A Tyrant's Plea

by Marshall Anderson

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Produced by David Beck and Paul Cauthen
Engineered and Mixed by Jarett Bostick
Recorded in San Marcos, TX Dec. 2010-Jan. 2011

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released February 28, 2011

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Track Name: A Tyrant's Plea
A Tyrant's Plea

The moon blushed and turned white the sky
When her beating heart raised up a prayer
And hours passed till morning rain
Shimmered in the lonesome air
I will not cry but face the sun
Dance your dance and hum your name
Until forgiveness asks no more
And I've forgotten where I came

Rows of angels line the mountains
Sunsets adorn the halls
Meek is all my answer is
When my pleasure hears its call
I will not bend to nearly break
Or give regards unto my friends
Or taste the truth or consequence
Of seven seas and bitter winds

Oh, how no more time goes by
Without the weary laughter of
An ageless spirit hovering
At her home so high above
The dusk and dawn and waning hills
Reaching down to comfort me
Like the softest of a morning shade
Or the weakest of a tyrant's plea
Track Name: California 101
California 101

Tonight I'll be parked off that 101
And I'll rise in the morning
Where the ocean meets the sun
See some old friends
Though I'm just passing by
Waving hello, as I'm saying goodbye

I've met many men out here with crazed eyes
Filled with figments of dreams that materialize
In old, broke-down pickups, wearing wounds from a war
Puffing on re-fried's and bumming for more

If the last of the least receives plentiful riches
When the sky tears apart and the direction switches
Then black cats mean nothing where the redwood trees grow
And I can feel lucky with no place to go

And yes I've been stranded, and yes felt at home
By people surrounded and still felt alone
And taken for granted when the dark stood still
Every place I had to stay seeming surreal

Tonight I'll be parked off that 101
And rise in the morning
Where the ocean meets the sun
See some old friends
Though I'm just passing by
Waving hello,as I'm saying goodbye
Track Name: Some Are Born
Some Are Born

When I'm blinded by that backdoor light
I'm gonna feel my way through the darkroom
Climb those stairs and feel alright
Sleep where lonely shadows loom

Bathe in crimson clouds burning
Sleep in sheets of sinking sky
Wake on thoughts of evenings yearning
Doubt my sense and don't ask why

(Chorus)

Some are born in Midwest winters
Some are born in Texas heat
For now I know the only difference
Is some die out on the street.

I know an open door in Tennessee
A girl worth loving till high noon
She may go and make a fool out of me
But I'll be leaving before too soon

(Chorus)
Track Name: One More Night
One More Night (Bianchi/Anderson)

One more night and I'd be alright
I'd be alright with one more night
One more night and I'd be alright
i'd hold you tight with one more night.

I don't need to smell
Your coffee brewing down the hall
Or rearrange the furniture
Just because you don't call

(Chorus)

I don't need you like
The river needs the falling rain
It only flows into the sea
And it don't come back again

(Chorus)
Track Name: NYC Blues
NYC Blues (Cauthen/Anderson)

The city lights dance with the sun
The moons night has just begun
A saxophone on a subway train
Grand Central in the pouring rain
A little bit of money, a whole lot of time
These New York blues ain't worth a dime.

Better move your car before the street sweep
Before the police lock you in deep
They'll steal your pride and take your soul
Never say never, never lose control
Down to nothing, got there fast
Hope these New York blues don't last

Take yourself to the highest level,
Where you won't carry so much pain.
Track Name: Peach Grove Blues
Peach Grove Blues

In your peach grove mama
You feed a man until he's full
Your peach so sweet the whole world turns cruel

Its sweet upon my lips,
I remember when I try
Your peach so sweet, make a grown man cry

So if your tree branch is hanging low
Let me take my pick
Been so long mama, this is gonna be real quick
Track Name: Carmel By The Sea
Carmel By The Sea

Prove your innocence to me
Here at Carmel by the Sea
And my love will set you free
As moves the ocean.

The words flash in your mind
They cannot me defined
Roads twist and wind
To mountains motion.

But your too numb to feel
The pleasure that I steal
In knowing that what's real
Is long forgot.

By sunlight in a dream
The skies a movie screen
Flutters on the wing
And then is not.

Prove your innocence to me
Here at Carmel by the Sea
And my love will set you free
As moves the ocean.
Track Name: Don't Have No Place To Go
Don't Have No Place To Go

Count me in your prayers
All showers seem the same
I'm clean over my body
But I'm trapped inside my name
It was over before it started
The downtown picture show
I know how all these people don't have no place to go.

In the hills, night fires
Burn outside the tents
Some claim absolute freedom
Some blame accidents
I have no sense, but waiting
Never brought me sorrow
I know how all these people don't have no place to go.

Sweet, sweet surrender
Rain off down the drain
Nodding asleep
On a midday train
Everything lost its value
A long, long time ago
I know how all these people don't have no place to go.
Track Name: Sparrow's Song
Sparrow's Song

Measure all your worldly losses
Commune wine and rosemary crosses
Cast all your flesh desires
Into the field of controlled fires
Turn your face from passing seasons
That mark the path with rhymes and reasons
From realm to realm we die in duty
And rise as breath does exhale beauty

Strangers from a far-off land
Know with glances, understand
Not in language cold and brittle
But as time erases little by little
Marks and scars and flagrant errors
Doubts and fears and strung-out terrors
That have no place in pale white love
And rise below, whats above

The hazel stars that light Cheyenne
The mountains still untouched by man
The setting sun on desert wings
The sparrow at the midnight sings
That pain aspires to bring harm
And though your walking arm in arm
With the shadow of your hearts companion
These chains hold no dominion
On gentle skies everlasting
Or waves of joy that know no chastening
Track Name: Love Is Leaving
Love Is Leaving

Take the mountain to a cloud
Take the cloud to a star
Let the night wind carry you
To a lover near and far
The winter is her breathing
The season's disappear
When you realize love is leaving
In the face of all you fear.

Failures turned to whispers
Grown to silence in your mind
Don't you know what you are seeking
Is the hardest thing to find
There's no sense in not believing
Only to be led astray
When you realize love is leaving
To find a brand new day.

Even when your strong
Even when your weak
She listens with her soul
So you don't have to speak
Her nimble hands are weaving
Joy and despair
When you realize love is leaving
You're already there.