Headwaters

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Headwaters. As in the source of a river or stream. This is an album of stories about the search for a source.

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released July 8, 2014

Produced by Jason Tyler Burton and Dave Tate.

Initial guitar and vocals recorded at Spiral Studios, St. George Utah by Steve Lemmon and Ryan Tilby.

Recorded, mixed and produced by Dave Tate at Red Earth Recording Studios, Springdale, Utah.

Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow, Inc. Boulder, Colorado.

Featuring the talents of Dave Tate, Steve Lemmon, Ryan Tilby, Katy Taylor, Jessika Soli Bartlett, Rachel Panitch, and Lynsey Shelar.

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Jason Tyler Burton is a songwriter and singer of folky americana music. Originally from Kentucky, he now lives in the mountains of Wyoming.

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Track Name: Fly
So don’t you hide beneath your wings
You were made to fly
You were made to sing
You were made
Made for much bigger things
Than bending to tie up
The laces of kings

So fly
Why don’t you fly
I want you to fly
Even if it’s not to me

So fly
Break free from the ground
And smile down at us
Who are still gravity bound
Track Name: A Garden Grows
He was born to be among the movers and the shakers
But all of them got shook up and now they’re gone
They are hiding in the bunkers beneath the city
Waiting out the sirens and the bombs

Here come this little girl from east Kentucky
With nothing but her banjo and her pride
She’s got an education you can’t pay for
And the kind of hope about a million miles wide

They came here for the promise
They came here to make a stand
And out here beneath the city sky line
They think maybe they’ve found a promised land

They met once at the protest down on wall street
Waving round their painted cardboard signs
She was protesting what they were doing to her mountains
He just wanted a bigger slice of pie

They came here for the promise
They came here to make a stand
And out here beneath the city sky line
They started dreaming of a different promised land
Where a garden grows

Well she saved her nickels and played her banjo
He went back in debt to get his MBA
And as she felt the hope shrinking around her
She started dreaming about how to get away

They came here for the promise
They came then to understand
That out here in the wilderness of the city
Aint no place to call a promised land
Track Name: The Waltz
You said you were fine
But you were lying to me
You had a hole in your heart
That everybody could see
The wind whistled through it
And you just hummed along
Until that tune in your heart
Became your favorite song

Said fold me up and take me in
Hold me together, baby, lets just pretend

You said you were fine
But you were lying too
You had a wall around your heart
Nobody could get through
And the wrecking ball, it swings
And the stones, they get thrown
Until they become the rhythm for your step
They become a beat of your own

We are going through the motions
dance this waltz
and start again
oh baby lets go through the motions
until its not just pretend
Track Name: A Finer Line
Moved west when I was still mostly young
After the bottom fell
Searching for a better story
One I would be proud to tell
But the only job that I could find
Was cutting down redwood trees
Sometimes you take what you are given
Sometimes you can’t afford your dreams

And its a finer line between wrong and right
Than maybe I want to talk about tonight

Met her down at the local bar
A little tonic in her gin
A little shadow on her finger
Where a wedding ring had been
She said I know i’m not perfect
Lord sure knows I’ve tried
And boy you ain’t much to look at
But I’m known to compromise

And its a finer line between wrong and right
Than maybe I want to talk about tonight
And it’s a finer line between lust and love
That maybe we never get to talk about enough

So baby lets get high
Take the road less traveled by
And that’ll make all the difference
Every time

We’ll walk that finer line
Track Name: Headwaters
We went down to the river bed
To tell our secrets
To raise the dead
Wood on the fire
Well we sat close
To recall those ghosts
We missed the most
Said we got to go now, said we got to go

To where my headwaters run
Where my headwaters run
Say goodbye with the summer sun
Going to keep on
Moving on

We went down to where the river bends
You took my hand
And you kissed my chin
Took off your clothes
In the meadow there
And poetry fell from your hair
You said we gotta go now, said we gotta go

To where our headwaters run
Where our headwaters run
Say goodbye with the autumn sun
Going to keep on
Moving on

And all that I hope for
Is that all that I want
Becomes only just those things I need
Like a small house
In the pine trees
And a big heart for the world
A warm fire
On a cold day
And my arms around my girl

Out where my headwaters run
Where my headwaters run
Till I’m the best I can become
Going to keep on
Keeping on
Track Name: Silver Linings
I’ve had my share of dark clouds
Bad decisions I have made
They hover over
cover over
Yeah they cover me with shade
When I left you said
Let’s try
Come on let’s try and start again
But I wouldn’t trade right now
For all your might have beens

You said Seattle is gloomy
You said the scene is dead
You said Arizona is where its at
With only blue skies overhead
You said why don’t you come right down here
Get away from all that rain
But I wouldn’t trade these clouds
For all your sunny days

And I’ve got silver linings
Silver linings yes I do
Yeah I’ve got silver linings
For every one of my dark clouds
But you
Track Name: Destination
I hope we reach our destination soon
No matter what this journey costs
She stares out the window at the moon
While I drive on like I'm not lost

And as my world comes caving in
Tell me what is my greatest sin
Did I love a girl too young
Oh my Lord what have I done

And I fall to pieces.. Over you
Oh but I'm not over you

I pray for answers in the dark
While she mutters frost up to the moon
Does she see some road not taken
Does she see some light outside this gloom

And I fall to pieces.. Over you
Oh but I'm not over you

I'm not sure what I should be praying for
Because either end will do just as well
And these elements we're made up
The lowest depths of Dante's hell

Because I'm all made of fire
And she's all made of ice
And when we get together
Oh Lord we drown

And I fall to pieces.. Over you
Oh but I'm not over you
Track Name: Carried Away
Well take a deep breath baby and jump on in
Let that dirty water cover up your skin
We’re gonna let this flood come and carry us away
Or else show us one good reason we should stay

So baby let’s you and me get carried away

Better pack light girl, tell you what i think
We ain’t got a kitchen, we won’t need that sink
We’re gonna go where we can lay our burdens down
Because there ain’t no wild horses in this town

Oh to carry me, carry me away
Oh baby lets you and me get carried away
Because we ain’t prone to stay

Jump in the car girl, lets go for a ride
Out where the prairie meets the yellowing sky
Gonna watch that funnel cloud touch down
Hitch our trailer to the wind and leave this town

So baby lets you and me get carried away
Baby lets you and me get carried away
Until we learn to stay

Oh and by your side I will stay
Track Name: The Wanderer
You were the wanderer
The world was so small to you
And that was the scariest thing
So I let you go though I asked you to stay
Until I finally stopped thinking of just me
And the pictures you sent
With their edges all bent
And that post card I couldn’t stop reading
You said you were living a life that you love
And in living the life that you love
Maybe you’d find the love of your life

So I packed my things
My bags burst at the seems
From all the pictures and that postcard too
I headed down to Utah
The desert and the ravens called
Until that land parched my memories of you

I took my own pictures then
And made my world smaller
Making love to a wanderer
or two

Who said you’re living the life that you love
And in living the life that you love
Maybe you’ll find the love of your life

But everywhere that I went
I could still pick up your scent
On that postcard I couldn’t stop reading

So I sent you letters
Always general delivery
Hearts in search of a home
The last one I got from you
A postcard from a place I knew
Sego Lilies and the desert in bloom
It was an invitation
The postmark said Springdale
And oh man I couldn’t stop reading

If you’re living the life that you love
Then maybe you’ll find the love of your life
Track Name: Evergreen
I can feel the autumn coming
And I’m as weary as can be
Don’t you ever feel like that last leaf
Still clinging...

I hope this is a gentle fall
I hope our colors all shine true
I want to lean on everlasting arms
And hold on

Because maybe I don’t get to be evergreen

I can feel the winter coming
How it always rails at me
Lord I want to blow back the wind
But I am weak, I’m so weak

I can tell I’m not alone now
I can feel my conviction slip
And maybe I won’t overcome this time, but I will mend
Yes I will mend

Because maybe I don’t want to be evergreen
Maybe falling is not so bad
If You’re with me
Maybe I don’t get to be
Ever green
Track Name: Tightrope Walker
Well I’ve been waiting on a train
Back in my old home town
Man I don’t really want to leave here
But I just can’t seem to settle down

And maybe I’ve grown restless again man
Won’t come wake me, from this slumber
And now I’m walking a thin think wire
And I’m ten thousand feet about this town

I’ve been trying to come to terms
With my drive thru kind of faith
I want it fast, want it cheap, I want it hot
But that man he keeps asking me for change

Chorus

There used to be nothing that I wanted more
Than to be something great
But lately, there’s nothing that I want greater
Than just to be, well, something more
Track Name: Thicker Than Water
Well this bed it is not mine
Though it was some years ago
And i can’t sleep so I roam the halls
Like a thief in someones home
And the pictures on the wall
Stare me down, Lord
Stare me down
With faces so familiar
But stories all their own

I walk this old path through the woods
Its now mostly overgrown
And I pass by the old fence line
Old stones stacked upon stone
The faces that built the wall
Stare me down, Lord
Stare me down
Their faces so familiar
But their stories are not my own

They say blood is thicker than water
But buddy that seems mighty thin to me
I traded all my sons and daughters
For adventure on the sea

This house it is not mine
But it was some years ago
Floorboards creaking
There are ghosts in the hall
I’m awake and all alone

And the pictures on the wall
Stare me down, Lord
Stare me down
With faces so familiar
But stories I don’t know
Yeah these faces look like mine
But this story is not my own
Track Name: Headwaters Reprise (Bonus)
I’m feeling as light as a feather tonight
As if a whisper might send me away
Up over the mountains
And away from this rain

Up to where my headwaters run free

You make me wish that I could stay
But I’ve been called home

I hope I can find the way


The salmon started running
Up the creeks here on the coast
Guided back home
As if their will is not their own
And I call them my brothers
Because I guess I’m a lot like that
Always pausing on the journey
But never looking back


But you make me wish that I could stay
But I’ve been called home
I hope I can find the way
Track Name: Pilgrim's Progress (Bonus)
'll be on your side
Though water deep and river wide
Nothing's going to stop me from stemming this tide
I'll be on your side

I've turned the other cheek
To broken promise, a poisoned creek
Been called many names, but never once called meek
But I've turned the other cheek

I will carry on
Even in defeat I might find I'm strong
With my broken voice, I will sing you a song
I will carry on

I will not back down
Though before I win you might forget this vow
Giving up I will not allow
I will not back down
I will carry on
I'll be on your side