Rangeline

by Joel Levi

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released August 26, 2014

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Track Name: Set My Body Free
Find love. If only for a moment.
Your eyes are finally open, if only for a time.
Take me into that sanctuary,
where no one dares to tarry. Barely even God.

Set my body free.

Dive in. The table's set with linens.
The food was made by women with wings grown out their backs.
Take me into that sanctuary,
where no one dares to tarry. Barely even God.

Set my body free.

Wake me from this earthly body
'til nothing clings to memory, barely even God.
Track Name: Rangeline
Take me back to find all the things I never had.
So much time is wasted along the rangeline.
And I never belonged to anyone.

I was living on the edge of the dark,
where light has no right to be seen.
Take it from a calloused man
that once was lost and never found.

Please explain to the creatures you made in seven days
where you were when we cried out and no one's voice was heard.
And I never belonged to anyone.

I was living on the edge of the dark,
where light has no right to be seen.
Take it from a calloused man
that once was lost and never found.

And I never belonged to anyone.

I was living on the edge of the dark,
where light has no right to be seen.
Take it from a calloused man
that once was lost and never found.
Track Name: Blind Men Still Dream
There lies a man under the shell of this porcelain skin.
He holds the key to all the secrets he thought he had hid.
But, what you can't hear is every night he tells her his sins.

Tries to forget every time. Oh my God.
Whispers the words through his teeth, "Oh my God."

"I give up, I give up!" He says to her.
"I won't last, I won't last to see my family.
"There's no chance, there's no chance that I won't break,
"from the weight, from the weight, of this heavy life."
She says "Stay with me, stay with me, my brother, please.
"You will make it through with me."

There was a time when he threw mountains into the sea.
The strength in his hands proved to be weakness in his knees.
He holds his head high, but only as much as is needed to breath.

Tries to forget every time. Oh my God.
Whispers the words through his teeth, "Oh my God."

"I give up, I give up!" He says to her.
"I won't last, I won't last to see my family.
"There's no chance, there's no chance that I won't break,
"from the weight, from the weight, of this heavy life."
She says "Stay with me, stay with me, my brother, please.
"You know blind men still can dream."
Track Name: It's Easy To Be Alone
I met my love on the bank of the riverbed.
There we sang until we couldn't sing no more.
The day turned into night and the sun fell out of sight.
In the dark, I found out I was left alone.

Save it, save it for another man who has a heart of stone.
Hold her, hold her if you really can. And never let her go.
I said, hold her, hold her if you really can.
It's hard to love when it hurts.
But it's easy to be alone.

I lost my love when she slipped into the night,
and I vowed that I would never sing again.
I headed out alone to the base of the mountain,
hoping not even God could find me there.
There I would sit at the top and all the peace
that passes all the understandings of the sky.

Save it, save it for another man who has a heart of stone.
Hold her, hold her if you really can. And never let her go.
I said, hold her, hold her if you really can.
It's hard to love when it hurts.
But it's easy to be alone.

I found my love illuminating from the lines
of the pages in my worn-out diary.
Water smudged the letters that I couldn't believe I'd written,
of how joy just can't be real with only one.
So I packed all my bags and I headed down below,
wonderin' who would help me carry my load.

Save it, save it for another man who has a heart of stone.
Hold her, hold her if you really can. And never let her go.
I said, hold her, hold her if you really can.
It's hard to love when it hurts.
But it's easy to be alone.
Track Name: Sweet Melinda
A Pennsylvania girl was hopeful,
good and ready to start a family.
She always prayed to see the ocean
and meet a man who'd take her out to sea.

Sweet Melinda's got a heart of gold.
Her home is full of pictures of the Lord.
Sweet Melinda's heart won't ever quit,
'cause her story is the life within this song
that I hope you pass along.

Then they had a wedding,
praying they could not be torn.
When they moved, the town was landlocked.
Landlocked lovers in the eye of the storm.

Sweet Melinda's got a heart of gold.
Her home is full of pictures of the Lord.
Sweet Melinda's heart won't ever quit,
'cause her story is the life within this song
that I hope you pass along.

Then they had a baby:
a newborn girl with big blue eyes
deep as the whole Atlantic,
and as wide as when the herizon meets the sky.

She never saw the ocean
or swam into the tide.
But she raised a girl into a mother
that one day would then become mine.

Sweet Melinda's got a heart of gold.
Her home is full of pictures of the Lord.
Sweet Melinda's heart won't ever quit,
'cause her story is the life within this song
that I hope you pass along.
Track Name: Songbird
Hey there, winter.
Why do you play silently for me?
Would you bring your
sister out from hiding underneath?

Snowy banks and heavy lakes
are frozen to the core.
Sheets of ice and northern lights,
we've heard it all before.
But what comes next in hesitance,
is a melody so plain.
Please play for me, my songbird.

All those darkened mornings,
I would wait to hear your voice.
Don't you ever leave.

Hey there, springtime,
the warmer winds are a-blowin' from the south.
Life has taken
form in the shape of songs from your mouth.

Those healing notes have mended bones
and moved them back in line.
Your yellow dress shows in the nest
at the top of that wooden pine.
My only wish that can exist
is hoping you would stay.
Please play for me, my songbird.

All those darkened mornings,
I would wait to hear your voice.
Don't you ever leave.

Hey there, summer.
Your garden's overflowing with our strawberries.
You have left your
favorite branch and moved on to other trees.

The silent hum reminds me of
when you were only mine.
Headed west with no regrets,
I knew that it was time.
Count me blessed and nothing less.
All these years were kind.
Please play for me, my songbird.

All those darkened mornings,
I would wait to hear your voice.
Don't you ever leave.
Track Name: The Garden
Say what you want. I know you're waiting
for the right time to be persuaded.
One day you'll love a man that's worth saving.
He'll help you take the burden that's laden.

It's now clear that your heart is guarded.
But I will wait for you. I'll be waitin' in the garden.
In time you will know what I know.

All of your life, you've been avoiding
loss of control or love that is tainted.
No one can tell what happens 'til later
I'll tell you one thing: the moment's arriving.

It's now clear that your heart is guarded.
But I will wait for you. I'll be waitin' in the garden.
In time you will know what I know.

Oh, it's getting harder to see, my dear.
Just go a little farther and find me here.
All that you've been searching for
has never gone and never went.
I'm here. I'm here. I never left.
I was standing close while you were looking too far.
Can you see me now?

It's now clear that your heart is guarded.
But I will wait for you. I'll be waitin' in the garden.
In time you will know what I know.
Track Name: I Will Remain
I was drivin' hard in a dusty wagon.
No one was around to see what happened.
High noon was beatin' down and takin' no prisoner.
My mother always warned me there would be no winners.

She said "lay your ear down to the ground and wait."

Hide away, my old companion.
Roll away that stone from me.
My love will grant me my safe passage
and now I know I will remain.

I was knee-deep in the muddy water,
washin' off the land and the words of my father.
He said "it's hot enough to melt two souls together.
So hide away your heart and prepare for the weather."

He said "lay your ear down to the ground and wait."

Hide away, my old companion.
Roll away that stone from me.
My love will grant me my safe passage
and now I know I will remain.
Track Name: In B
Only one light in the basement
revealing to me her creation.
Will all the love still last in the morning?
Time will tell as a warning.

What I had was mine to give away as best I could.
Who's to say that we won't dare look back and see the truth?
Will you turn us into pillars of salt to prove that every glance is a flaw?

Can anyone decide what is folly
when truth takes its form as her body?

What I had was mine to give away as best I could.
Who's to say that we won't dare look back and see the truth?
Will you turn us into pillars of salt to prove that every glance is a flaw?

What I had was mine to give.

WIll you turn us into pillars of salt to prove that every glance is a flaw?
Track Name: Let It Die
I've seen a lonely man come night and night again.
He's from another place. Doesn't know his face.
Returns to a blackened sky that's void of everything.
Except for stars that keep him company.

There above our head he stays for quite some time,
held by strings that can't be seen
from miles to Earth, where city lights
keep their place, far far away.

I know why he left us back on the other side of the world.
There's more at work than meets the eye, than meets the eye.
There's still a chance we'll fall in love and let it die.