OUTLAWS IN CHAINS (2010)

by Bob Westfall Moonlight Poet

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Outlaws In Chains is an album I recorded during winter and summer breaks from university in 2010 around Vancouver, BC. It was recorded in my parents' basement with minimal equipment. Its sound is raw and acoustic. The lead vocal and rhythm guitar was recorded live off the floor on the first or second take. After that I recorded overdubs, and friends contributed their musical abilities to add details to the songs. There is no auto tuning and no click tracks on this album. It is natural and organic. It's not perfect. Very human. If you like it, that's good. If you don't like it, that's also good.

credits

released October 1, 2010

Names of friends who contributed their musical skills to this album can be seen in the notes for each individual song.

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all rights reserved

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Track Name: City Sidewalks
City Sidewalks

City sidewalks, city sidewalks
Got nothing for me
City sidewalks, city sidewalks
Go nowhere beneath my feet

In the city there is no difference
Between man and machine
Everybody lives for money
We are slaves to a monetary system of greed
There is no heart, there is no soul
You could die in a crown and be left alone
It's an ominous feeling
Like a snow in the bones kind of day
It's a threatening looking sky above a child of God
Who can't find anything good to say
It's a watch-dog's growl when a grey fox howls
At a heart of gold who grew too old to stay
Concrete and steel has changed the way I feel
Concrete and steel has changed the way I feel.

All the silver bells have been melted and sold
It must be Christmas time, I feel I'm growing old
I wonder if every person I pass has a lover at home
Or are they all just temporarily alone?
Don't worry mom, the end must always come
There are skeletons behind bars
Who still prefer coke with their rum
But that don't matter to me, I'm much too busy for that
No matter where you go you'll never know exactly where it's at
Get high and step inside
See the world behind your mind
Get high and step inside
See the world behind your mind.

City sidewalks, city sidewalks
Got nothing for me
City sidewalks, city sidewalks
Go nowhere beneath my feet.

(c) Bob Westfall. 2010.
Track Name: Midnight, Oh Midnight
Midnight, Oh Midnight

I've got a woman and a woman has me
But sometimes I don't feel free
Love is just a four letter word
And there are so many fish in the sea
Midnight, oh midnight, sing me to sleep
Midnight, oh midnight, away into a dream

Sometimes it gets lonesome
And sometimes it gets worse
Feelings always hit you
Right where it hurts
Midnight, oh midnight, sing me to sleep
Midnight, oh midnight, away into a dream

If nothing really matters
If it's life and life only
I'll drift into the midnight
And wake at the end of the story
Midnight, oh midnight, sing me to sleep
Midnight, oh midnight, away into a dream

(c) Bob Westfall. 2010.
Track Name: Seventeen
Seventeen

Sad as a summer wind blowing down the avenue
I'm living the feeling of wanting you but not having you
Come on baby, walk my way
I've been dying to know your name
To talk to you, to hold you,
To show you that my love is true

Come on girl, it's now or never
Though this feeling could last forever
I can't live another minute
What is life without you in it?
Oh, I'm crying.

I don't even know you
But wedding bells are ringing
You've never looked into my eyes
But choirs are singing
It's only the world that says I'm strange
But it's only the world that needs to change

You must be just seventeen
But to me you're heavenly
I wish we could run away
Someday, girl. Someday.
Oh, I'm just dreaming.
Forever dreaming.

(c) Bob Westfall. 2010.
Track Name: Half A Man
Half A Man

You are just half a man and half a child
I thought you'd be further along by twenty five
You don't lie but you don't tell the truth
Everywhere you go, you leave a trail of blue
You leave us waiting in pools of tears
I think you're afraid to face your own fears
Why does it always have to be your way?
Think of all the hearts you've hurt
With words you didn't say.

So just pick up the phone, and let me know
For a woman in love it will be hard to let you go
Will you ever change? Should I have hope
That in time our love may once again glow?
Don't you remember the nights we held each other tight?
We dreamed the world away and everything was right
How could you change your mind?
What could make you feel this way?
If it's another girl, how long will you make her stay?

Wish I could tell her not to waste her time
Wish I could save her from your selfish mind
I'd tell her to find a man to treat her right
And not a boy with a foolish pride
'Cause you are just half a man and half a child
I thought you'd be further along by twenty five.

Goodbye, goodbye. Carry on, carry on.
Goodbye, goodbye. All things must pass.
And here's one gone. Goodbye.

(c) Bob Westfall. 2010.
Track Name: Sweet Little Thing
Sweet Little Thing

Well, ain't you such a sweet little thing
Pick up your telephone and give me a ring
We could talk the night away and dream like lovers do
We could peek into the future and see me loving you.

Play me your favorite song
And I'll play you mine
We'll write poetry and lose track of time
Trying to make every word rhyme.

My throat is full of hello
And not one goodbye
Happiness like sunshine clings
To the lids of my eyes.

Well, ain't you such a sweet little thing
Pick up your telephone and give me a ring.

Wake up and have some wine
Wake up and have some wine
The day was yours, but the night is mine.

(c) Bob Westfall. 2010.
Track Name: Down By The River
Down By The River

Down by the river, the waters flow
With my lady of beauty I sing to the stones on the shore
And the sun is warm, it kisses our skin
Not fully aware of the state I'm in
The spirit of nature deep within.

Slowly sunlight fades from the sky
Existence subsides to witness the birth of the night
We witness change where time can be found
Between memory and mystery lies the now
Who has not longed to feel beauty broken down?

I turn to the one whom I love
And ask her to speak
Just to hear the voice
That makes my body weak
As she reaches for me with a hand
That time can not touch
I have to close my eyes to embrace
Eternity's touch.

Take me to a place
Where I can lay my head
The first rays of a sunrise
Have stolen my bed
And the crimson flames tied to the sky
Are painting poetry before my eyes
Drawn aside is the veil of questions in the mind
Revealed are the reasons of life.

Down by the river, my love will always be there.

(c) Bob Westfall. 2010.
Track Name: Factory James
Factory James

Factory James lives in his palace of steel
His slaves count the days until his last meal
He waits on tradition to turn his water to wine
He praises religion for wasting his time

Factory James knows how to be the boss
His slaves work around the clock building the cross
He says that he's willing and proud to pay the price
As he searches for something to sacrifice

Factory James hears the hum of electric light as lullabies
And the coming of night rips the vision from his eyes
He sleeps on his throne in a crown of thorns
With blood on the blade on angel's sword

When asked why he's alive, he'll say
"Well, I guess I have only known how to grow.
I never learned how to die."

Factory James gives the sermon on the mount on Sunday morn
Like someone who died long before he was born
Who knows if his name is Jesus or James
It's all the same to the Jesus in James
It's all the same to the Jesus in James.

(c) Bob Westfall. 2010.
Track Name: Blind Eyes
Blind Eyes

The dying hours of freedom
The deal of time outplayed
Feet that don't feel ready for
The rush of the circus parade
What happened before happened again
Repetition has written the book
Sadder than a dime store painting
That wishes for someone to look
Day to day, play the game
Make it pay, sail away.

Concrete sea where souls fade
Step on the clock and begin
Hail the almighty dollar
Neglect the system within
Manufactured heartbeat
Manipulation brain
Adam and Eve wrapped to a T
In the finest of chains
Day to day, play the game
Make it pay, sail away
Day to day, play the game
Go insane, sail away.

It was one time, but I can't remember
It left me blind, cold and tender
It upset my mind, enraged my temper
How close am I to the center?
Bright sunshine, listen and think
If it's mine, it won't sink
It's a drunk time, swimming in sauce
Like a tumbling rock when it's worn soft
Like a legend that lived that you called boss
The clean smell that's never been washed
Seize the moment, don't get old
Face the fire that you hold
It's a fun time when you're upset
Like something said that you don't forget
Like your face is lead and so is your lip
When you're hungry it makes you sick
Work together, paddle and row
Ignore the weather down below
If life were a rock kicked here or there
Always kicked to somewhere
It started from where it left off
Started again but never got lost

Day to day, play the game
make it pay, sail away.

(c) Bob Westfall. 2010.
Track Name: Two Moons Behind
Two Moons Behind

With a fist full of dollars I ride on alone
Through a desert of dust deserted like death
With eyes cold as stone
To a town on the outskirts of nowhere
Full of lust, lead, and guns
Where countless bottles of whisky await
A bandit on the run, freedom I have known
But will never know again
For they'll hang me if they catch me
Hang me high in the street
Cut me down, dig up the ground
Bury me six feet deep
'Cause I'm three days ahead
Of a man lying dead
And a star packing posse
Just two moons behind
Just two moons behind

(c) Bob Westfall 2010

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