LYRICS // SONGS OF THE SAN JUANS

 

SONGS OF THE SAN JUANS

 

How can we go back to

A place we’ve always meant to be from

Where the memories we cling to

Have not faded in the rearview of time

Where the mountains are the meaning

Of the lives we’re leading on high

Where the calling of our solitude

Is born within the endless views we find

 

Simple songs of the San Juans

(I’ll take them with me)

Even when my time is done

(I’ll hold them in me)

 

I was always meant to be from here

Though the winds they sometimes steered me clear away

But the roads of life they twisted

Through a long and winding vestige within

So the longer that I lingered

The more the world’s dilemmas disappeared

And the found the word belonging

To mean more than my longing ever did

 

Simple songs of the San Juans

(I’ll take them with me)

Even when my time is done

(I’ll hold them in me)

These simple songs of the San Juans

(They’re buried in me)

But they too could pass beyond

(Into an ending)

 

And so I will sing their songs

And so they will carry on…in me. 

 

Simple songs of the San Juans

(I’ll take them with me)

Even when my time is done

(I’ll hold them in me)

These simple songs of the San Juans

(They’re buried in me)

But they too could pass beyond

(Into an ending)

 

And so I will sing their songs

And so they will carry on… 

 

 

 

 

 

COLORFUL COLORADO

 

It’s a colorful Colorado kind of day

Where you opt outside and kick back in a Colorado way

Where you blaze a trail and leave without a trace

It’s a colorful, colorful Colorado day

 

Rest a while in Redstone

River raft the Roaring Fork

Sip a Hotchkiss cider

Gold pan along the shore

 

Crystal hunt in Crestone

Surf the Great Sand Dunes

Gaze at the Grand Mesa

Enjoy a Colorado brew

 

It’s a colorful Colorado kind of day

Where you opt outside and kick back in a Colorado way

Where you blaze a trail and leave without a trace

It’s a colorful, colorful Colorado day

 

Ski the slopes in Snowmass

Climb right up Pike’s Peak

Soak in all the hot springs

Pick a Palisade peach

 

Take a trip on the San Juan Skyway

Go canyoning at Cascade

Ride the narrow gauge railway

Cliff dwell at Mesa Verde

 

It’s a colorful Colorado kind of day

Where you opt outside and kick back in a Colorado way

Where you blaze a trail and leave without a trace

It’s a colorful, colorful Colorado day

 

See the Mile High City

Paddle-board at Horse Tooth

Hike to Hanging Lake

Enjoy a Rocky Mountain view

Catch sight of all the columbine

Test out your true grit

Wander in the wilderness

Just for the hell of it

 

It’s a colorful Colorado kind of day

Where you opt outside and kick back in a Colorado way

Where you blaze a trail and leave without a trace

  It’s a colorful, colorful Colorado day

It’s a colorful, colorful Colorado day

It’s a colorful, colorful Colorado day

 

 

 

 

 

 

LONG HAUL

 

Walking down this crystal road

Slipping on the ice below

Catch me if I lose control 

Tonight

 

Life’s harder than we lead onto 

Picture perfect’s not what we do

But I learned quick to trust in you 

It’s true

 

Cuz I’m in it for the long haul

Hard and heavy like the snowfall baby

Til the weeds are so tall 

We can’t see (We can’t see)

 

A cornerstone is what we’ve got 

To hold us up when the timber’s rot

Forget the roof it’s long forgot 

But who cares

 

The summer’s cause these weeds to grow

Higher and quicker than we’ll ever know

And before we know it’ll start to snow again

 

Cuz I’m in it for the long haul

Hard and heavy like the snowfall baby

Til the weeds are so tall 

We can’t see

Any day it could be

The very last be both see

So let’s cut through all the weeds

And just be (Just be)

 

Cuz I’m in it for the long haul

Hard and heavy like the snowfall baby

Til the weeds are so tall 

We can’t see

Any day it could be

The very last be both see

So let’s cut through all the weeds

And just be

Cuz I’m in it for the long haul

Hard and heavy like the snowfall baby

Til the weeds are so tall 

We can’t see

We can’t see

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLORBLIND

 

Snow’s falling outside

And for the first time

My world has gone colorblind

That’s fine

 

All the world is sleeping now

Until the dreams have been washed out

By the portraits from our mouths today

 

Can the color come back now

Or should we all just wash it out

Find our way into a cloud of gray

 

Snow’s falling outside

And for the first time

My world has gone colorblind

That’s fine

 

A tone has washed over my eyes

For the world there’s no disguise

A break of dawn can never rise the same

 

If the world goes colorblind

Then perhaps we’ll find the time 

To be a people not defined by shade

 

Cuz Snow’s falling outside

And for the first time

My world has gone colorblind

That’s fine

 

(instrumental)

 

Disable, and fade

We’re able to change

 

The cold is still outside

But we can still try

To be defined not by our eyes

Let’s try

 

Cuz Snow’s falling outside

And for the first time

My world has gone colorblind

That’s fine (x2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

NUMB

 

The mountain she finds it hard to forgive

All of the years I took from within

How can I make my many amends

When the whiskey remains my only friend

 

I cut out her heart and I sold it for food

Til her veins ran hollow and her bitterness grew

How can I try to make my amends

When whiskey remains my only friend

 

The mountain has come to collect her debt

From all that I took without regret

She welcomed me initially, but now her heart is empty

The mountain is numb to her cold

 

I can’t expect you to forgive my past

My greed was unyielding, my gluttony vast

My tunnels remain into your soul

A lonely reminder of a lonely world

 

The mountain has come to collect her debt

From all that I took without regret

She welcomed me initially, but now her heart is empty

 

The mountain is numb to her cold

The mountain is numb to her cold

(Instrumental)

 

All of this mining for food

It all came apart at the seams 

It’s as if she always knew

The mountain she’s done with me

 

Done with her ways

Done with today

Done with all her giving

Done with it all 

Done with the call

Done with all her ceding

Numb to her chill 

Numb to her will

Numb to just repeating

Numb to today

Numb to her ways

Numb to any feeling

 

The mountain has come to collect her debt

From all that I took without regret

She welcomed me initially, but now her heart is empty

 

The mountain is numb to her cold

The mountain is numb to her cold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 BACK THEN

 

Two left feet 

Those two hands

Held me close and showed me how a man

Was supposed to treat a lady even way back when

I wasn’t sure what a lady was… back then

 

Two love notes

Passed between two young souls

With whispers of young love, young love 

You knew how to treat a lady even way back when

I wasn’t sure what a lady was… back then

 

Two young lips

A sweet simple kiss

Lips were surely made for this

You knew how to treat a lady even way back when

We traveled on through all the thick and the thin        

I wasn’t sure what a lady was…till then

 

Settled down

In our mountain town

You kept me warm

When the storms would howl

And I’ll love you darlin’

Through the now and then

Even when these pages have worn thin

If things started over I’d do it all again

And it all started way back when

And it all started way back then

 

 

 

 

 

 

OURAY

 

To the ridge to the ridge

Are you on your way

We are on our way

To Ouray

I’ll climb the ridge

Climb the ridges of today

All the way

To Ouray

 

There’s a million dollar line from here

That weaves and climbs a silver tear

The roads will crumble beneath your wheels

But have no fear

 

Twins will sometimes peak at you

As Abram comes right into view

And all these canyons will carve right through my heart

 

To the ridge to the ridge

Are you on your way

We are on our way

To Ouray

I’ll climb the ridge

Climb the ridges of today

All the way

To Ouray

 

We UTEilize our history

And traverse through claims of mystery

Drive our stakes of unity

Into the earth

 

As summer’s fall free from their holds

Like winter’s grip on these old bones

The springtime thaw will come again

It brings the bloom

 

To the ridge to the ridge

Are you on your way

We are on our way

To Ouray

I’ll climb the ridge

Climb the ridges of today

All the way

To Ouray

 

A bridge of heaven traces higher ground

Mountain waters cascade all around

The Red Mountains are calling once again

I think I may have found my peace within

 

Cuz Twins will sometimes peak at you

As Abram comes right into view

And all these canyons will carve right through my heart

 

There’s a million dollar line from here

That weaves and climbs a silver tear

The roads will crumble beneath your wheels

But have no fear

 

To the ridge to the ridge

Are you on your way

We are on our way

To Ouray

I’ll climb the ridge

Climb the ridges of today

All the way

To Ouray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CIMARRONS

 

To get lost in the Cimarrons 

Will we find what we seek among

Finding ways to just find the dawn

Getting lost in the Cimarrons

 

Getting lost in the Cimarrons

Will the world rest while I am gone

Finding ways to just carry on

Getting lost in the Cimarrons

 

What we find we find alone

But will we find we find at all

And what we find we’ll find among

All these thoughts

And restless bones

 

Getting lost in the Cimarrons

I’ll step away and just be withdrawn

Finding peace so I can press on

I’m never lost in the Cimarrons

 

What we’ll find we’ll find today

Will we let the blindness lead the way

And all the solitude we crave

Will become

Judgment day

 

So will I finally find my peace

Will I finally be free

And in the vastness of it all

I will be lost

And at home

 

To get lost in the Cimarrons

Will we find what we seek among

Finding ways to just find the dawn

Getting lost in the Cimarrons

Getting lost in the Cimarrons

I’m never lost in the Cimarrons

I am at home in the Cimarrons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LONG WAY HOME

 

I grew up in Appalachia

But that world I left without ya

The cascade falling, behind my troubled eyes

 

The Blue Ridge took a beating

From my heart so fleeting

The New River, snaking through my soul

 

A southern world for a westward mind

Your simple hills were never mine

Or were they simply hard to find alone

 

Still I’m reminded of taking the long way home

Still I’m reminded of letting the feeling go

Some can walk away

But some they need to stay forever home

 

The road before me twisted

And led me to the city

Where I lied to myself all the same

 

I stuck it out for ten long years

But I never shed a single tear

When I let you disappear

In the rearview

 

Still I’m reminded of taking the long way home

Still I’m reminded of letting the feeling go

Some can walk away

But some they need to stay forever home

 

The day will come for chopping wood

For doing things I never could

Or maybe simply that I should today

 

We’re all not good a listening

Better at resisting

Changes that could be shifting our way

 

Still I’m reminded of taking the long way home

Still I’m reminded of letting the feeling go

Some can walk away

But some they need to stay forever home

Some can walk away

But some they need to stay forever home

 

 

 

 

DREAM CATCHER

 

Catch me a dream

Hold tight

Keep it inside

All night

 

All night in the pale moon light

While the cat and the fiddle sing

Dance in the dark and weave your web

Only catch what you need

 

When morning sun

Shines bright

Darkness will fade

Into the light

 

Light as a feather

Deep as a soul

Open your heart and

In light will pour

 

(All night in the pale moon light

While the cat and the fiddle sing

Dance in the dark and weave your web

Only catch what you need)

 

Oooooooo (Verse)

 

Catch me a dream

Hold tight

Keep it inside

All night

 

All night in the pale moon light 

While the cat and the fiddle sing

Dance in the dark and weave your web 

Only catch what you need

 

Only catch what you need

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