Peace with God

by Dustin Drennen

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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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Track Name: Sara
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
Track Name: Heart Like a Lighthouse
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
Track Name: A Drinking Song
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
Track Name: The Great Chicago Fire
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
Track Name: Peace with God
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