Roam

by The Neffs

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released November 11, 2014

Recorded in California, PA by Matt Poirier
Mixed and Mastered by Matt Poirier

Guitar/Vocals/Banjo/Keys - Jake Ward
Drums/Percussion/Vocals/Keys/Saxophone - Gordy Brash
Bass - Chris Trepagnier

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Track Name: Apples
We've got cut up apples for you packaged real nice
For all those who seem to have forgotten how to slice
We've got a ball of yarn rollin' from real real far
Upon the many movin' wheels
On the patchwork of pathways under the stars

We're movin' way too fast
Oh man, how's this gonna last?

We've got little orange bottles packed with chemicals for you
We'll get 'em to you even though you're healthy, good as new
Docs gettin' kickbacks
Man, who can you trust?
Now you've got the side effects, an addiction,
and an appointment with the psychoanalytical head games nurse

We're movin' way too fast
Oh man, how's this gonna last?

We've got cut up apples for you packaged real nice
For all those who seem to have forgotten how to slice
We've got a ball of yarn rollin' from real real far
Upon the many movin' wheels
On the patchwork of pathways under the stars
Track Name: Consultation
Consult the runes, consult the runes..
Go on a journey, go on a journey..in my mind..
Oh what kind did you find in my mind?

Do we have dreams so we can tell each other stories in the morning?
Consult the runes..

This is where we are now, somehow
Territory unmarked, unfound

What if the epiphanies that could fix the woes of the world
get stuck inside of our dreams?
Lost in the night..
Consult the runes..

This is where we are now, somehow
Territory unmarked, unfound
This is where we are now, somehow
Territory unmarked, unfound...
Track Name: Refugee
Displaced
On the road again
This condition never ends
Displaced
By my only friends
None in my defense

All of this - now there's no place to call home
Sole solution: roam
No place to call home
No place to call home
Not now anyhow
Won't you still hold my hand
when it pours downtown?
There's no more reason to stay here..

Replaced
By the enemy
They've outnumbered me
You can taste
the bitter quality
of their victory

All of this - now there's no place to call home
Sole solution: roam
No place to call home
No place to call home
Not now, anyhow
Won't you still hold my hand when it pours downtown?
Give me a reason to stay here..

Just in case you're thinking I'm amazed
with this time and place
Indeed I am
Some of us have a home
Some of us need to roam
But let's all face...

..that home is all the same
when it's seen from space!
Right here is my home
Right here is your home
Right here is our home
For those of us who roam
And those of us who don't
Right here is our home!
Track Name: Kaleidoscopic Lens
A beautiful but confusing mix
Of colors surrounding me
Focus the scope
I'm lost in hope
Guess I'll just keep spinning
It feels right

What a catch
That girl
But there's a catch
With that girl

Fine lines here
Infinite points there
Transition to another
Symmetry out there
Focus the scope
I'm lost in hope
Guess I'll just keep spinning
It feels right

What a catch
That girl
But there's a catch
With that girl
A thousand shapes,
Colors, and pathways to take
Rose-colored kaleidoscopic lens
Track Name: To No Avail
Been searching this way
All of my days
To no avail
Been searching this way
Searching that way
Been searching your way
And my way too

All the while knowing
The day I'm not searching at all
She'll find her way in my doorway
Looking for a place to stay

What took you so long, baby?
What took you so long?

Been searching this way
All of my days
To no avail

All the while knowing
The day I'm not searching at all
She'll find her way in my doorway
Save me from these lonely days

All the while knowing
The day I'm not searching at all
She'll find her way in my doorway
All the while knowing
The day I'm not searching at all
She'll find her way in my doorway
Looking for a place to stay

What took you so long baby?
What took you so long?
I've been searching this way
All of my days
To no avail
Track Name: Head In The Clouds
Note: Quoted phrases are recorded excerpts from John F. Kennedy's speech at Rice University on September 12, 1962

"No man can fully grasp how far and how fast we have come. But condense, if you will, the 50,000 years of man's recorded history in a time span of but a half century. Stated in these terms, we know very little about the first 40 years, except at the end of them advanced man had learned to use the skins of animals to cover them. Then, about 10 years ago, under this standard, man emerged from his caves to construct other kinds of shelter. Only 5 years ago man learned to write and use a cart with wheels. Christianity began less than 2 years ago. The printing press came this year. And then, less than 2 months ago, during this whole 50-year span of human history, the steam engine provided a new source of power.."

Head in the clouds they may say
But a head in the clouds is
Closer to seeing how the sun
Lights the way
If we really cared about each other
And this Earth we live upon
We'd make a change
We'd make it last
We'd rearrange before it's gone

"Newton explored the meaning of gravity. Last month electric lights and telephones and automobiles and airplanes became available. Only last week did we develop penicillin and television and nuclear power.."

Head in the clouds they may say
But a head in the clouds is
Closer to seeing how the sun
Lights the way
If we really cared about each other
And this Earth we live upon
We'd make a change
We'd make it last
We'd rearrange before it's gone
Gone!

"..and now if America's new spacecraft succeeds in reaching Venus, we will have literally reached the stars before midnight tonight.."

Oh, the wind and the tides and the moon
They're all one
An example of what we all need to become
We can harness the currents, the sun, and the wind
When we focus on the short term
We cannot win

"William Bradford, speaking in 1630 of the founding of the Plymouth Bay Colony, said that all great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and both must be enterprised and overcome with answerable courage."

Head in the clouds they may say
But a head in the clouds is
Closer to seeing how the sun
Lights the way
If we really cared about each other
And this Earth we live upon
We'd make a change
We'd make it last
We'd rearrange before it's gone..
Track Name: Bonsai
He's headed on
Sailing, on the run
He's headed on
Into the setting sun
I know he's out there
Where the fish are plenty
Just past the dolphins
Off the shore
Keeping the sharks away

He's headed on
Sailing, on the run
He's headed on
To catch the rising sun
There's no more fighting
There's no more pain
Just celebration
Everybody dancing
Even when it rains

He's flying through the garden
By the Japanese Bonsai
Growing on the eastern shore of Virginia today
And we know you're not gone very long
You're always right here where we are

He's headed on
Sailing, on the run
He's headed on
Into the setting sun
I know he's out there
Where the fish are plenty
Just past the dolphins
Off the shore
Keeping the sharks away

He's flying through the garden
By the Japanese Bonsai
Growing on the eastern shore of Virginia today
And we know you're not gone very long
You're always right here where we are
Track Name: Palmetto
She walked into
The convenient store
Needing something she couldn't find
She walked right back through the glass doors
She had no need to stand in line
(She had no need to stand in line, no not this time)

She was not about to give up
After convenience failed her so
She pedaled back down Palmetto
Another shop she thought she'd go
(Another shop, she thought she'd go, oh)

Oh, oh, convenience failed her so
Oh, convenience failed her so

Oh, the billboards they shined so brightly
under the South Carolina sky
One said "Darling, don't you worry."
"Your time will come now what's the hurry?"
("Your time will come now what's the hurry?")

Oh, oh, convenience failed her so
Oh, her journey spans the globe
Oh, oh, it's happening don't you know?
Oh, convenience failed her so

"Darling don't you worry.."
One said "Darling don't you worry.."
"..your time will come now what's the hurry?"
"..your time will come now what's the hurry?"

Oh, oh, convenience failed her so
Oh, her journey spans the globe
Oh, oh, it's happening don't you know
Oh, convenience fails us so!
Track Name: Halo Rain
Oh, Brazil
You've got an angel
Born on the west sound
With dreams of Amazon
Oh, Brazil
She's always wanted you
Who could compete with
Os seus pores do sol?

Why does the universe
Keep stealing my girl
Halfway across the world?
Oh, I'll never know.
I thought I'd experienced
This all before
Well here we go again
Am I ready for this?

Goodbye
I know you've got to go
Live your life
So much out there to know
Goodbye
I know you've got to go
Hoje eu sei o que é saudade

She is sweeter than honey
And she sees vivid colors
Even in the shadows
She's got a halo

She is sweeter than honey
And she sees vivid colors
Even in the shadows
She's got a halo

Why does the universe
Keep stealing my girl
Halfway across the world?
Oh, I'll never know.
I thought I'd experienced
This all before
Well here we go again
Am I ready for this?

Goodbye
I know you've got to go
Live your life
So much out there to know
Goodbye
I know you've got to go
Hoje eu sei o que é saudade

Oh, Brazil
You've got an angel
Born on the west sound
With dreams of Amazon
Oh Brazil
She's always wanted you
Who could compete with
Caipirinha too?
Track Name: It's Underway
The sun just stood me up today
But I can't let that get in my way
What about this mud, this dirt, and clay?
So many minds have gone astray

The clouds revealed the moon to me tonight
Now let's just lay and be
Right here between the stars and see
Worry free from minds that flee

You say you want a revolution? Well..
You say you want a revolution? Well..
You say you want a revolution? Well..
It's underway!
Love is here to stay!

Yes we may have learned to train the horse
And the planets, they'll always remain on course
But no matter what we think or say
We can remove what's in the way

You say you want a revolution? Well..
You say you want a revolution? Well..
You say you want a revolution? Well..
It's underway!
Love is here to stay!

You say you want a revolution? Well..
You say you want a revolution? Well..
You say you want a revolution? Well..
It's underway!
Love is here to stay!
Track Name: Policía
Monotones, intangibles, surveillance, and drones
Complicating already complex interactions

I'm so sick and tired of robotic society
So sick and tired of these robots surrounding me
Intangibility affecting our humanity
Take a look around
This world's outside your open palm

We're not prepared to keep the batteries charged
Or to let them run dry

I'm so sick and tired of robotic society
So sick and tired of these robots surrounding me
Intangibilities affecting our humanity
Take a look around
This world's outside your open palm
Track Name: Slow Deal
There was a land inside of me
It was a land so vast and green
Whited out, whited out
Whited out..
La, la, ooh
La, la, ooh
Oooh, Oooh

There is a land inside of you
A land you can fasten with glue
Write it out, write it out
Ride it out..
La, la, ooh
La, la, ooh
Oooh, Oooh