After the Graveyard

by Liam the Younger

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AFTER THE GRAVEYARD
by LIAM THE YOUNGER
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Liam Betson: Voice, guitar, banjo, and chord organ.
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All songs written by Liam Betson
Recorded throughout 2006 and 2007
Mastered by Carl Saff
Released by Underwater Peoples/A Learning Computer, 2012
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released January 28, 2007

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Liam Betson is a North American songwriter.

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Track Name: Current Joys
I'm glad I know I have it good
so when I’m old and sad
I can say I understood
it was easy being free
Track Name: This Land Pt. 1
San Francisco where'd you go?
Okay, I know, I know I left you
to go back home

on the east coast

Nine days is long time
Time enough for you

to have the earth shake
but nothing break

and love nothing to do
But I still love my home state

all red, white and blue

But that place showed me too

there is more to you

In nineteen hundred and in twenty o' six

never broked and never fixed

I was looking at that hilltop mist
thinking some things never die

Oh American life, this land is mine
Track Name: Ode to Then
The night sky, the city light, passing by the Scenic Drive
The strip malls, the city halls, museums and the phone calls

Thinking old dusty road, riding trains, no Tom Joad

Idealized view of life, maybe I have it right

It feels good to be back home, seeing friends, knowing roads

Thanksgiving and Christmastime, bitter air and riding bikes

Fleeting sounds, love all around, I have found the moon rise

Whatever the tombstone reads, what could that year mean to me?

Living by the dampened trees, what could that life mean to me?

Dreaming of the dark coal mines, I must know that it's no life

One day I'm sure that I will see through nostalgic eyes

And one day the internet will be our version of the wild west

And we will be remembered as we now remember them

Some will be folk heroes and others will be villains

as we sing the songs all the songs about them
Track Name: This Land Pt. 2
Oh happy day, oh darkest night
I am standing still at your side
Oh mountain range, oh bird of flight
I am silent no questions why
Because I've gone outside
and I've seen what the world doesn't hide
Oh highway drive, oh neon lights
you exist under the same sky
Oh hidden path, oh joyous cry
I am walking--I have time
Now I see what happens when
I open my heart to everything
This land was made for you and me
And the taste of freedom is so damn sweet
Track Name: After the Graveyard
I'm walking through the lonesome graveyard
talking with Old Man Death about the year
And he says “I realize a lot of people have life hard
and a guy like me doesn't bring them any cheer
But once they've been buried
and their ghosts are glad to see me
we sit by the fire and breathe the Xmas air
And we think of the buildings, and roads and cities
And we see a hint of joy in the despair”
So we go to where we live
and visit all that we love
and everyone is so happy to see
the ghosts of you and me
We gather around the Xmas tree
and talk about good shows on TV.
Track Name: Songs of Living
I didn't sleep last night
It's five I'm outside
Oh, poetry sometimes I don't read you
because living in the motion of the world is all right,
riding through on the edge of a knife
And I can remember the places that I've been to
I can see the greatness hidden deep within you
And I can recall, oh, way back when
wishing I could go to where I still haven't been
And I still do the things I did
when I was really young
like dreaming of the west under a golden summer sun
And now when I walk alone I begin to sing
songs of joy,
songs of life,
songs of living,
and songs of my home
and songs of my friends
and songs of beginnings
and songs of the end
and all the empty spaces get filled right in
with the songs of people that never die.
Track Name: I Will Be Good Pt. 1
Every year as I turn I can see
the same light shining for each memory
And now as that light shines on me
I can see my past so joyfully
The bright sun faded into the sky
leaving darkness and new ways of life
But I loved it each and every day
and I saw inside we don't ever change
Three times I’ve seen houses on the hill
The mist was still there and it always will
Everywhere I've been to--like my town
Everywhere I've been to--remembrance all around
Track Name: It is Good
I went back
I went back
to where I was

Nothing changed
Nothing changed, everything stood

I looked back
I looked back as the year passed

It is good
It is good
to really remember

And it's been almost a year since
I was confronted
with weird situations
I drove with my father
The seven lakes were all brought together

and all of the people were thinking of letters

written home when times were better

But I think they're lying about all that

When you are just five you'd cry for a new hat

And now that I am no longer thinking of the devil himself,
his stare so unblinking,

I see everything and everything sees me

But only the living are really alive

and I'm glad that these things are part of my life

and we can give thanks to TV and time

and live good lives even after we die
Track Name: An Easy Place Pt. 1
There's a path carved in the woods

And a new beauty stands where the old one stood

I am young and I have my ways

Oh, good world thanksgiving for change

Each moment arrives and two side emerge

I'll choose my best and forsake the worst

Imagine the world one hundred years gone

Accept the pain heard in their songs

Dead and gone from the mines

Hearing love from mountain cries

Each memory won't survive

but there will be remembrance of life
I found the bad and I found the good

Like I would I stood where I stood

I drifted to my joys at hand

"Fuck all the naysayers," I take that back

I love you all in small amounts

Sunoco, the forest, who says what counts?
Who cares if cowboys don't roam the land?

Value the thought of a bird in the hand
Track Name: If I Ever Live Alone
You can live your life in solitude,

turn your back on those you knew

But the tarp you sleep on, well, it was made by man

And right before you leave your town

take one last good look around

because that's the last time you'll see what you knew

And everyone you loved before

will all come knocking at your door

but they'll be greeted with nothing but "Fuck you"

But I can see the joy in it

living in the forest,
cleansing myself in the morning sun

So go ahead, be my guest 
but i have just one request: 

bring a pen to write a letter home
Track Name: I Will Be Good Pt. 2
I've been spending all my time
passing through places I recall going to in my life
Poughkeepsie to Seven Lakes
everywhere a favorite place
Go outside and see your street in the light
Oh, and the world is all right
and deep inside the darkest of nights
Through all the hatred and crime
I hear it say, "It's all right"
The dark times will pass
Good times will pass
But you and I won't pass until we're done
Although I'm afraid to die
I won’t fear life
The same that brought about gifts of time
Oh and the world is all right
Deep inside the darkest of nights
everything that passes me by
I hear it say...
I hear it scream,
"It's all right"
Track Name: Two Sides
Oh night, oh night, I find some rest from the day,
in which, I traveled down a long road
Inside, inside I can hide from the rain
Don't lie and say nature's always great
Because the world it has tidal waves
and it has hurricanes
But also I hear myself say

It's all right I don't give a damn
the fire's never burned my hand
My heart's never been broken by the world
And though I hear about terrible things
I'm selfish, they don't bother me
What I really mean is that I feel good
And despite the fact there's death and decay
I think it's safe to say we're okay, we're okay
Track Name: An Easy Place Pt. 2
I see a light shine through the trees
A new path or road's been carved for me
I don't have time for you to be
such a drag, such a bad, boring routine
So I'll find the secret joys inside
every corner, ever mountain, every streetlight
And though I know sometimes I'll say
"Fuck the forest. Forget this tired day"
deep inside my heart of hearts I'll hear
the voices of all great past years
And so I'll move ahead so brave
Thanksgiving to an easy place.
Track Name: An Easy Place Pt. 3
With two feet on the ground,
everything around, scarce to find a sound
There's no single place to go,
location where it's shown, 

where revelry unknown is some holy secret told

I've seen the world inside
or at least I’ve tried

But channels to my mind
tell me it's all right 

to watch TV all night,

to find the joy inside
the frightened layman's life

to be easy, to be free,
or what's determining
if I believe what I sing
for a moment
it will bring
something real