Highliner

by Jason Harrod

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released September 12, 2013

Jason Harrod: vocals, acoustic and electric guitar
Joshua Stamper: double bass, electric bass
Patrick Berkery: drums, percussion
Brian Christinzio: piano
Jim Callan: pedal steel
Kenny Hutson: pedal steel
Colin McGrath: vocals, guitar
Reid Maclean: vocals
Michelle Bishop: violin
Erica Miller : violin
Shelley Weiss: viola
Naomi Gray: cello
Jon Rees: piccolo, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet
Paul Arbogast: tenor and bass trombone

Orchestral arrangements written and conducted by Joshua Stamper

Produced by Brian McTear, engineered and mixed by Jonathan Low, in Philadephia, PA

Mastered by Grey Larsen at Grey Larsen Mastering, Bloomington, Indiana

Vinyl Mastering by Prairie Cat
Photography by Erica Pelaccia
Illustration and Graphic design by Vesper Stamper

All songs by Jason Harrod © 2013 Jason Harrod Music, SESAC
Ⓟ© Jason Harrod/ Lincoln City Records
a division of the Speranza Foundation

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“What singer-songwriter Jason Harrod does best is turn daily moments numinous. Quite simply, Harrod’s imagination is for
this world; he finds deep secrets in ordinary places.” — Image Journal

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Track Name: Snowstorm
snowstorm is a simple word first used in 1771
it must have been a frightful storm the day it was spoken
its a compound like skyscraper looming up so high
baby its cold out wherever you're holed up i hope that you're all right
baby its cold out wherever you're holed up i hope that you're all right
 
there's a blizzard raging outside. It used to mean to get hit
over and over or even just once by gunshot or by fist
i never been shot but i know how it feels to want someone around
baby its cold out wherever you are i hope you're safe and sound
 
im a man who needs some definition 
my meaning has become a little loose
come on over sweetness 
save me from obsoleteness
baby all I need's a little use
 
washington the patriarch gave us the word ravine
he took it from the french even though there were already dozens of words that meant the same thing
he could have said gully or valley, he could have said fissure or flume
he could have said screw it, it's only New Jersey, Martha I'm coming home
I'm tired of freezing my rebel ass off, Martha I'm coming home.
Track Name: Train
Are you riding on the train I'm on?
Ooh, I declare
Are you goin to the place I'm going?
Ooh, I'll be there

And if I told you that I loved you,
Would you think me weird?
Well, I do
What a lot of ground we've covered here.

New York, London, Amsterdam
Buenos Aires, Tokyo
So many bones in so much skin
Feel my high hello

Next Sunday is communion
Ooh, I declare
We got the Spirit and we're movin' in it
Ooh, I'll be there

And if I told you that I loved you
Would you think me weird?
Well, I do
What a lot of ground we've covered here.

In the olden, golden days
People stopped to say hello
In the olden, golden days
People stopped to cut your throat

Are you riding on the train I'm on?
Ooh, I declare
Every wing and every wheel that rolls
Brings us close together, dear

And I know you're gonna be
with me wherever I go
And I know you're gonna feel
Feel my high hello
Track Name: When I Came Down Off the Mountain
When i came down off the mountain I was breaking like a wave 
rolling over everything in sight
shining like a silver-plated nickel in the sun
I was dispersed across the universe of light

I came up to the ocean and i didn't hesitate
I zoomed right over looking for a new way home
all the birds and fishes flew and swam right up to me 
and reminded me that I was all alone

Scannin the horizon looking for a sign of you
when I saw your sillouhette my heart stopped
but then I got up close and found out it was just a ghost
and i was sad that i had left the mountaintop

Wondering where you'd gone i made my way around the sun
i called your name out loud just like it was my own
but you didnt show your face so i just gave up on the chase 
and made my way down to the city far below

who's going to love me today?
who's going to call me their own?
who's going take me as I am?
who's going to take me home?
yeah, whos going to take me home?

I signed up for midnight madness at 11:45
I was too early to be anything but sane
all the crazy kids caroused until the break of day
they were dancin like their feet were made of flame

I could not feel the beat so i just there in my seat
with a longing that the earth could not contain
i sat there in the corner counting particles of dust 
with memories flooding me like rivers in the rain  
 
who's going to love me today?
who's going to call me their own?
who's going take me as I am?
who's going to take me home?
yeah, whos going to take me home?

I saw a spider spinning string into the wind he's tying things
you never know the lengths he'll go to catch a fly
I want to spin stuff to so that's just what I'm gonna do
I'm gonna sing and swing and spin until I die

Going up the mountain with an ever-ready heart 
it looks much different than it did on the way down
lookin for a sign of you and let me tell you when I do 
I'll sing it in the cities and the towns

who's going to love me today?
who's going to call me their own?
who's going take me as I am?
who's going to take me home?
yeah, whos going to take me home?
who's going to call me their own?
who's going take me as I am?
who's going to take me home?
Track Name: Moon Mission
moon mission movin' on up
let's see how high she goes boys
moon mission fuel her on up and let's
get the hell out of this noise


black distance silent as time
tell me how how far does it go?
buckle me in and ill see for myself
and report back to you folks down below

I'll be your sweet sailor up in the sky
don't waste a wish for me, dear
I've had enough of this Earth-binding stuff
there's nothing for me down here

hey humans what will you find
water or life on a star
nothing at all?  it's alright, no one minds
when you're up there so high and so far

so here we come, you unlucky old sun
we do what monkeys cant do
we'll steal your light then we'll take off and run
we'll fly some circles round you

All of my life I've been waiting so long
to get out of this gravity
look at me now I'm a white shining light
there's a black moth that burns up in me

re-entry fast-falling star
looks like you ran out of breath
they'll throw a parade say goodbye then replace you with
Ramblin' robots that never fear death

I'll be your sweet sailor up in the sky
but don't waste a wish for me dear
I've had enough of this earth-binding stuff
there's nothing for me down here
Track Name: Grandma
Grandma, tell me 'bout the days before TV,
Back before the internet and polio vaccines.
Was it hard to be famous and so easy to be clean?
Grandma, tell me all about back then.

Grandma, was the living hard from hand to mouth?
Make me up a list of all you had to do without.
Tucked away so cozy from the clamor and the shouts,
Those were golden days without a doubt.

There goes the ice-wagon rolling down the street.
Put something cool under your tongue.
And here comes the coalman so your house can have some heat.
Grandma, tell me all about you young.

Grandma, well, I'm afraid that I just might explode.
I get so tired of doing all the things that I get told,
And the boys are so mean and the girls are so cold.
Grandma, what happened to my soul?
Track Name: Outposts
These bodies belong in a tangle of sense
an angle of shame a whiff of innocence
I kissed you at dawn you kissed me right back
and we waited for the sun to show
 
you made a bad joke, sounded just like my dad
but looked like a kid in a big winter hat
and waited impatient for traffic to pass
said goodbye and stepped into the road
 
what answers are found in the roads we go down?
what secrets do latitudes hold?
no matter how tightly i hold on to you
we're all at these outposts alone
 
my deal came undone
my roots came all up
with connections asunder and friends far away
you wrote me a letter i didn't write back
i was too full of something to say
 
yesterdays prayers sit in this mornings trees
they squabble like crows that won't ever know peace
until suddenly risen as one they are gone
lifted like a black cloud to the sky
 
what answers are found in the roads we go down?
what secrets do latitudes hold?
no matter how tightly I hold onto you
we're all at these outposts alone
 
Hallelujah I sing
Hallelujah I bring
Words are so hard to say and so easy to mean
 
inclement mix on an off beaten path
i kissed you at dawn but you pulled away
and its really alright and its rarely ok
fix your eyes up ahead and move on
 
what answers are found in the roads we go down?
what secrets do latitudes hold?
no matter how tightly I hold onto you
we're all at these outposts alone
Track Name: One of These Days
one of these days I'm gonna get right, yeah, one of these days
one of these days I'm gonna get right, one of these days
but until then I'm gonna get so gone
until then I wanna be so wrong
until then I'm gonna see what damage I can do

one of these days I'm gona be sweet
see a little ray of sunshine shootin from my feet
until then i'm a bitter batch
see me suckin on a sour patch
until then I'm gonna see what damage I can do

I'm goin down to lonely town no you cannot go
when one goes to lonely town one must go alone
I'm sinkin down to a deep dark place that you don't want to be
I'm sinkin down in front of your face and you don't want to see

one of these days I'm gonna be a little blue bird on the wing
come on over sittin on my shoulder listen to me sing
until then I'm just a filthy rat, hear me scratchin in the dark like that
until then I'm gonna see what damage I can do (down)

one of these days gonna move out
move myself right offa your couch
until then I'm gonna sit right here
watch tv and drink your beer
until then I won't be getting out of here

I'm goin down to lonely town will you go with me
when one goes to lonely town one needs company
I'm sinkin down to a deep dark place will you come along
I'm thinking when I'm sinking i dont want to sink alone

ootd I'm gonna get right
yeah I'll be getting it right all night
one day I'll shine real bright
be true and bona fide
I'll walk high road and swim high tide
one of these days but not tonight
Track Name: Chains
Take these chains from off my neck
that keep me from being free
throw em down into a hole or
throw em out into the sea

Take these chains from off my neck
melt em down into something good
something shiny set down in the middle
of the neighborhood

And people driving by will stop and wonder what it is
and I'll say it is a monument to you and what you did
Take these chains

Take these chains from off my neck
that keep me so far from you
take my mind and body back
and make em something you can use

Let me be a piece of light
or just a particle of air
let me be a cup of something cool
for somebody somewhere

I'm not old
I'm not young
I been down
but I'm not done
I believe, I don't know why
Only you can make me shine

I remember when I was young
and I felt you in my sweat
I never knew despair
and I lived without regret

Now I'm driving down the road and I got mean things on my mind
and I want to get them done, I got bucketfulls of time
I want to get so gone that i cannot feel a thing
and I want to get so close to someone who wants the same thing

I am skin
I am bones
I am lovely
I'm alone

Take these chains
from off of me
Only you can make me free
Track Name: Nemo Incognito
Nemo Incognito
On the waves of the sky and the sea

All the way from London Nemo came
Riding his invisible sea-plane
All around the world is where he goes
He hides all of his weapons in his clothes

Nemo knows the fishes and the birds
He's learned all of their customs and their words
He rides a great big turtle through the sea 
Striking into fear his enemies

And he rides, yes he rides

Through the seas and the skies
And he rises over a hurt and hungry world

I saw him one time in a pastry shop.
He called me "Chief," I let my danish drop
He's everything that I would want to be
He shines like sunlight when it hits the sea
Track Name: Movie Song
I went out to the movie
I got lost on my way down
Oh so dark at the movie
I don't want to be found

See the hard-bitten hero
In the West out on his own
Ridin' with the sun in his eyes
I don't want to go home

Hey that's me up there
Yeah that's me up there
Shining

I got lost in your eyes
Waiting for you to call
I forget what they shine like
No, I can't say at all

But they call me out
When they look at me
Oh, so dark at the movie
I just want to be free

Cause that's me up there
Yeah that's me up there
Shining

Now I'm sinking in my seat
Just beneath that beam of light
That's my dim blue Damascus
I just want to be right

Cause that's me up there
Yeah that's me up there
Shining
Track Name: Naomi
Oh, Naomi.
Won't you go and seek the lost ones?
Oh, Naomi.
Waiting days for just a taste of you.

Oh, Naomi.
We only see what's empty and invisible.
Oh, Naomi.
Find us all and bring us back with you.

Oh, Naomi.
The world is black and open like a golden throat.
Oh, Naomi.
We only see the world is small and blue.

We all will dance in the honey-suckle vine.
We'll drink you in like a cool, clear wine.

Oh, Naomi.
We want to pour our selves into the rifts and seams, the rifts and seams.
Oh, Naomi.
We want to rise and vanish like dew,
Waiting days for just a taste of you.

We all will dance in the honey-suckle vine.
We'll drink you in like a cool, clear wine.
We all will dance in the honey-suckle vine.
We'll drink you in like a cool, clear wine.