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Clear Skies Over Black River

by Liam the Younger

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1.
Train, train coming down the line Here’s to the so long, here’s to the goodbye I love you, family, I love you, friends We’ll talk in a few days. It’s not the end But this is something Sometimes it goes on Every myth of country: shot dead, long gone But I’ve had my moments I know I saw them Outside the graveyard a quiet moment Train, train now you’ve arrived Your steam rises, blending with the blue sky Make days joyful, make days long Hear the whistle. Hear the hope song
2.
Country Wide 01:37
I once was a coal miner. I worked hard all day Out here no one admired my dark ash-covered face So to my home I’d retire with pockets full of pay Dinner by the fire as the houses go to sleep Because days are long when you’re out all night sitting on the grass as you cry Tears of joy or tears of sorrow the only question’s why? Why am I out here all night? I often knew the answer somewhere in the sky Or maybe it was elsewhere those distant train yard lights I left that place come winter one cold and foggy night Hopped a train out westward over the country wide So now when I’m out at night I have a buddy at my side Whether the little dog or the Xmas lights I know tomorrow is mine
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By the Pines 01:45
Where am I going in the dead of night? Where am I going, early morning ride? Where am I going past the old dead track? One day I’ll leave here never to come back I am so happy. I want to give thanks to this badass darkness or to the muddy banks of that manmade waterfall hidden in the trees where we all stood before that dirty, trash-filled stream to waste away those longer days in a sea of nothing But only to the calloused eye was it a bad thing Those endless songs, those summer drives, the hidden joy it brings So thank you, world, for petty life and thank you for this caste Thank you for the good, the bad, the future, and the past One day I’ll leave here never to come back One day I’ll come home happy to be back.
4.
Walking 02:45
Well, I was heading down a busy street with my dear uncle guiding me as we passed by those stores near the bay And many things were clear to me as we passed by that shining sea to pick up some dinner to celebrate. My visit to that far-off land where I first named my one-man-band SUPPLIES read the side of the truck that sunny day. And time does pass and things do change but later when I rode that train I opened wide and made some extra space for my life to cultivate more traveling and feeling great The subtleties of life still hibernate deep within my skinny bones, presented as its always shown. This is what you get and this is what you take Whether it’s once or one thousand times, the day you’re born or the day you die, just look up towards that massive sky and then look back down again carry on, forgive, forget smile on your brother, say: “My guts are mine. I love, or at least, I like you guys.” … I was a bird in a small town I was a bird just hanging around My buddies were bears. I was a bear. I was sleeping. I didn’t care. Yeah, I was a bird in my small town. I was a bird just lazing around. My buddies were bears. Yeah, I was a bear too. I was sleeping. I didn’t care. I didn’t care.
5.
Cooking 04:07
How can I live my life if I can’t cook my own food? Well I say it’s okay. I have a will. I have a way But I understand there is no helping hand no matter how much I love the land And one day I’m sure I’ll find awful, dark, ashen times days spent hiding inside I’ll smile like I do now but in an empty, frozen house until I hear what it is I said I say open those closed eyes and bless those cursed skies Change those Shes and Hes to Is I love you guys Change it to I
6.
Okay 02:13
Today I am ready Today I look fine I hold myself steady I have what is mine The sun, it is setting I took too much time But you are forgiving You all are so kind I hope that you’ll let me come for this drive We seem to be happy, all right with our lives Good things are pretty and bad things can die A small house, an old dog, a look at that sky A dirt road, a blue wall, a harbor at night A nice coat, and new shoes, and stepping outside A good day, a short walk, I stopped to say hi For now I am leaving, so long, goodbye Yeah, I am leaving, so long, goodbye
7.
Oh won’t you bury me beneath this weeping willow tree? Oh won’t you let me rest today? Thereafter, I’ll arise feeling good and new again Get back on that train and ride Oh won’t you bury me beneath this weeping willow tree? Oh, in a little home I lay All I needed was a little sleep The world is looking good today
8.
My Wall 03:20
This is my wall today We all have debt to pay Some things cannot be free Some things are hard to be This is a big, black hole-- this living under such shit This devil, this dark hearted goat-- when anger is idealistic Yeah, I’m thinking of snowy tracks, of bitter wind blowing on my back, of walking home alone, of forgetting what I lack, So I just sit by the fire Everyone is home this week It is easy. It is free A simple meal for us to eat
9.
When it’s time to go I’ll leave real slow No one should be alone unless they want to be alone When I’m walking home I want to be alone I love it when it falls apart I imagine myself puking beneath the stars Because there’s something funny about despair when you understand that deep down you don’t care I’m so happy and I’m so glad that I still hold what I always have
10.
Little Dog 03:14
Oh, I am walking with the little dog at my side And we are walking through the empty streets at night And we are heading towards the harbor light The little dog and I, together we both ride Oh, the little dog Oh, friend of mine Oh, the little dog walking in the night Now I am rowing on this wooden boat The dog is sleeping beneath blanket and coat Across the water I see the houses and roads A chimney’s burning, a warming by the stove Oh, the little dog opening his eyes Me and the dog heading home tonight
11.
Clear Skies 02:11
Today was a good day Nothing happened today I had nothing to say But I had a good day Now I’m walking home at the end of it Look at that sky Look at that moon Tomorrow will be good too

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CLEAR SKIES OVER BLACK RIVER
by LIAM THE YOUNGER
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Liam Betson: vocals, guitar, etc.
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Recorded at home throughout 2007 and 2008
Mastered by Carl Saf
All songs written by Liam Betsonf
Released by Underwater Peoples/A Learning Computer in 2012
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released February 16, 2008

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Liam Betson is a North American songwriter.

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