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Well the moonlight tonight is like fire

upon the dark face of the lake

where I held you, and drowned you,

and left you for dead

and now your ghost wanders my head

 

for three years I followed you closely

a stranger so lost in the crowd

but my devil was dreaming

an evil he spread

like a river it flooded my head

 

your kindness was not lost upon me

your smile it brightened the gloom

and slowly I found you

as I followed the thread

with a desert wind burning my head

 

And as I held you under

your eyes they bulged with alarm

and your back it was arching

as your spirit it fled

like a serpent it swallowed my head

 

Now my body is burning with sorrow

deep down in the well of my gut

where burning the dark

there's a merciful spark

where the tears they stream out of my heart

where the tears they stream out of my heart

 

(From the album Multitudes)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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riverboat sunrise

and i'm taking the wheel

purple clouds dancing

they don't seem real

when the castoff's taking

just a little too long

well i sing to myself

that old sweet song:

 

"Out on the river, out on the sea,

I dream of home, I dream of thee.

And though my travels are far and wide,

I carry you, deep down inside."

 

Old Man Tyree

on the lazy bench

said he learned that song

from an oriole finch

who was singing out loud

on an April morn

and through his head

these words were borne

 

"Out on the river, out on the sea,

I dream of home, I dream of thee.

And though my travels are far and wide,

I carry you, deep down inside."

 

Hazel eyes burning

in the back of my mind

dark hair flowing

like the reddest wine

like the siren on the island

calling out my name

my heart drifts to you

across the delta plain

 

(From the album Multitudes)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

 

 

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On the rattlesnake trail 

where I Iost my youth

I threw all of my chips in

for a beautiful truth

 

There's a fire all around me

And it's burning so bright

Well it swallowed up the day

and it's working on the night

 

I am a rogue and a gambler

Forty-nine years of trouble to my name

Bound down the road of a lonely sorrow

Bound like a moth to the flame

 

With my head against the wall

I beat a rhythm in time

Pounding out the rattles of

a glorious rhyme

 

There's a woman in my mind

and she's fading out of sight

she's staked out all the claims

on the one true light

 

there's a weary kind of wanting

that is tearing me apart

staring down the barrel

of a loveless art

 

frozen on the page

of a long forgotten hymn

it's washed out in the sunrise

and strangled in the din

 

 

Do I contradict myself?

well so let it be

like the angels in the heavens

I got symmetry

 

Multitudes pouring out 

from every side

There's a rumble in the earth

There's a music in the sky

 

(From the album Multitudes)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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Well I wrote myself another sad sad song, like I do, 

just to pass the time, there it goes

 

i met her down in a basement bar with a friend

she said she went there sometimes, yes she did

 

well i took that stage and i sang my tune, like i know

and the night was fine, yes it was

 

and if i could count on you

i know you'd see me through

 

well i packed my bags and i said goodbye to my town

you know i do that sometimes, yes i do

 

highway miles how they came and went in the wind,

I'm making tracks for the coast, up ahead

 

well her hazel eyes in the motel nights of my mind

they put a spell on me, yes they did

 

pushin' through another fever dream on the road,

don't cross that line, keep it straight

 

but she danced and smiled in my weary head all the way

she helped to pass the time, yes she did

 

like a stowaway in my lonely heart where she slept

she made the highway bloom, bittersweet

 

(From the album Multitudes)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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It was the night before my wedding day

Such as I've never told

A ghost appeared at my bedroom window

complaining of the cold

 

With a shackled eye and a furrowed brow

the words he spoke were bold:

"Fly away from your twisted fears,

Forget the dreams of old."

 

Away we flew into the night

as he held me tightly bound

A storm cloud rose in the sky ahead

and with fire it was crowned

 

A stinging wind was in my face

I heard an awful sound

And down, down, down we flew

through a doorway in the ground

 

swallowed up in a blinding light

that was both far and near

my body swelled with euphoria

and my mind, it was clear

 

the ghost my friend he bade goodbye

but still I felt no fear

the droning void was all around

like music in my ear

  

my eyes could sort among the din

such colors I could enjoy

a vision of a laughing girl

and a mirthful little boy

 

in a pulsing ring of blue-black flame

my heart was filled with joy

and from my chest grew a purple rose

that fire could not destroy

 

My head was wrapt in leafy vines

my legs were roots of stone

my arms were made as diamond wings

where feathers they had grown

 

my spine it hummed electricity

an antenna made of bone

and out through my every pore

the blinding light boldly shone

  

then i awoke to my earthly bed

in a grayish winter dawn

convinced that all my time below

was for me a picture drawn

 

and all my days and all my nights

I'll seek to labor on

this cryptic tale of unity

this overflowing mystery song

 

(From the album Multitudes)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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all night long

all night long

i hear the wind a'howling

from out across the sea

i hope that you don't run from

the darker side of me

 

all my rhyme

all my rhyme

is slipping through my fingers

into the sounds of night

but when you are here with me

the rhythm feels alright

 

morning sun

morning sun

burning through the twilight

the reddish fingered dawn

the thought of you it spurs me

to keep on keepin' on

 

all my life

all my life

twists and turns a careful maze

out into the light

where i see you standing

and your eyes are shining bright

 

(From the album Multitudes)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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What horizon

I could not fathom

Such a heavy hand

Your heart has grown cold

WIth fantasies broken

You are a sad and foolish man

 

Oh Tom WIlly don't you cry for me

I'm floating now on a wine dark sea

I care not that you murdered me

But how I fear for your babies three

 

Blind and jealous

you could not keep me

from another's bed

And now your family 

is hiding in shadows

far from the one who's really dead

 

Oh Tom WIlly don't you cry for me

I'm floating now on a wine dark sea

I care not that you murdered me

But how I fear for your babies three

 

All that moonlight

empty promise

of time well spent

And as you held me

under the water

I did not know what it meant

 

Oh Tom WIlly don't you cry for me

I'm floating now on a wine dark sea

I care not that you murdered me

But how I fear for your babies three

 

Earthbound sorrow

is your fortune

such a heavy cross

But all your hatred

has poisoned your reason

a domino game of loss

 

Oh Tom WIlly don't you cry for me

I'm floating now on a wine dark sea

I care not that you murdered me

But how I fear for your babies three

 

Cold and weeping

wrapped in failure

you're a lonely man

But please be careful

to spare all your children

from what you cannot understand

 

Oh Tom WIlly don't you cry for me

I'm floating now on a wine dark sea

I care not that you murdered me

But how I fear for your babies three

 

(From the album Multitudes)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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last night

the rhythm inside

the way that you cried

i almost died

i love you

 

backstage

a primitive age

my decadent rage

I'm so afraid

i hurt you

 

tonguetied

with hesitant pride

the will is defied

i'll never lie

i hate you

 

heartsore

on the killing floor

the beautiful war

you wanted more

i'll take you

 

and we'll float away

on the rivers of the sun

 

heartsick

the battle so thick

burning down the wick

a misery trick

I'll feed you

 

rockstar

you never went far

the mystery you are

your broken guitar

I need you

 

last call

you're breaking the wall

the bottom will fall

and then we'll all

be torn through

 

last night

the rhythm inside

the way that you cried

i almost died

i love you

 

(From the album Multitudes)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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Time played foolish games,

when we first met

Even a gambling hand, would not have bet

But all along, we had time

and all your patience sublime

And I finally knew

when I saw you

 

Home is

Wherever you are tonight

Asleep 'till the morning light

Awake under a lucky sun

And I'll be

Making my way to you

It's all I could ever do

For you are the only one

for me

 

All that love was dancing in your eyes

Stronger than all the toughest of goodbyes

 I'm overwhelmed to say the least

I left my heart back in the East

where I finally knew

when I met you

 

Home is

Wherever you are tonight

Asleep 'till the morning light

Awake under a lucky sun

And I'll be

Making my way to you

It's all I could ever do

For you are the only one

for me

 

(From the album Multitudes)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

 

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like a river into the sea

the night moves gracefully

broken dreams that float along

a lonely (yet)hopeful song

 

seeing you so far away

in the place we love to play

how i long for you to come

and share with me this setting sun

 

and at the end of a long day

when you lay your head down to sleep

feel my arms wrap around you

a joyful circuit made complete

 

like a river into the sea

your love flows into me

dreams can only rise and fall

where there's joy, after all

 

and at the end of a long day

when you lay your head down to sleep

feel my arms wrap around you

a joyful circuit made complete

 

(From the album Multitudes)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music