making toys
Gonna write you a song
But the sun went down and you left this town
Somehow, somewhere I went wrong

I become June Carter turn into Miss Monroe
And all the right words come to mind
But I always wait till it's too late
Dear God it happens every time

I'd write a hundred songs to feel
Your hand upon my face
I'd write a hundred more to lie down beside you
And feel your shape
Feel your shape
Feel your shape

I've got a house and that house is full of rooms
With nothing on the walls
Then I met you, you were dressed in blue
And I wanted everything I saw

I thought a long time about what you might say
Softly in my ear
How you'd set flame to all my shame
My hesitation and my fear

I'd write a hundred songs to feel
Your hand upon my face
I'd write a hundred more to lie down beside you
And feel your shape
Feel your shape

I will find you wherever you may go
Wherever you may go
I will find you wherever you may go
Wherever you may go

I'd write a hundred songs to feel
Your hand upon my face
I'd write a hundred more to lie down beside you
And feel your shape
Feel your shape
Feel your shape
Track Name: We Need You in the Valley
I'm headed for the hills to see who I can find
I hear there's people still up on the mountainside
And we need
We need them in the valley

You dug it in deep to stay on that hillside
I don't expect to get back down without a fight
You got your bed
Your bed and your drum
But you're so much more
More than you've become

So quit sweet talking me
Quit door knocking me
Quit sweet talking me
Quit logic mocking me

Let go of your will
It's time to prove yourself
Let go of your will
It's time to prove yourself

We need you in the valley
We need you in the valley
We need you in the valley

I tell you everything
Everything ain't what it seems
You tell me that you have
Everything you'll ever need

When you're up so high
You'll come to no harm
Nor will you know your brothers-in-arms

So I won't come around here no more
And you won't hear my knock on your door
'Cause I can't change a mind that's been made
And I can't get back our younger days

When nothing was common or small
And you were the bravest of all
And the strongest thing we knew was blood
And we meant all the words that we said

They need me in the valley