Bermuda Dunes

by Silver Torches

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1.
Static on the TV screen Voices through the wall Tuning out the fight across the hall It's 12:01 AM Still waiting for your call Morning can't come too soon It's a lonely night outside Bermuda Dunes When the quiet comes I'll catch my breath Pull from my nightstand A dusty cigarette Through flicker lights And smokey blue The desert angles spin With the wind under the moon It's a lonely night outside Bermuda Dunes Stuck in this joint Up way too late Thinking 'bout the trips We'd never take together Drinking the beer We used to hate Some things change I guess for the better Static on the TV screen It's 3:01 AM The morning can't come too soon It's a lonely night outside It's a lonely night outside Bermuda Dunes
2.
03:20
It was colder than the record Draped a coat across her dress Outside the church Christmas in Toledo They read vows to part at death They were hungry But they learned to laugh Thought the city had the greener grass It led them down the garden path But they ended in the desert Golden days Rose colored glass Two birds of a feather By and by All things must pass Love ain't forever By the spring things changed He ran away with some new lover He left a goodbye note Hung up the phone He didn't stutter He left her high and dry Double shifts to pay the rent on time She let her heart Tell a pretty lie And it led her to the gutter Golden days Rose colored glass Two birds of a feather By and by All things must pass Love ain't forever Golden days Rose colored glass Two birds of a feather By and by All things must pass Love ain't forever Love ain't forever
3.
03:49
I still feel the hole inside my chest I still hear you talking underneath your breath I still hold the pain you left behind As for time there's not much left I don't want to fall apart alone I don't want to be the only one The only one who's paying for it When it's said and done Why is it so hard to love someone? I see from your photos you've been well But I can't stand it -- can't stand to see it I know that it's not right to feel this way But it's hard to say if I'll get over it one day I don't want to fall apart alone I don't want to be the only one The only one who's paying for it When it's said and done Why is it so hard to love someone?
4.
03:00
When I dreamed a highway Across a desert night From the last payphone in Houston I called her up to say goodbye Mama said I would be something If I worked and spent the time But I chose my own way Over slaving nine to five Guess I was Born to run Born to ride Made to live Doomed to die God or no God Damned if I do or don't Born and raised To follow my own road Feeling restless I was working day and night Waiting for someone to take my hand And hand me a brand new life Mama said I would be something If I tried my best to shine But I'd rather spend my days Chasing these yellow painted lines Born to run Born to ride Made to live Doomed to die God or no God Damned if I do or don't Born and raised To follow my own road It's easy to get angry It's harder to ask why The world ain't going your way You say "It ain't no fault of mine" But who can you blame this time? Born to run Born to ride Made to live Doomed to die God or no God Damned if I do or don't Born and raised To follow my own road Born and raised To follow my own road
5.
03:40
They called me from the highway Said your time was coming soon I drove on 'till the morning To say my last goodbye to you Out of all of life's hard lessons Only one of them reigns true You taught me how to not be you Your heart gave up at midnight In a cool September rain With the nurses there beside you You left quiet with no pain But in life you were a farmer And pain is what you grew You taught me how to not be you But no one should ever die alone No one should ever die alone You always had respect for those Who talked big and fought back Never shed a tear over Mama's heart attack And you always chose the bottle Over what a dad should do But you taught me how No one should ever die alone No one should ever die alone Lying there, a soul without a home Love was something that you never got to know
6.
I had time to kill on Monday Grabbed my phone and took a walk Called you from a bar stool When my nerves were cool enough Lately I've been feeling empty And I've had you on my mind Watching all my friends get older Having kids and building lives Can't help but miss what we had I think about it all the time I'll pick you up like old times We'll go and try our luck Oh we could talk for hours And that might be enough Hit the old haunt out past Murphy's I'll have you home by nine These days are getting shorter So I'm casting out a line I've got a lot of burning questions I think about it all the time If I could turn back If I could undo All the bad days I put us through Honey I know Sorry ain't enough for you I know you've moved on Ain't a day gone by I can't get you off my mind I think about you all the time Maybe I'm just dreaming And you're the one that got away Maybe I'm just crazy Thinking you'll come back one day If our problems hid like elephants I'm the one that crowds the room I've got an awful guilty conscience And I want to do what's right Though it might not mean that much to you I think about it all the time If I could turn back If I could undo All the bad days I put us through Honey I know Sorry ain't enough for you I know you've moved on Ain't a day gone by I can't get you off my mind I think about you all the time
7.
Sad songs in quiet bars A welcome place for those Who didn't get too far Ain't judged by what they do But by who they are Another round for lonely hearts Inside this quiet bar Sad songs in quiet bars A broken cash machine The beer and bleach soaked floors There's old Joe's empty seat They framed his eulogy Below the busted neon sign Above the bathroom door A shrine to the old drunk That they all adored When it's dark outside In here it's never cold They fill their glasses high And laugh while they get old Ask if you've heard their story You have but you say no They've led a long life And it's all they have to show They've led a long life And they want someone to know So tip your hat and raise your beer To all of us still standing here I hope the way back home ain't far Time for one last song inside this quiet bar One last song One last song
8.
Broken down in Wilsonville Daylight falling round the golden hills I've been running out of reasons To keep the gas tank filled What's the point of leaving Wilsonville? Funny how these quiet towns Break you down but make you stay somehow You hate it now, then one day it becomes you When it eats away your will What's the point of leaving Wilsonville? Always said I would get out See the world someday Always planning my escape But life gets in the way Could wait it out another year But there's no time left to kill What's stop me from leaving Wilsonville? I've been running up the meter As the sun rolls down those hills Packed up driving with the backseat filled Just a thousand miles more of road until I find a town that looks a lot like Wilsonville

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Produced by Andy D Park
Songs by Erik Walters*

Erik Walters - Vocals / Guitars / Bass / Synth / Piano
Andy D Park - Mixing / Engineering / Piano / Harmonium / Synth / String and WoodwindArrangements
Sean Lane - Drums / Percussion / Bike / Piano
David Dawda - Bass
Dan Walker - Piano / Wurlitzer
Greg Leisz - Pedal Steel
Harrison Whitford - Guitar
Abby Gundersen - Strings / Vocals / String Arrangements
Ed Brooks - Mastering / Pedal Steel
Jacob Neenan - Woodwinds
Steven Aguilar - Additional Engineering
Samuel Rosson - Engineering / Tape Loops

Recorded at The Hall of Justice and The Crumb in Seattle, WA
Additional recording at Bob Thiele's House in Los Angeles, CA

*Except Love Someone (Erik Walters / Brandon Zahursky / Andrew Herringer), Maybe I'm Just Dreaming (Erik Walters / Chris Masterson / Eleanor Whitmore), What's The Point Of Leaving (Erik Walters / Steve Aguilar / Jeff Pianki)

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released March 20, 2020

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