Narratives

by The Traditionist

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1.
Quick Like Feather Keep me in your vision Hold me like you want Escape me like the desert And awake me like the sun Hit me with another Twist me in relief My heart with a beat My one and only Float me like a feather And forget me like a dream And sting me like it's honey Love me till it kills Return me like the river And roll me like the hills And when everything collapses All I ever ask is Lay me on the pavement Let me see the way it was Take me to window Let me hear the train Hold me like a candle And light me like the flame Float me like a feather And forget me like a dream Help me to remember To forgot my pain
2.
Blind By Love Everybody’s only human and you break it down And everybody needs a piece of ground Everybody’s only living just to grow old young Everybody needs someone Everybody’s only hoping they can get away But everybody needs a place to stay And with one look at you, one look at you, one look at you And I was blinded, blind by love I was blinded, blind by love Everybody’s only moving with the speed of sound But everybody needs to turn it down And everybody’s only looking for a way to start And everybody needs to play the part But with one look at you, one look at you, one look at you And I was blinded, blind by love I was blinded, blind by love.
3.
You said the drugs get you closer to God You said that nothing ever happens just because You said the moon was a part of the sky You said the sun was the truth dripping from the morning's eye You walk around like it’s nobody's shit You take a picture of yourself to pretend you exist You said the same thing we've already heard You said the best songs are woven by the birds You said the stories never make any sense But there's beauty in confusion it just depends You said that change is a part of the plan You said that no one understands so they try to pretend You said the truth never hides its head You said that money doesn't matter when you're dead But the end is a turn of the page And the beginning is a time for a change, for a change You said belief is not what’s only real You said that everything is only what you feel You said that someday you would get through But I’m only listening to you just to be cool I’m listening to you, I'm listening loud and clear I’m listening to you, I'm listening loud and clear I'm listening to you, I hear you loud and clear
4.
03:34
MidRiver I was born with a change of heart I got out before I could start I saw for a million miles All the smiles were there for a while Now I’m wandering the streets like a wave I look back only when I can’t stay And I move like a man, like a child I got in when it was out of style Now I'm mid river down I got tears on my crown And I know when I’m not around I’m mid river born like I’d been there before Like I’d been, I’d been there before I’m standing on a nameless grave And I’m waiting on a trackless train And I’m walking on the edge of my brain I get lost when I try to find my way Or I'm frozen on the edge of my seat And I float like a lock and hopeless key And I seep deep into the reaches of the trees And I fall like a waterfall bleeds And my mid river's the same as yours All intention and no remorse And the pinwheels all line the shore They’re all waving to me back and forth And I’m living in a dream like that My nature is to break before I crack I strike before I light the match And I fight like I stand a chance
5.
03:21
She has an art to the way she moves There’s an art to the way she moves There’s an art to the way she breathes She has an art to the way she breathes She is holding the time in her own two hands And she is twisting the vine on the pendulum She has an art to the way she moves There’s an art to the way she moves There’s an art to the way she leaves She has an art to the way she leaves She is holding the colors to the canvas sky She is turning them in to reasons why There’s a work of art buried in my heart And it’s where you are She has an art to the way she moves There’s an art to the way she moves There’s an art to the way she breathes She has an art to the way she breathes She is turning around in the yellow-lit sun And she is catching the eye of everyone And there’s a work of art buried in my heart And it’s where you are
6.
02:47
We could go, we could go, we could go, go, go We could go where there’s nowhere to be We could be, we could be, we could be pretend We could pretend to be anything We could hang like honeybees We could swing like the leaves On the willow trees We could lie, we could lie, we could lie, lie, lie Like a lion lying in the shade We could run, we could run, we could run, run, run We could run before we fade We could dance before we pray We could sing before we say anything Do it do right now Do it right now To Tonight We could talk, we could talk, we could talk Talk like tambourines We could mean, we could mean, we could mean anything We could mean anything we seem to be We could be dancing on a devil’s dream When could be channeling an inner child Like a little smile Do it do right now Do it right now To Tonight
7.
03:26
Sonny California, Sonny California You’re calling my name now You’re calling my name now And I’m gonna reach out and grab you Circle around you But I’ll always come back to Sonny California, my Sonny California You’re calling my name now You’re calling my name And I’ll always be right beside you And I’ll keep all the time you Needed me with you But one of these days now There’s gonna be a change now One of these days there’s gonna be a change And I won’t be with you to warn you With you to walk with you But always come back to you
8.
Just like that and the hands clap Just like that and the hands clap Here we go Where you always belong Where you’re always in the know Where the air is clear Just like that and the hands clap Just like that and the hands clap On a wave with the wind and the rain a And the hands And the movement of the band, the band In the clear, in the clear In the cold And you hear Hear of it all calling Now, you pass it around Anyway, there’s nothing here to see Now there’s nowhere to be Now, the air is clear Just like that and the hands clap Just like that and the hands clap
9.
03:08
I want to jump out my skin I want to crawl out my clothes I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love I want to spend all my money I want to tear it all up I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love All in love, all in love And my blood just runs and runs All through my veins go one by one And now she is all see, I see All in love I want to stare at the sun I want to run, run, run I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love I want to talk to myself About nothing and no one else I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love All in love, all in love And my blood just runs and runs All through my veins go one by one And now she is all see, I see All in love And I could careless to be heard If I were blind or a bird I could careless to be silent If I couldn't find the word I'll find the word I want to climb up a tree I want set to the sea I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love I want to walk down the street Turn around and walk back I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love
10.
04:12
How it all came to pass with the last breath on a fact check One last lap around the track set to a laugh track The wolf dance howls, and scowls at the TV Sudden by disgrace now the face of the human race Run baby, run baby, run baby, run Run into another time Shotgun sounds and satellite streets weep The homeless freak priest posing as the thought police Naked to the masses how the Bible belt fell Melted by a crowd and sheltered by a shell With the vision of a, vision of a, vision of a, vision Vision only of himself Howl if you’re California Howl if you’re misunderstood Howl if you’re somebody’s baby Howl for your voice to be heard Liberty, liberty Be here a while Only winter waits on holiday rates and blind faith Down with the desert and the vision of the golden gate Fading with the sun while hope is on the run Hanging from the sky and as tempting as an apple pie Run baby, run baby, run baby, run Run into another time Now remorse courses through the dark horse and the time warps Heaven holding hammers and the gavels splash the water source With the force of a man whose heart is out of tune The lunatics are split but they're still feeding from the silver spoon With a vision of, vision of a, vision of a, vision Vision far from the truth Howl if you’re California Howl if you’re misunderstood Howl if you’re somebody’s baby Howl for your voice to be heard Liberty, liberty Be here a while.

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released July 20, 2018

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The Traditionist California

Hailing from southern California, singer-songwriter Joey Barro is the Traditionist. His songs are deeply rooted and personal, but the orchestration and instrumentation progressively vary from song to song, and record to record. New Traditionist Single "MidRiver" is out now! LP release is set for July 2018. Stay tuned! ... more

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