West on 309

by Laura May

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released July 15, 2017

Musicians:
Laura May: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin & Piano
Aram Arslanian: Harmonica, Electric Bass & Percussion
Silas Aho: Banjo & Alto Sax
Tony Accetta: Electric Guitar & Vocals
Maggie Cuneo: Cello
Mark Cuneo: Bull Fiddle
Austin Blain: Percussion
All music and lyrics written and arranged by Laura May
Produced and engineered by Aram Arslanian at Kingsley Garden Music, Vancouver, WA
Mastered by Ryan Foster at Foster Mastering, Portland, OR
Photo by Johnny Driver of Red Forest Films, Vancouver, WA
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Track Name: Drive
I know the road aint no place to raise a family
Maybe someday I will continue my blood line
But for the moment I will keep it in drive between blurred lines
For the moment I will keep it in drive

Go to sleep I will catch you in the morning when you wake
When the sun bleeds through the window panes will serve as a reminder of why we’ve stayed
Follow me out into the morning down fourteen
Where I will try and tell my mind to slow down as my right foot closes in on the floor

And I know the road aint no place to raise a family
Maybe someday I will continue my blood line
But for the moment I will keep it in drive between blurred lines
For the moment I will keep it in drive

When I leave coming over Burnside Bridge at one AM
Hoping I don’t wake you, you wait up for me to tell me I should really try and get some sleep
And someday when my hair is silver and my eyes are grey
We’ll no longer laugh at the way you walk but sing to me and I’ll hear you fine

And I know the road aint no place to raise a family
Maybe someday I will continue my blood line
But for the moment I will keep it in drive between blurred lines
For the moment I will keep it in drive
Track Name: Darling I
Honestly, I can’t believe a single word I hear you say
you’re better off unhappy rather than being alone
you stare at canvases that hold a better time will tell
if you and I are gonna make it out or if we should just run our separate ways

Darling I can’t wait to find you,
you’re a thousand miles away but I have all these ways to tell you that these feeling I can’t let out of sight, there’s a thousand melodies
trapped inside my mind with you I am

Now Moving on love I can’t believe a sing thing I hear you do
not need me to be your satellite
forget my dear
words fall of deaf ears when your mates say she’s the
one more thing
my eyes miss the you that I used to know but honey I don’t recognize you anymore

Darling I can’t wait to find you, you’re a thousand miles away and I have all these ways to tell you that these feeling I can’t let out of sight, there’s a thousand melodies trapped inside my mind with you I am
I am
Track Name: I'll Believe You Then
Just called to say you’re wrong about me
the deal that you had is no longer for free
so I’ll say so long to home as its been
and I will admit you were right about one thing
I’ll take on the world with each song that I sing
but it won’t be with you by my side

When the days turn into nights
and these embers turn to ash and its cold inside
when you make it down the aisle I’ll believe you then
I’ll believe you then

You’ve got the one at home that pretends to be your wife
she does laundry in the morning and dinner’s out by six
every night she’ll be home cause she aint nothing like me yeah
and you’ll swear to her that you smoked your last goodbye
but like and itch you can’t scratch or a habit you aint kicked
know I’ll be here out of sight unattained and all you wanted

When the days turn into nights
and these embers turn to ash and its cold inside
when you make it down the aisle I’ll believe you then
I’ll believe you then

When the days turn into nights
and these embers turn to ash and its cold inside
when you make it down the aisle I’ll believe you then
when you make it down the aisle I’ll believe you then
I’ll believe you then I’ll believe you then
Track Name: West on 309
Light streams in through cattle cars
bitter chills the morning brings
find myself in another town
some things familiar somewhere in the south
I take only what I need what wont be missed in the counted loss
and I'll be west on 309 and I'll be waiting for the sun to rise

I can hear my train coming in I can hear my train coming in
and I know I’m boarding it alone like you know I aint never coming home and I know I’m boarding it alone like you know I aint never coming home

Think of you in times like these
I hear the stories I see you tell
tell my son ill be home soon and
tell my brothers that I'm safe and sound
across the state and county lines
where I'm a stranger with no story just a song
I'll be west on 309 and I'll be waiting for this song to rise

I can hear my train coming in I can hear my train coming in
and I know I’m boarding it alone like I know you aint never coming home and I know I’m boarding it alone like you know I aint never coming home
Track Name: April
It took a whole hell of a lot more than it ever gave me
nothing wakes you up like a call find you face down on the floor
and the help that I founds want there for you at all

Take me down so I don’t feel a thing
and please pour me something stronger than me
cause this choice was a ring of fire that I'm falling through
let me still be here when I open my eyes

I come home to a family at night
try to look a wife in the eyes but she doesn’t know me
just a lonely recognize
black roses tag a stone with your name
littered cards hold the words left unsaid with a window of time
where the world was just fine

So take me down so I don’t feel a thing
and please pour me something stronger than me
but this choice was a ring of fire that I'm falling through
let me still be here when I open my eyes

Let me still be here let me still be here let me be still here
Let me still be here let me still be here let me be still here

So take me down so I don’t feel a thing
and please pour me something stronger than me
but this choice was a ring of fire that I'm falling through
let me still be here when I open my eyes
let me still be here when I open my eyes
Track Name: Autumn Leaves
Autumn leaves that fall
Eyes that chase them down
And I don’t want to be the light when you enter the dark
I can’t stand to dim beneath your glow

And I’ll be yours I’ll be yours I’ll be yours

Sun falls for the moon their memory in the river
Running by the waves currently carry me away
To the sea I’d like to sail with you

And I’ll be yours I’ll be yours I’ll be yours

Airport gating signs we’re in different cities
We can’t right our wrongs
But I will walk until I run out of words
I understand now why you left without goodbye

And I’ll be yours I’ll be yours I’ll be yours I’ll be yours
Track Name: Nothing Left For Me
I drove to the oceans in search for the right time
and I parked over the sea and burned off my last dime
there was nothing left for me
there was nothing left for me so I went back home

So I drove to the mountains in search for the right time
and I watched as the sun rise up through the clouds
but there was nothing of me
there was nothing left of you so I went back home

So I drove all night in search for your city lights
and your high-rise stairwells staring me down
there was nothing left of me
nothing to take care of me so I went back home

So I put it in park in front of our old house
and I walked up the steps you carried me through
there was nothing left of me
there was nothing left of you
Track Name: Enough For You
There’s something about you there’s something about you I can’t shake something to follow something to follow in your wake
And I can’t say that I love you but I’d hate to see you go
fearless in these moments but these moments pass too slow

Everything good in the world is what you are
made from deconstructed stars
just like every seed has to die before it can grow
resurrect life beneath the snow
that’s beautiful to me
will that be beautiful enough for you

Something about you there’s something about you I can’t shake something to follow something to follow in your wake
And I don’t want to say that I love you and I’d hate to see you go fearless in these moments but these moments pass too slow

Everything good in the world is what you are
made from deconstructed stars
just like every seed has to die before it can grow
resurrect life beneath the snow
that’s beautiful to me
will that be beautiful enough for you

Something about you there’s something about you I can’t shake something to follow something to follow in your wake
Track Name: Guarded Hearts
I’ll be your own demise
Focus your wildfire eyes and burn this town
We’ll burn it down

Play me the song of your heart
Take me back to the start teach me your ways
Of which you came

Take me back to the middle of the night
Where you couldn’t keep open your tired brown eyes
Walk me back to the middle of the street
Where you couldn’t keep your balance
Because you were holding onto me

I’ll be your guarded heart
You’ll be my stubborn love; won’t let me go
Won’t let you go

Help me believe what you do
That distance is not about groundage but space between
You and me

Take me back to the middle of the night
Where you couldn’t keep open your tired brown eyes
Walk me back to the middle of the street
Where you couldn’t keep your balance
Because you were holding onto me

Like water held in open hands
Grip too tight and it goes
Grip too tight and it goes
Like water held in open hands
Grip too tight and it goes
Grip too tight and it goes
Like water held in open hands
Grip too tight and it goes
Grip too tight and it goes

Take me back to the airport goodbyes
Where we’ve never been on time and we shouldn’t start tonight
I’ll take you with me to the ends of the earth
We’ll get nicely confused and beautifully undefined
I’ll be your guarded heart you’ll be my stubborn love won’t let me go won’t let you go
Track Name: Stay
What if I said stay
Would you have tried to run away
If I would have told you everything
Would you still be with me tonight

The story starts when the days were longer
So were all of our conversations
All dead ends now

Sparks were flying and life caught fire
Time is turning flames to embers
This ends now

But what if I said stay
Would you have tried to run away
If I would have told you everything
Would you still be with me tonight

Nothing but a shadow in my mind
Cast by a dark memory
You’re fading fast

Like an early seaside falling mist
There in morning soon forgotten
You’re fading fast

But what if I said stay
Would you have tried to run away
If I would have told you everything
Would you still be with me tonight
Track Name: Change Your Mind
I will keep my hands to myself
Empty boxes hold you now
I am doing damn fine on my own
And I won’t miss what I never had

These sands are shifting underneath
And I will hold my ground
If you change your mind
Hang it up, hold it in
If you change your mind
Put it down, pull away

I can do without a heart in my hands
Take back the tan on your left hand
Turning tables, not the car around
While I never fucking learned how to be alone

Sands are shifting underneath
And I will hold my ground
If you change your mind
Put it down, pull away
If you change your mind
Hang it up, hold it in