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by Garrett Pierce

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released February 17, 2017

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Garrett Pierce Sonoma, California

Garrett pens songs that are literary in style with well-worked lyrics and a voice that soars over dark, ethereal melodies.
“Ranging from raving pop to solemn folk, from Shins-like exuberance to Mark Kozalek's charismatic sadness” - East Bay Express

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Track Name: Boat Song
Boat Song

Hey boy, don’t you get all wrapped up in the line
There is time to let it naturally unwind
There are fish below the boat that we will find

Hey boy, we’re cutting this old country like a knife
We are gaining speed before the sun will shine
We are bitten by the frost for just a time
We are certain to be hooked before the light
We didn’t come out here to go hungry tonight

This was said when I was first asked to come along
This was said when the city had done us wrong
And our bed was a bag and a rocky lawn
And I felt light in spite of the sun

Hey boy, I’ll let you throw the chum over the side
We are just a speck upon the ocean wide
You will feel alive once we begin the fight

Hey boy, it’s really not a question as to why
You must put your head down like a bull and ride
On through canyons and through rivers at their side
Until the night you would open up your eyes
We didn’t come out here to go hungry tonight
Track Name: Distant Thought
Distant Thought

High above the embers, high above the ghost town left to rot
Sits a hillside of brilliance where a man can ponder what he’s got
Where a woman can lay like a painting from a master’s greatest work
Where the thorns that were stuck heal and become a distant thought

All cannot be somber when the clouds are bringing up the crops
Watching fawns dance and wander up the muddy creek until it stops
Both your eyes dry and clear as you wonder why you tried to untie the knot
All the darkness you stalked shatters and becomes a distant thought

Dust lay on everything you own
While you go unto the ground
Dig it up with all your lover’s bones
You won’t be going it alone

Paint me in silver, line my tomb in all the finest gold
Then light it with the embers burning at the fireplace at home
I’ll always miss the hillside, simple in it’s solitude and calm
All the fuss that we made mosses and becomes a distant thought
Track Name: Don't Hold Back
Don’t Hold Back

Don’t hold back
Go’on let it rain
You’re not the only one
Feeling this pain

From the start
To the dusk of the day
You felt a loneliness
and you won’t let it fade

Just let the sun fall into
the crest of the waves
West of the waves
It all fades away
We all fade away

Don’t hold back
Go say what you’ll say
The more that you let it out
The less you’re afraid

In the end
When they’re digging your grave
Will you look back to see
that your fear was a waste?

Watch as the moon shines above
the silvery waves
West of the waves
It all fades away
We all fade away...
Track Name: These Wounds
These Wounds

Walking down under the elm
Somewhere inside my teens
Teaming up at someone’s house
To drink and scrape our knees

Not knowing what lies ahead
Faking suicide notes as a way to make a friend

Searching out the highest point
and wandering through the brush
Put a blanket down, my love
There’s a place I’d like to touch

Behind some trees along the path
Nails scratching at my blemished back

These wounds keep on opening
I don’t mind
These wounds keep on opening
I don’t mind
These memories are so sweet
These memories are too sweet

Alleyways our sanctuary
Pools our second home
Summer kissed your shoulders
and the heat stayed on through fall

We’d rush home to your parent’s bed
and steal food so we could satiate our nervousness

The older guys in trucks were all
competing for your hand
It broke my heart to see you go
But there were more summers left

And though you chose a new path
I still have scars from the scratches on my back

These wounds...
Track Name: Enough
Enough

The fire escape loomed above the alleyway
While Cinnamon found another place to sleep
The tenement had evicted her last week
And so she walked through the mess on Larkin Street

Is that enough to keep us living?
Is that enough to give us life?
Ain’t there a better way to die?

The copping hands felt like friends she’d like to meet
And so she reached for the feel of being free

Is that enough to keep us living?
Is that enough to give us life?
Ain’t there a better way to die...?
Track Name: Greyhound Song
Greyhound Song

From Avenal I walked some miles
The dust, it caked into my hair
And I’d be walking for a while
The dirty dog would get me there

Salinas had my trapped for hours
Wandering upon her streets
A child had stopped to share a scowl
Under the smell of frying meat

I fell asleep near Monterey
In Watsonville I said a prayer
The night turned into breaking day
The dirty dog would get me there

In Santa Cruz another break
I yawned and walked the downtown streets
Past beggars hands and children’s skates
I found myself along the beach

I caught the bus before it left
And watched the world without a care
So close to San Francisco’s heart
The dirty dog would get me there

And when he finally parked the beast
I grabbed my bags and rolled along
And found a place where rent was cheap
On Sutter Street across from Gough

I lingered under neon lights
And quietly kept to myself
The days began to blend to night
And drinks came from an endless well

But joy inside that world would pass
I muttered how it wasn’t fair
Where would I find a place and last?
The dirty dog would get me there
Track Name: Get Me Out of This Place
Get Me Out Of This Place

It took years to realize what I‘d become
Brainwashed, they said, but pitied by none
Was it a daughter there or maybe a son?
Released from the world before it’d begun

And when we danced the courtroom sat there stunned
at the song we sung

Family notified, but too scared to come
A family I left for a shot at the sun
Then he came a-beckoning: guitar and a gun
So we did what he said - refused to run

And when we danced the courtroom sat there stunned
at the song we sung
“Please get me out of this place
oh, get me out of this place
Paralyzed and pitiful for what can’t be erased
oh lo’ get me out of this place”

All your psychologists can’t clean this up
This mess has been made by Jesus’ son
Holy in camouflage - you know we are one
And though I’m locked down I’m going right up

And when we danced the rats just sat there stunned
and they’re not the only ones
“Please get me out of this place
oh, get me out of this place
Paralyzed and pitiful for what can’t be erased
oh lo’ get me out of this place”
Track Name: One Last Breath
One Last Breath

It’s quiet in here except for the screams
And the hum of the TVs
Buried below these layers of sheets
Here I sit, silently

I sit as the dark, it falls over me
But I’m not blind, I still see
Taking away my last memory
Let me go out to sea

One last breath to breath
One last dance in this body
Hold my hand until I leave
Then set me free

I wake with the light as bright as can be
I’m so cold, I’m trembling
Back in the dark I felt warm and free
Not they cut, now I bleed

One new breath to breathe
My first dance in this body
Hold my hand it’s so tiny
It’s all I need
Track Name: Not A Religious Man
Not A Religious Man

The summer rain fell heavy and people fled the scene
I ran to find some shelter underneath a tree
The lightning chased me down and brought me to my knees
Right then a holy symbol hovered over me

It took my hand, but I said
“I’m not a religious man
Just leave me be” but I knew
The gods had another plan

I traveled distances through human history
The myths and languages that built the first cities
Atop the mountainsides and in the valleys deep
Their faith had filled a void that still exists in me

It took my hand...
Track Name: This Town of Mine
This Town of Mine

It’s time to say goodbye to this town and this life
To the people who let me sing these lines

And I don’t know why I can’t grow roots and bind
to this fertile and dusty town of mine

So I go and find another place and time
As I slowly hope my arms become the vines

I’ll carry it everyday
If this is a mistake it’ll eat me until I die
I’m carrying the weight
If this be a mistake, well I sure enjoyed the ride

And if I know the tides they will roll back inside
that deep and expanding oceanside

And I’ll rock side to side as the earth slowly slides
It might roll me back to this town of mine

I’ll carry it everyday...

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