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Ruby sunrise
Speckled lights that greet the dawn
A lonesome highway
Where the heart it pushes on

Dancing shadows
Fill the head with a new song
To break the darkness
Let the light keep burning on

I’m holding those ghosts at bay
I’m keeping bad spirits away
On New Year’s Day


Bottled heartache
Is an old and tired game
A different movie
But the plot it stays the same

A rush at endings
A dash at stories hobbled lame
An actor stumbles
Through a cold and meager fame

I’m holding those ghosts at bay
I’m keeping bad spirits away
On New Year’s Day

Prayers of fortune
Linger in the riverstream
Though evening’s monarch
Casts her mark upon the scene

Midnight flowers
Blooming in a garden dream
They burn with color
They speak of wonders yet unseen

I’m holding those ghosts at bay
I’m keeping bad spirits away
On New Year’s Day

 

(From the album "misfit hymns")

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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my name is Riley and I’m rolling the dice
I sail the tall seas with my lovely bride
we tame the strong winds and we set the sails right
we keep a close watch on a stormy night

I tended flowers on a graveyard lot
I picked the roses when the vines they rot
But now my sailing days are here to stay
I’m feeling better now from day to day

people told me I should always try
to settle down on land before I die
but all those gravestones were telling me
to strike away for the rolling sea

oceans beckon with their salty spray
waves are breaking and they clear the way
dark moon rising in the evening sky
shadows growing as the birds they fly

I’ve sailed this ocean for a hundred years
I’ve staked a claim on the darkest fears
where I thought that I should always know
is now a place where I am letting go

my name is Riley and I’m rolling the dice
I sail the tall seas with my lovely bride
we tame the strong winds and we set the sails right
we keep a close watch on a stormy night

(From the album "misfit hymns")

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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She holds herself back in the sunlight
But she spends all her cash when it rains
I want to tell her
I do the same

The evening is filled with her laughter
The evening is filled with her smile
I’m feeling better
After awhile

Who am I to wander through this celebration row?
Who am I to riddle all the pain that I know
in a song?
And the party goes on.

I’m looking for a writer to show me
I’m leaning on the authors of old
for some kind of answer
some way home

She’s standing at the edge of a doorway
A stack of books they lie at her feet
She does not need them
She is complete

Who am I to wander through this celebration row?
Who am I to riddle all the pain that I know
in a song?
And the party goes on.

It’s later now the mob is unwinding
But the music seems to keep it in stride
And she is floating
but on the inside

The night is making good on it’s promise
To give her everything that she needs
just for awhile
the hunger it feeds

Who am I to wander through this celebration row?
Who am I to riddle all the pain that I know
in a song?
And the party goes on.

(From the album "misfit hymns")

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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dear little bird on high
please bend to hear my cry
this old oak tree
has fallen on me
go tell the world what you see
go tell the world what you see

my wings are good and strong
and i will sing the song
from every height
from noon to night
i'll tell the world of thee
i'll tell the world of thee

pray, fly, as storm clouds come
i hear the thunder drum
and cannot last
while held down fast
beneath this heavy tree
beneath this heavy tree

with a heavy heart i fly
through stormy bands of sky
i'll fain to speak
though i grow weak
to tell the world of thee
to tell the world of thee

now tell what word you've brought
dear bird, is rescue sought?
in this cold and chill
my heart grows still
pray, have you news for me?
pray, have you news for me?

I flew both far and wide
and from every perch I cried
but there was not a one
who said he’d come
to end your misery
to end your misery

oh woe is lonesome me
to face death’s honesty
and alone with you
I wish I knew
a song to make me free
a song to make me free

come join your voice with mine
and sing with a heart sublime
a verse that spins
through stormy winds
in love with eternity
in love with eternity

in moonlit shadows soft
a song was borne aloft
and through heavy snow
the winds did blow
a hopeful melody
a hopeful melody

(From the album "misfit hymns")

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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here comes the madman with his
ribbon tied to a lobster
and the people in the garden they all
think that he’s some kind of monster

tripping through his lazy rhyme
looking for a grand design
he’s not that far
from a darker star
all along his crooked line

in the castle of his nightmare he is
brooding deep through the hours
and he’s guarding every tower
with a pistol made out of flowers

clutching every flask of wine
wrapped in homespun mythic time
he’s not that far
from a darker star
all along his crooked line

he’s broken under bridges where
time speaks in symbols of evening
black and white they all crumble in a
wakeful start out of dreaming

breaking from the needful sign
accounting for a world divine
he’s not that far
from a darker star
all along his crooked line

(From the album "misfit hymns")

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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I’m headed over
Red Knife Mountain
i'm bound to go
it surely seems
but i won't
feel too poorly
when you smile
in my dreams

there's been talk
of insurrection
cities burning
to the ground
but in the dark-
est depths of fortune
what's always lost
is often found

my piece of mind
is far from holy
the wailing cries
I cannot stand
And so I dream
On you my lover
We walk in silence
Hand in hand

the tide is turning
for the better
my heart is like
a bloody fist
as it pounds
away at darkness
freedom is
it’s only wish

I’m headed over
Red Knife Mountain
Please take care
Not to cry
For I’ll see
you my sweet Lucy
in the land
behind the sky

I’m headed over
Red Knife Mountain
i'm bound to go
it surely seems
but i won't
feel too poorly
when you smile
in my dreams

(From the album "misfit hymns")

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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Blues angel, fallen star
Gone before we know all that you are
You blazed a path where none could follow
Rest your head tonight

Texas beauty, voice of light
you shook the shadows in the heart of night
I feel you now in a Hollywood daze
Rest your head tonight

chasing Fortune, Lady Chance
in the chaos, you found a way to dance
please take these words until you find a home
Rest your head tonight

mother’s calling, father’s gone
all that music seems to carry on
bury now the pain that cuts deep
Rest your head tonight

burning brilliant Hope against the dark
you tread these highways and left us your mark
as an offering I leave you this song
Rest your head tonight

(From the album "misfit hymns")

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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She said her name was Carly Rose
Just moved here from Pasadena
there was an earthquake in my mind
she smiled and I said “Nice to meet ya”

She had a notebook in her pocket
was a poet from the East Coast
who didn’t want to share her verses
but she raised a glass and gave a toast:

“Here’s to Life, Love, and Laughter,
running barefoot through the night.
Here’s to music until sunrise
Until your heart weeps with delight.”

I said that midnight was my birthday,
She was a Virgo, I was a Taurus
and on the jukebox a song was spinning,
coming round to another chorus

Here’s to Life, Love, and Laughter,
running barefoot through the night.
Here’s to music until sunrise
Until your heart weeps with delight.

Her eyes they struck me just like lightning
There was a stone inside my throat
And in my head a song was playing
and in my heart these words were wrote:

“Here’s to Life, Love, and Laughter,
running barefoot through the night.
Here’s to music until sunrise
Until your heart weeps with delight.”

Here’s to Life, Love, and Laughter,
running barefoot through the night.
Here’s to music until sunrise
Until your heart weeps with delight.

(From the album "misfit hymns")

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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Busted angel with tattooed eyes
Sparks falling out of his head
Riding his horse through a twisted land
Where everything was dead

And in his mind the enduring sign
Of a song that would never fade
Born in fear and raised in war
Just begging to be played

The sun beat down on his weary horse
Skin hanging off of the bone
And on they went through valleys scarred
And rubble made of stone

Rumors lay by the side of the road
making promises right from the start
But our hero kept his eyes out looking for
A dead man’s broken heart

Passing through another burnt out town
Where the alleys smoke and wheeze
There was a girl leaning out her door
Saying “excuse me, if you please,

Tell them all that we tried our best
But the night it grew too long
Some of us were hoping we
Could join him in his song:

Ooh he’s gone
But a little part of him
Will live on
"

(From the album "misfit hymns")

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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I went out to the hazel wood,             
Because a fire was in my head,             
I cut and peeled a hazel wand,             
And hooked a berry to a thread;                           
And when white moths were on the wing,             
And moth-like stars were flickering out,             
I dropped the berry in a stream             
And caught a little silver trout.                           

When I had laid it on the floor            
I went to blow the fire a-flame,             
But something rustled on the floor,             
And someone called me by my name:             
It had become a glimmering girl             
With apple blossom in her hair             
Who called me by my name and ran             
And faded through the brightening air.

Though I am old with wandering             
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,             
I will find out where she has gone,             
And kiss her lips and take her hands;             
And walk (on through the)* long dappled grass,             
And pluck till time and times are done             
The silver apples of the moon,             
The golden apples of the sun.  

 

(From the album "misfit hymns")

music by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

lyrics by W. B. Yeats

(*”among” in the original)