Peace with God

by Dustin Drennen

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1.
Sara 03:56
I didn't notice I was falling, I's a wounded sparrow The notion hit me concurrent with the ground There's a place outside a body that a man can go I heard you cry for me, I'm no stranger to that sound You know I don't take nothing for granted, anymore I know that you love me and you can't stand it, I'm coming over... Sara say I told you so Tell me just How much I owe you I still need you I still want you Sara you can cut my throat You can tie me down And break my bones I still love you I still love you In my mind I keep some stories I can’t never tell I keep ‘em safe within a darkness that I found I might have dies once, I might be the memories of someone else Who remembers rising but not ever coming down All my friends say I look ragged these days It seems my prospects have worn thin I'm not saying I'll accept defeat that easily Just remembering what you said Just remembering what you said... Baby what you got is one part light and one part dark And currents pulling you both ways That light will guide you and the darkness fuel your sympathy But you can't go back there again No you can't go down there again The light will guide you Let the darkness fuel your sympathy Oh light of God Let the darkness fuel my sympathy
2.
There was a girl in my town Lo' was she something to behold How I wanted her heart But I settled for a guitar and a song Now there are things about our lives Like what could have been we'll never know My pain is the absence of joy that I've known And it's what keeps me moving on She spoke with lips of fire Man, I just wrote poems I lost a season in her bedroom Found reason on her tongue I can’t say I remember her like she was As much as I find romance in her mystery I know that ain’t love My friend said she went mad and she died alone Now I’m standing outside the walls I should have rescued her from Sometimes the dark man comes on looking just like the sun And he steals away all of the beauty and virtue of the young, we don’t notice till it’s gone Ohoo, oh your wake cold that refuses the snow Ohoo, oh I’ll cove you, I’ll cover you Now, I gotta heart like a lighthouse and it shines through the storm for the crazy ones Now, I gotta heart like a lighthouse and it shines through the storm for the crazy ones
3.
I've been drinking in the color in your eyes I could drown right now in the memory of your smile You should know I'd like to lay close beside you tonight Feel the warmth of your bare skin pressed against mine I know there's more to life by love and bare bones flesh has fallen from Together we'll build love with these four hands I know together our hands could build A legacy to leave our children Two souls entwined round one immortal strand I've been drinking in the color in your eyes I could drown right now in the memory of your smile You should know I'd like to lay close beside you tonight Feel the warmth of your bare skin pressed against mine I know there's more of love in life through suffering as opposed to strife If love is a labor, baby we gotta sweat this out I think it's sweat that made me thirst for you If you'd pour out I'd gladly take you in We'd mix like a river and run this straight down I've been drinking in the color in your eyes I could drown right now in the memory of your smile You should know I'd like to lay close beside you tonight Feel the warmth of your bare skin pressed against mine You're the warm smoke in my lungs The flare at my fingertips You're the fire in my throat and the sweet numbing of my lips I think I'm done tonight I think I'm done tonight I'm superbly numb with love Roll me up in your covers Here's to you my drug Your lover is a hopeless drunk a hopeless drunk I think I'm done tonight I think I'm done tonight
4.
I don't think that I'd think twice About you putting on something for me to take off I don't know about you but I'd like To slip back into these sheets and let the sun rise Well, darling girl you're awfully quiet But I'll take your lips on mine as a promise And in this awkward meantime I'll try to find something for my heart, my hands, and my mind If I'd been alive I might have started the Great Chicago Fire To keep myself occupied To keep myself warm It's cold out tonight It's been colder, but then, it's been a while I just need a little light To keep myself warm Give me time, to find my way round the curves of your body in the failing light You know I loose the urge to breathe sometimes I just need a little of your spirit, bring me back to life Sweet girl, keep me locked up in your smile Never tell soul that you know where I can be found I'll be right here, I'll wait it out My lips on your lips, hands on your hips, your breath in my mouth If I'd been alive I might have started the Great Chicago Fire To keep myself occupied To keep myself warm It's cold out tonight It's been colder, but then, it's been a while I just need a little light To keep myself warm I lost my way sometime last year I'll admit I made some poor decisions I spent three days in this cathedral Telling my whole life story to an unholy ghost
5.
I put my faith in rock & roll and it saved my life Jesus, save my soul Where I’m going now Heaven only knows I’ll find peace with God and rock & roll When Joy comes in the morning She’ll know just where to find me I wake up hoping and praying in the darkness She always comes a shinin' I been out on the edge I slipped outside of time Been reveling with the poets and the prophets and the angels Last night I dreamed a sign So I put my faith in rock & roll And it saved my life Jesus save my soul There's warm wind blowin’ Up from down below I want peace with God and rock & roll If I should fall from grace, girl Just throw me down a line There’s a pretty good chance I’m all tangle in some riddle Give sight to a blind man I been bound on some plane It’s dry and it grinds me I saw a vision of you standing stark naked in the snow Like a wolf you were a howling’ So I put my faith in rock & roll And it saved my life Jesus save my soul Seems I’m caught between the fire And the creeping cold Peace with God And rock & roll I saw us standin’ on the edge of night Heard my mother’s voice saying my father had died Watched our children playing in the halls of love Heard that blackbird singing, ‘boy, you ain’t done’ I felt you’re body tremble beneath my touch I was born in sorrow girl, what I need is love Oh I hear ‘em growling now, too deep for words No, no one will find us in the center of the earth There’s a choir singing down a blessing and curse Where I was standing, I ait’t standing anymore There’s a choir singing down a blessing and curse Where I was standing, I ait’t standing anymore So I put my faith in rock & roll And it saved my life Jesus save my soul

about

Making a record and recording some songs are two different things. I record songs all the time: in my kitchen, truck, bathroom, garage; in the woods; in a studio.

Steve Earle once said Townes Van Zandt never made a record. I was surprised to hear him say it, but I agree. Still, the man wrote some damn good songs and I’m glad he recorded them.

Here are some songs, just me and my guitar, recorded in a couple sessions. The circumstances were these: two Sunday afternoons in late summer, woods and mountains, cups of coffee, the unusual conversations between musicians. I was there of course, and presiding over it all was a musician (a guitar player if ever I’ve met one) whose boots I am unfit to tie, or untie, or shine, or even write about for that matter. Needless to say, I’m grateful.

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released January 14, 2018

All songs x Dustin Drennen; Recorded somewhere in North Idaho x Bruce Bishop; Mixed @ Audioconfusion in PHX, AZ x Jalipaz Nelson; Mastered x LANDR

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Dustin Drennen Clark Fork, Idaho

Songs and poems from North Idaho: a little folk and americana, a little Texas country, maybe more cowpunk, clear love of the West, especially the Northwest, an affinity for good beer, some romance and wreckage, some creepy tales, a general distrust for the establishment, a hopeful outlook all the same. ... more

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