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01. Okolona

(For the folks back home in the Okolona area of Louisville, Kentucky)

A zero crossing points to now and back then
Wake those dead memories and make them beg
All those streets all these houses but no friends
Wander back into the skull of your zombie head

        Okolona's far away
        Space and time are outta phase
        And there's nowhere you are safe
        Okolona

The quarry's filled and the stars they've all changed
And the sounds that are filling up this town are rearranged
No time to cross another sin off of your list
Disenchanted disillusionment and dissed

        Okolona's far away
        Space and time is just a phrase
        Like killing time and being saved
        Okolona

Seeing trouble doesn't help--you just see red
Skate away into the night where there's no bed
The words are written in your blood on the wall
How much pain in this world have you caused?

        Okolona's far away
        Space and time is just a phase
        Where nothing matters anyway

        Okolona's far away
        Space and time are outta phase
        And there's no where to escape
        Okolona


09-2007

Acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums, whistler, assorted noises, lead vocals by Roy
Zombie chorus by Terry Whitehead and Roy

02. Ohio

(A song about a state of mind)

It wasn't all that long ago
I was crawling down the interstate
I had a smile on my face
I was full of bile and hate

All I needed was shelter
Somewhere to clear my head
Don't ya know I turned right back around
When I saw the sign ahead

        Ohio---Ohio---
        If I had my way baby
        I'd never go back to you

        Ohio---Ohio---
        If I had my way darlin'
        I'd never go back to you

When we kissed by Lake Erie
I never felt so high
But when you started running 'round
I truly wanted to die

Some love is meant to be
Others better left unsaid
Our love was high in the middle
And it was round on both ends

        Ohio---Ohio---
        If I had my way baby
        I'd never go back to you

        Ohio---Ohio---
        If I had my way darlin'
        I'd never go back to you

There we were at the edge of the world
And you’re begging me to come back
Close my eyes and spin around
One step forward and six steps back

And if I find myself on 75
Heading south towards Toledo
I'd rather drive back around the world
Yeah, I'm taking the long way home

        Ohio---Ohio---
        If I had my way baby
        I'd never go back to you

        Ohio---Ohio---
        If I had my way darlin'
        I'd never go back to you

        No, I'll never go back to you


06-11-2009

Vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass by Roy
Drums by  "That Damn Beau" Halton
harmony vocals by Lauren Fincham and Tamara Colonna
Guitar solo by Thommy Berlin

03. Clear Lake, February 3rd, 1959

(Inspired from a conversation with Craig Spirko about Buddy Holly)

I'm sitting on the runway
Here at Clear Lake
The snow is still falling
And I’m grinding my teeth

I've got ten bags of laundry
And my guitar in the back
Flyin' all the way to Fargo
While the sky is still black

Not sure how I got here
With my eyes full of stars
Singing one song after another
How did I get this far

Feels like I've been snow blind
For weeks on end
I miss those quiet mornings
And the warmth of your skin

The way you'd correct me
And change my mind
You talk about starting a family
I think we still got time

All I ever needed
Was to be your man
And I promise to call you
Once this bird lands

I'm sitting on the runway
Here at Clear Lake
The pilot guns the engine
And lets off the brake

What if I was to die tonight
And leave you this way
I bet you'd never forgive me
That'll be the day

I'd love to close my eyes and sleep
But this plane's too loud
But if I could I'd dream of a sunrise
And a pair of brown eyes

Oh just to see one more sunrise
And your lovely eyes

02-2009

Vocals, acoustic guitars, bass by Roy
Drums by "That Damn Beau" Halton
Harmony by Tamara Colonna
 

04. Underhill Rose

(Dedicated to Molly, Eleanor, and Salley of the fine band Underhill Rose)

She took a walk didn’t know where to go
Took off her shoes in the snow
Kept her face to the sun
Kept a song inside her heart to keep her warm
She kept a song
She kept a song
Inside her heart to keep her warm------

She dug that hole with her bare hands
Buried that heart she didn’t own
Buried it deep beneath the snow
Left it cold alone and forsaken on Underhill Rose
She kept her heart
She kept her heart
Buried deep beneath the snow-------

When you’ve got enough desire and dreams
You can set fire to anything
The pillows were piled high on her bed
The flames licked the ceiling while he slept
Softer, softer he cries
And dreams of those deep green eyes
He dies again every time she goes
To bury that heart on Underhill Rose
He dies again
He dies again
Every time she goes-------

She keeps her heart
She keeps her heart
Buried deep beneath the snow-------

She kept a song
She kept a song
Inside her heart to keep her warm------

05-25-2012

Vocal, acoustic rhythm guitars, bass, percussion by Roy
Lead acoustic guitar by Mark Williams
Harmony vocals by Robin Soergel and Mark Williams
 

 

05. It's Better To Be the Bride


It's better
Oh so better
To be the bride
Running thru the door
After changing her mind

It's better
Far far better
To be the bride
Than the one she left behind
Cast aside
Into the wind

        I hear you talk in your sleep
        Speak in tongues
        Wanna move away
        Old friends you never see
        And those promises

        There are things you'll never tell
        There are things I'll never ask
        I tried not to learn anything today

It's better
Oh so better
She said to me--she said to me

It's better
A far far better thing I do
When sometimes
If I don't say I love you

I won’t say I love you

11-2005

Vocals, acoustic guitars, tenor guitar, bass by Roy
Drums by Sean Jones
Mandolin by Craig Spirko
Harmony vocals by Tamara Grigsby and Terry Whitehead


06. Broken

Fix me
Now that I’m broken
Show me
What it is that I'm missing
Tell me
All the secrets I adore
Since I swam upon the shores
Of this life

When you
Are far away from answers
How will
You dream without tomorrow
When there's
No chance of a future
And nothing here to hold you down
That matters to your heart anymore

Kiss me
When it's dark and you're leaving
Miss me
As much as you allow
Tell me
What it is I wanna hear
'Cuz the only thing I fear
Is right now

Fix me
Now that I'm broken...

06-25-2009

Vocals, acoustic guitars by Roy
Accordion by Robin Soergel

07. Somewhere In the Distance


(A modern day fable)

There he stands
In his ill-fitting shirt
Wishing that the phone was still working

He opens the window
Looks out at the trees
Notices that the birds are not flying

He walks outside
As the sun drops
And all the colors fade before his eyes

        And it’s a long long way somewhere in the distance
        And it’s a much longer drive back home
        Where she waits all alone for his answer
        But the birds will not fly to her tonight

He has no voice
And the birds just stare
He tries to shake them loose from their branches

He wraps cold chains
Around his wrists
Pulls with all his might while lightning flashes

        And the shadows from the birds are not their own
        The shadows from the birds are not their own

She puts out the phone
One hand to her ear

    And somewhere in the distance a tree crashes
    Somewhere in the distance a tree crashes
    Somewhere in the distance a tree crashes
    Somewhere in the distance…

11-02-2010

Vocals, acoustic guitars, bass, percussion by Roy
Drums by Sean Jones
Swampy electric guitar textures by the esteemed Mike Pearson
Harmony vocals by Mark Williams


08. Black River

(Inspired by the book and film documentary "Wisconsin Death Trip")

There’s two feet of snow
Outside of Black River
And Henry’s layin’ on the tracks again

He’s waitin’ on the train
To take him away
Oh, to feel its breath on his face

The last time he saw her
She held a gun and her bible
Trying to keep the devil at bay

Her name was Marina
And they’ll never find her body
Her bare footprints stopped dead in the snow

        The devil took her is all he’d say
        I saw them in the full moon and gave chase
        The devil’s voice held me still
        I heard him from the hill
        If I can’t have you no one will

The train comes to a stop
Outside of Black River
Henry opens his eyes and cries

They pull him to his feet
And drag him away
And the devil watches from the train
The devil smiles from the train…

09-07-2010

Vocals, acoustic guitars, noises, Baldwin Fun Machine by Roy
Harmony vocals by Tamara Colonna

09. Teach Me


(Partly inspired by the short story "The Body Politic" by Clive Barker)

We can talk in bed
But it wouldn’t be the same
We could change our tone
But the meanings rearranged
We can talk until more than just our words
Are intertwined

You can teach me and I can learn
You can teach me and I can learn
Oh baby

Remember way back when
And we only told the truth
We looked at the future
But we only saw the stars
Oh baby what will it be like
When the whole world is ours

You can teach me and I can learn
You can teach me and I can learn
Oh baby

Oh baby what will it be like
Imagine the whole wide

World
Is
Ours

Oh baby

06-11-2012

Vocals, acoustic guitars, bass, percussion by Roy
Lead acoustic guitar by Mark Williams
Harmony vocals by Robin Soergel


10. Mean Girl Blues

(A love song)

I tell ya things haven't been the same
Since I found out that's not her real name

        She's such a mean girl
        But she's all I got

She calls me up and calls me lover
Then hides the condoms when I come over

        Such a mean girl
        But she's all I got

Keeps insisting 1 and 1 is 3
'cuz she don't care about society
Says she loves me just to get her way
Says she doesn't mean it but she's open to sway

        She's such a mean ---- mean, mean girl

Washes the dishes and fixes a drink
Leaves her panties in the kitchen sink
I think I'm starting to believe her lies
She once kissed a man just to watch him die

        She's a mean girl
        But she's all I got
        Such a mean girl
        And she's all I got

My strength is fading, I'm not that tough
You can all have her, I've had enough
I beg for mercy, please give it a rest
She sharpens her nails and takes off her dress

        She's such a mean ---- mean, mean girl

I tell ya things'll never be the same
I only got myself to blame

        She's a mean girl
        But she's all I want
        Such a mean girl
        And she's all I want

         She's all I want
         My mean, mean girl

07-20-2009

Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bass by Roy
Drums by "That Damn Beau" Halton
Lead guitar by Mike Pearson
Tarzan yells by Tamara Colonna

11. Inside Out

There's a crack in the world
But the world's still spinning
Sometimes so fast
You can see what's coming

That's when I close my eyes
And wish for patience
And all the courage
I can stand

Cuz it's a perfect day
As long as I'm breathing
I'm not lyin'
I'm just dreamin'

You gotta hide what you are
To get what you want
That's not thinking
That's scheming

There's a crack in the world
And the world is bleeding

        I wanna turn it
        Inside out

        I wanna turn it
        Inside out

All the birds on the wires
Sit side by side
And when there's thunder
They scatter

12-12-2009

Vocals, acoustic guitars by Roy
Beautifully haunting harmony by Robin Soergel

12. All Is Well

(Another fable)

 Everyday we become someone new
All the trials we face we're bound to lose
And all our steps are meant to fail

Every night I put my head to rest
Not sure how much strength I have left
But I know all is well

Cuz I might die before I wake
And not have to face another day
Yeah, I know all is well

        I know all is well

Me and Death went for a walk
We both held hands and how we talked
But then she turned to me and said:

"I hope to never see you again
I pray you can understand
But you're just not a very good friend

I know you love me but let me go
There's so much more that you should know"
And then she kissed me for the last time

    Then Death walked away from me
    And as far as she's concerned
    She'll never--never come back

    But I know all is well
    Cuz I won't live forever
    Yeah I know all is well

        I know all is well

Every night I put my thoughts to rest
Not sure how much pain is left
But I know all is well

Cuz I might die before I wake
If she takes pity on my fate
And I'll feel her embrace

        Yeah, I know all is well
        I know all is well

03-15-2009 9 am

Vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, noises  by Roy
Harmony vocals by Tamara Colonna, Lauren Fincham, Terry Whitehead, and Mark Williams



 

 

 

 

All songs recorded at Radical Recording, Jacksonville, Florida
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All songs by Roy Peak © 2014 Music for Monsters BMI 2014