Oh to Trade Nothing for Everything

by Alabama Deathwalk

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released April 26, 2013

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Songs 1, 4, and 9 recorded and mixed by Rick Lovelady.
Songs 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10 recorded and mixed by Eric Reed.
Cover painting by Savannah Reed.
Album design by Savannah Reed and Eric Reed.
Huge thank you to Santana Lopez for her help with the hard copies.

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Track Name: Arizona
Made the long trip home today, you cried as I drove away
Asked me where the planes go, I pretend like I know
Sometimes I get nervous thinking about how true love is something you can’t reverse
I’m scared ‘cause I’ve come now too far to turn back on Arizona

Blastin’ “Yellow Datsun”, these warm night twist-ties
The mark on your bottom lip, honey, that’s my target
Progressive learning at this Scottsdale drive-in
Asked me where the planes go, I pretend like I know in Arizona

Our states were on fire, just like you and I were
Had fuel but we were flame bit, like an Arizona sunset
You took my hand, led me to be a good man
Propped me up to grow straight, these restrictions I love and hate in Arizona

Well now I see that there are things you don’t wanna share, but you do
Well now I see that the things you don’t want to share are the ones that mean the most to me
Track Name: Plans
I remember whiskey sours in a band I once played in
We were young, we had dreams of making records, getting famous

Oh, blinking lights just fade and in the dark it’s hard to find the things you wanted yesterday
Oh, calendar pages turn and they blow away all the plans you held so tight to when you were young

I remember Jack and Coke with the party kids I love the most
They’re still right where I left them
Lord knows that I still cherish them, but...

Oh, blinking lights...

It was over red wine in plastic cups, we talked ‘til the sun came up. Again and again “Forever”, but I don’t remember what I said.

Oh, blinking lights...
Track Name: James
Of what use is a balloon with no string to tie it to?
Your belief is in the air, bring it down
Love ‘til they’d have to be crazy to question it at all

What you say is obsolete, if what you’re doing disagrees
Words will not fill a child’s empty stomach
Boil it down to nothing, what are we made of?

All my successes are a lie
Even with ornaments and lights
A Christmas tree will die if it’s severed from the root
Break me ‘til I have to be carried to move anywhere at all

With verses in my head, a napkin and a pen
I’ve tried to bear fruit but it’s nothing without you, that’s what I’m made of
Track Name: Catharsis
When you lost your mind in the front of a bar, stumbling to your car
Tell me how did you fall so hard?
Let it go to catharsis
Let it go

That I still feel responsible for choices you made
I give it up to catharsis
I give it up
Track Name: Life, Together
Think of birds on a telephone wire, always in groups
They’re free and able to fly wherever they choose
But they choose or are guided to do life together

Think of you and everyone you love
How strange it is to suffer for more than just one
Still I choose, and I ask you to, do life together

You’re still alive so you still have a choice
Do you want love or not?
Do you want love or not?
Do you want love?
Track Name: What I Want
I remember day 1 with your gold dress on
Pale blond hair, I was unprepared
With a lump in my throat the first time we spoke
Now I’m getting closer to you than I deserve to
I used to hold you to what I want, but what I want is becoming what you are
It’s amazing how well you play the part

In a town not far from here, you were raised in fear
You were taught to run away from anything that got too real
Ignore the crowds, we’re a family now
You can dress trashy and cut your hair
Honey, I don’t even care
I used to hold you to what I want, but what I want is becoming what you are
It’s amazing how well you played the part

When I’m not home, always checking my phone
With you due any day, we’re going crazy
Our hands to the plow, building a family now
I know you’re tired and I am too, but we’ll make it through
I used to hold you to what I want, but now it’s this with you

In a hospital gown, every word is sacred now
What am I gonna do if I can’t wake up next to you?
Stay with me
Please don’t leave
If you get skinny and lose your hair, dammit, I don’t care
I used to hold you to what I want, now it’s neither here nor there
It’s amazing how well you played the part.
Track Name: The Unspoken Heart
That day we never speak of is all I ever think of
Memories course through my veins as I replay you walking away…
and away…
and away

I should have ran
I should have chased
I should have never let you get away
I should have screamed
I should have fought
Just to see your face betray your thoughts

But now it’s too late
A different time, a different place, perhaps

If we had addressed the fights and the reasons way
Then maybe just mayb I could get some sleep at night
Track Name: Paul
I can still see, vividly, all the night I carried you home
With dry vomit on your shirt and spit around your mouth
You’d whisper “what are we here for?”

When you found that it all just burns and disappears
You were free to really live

You lost everything you had to a girl you’d never met in a sequin dress She winked at you as you left and you counted every step
Wondering “how long ‘til he’d turn around?”

When you found that it all just burns and disappears
You were free to really live

I give everything I have every time I sing
Now all my friends know all my sins
I’m a broken man and everyone knows it
But they catch me when I find that it all just burns and disappears

When I find that it all just burns
I’m free to really live
I’m free to really live
Track Name: Going Home
I’ve seen so many things in my time travelling
Good friends I miss so much, regret we’re losing touch
I’ve been dropped and bounced around, moving from town to town
There’s beauty everywhere, but time away has made it clear

I’m coming home again, on a westward wind I slowly drift
Coming home again, El Paso blessed with Las Cruces stress

I’ve seen so many things: Raleigh bike-rides in spring, northern New Mexico burning uncontrollable
Looking for that golden peace
Cultivated my belief with friends that have it too
When it comes to family I have two

Carried home with you, on a quiet wind we slowly drift
Home with you, to that special place up in outer space
I was blind but now I see the extent of the filth in me
Unable to cleanse myself, I’m in need of something else
I’m in need of something else

Take me home again, to the comfort of the Father’s arms
Take me home again, ‘cause there’s no warmth like the father’s arms
Track Name: Confessions (Infinity Love)
All these words about me, but I am fleeting
I want to sing about Jesus Christ (my Lord)
but I often feel too weak to carry the torch

Hallelujah, hallelujah, Infinito Amor

When I try to be clean, I end up dirtier and further from home
I want to sing about Jesus Christ (my Lord)
but I often feel too weak to carry the torch

Hallelujah, hallelujah, Infinito Amor
Hallelujah, hallelujah, Infinito Amor