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The Hard Road

from 12 Songs, 12 Weeks by Buckman Page

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Thanks for listening. Here we go again.

The Hard Road.

It's hard to write about what you've written. To quote good ol' Walt Whitman:
"Here the frailest leaves of me and yet my strongest lasting,
Here I shade and hide my thoughts, I myself do not expose them,
And yet they expose me more an all my other poems."

Out of the songs performed and recorded during the 12 song project this is one of the most recently written. A little arguing, a little nostalgia, a little regret, a little growing up. All the while I craved mercy.

But for what it's worth this song seemed a fitting #2, and we do think carefully about how we go about constructing our albums. It's a little pop quickie just after a folk jingle about longing to be a better person. That seems about right. Today I'm afraid my voice is raised, not in courage, or hope, but in doubt.

By the way, the next song hasn't been recorded. It's going to be a long week. Everybody walks the hard road.

Take care of yourselves, enjoy the song. ^ML


I was drifting like a soundtrack
Hanging over ship wrecks
Covering my best neck -
A sudden rap upon my shoulder
Left me feeling older
A winter where it's colder

You were screaming 1 - 2
I was shouting 3 - 4
(Beggars in night
For something that we'd hoped for)

Everybody knows the hard road
(Some go tip-toed, staring, two eyes closed)
Everybody walks the hard road
(Golden nosed, wing woed, buffalo'd, castle-closed)

Fingers felt a little mischievous
I ended with my wings clipped
A portrait of a man chipped -
All the while I craved mercy
Living the like the dirty
Stain upon a cursing

You were screaming 1 - 2
I was crying 3 - 4
(Beggers in night
For something that we'd hoped for)

Everybody knows the hard road
(Some tow wagon loads, clenchin' tight elbows)
Everybody walks the hard road
(Some blow flakes of snow climbin' down glacial slopes

A cul-de-sac dreamer with a leftover smile from
Kissing, wishing, daring, dreamin'.
(You were a runaway child.)

Everybody walks the hard road
Everybody knows the hard road


from 12 Songs, 12 Weeks, track released April 20, 2012
Written by Marcus Lohrmann and Matt Cefalu
All parts performed by members of Buckman Page
Recorded, Mixed, Mastered by Stark Naked Records
Written February 2012

Artwork by John Williamson


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From belting vocal presence to passionate lyricism, from rhythmic precision and elegance to powerfully sweeping guitar solos, BP presents an engaging sound both in their recordings and live performances that is straight forward, charming, and alive. Their music is raw, clear, and full of hope. ... more

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