dusty words & cardboard boxes

by Ordinary Elephant

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1.
on my way 02:40
the sun marks the horizon like your silhouette in our bed what a striking introduction to the day i won't say i'm gone because i know i'm coming back but right now i must be on my way on my way no map in hand no place in mind i'm looking to lose i'm looking to find me i applaud your confidence and ability to balance the variable, the constant change call me dramatic or maybe just inadequate i'm still looking for the right word myself down this road no map in hand no place in mind i'm looking to lose i'm looking to find me
2.
what do you want from me i've given all i can the bridges you've burned can no longer stand for anything that i can call my man what's your next step which direction will you go will search for courage down that yellow brick road or is it a heart that you're looking to borrow don't say i'm sorry don't say i'll change the damage is done, walk away lies in hand, i can't imagine the weight walk the line you've drawn don't look back don't hesitate hesitate let your guard down let yourself out take off your armor you'll have to fight without open your eyes and see what today is all about don't say i'm sorry don't say i'll change the damage is done, walk away lies in hand, i can't imagine the weight walk the line you've drawn don't look back don't hesitate hesitate
3.
you once told me things will get better someday someday soon but from where i’m sitting it couldn’t get better than this than this than this these mountains aren’t half as high as you think they are from the other side you’ll know what i mean what i mean what i mean i hope someday it will resonate and i will hear you say but from where i’m sitting it couldn’t get better than this than this than this
4.
here again 03:34
ten years gone i have changed you were left untouched by time and age you say it's different this time around i want to believe you i want to but i find myself here again here we go again take one more trip around my heart just to leave me standing in the dark i need some light in my life i need someone to tell me this this is the last time i'll be here i’ll be here again here again you speak in riddles when you speak at all i've lost count of days since you last called i've run out of tears that i can cry i ask myself why why do i find myself here again here we go again take one more trip around my heart just to leave me standing in the dark i need some light in my life i need someone to tell me this this is the last time i'll be here i’ll be here again here again
5.
i had growing to do i had fears to lose you came along at the perfectly wrong time building mountains of every hill just to have something to climb we’re learning to dance despite the friction in the air and i can’t fall with you i can’t words can be deceiving when they’re what you want to hear why can’t i be more than you’re willing to allow why did you let me in just to push me right back out we’re learning to dance despite the friction in the air and i can’t fall with you i can’t turn the radio down raise your voice raise your eyes why’s it always your song that get’s compromised we’re learning to dance despite the friction in the air and i can’t fall with you i can’t
6.
you're heading to the other side the grass ain't any greener and the sun still shines but brighter you've given yourself another chance you only get one set of days your best laid plans just got better i think i saw your ghost fade into the contrast of sunlight and sorrow of hopeful and harrowed it carries out the darkness as you leave the dark behind you won't go quietly you want nothing to regret when the curtain finally falls you may lose a few along the way but don't you worry none they would only weigh you down i think i saw your ghost fade into the contrast of sunlight and sorrow of hopeful and harrowed it carries out the darkness
7.
no way out 03:26
twenty years have left your feet you hang your head in shame attempt to find yourself as you were then before there was green in your blue, blue eyes before you knew what it was to need someone so you bite your lip and quell your voice you can’t go home you can’t go home he’ll yell and shout and send you on your way there’s no way out there’s no way out he’s twenty years your senior but you can’t pick and choose you close your eyes what’ve you got to lose you need his money he needs your company you need to forget what it was to need someone so you bite your lip and quell your voice you can’t go home you can’t go home he’ll yell and shout and send you on your way there’s no way out there’s no way out
8.
lifetime 03:26
in the company of strangers soon to be friends a bright voice spoke and brought me out on that limb i sometimes wonder if a different place a different time could ever have let your smile escape my mind a lifetime isn't long enough when you're what my days are made of a lifetime isn't long enough when my life has only just begun i have found my place my home is where you are i will follow you into the dark because a lifetime isn't long enough when you're what my days are made of a lifetime isn't long enough when my life has only just begun
9.
i spy 03:10
sounds of summer travel through days and nights, and weeks and years like the soundtrack of the silent movie of my life that only i can hear the highway's humming below our heads as we sleep on the floor of the minivan the road ahead the road behind not on this map out of sight, out of mind i spy a girl i spy a smile i spy a world i'd like to stay in a while i see the expression on your face connecting me to another time and place i can't seem to demonstrate the depth of what you mean to me sounds of summer travel through the days and nights, and weeks and years the highway's humming below our heads as we sleep on the floor of the minivan the road ahead the road behind not on this map out of sight, out of mind i spy a girl i spy a smile i spy a world i'd like to stay in a while
10.
it's time 03:41
“it's time to take a walk,” she said with tears in her eyes her head in her hands and i can't recall anything outside those hospital walls and i don't want to see your face because i know this is our last exchange of words and glances there’ll be no more no more second chances to say just what i need to say you never liked long goodbyes if only we could compromise i'll turn and go if you promise me tomorrow and i don't want to see your face because i know this is our last exchange of words and glances there’ll be no more no more second chances to say just what i need to say you showed me how to see the world with open eyes and clement heart you gave me a smile to wear and pass along the wire and i just want to see your face because i know this is our last exchange of words and glances there’ll be no more no more second chances to say just what i need to say
11.
it's love 03:23
a light falls from your window like i fall for you dusty words in cardboard boxes lie about my room they lie to my face and leave my head spinning but you, you, you you speak not in riddles or tongues of tired tales your eyes fix along the crooked line that leads inside the music in my head finally finds its perfect time it’s indescribable no longer unattainable it’s love, my love my love, my love it’s love, my love, my love today, tomorrow you know how to find my smile it’s in that perfect place on your shoulder that fits my head just right it’s in between your every word and echoed in your eyes but you, you, you you speak not in riddles or tongues of tired tales your eyes fix along the crooked line that leads inside the music in my head finally finds its perfect time it’s indescribable no longer unattainable it’s love, my love my love, my love it’s love, my love, my love
12.
new day 03:36
from the outside looking in i feel so far from where we've been come to the table come as you are fall away your faults, your demons show us every scar it's a new day in an old town take a new road with a new view don't look down don't look down from the inside less than composed your pieces scattered and exposed i know it'd be easy to turn and leave don't walk away now show us you believe it's a new day in an old town take a new road with a new view don't look down don't look down you won't get closer by walking away you can't find the sun standing in the shade please remember it's no ordinary day it's a new day in an old town take a new road with a new view don't look down don't look down
13.
could have 03:16
i could have stayed some place by the sea some place you’d never find me or would you if it was meant to be i could have stayed a stranger on the street a nameless face you’d never meet or would i if it was meant to be here we are on the other side of yesterday it’s anything but dark and it’s all lined in silver here we are we are never lonely into the by and by i will let you lead me it could have gone a thousand ways so many permutations of time and space but this one it was meant to be it could have gone and passed us by like a constellation on a cloudy night but it was clear it was meant to be here we are on the other side of yesterday it’s anything but dark and it’s all lined in silver here we are we are never lonely into the by and by i will let you lead me

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released August 3, 2013

Crystal Hariu-Damore: Vocals and guitar
Peter Damore: Harmony, banjo, guitar, and mandolin
Jack Saunders: Upright bass and harmony
Eleanor Whitmore: Fiddle

All songs written by ordinary elephant
Copyright 2013 Crystal Hariu-Damore and Peter Damore (bean sown music, ASCAP)
info@ordinaryelephant.net

Produced, recorded, and mixed by Jack Saunders at White Cat Studios, Houston, TX
Mastered by Jerry Tubb at Terra Nova Audio, Inc. Austin, Texas

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International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year Ordinary Elephant captivates audiences with their emotionally powerful and vulnerable songs, letting the listener know that they are not alone in this world. "Two become one, in song...hand-in-glove harmonies surprise the listener with focused intensity and musical mastery," says Mary Gauthier. ... more

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