The Move

by Joe Hehir

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1.
Stone will crumble It’s just after midday and I’m walking through the gothic architects Felt eyes upon me those crazy archangels resting on their iron wings It’s a cold one and I’m trying to keep myself out of the wind But the buildings they are like funnels so I slip inside St. Peters to save my burning skin And then the voices of the choir Make me forget I’m still a troubled man And I sit alone and contemplate eternity While I wait to feel the warmth return to my hands I’m just a young man trying to figure out why I lost my confidence I’m cold from my heart caving in and I don’t know if I’ll ever care again This old cathedral will still be here when I am good and gone But Stone will crumble Everything that ever was is gettin on I’m just a young man trying to figure out why I’m always going wrong I’m down from my heart going south and I don’t know how I’ll ever move along And then the voices of the choir Make me regret the crudeness of my goals And I sit alone and think about all that giving up While I wait to feel the warmth within my soul I’m just a young man I’m trying to figure it out and find my confidence I’m cold and my heart’s caving in and I hope that I can somehow care again
2.
More to you Problem with you Where to begin you have your faults like everyone does Just happens that you make a habit of things Don’t blame it on yourself Sometimes you can’t really see the way things are It started out small but you let it go You woke up one day in a rut And before you had noticed Your life light was low You blamed it on yourself Said some people are just made up that way I think there’s more to you I think that you should know You ripped yourself to pieces for the peace you never known It’s really not your own There’s more to you than you let yourself know It’s coming on strong like a weight on your neck You’re always afraid of letting em down You just say forget it I won’t be around You blame it on the day maybe tomorrow you’ll feel ok You wish you could somehow change it And walk the world with the freedom to know what you want But sometimes you can see what is to come But scorched by the fire that you put yourself through Though it just seems unfamiliar to you But the truth of it all You just can’t let go You’ve been holding bad feelings for so many years Without them you would be forced to unload Don’t blame someone else It’s probably time to liberate yourself I think there’s more to you I think that you should know You tore yourself to pieces for the peace you never known It’s really not your own There’s more to you than you let yourself know
3.
Crying Babies We have made a start for our family Out of two tried souls nearly empty We found plenty To fill our rooms above with laughter To keep our spaces filled ever after Truly hungry bellies have we So much it’s hard to feed our crying babies At our feet Truly hungry souls are we So much we had to fill our Crying babies with our love A fire in the stove a pot overflowing My hands are cold from the snow that is blowing Winter in my heart always going A new life has begun after a long year On the trail dear Truly hungry bellies have we So much its hard to feed our Crying babies at our feet Truly hungry souls are we So much we had to fill our Crying babies with our love With our love
4.
I don’t come home I have cleaned my house to allow you room To move your life into my space I don’t come home even when I’m here Sitting on the floor with you talking in my ear I know you need me more than rooms need doors More than lies need truth, junk need drawers But I promise you when I return You can fill my life with love to burn You know I need you more You know I need you more I washed away all my grime Cut my ties dried out my mind With every coming day I grow with you You said I would just don’t say I do I don’t come home Even when I’m there Sitting at your feet your fingers through my hair You know I need you more More than sinking floors More than loosing out mine or yours But I promise you when I come home You can fill my life with love alone Don’t cut yourself out of the plan I’m always thinking about the next day where we are where we stand And maybe I’ve been away far too damn long I hope I don’t loose you I’ve cleaned my house to allow you room to move your life into my space I don’t come home even when I’m here Sitting on the floors with you talking in my ear I know you need me more than rooms need doors More than lies need truth Love needs war But I promise you when I return you can fill my life You know I need you more You know I need you more You know I need you more You know I need you more
5.
Walking into cars I got used to moving all of the time so I never settled in Running into people that I’d lost to the ever changing winds I got to smiling at the faces like I knew all the strangers on my way A piece of broken glass still in my hand from falling yesterday I’d disappear for hours in the city never saying where I’d be Looking for connection in the street the red lights turning green Talking to the person closest by and hanging on their ear Searching for an answer to a question I’d been asking for a year Crossing into traffic with my eyes closed just to tempt my fate Sister Mary said that there was someone watching out for me I don’t believe there’s something keeping tabs holding up my weight Walking into cars with my detachment Just to test my faith I found myself one evening in a crowd coveting the room A pretty girl was kneeling at my feet as I rambled out a tune Coming up with verses of a song rolling off my tongue Drawing in the people like a preacher feeding off the sun I went weeks without resistance I was living in the moment of events Feeling my existence was obtained by pure coincidence Looking for the needle of the eye at what was happening Though a grain of salt was needed I was drinking up a sea of circumstance Crossing into traffic with my eyes closed just to test my faith My sister Mary said there must be someone watching out for you I don’t believe there’s anything keeping tabs holding up my weight Walking into cars Walking into cars Just to tempt my fate
6.
Hollywood 05:13
Holly Wood At a coffee shop deli looking very alone In the daylight of Hollywood and no where to go Are you from out of town? Yeah I’ve been there myself Do you need a place to stay for a while? The poor girl was still just a child Hollywood babies Hollywood babies Hollywood babies Holly Wood With a real nasty habit and numb to the bone At a methadone clinic five years down the road I’m on my way she said I’m staying clean this time And there were days when she was sure That she believed her own lies Are you from out of town? Yeah I’ve been there myself Do you need a place to stay for a while? My God you’re only a child Hollywood babies Hollywood babies Hollywood babies Holly Wood Holly Wood Hollywood babies They grow up so much older
7.
40 and a Day 05:12
40 & a Day When I am 22 I’ll be still in love with you We’ll have our life ahead and I’ll be a millionaire By the time I’m 22 I can see it all come true I can see it all with you To chase the light and to get higher To start a fight and catch a fire To show no fear and not let on That you are ever fooled by anyone When I am 25 I’ll be working with my tools I’ll be true to my art and I’ll always trust my heart May not have a dime but your love it will be mine But your love it will be mine You add it up and make your bones take your hits and try to keep your soul I don’t have no crystal fortune telling see the future kind of stones But you somehow keep your eyes from staying closed Key change When I am 31 I will live alone I’ll be content with me till I am 33 40 & a Day and I need to get this right I’m almost out of wind I’m almost out of fight But I’m living here with you and still our love is true And still our love is true To see the truth and spot the liar To understand what fuel the fire To know love and loves return You add it up make your bones take your hits and try to keep your soul I don’t have no crystal fortune telling see the future kind of stones 40 & a Day I still don’t know but you somehow keep your eyes from staying closed
8.
My Sole Release So I have found a quiet peacefulness away from all the manic-ness I guess Still as I lay beside you deep in Zen I do not give in to giving in There is so much more that does you in A warming breeze Blowing through the ancient trees My sole release after being captured by a freeze Still as I lay beside you deep in sleep There is just too much of you in me You are in my dreams I see again My sole release My soul release My sole release My soul released My sole release My soul released I try to focus on the sound of my own breath Walking slowly though the white noise blinds me So I have found a quiet restfulness Away from all the worrying I guess Still as I lay beside you whispering You have come to trust in what I say There is so much more in what we have My sole release through passing time with you Is your warming face There is just enough of you for me As I lay beside you still awake Wondering if we’ll ever make our way There is just so much that we can take I close my eyes I see you here with me My sole release My soul release My sole release My soul released My sole release My soul release I try to focus on the sound of my engine Crashing slowly and the white light blinds me.
9.
Do What You Have To Do (free) 02:55
Do what you have to do There isn’t another easy way to say what you know I have to say But I’ve got to get my things and go and get back to the life I know It’s Sunday morning I wake up yawning I heard they’re needing someone for a two month stand playing guitar in bluegrass band Maybe it will lead me somewhere new Maybe it will push me back to you But if you need to tell me we’re just through You got to do what you have to do And two months soon turned into a year I’ve been away for far too long I’m used to going it on my own Probably should be sleeping somewhere else With a woman and a child and a home It’s Sunday morning I wake up yawning I heard they need a picker and the money’s green Better go while the goings clean Maybe it will lead me somewhere new Maybe it will push me back to you If you need to tell me we’re still through You better do what you have to do You better do what you have to do If you need to tell me we’re still through Do what you have to do
10.
The Move 04:19
The Move There’s all this good around If I could tune out all the sounds I’d be picking up the ground And saving all I’ve found All the shiny pretty lyings Don’t make me slow down I wanted to move down south Momma I don’t understand why I’m just trying to keep from going afoul I’m feeling my bones getting into the cold It snowed in Georgia the other day Atlanta was all closed it just shut down With all this good around If I could keep what I have found I’d be standing on the ground All the shiny pretty diamonds That I want to give you On this morning I can see this I give it up to you You’re so much better at this At seeing the right in things In all the common simple ways That you live for that I don’t see Till they’ve gone away All day you pour down on poor me to keep my constant filled The sad thing about this I’m always making sure it spills Sometimes I can’t believe the things that I say Sometimes I think I’m going to drive you away
11.
Holly Wood Reprise The bus pulled out of Grady She called her Ma from the station She left a trailer park nightmare And a demon named Earl I ran away she said You must have been blind not to see it And I’m going west to find the stars And you’ll never hear from me Hollywood babies Hollywood babies Hollywood babies Hollywood babies Hollywood babies with the world on their shoulders Become high class ladies and wind up on the shoulders Hollywood babies

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released August 22, 2011

All songs written by Joe Hehir © 2011 Bojoemusic
Produced by: J C Roddy courtesy of SMAC Records

All songs engineered mixed and mastered by: J C Roddy at Irie Land Studio
-except ‘The Move” – mixed by Kent Butkovich at MetaAxis

Song Arrangements by: Joe Hehir and J C Roddy

All Instruments played by Joe Hehir except:
●J C Roddy – Bass guitar on: Walking into Cars, and The Move
●Kent Butkovich - Slide Guitar on: Do What You Have to Do, Eboe Guitar on: The Move
●Ryan O’Neil – Bass guitar on: Stone will Crumble, Do what you have to do, There’s more to you, 40 and a day, Hollywood Reprise, I don’t come home.
●Steph McAlear – all drums except on: Hollywood Babies – (J. Hehir and JC Roddy)
●Howard Anderson - Baritone, Tenor and Alto saxes on: There’s More to You

Bosendorfer Piano on all tracks courtesy of Peter Kilpatrick.

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Joe Hehir Cornwall, Ontario

I've been writing songs all of my life and taught myself to play piano, guitar, trumpet and harmonica. I used to think that music happened because of the instrument I played mainly the piano. Then I realized it all just comes from my head and it doesn't matter what instrument you play. You can be a virtuoso silver spoon player and not even know it. Just pick up some spoons and give it a try ... more

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