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That Is Not How It Happened

by The Traditionist

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1.
Dreamcar 02:44
In a car, travelling alone I was once soldier, I was once a stone In a rush, following the crowd Drowning in the airwaves, blasted by the sound But the earth stood still As I came down over the hill Back to you I got a call, a ringing in my ears I was on the open road, you were in the mirror Then a burst, a buzzing in my head Leaving on the interstate, dreaming I was dead Then time stood still As I came down over the hill Back to you In a spell, breaking at the seams I was once a radio, I was once a seed In a cloud, nowhere left to go I was once a mountain, I was once a crow But the lights stood still As I came down over the hill Back to you
2.
Gumshoe 03:31
I’ll be your gumshoe To sneak up on you Not me? Say what you think of me As I make my move I’ll come quietly Just to see you scream I’ll be your parachute I’ll do right by you I’ll go out with you Run around the zoo I’ll be brave Never hurt no one Never hurt no one I can see right through A soft-soul are you On a moonwalk run In a soft-spoken tongue You’re psycho cool in the falling rain On an flying plane I’ll be your offshoot I’ll fool around with you Fight the heat with you In a swimming pool And I won’t hesitate If you make me wait Like you always do Yeah, I will see you through On a sky high roof Where big dreams glow Like big stars do For one night alone Or an afternoon Or an afternoon I know how t To hang around From my family tree Until I touch down Yeah, I know how t To hang around Let the deep root down.
3.
Betsy, Betsy Heavens in the event that I die Tell her that I love her and that mornings make me cry Betsy Heavens on a faraway wind After winter last when she left home The highway held her in the night like a diamond On the tail of the dust being blown With the world as a backdrop, spinning like a record On a ridge working in to its end But Betsy is composed because she knows over time She can turn it over and let it play again Betsy Heavens how far have you driven Just to satisfy the shadows in your mind How far have you gone from the world where you belonged To discover what you thought you left behind How far did you go? How long will it take? Before you return to your home on the horizon Where the sunlight meets the water as it fades Betsy Heavens on a faraway wind She left her sense of direction on the train And when she went back, it was shining like lightning Through the window like a time for change Higher up the hill now and deeper down the roots verse She was held by the blue mountain air And like the sound of something moving in the wind within the trees She was singing out like no one else was there Betsy Heavens on a faraway wind After winter last when she left home The highway held her in the night like a diamond On the tail of the dust being blown With the world as a backdrop, spinning like a record On a ridge working in to its end But Betsy is composed because she knows, over time She can turn it over and let it play again She can turn it over and let it play again She can turn it over and let it play again
4.
You had your rain boots on And you cried when your favorite song came on You went to lace them up tight And fell head over heels into the night You said “it’s the alcohol’s fault” The way you fall into character “And that’s nothing like I am” But I thought it was hysterical And, ah, you had your man There, on the grass, in the night At your parents house They were crying out loud while we watched All the fireworks fall down You said “it’s the always my fault” The way you fall into character “And that’s nothing like I am” But I thought it was hysterical And, ah, you had your man Ah, you had your man We’ll live by the oceanside And work with our hands untied And we’ll wake when the baby cries We’ll breathe like our breath is blind We’ll leave all our love behind We’ll sing like the sun will shine Around when we close our eyes Ah, you had your man You had your hair up in braids Because you thought that it made you look brave But when you let it hang down It made the sound of the rain Rain, rain, rain Ah you had your man Ah you had your man
5.
Don’t you enjoy that for a dream Don’t you enjoy that for a dream Some things certainly seem like certainty And some nights feel like eternity And they hide like that side of you that we never see Sometimes are genuinely, intentionally, and suddenly Woven and broken by humility And that side of you that you hide so awkwardly Don’t you enjoy that for a dream Don’t you enjoy that for a dream Sometime someone might cause you to think otherwise And somewhere something might be realized And suddenly there won’t be another time Just the memory and the ghost of that awkward side Don’t you enjoy that for a dream Don’t you enjoy that for a dream Don’t you enjoy that for a dream
6.
MCH 03:29
I’ve got a milk carton heart It’s been missing from the start It’s been living off the grid It’s been hiding in the dark I’ve got a desperate expression That is somewhere in between A feather and a hammer And a whisper and a scream I’ve got a Sunday sense of self That’s always falling off the shelf And every time I decide To break my shell I shy I shy away, I hideaway I shy away, I hideaway, I shy away, I hideaway, I shy away I’ve got a vehicle as my voice It’s a smooth and quiet ride But the engine light is flashing And the battery always dies I’ve got black light colored eyes And they’ve seen the other side I was lost inside a dream, But now I’m alright I’m alright, I’m alright I’m alright, I’m alright, I’m alright, I'm alright, yeah I’m alright I’ve got firewood for fear And it burns in my ears Like an echo in reverse The word turns then disappear I’ve got a self-centered soul It’s always digging its own hole I’ve got a man made mind That I’m always chasing I’ve got lead in my shoes I’ve got the cold rhythm and blues I’m gonna roll down the hill Until there’s nothing left to lose I’m alright, I'll hideaway I’m alright, I'll hideaway I’m alright, I'll hideaway, I'm alright
7.
Soundsleeper 03:09
Everything could have been different Eyes could have closed Heads could have easily turned Minds could have changed The good times could have rolled away You could have loved me less Then, I could place blame We could both sleep soundly Or lie wide-awake And the good times could have rolled away But would anything ever then move On the rails of a train That have split through Down two separate ways? The skies could have all been heavy Goodbyes could have easily rained I could have been helpless And had a scapegoat I needed to name The good times could have rolled away And the good times could have rolled away So bring me up blindly anyway that you can Let me down kindly off the lines in your hand ‘Cause inside the fist there is a watering can That cries out forgiveness through the eyes of every man.
8.
That is not how it happened Those were not the events That was not the outcome That is not how it went But that’s the only impression That I ever get I forget, I forget And it’s a trembling hand that lets you fall A trembling hand that lets you fall It’s a trembling hand that lets you fall But I’m not at all shaken There is only beginning That’ll never change You can’t live it down You can’t break the cage But that’s the only expression That you ever make I’m awake, I’m awake And it’s a trembling hand that lets you fall A trembling hand that lets you fall It’s a trembling hand that lets you fall But I’m not at all shaken You’ve been estranged You’ve been accused You’ve been afraid You’ve been confused You’ve been in love You’ve been lied to But it’s a trembling hand that lets you fall A trembling hand that lets you fall It’s a trembling hand that lets you fall But I’m not at all shaken
9.
I remember what you said, maybe my mother How you can’t feel love if you can’t let go And you can’t hold on to what you can’t control That was it, that was all I ever needed to To be rich, to be rich To be everything you wanted Like a picture without a frame I remember what the others said about one another How nothing can fix love, but nothing is forever And nothing can go wrong if I’m with you That was it, that was all I ever needed to To be rich, to be rich To be everything you wanted Like a picture without frame I recovered all my innocence when I discovered Everything I’ve been told was more like a cover That I could see through and you could see me That was it, that was all I ever needed to To exist, to exist To be everything you wanted Like a picture without frame I remember when we were young, maybe in the summer And we could feel like the only ones We could reach out and grab the sun
10.
I don't want much But I just want to love you I don’t need your touch But I just want to talk to you And when you’re feeling low, misunderstood You call my name, you know I would I don’t want to run with you I just want to roll with you I don’t need to come to you I just want to go with you And when you’re feeling low, misunderstood You call my name, you know I would Be there rain, be there shine Be there nothing but a change of mind Be there rain, be there, shine And open up your eyes, open up your eyes I don’t want much But I just want to see you Now even when the wind changes I just wanna be with you And when you’re feeling low, misunderstood You call my name, you know I would Be there rain, be there shine Be there nothing but a peace of mind Be there rain, be there, shine And open up your eyes, open up your eyes And open up your eyes And when you’re feeling low, misunderstood You call my name, you know I would.
11.
To the River 02:41
I don’t know where my love is hiding I went to the river I couldn’t find it I walk to the street and she come up behind me And she ask me her name, wait let it come to me I don’t know where my love is hiding I went to the river I couldn’t find it I walk to the street and she come up behind me And she ask me her name, wait let it come to me But it's gone Coo, coo, coo, wait let it come to you But it's gone I don’t know where my love is hiding I went to the river I couldn’t find it I walk to the street and she come up behind me And she ask me her name, wait let it come to me
12.
Generational 02:46
And the man with his guns (Everything’s generational) And the one who love (Everything’s generational) And the music that you hear (Everything’s generational) And the movies that you see (Everything’s generational) Out of the woods, out of the sky Out on your own, outta your mind And the people and their cars (Everything’s generational) And the artists and their clothes (Everything’s generational) And the words you believe (Everything’s generational) And the air that you breathe (Everything’s generational) Out of the woods, out of the sky Out on a limb, outta your mind And the truth and the laws (Everything’s generational) And the ooh’s and the ah’s (Everything’s generational) And the rumors and the leaders (Everything’s generational) And the time we’re together (Everything’s generational)

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Recorded at York Studios, Los Angeles and at Tim Bluhm's house, Fairfax, CA.

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released May 14, 2021

Songs written and performed by Joey Barro
Griffin Goldsmith (Drums)
Wylie Gelber (Bass)
Additional instrumentation by Joey Barro and Tim Bluhm
Produced by Tim Bluhm

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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 album "That Is Not How It Happened" OUT NOW! ... more

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