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Left Hand Lions | Wild Americana

Santa Barbara, CA

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TRACK Lyrics

 
 
 
 
 
I - The Storyman (Eyes Far Away)

Come by the fire, we'll settle down
No one dares to speak or makes a sound
Old man lifts his hand--we gather round
He clears his throat---his voice is found

The Storyman sees a hundred million ways to live a life

Even when you've lost your way

Lets us all believe seeking what we dream is worth the strife

So come another day

An old copper tongue and a smile to rob a king
Swallow every word, imagine everything

The Storyman sees a hundred million ways to live this life Even when you've lost your way
Lets us all believe seeking what we dream is worth the strife


Hey, say, tell it another way
I'll pay, pray, wait for another day
He waits, stays his tongue til I've lost my way
Then he tells a tale


He paints a world with nothing but breath

And the memory he holds

Tells a tale
Don't you forget about it

So hey, say, tell it another way
I'll pray, pay, wait for another day
He waits, stays his tongue til I've lost my way
Then he tells a tale, his eyes far away
Tells a tale, his eyes far away
He tells a tale, his eyes far away
He tells a tale

IV - Walls and Doors

Living a life inside fours walls wondering what's out there
Just a dream until you fall -- l
ive it out if you dare
Lock the doors but keep on a light for others to see
Wanna leave but don't have the fight

Your courage lacks a key


Step outside your own head
Walls and doors where you hid
Notice the hours passing by
See yourself out on the wind
Be sure you make your mistakes
Owing some all up to fate
Make sure you smile at the world
Knowing not everything's great

Stature small, heart's on fire
Like David retold
Stumble out and though you're tired
You're fearless and bold
Tell yourself there's no turning back
Your walls are left behind
Take a breath and make moments last
A life you don't rewind

Step outside your own head
Walls and doors where you hid
Notice the hours passing by
See yourself out on the wind
Be sure you make your mistakes
Owing some all up to fate
Make sure you smile at the world
Knowing not everything's great

It's a long way down
A long way down from here

Step outside your own head
Walls and doors where you hid
Notice the hours passing by
See yourself out on the wind
Be sure you make your mistakes
Owing some all up to fate
Make sure you smile at the world
Knowing not everything's great


 

V - FIRE GIRL

As embers cool her glow reminds me

Her fire's my fuel and I'm in her trance

Heart's all locked up and she melted the keys

Her soul's corrupted--I don't stand a chance

Don't wanna get lost in the shuffle

So say my name, say my name

All uphill, to step is to struggle

Tired of playing her games

She turns once, I look twice

There's heat behind those eyes

Like a drug, hands are tied

There's nowhere I can hide

Yeah, I'm to blame

Her fire is my mistake

Yeah, felt the flames

This trap I can't escape

 

Across the room she draws you over

Smell those fumes they lure you in

Mind's all fogged up though you swear you're sober

No trace of good, oh she reeks of sin

 

And it's too late to change her ways

So sit and wait

 

Yeah, I'm to blame

Her fire is my mistake

Yeah, felt the flames

This trap I can't escape

Yeah, I'm to blame

So yeah say my name

Felt the flames

 

II - No Way Out

There's no way out I see
It narrows and turns til there's no air to breathe
There's no way out for me
The walls are too high and this door needs a key


And every time we dance I'm in a trance
That die was cast
Not love made to last
There's no way out, for me
I'm lost in this maze with no way to be free

So hey--woah
We can't find a way--woah
Nothing more to say--woah
Keep your love away

There's no way out of here
I've tried to convince you there's nothing to fear
No, no way out, my dear
I'm sorry we've lied to ourselves all these years


And every time we dance there's no romance
We lost our chance
Too scarred from the past
There's no way out I fear
This tale has an ending
, now that much is clear

So hey--woah
We can't find a way--woah
Nothing more to say--woah
Keep your love away

From me
You'll see
This wasn't meant to be

So hey--woah
We can't find a way--woah
Nothing more to say--woah
Keep the love away

So hey--woah
We can't find a way--woah
Nothing more to say--woah
Keep your love away


 

III - Tempered Years

When wild and free seems a foolish thing
And you freeze as life pulls away
You want a second chance
You need to find the stance
That keeps you up another day

Too old to play the games
Too young to make a change
that others find worthy to weigh
So you sit right here, have no fear
Come what may

And the world is strange
When life changes lanes
And without the chains
There's too much space to play

Don't have to pay a toll
At borders of comfort zones
Between your life and your fate
Don't have to pack a bag
Just make sure that you don't drag
The years you've made of dead weight

And the world is strange
When life changes lanes
And without the chains
There's too much space to play
And you count the days
Til you've reached the end of the page
And if nothing changes
Well, nothing changes

Didn't plan to come this far
Just to say you came this far
Didn't build it from the start
Just to watch it fall apart
Didn't chase a shooting star
Knowing it was just too far
And if you stop and count your scars
Start to know who you are

You hear the thunderclaps
They echo out and come right back
The din that's around every day

A vice upon your soul
You feel the grip until you're old
It sqeezes you dry without pain

Didn't plan to come this far
Just to say you came this far
Didn't build it from the start
Just to watch it fall apart
Didn't chase a shooting star
Knowing it was just too far
And if you stop and count your scars
Start to know who you are

 
VI - TYCOON

One more stake in a rail to nowhere

One more black gold hole to drill

Every move he makes on a dare and a wink

Every dime he takes for the thrill

Found his way with his bootstraps pulled tight

From rags to riches and power revered

Never weighs the cost of climbing mountains high

Knowing well that he is feared

Yeah--no limits to be seen

Yeah--it's good to be the king

Everywhere he goes lay men bowed at his feet

Every seed he sows grows tall

No deal unsealed

His pride, his company

Obsession once now madness claims it all

Found his way with his bootstraps pulled tight

From rags to riches and power revered

Never weighs the cost of climbing mountains high

Knowing well that he is feared

Yeah--no limits to be seen

Yeah--it's good to be the king

Then one day he'll step aside

Reap his fields and claim his prize

Days will go unoccupied

Days will go

Yeah--no limits to be seen

Yeah--it's good to be the king

 
 
VII - ONE FOOL

Listen to yourself again--play it back in your mind

Don't paint yourself a fool my friend, for fools loose sight

 

She's miles ahead and that's a long way

Could walk til you're dead but that'd be a mistake

With legs of lead remain where you lay

She was long, long gone when she fled

 

Three words she left you standing there

A fool who thought that he could dare to burn

The things you made

The world you built now left to fade

 

Two seconds when you must decide

To stay the course or leave her side

For life without a pulse to share is not worth living

One fool beyond compare

 

Give yourself a little space to clear your mind

You're at a sprint but there 's no race

Just tracks she left behind

 

She's miles ahead and that's a long way

Could walk til you're dead but that'd be a mistake

With legs of lead remain where you lay

She was long, long gone when she fled

 

Three words she left you standing there

A fool who thought that he could dare to burn

The things you made

The world you built now left to fade

 

Two seconds when you must decide

To stay the course or leave her side

For life without a pulse to share is not worth living

One fool beyond compare

 

Numb to the marrow in your bones

Can't move—it's heartbreak you suppose

Can't think—her face won't leave your mind

Like ink —a stain left behind

She's miles ahead and that's a long way

Could walk til you're dead but that'd be a mistake

With legs of lead remain where you lay

She was long, long gone when she fled

She was long, long gone when she fled

She was long, long gone when she fled

From one fool

One fool

From one fool​

VIII - CALIFORNIA FLAMES

Make it rain, let it drop

Bring it down from the top

No more fire upon the hills

Only rain can make it stop

 

Let's go down to see the blaze

Take your lover so y'all can gaze

At the wild flame upon the hill

Who knew that fire could chill your veins

 

California flames

They raged and raged

Who thought that they

Could change this place

They're here to stay

So count your days

When face to face with a fiery cage

 

What you keep or what you throw

One last glace before you go

Go on take a damn good look below

Only ash and burnt out homes

 

California flames

They raged and raged

Who thought that they

Could change this place

They're here to stay

So count your days

When face to face with a fiery cage

 

So let's go down to see the blaze

Take your lover so y'all can gaze

At the wild flame upon the hill

Who knew that fire could chill your veins

California flames

They raged and raged

Who thought that they

Could change this place

They're here to stay

So count your days

When face to face with a fiery cage