Songs from the City and the Desert

by Ocotillo

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released March 31, 2017

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Ocotillo Joshua Tree, California

Named after a Sonoran desert plant whose crimson rainflowers earn it the nickname 'desert coral', Ocotillo (ah-kah-tee-oh) is a UK/US transcontinental duo bringing together the voices and songwriting of Kirsty McGee from Manchester and Robert Garson from Joshua Tree. ... more

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Track Name: COME WHAT MAY
COME WHAT MAY

Come what may I'll stick around
I'll be the old and constant sound
A record playing in the other room
A rose that lingers with a constant bloom

Come what may I'll stick around
I'll be the only one in town
Who still believes in you
Come what may

Come what may no matter where you are
Or how they stare
Our love will linger like a fine perfume
A steady flame, a smokey plume
Come what may

I can see so clearly how they push you out of line
But honey they are blind to say
I'm foolish just to love you

It's absurd but so it goes
And why love lingers nobody knows
But rest assured I'm going to love you
Come what may

Come what may I'll stick around
I'll be the old and constant sound
A favorite chair, an empty room
A suit of clothes, a rose in June

Come what may I'll stick around
I'll be the only one in town
Who still believes in you
Come what may
Track Name: FENCE BUILDING
FENCE BUILDING

Met you down at the station
Sunday morning 9:15
I said where are you going
You said somewhere I can dream

You got lost in a hurry
You got lost on your way
To my dead on arrival
In your dream do I stay

I’m a better man
Doing what I can
But I can’t make the river change
With things that go and stop
Now everything I’m not
Is everything you’ve got to say

The carpenter was a prophet
Built this fence with his hands
I can never forgive him
How unlike God is a man

This broken promised land
Where we made our stand
Who but Jesus could have known
How we could sleep for years
Fuck away our fears
Pretending we’re still not alone

I’ll say you are forgotten
To anyone who’ll hear my lie
A fool still surviving
On the good in goodbye

Who took the magnet trust
That pulled for both of us
Who hid your heart in antic hay
Until the needle’s found
On this shaky common ground
For armageddon I will pray

See the better man
Doing what he can
I know I can’t make you change
But I can make the roses stop
Blind this have into have-not
That I might see another day
Track Name: SURVIVAL
SURVIVAL

I’m a survivor
I’ve lived through things to tell a tale or two
That’s why the tales I tell
They always sound so true

At the bottom of the river in a burned-out boat
There’s a smile and it used to be mine
But they burned all the bridges that I crossed over
Sipping the blood that used to be wine

You need me
You won’t admit it
I can teach you a thing or two When you cease learning
You start teaching
What I could share with you

At the top of a tree where it spins in the breezes
There’s a heart in the branches and it’s mine
I learned all about branches from the forest in me
Slipping the rope and shedding the line

And at the corner of Salvation by the burnt-out bridge
There’s a wishbone buried in a jar
And when they start to whisper of their wishes and their dreams
You can run but you never get far

Oh won’t you make me a dreamer of innocent dreams
I want to dream again
Nowadays nobody is what they seem
And who saves the innocent when

There’s a chain but it only turns backwards
And you smile when I ask you is it true
That they burned all the bridges that I crossed over
And the only thing that’s left for me is you

Salvation
It takes many forms
There's many a way to grasp that thorn
Deliver me and save my skin
But please don't take me back again

To the corner of Salvation by the burnt out bridge
Where the Main Man whistles through his teeth
They don't know one thing about survival
They don't know what's buried underneath

Survival
Tell me it don’t matter when the hangman’s fiddling with the noose
When you’re running in your shoes and going ‘pitter patter’
To the sound of the rain on a corrugated roof
Survival
Track Name: NOBODY KNOWS
NOBODY KNOWS

Yes I’ve been drinking
Yes I have had a few
'Cause that’s the only way
That I could ever say these things to you
Nobody knows how much I love you
Nobody knows how much I care
‘Cause you’re not there

Now you are with another
And in my dreams I am in his shoes
But those shoes don’t fit I must admit
So I wake up with these blues
Nobody knows how much I love you
Nobody knows how much i care
‘Cause you’re not there

That he treats you well I can tell
So I have no excuse
To try to steal your heart or make you part
Get him to turn you loose
So it is I who must be on my way
And never let it show
To my hiding place where I must face the fact
That you may never know

Just how much it hurts to love you
To have to keep it to myself
’Til I can change it or rearrange it
I’ll keep my love up on a shelf
Nobody knows how much I love you
Nobody knows how much I care
‘Cause you’re not there

Yes you are with another
So it is understood
I can’t say how much I love you
But darling if I could
I would shout it from the mountain top
To the valley far below
You’d hear my shout there’d be no doubt
Yes everyone would know

But I can’t say how much I love you
I must keep it to myself
’Til I can change it or rearrange it
I’ll keep my love up on a shelf
Nobody knows how much I love you
Nobody knows how much I care
‘Cause you’re not there - (When I want you)
You’re not there - (When I need you)
You’re never there - (When I want you)
You’re not there - (When I need you)

Nobody knows how much I love you
Nobody knows how much I care
‘Cause you’re not there
Track Name: SANDMAN
SANDMAN

Right before you close your eyes
Whispering your prayers
When the sandman blows your eyes
I'll be there

When you wake up in the night
Sounds the second stair
That creaks under the careless foot
I'll be there

Gather roses while you may
While the bloom is full
For the blossom soon will fade
And the bloom grow dull

Right before the morning light
Grows soft upon the sill
When the shadows chase the night
I never will

When your voice is softly heard
Singing in the morning air
But the note does not ring true
I'll be there

Gather roses while you may
While the bloom is full
For the blossom soon will fade
And the bloom grow dull

Right before you sleep at night
Closing up the blinds
In the window's black embrace
If you find

The face of a lover long forgot
Forgotten eyes, forgotten hair
Forgotten words that stretch like salt
I'll be there

Gather roses while you may
While the bloom is full
For the blossom soon will fade
And the bloom grow dull

Right before you close your eyes
Whispering your prayers
When the sandman blows your eyes...
Track Name: TRINOME
TRINOME

That's the way it goes
First the honey then the rose
That's the way it ends
Die and something new begins

I can't take you
Where you will not go
To forsake you
I must know what you don't
know what I can know

That's the way it goes
First the hidden then what shows
That's the way it ends
Someone loses no one wins

I can't tell you
'Til you want to know
To compel you
If you want to let me
want to let you go
Track Name: A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT

I am blinded by your light dear
Hold me close and shade my eyes
'Cause I can't see you, or not clearly
Are you merely a trick of the light?

I was looking for a pathway out of here
Distracted by the light upon your hair
I was only passing through now must I stay
Now I've found you
'Cause I...I...

I am blinded by your light dear
Hold me close and shade my eyes
'Cause I can't see you, or not clearly
Are you merely a trick of the light?

Oh so careless to fall so deeply
Oh so mindless, won't you stop me
'Cause I am the biggest fool you ever saw
The biggest fool who ever loved you

I was looking for a pathway out of here
Distracted by the light upon your hair
I was only passing through now must I stay
Now I've found you
'Cause I...I...

I am blinded by your light dear
Hold me close and shade my eyes
'Cause I can't see you, or not clearly
Are you merely a trick of the light?
Track Name: COME ON
COME ON

Well I saw you standing there
And I could not help but stare
From your head down to your feet
You were cool and hot and sweet
Like a drink so strong
So come on

Now I know just what to do
When it comes to me and you
You have gone right to my head
And you make me want my bed
But not alone
So come on

Come on, come on, come on, come on baby
Come on, come on, you're driving me crazy
Come on, come on, come on, come on baby
Come on, come on, don't give me no maybe
Come on, come on, come on, come on, come on

Don't you know that I love to see you in that dress
On the floor is where it looks the best, I confess
I want more, more, more
Come on and lose control, lose your breath
'Cause you can't know life without a little death

Now I won't do nothing fast
'Cause I want this thing to last
Just as long as it will take
That's the kind of love I'll make
How can that be wrong
So come on

Come on, come on, come on, come on baby
Come on, come on, you're driving me crazy
Come on, come on, come on, come on baby
Come on, come on, don't give me no maybe
Come on, come on, come on, come on, come on
Track Name: ELECTRICITY
ELECTRICITY

While the moment still remains
Draw in closer kiss my lips
Brush my shoulder with your fingertips
While the moment still remains

Something tingling in the air
Electricity is hard to see
It always happens when you're near
When there is nobody to blame

And if blamelessly I slip my hand into your hand
Do we cross over some line we drew in the sand

While the moment still remains
We'll both be blameless as two souls can be
Only our eyes can speak of certainty
While the moment still remains

Let the moment simply pass
Electricity is hard to see
It always happens when you're near
When there is nobody to blame

And if blamelessly I slip my hand into your hand
Do we cross over some line we drew in the sand

And it's only when i dream
You draw in closer and you kiss my lips
Only in dreams I feel your fingertips
And the moment still remains

All my friends say that it's true
I burn much brighter when I shine for you
A small ironic flame so bold so blue
While the moment still remains

And if blamelessly I slip my hand into your hand
Do we cross over some line we drew in the sand

While the moment still remains
Maybe it's time for me to say goodbye
When every touch must have it's alibi
When every thought for me is strange

Something tingling in the air
Electricity is hard to see
It always happens when you're near
When there is nobody to blame
Track Name: THE FREE LIFE
THE FREE LIFE

Well I've always been a rounder from city to town
And I never met no one could settle me down
'Til the day that I met you I was too blind to see
Freedom made a slave out of me
My freedom made a slave out of me

'Cause the free life ain't no good life
You're thinking you're free but there's the devil to pay
Without roots you can't grow
Took me so long to know
The free life makes you pay
The free life makes you pay

When you offered your love I took more than I gave
Didn't know I was someone that no one could save
And I thought that by leaving that I would be free
How wrong can one foolish man be
Just how wrong can one foolish man be

'Cause the free life ain't no good life
You're thinking you're free but there's the devil to pay
Without roots you can't grow
Took me so long to know
The free life makes you pay
The free life makes you pay

Even birds that fly high are still chained to the sky
Said the prophet that I did not heed
I was brought to my knees by my do as I please
Had to learn the hard way
It's true what they say
The free life makes you pay

Now I'm wasting my days and nights I can't sleep
And I ain't living long with the company I keep
But until I forget you I will go on this way
How long that may be I can't say
Just how long that may be I can't say

'Cause the free life ain't no good life
You're thinking you're free but there's the devil to pay
Without roots you can't grow
Took me so long to know
The free life makes you pay
The free life makes you pay