One More Lullaby (2013)

by Robert LaSalle

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"for what's left of the wolves
who still see through the wool
for whom still dream with eyes open
from a hotbed of apathy"

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released 23 May 2013

Produced & Engineered by Robert LaSalle
Mixed by Robert LaSalle at a cabin in the woods
Mastered by Bobby Holland
All songs written by Robert LaSalle
All songs recorded by Robert LaSalle on a Macbook
in various garages, basements, living rooms
kitchens, bathrooms & closets
in Huntsville, AL; Murfreesboro, TN; Nashville, TN
& a cabin in rural Alabama called Redbug
Piano & organ recorded by Robert LaSalle
at Sound Cell Studios, Huntsville, AL
Art & design by Lea Nickels
Original photos by Elizabeth Tollefson & Helen Caddes

Pianos, organs, Rhodes, accordion,
guitars, bass, drums, percussion, banjo,
dulcimer, mandolin, harmonicas,
trombone & Miroslav Philharmonic
string samples arranged & performed
by Nick, PD & Robert LaSalle

Thanks to those who lent instruments,
recording gear & recording space, for none of it I own:
Bobby Holland, Doug Jansen Smith, Dave Anderson
Rae Hering, Noah, Libbie, Dan & Miranda
at "Ground Zero," the McElhaneys & my family

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Track Name: Disillusioned Dream
Wake the shepherd, count the sheep
Lull the Monster back to sleep
Close your eyes, and I will sing one more…

For disillusionment
One more… for my amusement
One more… before I lose it
One more… just sleep right through it
One more...

What's the use in having dreams
When everybody's fast asleep?
As if the world would ever need one more…

Tortured head-case
One more… whining about heartache
One more… who never made the grade
One more… record to throw away
One more...

One more...
Art is the shepherd
Pop culture is the mime
Mediocrity's the monster
Money's the mastermind
For the politics and cliques
That will whore out their pride
Give me one more!

...Stint of ambition
One more... for the passion that lies within it
One more... attempt at recognition
But what for?! …for the cold hard living
What for? This dream's so unforgiving …unforgiving
But what for? For anyone who's paying attention
Pay attention
For one more…
For anyone who'll listen…
Track Name: I Cannot Read Between the Lines
I'm drinking tequila in the morning
I haven't been sleeping through the night
Now I do not know just what I'm feeling
Now I cannot read between the lines

I met her in the morning on a Sunday
I met her in the pouring summer rain
Now I cannot tell her what I'm feeling
Now I don't remember her name

I got no reason to run away
I got no reason to stay
I try so hard
But now I cannot read between the lines

I'm drinking tequila in the morning
I intend to keep her on my mind
As long as I don't know just where my mind is
I don't have to read between the lines

I got no reason to run away
I got no reason to stay
I try so hard
But now I cannot read between the lines

For all the lover's stories I've forgotten
For all the summer mornings I can't face
I know my life is falling into pieces
All the pieces fall back into place
Track Name: Wait Up For Me
Love is trained anticipation
Love is feigned collaboration
For all the love that I have wasted
Now I'm in love, and love's not waiting

No room berating accusations
No one's to blame for interpretation
Oh take my words the way I say them
Oh I'm in love, and love's not waiting

I'll wait up for you
You're all I hold onto
I'll wait for forever
For a love that may never

Wait up for me
Oh, wake up with me
Wait till tomorrow
And all the days that will follow me
Wait up for me

I'm to blame for the inquisition
You can't face your indecision
Oh love is vain and unforgiving
Oh I'm in love and love's not listening

I'll wait up for you
You're all I hold onto
I'll wait for forever
For a love that may never

Wait up for me
Oh, wake up with me
Wait till tomorrow
And all the days that will follow me
Wait up for me

This is just how two hearts beat
One heart breaks what the other feeds
One heart takes what the other needs
Wait for me

I'll wait up for you
You're all I hold onto
I'll wait for forever
For a love that may never

Wait up for me
Oh, wake up with me
Wait till tomorrow
And all the days that will follow me
Wait up for me!
Track Name: Without Love
Without love, you got no seed
Got no roots, you got no trees
You got no branches, got no leaves
You got no air to breathe
…breathe

Love, give me your love
Tell me where life comes from
Show me where life comes from
Love, give me your love
Give me your love

Without the air, you got no lung
You got no heart to feel my love
You got no mind, you got no tongue
To tell me now where life comes from

Love, give me your love
Tell me where life comes from
Show me where life comes from
Love, give me your love
Oh, give me your love
Give me your love
Tell me where life comes from
Show me where life comes from
Love, give me your love
No! Give me your love!

Without love, you got no life
Without life, you got no love

Love!
Track Name: All I Ever Wanted
All I ever wanted
I proudly flaunted
I framed on the wall
A picture too small
I put all my faith into a very vacant place

All I ever wanted
Years beat upon it
Threw me into
Its impending doom

All I wanted awaits me
But all I want is gone

All I ever wanted
It shouldn't bother
To make itself known
There's no stepping stones
I put all my faith into a very vacant place

All I ever wanted
Is fewer and less often
I have all I need
To make my retreat

All I wanted awaits me
But all I want is gone

A stiff drink and a fire
Take my desires
All but just one
All
But
Your love
Track Name: Open No More
And all I know to do
Is tell myself that I'm over you
Whether or not I know it's really true
I'm broke and broken, so I'm through

What I've become, I know I can't afford
Well I can't settle, and I can't score
All I can do is close the door
And tell myself that I don't need you anymore

That door will open no more
That door will open no more
Open no more

Queen bee
You sink your sting deep into me
You give me temporary relief
Feels like heaven inside of misery

You feel like love, I know you're just a fling
A one night stand with a wedding ring
A vacant cage, a cardboard box with wings
Looks like a castle to a desperate king

My eyes are open no more
My eyes are open no more
Open no more

An amusement park, I think that's what it's like
It's fun to go there from time to time
You pay the toll and ride all the rides
But it's no fun to stay there overnight

'Cause when the ride ends
Here come the shakes after the lone binge
Wake up faceless, I've made the same mistake again
Let go the reigns the way I lost so many friends

That ride is open no more
That ride is open no more
Open no more

This ain't the way home
It's just a detour on a winding road
When I can't get to where I want to go
It's better on the sidewalk than the gutter, you know
I wouldn't be here if I could find my home

Can't settle down, can't settle for this
Stuck here, enraged and perilous
All I've ever wanted was an ounce of respect
Before all I say and do is done and said
I won't give in to the temptations of second best
This road only leads through a life of regret
Oh, no more no more
Oh it ain't open no more

This road is open no more
That door is open no more
Open no more
Open no more

Open no more...
Track Name: All Too Human (Training My Broken Heart to Glow)
Don't say to me "I love you"
Don't "Baby just wait"
Don't give me your style
Don't give me your grace
Don't give me a sign on a dead end road
Don't give me your heart
Don't give me your soul

I'm too broken to do this again
I'm all too human to let love in

I don't want a soulmate
I don't want to hold my broken heart open
Don't want you to see my soul
Love, you're shooting in the dark
I'm turning on my broken heart

It's blinded by love on a whim
I'm all too human to let love in

Training my broken heart to glow
Red light's stop and green light's go
There's no love here to block the road
So I'm training my broken heart to glow

Maybe I love you from the pit of my soul
I'm all to human to ever know
I'm all to human to ever know

Training my broken heart to glow
Red light's stop and green light's go
There's no love here to block the road
So I'm training my broken heart to glow

Oh, this is yes and this is no!
Oh, this ain't no one way road!

So I'm training my broken heart to glow
(with one more lullaby)
I'm training my broken heart to glow

…Training my broken heart to glow
Track Name: One More Lullaby
Dry heaves in the underground
Where my dreams come tumbling down
But why leave for another town
To burn more bridges down?

I bleed for a worthy cause
Sleep is not all I've lost
Some dreams' just born to rot
One more is all I got

(no, no, no, no, no) It's not over
(no, no, no, no, no) This is not goodbye
I'll sing you one more lullaby
(wake the shepherd
catch the dreamer
falling from the heavens
rotting on the vine… inside)
One More!
One More!
One More Lullaby!

As a child, I knew what I'd do
My whole life, gave it all to you
Lullabies don't make dreams come true
Now that RIDE is through

Ten years I'm still counting sheep
Turned your tears into melodies
Take my tears, and take my dream
Lull yourself to sleep

(no, no, no, no, no) It's not over
(no, no, no, no, no) This is not goodbye
I'll sing you one more lullaby
(wake the shepherd
catch the dreamer
falling from the heavens
rotting on the vine… inside)
One More!
One More!
One More Lullaby!

If words can never hurt us
Let's say goodnight
Every single word was
Meant to make you cry
For all it's worth
Just one more lullaby

Last but not least
The time has come to dream
Fall asleep
I'll sing one more lullaby
This will come true
No matter if your dreams ever do
I'll sing one more lullaby

One more, one more, one more, one more

lullabies don't make dreams come true...

…Wake up.
Track Name: Feed Me the Fire
I grew up way down in the valley
I grew up without the lord
I woke up one day on the mountain
I woke up out in the storm
My mother, she gave me thunder
My father gave me the rain
The Devil, he gave me lightning
Before Jesus ever had a chance

Leave, leave, leave me with the moonshine
Let me sing, sing, sing long into the night
Light me up or strike me down
Not goin' out lyin' on the ground
Feed, feed, feed me the fire

Nothing I done is worth forgiving
I been bought, and I been sold
I never asked no one to go on living
I never asked no one to save my soul

Leave, leave, leave me with the moonshine
Let me sing, sing, sing long into the night
If you're gonna' strike me dead
Get those embers burning red
Keep on feed, feed, feeding me the fire

The sky's falling, the thunder's pounding'
Oh, I got the fury, I got the flame
I'm goin' back up to the mountain
To light those embers in the rain

Leave, leave, leave me with the moonshine
Let me sing, sing, sing long into the night
Rather hang my head
Than see those embers soakin' wet
Keep on feed, feed, feeding me the fire

Lead, lead, lead me to great heights
Don't make me dream, dream, dream now until I die
I'll never wilt or fade away
You'll have to take me up in flames
Feed, feed, feed me the fire
Keep on feed, feed, feeding me the fire
Oh keep on feed, feed, feeding me the fire

Don't you try to take me down softly
Don't you try to pawn me off on The Lord
Well I'll die in the same place where you bought me
If I'm gon' burn out, well I'll burn out in the storm
Track Name: Between a Sadist and a Masochist
Don't do what he did
No don't do what he did
The sadist in his head
Is all alone
All alone

Guess who wins
Between a sadist and a masochist?
I've nothing to lose
Guess who wins?
Guess who wins?

When I'm done with him
The remnants of his face
Will paint the roses red
Why'd you let him live?
Why?

Don't do what he did
Leave me to rot
But let him live
No don't be there when
It happens again
Again

When I'm done with him
The remnants of his face
Will paint the roses red
Why'd you let him live?
Why'd you let him live?
No! No!
Why'd you let him live?
Why'd you let him live?

Why?
Why'd you let him live?
Why'd you let him live?
Track Name: Headache
I am a heartache
Headstrong
You are a headache
Holding on

I am the dusk and
You are the dawn
The moon will rise above us
We'll both be gone

Save me from this ever present pain
Let me lie down with the rain
Take me from this evanescent plain
Let it not fade away

Of the grace which adorns us
We brake our backs
For all who will mourn us
And all they lack

Save me from this ever present pain
Let me lie down with the rain
Take me from this evanescent plain
Let it not fade away

Save me… Oh, save me

The chains that once bind us
Achilles' heal
The light that once blinds us
Soon reveals...

Save me from this burden of a mind
Let me fall down with the tide
Take me from the fury I confine
The lowest ebb is mine

I am a heartache
Headstrong
You are a headache
Holding on
Track Name: It Pours
The rain is pouring
Lightning strikes over the gulf stream
Everyone knows where it's going
Everyone knows where it's been

Out on the ocean
No one here needs to know me
No one knows where the storm's going
Don't want to know where it's been

When it rains, When it rains, It pours

On dry land I was tripping
Over holes I was too big to fit in
With all those regrets, I kept digging
I fell to the bottom so fast

Then the rain started pouring
Carried me back to the ocean
Washed away all the emotion
Drowned all that was left of my past

When it rains, When it rains, It pours
When it rains, When it rains, It pours

Rain, rain, go away
You've taken me far enough
Rain, rain, go away
I can't take it all at once

When it rains, When it rains, It pours
When it rains, When it rains, It pours

I'm headed inland
Try and start all over again
I can't go back to where I've been
Those bridges are scorched and scorned

Take the rain as a lesson
Set my sights in a brand new direction
Bury all of my regrets
And dry out till the next thunderstorm

When it rains, When it rains, It pours
When it rains, When it rains, It pours
When it rains, When it rains, It pours
Track Name: Parables
Fill up all the vacant holes
With the father, son and holy ghost
You'll never see them hiding behind the pope
You gotta believe him, he's the only one who knows
Oh, he knows

Preacher, he can't turn a cheek
The reaper, he's laughing through your teeth
Eye for an eye, well he don't practice what he preach
Blind lead the blind, where the one eyed man is king
He's counting sheep

Don't waste your parables
On heaven or on hell
Don't wait for miracles
To save you from yourself

Age old parables
Hide behind your fear
Beautiful fairytales
Falling on deaf ears

People… living for one another
Why can't you see us? Why can't it be enough?
Think your father's deciphering prayer through the guff?
You can't hold water with all your weight on that crutch
How's it holding up?

Don't waste your parables
On heaven or on hell
Don't wait for miracles
To save you from yourself

Age old parables
Hide behind your fear
Beautiful fairytales
Falling on deaf ears

Darkness... lies among the lies among you
Neither was it virtue nor vice that hung him
Take a good sentiment, fuck it up, and rub it in
Don't waste away, for no one lives and no one dies for sin

There is no sin.

Only marionettes
Dancing in the night
Chasing their shadows
Somehow they find the light

Virgin marionettes...
Track Name: I Don't Want to Know
I've never been more certain of uncertainty
I'm certainly sure
That you're uncertain too
You'll never stop me digging for another world
I'm searching for truth
Won't find it in you

I don't want to know your opinion
So keep it to yourself
For evermore, for heaven or for hell
I don't want to know your opinion
I'll find out for myself
For evermore, in heaven or in hell

In all of this uncertainty
I have everything I'll ever need now
I'll never be confused
I'm not a Shepard, not a sheep
I believe what I can see now
Oh, you can see it too

I don't want to know your opinion
So keep it to yourself
For evermore, for heaven or for hell
I don't want to know your opinion
I'll find out for myself
For evermore, in heaven or in hell

I don't believe it
I'll never believe it
No I don't need it
I'll never need it
No I don't need it
Never need it
I'll never believe ya
No I don't need ya

I am forgiven
Miss HypoChristian
Don't need religion
I am forgiven

I'll save myself, I'll save myself...
Halleluja
No one needs ya

I'll save myself, I'll save myself...
Halleluja… (Amen, Amen)

No I don't need it
I'll never believe it
Track Name: Sideways
Lately, I don't see the right way
I like to see things my way
I like to see them sideways

I see no place to live or die while trying
When everyone I know is dying
And there's no saving grace

Deep under the soil
There's a boy for every girl
And a girl for every boy
A prize for tears and toil

It's you, it's you...

My mind was trained to think that when it rots away
Somehow I will float away
That's not how I was made

Of the many Gods, and I've had plenty
I lost my fear to pity
And now I'm truly saved

Deep under the soil
There's a girl for every boy
And a boy for every girl
A prize for tears and toil

It's you, it's you...

No more records for the lightweights
No one's singing them sideways

No matter where I look or whether
I'm looking in the right place
Don't need to pack a suitcase

With no choice, every little boy and girl
Will end up in the same place
Seeing these things sideways

We're all sideways
Oh, we're all sideways
Track Name: Come Hell or High Water
From day one
Teach your son
You can be what you wanna be
Be all you can be
In the free land of liberty

But mother
What's wrong with these lunatic hypocrites
Son, don't talk religion
No don't talk politics

Why should I bother
To change the hearts and minds that be
Come hell or high water
They'll never see it quite like me

I could have studied
Chemistry or biology
But I spent my time
Making art and ideology

No regrets
I did my best
Restrained and restricted
My lips will be sealed
But my words will live again

Why should I bother
To change the hearts and minds that be
Come hell or high water
They'll never see it quite like me

Once, I had a voice
When the voice was still new to me
Once, I had a voice, I had a voice

Why should I bother
To change the hearts and minds that be
Come hell or high water
They'll never see it quite like me

From day one
Teach your son
Who's the lion, who's the lamb

The dreamer goes down
Right where he began
Track Name: Sandpaper
I'm through with all that I could ever do
Life has always been a little held up
A farce -the hand from above
A forced superficial love
Food and shelter aren't enough
To keep me tame and humble
Now I sleep, and now I stumble
Became weak, and then I crumbled
I once screamed, but now I mumble

I won't meet your expectations (oooo, not good enough)
Won't bow down to the cliche (oooo, don't give a fuck)
Let's all rise for the occasion
Oh, this divine realization that I'm through...
Oh I'm through… Oh, now I'm through…
I'm through… Oh, now I'm through…

Lift a glass in celebration!
Here's the toast, I'm going to say it!

I'm through with my shallow muse
I'm through with you
I'll waste away, embracing every vice I keep
Forget my insecurities
The bottle lifts anxiety
Can't fix me with sobriety
I'll drift into oblivion
Let me drift, don't reel me in
Don't need responsibility
The tasks of mere civility

Got me stuck in this vicious (oooo, what everybody wants)
Life of fake ambition (but everybody sucks)
I'm sick of part-time living (shake it off)
Well, I failed at all I attempted
So i'm through….
Oh I'm through… Oh, now I'm through…
I'm through… Oh, now I'm through… Oh, now I'm through...

Refill the bitter with sweet relief!
Cheers to victory masked defeat!

I'm through… with remnants of roots... I grew
I wrote that shit for you and all the populous (oooo, fuck you)
Commercial scum that'll rot and rust (fuck me too)
It's in my rear-view mirror
Well I don't like it either
Well I'm through…. I'm through… Oh, now I'm through…
Oh, now I'm through… I'm through… Oh, now I'm through…

(decipher the words of victory masked in defeat)

Oh, now I'm through
Dream, dream, dream
They won't come true
Oh, now I'm through