Ephemeral Parade

by William and the Wildflowers

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Oh Great Spirit, come to me. Oh Great Spirit, come to me. I’m drowning, and I’m about to breathe. Oh Great Spirit, come to me. Oh Great Spirit, come to me. The day is long, and I’m about to dream. Oh tender love, please find me. Oh tender love, please find me. I feel alone, comfort me. I feel alone, please comfort me. Oh my body, don’t fail me. Oh my body, don’t fail me. Until I’ve learned to give completely. Until I learn to love completely.
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Will you love me if I go back to Iowa Will you leave me if I decide to stay I know I've talked and dreamt a lot of Iowa But won't you be here with me today I want to laugh and sing and share everything Hold me close and kiss me do not be afraid But she guards her heart for good reason And no one is to blame I want to share this season And frolic once again If there's one thing to be sure You are the one I love So don't say good bye to me today Will you love me if I go back to Iowa Will you leave me if I decide to stay I know I've talked and dreamt a lot of Iowa But please be here with me today She doesn't want to sacrifice her freedom She doesn't want to be held down I respect your wishes but I'll still wash your dishes She's a princess but she fancies me a clown. Will you love me if I go back to Iowa Will you leave me if I decide to stay I know I've talked and dreamt a lot of Iowa But I want to be here with you again.
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Baby I ain’t got much to show for my time And baby I’m not sure I ever will I don’t have a career and sometimes I’m gripped with fear And ashamed when I see my own reflection And I didn’t treat you right, I ran away in fright Give me another chance & I’ll do it again I’ve got no room to say, but I’ll say it anyway Happy Valentines Day, I’ll always love you We met mile 703, California PCT Where the desert meets the High Sierra Mountains You took me by the arm & said lets go Lets see what kind of trouble we can get in We got so filthy, your feet were black as pitch But you always smelled sweet as the summer rain And when the trail was over, I sold all of my things And drove out to meet you in Washington But the rain never seemed to stop and the sun barely shone In the first couple months that I was out there. Feeling crowded and depressed, purpose and jobless I couldn’t stand to stare in your eager eyes So I headed on the road, played a hundred shows or so To much applause, but lonelier than hell And then my sister died and my sorrows multiplied I was too self absorbed to try and save her You helped me try and hike it off but no mountain’s high enough Then the seasons started changing swift and fierce The walls closed back in as the rain began again so I left in a hurry and never looked back I’m sorry I’m afraid of the love that we made But I’ll hold our memories in my heart forever I’ve got no room to say but I’ll say it anyway Happy Valentines Day, I’ll always love you
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Lord I’m home sick for your holy mountain And its cold here within these bones I feel trapped within this sacred body And I want out, god dammit I want out There are walls raised up all around me I feel like I’m in a tomb All alone within this quiet prison My spirit aches for your womb Please guide my hand in this surrender Envelope my spirit today This hardened heart is cracking open And bleeding out in a new way I recognize myself in your beauty In the birds that sing your sacred song In every ephemeral flower I deeply sense that I belong But we humans line up like cattle Distressed and shuffled along I want to sleep beside the river And stare into your great beyond How can I take your wild country And bring that magic into town I want to remember your promise Whenever I come down.
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Well I guess I’ll spin around with you for at least a couple more tunes. But I’ve got my sights on a distant star’s sun soaked honey moons. But I can’t escape this planet until the day I die. But now that gives me hope when it used to make me cry “I.” Make of it what you will, we’re mostly giving our best. We fight for crumbs of solace and may be failing a test. But the heart of humankind ventures forth through our time. And I think some day we’re gonna make it. Somewhere, somewhere, somewhere, somehow. Somewhere, somewhere, somewhere, somehow.
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I’m not a story teller, I’ve got no flair for fictions. I write what I know, and I have a few addictions. I fall in love so fast, and slowly pushed them all away. I trust my fellow man, but I don’t trust my society. They use our minds against us to profit from the pain. Theres a million empty churches promising to do the same, while Jesus sleeps upon the steps of the house that bears his name. So the preacher calls the cops and they lock him up again. And he says to the prisoners “at least here they will let you in.” The poor can’t afford to get the help they need, because health care is a system that runs on fear and greed. Insurance towers keep on growing and they need to be fed. If you can’t afford the coverage you might as well be dead. Yes, we’ve got to outperform the previous 3 months, increase shareholder value, and pay those at the top 800 times the wages of those who do the real work. Hey we are just the middle men thats just the way it works. Its cozy at the top, work hard to get there too, just take from the many and give it to the few. Now get down on your knees and shine my pretty black shoes. Rub them good and hard and if your lucky I might tip you. I’m not a story teller, I’ve got no flair for fictions. I write what I know, and I have a few addictions. I fall in love so fast, and slowly pushed them all away. I trust my fellow man, but I don’t trust my society.
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Tend the fire in your heart, and I will light your way. Flicker lively in the dark, and we’ll share a brighter day. But I need you to invite me in, and I need you to do it again. I am always with you, but I need you with me, too. Life’s a trick of optics and light, to distract, deceive, and delight. You sense purpose but its unclear, my hope’s that you’d draw me near. But I need you to invite me in, and I need you to do it again. I am always with you, but I need you with me, too. I had to give up my sense of control to feel what I did not know. And because I let go, I’m freed and open to grow. But I need you to invite me in, and I need you to do it again. I am always with you, but I need you with me, too. Please guide me back to the stream when I try to quench my thirst. Wash my eyes so I can see who I am born to be. But I need you to invite me in, and I need you to do it again. I am always with you, but I need you with me, too.
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I’m not grounded when I fly, but I can’t help reaching for the sky, somewhere out there and within my soul, rooms for heaven here below, here below I tried walking in a straight line, but I stumbled from time to time and I felt guilty, disgusted with myself, ingested poison for better health, better health But I am not giving up, I'm never giving in, I’m not giving out out, I will be a friend We can take it all up, we can take it all in. We can talk it out, we can be better friends, better friends I tried moving but had to stop, tried making money but didn’t like to shop, tried judging others and only hurt myself, ingested poison for better health, better health I’m misguided, sometimes, its true, and I will tell you what I really think of you, and I wish that I could take away the pain, an ounce of sunshine, a drop of rain, drop of rain But I am not giving up, I'm never giving in, I’m not giving out out, I will be a friend We can take it all up, we can take it all in. We can talk it out, we can be better friends, better friends I think love can conquer all, and maybe every climb accompanies a fall, I’ll take my licks and sometimes I may bite, but I’ll hold you with love tonight, love tonight But I am not giving up, I'm never giving in, I’m not giving out out, I will be a friend We can take it all up, we can take it all in. We can talk it out, we can be better friends, better friends
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The courthouse is lit like a great big pyramid Piping songs of holiday cheer Angels hark from the hay from live nativity Proclaiming that Christmas is near Its Christmas time in Winterset, Iowa Its Christmas time you can feel it in the air Its Christmas time in Madison County And I can’t wait to be there West Bridge’s halls are decked with plastic holly And Montross’s has your hallmark ornaments The High School Choirs sing Hallelujah While the band warms up their instruments Its Christmas time in Winterset, Iowa Its Christmas time you can feel it in the air Its Christmas time in Madison County And I, for one, can’t wait to be there The light posts on the square are wrapped in garland And tied with pretty red bows Even the turbines south of town have got the spirit blinking brightly like Rudolph’s shiny nose Its Christmas time in Winterset, Iowa Its Christmas time you can feel it in the air Its Christmas time in Madison County And I, for one, can’t wait to be there I hope that it will snow come Christmas Morning So we can make some fresh tracks on our way Through the City Park and on to Clark’s Tower Where from the top we’ll shout out and say Its Christmas time in Winterset, Iowa Its Christmas time you can feel it in the air Its Christmas time in Madison County And I’m so glad to be here

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love + loss + grief + disillusionment + mending + celebration

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released September 5, 2019

All songs written and recorded by Will at the Rock n Roll Monastery in Western North Carolina

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