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Hallowed Ground

by I See Hawks in L.A.

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I’m drunk, I’m stoned, and I’m tired But pretty soon I’m gonna be wired On the love from the crowd That makes me feel so proud I’m flying in to the Yolo County Airport Well we got a big gig at the Palms in Winters tonight Everybody in the crowd is feeling all right We were hanging with Mick and Keith On Ibiza just last week Now were flying in to the Yolo Country Airport If you want to fly high all right Flying in to Yolo County tonight If you want to fly high well alright Baby I’m coming home to you tonight Well we Hawks finally caught our break After seven long years thinking it was all just a big mistake Now were caught in a bidding war Our picture’s on the wall at the Apple Store We’re flying in to the Yolo County Airport CHORUS We partied hard in the Tyson family yard Playing catch and release with the chicken and geese Out in the pond there’s a lot going on It’s not flat at all There’s a 20 ft elevation We can see it all Well our big jet plane hit a bad pocket of air We dropped like a rocket woke up in the docket Of the repossession hearing They were taking away the Yukon Cuz we couldn’t pay Barbossa When the transfer case was broken You see the deal that was sub rosa Went awry in Mariposa Still we’re flying in to the Yolo County Airport CHORUS
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Open Door 03:28
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Never Alive 04:42
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Highway Down 05:14
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.
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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 Down
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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
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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 ten 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! Top Ten Americana Releases, MOJO ... more

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