Bermuda Dunes

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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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Track Name: Bermuda Dunes
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
Track Name: Golden Days
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
Track Name: Love Someone
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?
Track Name: My Own Road
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
Track Name: Last Goodbye
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
Track Name: Maybe I'm Just Dreaming
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
Track Name: Sad Songs In Quiet Bars
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
Track Name: What's The Point Of Leaving
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