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I would write you a letter

Where I finally find my voice

But all my words are masquerading

as anything but my choice

I last saw you

seven years now

You slept inside a dream

Take my hand now,

let’s break apart this

frozen tired broken scene

In the evening darkness

I bend my head to the earth

all this spinning, all my emotion

can you tell me what it’s worth?

Floating through

fits of distraction

I spent all of my time

But now I’m reaching

for easy rhyming

and looking for a straight, straight line

 

(From the album Seven Years Now)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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There’s something hanging in the air

A kind of weight that we both share

But I can’t regret what we haven’t done yet

so stick with me and we’ll get there

I’m moving full speed ahead

despite this fever in my head

I’m picking up what I once put down

Don’t want to lose what I’ve found

Round and round with you I go

In a kind of never-ending show

But I won’t relent

and the time that I’ve spent

with you will surely be like gold

All these aches they fade with time

they disappear between each rhyme

and when I least expect

to see the imperfect:

all that sorrow turned sublime

 

(From the album Seven Years Now)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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Trouble down Atlantic Street

Keep your head down low

Picking up the pace as we go

Moonlight shines through broken glass

Splintered in a rage

riddled in the cracks: a concrete page

 

And I want you to be alright

I want you to be alright

 

Hurry through the whistlin’ wind

Keep your eye on me

Grabbing at the things we never see

Building on a shaky past with little left to spare

But I know you and I know you care

 

And I want you to be alright

I want you to be alright

Thinking now of sunrise light

You upon the bed

Strange things last night I said

beyond the way of crooked luck

the path is still untread

with street signs we never read

 

And I want you to be alright

I want you to be alright

 

Burning through the orange light

Sheltered in the cold

A story that’s never told

 

Wrote a song to separate

the sounds inside my head

where emotion weighs like lead

further still the road ahead is choking on the sky

and the sad dreams that always die

 

And I want you to be alright

I want you to be alright

 

(From the album Seven Years Now)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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It’s been awhile now

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen you (repeat)

Rest assured

I’m still the same old fool

 

Rest here easy

Rest here easy my friend (repeat)

I’ll be right here

when you come back this way again

 

It must be lonely

It must be lonely way out there (repeat)

For what it’s worth

please know that I still care

 

The winds are blowing

The winds are blowing cold and strong (repeat)

You took your leave,

but you’ll be back before too long

 

Rest here easy

Rest here easy my friend (repeat)

I’ll be right here

when you come back this way again

 

(From the album Seven Years Now)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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“trashcan gold never seemed to rise above

the din of countless neon nights”

she’s talking through the broken rattles of

a foreign kind of blinding light

 

she’s bound to go where no-one else will know

when the sun is sinkin’ low

 

rockstar noise in a bar at close of day

she hears the notes as perfect, round

with a deadpan grin that always helped her get away

to hear the colors underground

 

she’s bound to go where no-one else will know

when the sun is sinkin’ low

 

drifting through the rings of tired eyes

that bounce inside a brilliant flood

a simple act of moving in disguise

through walls of wasted angry blood

 

she’s bound to go where no-one else will know

when the sun is sinkin’ low

 

freezing cold on the surface of the street

she hears the silver of the moon

and blending through the fabric of defeat

comes undenied a dancing tune

 

she’s bound to go where no-one else will know

when the sun is sinkin’ low

 

(From the album Seven Years Now)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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The paper man says to buy her roses,

that pretty colors work but in small doses

and ever since he’s stumbled on that feeling

he hasn’t had that much more left to deal with

it’s taking all his time

 

The sad-eyed girl tells me that she loves me

but needs to be alone with her family

all she seems to trust is her own sorrow

and how to make it last through each tomorrow

it’s taking all her time

 

The broken man who said he owned an airplane

painted red and white like a candy cane

felt he had the need to explain his passion

and fly that metal bird with a sense of fashion

it’s taking all his time

 

The traffic cop she waves me through the red light,

I’m ducking down to avoid her eyesight

Nothing she could do would ever make things different

there’s got to be enough room for every accident

it’s taking all her time

 

the melodies they come and go at random

and listening becomes an act of abandon

when all I want to do is change the music

before my heart gives out and I just lose it

it’s taking all my time

 

(From the album Seven Years Now)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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I’m dreamin’ ghosts that walk the hallways in my brain

They speak in silly tongues of rage

Electric shadows tease the lines across the floor

And the words they fall upon the page

 

And in the bedrooms of our mind

we cast a thousand dreams aside

we painted too grim a picture

It fell well short of what’s outside

 

Sorted tales of lovers left to their own fate

they always rhyme like a song

an ocean flowing down and through your frozen heart

where I am weak and you are strong

 

And as the sun dips below the tide

All this folly brings to bear

a leaden weight that grows and hangs upon my back

your love leaves nothing left to spare

 

With you I seem to rise against the boring dark

It shudders deep within my bones

Together now we dive into the swirling blue

Disappear in froth and foam

 

And as we’re borne inside the tide

through maze on maze of murky deep

I whisper in your ear my only wish

Your only promise left to keep

 

(From the album Seven Years Now)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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I’m goin down this diamond highway

I’m goin down this diamond road

And when I get to where I’m goin

I’ll live forever with a diamond soul

I’ll live forever with a diamond soul

 

It’s been said that we might seek money

It’s been said that we might seek gold

But the diamond highway goes on forever

and a diamond fortune is the lightest load

and a diamond fortune is the lightest load

 

I’m headed for Murfreesboro

Way down in Arkansas

There I’ll find me a stone so heavy

It will buy me all the time I need

It will buy me all the time I need

 

I’ll keep walking until my legs ache

I’ll keep walking until my feet hurt

But I won’t weary of the diamond highway,

ain’t no better road on this earth

ain’t no better road on this earth

 

When life is easy and you risk nothing

There is no meaning to what you do

So put on your tall boots and your headlamp

grab your shovel and pick-axe too

grab your shovel and pick-axe too

 

 There ain’t no sinners on the diamond highway

There ain’t no judgement from up above

But the road gets longer and the trip gets weary

when you’re missing all the ones you love

when you’re missing all the ones you love

 

(From the album Seven Years Now)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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I think you realize the place we’re in

These colors keep passing by

It’s like some story that children hear

It’s what you’d think was a lie

 

Our love is like a rocketship

It burns a hole in the sky

I hope that’s something you wanted

I hope you’ll still want to fly

with me

 

All the love that you give to me

It still has yet to sink in

Just like a circle come back on itself

It can always begin

 

Our love is like a rocketship

It burns a hole in the sky

I hope that’s something you wanted

I hope you’ll still want to fly

with me

 

All this life is a quicksand dream

I’m feeling closer to old

Maybe someday when my head is clear

Then the truth will be told

 

Our love is like a highway

Stretching out to the sun

I hope that’s something you wanted

I hope you’ll still want to run

with me                     

 

Our love is like a rocketship

It burns a hole in the sky

I hope that’s something you wanted

I hope you’ll still want to fly

with me

 

(From the album Seven Years Now)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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Dancers streaked out in their midnight rays

looking backwards on their brighter days

Fortune lovers speak of loss and fate

breaking down all the much-too-late

 

I am reeling with miles of rust

Slowly building an empire of dust

 

Lonely churches in the falling snow

the silent cars in their silent rows

Pushing backwards through the hail and wind

too busy thinking of the might-have-been

 

I am reeling with miles of rust

Slowly building an empire of dust

 

Bright as fire

a lone desire

winding higher

out to you

 

Floating headaches on the silly storm

the broken noises from a wasted horn

All the thinking that I thought I left

back with a lover too much like the rest

 

I am reeling with miles of rust

Slowly building an empire of dust

 

(From the album Seven Years Now)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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where the sunlight hits the road unending

the miles mark the time I’m spending

busy with the make and mending

until I get it right

 

I’m gonna pick up every stone, dear mother

pick up every stone, dear mother

pick up every stone, dear mother

until I pay it back

 

ashes ashes, 

broken hearts fall down

but why do you have to sing that tune?

well I wouldn’t sing for sorrow

but my star is burning fast

deep in the shadow of its moon

 

I’m gonna pick up every stone, dear mother

pick up every stone, dear mother

pick up every stone, dear mother

until I pay it back

 

helpless helpless, 

turn me from the grave

fill it up with words that feed your heart

well the time is ripe for speaking thus and laying down the line

but can I find a way to start?

 

I’m gonna pick up every stone, dear mother

pick up every stone, dear mother

pick up every stone, dear mother

until I pay it back

 

meltdown meltdown, 

my time is running short

but why do you have to leave so soon?

well I wouldn’t strike for leaving but the tide is ebbing fast

on borders streaked with sands of doom

 

I’m gonna pick up every stone, dear mother

pick up every stone, dear mother

pick up every stone, dear mother

until I pay it back

 

(From the album Seven Years Now)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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with midnight upon me, I needed a sign

I looked at your photos as if they were mine

I wrote you a letter and threw it away

I called you this morning with nothing to say

 

walking through this garden in a frozen midnight dream

I hope for rain like fire to reveal what is unseen

 

I want you to realize that I mean no harm

no special agenda, no cause for alarm

if you have a feeling you don’t want to share

I’ll try to be quiet, pretend I’m not there

 

walking through this garden in a frozen midnight dream

I hope for rain like fire to reveal what is unseen

                       

there’s hope for a new start where lovers can meet

and noise will be music outside in the street

the darkness will smile, our sorrows will yawn

and we will be dancing in the beautiful dawn

 

walking through this garden in a frozen midnight dream

I hope for rain like fire to reveal what is unseen

 

(From the album Seven Years Now)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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Headed out for fortune

headed out for dreams

but the telephone is ringing

and its calling me obscene

the operator’s German, 

and I can’t hear her well

but she’s talking so sweetly,

casting a wicked wicked spell

 

Writing on the table

Waiter ain’t comin back

the bartender’s dreaming

about flowers turning black

there’s a riddle in my suitcase, but I don’t give a damn

because I’m running out of money 

in this god forsaken land

 

Rode the train from Boston

rode the train all night

with memories of her spinning

in a foreign kind of light

she’s off to join the circus

where the animals stay wild

but she’ll always be avoiding 

the worried eyes of her child

 

streets are dark and lonely

shadows shuffle by

their tongues all clank and rattle

with the same old dirty lie

and it’s written on my forehead, 

I can see you’ve got one too,

we gotta wear it like we want it,

that’s the best that we can do.

 

(From the album Seven Years Now)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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There’s a highway coming with a thousand dead suns

and a story for every mile burned

But I’m headed for a different place and the water there flows wild

where I can surely keep the peace I’ve earned

 

There’s a river flowing through the tears that you cry

And when you sleep I always dry your cheek

But the morning brings its yellow light creeping through the room

and shadows there remember how to speak

 

Hold on to me and I’ll hold onto you

But is that the best thing we can do?

Hold on to me and I’ll hold onto you

But is that the last thing we should do?

 

There’s a songbird singing but the wind is moaning low

and when it wails no-one ever hears his tune

But the notes they linger through the night and land up in the day

where church bells toll the pale afternoon

 

Hold on to me and I’ll hold onto you

But is that the best thing we can do?

Hold on to me and I’ll hold onto you

But is that the last thing we should do?

 

There’s a ladder leaning on a tree that’s soaked in blood

and a fire burns on every rung

But the missing and departed now will never cease to be

until that lonely bird’s song has been sung

 

Hold on to me and I’ll hold onto you

But is that the best thing we can do?

Hold on to me and I’ll hold onto you

But is that the last thing we should do?

 

There’s a highway coming of a thousand dead suns

and a story for every mile burned

But I’m headed for a different place and the water there flows wild

where I can surely keep this lesson learned

 

(From the album Seven Years Now)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music