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Live and Never Learn

by I See Hawks in L.A.

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BALLAD FOR THE TREES Every age is without precedent Every hour is the great unknown Still I wonder if we've finally broken with How to be alone How to be alone Have we stripped ourselves of context Are we drowning in the seas Of facts that come too easily And friends we never see Friends we never see Here's a song for the Acacia Here's a song for honeybees Here's a song just for everyone Writing down their dreams Or a ballad for the trees There's a wanderer among us With a battered freeway sign If her words are blurred by weary purpose They sound just like goodbye Sound just like goodbye There are boats on rising rivers There are reconvening tribes While the western winds are gathering And our seeds take to the sky Our seeds take to the sky Chestnut, Oak and Cottonwood, Balsam, Fir and Juniper Hemlock, Hawthorn, Sassafras Eastern White Pine in the grass Here's a song for the Acacia Here's a song for honeybees Here's a song just for everyone Writing down their dreams Or a ballad for the trees
2.
LIVE AND NEVER LEARN Live and never learn Oh, live and never learn Find another bridge to burn Live and never learn Good intentions are well and good But they won't get you out of the neighborhood They won't feed you or let you stay the night They'll lead you straight into a fight Live and never learn Oh, live and never learn Find another bridge to burn Live and never learn Well I try so hard to do what's right That don't get me through Friday night When Old Scratch gets back in my ear And the beatitudes drown in my beer Live and never learn Oh, live and never learn In this bar that is my life I scratch the table with a broken knife Every sentence, every slight Every way I treated her unkind Every promise I knew I'd break Every friend looks the other way Every leap I ever took Halfway down let's take a look Live and never learn Oh, live and never learn Find another bridge to burn Live and never learn
3.
White Cross 04:14
WHITE CROSS I saw her on St. James street She looked the other way Now all the uptown hustlers Say the deal has been delayed Good friend, if you're a gambler Don't bet on me too long Cause the angels say they love me But they know I took their song   Now I do another white cross   That's the country blues   It's the only thing   I ever learned to do Well the good times didn't suit me I had to taste the pain In the Oyster Palace back room Where the night was always day And I played a little guitar And I dealt a lot of stud With the spirits round my ankles Like Mississippi mud Now I do another white cross   That's the country blues   It's the only thing   I ever learned to do SOLO Well the first one goes down bitter Then you kind of like the taste And someone had to lose Payback happens every day If you play the devil's music You know he likes to come along I know the angels love me Even if I did them wrong   On the hill I see a white cross   Sing the country blues   It's the only thing   I'll never ever lose Whoo Whoo Whoooo Whoo Whoo Whoooo
4.
STONED WITH MELISSA I got stoned with Melissa every day of the week Until she had to fly I got stoned with Melissa every day of the week My old lady asked me why You get stoned with Melissa every day of the week? Yeah Yeah Every day of the week Yeah Sitting in Melissa's basement With her black and white TV Watching Trading Places She hates Eddie Murphy I haven't worked since Christmas She's still on the dole Drinking yesterday's coffee Popping day old donut holes I got stoned with Melissa every day of the week Until she had to fly I got stoned with Melissa every day of the week My old lady asked me why You get stoned with Melissa every day of the week? Yeah yeah Every day of the week Yeah Melissa knows how to garden Both her thumbs are green She's got arugula, she's got sativa That's everything I need My old lady backs out the driveway That's when I hop the fence I'm Peter Rabbit I'm gonna grab a Little vacation from common sense Melissa knows how to party She's a deeper bite of my story Tender music for beauty and togetherness at the end At the end The end Is this the end This appears to be the end Why is this the end She's going She's flying She had to fly She had to fly Fly
5.
Poour Me 03:47
POOUR ME Poour me, poour me, poour me Poour me more wine It's been a hard week I know that ain't unique My boss is a freak The 80s was his peak But on Friday afternoon I like to sing a couple of tunes There's nothing left to lose I got the 110 split lane blues Poour me, poour me, poour me Poour me more wine Well Monday I pulled a double Tuesday I got in trouble Wednesday I ate a bad burrito Thursday had to detour Alameda Friday I was tracking down a bottle or three There's no OT when you work at SC for Poour me, poour me, poour me Poour me more wine I don't got nothing new I don't have to talk to you I don't have to tie my shoe Or work on my hairdo You can pour a little more when you're sitting on my floor If you can't find the door better pour a little more For the poor and the chore of getting off the floor Guess I better not Have no more for Poour me, poour me, poour me Poour me more wine
6.
Planet Earth 03:59
PLANET EARTH I thought I saw a magical train It was just a long shopping mall in the rain From the corner of my eye and a wish from my brain that turns a shopping mall into a train it's easy, it's so easy I was a little bit edgy cuz I had my mama's pills In the trunk of my car she was over her ills While pain remained but not with her I guess I need a little something to live on planet earth, planet earth, planet earth I saw that trail winding off into the hills I pulled over the car and got the good kind of chills to make the turn and take the chance away to another life up in the rafters on planet earth, planet earth, planet earth I don't mind leaving, I handle the pain I do mind dying, I do miss the rain I do miss the rain, I do miss the rain I do miss on planet earth, planet earth, planet earth
7.
Well the summertime is over C And the hills have caught on fire Santa Ana’s blowing Smoke across this sun lit shire I can’t remember September Ever hurting quite this much I’m losing you like all the others But that’s no change in my luck And I’m almost out of minutes And I’m almost out of bullets too There’s one more in the fridge You must be out on the bridge We’re breaking up and I’m losing you Now the winds are getting stronger And the smoke is getting thick I don’t know if this will go awfully slow Or terribly quick They say the flames have just crossed foothill And I’m starting to feel the heat I can hear my loser neighbor Panic in the street And I’m almost out of minutes And I’m almost out of bullets too There’s one more in the fridge You must be out on the bridge We’re breaking up and I’m losing you You want off the phone You want me to go You were always after satisfaction Wouldn’t like to know If I’ll be here tomorrow Please hold on I think the roof’s collapsing Now the flames are licking at the gates Of my own private hell I’m the last man in Tujunga As far as I can tell Now I know this conversation Is coming to an end I’ll be floating through the ether By the time you reach Marin And I’m almost out of minutes And I’m almost out of bullets too I'm gonna shoot 'em in the sky I think I'm gonna die We’re breaking up and I’m losing you The last man in Tujunga Still loves you
8.
SINGING IN THE WIND I visit graves when I go to the country Churches haunted, de-sanctified Mossy tombstones Fallen over  Too worn to read or shed a tear for Well worn hearts And angel wings I love to hear  The willow sing Singing in the wind Singing in the wind Corncrakes flee the stinging rain Over stones of priests and blackguards Hungry Heathcliff, Catherine and Edgar Still walk the moors, unsatisfied All that trouble All the worry The old cold turf Cools the fury Singing in the wind Singing in the wind In dreams I fly the hills of Down Cold Drumballyroney The whispers of the lonely Ohhhhhh Ohhhhhh Ohhhhhh Ohhhhhh All that trouble All the worry The old cold turf Cools the fury Singing in the wind Singing in the wind
9.
MY PARKA SAVED ME I got stoned after breaking up with my boyfriend and be became a born again christian so I decided a drive right down to the lake and the lake was frozen and there was snow everywhere As I was a driving a drunk driver hit me head on And I spun like a donut and the glass went flying but my parka saved me from the glass My parka saved me my parka saved me My parka saved me From the glass And he owned a liquor store and he didn't any insurance so we sued him and we drank for free all through high school all the booze I could ever drink We just went down to the liquor store until mom poured it down the sink My Parka My Parka My Parka It was my brother's and it saved me from the glass From the glass my parka saved me From the glass my parka saved me From the glass my parka saved me
10.
KING OF THE ROSEMEAD BOOGIE King of the Rosemead boogie Hocked himself a loogie Spit in the air just like he didn't care stood everywhere With the saving stare Cuz he knows where all the days go After the sun has set and the heat ain't around He pulls up his dress And tugs his wig down And give you a wink and he shows you some pink will you buy him a drink Help him out of that mink Two Jacksons and a toke Some shatter and some coke The Capacity of Dope At the Highway Host He's the King of the Rosemead Boogie He's the king, it's a thing, he's the king For a moment you finally feel alive Pull the car down to the end of Raymond Drive He's the king of the Rosemead boogie Studied guitar with Shuggie He takes a second hit and it gives him a fit And he knows he should quit But you just can't fight the life It ain't a wife put away the knife It's the righteous path to understanding He's the King of the Rosemead Boogie He's the king, it's a thing, he's the king
11.
Tearing Me In Two Tearing me in two Tearing me in two Once I went riding Alone in my field Away from my family And a decent man's responsibilities You need time to be anxious Idle hands are heaven's tool I slept until the night fell Awoke amidst the runes Tearing me in two Tearing me in two Tearing me in two It takes no time to be weightless Walk on grass walk on air They'll collect you in the gravel It unravels at the gavel Tear me in two Tear me in two Tear me in two Once I went riding Alone in my field
12.
Spinning 04:21
SPINNING Spinning pages of your mind Spin like twine Spinning pages of your mind Unraveling time Spinning Spinning out of time Spinning twine Unraveling time Forgotten memories revealed in dreams at night I See your face but can't recognize In waking light Fantastic colors clear and bright Return in the middle of the night Fantastic colors clear and bright Return in the middle of the night Spinning Spinning out of time Floating fossil from the unknown Lost forever Where did it go A treasured gave that you gave to me A long time ago Spinning ball of twine Unravel your mind Spinning ball of twine Unravel your mind Spinning Spinning out of time
13.
THE ISOLATION MOUNTAINS Well the candlelight rules Till the rising of the moon And the weary sad souls surrender A candle and the moon Some drink and then a tune And we can all return to our journeys To the Isolation Mountains The Isolation Mountains I was pleading with the stars You turned your back on Mars Our pillow was the river to the fields The sun is for plants The moon is for animals And we belong to neither Our souls are in the ether again And when the morning broke From horizon spoke the spokes Of our futures returning to guide us A candle and the moon libation and a tune We can all return to our journeys To the Isolation Mountains The Isolation Mountains
14.
Stop Me 03:51
STOP ME Stop me, oh stop me I'm staring into the sun It's too beautiful Day is done Oh, stop me Somebody stop me Stop me, I'm walking on the street for too long Trying to find my way to a beautiful dawn Oh stop me Somebody stop me I'm staring into the sun This used to be fun I'm starting to believe there's no prize to be won Stop me, stop me From falling in the clouds Supper's on the table and the sun is going down Oh, stop me somebody stop me I'm staring into the sun Just want to have some fun Just like the sweepstakes said maybe I've already won Oh stop me And here we are And there it is And so farewell Till once again And maybe in the never been We just might pass This way again
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credits

released May 29, 2018

Produced and recorded by Paul Lacques
Mixed and mastered by Alfonso Rodenas
Additional recording by Paul Marshall

Rob Waller, lead vocals and acoustic guitar
Paul Lacques, guitars and vocals, lap steel on 12
Paul Marshall, bass and vocals
Victoria Jacobs, drums, lead vocals on 9, 12

with:
Richie Lawrence, accordion and piano
Dave Markowitz, fiddle
Danny McGough, organ and synth
Dave Zirbel, pedal steel

Cover painting by Madeline Lacques
Whale art by Henry Waller
CD art/layout/photos by John Curry

www.iseehawks.com

Dedicated to our parents and to Wesley Robertson and his tribe

Paul Lacques uses F Hole fuzz pedals

All songs Waller/Lacques except:

My Parka Saved Me (Waller, Lacques, Jacobs, Marshall)
Poour Me (Waller, Lacques, Jacobs, Marshall)
King Of The Rosemead Boogie (Waller, Lacques, Jason Chesney, Rich Dembowski, Woody Aplanalp, Levi Nunez, Justin Smith)
Singing In The Wind & White Cross (Waller, Lacques, Peter Davies)
Spinning (Victoria Jacobs)
The Isolation Mountains (Paul Lacques)

Robin Lucy Music (BMI), Clumsy Heart Music (ASCAP), Paul Marshall Music (ASCAP), PRS

Big thanks to Alf, John C, Joe Berardi, Brian Cleary, Scott Smith, Audio Element, our friends, families and fate.

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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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