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Gravitate

by Scott Simpson

Acoustic, lyrical stories of coming together, being drawn into unity even in fractious times.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Same Sun
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2. Enough Love
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3. Gravitate
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4. Sunflower Fields
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5. Heatwave
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6. Leaf & Tree
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7. Ballad of Donald
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8. Parkland
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9. Cracks
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10. The Beating Heart of All That Is
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Lyrics

01 SAME SUN

Same sun, different windows
Same storm, different wind blows
Same stars, different stories
Same war, different glories

We stand in different places
We smile with different faces
You can’t see through my eyes
I can’t breathe-in your sighs

Same words different meanings
Same nation different leanings
Same truth different lies
Same allegiance different flag that flies...

We start in different places
Same children different races
We cry from different eyes
Bound by these common ties

(Instrumental verse & chorus)

Same sun, same mother
One circle intersects another
Same stars hang above us
Same search for someone to love us

Someone, someone to love us
Someone, someone to love us
Someone, someone to love us
Someone, someone to love

02 Enough Love

Don’t have enough pocket change to pay my respects;
Don’t have enough dollar bills to move me to genuflect.
Don’t have enough pocket change just to pay my respects,
But I get enough love from you to kiss these blues goodbye.

Can’t seem to drink enough to swallow my pride;
I got a thirst that’s hard to quench; it just won’t satisfy.
Can’t seem to drink enough just to swallow my pride,
But I get enough love from you to kiss these blues goodbye.

When we’re apart I want to cry…
But when I get back home, ain’t nothin’ I need, you can’t supply.

Ain’t enough hours in the day for the good times to roll;
All the seconds and minutes seem to get swallowed in a big black hole.
Ain’t enough hours in the day for the good times to roll,
But I get enough love from you to kiss these blues goodbye.

(instrumental verse)

When we’re apart I want to cry…
But when I get back home, ain’t nothin’ I need, you can’t supply.

Can’t sing it low enough to sing it down in hell.
Can’t sing it high enough to sing it with the angels.
But I’m gonna sing it loud enough that the whole wide world can tell
That I get enough love from you to kiss these blues goodbye.
Yeah I get enough love from you to kiss these blues goodbye.
I get enough love from you to kiss these blues goodbye.

03 Gravitate

I won’t love you tomorrow
The same as today
I can’t beg steal or borrow
Enough time to say
Just how much pain and sorrow
I’d feel if we stayed
Only this close. Like stars, no,
We must gravitate.
We must gravitate.

Particles this entangled
Don’t notice the space
In between, all the angles
The curves of your face
All the demons and angels
Could never displace
These hearts we have wrangled
Together in grace.
Together in grace.
We must gravitate.
We must gravitate.

And the center will hold us
Together my friend
Even though we go spiraling
Out to the fringe
Every center is out on the edge
Of some other
Every homecoming teaches
How love takes us further.
How love takes us further.
Love takes us further.
Love takes us.

(instrumental)

I will love you tomorrow
More than today
Though I’ll still feel the sorrow
Of lost yesterdays
We can look to the stars though
To show us the way
Stardust deep in our marrow
Night spins into day.
Night spins into day.
Together in grace.
Together in grace.
We must gravitate.
We must gravitate.
Oh, we must gravitate.

04 Sunflower Fields

Sunflower fields in late July
Gold spread beneath bright blue sky
They turn their heads as we pass by
They’re swaying slowly
There below me
Thinking only
Of light...

These August days go on for miles
Your summer skin can make me wild
Come on, let’s hit the road in style...
Your bare feet kicked up
On the dashboard of my truck
Your smile turns dusk
Into light...
In this summer sunshine
I’m yours, you’re mine
Time stops and life
Is light...

(Instrumental)

We’ll hold this sun deep in our bones
When winter’s grip is hard as stone
We’ll turn our faces toward the known:
Earth is spinning
Love is winning
A new beginning’s
Light...
Lazy days go
By like rays of
Light we face, so
Bright we can’t know
Why, but there’s no
Sight like us
In late July...
In late July...
Sunflower fields in late July
(repeat to end)

05 Heatwave

Three dogs and a hammock
And a cool breeze after a hot day
Heatwave in the canyon
You’re singin’ Eagle and the Hawk from memory
Seems like we were just kids
Thirty years and a lifetime away
Seems like all the hard times
Come and go like a heatwave…

Open the windows, turn off the lights
Bring on the thunder—flash in the night
Rain on the rooftop… try as we might
We can’t get to love, until we burn out the fight.
Until we burn out the fight.

Two kids and a red jeep
On a dirt road up to the mountain top
Late nights in the basement
Watch ‘em sing and dance like they’ll never stop
Watch ‘em grow through the tough years—
Middle school, boyfriends and bullies—
You and I learned the hard way
Hearts burst when they get so full, please…

Open the windows, turn off the lights
Bring on the thunder—flash in the night
Rain on the rooftop… try as we might
We can’t get to love, until we burn out the fight.
Until we burn out the fight.

(instrumental verse & chorus)

Ten years and a few more dollars
Maybe we’ll both leave our jobs
Spend weeks on an island beach
I don’t know, what are the odds?
But right now I want to hear about your day—
The crazy things your co-worker said.
I want to tell you how I missed you last week
When I was in some distant hotel bed…

Open the windows, turn off the lights
Bring on the thunder—flash in the night
Rain on the rooftop… try as we might
We can’t get to love, until we burn out the fight.
Open the windows, turn off the lights
Bring on the thunder—flash in the night
Rain on the rooftop… try as we might
We can’t get to love, until we burn out the fight.
Until we burn out the fight.

Seems like we were just kids
Thirty years and a lifetime away
Seems like all the hard times
Come and go like a heatwave…

06 Leaf & Tree

I was not the first to see
The beauty of a leaf & tree
Don’t let me be the last
Ten thousand centuries
To say goodbye with such strange ease
Oh, can it be?

Will my children know the place where they come from
That their feet were made for grass?
Can we throw away this place that is our home
Like “home” was something from the past?

She wolf runs to save her den
Her pups will always have a friend
Shell fight until the end
Eagle builds her nest on high
So she can teach her children how to fly
Or they would surly die.

Will my children know the place where they come from
That their feet were made for grass?
Can we throw away this place that is our home
Like “home” was something from the past?
Oh, is home something from the past?

I was not the first to see
The beauty of a leaf & tree
Don’t let me be the last
Ten thousand centuries
To say goodbye with such strange ease
Oh, can it be?
Can it be? Oh can it be?
Don’t let it be.
Don’t let it be.

07 Ballad of Donald

One day old Donald
He was chewin on a Big Mac
Up in the tower like a golden haired nic-nac
Jr said pops you gotta take on the big time
Donald said, yes... but not on my dime!
Not on my dime!
Not on my dime!

So he worked out a presidential
Escalator scene
Just to launch his plan to burn through
Some public green
Said something bout some rapists
And a southern wall
And won a ticket to the White House
From the whitest folks of all!
The whitest folks of all!
The whitest folks of all!

Yeah, I’m cleaning up the dump—
Not worried ‘bout subpoenas
Evangelicals are pumped
I’ll ship the aliens to Venus
Got the Democrats stumped
With presidential obsceneness
I’m Donald J. Trump
And the J. stands for Jenius.

He launched a Twitter-fied spat
With the Rocket Man
Emptied bureau offices
All across the land
Said the coal would flow
But the solar he’d tax
Don’t need no science
When you’re making up the facts.
Yeah makin’ up facts...
Alternative facts.

Now he wants a parade
To show off his tanks
He’d improve his image more
With a new set of Spanx
Now he owes the House Republicans
A big old thanks
For the war on intelligence
Instead of Russian banks.
What Russian banks?
Oh yeah, thanks!

Yeah, I’m cleaning up the dump—
Not worried ‘bout subpoenas
Evangelicals are pumped
I’ll ship the aliens to Venus
Got the Democrats stumped
With presidential obsceneness
I’m Donald J. Trump
And the J. stands for Jenius.

Yeah, I’m cleaning up the dump—
Not worried ‘bout subpoenas
Evangelicals are pumped
I’ll ship the aliens to Venus
Got the Democrats stumped
With presidential obsceneness
I’m Donald J. Trump
And the J. stands for Jenius.

08 Parkland

(instrumental intro)

Came home from work yesterday
To another shooting on TV
Seventeen innocents went to school that morning
Never came home again…

They never came home again…
They’re never comin’ home again.

And the people somebody voted for
Can’t keep us safe from ourselves
And the people somebody voted for
Can’t keep the damn guns off the shelves
And the little boys who watch the TV screens,
They see the power the feel the thrill.
Whose gonna love all those little boys away
From the black hole behind the kill?

(instrumental)

And the people somebody voted for
They take their orders from the NRA
And the people somebody voted for
They say we can’t talk about this… we can’t talk about this today.
The people somebody voted for
Say the answer is just a few more guns
Those people somebody voted for
They’re just playin’ a zero sum.

(instrumental close)

09 Cracks

What is broken in me
is open in me...
Where you see me split apart,
you catch a glimpse of my true heart...
my true heart.

It’s song that opens the cracks.
Each beat divides me front from back, yeah.
I’m opened up by melody;
I’m laid bare with harmony...
with harmony...

Unmusical days limp by.
Instead of dancing they
heave and they sigh.
To stay intact
is not to act on beauty...
beauty...

I want to live disintegrated,
all full of holes, obliterated
into shards, released at last
into beauty like colored glass...
colored glass...

(instrumental)

What’s broken in me
that’s what’s open in me...
Where you see me split apart,
you catch a glimpse of my true heart...
my true heart...
(repeat to end)

10 The Beating Heart of All That Is

(Instrumental Open)

Before beginnings…
The beating heart of all that is.
Beyond all endings…
The beating heart of all that is.
Before beginnings…
The beating heart of all that is.
Beyond all endings…
The beating heart of all that is.

(Instrumental)

Before beginnings…
The beating heart of all that is.
Beyond all endings…
The beating heart of all that is.
Before beginnings…
The beating heart of all that is.
Beyond all endings…
The beating heart of all that is.

(Instrumental Close)

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