Hallowed Ground

by I See Hawks in L.A.

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Richie Lawrence released this album in 2008 on his Big Book Records label. Produced by Paul Lacques, recorded by Shawn Nourse and Paul Lacques, mixed by Ethan Allen. A couple of Celtic tracks from the auld sod smitten Hawks, with great fiddle and accordion by Dave Markowitz and Steven Woodruff. Gabe Witcher also adds some dazzling fiddle on other tracks, and Rick Shea some nice guitar.

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released June 2, 2016

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I See Hawks in L.A. Los Angeles, California

I SEE HAWKS IN L.A. formed in the first year of the 21st century on a desert journey that has led to seven releases, UK/Europe and U.S. tours, and way too much fun. Alt country folk rock with rich harmonies and a way outsider approach to Americana. See them live! www.iseehawks.com ... more

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Track Name: Highway Down
The chorus was written as we pulled into Paul Marshall's driveway after a long tour. Our love letter to our wanderings in the deserts of California.
Track Name: Hallowed Ground
HALLOWED GROUND

Hallowed ground was burning up my feet
I was standing out in your street
Right beneath your window
Watching your candles glow

Hallowed ground was burning up my soul
I was halfway up the telephone pole
I was calling out your name
That hallowed ground will never be the same

Hallowed ground, hallowed ground
I’m standing making not a sound
Hallowed ground, hallowed ground
We got to get back on hallowed ground

Well the romance went the usual way
You’re in the kitchen with nothing left to say
There’s a child and a mortgage sleeping in our bed
I’m wide awake with these worries in my head

After all the poems and the plans
The recipes, the documents, the wedding bands
Put Mike Stinson on the stereo
These two lonely hearts need a place to go

CHORUS

Little bird outside our window
You said listen, he never sings the same
We listened for hours and hours
Little bird flew us away to

Our hallowed ground where our story began
Let’s make breakfast with our hallowed pots and pans
The ridge has got a dusting of snow
Let’s pack up the little one and go
Cause the little one has never seen the snow

CHORUS
Track Name: Good And Foolish Times
GOOD AND FOOLISH TIMES

Red canyon walls and waterfalls
On my color TV

Late night call
Grab your shawl
You’re 800 miles away from me

Didn’t we have some good times
Some good and foolish times
Didn’t we have some good and foolish times
Didn’t we take some long rides
Some long and winding rides
Didn’t we take some long and winding rides

Goddam this telephone
Now I’m feeling more alone
I can’t call you again

I break down and drive all day
Sunset on the Great Salt Lake
I knew I’d find you at the Red Iguana Café

CHORUS

Then we have our same old fight
Underneath the disco lights
You’re out the door and then

Clear corn liquor in a jar
Locked in my brother’s car
Bet we’ll do it all again

CHORUS
Track Name: Getting Home Tonight
GETTING HOME TONIGHT

I’m hanging on to a dream
I’ve slept in the dirt for a week
Jerry’s gone but his guitar’s still ringing
I have followed sights and sounds
I have froze on Hunger Mountain
Telluride was kind and we were singing
 
And the tattered unbowed tribe
Can be found from time to time
Will you share this bowl with me I think it’s raining
Well the campus was a breeze
But I have fled into the trees
Where the wanderers look down upon the city

She said I wonder how I’m getting home tonight
She had a sleeping bag and a sweet and subtle smile
            She handed a tab to me
And I simply had to agree
I wonder how I’m getting home tonight

We were lying in the sand
And God reached down his hand
And said I now pronounce you Wanderer and Rainbow
And the sun electrified the park
Like a Mayan kept in the dark
We witnessed the rise of the sun for the very first time

I said do what you will to me
Take me, take me, take me
May I climb your glorious rainbow to my awakening
 
She said I wonder how I’m getting home tonight
She had a sleeping bag and a sweet and subtle smile
            She handed her heart to me
And I simply had to agree
I wonder how I’m getting home tonight

Climb your glorious rainbow to my awakening
(I wonder how I’m getting home tonight)
Climb your glorious rainbow to my awakening
(I wonder how I’m getting home tonight)
Track Name: Carbon Dated Love
CARBON DATED LOVE

From Topanga to the sea
You took a walk with me
To be free
To be free

Halfway down the trail
We were sprung from our jail
I see a whale
You fill your pail

With the spirits of the bees
The heat above the trees
You love flowers
And feel their powers

This old fern is our friend
Our love will never end
Carbon dated love
Tragedies unfold
My heart’s made out of coal
Carbon dated love

And there’s a fossil of a fern
When we open up the earth
Still glowing green
Down in the seam

There’s 300 years of coal
But it took so long to grow
Black as pitch
It flipped the switch

And in the dungeon down below
A forgotten miner’s glove
Waits its turn
Just like the fern

CHORUS

It started in the sun
But when we were done
The shade had taken hold
Under cottonwood trees
The wet canyon breeze
Mud seeps through our clothes

When we finally reached the shore
There stood an open door
Out in the foam, calling us home

We waded in the waves
Finally feeling brave
We stepped right through
Me and you

CHORUS
Track Name: Ever Since The Grid Went Down
EVER SINCE THE GRID WENT DOWN
 
I went back to smoking Marlboro Reds
Now no one worries about getting dead
I sleep when I’m tired and I eat when I can
I’m finally living like an honest man
Like and honest man
 
Out in my back yard I set up my TV
I painted it with symbols like it was 800 BC
Got down on my knees and prayed to this God
Got up on my roof and covered it with sod
Covered it with sod
 
    Ever since the grid went down
    I’m through acting like a clown
    I sleep when the sun goes down
    Ever since the grid went
    Ever since the grid went down
 
I killed a man for batteries
I killed a man for gas
I almost killed a soldier for talking too fast
Talking to fast
 
I use my Telecaster to paddle my boat
My G5 tower’s a milking stool
For milking my goat
I go fishing in the reservoir and forage in the dump
I charge admission to my Andy Gump
To my Andy Gump
 
    CHORUS
 
        I caught my neighbor tapping into my well       
Loaded up my sling shot and sent him to hell
        Now his wife is my wife and his whiskey too
        His three little children are sewing my shoes
        I gotta hit the mountains for some winter meat
        Feed my brand new family a tasty treat
        Oh it may sound wicked but the logic is sound
        Ever since the grid went, Ever since the grid went
        Ever since the grid went, Ever since the grid went

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Track Name: Environmental Children Of The Future
ENVIRONMENTAL CHILDREN OF THE FUTURE

The environmental children of the future
Are making green plans for tomorrow
The environmental children of the future
Don’t need to steal or borrow
From their grandchildren’s rain
From their grandchildren’s sun
From their grandchildren’s mountain
The way that we have done

The environmental children of the future
Yeah, yeah, yeah
The environmental children of the future
Yeah, yeah, yeah

There’s a willowy lass who was first in her class
At the architecture school in the city
With recycled materials she built towers filled with dreams
Built on the pattern of a spinning falling leaf
After graduation she moved away to Maine
She’s building hay bale shelters in the cold October rain

CHORUS


Well the hundred year floods came in September
Then the hundred year floods came in November
And the hurricanes and flames came down on the plains
And the children of the future said “remember!”



The environmental children of the future
Took their elders by the hand
They said the earth is a self-regulating organism
Let me help you understand
And the willowy lass lay down on the grass
Shedding tears for the Great Barrier Reef
And the sky overhead was her feathery bed
Floating freely like a spinning falling leaf

CHORUS