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The Mend

by Jason Tyler Burton

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On the Brink 04:10
She stopped in a meadow of wildflowers And stooped down to take off both her shoes She looked up where the wind blew on the divide And wilted beneath the weight of the news Said I want my world wild not mild Said I don’t want to live just to grow old I want to see the broken get mended I want my world whole He sat alone in his cluttered room Roots grown deep into the soil of his youth While all around him stretched the ruin of a home He could have saved while he was searching For the truth Chorus We are standing on the brink A gust wind is all it would take To change direction of the rain falling down To change the direction of our fate I want the whole world whole © 2010 Jason Tyler Burton
American Dream (free) 04:25
We came across the ocean seeking freedom it's true Then we came across the mountains a little dream to pursue We were not seeking riches, just a place to call our own A little slice of paradise, a little garden and a home Now I work down deep in the belly of the hills Where the coal dust burns and so i take pills Then i sit on the couch and stare at the screen And nobody can measure the distance between What they say and what they mean When they tell me that I am the American dream So I joined up the army, going to fight for the oppressed Well I can't tell you evils name, but i can tell you how he dressed In a suit and a tie, waving the banner of a cross But where Jesus name was missing and nobody counted it lost Oh hey, what do we stand to lose? They took away my job in the factory that they said was never mine Because some bum in the top one percent needed my dime Then they took away my house and they blamed it all on me And told me keep spending so that we could all stay free So I went back across the mountains to the land of my parents birth And I learned to build a house man i learned to till the earth I learned that less is more and how to do more with less In my little slice of paradise I am poor but I am blessed Oh hey what do we stand to lose If this American dream is not the one we choose.
Give me a black feather for my cap Give me a little polish for my shoes Boy I am appalachian grown Tonight I walk these hills alone I'm going to find out Just who you serve What I call holy You call reserves Give me a river clear and cold Give me hills not bought and sold You're pretty liberal With that word conserve At least as far as I observe Give me a moonless night like this Take a shine to me give me a kiss Then give me speed Before I lose my nerve Before hands with money They through us a curve Behind this wheel man I start to swerve May we not get what we deserve May we not get what we deserve A two ton truck full of fertilizer Some blasting caps and a spool of wire Because when i walk these hills alone I hear appalachia groan
Well my daddy came from Bowling Green Of five kids he was the third And he got lost in the middle there Don't guess he ever quite returned He met my momma when she quit high school She was sweet but not wise I guess she never could see the fire Beneath the coal dark of his eyes Lord I swear that I Didn't want to be like this Didn't want to be like him at all They had two kids, just me and my sister And I got the better of that deal She took her own life when she was fifteen And I ran off into the hills Now I live up here in the pine trees Just me and my whiskey still Trying to drink away her memory and that part of me that I can't kill Lord I swear that I didn't want to be like him Didn't want to be like him at all I sit and stare up in those fruit trees And wonder how far the apple falls Down the road lived a young lady Whose husband often left her alone The day my mom died, i grabbed a bottle and left my mind as i left home Lord I stand here, now before you Her story is not mine to tell I am not asking you for salvation I know that I belong in hell But Lord I swear that I didn't want to be like him Didn't want to be like this at all Lord my name is Caleb Meyer I know how far the apple falls
Proud 03:41
The devil put ice in a glass Said "can i buy you a drink?" Well I think he was just building me up So i'd have further to sink Said "boy where this cinder block right round your neck, and then let's go swimming way out in the depths" Well the devil put ice in a glass Said can I buy you a drink My daddy he told me that pride it goes before a fall Well if it weren't for falling I'd probably get nowhere at all Well I'm trying to fill up some pretty big shoes I ain't got nothing and that's not much to lose So why does it hurt When I light that fuse? I guess I must think I'm dynamite I am so proud of my brand new confidence I am so proud and that ain't no coincidence Well the devil put ice in a glass Said can I pour you a drink I think she was just building me up So i'd have further to sink
To the Rise 03:48
Can’t you see that I got free Free of the hook you set in me But don’t you know that now I’m lost Lost in the wreckage that I caused Going free So bring all your horses and your men Put me together once again And I will own these scars I wear As a badge of hope more than despair Maybe it’s time for me to climb Back up on to this wall of mine Through my head back My arms up And rise Maybe it was the sitting that was the crime I saw this fisher cast a line Not to the calm but to the rise I saw the wonder in his eye Chorus So play me well But be gentle on my mouth Lead me up high Where all directions feel like south © 2010 Jason Tyler Burton
Drift Fences 03:23
drift fences drift on by tonight because i'm sailing by South Pass in moonlight oh i am nowhere bound to some desert town i fly dust devils now i'm walking blind to lose comfort lets me know my path is right oh i am nowhere bound where no lights from town block the sky so pour me a cup of coffee dark to make light my heart because oh now we are driving home to nowhere so drift fences do your work well and right because i'm crawling back across South Pass tonight oh I am nowhere bound to some desert town i fly
Helen 03:16
Oh Helen won't you come and dance with me I'll close my eyes to see what you see That there is a lie we call security I'd dare to risk if I could be that free And live it up, gonna live it up, gonna live it up... Until it all comes down Let's walk this knife edge way above the ground Where the northern lights they play among the clouds And the day is not taken by the night Would you see beauty there without sight And live it up, gonna live it up, gonna live it up... Until it all comes down Because we are walking blind and backwards Across this ledge without fear And we are just living our lives out of our hearts Way up here Oh we are just window washers Here to wash away the stains To find in all of our toil That all our darkness is the same And we all see through a glass dim You helped me let a little light get in So Helen won't you come and dance with me Oh Helen won't you come and dance with me
Well it's not obvious to see But i'm the man i want to be I've settled into my skin I believe in angels again But lately i've been prone to worry That I might sink before i swim And if this stubbornness is ballast That's going to surely do me in I think I'm ready to try Walking on water I'm going to deny gravity Going to put my faith in something real Going to throw out my TV Up here under these bright lights I know you'd rather hear the radio And I'd rather drink but I don't dare start Drowning this sorrow So i'm gonna pay off all my debts Going to sell most of what I own Then going to move out into the wilderness It's the only place I feel at home And still I wonder... Would I be here for you Would you wait there forever and ever I'm pressing ever onward no end in sight So i'm going to fall down on my knees And renew my warranty
Revival 03:14
I was a railroad man My wheels turned straight and slow I took no joy in the journey I was burdened down and low, solo. She was a desert wind No name she knew but free Running the aisle in a tent revival The ground barely felt her feet How did we meet? And all of my best plans Each mile of track I'd lay Ripped up by breath of desert wind Left to ruin with none to blame And time it heals all wounds At least that's what they say But I'm all out of time So I say come what may Come what may Maybe all our decisions Could use some revision today Walking that balance between Free will and destiny I pray Lord come what may
Would this Fire? (free) 04:45
With the summer slowly fading And the snowbirds all flying south I’ll be wrapped up in November Waiting for honey from your mouth Would this fire burn If there was no one here to tend it Would my heart break If you were here to mend it Oh where are you now Because I’m still here Take me back until I remember The rains of May, the blooms of June Because we’re creeping toward December Waiting for light to outlast the gloom Would we still pray If we knew no one was listening Would we still love If we had no choice at all Oh where are you now Because I’m still here So bending, I am bending A melody might save me tonight And mending, I am mending Maybe you can come and save me tonight Maybe you can be my melody tonight


Mend (v): heal, fix, repair.


released February 29, 2012

All songs written by Jason Tyler Burton, copyright 2012.

Recorded and mixed in his Berea, Kentucky home, The Mend is the first album from Jason Tyler Burton, offering 12 original tunes steeped in folk traditions but featuring a unique blend of poetic depth, story-telling, and emotion.

Burton played most every instrument on the album, with fiddle provided on two songs by Deborah Payne of Sugar Tree and backing vocals by Toni Melton. The Mend finds fiddle, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and accordion embellishing acoustic guitar and Burton's voice to create a rich yet simple album of Americana folk tunes with stories of healing, environmental justice, personal struggle, and action.

Cover art by Liz Morse: mizlorse.wordpress.com

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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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