Alive in the Fall

by J. Harwell

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released May 7, 2004

Written by Jason Harwell
Produced by Gabriel Wilson and Chris Greely
Engineered & Mixed by Chris Greely
Recorded December 9-22, 2003 @ Supernatural Sound in Portland, OR and the Glitter Room, Longview, WA

Performed by:
Jason Harwell: vocals/acoustic & electric guitar
Chris Greely: electric guitar/percussion/background vocals
Gabriel Wilson: Drums/electric guitar/everything else
Nick Lemiere: Bass guitar
Josiah Sherman: piano/Rhodes
Additional Electric guitar by Eric Lemiere

Original artwork by Jason Harwell

All songs published by Run Lindsay Run Publishing (ASCAP)

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Track Name: California
I can't say I love you
If there's something I won't do
So I'm packing my bags now
To go to California
My wife and my six string
Are all that this boy needs
And a tank full of gasoline
To go to California

Some say that we're crazy
Got nothing to lose
You won't love me less
No matter which road I choose
You've asked me to go
So I've only one move

I don't want to leave here
'Cause I may never see home
But I won't live by my fears
California
My eyes to the west now
And a heart that won't back down
There's a heart I want back now
California

Some say that we're crazy
Got nothing to lose
You won't love me less
No matter which road I choose
You've asked me to go
So I've only one move

So hold on my darlin'
It's going to be bumpy
So buckle in tightly
And go to California
California
Track Name: Color Outside the Lines
Crazy, that's what it must seem like
Lately, I've been thinking twice
Maybe there's more to this life
Maybe... so let's go tonight
I can't explain what I know
But you're calling my name
So I'll go
My heart knows the way
That will lead back home

I'm not about to change
What and who I am
Just to make a dime
I'll color outside the lines

Okay, we are here at breakfast
We made it at least to Texas
Our waitress has up and left us
She hates us, I guess, so let's just
throw up a wave out the window
On to the next state as fast as we go
We're testing our faith
With each and every mile

So, what will be our fate?
Who am I to say?
It's just a waste of time
I'm not about to change
What and who I am
Just to make a dime
I'll color outside the lines

And so we go on our way
To turn around, we'd still be changed
And I can't wait to see what's down this road
Track Name: Somewhere the Sun
I'm waking up for the first time in years
Not afraid to remind myself
Of who I am and in who I am found
It's all right
I'm making plans to get back on my feet
Don't want to be afraid no more
If I can make it right down to the street
It's all right
Yeah, it's all right

Break through all the doors
You can't seem to open
Somewhere the sun is shining
It's what you are hoping to find out

Nobody said it was easy this way
But I think that it's worth the trip
I might not be the best bang for your buck
It's all right
So what if I fall flat on my face?
The posterboy for the never-was?
Life is too short but to count my mistakes
It's all right
Yeah, it's all right

Break through all the doors
You can't seem to open
Somewhere the sun is shining
It's what you are hoping to find out

It's all right
It's all right now
Track Name: Declaration Song
It is the sound of the passing time
The echo of the sad goodbye
It is the laughter that fades away
But to my future I look today
See, the time has come now to say goodbye
To saddle up my horse and ride
Into the sunset beyond the hill
Oh, from what I've known to what I will

It beckons me now to blindly go
To rest my faith in what I know
Not having seen now with my own eyes
But having felt here by my side

My feet may not return to stand on
The soil of my father's hands
But if I want to know what's beyond that hill
If I never go, I never will

A chance to become what I am
The one 'til now I have not been
And though I fear these changing times
If I don't seek then I'll never find

The hills may fall and the sun won't set
But to fear it all is the worst regret
The gift of life is a promised death
But it's a life that's not over yet
This life is not over yet
Track Name: Have I Found?
Will you read me a story?
I have heard it a time or two
It's the one written for me
And I'd rather hear the words from you
I've been dreaming here lately
Of the kind of man I'd like to be
But I'm thinking that maybe
There is room here for me to be free

Have I found the way to your garden?
A long road that leads to your own heart?
Have I wished for peace after nightfall?
Have I wished for you?

Will you draw me a picture?
Will you fill it with wonderful hues?
Got a great place to hang it -
Where you put the nail all the way through

Have I found the way to your garden?
A long road that leads to your own heart?
Have I wished for peace after nightfall?
Have I wished for you?
Track Name: How Can You Hear?
How can you hear with your ears closed?
How can you see without open eyes?
You don't even know where I'm from
But you sure had me crucified

If you listen with your heart now,
Your rhymes and all your reasons change so much
I don't even know you...
As if that makes a difference

Everybody's got something to get over now
Your bleeding comes from deep inside
Well, don't throw away your chance to be whole again
It's not over now

Can you feel the vibrations
stirring through your heartstream now?
You're in a bad situation,
But I know you can make it out

If you listen with your heart now,
Your rhymes and all your reasons turn to dust
I don't need to know you
To know it makes a difference

Everybody's got something to get over now
Your bleeding comes from deep inside
Well, don't throw away your chance to be whole again
It's not over now

Have you ever seen the light?
It's waiting for you
Have you felt that things aren't right?
It's waiting for you

Don't throw away your chance to wake

Everybody's got something to get over now
Your bleeding comes from deep inside
Well, don't throw away your chance to be whole again
It's not over now
Track Name: A Nice Day For A Blue Suit
It's a nice day for a blue suit
I'm standing in the rain
I put it on this morning
To see you once again
It wasn't necessary
You'd love me just the same
But I wanted to see you this way
The last few years were hard now
But you've made it through
I wished the Lord would take you home
I'm sad that wish came true
I hear you're at peace now
It's what I want from you
So I'll see you sometime

Ashes to ashes we all turn to dust
Somewhere there's a heaven
Where nothing will rust
Some of us go early
Some stay long
This life's but a moment
It's here and then it's gone

It's a nice day for a black suit
Still standing in the rain
I put it on this morning
On my wedding day
I wish that you could be here
I wonder what you'd say
"How quickly they grow up!"
We're gonna throw those roses in the air
And dance the night away
We'll run out to that waiting car and quickly drive away
Into a future, one where we'll say
"How great to be alive!"

Now ashes to ashes we all turn to dust
Somewhere there's a heaven
Where nothing will rust
Some of us go early
Some stay long
This life's but a moment
It's here and then it's gone

We celebrate the good and the bad times
Track Name: Sunday Comes Again
Sunday comes again
And you're waking up
Trying just to breathe
air into your lungs
Hoping for the best
Praying for a sign
Big hole in your chest
Wounds will heal in time

Hey now, don't dream it's over
You're left with no base to cover
Give up what you've tried so hard to be
And you'll be free again

A voice inside the wind
Calling you to move
It's not over yet
Something left to prove
Nothing left to lose
A chance to gain it all
You can live again
Alive now in your fall

Hey now, don't dream it's over
You're left with no base to cover
Give up what you've tried so hard to be
And you'll be free again

It's only your life
Track Name: Lovely Shade of You
In many years I will reflect
The perfect afternoon
Up all night beneath the brightness
Of a Bonzy moon
The stillness of a night so rare
The Earth - it ceased to move
And in this infinite we share
A symphony for two

A world of colors bright
But I just see one hue
And I will paint all my days
A lovely shade of you

Long before this time began
Before the sun and moon
God opened up this book of life
And penned this day in June
And so to him I owe my life
My heart, my gratitude
Though being all I'd ever need
He brought me here to you

A world of colors bright
But I just see one hue
And I will paint all my days
A lovely shade of you
Track Name: Just Another Run of the Mill Day
Just another run of the mill day
Yeah, Just another run of the mill day

The clock is ringing, 6 am
I can't believe it came so soon
Three cups of coffee to the wind
And I can't wait until this afternoon

Just another run of the mill day
Yeah, Just another run of the mill day

You see that it's not that I hate my job
I just wish I didn't have to go
The vein in my neck's about to pop
But it's worth it to make it to the top

It's okay then for me
To turn my head back and confess
I did my best, I guess
Put your hands together
Maybe we can live forever
If we ever get the chance to leave

Just another run of the mill day
Yeah, Just another run of the mill day

The boss is reaming me again
"Wah wah wa wah" is all I hear
I wish he'd bought some stronger mints
'Cause he's burning the hair in my ears

It's okay then for me
To turn my head back and confess
I did my best, I guess
Put your hands together
Maybe we can live forever
If we ever get the chance to leave

Just another run of the mill day
Yeah, Just another run of the mill day

Oh, I dream of better days
A corner office and a raise
Then my life will be complete
That's the American way
Track Name: Wake Up
I hear the people saying
There is nothing behind that curtain
Just a man pulling levers and switches
Running through the poppy fields
We're trying to fool ourselves
An opiate for the masses

It's time to test those words
To see what's real or misleading
Rumors quickly die away
When they have no meaning
Are you going to live this way -
Asleep and dreaming?
You've slept for far too long
Wake Up

I hear the people cursing loudly
Saying that it's just a rumor
Victims of some myth we're all trapped in
A puppet to the cruelest master
Watching all the innocent bleed
On his throne just letting it happen

It's time to test those words
To see what's real or misleading
Rumors quickly die away
When they have no meaning
Are you going to live this way -
Asleep and dreaming?
You've slept for far too long
Wake Up

It's more than just your Sunday morning
More than just a list of rules
Life is not an autopilot
That you can just set on cruise
If you want the answers
If you want the truth
You need to ask the questions
You've got nothing to lose

It's time to test those words
To see what's real or misleading
Rumors quickly die away
When they have no meaning
Are you going to live this way -
Asleep and dreaming?
You've slept for far too long
Wake Up