Father & Son

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© Tom Troyer

All songs written and produced by Tom Troyer
Mixed by David Wimbish
Mastered by David Wimbish

Voice, guitars, bass, synthesizer: Tom Troyer
Piano: Michael Kuehn
Violin: Virginia Wimmer
Drums: Ben Jones and David Wimbish

Pen and Ink art by Jessie Perkins
Photoshop collages by Joylyn and Tom Troyer

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released January 19, 2016

Tom Troyer- Vocals, lyrics, and guitar
Michael Kuehn- piano
Virginia Wimmer- violin
Ben Jones- drums
David Wimbish- drums and violin

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Track Name: Across The Water
Keep a candle burning on the sill
Save a space beneath the floor board
Where I can sleep tonight
In the morning we'll take a ride
Past the dogs and past their guns
A brush fire we'll light when the morning arrives
We'll take the fugitive home.

When I make it safe to Canada
Will you meet me beside the water and pray
You meet me there alive
I know Ontario is cold but I will keep you warm
by the fire
Never let you out of my sight again.

When I get safe across the water
When I stop running
Arrest my feet
Arrest my soul and kiss my girl
When the cuffs are off
When the cuffs are off

Keep a light on and burning bright
So I can find your window
When I'm creeping up the road tonight
I'll arrive when the streets are empty
When July passes us by
And the birds sing their hopeful song for the lovers on the run
For the lovers on the run

When I get safe across the water
When I stop running
Arrest my feet
Arrest my soul and kiss my girl
When the cuffs are off
When the cuffs are off

And you stay up late talking to friends
And you call me and tell me it's time
But it wont be that long till I make you mine

Well I'll strike a match in the barn and let it burn
As we slip away
My father's cash will get us to the ocean
I'll kiss your feverish lips like a brush fire that dries up a stream
And melt you like a warm southern sky.

When I get safe across the water
When I stop running
Arrest my feet
Arrest my soul and kiss my girl
When the cuffs are off
When the cuffs are off
Track Name: Balance the Waltz
He borrowed his father's old suit for the wedding
Slipped on those shoes and he walked down the isle
He washed off her feet with tears so easily shed
And he slept with the thanks of a boy turning into man
And the circle of time was a dance as he held her hand.

She raised up her son to send him away
Made him a man who could stand in the sway
Of the world
But not trip in its ways.
And it broke her whole heart when he took that first step
And she died when he ran but he didn't look back

Cause you know that old man Moses is dead
Let the desert take his home and dust fill his bed
My new name here is Joshua instead
My cane is not a crutch but a scepter for a kings homestead

We take off our shoes at the end of the day
We wipe off the mud and the soil
We give up our youth in the east and we walk to the west
We baptize the earth with fresh toil
Wipe off our brow for the work of idolatry's foil.

Cause you know that old man Moses is dead
Let the desert take his home and dust fill his bed
My new name here is Joshua instead
My cane is not a crutch but a scepter for a kings homestead

And the clock it smiles for man its humble guest
and God's only law is to give up our best
Let the seeds of life grow up wherever they fall
so that seeds and soot can stand again as man.

Cause you know that old man Moses is dead
Let the desert take his home and dust fill his bed
My new name here is Joshua instead
My cane is not a crutch but a scepter for a kings homestead
Track Name: The Pearl
I'm no company man I'm too proud.
When I hear voices I shut them out.

This car can drive itself can drive itself

I remember I could hear the bells.
They sang a song of riches in the well.

So I'll sell my well and buy myself a gun
and I'll buy a gun and kill someone for love.

For Love

I held a baby boy here in my arms
I trusted I could see just as far
I trusted him to tell us who we are
but in my mind I am always the star
crashing through the yard.

All the west became the Red Man's grave.
The white men all renamed again as Saints

Well I staked my claim and gave the land My Name.
But if gain's my aim then Cain remains my name.

My Name

I held a baby boy here in my arms
I trusted I could see just as far
I trusted Him just like a shooting star
Father & Son here on the run
Mother & Moon dying too soon

But I ain't no I ain't no company man
I ain't no I ain't no Company Man.
Track Name: Parades
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Slowly fall

Slowly fade away


Slowly form vapor trails



Upside down




and out.
Track Name: Skeleton Key
That night on the watch, I had a promise to keep-
from our rivalry torn for eternity's sleep

alone the road.

My Brothers were doubt and their Keepers were greed.
While the market was down - all to fast on their feet.

We were kin to the land.
We were born on the run.
As debtors we stand to our shovel and gun.

And when we sell our dreams to the fortune teller we can't just skip the wait. The fires burning bright the smoke will burn our eyes and the cards will play their games and we'll forget our way.

This skeleton key, shaped like a cross is stuck in the door so I count it a loss.

I came to this town with a burden of pride. I lay it all down for the weakness of wine.

And when we sell our dreams to the fortune teller we can't just skip the wait. The fires burning bright the smoke will burn our eyes and the cards will play their games and we'll forget our way.
Track Name: Digging Down To Find The Core
Digging down to find the core
Sweeping up a rusty bottomed vessel
don't know what this ship is for
except work, live, and die.

And I see it all the time

See my old friend Jones
He was hanging round the neck
Around closing time

Singing "Who will call the family?
And who will be the barer of such bad news
and who will pick up the tab
or clean these dishes up
or cut the noose?"

Now my sweeping days are over
I said good bye to that old ship and shore
I have a nice plot of land
I call my Mrs. "Higher Ground"
and "If-you-ask-it's-all-the-same-to-me"

Still I wake up scared some nights
Singing "Who will call the family?
And who will be the barer of such bad news
and who will pick up the tab
or clean these dishes up
or cut the noose?"

Digging down to find the core
And if you see a dead man walking
Don't you know what a grave is for?
But when you hear them call out your Name
You won't be thinking so much
You won't be asking your questions
you wont be calling your name.

Singing "Who will call the family?
And who will be the barer of such bad news
and who will pick up the tab
or clean these dishes up
or cut the noose?"

Who?
Who?
Who?