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I'm working on tracks for an unnamed CD. As I finish the rough tracks, I post them here.


released December 10, 2017


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John Baker Battle Ground, Washington

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Track Name: Southbound
Packed my bags, I’m headed southbound
There's really not much that I need
Friends say I should stick around some
But there’s nothing here for me.

Boss man boarded up the factory
Walked away with 6 weeks pay
Now I’m out here raking asphalt
For a 50-dollar day

And it doesn't really matter where I run to
Cause the big wheel keeps on turning round and round
And it doesnt really matter what I do or what I say
I just can't seem to slow this big wheel down

Heard there’s good work down in Austin
I heard they pay an honest wage
Leaving tonight I’m headed southbound
Maybe I’ll be back someday.

Every workday starts out black as pitch
And every workday ends the same
You stand there talking 'bout the rut we're in
Year after year, but nothings changed

I packed my bags, I'm headed southbound
There's really not much that I need
Friends say I should stick around some
But there's nothing here for me

And it doesn't really matter where I run to
Cause the big wheel keeps on turning round and round
And it doesnt really matter what I do or what I say
I just can't seem to slow that big wheel down
Track Name: Vampire

Moonlight casts the same dark shadow on my wall.
I hear your footsteps and I feel the midnight call.
Doors and windows locked up tight against the chill...
I'm not taking any chances!

You said that he was evil, wicked, mean, and cruel;
Your back against the wall, would I please help you through.
All you needed was a healthy substitute;
Someone else to sink your fangs in.

Get away from my door I can't take it no more!
Her words say "Sleep. Just look deep in my eyes."
Where is the sun? How long can I run and hide?
Night after night, a vampire right at my window!

I tried to help you in your time of misery
But all you wanted was a way of using me.
Now I see right through your selfish little plan...
Did you think that you could fool me?

Somewhere, somehow, sometime he's gonna find the truth.
A wooden stake is all he'll need to run you through.
What you gonna do when there's no one left to bleed?
Unprotected in the daylight...

(Chorus repeat)
Track Name: Jay Tower
"Jay Tower" Lyrics

Please don't help me remember.
Don't give me more clues.
I feel better off far from the memories,
Miles from the facts and the news.
When I look in your eyes, I can just see a trace;
Like frost on a window a breath could erase.
But if I open the door for you,
What if it all rushes through?

I saw planes in an orange sky.
I saw jungles in flames
I heard noises like lightning, like thunder,
Like concrete falling like rain.
So don't wake me from slumber
Id rather forget.
And I'd rather be empty than full of regret.
But could you teach me to hold on
to just all the sweet things in life?

Some might say I'm a weak man,
But they don't realize,
That there's only so many things one man can see
Before he just shuts his eyes.
And you ask me to put all the pieces in place,
But the puzzle belongs to the whole human race
And if we don't work to solve it
Then maybe we're all hypnotized.
Track Name: Night Train
--- Letter dated May 14:

Take the night train down. I miss you so ... it's cold and lonely in this town. I'm tired of hiding out in cheap hotels and running place to place. Its been eight years, I don't think anyone would recognize my face.

--- Letter dated June 20:

Take the night train down. I'd come back home, but the investigator thinks I'm dead and gone. I'm happy the insurance money comes in every month. I just wish you'd come down here and maybe share it with me some...

--- Letter dated August 7:

Please take the night train down. I miss you so ... its cold as bones in this ghost town. We should be lying on the beaches of Cancun just like we planned. You say theres been a change of plans, but honey I don't understand.

If you don't want the fruits of sin
Stay out of the devil's garden, then.
What's that sound? is that a whistle I hear?
Talk of the devil and the devil appears.

Clickety-clack-clickety clack-coming...
Smokestack lightning and the wheels are humming.
The 5021 pulls in the station.
Track Name: Crazy Man
Look out kids, the crazy man is back in town!
Builds himself up by cutting everyone else down.
Ever so efficient, and so surgically clean.
Doze it to the ground, then sell off lots at "Forest Green".
Look out!!

You never really see the crazy man, but he's out there,
Dumping in the river, and belching in the air.
Living in a mansion at the edges of the sea,
Built from teeth and bones from all the poor and the hungry.

Crazy man is telling us more lies,
Mirrors and the smoke behind his eyes
Everything he ever did or said was just to keep us from the truth.
We don't have to buy the stuff he sells,
Pour a little more poison down the well,
We don't have to wait until we're drowning.

50,000 species hacked from rain forests each year.
200 acres burned each minute we stand here.
The planet weeps where ever crazy man has been;
Raining black tears, oil is the sorrow of machines.

(Repeat chorus)
Track Name: Mary Madeline
Mary Madeline took her seat on the DC-7,
Held her ticket tight --- thirteen hundred miles to Redmond.
"Too late for second sight...
I hope I'm doing this right..."
I hope.

Back in San Jose, friends on the phone exchanging stories,
How she quit her job, and put everything that she had in storage.
"Who knows what's in her head...
Goodbye is all that she said..."

You can cry and shake your fist to stop the wind.
You can wonder where does time go.
Or just turn off of the road that brought you in,
Start all over again.

Somewhere over Oregon, she felt her heart cry out for him,
But all he really loved was a car and a track and a race to win.
"I tried to make him see...
Some day he'll forget about me..."
Some day.

Mary Madeline searched for the ground through the mist and the aether,
And then the clouds broke through,
and the whole wide world stretched out beneath her.
But tears had made her blind.
So hard to leave it behind.
So hard.

You can wish and hope for time to change the past.
You can pray for some commitment.
Or you can walk right out the door that let you in,
start all over again.
Track Name: True Love
Another September, another semester,
He helps her load boxes, a bookcase, and sweaters,
And he wonders 'bout boys she will meet
and if she might change.
He holds her forever and forces a smile,
She pulls out the driveway, he stands there awhile,
Then he goes back inside, but inside feels
empty and strange.

Just like a summer breeze
Just like the autumn leaves
Just like the lessons we learn
Just like a harvest moon
Just like a favorite tune
True love will always return

He loads up his duffle, its time to be leaving
To fight in a war he no longer believes in.
But they promised him college for free,
and he finally gave in.
With a second tour starting and promises fading
He wonders how long she can withstand the waiting.
But inside he knows he will hold her forever again.

(repeat chorus)