The Warmer Winds

by John King

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released October 4, 2013

Engineered by: Ron Flack, Erik Hansen, Dave Seymour, Matt Kurtz, Spencer Martin, Clayton Thorton, Nate Netti, and John King
Mixed by: Spencer Martin, Ron Flack, Clayton Thorton, Nate Netti and John King
Mastered by: Carl Saff
Artwork: Nate Van Twisk

Lyrics for "Woods"- John King, Austin Wolfe & Nate Netti
Lyrics for "Alizarin Sky" - John King & Ben Noble
Lyrics from "Phono Mind" pt. IV taken from "God Speaks to Elijah" by A Ship at Sea (2012)

Featuring:
John King - vocals, guitar, synths, piano & organ
Joe Kurtz - harmonica & ukelele
Matt Kurtz - drums, drum programming & banjo
Tyler Mowery - vocals & horns
Brett Maxwell - bass
Nate Netti - drums, guitar & baritone guitar
Kevin Embleton - guitar, vocals, 12 string, bells & organ
Spencer Martin - keys, bass, organ & guitar
Nate Van Twisk, Tiffany Ankrom, and Mike Kurtz - vocals
Anya Antonavich, Austin Wolfe & Cody Martin - vocals
John Finley - guitar
Ron Flack - hammond
Anna Furey - violin
Andrew Harper - bass
Jake Yonkers - guitar
Rachel King - vocals

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Track Name: Just Beyond the Gate
I've been taking all I can take
I've been giving a love that'll break
When I met you I was a snake
But you warmed me with the light from your face

You flew like a fairy, a whisper of night
But you left me at the sign of first light
When I held you, no sparks in my heart
Were awakened til we drifted apart

When I'm left to my own devices
I settle for singing, a melody suffices
And I know that the truth is you're so far away
In the pastures I'm after, just beyond the gate
Track Name: Badlands
We took a van to the Badlands
You fell into the ash and I couldn't help but laugh
Washing mudcaked shoes in the snow
Hoping my heart would soon begin to grow

I got a long drive ahead of me and fears that could topple me in tow
You took the seat right next to me and told me every legend that you thought I'd like to know

Blizzard broke out on the reservation
Found boots that fit just right and we ran off in the night
Met a man with a smile missin teeth
Shook his hand and my God, I began to see

I got a long drive ahead of me and fears that could topple me in tow
You pulled your bed right next to me and sang a song so bittersweet and slow:
Slow heart, sleep talk
Fly above me, Hungry Hawk (Eaglehawk)
Scared-of-Bear will never walk on this earth again
His son's dead too
The soldier's face looked just like you
Cold winds blow but anger warms the heart within

The missionaries sang a hymn called sanctuary
Read stories about the poor til a knock came at the door
Two wandering boys, with tattoos on their darker skin
We sent them away, in the name of our protection

I got a long drive ahead of me and sorrows that will follow me back home
Track Name: Lost at Sea
In the epitome
Of blasphemy
I open up my mouth
To speak

The life I lead
Is a mockery
For everyone around
To see

Why do I believe?
Tell me, why do I believe
My hear is lost at sea

A breach
In the hull means
I finally notice my lungs
Breathing

How could I believe?
Tell me how could I believe
Tell me why does my heart beat
Floating, lost at sea
Track Name: Tomorrow's Song
I watched you
Float above me
Like a butterfly
Lucid Beauty

You swam through
Lakes we were breathing
Over the stage lights
I'm lost in the feeling

No one knew what to say
At your immaculate display
A cosmic ballet
No words to say

And I hope someday you come back down
And tell us the story of what you found

And you tell us to sing!
Sing it loud and sing it out!
Don't wait for tomorrow, it comes when you shout!
And you tell us to sing!
Sing it loud and sing it out!
Don't wait for tomorrow!
Don't sleep til tomorrow!
Don't wait for tomorrow, it come when you shout!

Suddenly we all start to rise, as the Sun rips open the skies
The morning light
The song of our lives
We fly so high!
Track Name: Awake with You
She would visit me in my dreams
And I don't know if I fell in love with a ghost
So please make this room a little lighter
Cause I'd rather be lonely than think that you're somebody else

But if it's all the same
I'd rather be awake with you

Hello Notion!
You sweet emotion!
Sleep talkin and it's heartbreakin when your
Love's a specter and I'm a spectator

All the same, Babe
You know I'd rather be awake
I'd rather be awake
With you
Track Name: The Woods
I was born in the South yesterday
TN said hello with a heatwave
But she wouldn't adopt me, she left me with no place to stay
Camera shutters can't see
Entropy
And its death grip on me
And I can't believe in anything

Cause the woods down here still look the same
Every woman I meet feels the same
Every song that I sing, all the water I drink tastes the same
The woods never change

Winter hunted me down, threw his flag on the ground
In the night

And it's true what they whisper of me
Ran away in the shade of the pine trees
Are you watching me fumbling in the dark
And tripping over things?
And I'll keep on running with my eyes shut with seams

Cause the woods down here still look the same
Every woman I meet feels the same
Every song that I sing, all the water I drink tastes the same
Cause the woods down here still look the same
Every woman I meet feels the same
Every story I'm told, everybody I know hides their name
Cause the woods never change
Track Name: 500 Nights Alone
I hope you find the sun someday
Wrapped in a blanket blue
But please don't say you're feeling low
When it snows in GA too
Your heart it longs for knowin
And I know it's hard for you
To imagine any comfort when
You're only passin through

500 days
Since I looked into my soul
500 ways
That i tumbled back in the hole
I wanna rip my script apart
I wanna love you where you are
I just don't know
Cause when we fight it starts feelin like
500 nights alone

I heard your story once before
Already knew your tune
But it didn't ease the achin, Babe
When up again you flew
Your heart it longs for lovin
But you think too much to choose
Any offering of comfort when
You're only passin through

500 days
Since I looked into my soul
500 ways
That i tumbled back in the hole
I wanna rip my script apart
I wanna love you where you are
I just don't know
Cause when we fight it starts feelin like
500 nights alone
Yeah when we fight it starts feelin like
You might leave 500 more

I hope you find the sun someday
And all your dreams turn out
You used to sing you had me, Babe
Before you shut your mouth
But I still hear that voice
In little songs above my house
I'm just stuck inside that melody
And birds are flyin south
Stuck inside that melody
And birds are flyin south

I wanna rip my script apart
I wanna love you where you are
I just don't know
Cause when we fight it starts feelin like
500 nights alone
Yeah when we fight it starts feelin like
You might leave 500 more

500 days
Since I looked into my soul
500 ways
That i tumbled back in the hole
I wanna rip my script apart
I wanna love you where you are
I just don't know
Cause when we fight it starts feelin like
500 nights alone
Yeah when we fight it starts feelin like
You might leave me on my own
Track Name: Phono Mind
I was alone then
Up in my room, picturing everything
In alignment
I wasn't listening
To a record below the needle's steadfast flow
Yet skipping
And like death in a dream you had left the scene before impact

Farewell I bade it, feels like I wasted
Every single minute wishin you were walkin just around the corner
All I ever wanted was a world where I could make you the answer
But yes, I guess it's not the worst or best situation (coulda been worse)
Every single day I spent away was gettin me nowhere
My mind unwinds to the moment when it finally ended
O the moment it ended
The moment it ended
The record keeps spinnin

I heard a voice comin out the speakers
I felt the wind howlin in, it was drownin out the preachers
I saw the stage, so I picked up a beatup guitar
And I lost my age in the soundwaves cause I couldn't keep my eyes off a scar
My scar

Every single minute wishin you were walkin just around the corner
All I ever wanted was a world where I could make you the answer
Every single day I spent away was gettin me nowhere
My mind unwinds to the moment when it finally ended
The moment it ended
The record keeps spinnin

A great wind came and went
Was not God though, wasn't God
An earthquake came and went
It was not God though, it wasn't God
A fire came, fire blazed
Was not God though
It wasn't.
Track Name: The Morning Light
There's a kid standin next to a van that he drove into an electric pole
There's the house that he grew up in and the family that he never told
All the voices he's hearin

They say our freedom's an illusion and we're usin an escapist route
"A weary soul and a wandering heart's no excuse for you to run your mouth!"
All this time I've been thinkin
Through the ground I've been sinkin in

Let's run out of town, and make it the long way!
I've been locked inside just short of the highway
Drive all night
I want my heart to burn in the morning light

I dont want your road of gold, I wanna see you here tonight
I don't wanna know what I know, I wanna feel it in the light
I dont want your road of gold, I wanna see you here tonight
I don't wanna know what I know, I wanna feel it in the light
Let's run out of town, and make it the long way!
I've been locked inside just short of the highway
Drive all night
I want my heart to burn in the morning light

Midnight sky
No reply
Midnight sky
No reply
It's just a midnight sky
No reply
Midnight sky
Open eyes
Midnight sky
No more lies

O! I want my heart to burn in the morning light!
O! I want my eyes to see in the morning light!
O! I want my heart to burn in the morning light!
O! I wanna be set free!
Track Name: Alizarin Sky
Your spirit
Is climbing
From the hole they left you in
You’re seperate
From your body
So you float on a gentle wind

What a wonderful ride, swirling around up in your afterlife
The sun paints a picture glowing alizarin red in the sky
And with the fading light, the hue bleeds blue changing into night
Your ethereal goodbye
Track Name: An Open, Homeward Gate
When all I’ve planted withers away
And the colors of my love have bled to gray
As the river finally dries, leaving only questions why
Close my eyes
And see
What I hope to be
An open, homeward gate

When my father hides his face
When the world becomes the darkest lonely place
As the fire slowly dies with the chill of endless night
Close my eyes
And see
What I hope to be
An open, homeward gate

When my lungs want no more breath
When my body falls with every weakened step
As my spirit dies with a silent cry
Lift my eyes
And see
A savior breach
My broken open gate
Track Name: Just Beyond the Gate (Kurtz Version)
I've been taking all I can take
I've been giving a love that'll break
When I met you I was a snake
But you warmed me with the light from your face

You flew like a fairy, a whisper of night
But you left me at the sign of first light
When I held you, no sparks in my heart
Were awakened til we drifted apart

When I'm left to my own devices
I settle for singing, a melody suffices
And I know that the truth is you're so far away
In the pastures I'm after, just beyond the gate

You are laughter, the clapping of hands
I'm an actor with a part I can't stand
But if I ever find you again, I'll rip this script to shreds
Every word I left unsaid
Will echo, Babe, from just outside your gate