Headwaters

by JasonTylerBurton

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1.
Fly 03:51
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
2.
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
3.
The Waltz 03:53
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
4.
A Finer Line 03:47
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
5.
Headwaters (free) 05:12
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
6.
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
7.
Destination 04:31
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
8.
Carried Away 04:13
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
9.
The Wanderer 05:05
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
10.
Evergreen 03:40
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
11.
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
12.
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
13.
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
14.
'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

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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 recluse from Kentucky who now makes his home in the least populated county in the least populated state. There in Wyoming, at the foot of the Wind River Mountains, he writes songs that wrestle with the struggles of rural peoples. His stories often tell a novel's worth of story in the format of a song, for which he draws comparisons to Jason Isbell and John Prine. ... more

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